Monday, May 14, 2012

Have you ever stopped to think about the number of things we buy just to throw away?

Things like trash bags, disposable duster thingies paper towels; the list goes on and on… In an effort to be less of a consumer I’ve started a new trend in my house. Instead of storing leftovers in food storage bags I now use reusable plastic containers. Not only does the food stay fresher longer, it makes the tidbits more appetizing the second time around and my fridge looks neater; which is always a welcome plus. 

If you think about it there are a lot of simple ways to cut down on product waste everyday.  Try using a towel or sponge instead of paper towels. You could write notes on a dry erase board instead of paper. How about taking a reusable sports water bottle along instead of the fancy-label-but-tastes-just-the-same store bought variety.  Not only will you reduce the amount of trash you’re lugging to the curb you’ll also save money. 

I challenge you to make one change in your routine. See where it takes you.

Of course, there are certain throwaway items that will always be exempt from substitution in my book; among them are Q-tips, toilet paper and definitely feminine hygiene products.

I think the reasons are self explanatory.

What can you do without? Share your clever swaps.

Best of luck!