There are many items that we use every single day that when we are done with them have no where to go but into the garbage. A lot of times we just think that this is the way it is, that there is no better way. Here are 5 common products or issues that products are used for that people typically by disposable products for. Products that do end up in the landfill. The good news is that there are many options for swapping your disposable item for one that can be recycled or even better one that is reusable.1. Loaf of Bread
Replace the traditional plastic bag of bread with a loaf in a brown bag that you can recycle. Look for brown bags that do not have the plastic window on the front. If you want to take it to the next step then bring a reusable bread bag to the store with you or start making your own bread at home that you can store in a reusable fabric bag or a bread box.
2. Ear Wax
Ditch the plastic Q-Tips that get thrown in the trash and opt for either the wooden version that be composted or use a washcloth and warm water when you are in the shower each morning.
Don't buy into the myth that you need to wrap your sandwich for it to stay fresh. While you could switch from non-recyclable plastic wrap to aluminum foil for your sandwiches, why not just go straight to a fabric sandwich bag. Once you buy one you will never use plastic wrap for food every again.
4. Fabric Softener
Dryer sheets are full of toxic chemicals that get left on your clothes after each use. Stop using them and start using vinegar or wool dryer balls for fabric softener. A common question is if your clothes will smell like vinegar if you use it. Don't worry, they won't!
50 million pounds of toothbrushes are thrown into landfills each year in the USA. Help to reduce that number by buying a recyclable toothbrush or a recyclable toothbrush with a replaceable head. Or you know you could try the old baking soda on the finger trick if you are really hard core!
What products have you switched from disposable to either recyclable or reusable? What products do you still need to work on?
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