Today’s topic is related to Earth Day celebrated last week and the launch of my best friends new blog! I want to welcome Leah to the blog world! Check out her new website focusing on lifestyle and sustainable living called Muddy Mermaid. Each week she will give tips on how to live more sustainably and include a weekly “Meatless Monday” recipe. So to reflect her niche, I have created a list of items that are more sustainable for the environment and money saving. I have tried most of these items, and look forward to reducing my carbon footprint this way.
Although there is a small investment up front, they can save a ton in the long run.
Water Bottle with Fruit Diffuser
This was one of my first sustainable purchases after coffee tumblers and insulated water bottles. I got these containers to make my own fancy waters for detox and to kick my soda cravings. Every night I would cut up some fruit and herbs and place them in the basket inside the bottle and let the water ‘marinate’ overnight. So instead of having fancy fruit drinks in single use bottles, try making your own flavor concoctions.
Bento Lunch Containers
I have used divided lunch containers for years to encourage myself to bring my lunch to work. This way I can avoid fast food and unhealthy choices. The little divisions remind me to segment out a small amount of meat, some fruit, and more vegetables. If it helps, there are so many varieties on the market available in any color or style imaginable. Score cheap ones online or at discount stores like Marshals.
These are the coolest things! They can be used as replacements for plastic wrap, sandwich bag, and snack holders. What amazes is me that they are reusable. There are also crafty people on YouTube that sew and customize their own styles.
Reusable Plastic Bags
I noticed these on a rack the last few times I was able to go to Target. (So maybe 6 weeks ago?) They are a thicker plastic and can be washed. Choose a variety of sizes to fit all of your snacks. Considering the average American uses 500 ziplock bags a year according to One Green Planet. That is a lot of baggies! Think of how much you can reduce that waste by putting your carrot sticks in reusable bags.
Salad Dressing Containers
This also helps me facilitate my own lunch. These petit containers are perfect for salad dressing, sauces, graded Parmesan, and more. They easily wash and keep me from putting too much dressing on my salad. They seal well as well, and I do not have issues with their contents spilling into my lunchbox.
Iced Coffee Bags
This was a recommendation from Muddy Mermaid herself! These are a great way to create your own coffee shop style cold brew. There is some trial and error to get the perfect balance of ground coffee to water. Also, make sure to use filtered water because mine turned out funky from the tap. This saves to go cups and money throughout the summer.
Reusable Pod Coffee Filters
Many of the little Keurig pods are not recycled and to straight to the landfill. I realized this awhile back and recycle mine. However, I still feel like this is not enough. So I bought a reusable cup that I can easily fill with my own favorite ground coffee. Not too difficult to clean and way cheaper than a 20 dollar box of k-cups.
Reusable bags are something you more likely need to remember instead of buying. We all have extra bags from giveaways, conferences, marathons, and other events. Repurpose them at the grocery story instead of using plastic bags. If you purchase a sturdy bag you may need less little bags. For a long time, I carried a collapsible tote in my purse fo such occasions. Think of all the sea turtles that could be saved!
Micro-Fiber Face Towels
I received these as a gift and they have replaced 80 percent of my cotton swab single uses. Instead of cotton swabs, I use these clothes for micellar water, toner, and witch haze. Then I wash them hot to sanitize them. They do great with makeup remover as well easily pulling off mascara. They are small and great for travel. Save even more money by buying them in multipacks.
Trying out this one for the first time took some nerve. I debated it for awhile and still have mixed feelings about them. However, they are well recommended and save a tone of waste in feminine hygiene products like pads. The are basically a plastic cup that can be cleaned and boiled between uses. They take some practice to get the hang of, but they are a great option if you are looking to try something cheaper and less like a diaper in the future.
Rice Heating Pads
I use these in place of icy hot muscle strips. They go in the microwave for a few minutes and last for awhile. You can make your own or buy them online in any color or size. I use a save that is about 12 minutes long and 4 wide. I usually have 2 that I can put in areas that are aching. They are also super cozy during cold winter nights.
Where Should I Go From Here?
This is just a small sampling of items that can be used to save money and live more sustainably. There are things from bamboo toothbrushes that last longer to produce bags out on the market. Now you don’t have to try all the things at one time, but incorporate them as needed. The money and environmental savings can be big.
What products do you use to replace stuff you normally throw away?
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