Today, I’m going to share some zero waste AND easy to find swaps to make in your household. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many critically important staples are hard to find or much more expensive. I hope this will help people with this while staying eco-friendly.
In fact, making these changes in my own home has saved me money and alleviated stress.
To get started:
Swap Away from Plastic Water Bottles
This is an easy one and, albeit, one everyone has heard before. It bears repeating, especially during the pandemic. There’s never been a better time to switch away from plastic bottles to glass or stainless steel water bottles. This does not have to be expensive! My husband and I bought lemonade, kombucha and other drinks that were sold in glass bottles. The coca cola glass bottles are nice but come in the beer tops that can’t be put back on. To solve this, I bought some wine bottle toppers.
If you’re concerned about your town’s tap water quality, I’d recommend a Brita Water Filter or my absolute favorite, Hydroviv’s Water Filters. They are customized based on your zip code. Water filters cannot filter out everything so companies have to decide what they filter. This means you may not be filtering out the right things in your area’s tap water. Hydroviv looks at your area and customizes your filter for you so you know you are drinking safe water.
Can’t Find Disinfectant Wipes? Here’s a Reusable DIY for your Swaps
The CDC has said bleach or isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus. Huffington Post shared this great DIY to make your own reusable disinfectant wipes out of old t-shirts or cloths. Cut them to whatever size you want and soak them in a solution of bleach or 99% isopropyl alcohol (use 2/3 cups for every 1/3 cup water).
Toilet Paper Woes? Here’s an Eco-Friendly Switch
Much like paper towels, toilet paper is not great for the environment. And with people leaving people hanging by stockpiling them, it may be a good time to purchase a bidet. It’s far more sustainable for the earth. The US is actually behind other first-world countries in adopting bidets. Here’s a very affordable and easy to install one on Amazon that’s rated highly.
It’s Time to Ditch Paper Towels
Again, read my post about how terrible paper towels are for the earth and how much money you can save not buying them. Not that you may be able to buy them in many stores right now. I highly recommend investing in one or two sets of unpaper towels. They are just as effective and can be much more attractive in your kitchen. It is a great zero waste swap to make to save money and stress!
Stay Safe and Healthy
My hope is that all my readers and customers stay safe during these times. I hope these easy swaps can help save you money and lift a little stress from searching the stores for these difficult to find items.
Which of these swaps are you going to try first?
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