Does everything have to be disposable?

This morning I woke up and started trolling the blogs I read each morning. One post, in particular, struck me. Kristen at The Frugal Girl wrote about a new product that was just released by Kleenex.

Yes, I know it looks like an odd shaped box of tissues, but it’s really disposable hand towels. First thing I thought when I saw this: Ah, overpriced paper towels in a box!

Then I started to think about how insane the disposable movement has become. Disposable items are supposed to make our lives easier, but at what cost? Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of riding the disposable band wagon, too. I grew up in a home where we used paper plates, paper cups and lots of paper towels. I think Jeff and I have done a lot better. We don’t use paper cups unless we are having a large party at the house. We use paper plates occasionally but we are still using about one roll of paper towels a week. It’s habit for me. I’ve always used paper towels in the kitchen, but after seeing disposable hand towels, I’m going to try to cut back.

The cost of all this disposable stuff is hurting not only our wallets but our landfills. So, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to watch my disposables. A few things I’m going to do:

  • No more paper plates. We should be able to get buy with the plates we have.
  • Decrease my use of paper towels. This is going to be the hardest for me since it’s almost instinct now to grab a paper towel when I wash my hands in the kitchen, even though I’ve got a hand towel hanging on the oven. Maybe I’ll have to put up a hook so the hand towel is next to the sink.
  • Cut down on my use of parchment paper. I’ve got an amazon gift card on the way from Mypoints.com (if you want an invite to Mypoints to check it out, leave a comment on the blog and I’ll send you one). I’m going to use the card to purchase a pizza stone and peel. Most of the parchment I use is for making bread, which I bake 2 or 3 times a week now. This will greatly cut down on the amount of parchment paper I use.
  • Remember to bring reusable bags o the grocery store. I’m terrible at this one. I’m going to start writing on my grocery list “reusable bags”. Hopefully, that’ll help.
  • I’m going to be more conscious of what I’m throwing away so I can add more things to my list.

If we all make small changes, we can save ourselves a lot of cash and hopefully save ourselves from a lot of trash. Yes, it rhymes and sounds extremely corny, but I’m going with it. It’s Friday, after all. Let your corniness SHINE!