Waste Reduction

20151015_145635Incorporating reusable bags and containers into daily life is one of the easiest ways you can reduce your waste.

+ Get in the habit of using your own reusable bags every time you shop!
+ At checkout, ask yourself… do I really need a bag? Often times, you don’t.
+ Consider packing a zero or close to zero-waste lunch for your kiddos (and yourself!)
+ Keep a reusable cup in the car – #BringYourOwn

Below are links to products that will help turn you green, but not with envy… Find your favorites!

REUSABLE GROCERY BAGS
These days, you can find reusable bags just about anywhere. Over time, you’ll find which styles you like best. If you enjoy fun prints and/or want your collection of bags to be the same size, check out baggu.com. A standard size baggu runs $10 – pricey, yes! – but these bags are made of 100% ripstop nylon and fold into a 5 X 5 square! To boot, they are machine washable. Woot-Woot!

REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS
Check out this color-coded set of 5 from flip & tumble!

ZERO-WASTE LUNCH
On average, just one elementary student produces 67 pounds of lunch-time landfill waste in a single year.  Eeek!

LUNCH KITS
PlanetBox – Our family’s fave! – JP snacking from his PlanetBox Shuttle, pictured above.
LunchBots
U-Konserve
Bentology
New Wave Enviro
LunchBlox

THERMOSES – WATER, COFFEE & MORE
Hydro Flask – Our family’s current fave!
Klean Kanteen

COFFEE CUP SLEEVES
Sure, the cardboard ones you get at sbux are recyclable, but how many end up in a landfill?  My guess is, too many!
Check out these attractive, well-made and totally functional Coffee Cozies on Etsy… hand crafted by Caroline in Seattle.  Love ’em!

WASHABLE LABELS
Worried about losing your reusables?  Check out mabel’s labels – the best washable/microwavable labels on the market!  Our family faves include mini peel & stick name labels and mini bag tags.  For safety’s sake, we suggest using your last name only OR a first initial with your last name.

REUSABLE KITCHEN & SNACK BAGS
Recycle Nation states that the average American family uses 500 Ziploc bags each year. Dare to do better!

SewCreativeGifts on Etsy.  Jane’s snack bags are well made, very affordable and just darn cute!
Blue Avocado (re)zip reusable storage bags – affordable leakproof storage for home & on the go.
Planet Wise offers a variety of products, including a Snack Line with fun prints and clear bags too.
Nature’s Little Squeeze Reusable Food Pouches – Purchase applesauce & yogurt in large containers and take your snack to go without the guilt of a disposable pouch.  I use these pouches 5 days a week and they have surpassed my expectations – they are fantastic!

CLOTH NAPKINS & PAPER TOWELS
It’s often a good idea to keep paper towels on hand.  To reduce your household use of paper towels and napkins, try using cloth.  Like everything else, it’s a routine you work yourself into.  Check out these options or find your own favorite!

Milliken Signature Stripe Bistro Napkins
Cotton Craft Napkins
Dinner Cotton Cloth Napkins by Utopia

Find your favorite handcrafted “unpaper towels” from one of many talented Etsy shop owners!  Thank you Susannah for your perfect gift of snapping reusable towels by WillowAndMagnolia!  01/15/16