Ditch the Paper Towels
Cloths are a great alternative to paper towels and often do a better job of cleaning up. You could cut up old t-shirts, worn out socks, old bath towels or worn out flannel sheets to make ready to use rags. Many people keep a soaking bucket -made with borax and baking soda- in their laundry room or under the sink and just toss their rags in there to soak for 24 hours before washing.
Cart your Mug
As you head out the door for the day, don't forget to grab your reusable coffee mug. Many coffee shops will fill your mug with your favourite latte and you have prevented just one of millions of disposable coffee cups that end up in the landfill.
Use reusable cloths for cleaning your homes surfaces. You can make your own all-purpose cleaner and avoid the need to purchase disposable disinfecting wipes. Here is one recipe for homemade cleaner:
2 teaspoons of castile soap
5 tablespoons of white vinegar
2 teaspoons of borax
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Mix with 4 cups of hot water
Switch to Cloth Napkins
The options are endless for great looking cloth napkins. Get a different napkin ring for each member of your household so everyone knows which napkins is theirs. Wash them when they are soiled and they are ready to go again.
Avoid disposable paper plates, forks, spoons etc.
Do you usually bring out the paper plates when hosting an event or your child's birthday party? Why not visit a thrift store to purchase extra plates, cups and cutlery to have on hand for such events. There are also many reasonable priced plastic plates that are light weight, easily stackable and dishwasher safe. Great for your next camping trip too!
Consider Cloth Diapers and Cloth Baby Wipes
Cloth diapering is not what it used to be, and with new options in design, materials and high tech fabrics, cloth diapering can be just as easy as or easier than disposable ones. There are a multitude of websites offering all the information you need to get started. It's worth checking out!
Reusable Coffee Filters
While paper coffee filters can be composted, why not save yourself some time and money and purchase a reusable coffee filter. There is also the option of using a French Press style coffee maker which does not use filters at all.
Watch What you Buy
Packaging can be a significant source of paper in your home. Try to choose products that have little to no packaging. Often this can easily be done by purchasing fresh over pre-packaged foods or buying items in bulk.