We live in a disposable world. Walk into the grocery store and you’ll see tons of one time use items. Not only do these things fill up landfills but they cost money and lots of it. It’s time to get away from the disposable mind set and start using material that can be reused multiple times. Cloth is a great way to do this-its inexpensive and has a long life. Here’s some easy ways you can switch from disposable to cloth:
Bags - each year between 500 billion-1 trillion plastic bags are used! Reusable bags are a great way to reduce waste and many grocery stores offer them for under a dollar a piece, or you can get them at various online stores for little cost. Also more and more grocery stores are offering incentives to bring in your own bag to use-like .10 per bag credit.
Diapers - if you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re already use cloth diapers. By using cloth instead of disposable diapers you’re helping to reduce the estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers being used in the U.S each year. And cloth diapers can be much cheaper than disposables, especially if you use flats or pre-folds.
Sandwich Bags - instead of using disposable bags switch to cloth baggies. There are several online companies that sell reusable sandwich bags and more wahm’s are making them now too.
Menstrual Products – billions of dollars are spent annually on menstrual products-which are then thrown into landfills. By switching to cloth pads and tampon alternatives like the Diva Cup, you can save a lot of money and also cut back on waste.
Paper Towel - one of the biggest disposable wasters is paper towel. Every year 7,300 tons of paper towels is made. Besides the enormous waste, paper towel is also expensive. You can stop using it and just use cloth towels-either buy cheap dish cloths or buy un-paper towel online from various wahm’s.
Tissue - you can stop blowing money away by switching from disposable tissue and use cloth instead. Just cut up an old sheet or bath towel and store in a small container for when you need it.
Toilet Paper – now if you’re adventurous then family cloth is a great money saving option for you! Like tissue it can be any piece of cloth (t-shirt material does not fray in the wash), cut down to resemble the size of a piece of disposable toilet paper. Store it in a basket under your bathroom cabinet and then wash it with your cloth diapers or do a separate load of laundry once you’ve got enough for a separate load of laundry. In between washes just throw it in your cloth diaper pail or in a wetbag.
Baby Wipes - disposable baby wipes are a big expense and can cause irritation on your baby’s bum. You can just buy cheap wash cloths at the store or get nicer ones from various wahm’s. Use them with plain water or homemade solution.
By switching to cloth items as much as possible you’ll not only save a lot of money, but you’ll also be helping the environment!
There are many wahm’s on Diaper Swappers who make cloth alternatives to the things listed above. If you’re ready to make the switch take a peek at the DS WAHM Wares section!