If you’ve ever thought that adopting a greener lifestyle will mean compromising on quality and saying ‘good-bye’ to the finer things in life, then today’s Eco Chat podcast is for you!

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Now many people believe that by adopting a greener lifestyle that they’ll somehow be compromising their quality of life, and this couldn’t be further from the truth!

If you’re a Gen X’er like me, chances are your grandparents were (and maybe still are!) super frugal. They lived through the Great Depression and had a strong respect for money, thinking about every single dollar they spent. Now, more often than not, this resulted in them living pretty sustainably as well, but sometimes this had an opposite result because frugality and eco-living are not the same thing.

Confused? Let me explain……

The Frugalist often thinks about the cost of items and products, whereas the Environmentalist thinks about the lifespan and the lifecycle of the product (things like where it’s made, it’s quality, how durable it is, waste produced etc.). The two really are quite different.

It can be quite ironic that the Frugalist can often end up spending more over time, as cheaper products don’t last the distance, they might need repairs, or need to be replaced entirely! Not to mention if they purchased that wasn’t quite what they wanted in the first place.

In this Eco Chat episode I discuss various examples that demonstrate the difference between frugality and eco-living. Plus I share some areas of my life where I don’t compromise on the finer things and just why I consider this to be a sustainable way to live.

I’d love to hear your thoughts too so share below a time when you’ve perhaps gone for the cheaper option only to realise that it definitely wasn’t the more sustainable choice.

Laura

Laura Trotta is one of Australia’s leading home sustainability experts. Fusing her professional expertise as an environmental engineer with the down-to-earth pragmatism that comes from being a busy mum, Laura is an eco thought leader who’s not afraid to challenge the status quo.
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