In my first post I spoke of us trying to make changes that will lessen our footprint on Mother Earth. I would like to share some of the things we have been doing differently since making that decision.
Over the past couple of years we have been trying to get rid of our disposables. It’s funny how odd you feel when you go against mainstream! Even family members can have a hard time accepting that you are not using paper plates! 🙂 But, I have always felt a little different, so what’s new! Here is a list of things that we have chose to change so far! The list is ever evolving as we are a work in progress!
Paper Plates: We use our Pfaltzgraff dinnerware set that we bought at a garage sale. Wash, dry, and they are ready to go for next time! We even have a stainless steel camping set of plates and cups that we can take with us!
Plasticware: I hate plasticware. It just doesn’t hold up. I’d rather use the silverware my in-laws purchased for us for Christmas any day!
Paper Napkins: We hardly ever used them, but now I have some homemade cloth napkins that we use occassionally!
Paper Towels: I have to admit we do keep one roll in the kitchen in case one of the dogs has an accident, but we now have a huge stash of hand towels in the kitchen that we use for a little bit of everything. (Hint: dark colors don’t show stains as well!)
Disposable Diapers: My daughter just started potting training when we added this one to the list so we switched out all of the disposable pullups to cloth training underwear. I’m so glad we chose to do this one. It amazes me how much we were throwing away…in the trash and out of our pocketbook.
Toilet Paper: The boys in our family haven’t tried this one yet, but my daughter and I have made a huge dent in our toilet paper use and expense per week by using cloth family wipes. I made our family wipes out of flannel and terry cloth and they are so soft and refreshing! I actually dread having to use toilet paper now because it is so crumbly and icky! For those of you out there that aren’t getting the just of it all, just keep reading! 🙂
You take a wipe (dry for pee, wet for poo) and wipe as usual. Instead of flushing it down the drain we throw ours in a waterproof container to be washed. Simple! We do obviously keep a roll of regular toilet paper in the bathroom for the boys and guests, but just us girls making the switch has made a huge difference…give it a try!!!
Femanine Personals: I chose to not use tampons and pads anymore. They were always uncomfortable so the swtich was easy for me. I started using the The Diva Cup. For those of you out there that are not comfortable with this idea please keep an open mind here. Be informed and research what exactly goes into your tampons, (for all products really). I guess what I’m trying to say here is don’t judge someone on their decisions; make informed decisions for yourself. 🙂 And be happy with them! This has been a work in progress. I didn’t make a change until I was comfortable with it myself, and only for myself.
Paper and Plastic Grocery Bags: We have several reusable bags that we carry with us. Now a days, most of the stores are carrying cheap bags that you can buy for less than a dollar and they will reduce the amount of plastic bags used drastically! Remember, every little bit helps! I’m not perfect by any means, and this particular one is one that we really do need to buckle down on because we do forget our reusable bags.
Wrapping Paper: We tried this last Christmas by making a few simple cloth drawstring bags to put gifts into. It was so easy and such a hit with family. I actually had to convince some of them to let me have the bags back so they could receive something next year! tehehehee. And did I mention cleanup was a snap!!! So after Christmas last year I bought clearanced fabric to make more gift bags this year! I can’t wait! This isn’t limited to Christmas however, you can make/buy bags to use for any gift giving occassion. I love it!
So far to date, making the decision to eliminate as many disposables as possible has been a wonderful experience. Our family is producing less trash and has been conservatively saving money.
We are still learning though and welcome any advice! We just urge you to try just one on our list and see if it works out for you. We added to our list as we become more comfortable with the idea of it all and that has helped us tremendously!
Please, take time to evaluate your options and choose reusable today!
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