Before evolving into a throwaway society, people recycled through reuse. Soda bottles were returned, sanitized and used again, and people had no choice but to implement reusable items in many creative and practical ways. They washed dishes instead of buying paper plates, and they used washable bowl covers instead buying and throwing away sheet after sheet of plastic wrap. Many everyday items these days are wasteful and completely unnecessary, and four things immediately come to mind. Eliminate these four things from your home, and you will save more than just money. You will help to improve the environment in immeasurable ways.
Disposable Water Bottles are Wasteful and Unnecessary
One of the most wasteful and unnecessary disposable products today are water bottles. They are useful in emergency situations when people require sanitary hydration, but they are completely wasteful and totally unnecessary in the home. Like most other disposable plastics, they are recyclable, but recycling takes energy. Recycling is great, but it is not the perfect solution. People survived without disposable water bottles decades ago, and they can survive now. Stop buying wasteful and unnecessary disposable bottles of water, and purchase something durable that can be washed and reused at home and away. If your water tastes bad, invest in a reverse osmosis drinking system. It will eventually pay for itself after you stop buying disposable bottles.
Stop Buying Disposable Plates
Another one of the four most wasteful and unnecessary disposable products that are found in most homes are paper plates, especially when a family is small and the dishwasher takes days to fill. I have not purchased paper plates for a very long time, and I do not miss them at all. They are expensive and very wasteful. They are also unnecessary since durable plates can be washed and reused again and again. Washing and drying plates takes minimal energy, and nothing ends up in the trash.
Disposable Grocery Bags are Unnecessary and Wasteful
Plastic and disposable paper bags are also some of the most wasteful and unnecessary products of all. Cloth or synthetic grocery bags with handles are cheap and readily available. Why use disposable plastic bags or paper sacks when the cloth version can be reused again and again? Cloth handle bags are easier to carry, and they are much sturdier too. Keep in mind that green bags can be used in any store. They do not have to come from the stores where they will be used.
Stop Using Plastic Wrap
Plastic wrap is also one of the four most wasteful and unnecessary convenience items, and people use countless yards of it every day. It is not a requirement in most food storage situations. Also, it does not go into the recycling bin. It ultimately ends up in the trash. Shop online or in kitchen stores for reusable bowl covers. They can be wiped clean and used hundreds of times.
These are just some of the many wasteful and unnecessary things that people mindlessly use each and every day. Think of how much money you can save by implementing reusable alternatives to these four disposable items. While saving money, you will do your part to cut down on disposables that ultimately end up in a landfill or a recycling center where valuable energy will have to be used. Ironically, even when they are recycled, the materials will be used to create more disposable items that are not needed in the first place.
Source: Personal Experience as an Environmentally Conscience Consumer