Wednesday, August 7, 2019

10 Things I Don't Buy Anymore ft. Low Waste Living

Hey muffins! Ever since starting my journey towards living low/zero waste I have been making a lot of changes in my life. 😃 This has been an amazing experience for me, and it has definitely changed my life for the better. Today I wanted to share with you all some things that I have stopped buying "cold-turkey" because of this journey. Let's jump right into it! 🎉

1. Paper towels - As I've mentioned in both my How to Zero Waste Your Cleaning Supplies and How to Zero Waste Your Kitchen posts, I have replaced paper towels with rags and washcloths. This change was one of the first ones I made, as my mom gave me a ton of old washcloths that she was going to get rid of. 👌

2. Ziploc bags - The news is full of horror stories about plastic grocery bags, but Ziploc bags are used almost as much. Why do you need to use three bags for one packed lunch? To get around this I use Tupperware, reusable sandwich bags, and mason jars!

3. Plastic wrap - Instead of this disposable wrap try using Tupperware instead! I haven't even thought about using plastic wrap since I stopped using it, which shows just how unnecessary it is. Pyrex makes some great containers (both glass and plastic), and you can also buy (or make!) some beeswax wrap. 😊

4. Q-tips - I used to use two Q-tips every night after I showered... And you aren't really even supposed to use those to clean your ears! I briefly mentioned ear picks in my very first Living a Lower Waste Lifestyle 101, and I definitely recommend checking them out. Such a great alternative!

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5. Clothes that aren't second hand - I shouldn't say I NEVER buy new clothes, but it is a very very rare occurrence. Thrift shopping is a new hobby of mine, and it is actually much easier than people think. Check out my top tips if you are new to the thrifting game!

6. Laundry detergent - I don't buy laundry detergent after getting myself an EcoEgg instead. This little device lasts for over 200 washes(!!) before the pellets need to be replaced. Saves on plastic, is all-natural, and makes my clothes so clean!

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7. Dryer sheets - I found myself some dryer balls at TJMaxx as I was starting my journey to sustainable living, and I love the fact that I don't find the dryer sheets in random arm/leg holes because of all the static. 😝

8. Disposable toothbrushes - I guess I never really used disposable toothbrushes unless I was traveling due to the fact that I love my electric toothbrush... But now I just bring my electric one when I travel too!

9. Plastic water bottles - I have mentioned this is multiple Plastic Free July posts, but you should NEVER use plastic water bottles unless the water is unsafe to drink. End of story.

10. Snack foods - After falling in love with shopping in the bulk bins, there is really no reason to buy individually packaged snack foods. This has probably been the hardest switch for me as I love the junk foods that I have been eating for years, but I am slowly replacing all of them!

I may or may not still buy Sour Patch Kids from time to time 😬

What have you been giving up to be more sustainable? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!


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  1. I found a set of silicone covers on Amazon to replace my plastic wrap. They come in different sizes so are great to cover up a glass of unfinished milk, or to cover up a pyrex bowl of dinner leftovers etc. xo Nipa @fashionipa

  2. I used to use a travel toothbrush too but have since switched to bringing my electric one. Which is so much better. I swear by tupperware and also have a water bottle with me. Do you have any resuable sandwich bag recommendations?
    Kim |

    1. Hey Kim, thanks for stopping by!! I personally bought two sets of these from Amazon:
      Let me know if you purchase them!


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