I am already in week three of my sustainability challenge. Time sure does fly. In my last post, I touched on a few of our sustainable actions at home and some that we need to work on. Well, using the cloth paper towels surely have been a challenge, especially since there are still paper towels in the house. I had to hide them. We keep our cloth towels in a basket on a shelf in the kitchen and we toss them in a diaper pail after we’re done using them. Hey, we better get some use of out the thing since we hardly used it for diapers.
We fixed our paper recycling problem. We are now reusing a cardboard box as a recycling bin. It isn’t anything fancy, but this very sustainable solution gets the job done. We haven’t done laundry yet, so we haven’t done any cold water washing. Hopefully I’ll be able to share the experience next week. As for the plants to purify our living space, I haven’t purchased them yet. Something in me wants to wait until we get a few more decorative items for the house first.
In my last post, I told you guys that I would talk about three additional sustainable actions we’ve taken more so because they were frugal; selling, thrifting, and repurposing. So lets get going :).
Before buying something new, we look for what we can sell to make room for and/or help pay for the upgrade. We always sell our old cellphones to help fund the purchase of another. I accumulate a lot of clothes *shifty eyes*, so I sell what I can (I donate some) to clear out my closet and to help replenish finances.
If there is something a bit on the pricey end that I want, I won’t hesitate to buy it used on Ebay or Craigslist. We’ve purchased quite a few pieces of furniture and appliances from sellers on Craigslist. I’ve purchased tons of clothes for myself and Jayden and some toys from Ebay and local thrift stores. Some other places to find great deals and even freebies are yard/garage sales, consignment shops, Freecycle*, Freepeats*, and ThredUP*. * I haven’t completed a transaction with these services yet, but hear they are awesome.
There are many things in your home that can be repurposed and reused in other ways. Take my hanging pepper garden created out of a canvas bin and hemp twine. Last year, I had done something similar at our old place, but this year, I wanted something larger only using resources we already had. In my kitchen, I took an old vase and turned it into storage for cooking spoons. We use glass jars to keep nails, screws, and other odds and ends organized. Jayden uses cardboard boxes as a fresh canvas and we love shoe racks because they can hold so much more than just shoes. We have one hanging over the door in our laundry room which holds our cleaners and one over our upstairs bathroom to hold toiletries.
Here’s a more detailed video round up of some things we’ve thrifted and repurposed. Put on your dancing shoes :).
Join me next week where I will talk a bit about the Seventh Generation cleaning products and a few others I’ve received :).
What have you thrifted or repurposed in your home? Share!
I’ve been invited by Walmart and Seventh Generation to participate in a sustainability challenge. I hope you continue to follow my fellow Walmart Moms: Jennae of Green Your Décor, Monica of Mommy Brain Reports, Jenn of Frugal Upstate, Denise of Wholesome Mommy, and I on our four week journey to living a more sustainable lifestyle.
And as you already may know, I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Seventh Generation provided me with product samples. Walmart has also provided me with additional compensation for the time involved in the campaign. Participation in this program is voluntary. All opinions are my own.