Last year, during my low buy, I made a conscious effort to start moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle. I wanted to work on the three r’s – reuse, reduce, and recycle. Basically I wanted to stop repurchasing things like paper towels and plastic water bottles by beginning to use their reusable counterparts. I did this by figuring out what I purchase a lot and what I could buy that is reusable once these items run out.
If you’re wanting to to live a more sustainable lifestyle, as well. Make sure that you take it slow and don’t rush yourself! Do what works best for you. Say you continue to purchase plastic water bottles, but you’ve switched to making your own cleaners in a reusable bottle then that works. It’s not about comparison, it’s all about doing what works for your life. So, this is what works for me…
5 THINGS I STOPPED BUYING:
1 | PAPER TOWELS
I switched to microfiber cloths about a year ago and it was the best decision I have ever made. The amount of waste I have decreased by being able to reuse an item is astonishing. I am making my way through napkins now, so I can eventually purchase reusable cloth napkins.
Quick tip – when using microfiber cloths all you need is water to clean glass.
No longer needing all of these extra cleaners is so nice and in turn, it begins to reduce my environmental impact.
2 | SANDWICH/SNACK BAGS
I have used these up and I’ve decided to move onto using up my cling wrap while I figure out, which brand of reusable bags are the best for me. So far I’m leaning more towards the Stasher brand, so if you’ve used this please let me know how great they are compared to other brands. Sandwich/snack bags are something that I use almost daily, so being able to find an alternative that I can reuse will be handy.
3 | SPECIALTY BODY PRODUCTS (FOOT CREAMS, FOOT SCRUBS, ETC.)
I am definitely not perfect when it comes to this category because I am a lover of all things skincare and body care. I love trying a new foot scrub, body scrub, hand serum, body oil, etc. But I’ve realized that body cream works just as well on my hands as it does my feet. A lot of these products are just a ploy to get you to spend more money. I also want to reduce my waste, so it’s better to have one product with multiple uses than five (in my opinion). I’ve worked my way through a few products and I’m enjoying simplifying this aspect of my life.
4 | PHYSICAL BOOKS
I have moved towards using my iPad more and downloading books from the library. Not only does this save me money, but it’s nice to have the book on my phone as well. So I can switch between my iPad and iPhone whenever I want!
5 | REUSABLE STRAWS
At first, I was really against stainless steel straws after all of the mixed reviews. But my mom got me some for Christmas and I love them! I will not go back. I also like the fact that I’m reducing my waste by being able to reuse something as simple as a straw.