I often think about how moms made the home life work without all of the modern day conveniences. Instead of unwrapping a plastic covered roll of paper towels for an isle 6 clean up, I imagined them using a wooden bucket and cloth rags. Then of course, putting two and two together, I wondered why I didn't do that?
Perhaps, I felt like I'd lose some part of my fabulous self I've worked so hard to master. Or, that my friends and family would turn their noses up at me. Well, since my style is that of old jeans and a comfy t-shirt complimented with some matching flip-flops...and my family is all encompassing love...I had no excuses. It was time to start living a more environmentally responsible lifestyle.
This eco-loving mom is proud to say we don't buy paper towels anymore! Instead, We use cloth rags. I keep a bucket in my kitchen where dirty ones are thrown into. Once it's full, they get washed, folded and cycled back into the kitchen. The boys have fell in line just fine. There was a bit of moaning at first, but now, they're proud of dropping the paper towel disposables too! By eliminating the use of paper towels in our home, I save time, money and trees!
Here are some ideas on how to eliminate using disposables...
Paper Napkins to Cloth Napkins
Paper Towels to Cloth Towels
Paper Plates to Kitchen Plates
Tissues to Handkerchiefs
Plastic Utensils to Silverware
Plastic Sandwich Bags to Reusable Bags
Plastic Straws to Reusable Metal & Reusable Sturdy Plastic Straws
Plastic Grocery Bags to Reusable & Recyclable Grocery Bags
Drop the Swiffer for a Broom
Drop the Diapers for Cloth Diapers
Drop the Store Bought Wipes for Cloth Wipes
Drop Wrapping Paper and use Reusable Cloth Wraps
Single-use Batteries to Rechargeable Batteries
OTHER GREAT IDEAS
Bring your own container to restaurants for food you'd like to take home.
Bring your own drinking cups/containers for your morning brews and/or smoothies.
Don't let the disposable downers get you, there are a lot of different reusable products that are earth friendly on the market today. Just start doing some research...or better yet, make them yourself.