In an effort to save
money the planet, Joe and I have mostly made the switch from disposable products to (is there a word for non-disposables?) durable multi-use products. Here’s what’s working for us now –
- We have all but eliminated paper and plastic grocery bags. We take green bags to the store with us. It’s become really easy, actually, because I have a large tote that I keep my bags in. That tote stays in the car all the time, so the bags are always ready when we’re at the store. My older sister gave me a really nice set of Go Again bags for my birthday, so I have insulated ones, roomy ones, and one with a divider for large bottles. I really love them.
- Instead of using paper towels in our kitchen, we use cloth dish towels. It doesn’t work for all messes (cat pee!), and it does increase our water usage (more laundry), but we have largely cut out paper towels. We’ve also repurposed our burp cloths into dish cloths.
- We have almost always used our regular kitchen plates and utensils instead of paper, plastic, or styrofoam. It’s nicer to eat from regular plates.
- Stainless steel water bottles have replaced our bottled water habit. (By the way, did you know that you can freeze your bottle about 1/3 full and the water will melt and give youÂ icy cold water for most of the day?)
One thing I’ve been thinking about, however, is my use of plastic utensils in my lunch at work. I always carry my lunch (to keep track of Weight Watchers points), but I never bring my own utensils. Â
Initially, I was worried that I’d lose my good silverware. It would really bum me out to have only 7 forks, you know? My utensils were a gift from Aunt Helen at my bridal shower, so it’s not like I can get on a website and get a new fork. I don’t even know where they came from.
Suffice it to say that I was concerned about using plastic forks, but not overly motivated.Â
I met AmyGeekGirl, aka CrunchyDomesticGoddess, on Twitter, and I saw that she was doing a two month long challenge toÂ inspireÂ readers to stop buying disposable products.Â
It was just the motivation that I needed.
I dug around and found some of the cheapo utensils I had when I was in college, and I put a real fork and spoon in my lunch bag. I used them both days this week, and I intend to continue using them.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
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