It’s been awhile, but let’s talk about some green things. Here are some things that we’ve discovered or acquired that save on money and help put a green conscience at ease.
- Oil Pump Sprayer instead of cooking spray – We have a Misto that we have loved until the pump recently stopped working. Life hasn’t allowed me to take it apart and see if I can fix it, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. Regardless, I’m not going back to the stuff on the grocery store shelf.
- Cloth Shopping Bags – If you haven’t jumped on this wagon, you should 🙂 So many stores give you 5-10 cents per bag and I really think it’s easier to carry groceries into the house. Now, if anyone has a suggestion for how to remember your bags, please let me know.
- For the Nursing Mom– I highly recommend getting a couple of pairs of cloth nursing pads. I think they are superior to the throw-away kind in so many ways.
- Water Filter instead of water bottles – We have a Pur filter (it stands up to our high water pressure really well). Despite our sub par tasting water, there’s not any dehydration at our house.
- Spice/food containers – We buy our spices in bulk and just funnel them into the same containers over and over again. If you buy other things in bulk (flour, sugar, etc) Whole Foods will weigh the container and subtract the weight after you’ve filled it to your heart’s content. We haven’t actually done this since we can often find things cheaper elsewhere, but it’s just an idea for how to take your greenness to the next level.
- Instead of Paper Towels – Hand towels (wash often), sponges (microwave or throw in the dishwasher when they get stinky, but are still usable), and cloth napkins (plus it makes you look classier).
- Refill Ink Cartridges – We refill ours at Costco. So much cheaper than buying a new one, you do have to remember to take it in before it’s completely empty though.
Anything you guys have/do that cuts down on the things that end up in your trash?