Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Over the past several months my husband and I have become increasingly more convicted over our use of plastic and paper towels. I think its safe to say we've all heard about reducing our use of plastic but I wasn't aware of our nation's dependence on the use of paper towels. Sure, we know about recycling paper or being more conscious of our waste but I had no idea it was such a problem. My husband happened upon this article. This article by The Atlantic discusses our nation's obsession with paper towels. Um... Guilty as charged. We easily buy 8-12 rolls every 2-3 months. It truly is a weird obsession. In an effort to become less wasteful I have made a few changes in our home.
I was reading a post on Zero Wast Collective about reducing waste in the kitchen. Since we tend to overuse paper towels in our home I decided to implement one of their tips. I gathered some old, stained t-shirts and towels we no longer use and cut them to make cloth squares to use in place of paper towels. We usually use paper towels for quick spills on the floor or liquids that tend to stain- I figure if I'm using a stained cloth anyway, it shouldn't matter!
I gathered my materials, cut the shirts and towels, then placed them in this canister. I can keep the canister on my kitchen counter in place of the paper towels.
The second is Etee wraps. I love these wraps as a way to replace plastic wrap. They are cloth covered in wax. I use it to cover dishes in the refrigerator, wrap produce, and wrap my kids' sandwiches for lunch. They come in 3 different sizes which seem to cover our needs. I have found they work best after a few uses. They are totally worth it! I love them. I can't wait for their lunch packs to come back in stock so I can use those for snacks on the go.
The last product I love are Dropps. This is laundry detergent sold only in the small pods. These can be used in any machine, including HE. Their packaging for the detergent is in a cardboard box which can of course be recycled. There is no extra plastic or waste. I chose to buy mine in bulk (4 months at a time). The bonus about this detergent is its so inexpensive!! I did make my own detergent at one time but I have found it made my clothes feel stiff. I love that this smells great, its inexpensive, eco friendly packaging and detergent, and I don't have to remember to buy it every month at the store. This website also sells drier balls, a replacement for drier sheets. I do love adding my own oil blend to my wool ball for an extra boost of fragrance!
Note: I am not being compensated for my review of these products. They are just things that I love!