Re: Usable Home: The Look for Less

The best part about being eco-friendly is that it saves you money. Because cutting down on waste means cutting down on buying unnecessary items. And if you are looking for places to save some money, identify your biggest source of waste: paper towels, Ziploc bags, etc. These are the best places to use reusable items.

Because getting a look for less, doesn’t always have to mean spending money, here are some ways you can make your own reusable home items yourself. If you can crochet or sew, make your own Swiffer cover, sew up some nylon material for your own reusable food sack. has a great list of ways to hack your Swiffer. Instructable’s also offers a how-to for creating your own Swiffer wet jet cloths.

KibbelsnKnits Coffee Cozy
If you are less crafty, Etsy has a wealth of reusable products that will help you cut down on waste and save money in the process. We love the reusable food sack, $4, and the cute little coffee cozy’s, $8.50 for 2.

If you are in the market for an alternative to paper towels, Happy Planet has some great reusable cloths that are sturdy and shine your counter and dishes just as well as a paper towel. They are $9 each.

Eco-Kate also has handmade sponges, $9.00 for 2.

But it’s not all about getting things, what do you do with your trash? Well, Freecycle is a great place to turn your trash into a neighbor’s treasure. Also, GreenDisk will help you unload all of your techno-trash.

What do you reuse? What are you looking to replace with reusable items? Let us know in the forums and the comments.

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