There are some items throughout your house that you take for granted that you’ll have to throw away. Sure, it’s piling up waste; but unfortunately, sometimes, waste is just inevitable…right? You’ve made the switch to reusable water bottles. You recycle regularly. Still, there are more steps you can take. There are several common waste items that, as it turns out, you can reuse, decreasing your environmental impact and making your home more eco-friendly.
1. Paper Towels
If you have children, chances are, you go through paper towels by the dozens. These common items are used to clean up spills, double as napkins, and help decrease the mess of many common craft projects. Unpaper towels, however, offer a reusable cloth option that can accomplish the same tasks–then be thrown in your washer to use all over again. If you don’t like the expense of unpaper towels, ordinary kitchen towels can also be used for this purpose.
If you have a little one, you know how quickly the cost of diapers can add up. By turning to cloth diapers, you can save a substantial amount of money–not to mention heaps of trash in landfills. Even if you’re not comfortable making the switch full-time, consider starting with three or four cloth diapers at a time. You may just fall in love with their convenience!
3. Snack Bags
When you pack your lunch, how many items go in those flimsy plastic bags? While this strategy is a quick and easy way to throw your lunch together, you don’t have to use them and immediately throw them away. Instead, look for reusable lunch bags that will help reduce the trash impact of your meals.
4. Dryer Sheets
Do you use a dryer sheet in every load that goes through your dryer? Instead of tossing out a sheet for every load of laundry, try wool dryer balls instead! These handy reusable products will last for years, keeping your clothes static-free. If you want to add a scent to your laundry, a few drops of essential oils on the dryer balls will do the job.
5. Food Pouches
Do your kids love those little applesauce-filled pouches? Now, you can have the simplicity and cleanliness of pouches with none of the waste. Choose reusable food pouches instead and watch your environmental impact instantly decrease.
Living a green lifestyle is hard, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. By making a few little changes, you can significantly reduce the amount of trash your family produces. Looking for more green living strategies? Contact us today to learn how we can help decrease your environmental impact.