Goals for Less Waste
In 2019, I really want to put my best foot forward toward sustainability. We are already pretty conscious of our ‘trash;’ and because we live in Seattle, we have the luxury of recycling and compost pickup. However, I would love to reduce the amount of waste we produce. We also want to reduce the amount of consumables that are unnecessary (and take a lot of energy and water to produce/ship to local stores).
Some of the little steps I plan to do to get closer to these goals are:
Switch from using paper towels to a set of rags (this post!)
Make my own dryer balls (to replace fabric softeners)
Reduce the amount of overly-packaged products that we’re buying
Avoid using produce bags (unless compostable)
Switch from using synthetic sponges to compostable alternatives
It’s a small list, but I want my goals to be attainable! :)
The Switch from Riches to Rags
Sure, paper towels are compostable, easy to use, and seem pretty harmless to the environment. But to me, they’re low hanging fruit, they’re one of those bulk commodities I really do think I can go without. A lot of water goes into the production of papers and cardboards, and trucking, etc. of any grocery bulk items does contribute to its carbon footprint.
I plan to switch them out with a large set of rags that I can use week-to-week. January has been a little quiet, so I made this into a small craft project for myself and decided to Shibori my new rags (plus, in my head, the dyed rags will hide soiling and wear? maybe?).
I took some large linen towels, dyed them, and then decided to cut them down into 4ths. This gave me more rags at a more paper-towel-like size - I don’t think I’ll ever run out!