With the new year at hand, I’ve got goals on the mind… One of these goals is to invest in a few practical items that would cut down on our waste, and possibly even save us a little money in the long run. After a quick inventory, it was easy to see that a lot of our waste comes from disposable items that if we thought a little smarter, we could either do without or find a better alternative.
We made the switch over to cloth diapers last year, which was a big one for me. I was hesitant to start that train, because of the extra work, but it has really paid off. One of our huge waste products I’d like to switch over this year are plastic sandwich bags. I buy those things just every time I go shopping. I mostly use them for Mr. Coppertop’s lunches, but every time I pull one out, I think it would be so much more eco and budget-friendly if I just made or purchased a reusable option.
Out of curiosity I started making a list of things that I could replace in my house that would meet my two criteria: Save money and create less waste. Some of these things we have already put into place, some of them are goals we’d like to implement this year, and some of these items were just too interesting not to share. 😉
- Silicone Muffin Cups
- Cotton Muslin Tea Bags
- Reusable Starbucks cup
- Cotton Coffee Filters
- Reusable Bowl Covers
- Beeswax wrap
- Snack/Sandwich bags
- Unpaper Towels
- Anti-Spill Snack Cups for small kids
- Lunch Tote
- Lunch Box Napkins for kids
- Cloth Napkins
I’m very interested in what you reuse as a means to save money or live a little cleaner. What reusable items have you purchased and what items have you been able to make?
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