7 Simple Swaps for Sustainability

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I’ve been on a sustainability kick lately. Since starting my simple life plan, I’ve really been focusing on reducing the amount of waste crap that comes into our home. While I know I can do a better than what I have listed below, I think these items are a great start. They’re easy to replace, simple to use and can be introduced to the family with little effort.

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Item 1: Cloth Napkins

7 simple swaps for sustainability
7 simple swaps for sustainability
7 simple swaps for sustainability

This is one item that I’ve been meaning to swap for a while, but just never got  around to it until a few weeks ago. I bought this 8 pack at Kohls for about $14. So far so good! It’s so worth it both for both sustainable living and for your wallet!

Item 2: Dish Towels

7 Simple Swaps for Sustainability
7 simple swaps for sustainability
7 Simple Swaps for Sustainability

I remember Martha Stuart talking about replacing paper towels with a cloth item way back in the day. It took me about 15 years, but I finally did it. I made the swap and it’s awesome! Martha really does know best!

I grabbed these at Kohls when I bought the cloth napkins. These are actually part of a holiday towel pack that I got on sale for $2.19 (pack of 10). I bought 2 packs. Since these are there to literally complete all the tasks that a paper towel would, I really didn’t care what they looked like. Win win!

Item 3: Reusable make-up remover pads w/ laundry pouch.

I wear make-up on a daily basis so I thought I might try a more sustainable option for my nighttime make-up removal routine.

I bought these little pads from amazon a couple of years ago. They wash well and are still just as useful today as they were when I bought them. At $9.99 per pack, you really can’t go wrong. They even come with a little laundry pouch!

7 simple swaps for sustainability
7 simple swaps for sustainability

Cotton Rounds Reusable 16 Packs – Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads for face – Reusable Facial Pads Reusable Facial Cotton Rounds with Laundry Bag (Bamboo Velour, 3 color)

Item 4: Reusable storage bags.

Reusable ziploc bags are another good replacement to include in your sustainability arsenal. I really hate the idea of using and tossing ziplocs everyday for my kid’s lunches so these are a great option.

The brand that I use is no longer available, but I’ve provided a few good brands that received some great feedback from folks on my FB page. 

7 simple swaps for sustainability
7 simple swaps for sustainability

rezip 5-Piece Lay-Flat Starter Reusable Storage Bag Kit (Multi-Color)

Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag, Sandwich Storage Size, 7-inch (15-ounce), Clear

Item 5: Reusable shopping bags.

I have a ton of the regular reusable shopping bags, but never seem to have them on hand when I make those quick stops to the store on my way home from work. A few years ago, I received something similar to these little guys from my workplace and I use them all the time. Little trips to Rite Aide, a quick trip to the grocery store, they are so freaking handy! I love not having to use a plastic bag because I forgot my reusable grocery bags at home. I mean, they are just awesome! I have two of them in my purse and at the ready for whenever I need them!

7 simple swaps for sustainability
7 simple swaps for sustainability

ChicoBag Original Reusable Grocery Bag with Attached Pouch and Carabiner Clip, Variety 4 Pack – Blue, Green, Purple, and Red

Item 6: Dryer balls.

I was always a little intrigued by dryer balls and I have no idea why. I bought a set from Trader Joe’s a while back and have been using them ever since. I like them, I really do! Dryer sheets aren’t good for your towels and any materials that wick, so having these on hand just makes me feel like I’m doing something right for a change. Like I’m doing right by my towels. I’m mental, I know, but whatever makes you happy, right?

If you live near a Trader Joe’s, I’m sure you can pick up a cute little pack there. If not, head on over to amazon to grab a pack. I think you might like them.

7 simple swaps for sustainability

OHOCO Wool Dryer Balls 6 Pack XL, Organic Natural Wool for Laundry, Fabric Softening – Anti Static, Baby Safe, No Lint, Odorless and Reusable White

Item 7: SodaStream & Trace Mineral Drops. 

I thought about buying the SodaStream for years, but stopped for one reason or another. I guess I just didn’t want another appliance on my already small counter top. But, the reality is that my husband and I drink a ton of seltzer, and since starting intermittent fasting, I’ve been throwing a lot of sparkling water into that mix. On average, we would buy 3-4 cases of seltzer a week and 4-6 bottles of sparkling mineral water. The end result, a LOT of empty cans and bottles at the end of each week.

We finally bit the bullet and bought a SodaStream over the holiday. It was totally worth it. We’ve been using it everyday since the day we opened it.

Note about the SodaStream cartridge exchange program: 

We were worried about replacing the cartridges because we heard they didn’t last and that they were a pain to replace. If you do a search of your area you will most likely find several locations where you can swap your cartridge with a new cartridge at ½ the price of a new cartridge. So far around us, Home Depot, Safeway and Bed, Bath and Beyond all participate in the swap program. There might be more, but these are the locations that are very close to us. 

7 simple swaps for sustainability
7 simple swaps for sustainability

Interested in the SodaStream? You can purchase it from Amazon below.

Interested in adding the Trace Mineral Drops? You can buy them from Amazon here.    

Trace Minerals Research – Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops, 8 Fl Oz liquid, Packaging may vary

Keep Reading!

Head on over to my 3 Steps to Start a Sustainable Lifestyle post where you can download a copy of my free sustainability worksheet HERE. This worksheet will help guide you on your journey to swap your non-sustainable products with sustainable options. It’s super easy to use.

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2 thoughts on “7 Simple Swaps for Sustainability”

  1. I was looking into getting more of the micro fiber cloths for my oldest daughter to helper with her nightly face washing routine. And I am looking into getting reusable bamboo utensils for when we travel and go camping.

    1. Great idea! Now to get my oldest daughter to actually clean her face at night! We had friends come to our BBQ last summer with their own set of bamboo utensils. I thought it was a great idea. I’m actually thinking of buying cheap utensils to have at these BBQs to help reduce the plastic waste. It can’t be that difficult.

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