I’ve been making it a point to be really intentional about what I bring into my house and what I remove from it. Moving towards a more low waste, sustainable lifestyle has taken me a few years, but it has been worth it. A while back, I wrote a post all about five things I stopped buying and there are so many more that I can add to this list.
Like I said before if you wanna start living this way too – make sure that you take it slow and don’t rush yourself! Do what works best for you. So here are five more things I stopped buying and maybe I can give you some ideas on what you can do to start reducing, reusing, and recycling.
5 MORE THINGS I STOPPED BUYING:
1 | PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
I made the switch to glass water bottles last year, I believe. I bought this set from Amazon after seeing a YouTuber talk about them and I’ve been hooked ever since. Influencer marketing works on minimalists, too. I hate single-use plastic and I’m slowly getting away from it, but it’s hard y’all. I’m doing the best I can and when I started with an easy switch such as water bottles it made all the difference. I would like to invest in some that are a little smaller though so I’ll want to take them with me more, but so far I love them. They are also very aesthetically pleasing.
2 | STATIONARY
I have a love/hate relationship with stationary. I love cute notebooks, planners, pens, etc. but I always waste them. So, towards the beginning of this year I told myself this is it – no more! Since then I haven’t bought any and I’ve went completely digital. After decluttering my digital life a while back, I’ve been able to focus on what truly matters. It’s very convenient since everything I make note of in my notes, or calendar can be transferred between all of my devices.
3 | DRYER SHEETS
I stopped buying dryer sheets about three or so years ago. They were a super easy switch. I now use dryer balls that I purchased at TJ Maxx. They cut down on dryer time, are more economical, and work just as well. I love them. I’ve had the same ones since I purchased them years ago, only one busted open that I had to get rid of!
Wool dryer balls are also a great alternative. I’m allergic to wool so I stay away from them. But if you like those you can add some essential oils to the ball before tossing them into the dryer with your clothing for an added scent.
4 | PLASTIC TUPPERWARE
I stopped using plastic tupperware once I graduated from college a few years ago. I recently got another set of glass tupperware since I needed some bigger sizes. It was a great investment. All of the other pieces I had were from TJ Maxx. They have some of the best items when you want to organize, or buy something that can be reused time and time again at a great price (this isn’t sponsored by them, but TJ if you want to – email me).
Glass tupperware is so easy to use, stacks well, and they don’t stain or hold smells like plastic does. It’s an easy and great switch to make!
5 | COTTON BALLS/ROUNDS
I decided to make the switch to bamboo reusable cotton rounds a while back. For Christmas, I asked for some, and I bought another set to have afterward. I love to use them because they are natural, organic, easy to use, and you can wash them. The amount of money I have saved by using these for makeup removal, nail polish removal, and more is crazy.