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In which I am ditching the disposables


There is a challenge going on in the blogosphere right now about Ditching our Disposables. I’m in!

We’ve been on a years-long journey about our economic and environmental impact. We’ve slowly weaned ourselves away from certain behaviours, occasionally flirted with others and reckoned that sometimes, you just need a paper towels so would someone please get off my back about it.
Anyway, I’m in….I think.

You can make the switch from:

  • Paper napkins to cloth napkins
  • Paper towels to cloth towels or something like Skoy cloths
  • Tissues to handkerchiefs
  • Paper, plastic or Styrofoam plates to your kitchen plates
  • Disposable utensils to regular silverware
  • If you order food “to go” or have food to take home from a restaurant, bring your own container rather than accepting Styrofoam or plastic
  • Inexpensive plastic “Take & Toss” sippy cups to Thermos or Camelbakbottles or the Klean Kanteen
  • Disposable water bottles to (again) reusable bottles like Thermos,Klean Kanteen or Camelbak
  • Plastic sandwich bags or paper lunch bags to reusable containers/bags
  • Plastic straws to glass or stainless steel straws
  • Swiffers (or similar products) to a broom and dustpan or mop (or use reusable cloths like cloth diapers/terry inserts in your Swiffer)
  • Disposable dust rags to cloth rags
  • Disposable diapers to cloth diapers
  • Disposable wipes to cloth wipes (inexpensive plain washcloths work really well)
  • Disposable feminine products (tampons, pads) to reusables likeDivaCup, MoonCup, Glad Rags, Luna Pads, Pretty Pads, or New Moon Pads, among others. You can even make your own pads.
  • Grocery store bags to reusable bags
  • Disposable wrapping paper or gift bags to reusable cloth gift bags
  • Single-use batteries to rechargeable batteries

Or, for the really crazy dedicated:

  • Toilet paper to cloth wipes/washcloths (for #1 or #2 too if you are really, really adventurous)

Suffice to say, I’m not the crazy-dedicated.

I’ve made a few of the switches above like grocery store bags to reusable bags. But I”m going to tackle my paper towel consumption. I have tried to avoid them but since our house went up for sale, my consumption has gone through the roof.

I also love the ideas about gifts – moving from paper to reusable cloth bags or wrappings. Lovely, right?

If you’d like to join in, visit Crunchy Domestic Goddess.

I might have to visit the Salvation Army tomorrow to find some hankies to launder.

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consumerism, environmentalism