Monday, April 20, 2015

16 Fun Ways to Ditch the Disposables and Save Money

Not everyone is a crafter or DIYer or has the time to make or upcycle a money saving reusable option and that's OK.

I don't always have the time or talent either.

I took me three years to get a homemade case for my sunglasses because I finally gave up on the idea of making one and bought one from a crafty friend because I kept putting the project off for one reason or another.

While I was dream shopping on Etsy I  learned how to create a collection of stuff I like. Everything in my Treasury took a turn toward green living - no big surprise there.  I tweaked it to include products you may want to try but don't have the time or desire to make.

Welcome to my collection of 16 earth friendly, recycled, or reusable products that can help you ditch the disposables, make your corner of the world a little nicer place, while saving a bit of green too.


 16 Earth Friendly Recycled, or Reusable Products You'll Love to Try!

 



minoaka studios -  Eco-friendly glasses made from wine bottles. I like these because the edges are annealed (fired smooth in a kiln.)  


Red Yellow And Blue Ink - Bird feeder made from old sign lens. If Lacey didn't want to get in touch with her Spaniel side with every bird she sees, I'd have this hanging in my yard.

eco 4 life - Cloth reusable coffee filter. I haven't purchased a paper coffee filter in my life because I use a reusable metal and plastic coffee filter. Before that, I used a French Press and poured the coffee in something similar to this to keep the grounds out of my coffee cup.  


Anne Riggs Designs -  Reusable paper towel roll (set of 12.) If you like the convenience of paper towels on a roll, here ya go! 

Giggling Ninja Sugar skulls roll up placemat and napkin set. If you are going to reuse it everyday it might as well look cool.

The Coin Laundry-  Screen printed funny eco-friendly kitchen flour sack tea towel. Same thing here. So says you can't have a sense of humor when you are doing the green thing?

Not Without AnnetteFunky kitchen plastic bag dispenser. When the occasional plastic bag comes our way, we save it for household trash since we have to bag it or for Lacey duty. I never go around to making a bag holder either. I eventually bought one similar to this (but mine is not as cute.)

Pillow Supplies -  White black eco-friendly pillow cover. If your throw pillows are looking a little tired, try a new cover instead of tossing it!

Pillow SuppliesEco friendly print, waterproof storage baskets. I like the bike design.

yimmeke design - Eco Friendly Tawashi  crochet scrubbie dish washing sponge (set of three.) My grandmother crocheted a lot of dishcloths when I was growing up but never pot scrubbers. I might have to give these a whirl. 

eco 4 life Reusable bowl covers. I remember my grandmother using these instead of plastic wrap.


mama made Medium reusable sandwich bag. Sometimes reusable containers of snacks are a little too bulky to carry around.

Right Amount Of Kitsch - Pink Flamingo eco friendly cloth napkins (Set of 4.) I am very tempted to buy these because I like flamingos.

ika bags - Linen tote bag Herringbone cotton Eco friendly market tote bag with brown leather strap. I don't need a new Dog Mommy Bag - BUT I WANT IT! I don't need a new Dog Mommy Bag - BUT I WANT IT! I don't need a new Dog Mommy Bag - BUT I WANT IT! I don't need a new Dog Mommy Bag - BUT I WANT IT! 

hand knitted 4 you -  Eco friendly cotton swiffer covers (Set of 3.) Never run out again!

Light Up The Night Sky - 3 Solar mason jar vintage blue 100th anniversary limited edition. I need to repair my current set of dead hanging solar lights but just in case I don't....

Have you made or used anything on the list? How did it work?

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Disclosure: None of the shops listed or Etsy for that matter paid me to mention them in this post. In fact, they don't even know I exist. I'm just sharing some cool stuff I found while snooping around Etsy.

Further Disclosure: I'm kinda of bad at promising myself I will just window shop Etsy and end up buying stuff more times that Husband would sometimes like :)

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