04 Apr 2018

Waste Not, Want Not

Waste, and how we choose to handle it, affects the health of our environment. And when you live in a beautiful place like Colorado, you’re a bit more mindful of how important it is to protect the air, water, plants, and mountains that make our state so amazing.

If you’re a camper (or avid hiker), you’re probably familiar with the whole “leave no trace” mantra of the outdoors — pack it in, pack it out. You could start applying a bit of that mantra to your home life by doing your part to “leave no trace” on this earth. Think about how many paper towels, plastic bags, cotton balls, and other materials you throw away every day. What if you could cut back by making a few reusable items, and maybe take out one less trash bag every week?

Your friends at Reunion completely understand the need to clean, so here are a few suggestions that will help cut back on waste when you’re making haste through your kitchen, bathroom, and other parts of your home.

Reusable Clorox Wipes

Clorox wipes are the standard for every home — especially homes with kids! But it’s easy to go through these bottles of wipes in just a few bathroom and kitchen cleanings — then you end up throwing away all that paper and plastic. This solution uses spare washcloths or shirt scraps and a cleaning solution. And you can even add a drop of essential oil to give them a nicer fragrance.

Reusable Paper Towels

Raise your hand if you’re a paper towel waster! Now put your hand down and make these reusable paper towels from terry cloth. You’ll need a sewing machine and snap pliers, but if you don’t have either handy, ask a neighbor.

Reusable Swiffer Refills

Want to save the environment AND a few bucks? Stop wasting money on those expensive Swiffer refills. You’ll need a sewing machine for this one too, but these DIY Swiffer refills are easy to make and you can just toss them in the washer when you’re done!

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

Do you want to break your addiction to cotton balls? These DIY reusable pads are super soft, absorbent, and double-sided. When you’re done, place them in a mesh bag and toss them into the washing machine.

Reusable Produce Bags

While this is not a cleaning product per se, you do make weekly trips to the grocery store, right? And while you’re toting your reusable grocery bags through the checkout line, you may want a bag to separate your produce from your other products. These reusable produce bags help cut back on using plastic, and they can be useful for additional organizing around the house.

Reusable Snack Bags

If you’re packing lunches every day, make that lunch as green as possible! Eliminate plastic wrappers and baggies with these adorable homemade snack bags. They are a breeze to make and they’re also excellent gifts for your fellow lunch-packing friends.

Feeling inspired to save the world? Or at least make it a little greener? We know our residents tend to be handy, DIY types, so feel free to try these solutions and let us know how they’re working out for you!

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