Cutting back on household waste is a lot easier than it sounds and it can have a huge impact if we all make an effort. If you plan ahead and invest in a few small changes like the ones listed below, you'll be able to drastically cut back on the trash you produce and feel good knowing you are doing your part. Even if you can't be green all the time, knowing some key waste culprits in your household and making an effort to change them is a great way to do some good for the planet.
Here are 5 Reusable Items That Reduce Waste:
1. Reusable Produce Bags
Tons of people have made the switch to reusable grocery bags, but we often forget to bring something for the produce. Invest in a box of these and keep them tucked inside your reusable grocery bags to make your shopping trip a little greener. The ones shown above are from shopnaturally.com and are even made from recycled PET water bottles!
2. Beeswax Food Wrap
Ditch your plastic wrap and pick up some of these reusable beeswax wraps. They are washable as well as anti-bacterial and will help keep your food fresh. Not to mention that they help support the honeybee industry! We found these on Etsy, but you can all make your own with DIYs found on Pinterest.
3. Reusable Cleaning Wipes
We can all agree that having cleaning wipes kicking around makes cleaning way easier, but it doesn't have to be wasteful or full of chemicals. These wipes found on dwellinginhappiness.com use all-natural ingredients and are easy to make. But if it still sounds like too much of hassle, you can always get biodegradable wipes like these ones from GreenWorks.
4. Reusable Fabric Gift Wrap.
Gift wrap is one of the most wasteful products and often can't even be recycled because of the coated finishes. This DIY yourself wrapping idea was found on diyncrafts.com, but really all you need is some cute fabric to conceal the gift. It will still look great, and the recipient can then reuse the fabric in the future.
5. Reusable Hemp Makeup Removers Pads
Put an end to the never ending stream of disposable cotton rounds when removing your makeup with a reusable option like these found on Etsy. They are soft, all-natural and even anti-bacterial.
Do you have more reusable ideas or products? Leave them in the comments!