I was initially at a loss as to what to ditch. While we haven't gone paper-towel free, we've cut down our use dramatically. (And switched to sustainable, paper-from-paper for what we do use.) But just thinking about the DtD challenge has me thinking differently.
Officially, we're ditching purse-pack tissues in favor of handkerchiefs. Franklin asked me to buy some; my brother-in-law carries them faithfully. And since Freddie's requests for a tissue are often, er, non-productive, I figured it would be an easy switch, and one that reduced our reliance on a heavily packaged product.
So far? Easiest green thing we've ever done.
But here are a few other disposables on which we've reduced our use:
- I was an early adopter of Lysol wipes for quick cleaning; while I've switched over to rags, I've been in the habit of keeping the wipes on hand. I realized the other day that I've all-but-stopped using them and wouldn't miss them if they were gone.
- Ding, dong the Clorox ToiletWand system is dead!
- After weeks of the Diaper Debate, we've ordered three cloth diapers to test out. Assuming they work, we'll buy more.
- I'm keeping a handkerchief in our bathroom, reaching for it instead of a tissue almost every time.
There's always more to do, but for the moment, it feels like we keep managing to find simple, straightforward and logical things to do to make a difference.