Amy from Crunchy Domestic Goddess has challenged the blog world to Ditch the Disposables! Here is a list of her suggestions to get you started (I’ve crossed out the things we already do):
- Paper napkins to cloth napkins
- Paper towels to cloth towels or something like Skoy cloths
- Tissues to handkerchiefs
- Paper, plastic or Styrofoam plates to your kitchen plates
- Disposable utensils to regular silverware
- If you order food “to go” or have food to take home from a restaurant, bring your own container rather than accepting Styrofoam or plastic
- Inexpensive plastic “Take & Toss” sippy cups to Thermos or Camelbak bottles or the Klean Kanteen
- Disposable water bottles to (again) reusable bottles like Thermos, Klean Kanteen or Camelbak
- Plastic sandwich bags or paper lunch bags to reusable containers/bags
- Plastic straws to glass or stainless steel straws
- Swiffers (or similar products) to a broom and dustpan or mop (or use reusable cloths like cloth diapers/terry inserts in your Swiffer)
- Disposable dust rags to cloth rags
- Disposable diapers to cloth diapers
- Disposable wipes to cloth wipes (inexpensive plain washcloths work really well)
- Disposable feminine products (tampons, pads) to reusables like DivaCup, MoonCup, Glad Rags, Luna Pads, Pretty Pads, or New Moon Pads, among others. You can even make your own pads.
- Grocery store bags to reusable bags (mostly)
- Disposable wrapping paper or gift bags to reusable cloth gift bags
- Single-use batteries to rechargeable batteries
What I’d like to do most of all is switch to handkerchiefs and reusable drinking straws. I’ve had my eye on glass straws for a while and just might put them on my Christmas list if we don’t get them for ourselves before hand. I also plan to switch to reusable feminine stuff. That may not happen soon, though. Since we’re exclusively breastfeeding, I don’t anticipate “things” starting for a while (with Simon, it was well over a year!).
If you’d like to participate in this challenge, head on over to Crunchy Domestic Goddess. Her goal is to get 200 participants this year. Let’s help her out!