I feel like I’ve been here [ cash strapped ] too many times to count. It’s degrading to have to turn down every social opportunity and ‘sorry, i can’t afford _____’ gets old really fast when you have to say it over and over. But I think I’m also tired of waiting until I get here to look for opportunities to find quick cash [ extremely qualified 34 year old babysitter anyone? ], when I could be looking for quick ways to save cash before I crash and burn.
I’ve been finding myself repeatedly mind-blown lately when I think about the things we spend money on so we can throw them away. I know – that can’t be you right? But I’m 90% sure it is! If you think that’s BS, check out my list below : the things we pay to throw away, and the alternatives we could be using instead
- Kleenex / Paper Towels
Look, sad happens, sick happens, messy happens. Those are universal truths that you can’t argue against. But there is no royal decree saying that all noses must be wiped with disposable tissue from a box or that all spills must be cleaned with a cloth you toss when you’re done. In the olden days, grannie had a hankie in her sleeve [ kinda gross ], and you don’t have to go that far, but there are some incredibly fun alternatives you can consider if you’re interested in shaking it up. I have no idea why you WOULDN’T consider using reusable napkins / cleaning cloths now …
- Feminine Hygiene [ oh god – i know ]
One cycle, one bag of garbage – easy. That’s a big environmental burden to put on the shoulders of every menstruating woman of the world which is why I’m willing to talk a bit about the gross stuff [ just a little bit – bear with me ]. Think about all the wrappings first : A tampon comes in a box, with instructions, and each one has its own wrapper, and applicator, and then gets tossed when you’re done with it. Plus, they aren’t foolproof so you need a liner as well, with it’s own set of wrapping, and it’s own life cycle of maximum one day. If you use pads, you’re taking on the eco-cost of all its innards [ i dont’ know what those gel beads are made of but they’re not organic cotton, i can tell you that for sure ].
If you haven’t yet, meet menstrual cup : it’s soft, warm, squishy, and is non-absorbent so it will not cause dryness, and its silicone edges seal against your flesh making it next to impossible for it to leak. Where you have to dispose of and insert a new tampon every 4 or 5 hours, this baby can work for twice as long. Changing the cup only requires you to remove it, dump the contents, give it a wash, and put it back in. Can you say freedom?
On light days, you may still be looking for a liner, and in that case, I’d like to suggest that you consider washable / reusable.
- Dryer Sheets
Sure they smell good, they keep your clothing soft and eat static, but at around $7 for a box of 80 you’re tossing about $.10 per load. I haven’t figured out an amazing solution for this one yet.
- Hang dry your clothes when you can. No dryer, no dryer sheet needed.
- I’ve heard rumblings of spritzing a piece of fabric with fabric softener and tossing it in the load – Have you tried it? Is this even a thing?
- If your clothes are made of natural fibres, I hear that dryer balls work. They definitely cut down on dryer time and soften your clothes with their not-so-mysterious fluffing action.
Whatever the alternative, think twice before buying them. They’re quickly making their way to the trash and I’m sure you have better uses for your hard earned money than that.
Sure you’re buying them to catch up on news, be inspired, learn, relax … but all of that information can be found online [ usually free ] and the internet doesn’t require cutting down trees, and doesn’t get tossed in the recycling when you’re done with it.
- Food & Food Wrap
Open your garbage. Tell me there’s no food in there. If that’s honest, I applaud you. But it’s really difficult to keep the food out; Whether you are
- Buying the food you think you should eat which isn’t the same as the food you end up eating
- Buying very little food and lots and lots of packaging
- Trying to cook your own good for you food, but still ending up with tons of waste in the form of leftovers, peels, or bits that were spoiled and couldn’t be used in your masterpiece.
Nevermind the food packaging you purchased to use and throw away [ ahem, saran wrap and tin foil ]. Have you heard of the bees wax wraps yet? I haven’t gotten my hot little hands on any yet but they work just as well as any other food wrap, they are washable and reusable, and many are also biodegradable. Plus, the patterns [ oh my heart ]!
I know, ‘come on!’ right? But I had to finish off with a bang. You literally buy this sludge to pour down the drain. Do the water system and your pipes a favor and buy a plumbers snake instead.
*This is not a sponsored post and I did not benefit from highlighting any of these items. I really do believe they are cool as heck and you needed to know about them.