My Eco Week

Does it ever seem like all of your things need replacing, all at once? This week alone, I had to run errands for three different broken things! I’m feeling really excited that I was able to find a sustainable way to replace all three of them–here are some great resources for reusable and recyclable household products.

Soap dispenser

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Image from Rail19’s Etsy shop

I was getting tired of cheap, plastic soap dispensers, some of which were too gross to refill and others that were too poorly made to be reused. Enter Rail19, an Etsy shop specializing in glass soap/lotion dispensers and spray bottles. My favorite part is the recycled glass section, which has dispensers in various shapes, sizes, colors, and overall styles. For people searching to use the smallest amount of plastic possible, there are metal pumps, but those items tend to be more expensive ($15+). Since I’m all about saving money, I opted for a recycled glass bottle with a BPA-free, FDA-approved plastic pump for $11.50. Rail19 shipped quickly and my package arrived safely. I filled my bottle with some bulk liquid soap from Ocean State, and it has worked perfectly! Highly recommend.

 

Paper towels

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Photo by Josh Mormann on https://www.flickr.com/photos/noego/4610114040

I’ve been thinking about our paper towel consumption since visiting a family-friend and admiring her unbleached paper goods, including paper towels and toilet paper. We were running low on paper goods this week, which got me inspired to find a different solution. While I’m not in the position to be purchasing fancy toilet paper–it’s clearly not reusable, and I’d have to go out of my way to buy it–I started looking into reusable paper towel options on Etsy. And, once again, I came across my current favorite shop, Green Little Nest. I can guarantee that this won’t be the last time I mention Green Little Nest, mostly because I have purchased so many wonderful items from the shop! I love my reusable organic cotton facial rounds for applying daily toner and skin medication, and their mini-baskets are perfect for holding the cotton rounds and other little trinkets.

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Photo from Green Little Nest’s Etsy shop

Green Little Nest’s “Unpaper” towels are super absorbent, 11×11 inches square, and made from unbleached organic cotton. As with all of their organic cotton products, items become more absorbent with each wash (awesome!), and Green Little Nest recommends washing your items before their first use to enhance their quality. I ordered the single sample for $1.75, and it will have its pre-wash tomorrow morning. I’ll report back once I’ve had a chance to test them out, but for now, know that Green Little Nest has yet to disappoint!

 

Grocery bags

Easy Knit produce bag // www.deliacreates.com

Photo from deliacreates.com

There are many, many days where my entire outfit is hand-me-downs from a friend. I usually love these items so much more than anything purchased new, and as a result I wear them in quickly. So, in accordance with the ongoing theme of my week, a cozy pair of hand-me-down cotton leggings ripped down the seam (luckily I was leaving work when it happened, and avoided any embarrassment–phew!). I didn’t want to throw away good fabric, but the leggings were definitely irreparable. What to do?

Easy Knit produce bag // www.deliacreates.com

Photo from deliacreates.com

Somehow after moving in with my boyfriend, I abandoned my reusable produce bags. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t have enough bags to carry the produce for two peoples’ meals; perhaps I just got lazy. Then, while food shopping last week, I noticed how often I pulled those little plastic bags off the reel, and how they got thrown away right when we got home. So with grocery bags on my radar and a pair of ripped leggings, I decided to turn my pants into mesh satchels for produce. Here is a super straightforward and helpful tutorial from Delia Creates. It’s possible to make these without a sewing machine, too! Hooray sustainability!

What are your favorite eco-friendly “replacement” products? Let me know in the comments!

Stay savvy,

–Kim

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