Ditch the Disposables!

Sep 2nd

disposableschallenge2009

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!

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