Eco friendly reusable bags for grocery shopping are becoming more and more popular. People are strongly encouraged to bring their own grocery bags in some cities where stores no longer provide complimentary disposable grocery bags for customers. There are actually a lot of items besides grocery bags that most people use everyday and then throw away. Many of those items are made from paper or plastic products that end up wasting natural resources and then piling up in landfills. If you convert to using these practical reusable items you can help diminish your ecological footprint. Learn more about eco friendly reusable bags, containers and more everyday items that you can purchase or even make yourself!
Remarkable, resealable, reusable bags
Resealable bags can be used for just about anything. Kids bring school lunch items in plastic resealable bags so that each item stays fresh and contained. Leftovers can be sealed in freezer bags and stored in the freezer for later use. Trinkets and random household items can be organized into plastic bags as well, and then once the bag is no longer being used it gets thrown out. After one day, especially in large families, the amount of re-sealable plastic bags that are used and thrown out really adds up. There is an ecofriendly solution that still maintains all of the great features and benefits of a re-sealable plastic bag. The solution is using eco friendly reusable bags! These bags are made from fabric that is lined with a water resistant layer that zips with a zipper or Velcro. After the bag is done being used it can be washed and re-used again and again. Reusable sandwich bags can be purchased from online stores like Etsy or you can make them yourself with these instructions.
Eco friendly reusable food containers
In the past, carrying a reusable lunch pail to work or school was an almost universal practice. In more recent decades the novelty and convenience of disposable lunch sacs has prompted many North Americans to give up reusable lunch containers altogether. Today the schoolroom shelves and company refrigerators are filled predominately with brown paper sac lunches. There are however plenty of reusable lunch boxes and bags that are available. These bags can be packed with reusable thermoses and containers for all of the necessary lunch items. By bringing a reusable lunch container the only waste being thrown out is an apple core or the crust of a child’s sandwich. You just have to remember to bring your lunch container home each day!
Who said reusable handkerchiefs are old fashioned?
Another long lost practice is the use of handkerchiefs. Perhaps they are viewed as being unsanitary, but if used properly they are the perfect eco friendly alternative to paper tissues. In addition to being eco friendly, a soft cotton handkerchief is gentler on the nose especially when used frequently during allergy and cold season. By folding the used portion of the handkerchief away a handkerchief can be used multiple times or for one time use if that’s your preference. At home clean handkerchiefs can be stored in a bin and then after each use they can be placed in the laundry bin and added to the next load of laundry. When out and about, used handkerchiefs can also be stored in a bag or container in the car, a purse or a backpack and then added to the laundry at home. This prevents germs from spreading and makes handkerchiefs a sanitary, gentle and eco friendly alternative to paper tissue. There are more modern version of the handkerchief such as the travel sized HankyBook and these tissue boxes containing reusable organic cotton handkerchiefs.
Paperless reusable paper towels
One of the most frequently used items for household cleaning is the paper towel. Paper towels are used for wiping up spills, drying hands and for general cleaning all over the house. They are convenient but they are not cheap and by using them for so many purposes you end up accumulating a lot of paper waste. You can purchase reusable non-paper towels that come in a convenient roll that sits on the kitchen counter and can be used as an eco friendly alternative for paper towels. This blog shows you how to make your own eco friendly reusable paperless towels.
It’s easy to convert to using eco friendly reusable bags and other items
All of these items can be used just as you would use the disposable versions. Because they are small items, they can be easily added to loads of laundry without creating too much additional laundry. You can follow these eco friendly laundry tips to further increase the benefit of using these eco friendly every day items.