Quality over quantity – why you shouldn’t be afraid of investing

When you purchase organic, locally produced goods and eco friendly products, it's easy to feel good about making the right choice for the environment. We all know that buying products with an eco friendly stamp of approval is a step closer to saving our planet – so why wouldn't you want to choose them?

Sadly, it's a fact that eco friendly products such as reusable bags, organic produce and eco friendly household products often come with a higher price tag than their not-so-virtuous mass-produced counterparts.

However, you shouldn't let saving a little cash put you off investing in more environmentally friendly products. Here are two reasons why:

Shop with a clear conscience

Even though buying single use or non-organic products may appear to save you money, it might leave you with a niggling conscience. By buying local, eco friendly products and reusable items, you'll be able to rest easy knowing that you have done your part in fighting the environmental issues Australia faces – instead of actually contributing to them.

Save in the long run

Though the up front price of a reusable bag or stainless steel drink bottles might seem more expensive than using plastic products, the cost of these 'cheap' items can add up over time. In light of plastic bag bans across some states in Australia, such as Tasmania, some retailers may charge for single plastic bags at the checkout. Considering how many bags you might use every time you shop, purchasing a reusable one doesn't seem as extravagant.

Then there's the cost of plastic bottles. Although they are convenient, Clean Up Australia estimates up to 90 per cent of the purchase price is to cover the lid, bottle and label – which often end up in landfill, releasing dangerous greenhouse gases and posing a threat to wildlife. This means you could literally spend your money on damaging our environment! A stainless steel drink bottle may be more expensive, but it can be used over and over again with no environmental detriment.

Plus, money isn't the only thing you'll save – you'll also be contributing to saving the Australian environment, as well as native animals.