So Last month I joined the One Small Change challenge to make a small change every month leading up to Earth Day.
Last month we switched to reusable grocery bags which I LOVED! It prevented me from having an enormous amount of plastic bags from overtaking the cupboard under the kitchen sink and it helped the environment. I initially thought this would be a good opportunity to make some cute reusable shopping bags, but I didn't rally get around to it and just used those basic reusable shopping totes. Another great perk to not using plastic bags? They never break on you while you are transporting your groceries from the car to the kitchen!
This month, we are going to cut down on paper use and focus on ways to REUSE...one of the 3 R's!
I'm not at the point where I'm going to switch the "family cloth" instead of toilet paper, but we are going to stop using paper towel (which we seem to have a love affair with). We also set the printer to automatically print double-sided.
We use the junk mail that comes to the house for my daughter's art projects. She practices her cutting skills and makes collages. Whatever we don't use or are done using for projects, goes in the recycle.
As for for ways to REUSE things that might end up in the trash, the first thing we did was make a Milk jug Bath Toy Scoop! Next on the list, we used 2 toilet paper rolls, decorated them, then stapled them together so my daughter now has a cool custom pair of binoculars for exploring with. The next project on the to do list is making puzzles. My almost 3 year old daughter has fallen in love with puzzles and so I started saving old cereal boxes. I'll be cutting them for a big flat rectangle, then using modge podge to cover with an image and then cut into puzzle pieces.
It's great! My daughter gets new toys to play with, made from recyclable materials that are FREE! WIN WIN WIN!
Thanks for the One Small Change Challenge...it's really helped remind me to be more careful and conscious of the little things!