Disposable, non-biodegradable items like water bottles, straws, and plastic cutlery

Green Living: 5 Disposable Items You Should Stop Using

There’s no denying that the disposable life is convenient. You pick one item out, use it, then throw it away never to be seen again! The sheer amount of waste that disposables generate, though, is a serious problem for all of us. The easiest way to deal with that problem is to stop using disposable items as often as you can.

Here are five simple things you can cut out of your life right now which can make a big impact down the road.

#1: Paper Napkins

We all keep a roll of paper towels on hand for when we order pizza or want to do some cleaning, but have you ever really looked at how many rolls of them you go through in a month? Or a year? Chances are that it’s a lot more than you thought. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in some old-fashioned cloth napkins and cleaning towels. Old tee shirts cut into scraps also work. You have to wash them, that’s true, but they create so much less waste that it’s a small price to pay.

#2: Disposable Plates

In a “second verse, same as the first,” sort of scenario, disposable plates are also one of the biggest offenders on this list. Whether it’s a stack of plastic plates at your outdoor barbecue or those paper plates you only use when you order in, they can leave a lasting impression on the waste you create. If it’s worth using a plate, take one out of the cabinet, and wash it when you’re done.

If you are going on a picnic, though, consider getting a small stack of biodegradable disposable plates such as the ones from Leaf Trend.

#3: Shopping Bags

The sheer amount of plastic that’s used every year for shopping bags is mind-boggling. You probably have a drawer full of old plastic bags in your kitchen, too. So re-use them! Keep some in your car in case you make an unexpected stop at the store, and get in the habit of keeping reusable bags around. It makes a huge difference in a very short period of time.

#4: Bagless Vacuuming

This is probably one you’re doing already, but in case you’re not, it’s worth investing in a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t use bags. Most modern machines have a dirt reservoir that you just empty when it’s done. If you don’t have one of those you should really consider making the purchase. It saves you time, money, and waste all in one.

#5: Water Bottles

We all need to stay hydrated, but there’s no excuse for buying bottled water. All those bottles gum up landfills and waste huge amounts of plastic. Instead, get a pitcher and keep it in your fridge, as well as one or two portable water bottles you can take with you anywhere. Preferably aluminum, since that’s a long-lasting, recyclable metal.

For more tips on how to live a less-disposable, more eco-friendly life, simply contact us today!

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