Ever try to go one day without chucking a used paper towel or the plastic wrap covering your last portion of spaghetti and meatballs directly into the garbage can? It’s easier said than done. Loving the earth is one thing, but draping soaped up-rinsed out yet still pomegranate-stained Bounty paper products along the length of your dish drainer with persistently grungy low density polyethylene wrap will get you a one way ticket to extreme granny frugal-ville or plain old tree hugger territory. Not that you’d be in bad company with either, but wouldn’t it be cool to pursue a slightly hipper, more modernized approach to a sustainable lifestyle?
That’s where do-it-yourself eco-crafts reign supreme. In one fell swoop, you can indulge your inner creative spirit while also saving a substantial amount of planetary/wallet resources simply by making long lasting, reusable versions of the top kitchen staples that you rely on every single day. In fact, your new array of handmade household basics will be so durable and flat-out handy (not to mention one-of-a-kind) that you’ll probably be compelled to cross disposable versions off your shopping list forever more! Got that needle and thread poised? Ready to prime those knitting needles? Alrighty then — time to get busy, eco-warrior!
Every Day Coffee Filters Made With:
Every Day Tea Bags Made With:
Eco-Friendly Paper Towel Alternatives Made With:
All-Purpose Food Wrap Made With:
Shower Cap-Style Bowl Covers Made With:
Snack-Sized Bags Made With:
Sandwich Bags Made With:
- Simple Polyurethane Laminated Fabric (also known as ‘oil cloth’)
- Water Resistant Ripstop Nylon
- Cloth Fabric and a Zippered Top
- Or… if you’d rather purchase them from a handcrafted artisan, this roundup of 18 options should tide you over!
Individual Sandwich Wrap Made With:
- Polyurethane Laminated Fabric (PUL – also known as ‘oil cloth’) and a Velcro Closure
- Upcycled Handkerchiefs
- This Placemat-Sandwich Wrap Hybrid is yet another cool option!
Waste Free Cloth Napkins Made With:
Produce Bags Made With:
- Upcycled Dish Towels
- A Mesh and Fabric ‘Scrap’ Combo
- Recycled Basketball Jerseys
- Thrift Store Doilies
Dish Scrubbers Made With:
Swiffer Replacement Cloths Made With:
Natural Disinfecting Wipes Made With:
- Old T-Shirts Soaked In A White Vinegar-Tea Tree Oil-Castile Soap Solution
Image via Pretty Dreamer Workshop
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