Have you noticed a theme for the month of January? We’ve been talking about ways to reuse in order to minimize the waste we create. From coffee to tea cups to water bottles, there are countless ways to stop garbage before it happens. The best way to tackle any reuse situation is by being prepared. Our best practice for preparedness is planning ahead, making kits and tying strings around our fingers. Well, maybe only metaphorically for the last one.
Planning ahead is essential in preparedness. Make lists, keep them handy and visible. Keep travel kits full and when you use an item be sure to return it as soon as possible. I love using the any.do app to keep track of my to-do list or to remember what I’ve certainly forgotten, but reusing scrap paper works just as well! Replenishing your kits with reusables becomes a habit once you work this into your daily routine. It makes it easier, it makes using disposables become absurd, well for us anyway!
Some items to have handy to help your reuse goals:
Kits are incredibly useful when you are on-the-go, and the majority of the time you already have these items in your home.
Takeaway Kit – single-use containers and utensils abound with takeaway meals. Tackling this issue can be simple by creating a kit with reusables to help reduce your waste. Items to consider include napkins, utensils, straws and a container for leftovers. Put the kit in your purse or a tote bag to keep it together and convenient!
Car Kit – we know lots of people who forget their bags for the grocery store! Putting your bags on your door handle for when you leave the house is a helpful way to remember. Items to consider for your car kit could include tote bags, produce bags, tiffin, jars, bulk bags and bowls. Store these in an easily movable bin so it doesn’t get in the way.
Kits are personal! Try everything, see what works for you and modify for you and your family’s needs.
Other Ways to Reuse
There are so many ways to reuse and you do not need to buy new in order to do so. You likely have everything lying around your house right now to make a kit or utensil set or whatever else aids you in reducing waste in your home and on-the-go. You can also share, borrow, and buy second-hand to find items for your kits if you need them. Also, consider buying products that come in containers you can reuse for other purposes. We have lots of our bulk jars just from buying items packaged in glass!
Rethinking the way we consume in a consumption driven, linear economy can be exhausting. We suggest going slow, taking inventory of the areas where you can improve and work your way into newly formed habits. It gets easier!