A) replace worn out or broken stuff
B) create an alternative to spending money and creating waste over and over again
Stopping, or slowing down, a consumption cycle and simplifying life seems so attractive right now in my life.
In general, buying more stuff isn't all that eco-friendly, but lately I've decided to invest in a few items (and sing the praises of some I've been using for years) to create a long-term kit for reducing waste, saving money, and keeping my living space nicely organized and functional.
Flip & Tumble Reusable produce bags: These are $5.10 for 5 on Amazon. I love that they are color coded, so if you buy certain stuff that you want to use the same bag for over and over, you can. These are light enough to not weigh down bulk food prices, and totally solve the problem of using 8 million plastic or paper bulk bags. I bought wild rice and quinoa today, then transferred both right into the mason jars I keep them in at home. Score!! With 5 in a pack, you could leave some at home, some in your bag, etc. and always be prepared.
PeopleTowels: I watched a great video today by Eco-Vegan Gal. She totally convinced me to get a few PeopleTowels. (The reusable water bottle is also a terrific suggestion. I am rocking a Sigg that I've had for about 4 years now- Make Love Not Landfill!)I already carry around so much in my bag, a reusable towel wouldn't be a hassle at all. I hate using paper towels, paper napkins, etc. These adorable little towels solve that issue, and I'm guessing with line drying (I do this as much as possible), will probably last a long time. They also seem a friendly way to start a conversation with someone about another easy way to save money and resources. I got so jazzed that I signed up to be an ambassador- use the promo code "ambassadorepw38" to save 10% at PeopleTowels.com!
Menstruating ladies, behold Gladrags! I am a true blue fan of this company. I've been using the same set of Gladrags for about ten years now (good ole linedrying strikes again, increasing the life of these organic pads by a lot). I may be a weirdo, but I actually look forward to using my Gladrags when the time comes around. These are zero waste, last forever if you care for them, and actually create a sense of respect and love for your body and all it's processes :)
And finally, one of the best companies I have ever interacted with: Glass Dharma! I make a smoothie almost every day, and I realized that I was jamming my way through hundreds of straws a year. I dunno about you, but my smoothies are seriously thick, so I need a straw to enjoy them! I tried a knockoff glass straw and loved the reusable factor, but the glass felt too thin for my comfort. When I tried I Glass Dharma straw, I fell in love! What's more...they offer a lifetime guarantee! I love everything about this company and it's products. They have a great array of straws, and the customer service is truly impressive. *Slurrrp*
What are your stand-by eco-friendly products?