Take a second to run through your typical shopping list in your mind… How many paper products are on that list?
Paper towels? Toilet paper? Napkins? Lunch Bags?
Now think about all the other people in the world who are also using these products daily… That is a LOT of paper waste!
Cutting back on the paper waste in your own home really isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can simply start to recycle or you can go as far as using family cloth and mama cloth instead of toilet paper and disposable feminine products. There are several things that we do in our home to reduce the amount of paper that we use.
5 Steps to Reduce Paper Waste
1. Stop buying paper towels.
My goal with going paperless didn’t originally have an eco-minded purpose. I wanted to save money and cut back on the amount of items that I was purchasing from the grocery store. The first step that I took to reach this goal was to stop buying paper towels. I started using flour sack towels (large towels can be cut into quarters) and Unpaper towels like these from The 1914 Farmstead.
2. Swap to Cloth Napkins.
After seeing the positive effects on my finances and the environment from this simple change, I decided that I should keep making changes. The next step was to start using cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
3. Use a coffee maker that does not require a paper filter.
Coffee is considered an essential in my house. If I was still using paper filters I would be throwing away so much money and filling up the local landfill because this mama drinks a ton of coffee! About a year ago my darling husband purchased a Ninja Coffee Bar as a gift for me (major brownie points!)… This coffee maker uses a reusable filter so there is ZERO paper waste!
4. Make or buy reusable snack/sandwich bags.
This step reduces paper and plastic waste depending on the type of bags that you typically purchase. Reusable snack & sandwich bags can be purchased on Amazon or Etsy OR you can make your own out of a Waterproof PUL Fabric. I made the bags in this photo over two years ago with PUL and snaps. I use the large one as a garbage bag for my car so obviously the uses aren’t limited here. 🙂
5. Opt for reusable gift wrap.
Using old newspapers or Fabric Wrap instead of the typical wrapping paper is a great way to reduce your family’s paper waste! You can also use practical items such as baskets, flower pots, and reusable canvas bags as gift wrap.
How do you cut back on paper waste in your home?