The Mr. and I are not constantly looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, but it IS something we are aware of and do make efforts to conserve energy and reduce waste. We also want to teach this to our littles.
Just a few of the things we do...
reusable containers for packing lunches/saving leftovers
turning off lights
bathing kiddos together whenever possible
recycling (of course!)
side note: I sometimes think how neat it is that my kids won't remember a time when recycling WASN'T common.
Anyway, one area where I knew we were SERIOUSLY lacking was our waste regarding paper towels. We used them for everything - wiping up spills, wiping up counters, wiping up a spill on the floor, cleaning off the kiddos after meals. We were going through big bulk packages of paper towels way too quickly and neither of us was happy about it. We toyed with different ideas or how to tackle it, but never really made the move until recently.
Meet our new system:
|bucket for dirty rags|
|cleaning rags - easily accessible right by our napkins|
It's seems so simple, really, so I'm embarrassed it's taken us this long to make a move. I bought these rags from Family Dollar for like $2 a pack, so in total, what seems like a billion rags (probably 50) for $4.
We just use them in place of paper towels - wet and go. We can reuse the same one over many times, also, so we don't go through them too quickly. I'm washing the rags once a week with our regular laundry.
I shudder to think how much waste we were creating using paper towels so much, but I'm very happy to report we're NOT doing that anymore.
By the way, I AM keeping the paper towels around, but they hardly ever get touched anymore. I think that bulk pack is going to last us a very, very long time.