The D word is something that is avoided at all costs in my household. The D word is Disposable. AHHHH!!! This includes plastic bags of any kind (shopping, ziploc, etc), one-time use products, and lots of paper products.
This is, no doubt, a very disposable society. Every time I turn on the TV, there is another commercial of a new disposable product. The latest one that irks me to the core is the Lysol disposable towels. WTH? Can people really not use a real towel and wash it when necessary?
Sure, disposable is very convenient. Use it once, then throw it away. No fuss, no muss, nothing to clean up. Unfortunately, no one really thinks about where this trash goes? Some things can go in the recycling bin, like water bottles, fruit cups, etc. but the majority ends up in the landfill.
If each of us thought of our individual impact or footprint that we leave on this earth, I think we'd all be more likely to change our disposable habits.
Easy alternatives to disposable that WILL make a difference:
- Cloth napkins instead of paper napkins
- Microfiber cloths instead of paper towels
- Reusable mop instead of Swiffer or similar products
- Reusable water bottles & mugs for water and coffee
- Reusable shopping bags instead of plastic or paper
- Compostable products made of plants instead of those made with plastic that sit in the landfill for years
- Buying in bulk instead of individual servings
- Reusable lunch bags instead of paper
- Tupperware or glass containers instead of plastic baggies
- Refills instead of buying new bottles to replace (like for cleaning products or hand soap)
- Reusable plates and glasses instead of paper or plastic
- Chinese paper lanterns instead of balloons (to decorate)
Try these alternatives and you will notice a significant difference in the amount of trash you produce. And if you recycle as much as possible, it will be even less. Not only will you be saving the planet, but you'll also be saving money by not having to buy these disposable products over and over again.
Let's try to change the throw-away mentality of our society, one household at a time.
Thanks for reading!