5 More Things I Stopped Buying

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.



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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

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G Mulholland
G Mulholland
4 months ago

Same here! 🙂 I should add— we have the Rubbermaid glass Tupperware, and the glass long outlasts the plastic lids. You can buy sets of replacement lids on Amazon. (I bring them to work and the kids bring them to school, so they get serious use.)

Felicia Renee
4 months ago
Reply to  G Mulholland

Oh nice! I haven’t had to get any replacement lids yet, but I’ll remember that. Thanks!

Livie Rose
Livie Rose
4 months ago

I’m still with my parents, so I’ve been lazy and used some the single use plastics at home instead of my reuseable bags, but I do have glass storage containers for my lunches which I love (I do plan on trying to use by reuseable bags and the waxed cloth covers when I move out, I’ll be curious to see how much trash I have on my own vs with multiple people in the house). I use my parents’ yetis for water for work. I do have some cotton balls for nail polish removal, but I did get some reuseable microfiber rounds off Amazon for my face.

Tying in with minimalism/intentionality, when going over how much stuff I still have in my room, I decided I’d forgo gift wrap once I use up what I have although I dearly love a good gift-wrapped gift. I’ve seen people use lovely scarves tied pretty waves (I think its a Japanase style tie?) plus gift bags are always reused in our family. Baby steps.

Another thing we’ve always done is reuse grocery bags as trash bags for small trash, saves on throwing out more plastic and buying more plastic, I feel like this has to be common but not an interesting way to reuse.

Felicia Renee
4 months ago
Reply to  Livie Rose

Once I moved out a few years ago, the amount of waste I had was shocking to me. But we all grow up using single-use plastics and unless you want to make an effort to change that it’s pretty hard. It’s nice you want too!

Like you said baby steps, it’s not a race. Do what works best for you! 🙂