Low Waste Living Baby Steps

Trying to do my small part in the world, I’m adopting low waste living. It may be at a very slow pace, but I’m doing it. Luckily, Sr. Elizondo is a natural “low waster” so he’s easy to agree with my vision. We’ve already been working on not wasting food and we rarely eat packaged or canned items anyway. So, I feel like we’re well on our way in that department.

Now I’m currently in the process to stop buying kitchen paper products, such as napkins, tinfoil, paper towels, etc. I told Sr. Elizondo I’m no longer buying these items, so once what we have is gone, that’s it. I could see he was a little nervous about napkins and paper towels.

Obviously, paper napkins are easy to replace with cloth. I just received my Ruvanti two sets, white and blue, 12 each. For two people and the occasional family get togethers, I think its a good starter set. I’m actually excited about switching to cloth.

We have one more package of paper towels to go so I have a little time to decide what will replace them. Honestly, I’m not even sure what we specifically use them for which is why I’m not sure what to replace them with. I suspect it’s just an item of convenience available on the kitchen counter.  I think I will just let them run out and see what we start complaining about, if anything.

We are already repeat users of sandwich bags and tinfoil. Sandwich bags are washed and put back in the pantry and used tinfoil wiped off and put back as well. It felt a little strange at first, but it’s really not a big deal and normal life for us. When these run out, I’m thinking it’s time to put that cupboard full of plastic containers from the grocery store food to use.

Fortunately or unfortunately, I made a Costco run awhile back and have plenty of sponges. This might be the “Can’t do without” item. I’m not sure, but it’s Costco size so I probably have about a year to think about it.

Am I missing anything?