My Favorite Eco-Friendly Products mentioned that I hate using a product only once, then discarding it, like paper towels or tampons. This has led me to live more of a paper free lifestyle. How do I live in a paper free home? Easily, there are multiple ways to cut down on throwing away paper.
- Use Cloth Paper Towels and Cloth Cleaning Rags, instead of disposable paper towels. When searching online use the terms “unpaper towels,” “reusable paper towels,” or “cloth paper towels.” I love the ones by NaomiNaturals on Etsy (they snap together and are reinforced in the middle, so the cotton and terry cloth sides don’t move around). I also love ManInTheMoonHerbs on Etsy for lint free cleaning rags. For a cheaper cloth, I cut cleaning rags out of old clothes and towels (these are mainly used for really messy jobs like changing the oil in the car).
- Cloth Baby Wipes/Family wipes can be used to replace disposable baby wipes, face wipes, hand wipes, and toilet paper. For more information read All About Cloth Wipes.
- Use ceramic, glass, wood, or metal tableware and utensils instead of paper plates and bowels, and plastic utensils.
- Instead of buying paper wall calendars make your own. I was given a white board calendar last Christmas. It uses 35 square paint chips (7 rows x 5 columns) glued to a black paper, placed inside a picture frame. I am able to use dry erase markers on the glass.
Tip: Use the extra squares to keep track of upcoming appointments or notes.
- Use page protectors (the shiny kind, not matt finish) with paper inside to make a dry erase board for to-do lists, portable calendars, brainstorming pages, and anything else that would be only temporarily used – like scratch paper. Store these in a 3-ring binder.
- Set up paper free billing statements and pay bills online. This allows you to view your bills and statements at any time and have the convenience of making a direct deposit without writing a check. You don’t have to worry about being home to get your mail. Also, if the billing company doesn’t have online accounts, you can typically set up an account with your bank to have them mail your payment for you. As a bonus, some companies give you a discount for going paper free. With Verizon I get a $3 discount each month.
Tip: Some banks (like JPMorgan Chase) have ATMs that allow you to make deposits, without a deposit slip and the money will be available the next day.
- Instead of tampons and disposable pads (which are made with rayon – a wood pulp mixture), use a menstrual cup and cloth pads. For more information read A Menstrual Cup is a Girl’s Best Friend.
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