We’re all about trying to cut down on resources and keep things sustainable. But aside from buying from companies that are trying to not waste materials, changing out a few habits and products mean a big shift in how much trash you put out. These are six easy, affordable ways to swap things around for the better.
1. Plastic Bags for Reusable Produce and Grocery Bags
Plastic bags get banned more and more for good reasons. They tend to be one use and clog up the landscape. Instead of using them, switch things for cotton produce and grocery bags. They feel better, often get a few cents off on groceries, and never break apart across the parking lot.
2. Cheap Leftover Containers for Mason Jars
Containers often leech plastic, and those that are glass can be an expensive swap. Try to get mason jars, either vintage or new, and try them out for meal prepping and leftovers. Airtight and affordable, it’s even perfect for getting bulk foods - more on that later.
3. New Fast Fashion for Thrift, Consignment, and Vintage
Making a switch for threads from fast fashion and into sustainable choices is easy today. From local thrift stores to high-end consignment, any choice means not putting pressure on the planet’s resources. Hunt for good sustainable brands too, but know that things already out there, gently used are top notch for eco-friendly points.
4. Paper Towels for Reusable Towels
Like many things in the one use category, paper towels need to get swapped out for something else that isn’t made from trees in a non-sustainable way. Try getting reusable towels that can be used over and over, and tossed into the wash. For a better in-between, try one-use paper towels made from unbleached, recycled papers.
5. Common Sponges for Eco-Friendly Sponges
That common yellow and green sponge you see in kitchens? It’s not only probably a little overdue for a washing, but also made from materials like petroleum that aren’t going to decompose. Getting a sponge that is earth-friendly is simple, and you’ll find sponges and tools made from materials like bamboo to get things clean, and sustainable.
6. Packaged Foods for Bulk Foods
From inks to cardboard, packaged foods mean before you even eat a lot of things get wasted. Instead of choosing packaged up snacks and staples, head to a local grocer that sells bulk produce. Take mason jars, and the cost of the weight gets deducted. You’ll cut down on a ton of waste right away!