Learn about well-loved products which can keep your food fresh without breaking the bank and help reduce waste.
In the past few years, I have been switching over to more and more reusable items in our household. The less I throw out in the trash the better. Not only for the environment but also for my bank account. Since it can feel like a bit of an overwhelming process to switch over your life to more reusable items, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite items we are using now.
HOW I am TRANSITIOning TO using more reusables
Here are some of the items I use now:
- Cloth grocery bags
- Glass food storage for the fridge and freezer
- Reusable water bottle(s) and straws
- Reusable zipper-style bags
- Reusable straws
- Canning jars
- Beeswax wrappers
- Reusable cups
Using these storage items is also great on the family budget too. I can’t tell you how much money I have saved by not buying the zipper-type bags. I was using several of those a week, just for them to end up in the trash. Now I use the reusable zipper style bags, wash them up and store away for next time. They come in so many sizes.
I do still use a handheld FoodSaver for freezing meat since we buy in bulk. You can’t reuse the bags which come with the FoodSaver, so they do have to go in the trash. And I’m a little worried about reusing meat storage bags over anyway.
There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for everyone, but getting started is the key. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
There can be sticker shock with some reusable items, such as a lunchbox. But, paying for it one time and then using it for several years will save so much money in the long run from not having to use plastic bags over and over. Think about purchasing reusable containers as a long-term investment for your family.
I love going to my local farmers market and checking out the flea market area and buying kitchen reusable items second hand whenever possible or new items at a huge discount. I have bought some really nice Tupperware for a fraction of the cost there. I have also found some great items at eBay, Goodwill, thrift and consignment stores. Watch for BOGO sales at your local grocery store and stack that sell with coupons for a better deal.
TIP: When you purchase the reusable stretch lids and/or bags, be sure to wash them well with soap and water before using them for the first time. It will help keep them from sticking together so badly. The beeswax wraps wash nicely too if soiled.
TIP: I use Removable Freezer Labels on the reusable bags when I place them in the freezer. These bags are hard to see through and the labels really help with the name and date on them. These labels really do peel off nicely with no sticky residue left.
Now my most favorite reusable item I use almost every day is the Rocketbook notebook. It’s a reusable notebook where you write, save your work to the cloud or send to others using an app and then wipe the pages clean with a damp rag which is included. I have 3 of these now in different sizes. I keep the small one in my purse, the large one at my desk for blogging and the medium size goes to meetings with me. Here is my review of the Rocketbook and other items they offer.
Another great way to reuse is to recycle your plastic and paper items. We are lucky to have our recycle items picked up at our home every week. I have been noticing more and more, products made with recycled plastic or paper items. The cover I use with my Rocektbook is made from Kraft paper and won’t contribute to waste.
I feel one step at a time will always help in the long run. Don’t forget to share the journey with your friends and family and show them how easy it is to start using reusable items
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I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!