Hey guys for today’s post I want to share with you some easy and low wage swaps. These are only easy if you implement them into your life gradually. If you see this post and think: “oh my gosh now I have to do all these things at once?” Nothing’s probably ever gonna happen, at least that’s how it works for me! I just want this to be from one beginner to probably another. If you’re not a beginner you probably heard all these things before so let me know if you have any swaps that I didn’t mention, I would be more than happy to know more! Reducing your ways and living a more sustainable lifestyle is something that you will work on for your entire life.
We just have to remember to do it gradually because otherwise it just doesn’t work!
CHOOSE ONLINE/USED BOOKS
Use online books or used books instead of buying new ones. Using a kindle or nook or listen to audiobooks is great or just going to used bookstores and getting ones. I usually read my books on my phone, I get them online, you just have to type the book name and the format of it. For example, if you have an iPhone, you just have to time the name of the book and epub, which is the format that your phone supports. I’m going to admit that I was pretty skeptical about the idea of reading on your phone or tablet or any electronic device but it turned out pretty useful. I can read when and where ever I want because I have it always with me. There is also a plus, they are usually pretty cheap so can save money at the same time!
BUY BAMBOO BRUSHES
By brushes and combs with bamboo handles versus plastic ones. Bamboo is a much more sustainable material than plastic, as most people know. If you can find one of these where you live then, that’s awesome, pick it up once you’re done using your other brush because there’s no point in getting something that you don’t need because that doesn’t create less waste. Next time you need a brush get a bamboo one.
USE BULK SOAP AND SHAMPOO
Replace buying new bottles of shampoo and soap with buying them in bulk, that is something that not everyone’s gonna be able to do. My family does this all the time because it’s a great way to save money but also to help the environment by reducing the use of plastic. There is a store around me that have like big giant containers of shampoo and soap of each kind with a little pump top on it, you can just go and pump it into your bottle and you’re not creating that much waste that way. Another thing that you can do is buying soap and shampoo bars which are, of course, a lot more eco-friendly than buying in plastic bottles.
DON’T USE PLASTIC CUTLERY
Always keep some reusable cutlery with you instead of using plastic when you’re out. So when you’re eating out somewhere where plastic cutlery is your option for silverware you can just pull out your reusable cutlery from your purse.
RELAX WITH THE PAPER TOWELS
Use regular towels instead of paper towels. I’m not gonna lie and say that I don’t use paper towels but I’m trying to use them less. We can use regular towels for so many cases. I recommend trying to kind of dwindled down how much paper towel you’re using and slowly replace it with regular towels.
BUY A SAFETY RAZOR
Replace a regular razor with a safety razor. When you get regular kinds of razors you usually just throw in the entire thing out once a blade goes dull or some of them just kind of fall off. But that’s still plastic that is going in the trash and it’s going to stay there for probably a hundred or two hundred years. Instead, you can get safety razors which is what people always used to use back in the day. The handle can last a lifetime and then you’re really only buying the blades which come in cardboard. The blades can be recycled if you take them to a certain kind of special facility that handles that kind of stuff.
USE BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES
Replace plastic toothbrushes with bamboo toothbrushes. so of course these and electric toothbrushes are the more popular kind to purchase these days but bamboo toothbrushes are nice because they are compostable. Usually they come in cardboard boxes instead of plastic and cardboard and so that’s completely recyclable.
USE REUSABLE BAGS
Use reusable bags instead of non reusable ones. Like with the water bottles, this one might seem really obvious to some people but, as google said, an average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year. Everyone needs a reusable bag, you can get one two or three bucks at pretty much any grocery store these days. The ones that my mum gets fold up really small so the really easy to just throw right into a purse or a backpack. Another thing that goes along with this is, when you’re in the produce section and you got these plastic bags so you can put potatoes,onions, peppers,… You don’t need those, but if you don’t want to spend the extra money just save these ones that you have already and take them to the store each time you go.
USE YOUR PHONE FOR LISTS
Make lists on your phone instead of on pads of paper. So, of course paper pads aren’t the worst thing for the environment because they are recycable but in my opinion it’s super easy to just type a list on your phone and take that to the grocery store.
USE OLD SHIRTS FOR CLOTHS
Reuse old t-shirts instead of buying new cloths. My mum does this all the time because it’s a great way to save money and the environment at the same time. You can use these to clean things, there’s so many different things you can do with all these little scraps.
REUSE GLASS JARS
Reuse glass food jars instead of buying new ones. My mum and my grandma do this all the time. All you have to do is take the things that you’re already buying like a salsa or apple sauce jar, once you’re done with them wash them out and reuse them, you’re saving money that way too.
BUY IN BULK WHEN POSSIBLE
Buy in bulk versus pre-packaged if possible. Something that sucks is that a lot of stores they really don’t have bulk options. Spinach, for example, stores close to me they only have it in plastic. Something you can do is getting these kind of packaged food in containers. Yes, they are made of plastic but they can be recycled.
number one is replacing Ziploc bags and cling wrap with just regular Tupperware. So, you’re taking a sandwich to work you don’t need to wrap it up and cling wrap and you don’t need to put it in a plastic sandwich bag.
Make your own deodorant instead of buying new ones that come in plastic. My family does this all the time because it’s a great way to save money but also to help the environment by reducing the use of plastic. This is something I want to get back into because I used to make it (if you want the recipe just let me know).
NO FLOSS PICKS
Replace floss picks with regular floss. I will never understand why anybody had to invent things or use them once or a couple times and you through the entire thing away when, in my opinion, regular floss isn’t really that difficult to use you know and it creates a lot less waste. Of course you do still have like the cardboard waist, a little metal and there’s probably some plastic in there but it’s better than nothing!
REPURPOSE OLD CLOTHING
Instead of throwing away old t-shirts make them into something new. So, you got an old t-shirt that you never wear anymore, you could of course give it away it put in a rummage sale and donated somewhere but another thing you can do is make it into like a bag.
MAKE YOUR OWN VEGGIE BROTH
Instead of throwing veggies scraps away save them and make veggie broth out of them I’m. All that you have to to is save the scraps of different vegetables, that you are cutting off when you’re making things, and put them all in the freezer for a while. When you have a lot you can make veggie broth out of them.That’s a really good way to get some use out of the things that you are typically just gonna throw away.
BUY UNPACKAGED WHEN POSSIBLE
Don’t buy and packages when you don’t need to. Sure we’ve all seen those unfortunate sweet potatoes that get wrapped individually into plastic, for absolutely no reason.
NO MORE PARCHMENT PAPER
Replace parchment paper with a reusable baking sheet. Whenever you make anything in the oven, that would need parchment paper, just use one of these instead it’s a reusable silicone baking sheet. You just wash it once you’re done, you can reuse it a million times and it’s a lot more eco friendly.
BUY LARGER QUANTITIES
If you don’t have a store that has a bulk section around you, what you can do is just buy larger quantities. My parents do this all the time because it’s cheaper but also because that way they don’t have to go to the grocery store every week. When you’re buying bigger quantities of things like quinoa, rice or oats and honestly with a ton of different things, not as much packaging is going into it.
TRY REUSABLE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS
Replacing disposable tampons and pads with a menstrual Cup or reusable cloth pads. I know, it is way easier to just rip one of these open use it and then throw it away right after you’re done but, it creates so so so much waste over the course of your life. Instead, there are a few options that are a lot better for the environment:
- menstrual cups, they come in all different shapes and sizes and they’re pretty awesome to use if you can get them to work.
- cloth pads which come again in all different sizes and styles, they collect a lot of blood.
- reusable tampons but I don’t know a whole lot about them because they’re not super common
DIY MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
Make your own makeup remover wipes instead of buying disposable ones. I’m sure that a lot of girls who wear makeup use these makeup remover wipes where you just kind of peel back the part of the package, you take one out and rub it all over your face. But, what is really another great option, is just using a washcloth and some water and soap for the stuff that’s easy to get off. There are recipes online where you can make your own type of makeup remover solution. To be honest I have never tried one, because I don’t wear makeup, but I’m curious to know what do you guys think about it and, why not, if you already use one, what is the recipe.
BRING YOUR OWN TUPPERWARE
bring your own Tupperware to restaurants instead of using their take out boxes. I have never managed to remember this, but that’s definitely something I am working on because a lot of restaurants give you plastic or styrofoam containers and you just use them and throw them away and again, there on this earth for a long long long time.
USE A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Replace plastic water bottles with reusable ones.I know that sometimes they can get pricy but you can find some good ones in Primark or online on chinese sites (such as Wish or Joom). You can also get a reusable straw glass,metal, bamboo or silicone so that we don’t have to see anymore those sad turtle pictures
BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE CUP
Bring your own coffee Cup to restaurants and cafes instead of getting the plastic ones that they have there. This isn’t something that I do because I don’t go to cafes because I tend to make it at home with my coffee machine. If you go to like Starbucks every week bring a reusable cup with you instead of using their typical plastic ones that you’re just going to throw away or hopefully at least recycle after you’re done using it.
If you have anything you want to share, any swaps that you’ve made or are currently trying to make let me know, let us all know so you can get some more ideas and be more overwhelmed, just kidding! Again work only on just doing a few of these things at a time for a couple weeks, maybe a couple days if their little easier, once you get the hang of and they’re kind of second nature to add a few more things into your life, just don’t be too hard on yourself and so that leads me to today’s quote which is by Jack Kornfield and it says
“if your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete”