Have you heard about the family that reduced their trash to just a couple of handfuls a year? I read about them in Sunset Magazine a couple of years ago. They bring all their own containers to the grocery store (even a pillowcase for bread), and don’t own any books–they get them all from the library. Their story is amazing, but it’s not realistic for our family right now.
We’re doing what we can–our recycle bin is twice as big as our garbage can, and we compost our food waste. But there’s always ways to improve…even little steps can help.
Ready to take the plunge? Here are 5 disposable things you should stop using and things you can replace them with. We’ve made these changes in our family and you can too.
Each second, more than 13 printer cartridges are thrown away in the United States–even though they can be refilled up to 15 times. Use a printer cartridge refill kit and you can save enough to buy a new printer!
Paper Towels and Napkins
Save money and trees by using old rags or cut-up t-shirts. If you don’t want the expense of cloth napkins, buy an inexpensive pack of kitchen washcloths.
I know many of you will ask about cloth diapers–but since we haven’t made that switch, it didn’t seem right to list it here. However, if your little one gets out of the pool and their swim diaper is clean, just hang it up to dry and you can use it again! There are cool cloth swim diapers available on Amazon as well.