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. 😉

Kitchen

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Bathroom/Personal

Cleaning/Laundry

Shopping

 

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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January 12, 2017

10 Comments

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    Jenell

    January 11, 2017

    Hey you forgot reusable toilet paper!! Lol. I think I’ll keep spending money on that. I do need to get better about plastics such as bags. Thanks 🙂 we just use old towels instead of paper towels. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      inspirethemom

      January 11, 2017

      Yeah, I think we’ll keep purchasing that particular product too. 🙂

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    rhythminlife

    January 11, 2017

    We do handkerchiefs;our babies think it’s the coolest thing ever!. Though some of my friends think it’s old school. Love it along with other reusable items. Beautiful ideas. Will try some out 💞

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      inspirethemom

      January 11, 2017

      Awesome! In this case, let the old school be the new school. 🙂

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    Becca

    January 14, 2017

    Great list. We have reusable shopping bags, buy I am the worst at remembering to use them. And since we live in the bush, we are fully reliant on rainwater for our home water supply, so cloth diapers were not an option. (My kids were born in a drought. Water conservation took precedent over everything else.) But we’re good at the rest of it. For lunches, why not use a lunch box with built-in compartments to keep the food separate?

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      inspirethemom

      January 15, 2017

      I like the box idea, but I haven’t been able to find one that fits all of Mr. Coppertops chips and side stuff…maybe I need to keep looking. 😉

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        Becca

        January 15, 2017

        If you live neat a Daiso check there. Cutest bento boxes in the world.

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          inspirethemom

          January 15, 2017

          Never heard of it…but I just googled it and it popped up. I’ll check it out! Thanks! <3

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