I have been doing a some research on where all of our garbage and recycling go once we dispose of it. It’s horrible how much we are all contributing to waste in not only our country but a lot of it is shipped out to other countries as well. I am doing a small part this year by making some changes in my household to help with this.
Here are a few of the items I bought to help with waste reduction:
- Metal Straws – I have had these since I was a kid! My mom’s best friend had them at her house when I was growing up and I always looked forward to using them everytime I went over. Once I moved out, I bought my own set! They are super sturdy and very east to clean with the brush that comes with them.
- Silicon Baking Cups – I make muffins or cupcakes throughout the year and I always feels so guilty about using the paper cups. I honestly use to just grease the pan and hope for the best. These are a great alternative!
- Dryer Balls – I have been using these for the past year and swear by them! You can also put essential oils on them to make your laundry smell fresh.
- Reusable Ziploc Bags – I have been using these for a long time. I have always felt bad about using Ziploc and throwing them away after one use and these have been a great replacement.
- Reusable K-Cup – how cool is this? Not only is it cheaper to buy coffee and fill these up, it’s WAY better for the environment. Think about how many of these you go use every year [most people is at least 365] and how much plastic you would be saving!
- S’well H20 Bottle – I have had mine for years and it is the best water bottle I have found. I bought one for Nick as well and he uses his every day at work. It keeps your water cold for up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours.
- Reusable Makeup Remover Pads – These are a game changer. Not only are you saving the environment by using these, there are many makeup removing pads that have harsh chemicals in them which is definitely not healthy. Making the switch to using these was a no-brainer for me.
- Reusable Grocery Bags – Again, no brainer. I have these in the trunk of my car at all times and they definitely come in handy. They are also a lot more sturdy than the average plastic/paper grocery bag.
- Reusable Produce Bags – I just ordered these and can’t wait to use them. I usually don’t take a bag for my produce and they all end up rolling around in a basket or cart. This way they won’t and there are less germs that could contaminate all of the fresh produce.
- Yeti Mug – Keep one in your car and at home! For those days when you are making coffee on the go or you need an afternoon pick me up at Starbucks. It’s much better than using the cardboard cups and then throwing them away after one use!