As we shared last week there are a few products you can make at home that would help save you money. Today we’re going to focus on items you can buy that are more eco-friendly and can either save you money or break even (in which case the earth still wins)
Cutting down on plastic bags (particularly ziploc bags): The use of ziploc bags to store snacks and leftovers has become such a habit that it can be hard to break. Thinking through the main two uses there are different ways to cut down on using them
1. Snacks on the go: Yes it is easy to grab a ziploc throw some snacks in and give to your child, or yourself for on the go. But it is estimated the 4 trillion bags are thrown out worldwide every year
Solution 1: Invest in some reusable snack bags for around town. These for example on Amazon cost $15 for 5 bags and can be reused countless times saving both money and the environment.
Solution 2: If you need to have throw away bags for convenience, consider finding compostable snack bags like these on Amazon, or at your local store. They cost $5.00 for 50 or 10 cents per bag. This may be slightly more than ziploc bags but I often use the same ones multiple times. These would likely be net zero savings but better for the environment
2. Leftovers- you likely already have some tupperware containers you use. If not head to your local store and stock up on a variety of sizes. Want to save even more? Reuse containers you already have (jam jars, sauce jars, large yogurt containers, etc) that can be washed and reused at zero cost.
Reusable water bottle and coffee cup
Takes some initial purchasing but then no more buying paper towels and napkins! I store all the dirty ones in a wet bag like this and wash them once a week. Invest now in these items to cut down costs and waste!