In my effort to be more Eco-friendly, drug I have come across a wide array of tips and tricks via the interwebs. Many of them you’d be hard pressed to ever see me attempt. (i.e., making a cell phone charging station out of a toilet cleaner bottle… Uh… no).
I have however happened upon a handful of surprisingly useful sustainability hacks that are so stupid simple I can’t believe they aren’t well known.
1. Mesh Fruit Bags
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I wonder if there is a way I could buy loose fruits and veggies without using a plastic bag that doesn’t involve letting them roll around in god-knows-what is smeared on this cart?” Yes? Well you are in luck, because some genius came up with reusable mesh baggies. Come, join me in the “how did I not know this was a thing?!” club, we have bags for all the things.
2. Bread Clips, Rubber Bands, and Twist Ties
You know all those rubber bands, clips, and twist ties that come on assorted food packages? You know how you throw them away with the packaging? Have you ever asked yourself why? Why? WHY? Well I hadn’t. But now I have a handy basket in the kitchen that I use to collect said “closure apparatuses” and I use them all. the. time. Not sure how to reuse them? Check out these links for ideas:
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3. Toilet Paper Rolls and Dryer Lint
Toilet paper rolls. The Internet is full of ways to repurpose them (like this). Most suggestions involve crafting a sinfully ugly something-or-other that will just delay the inevitable toss into the trash. Why do that when you can make something useful out of them by pairing it with another regularly tossed item? Enter dryer lint. Stuff those would-be craft tubes with the fuzzy treasures from your dryer and you have yourself a rather effective fire starter. As someone who owns a wood stove and lives in a cold-ass-winter climate, these babies are an awesome time saver. (Note: Don’t go knocking my wood stove as anti-sustainable)
So there you go, three ways to be more sustainable that don’t require homemade compost tea or a gray water system. You’re welcome.
What are some of your favorite sustainability hacks? Share in the comments below!