You remember the three R’s from grade school, right? No, not those three. The other three. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
These R’s are so relevant and effect that we haven’t had to add or subtract from their wisdom in decades. And not only are they good for Mr. Earth, they are excellent ways to save money.
In making serious efforts to save money, we’re finding how many things in our lives are simply luxuries and can reduce from our spending. Things that used to be staples in our budget have been cut – and barely missed.
How many paper towels are we using? No paper towels, that’s how many.
You heard that right, we haven’t bought a single ply of paper towel since we moved to Canada 8 weeks ago. It’s one of the very first things that I realized had to go from our budget. I just couldn’t justify spending however-many dollars on something so darn disposable. It’s a two-fer deal, save money and save kitchen waste. That’s right, we’re going green in the kitchen, baby – and saving the green stuff to boot.
So what are we doing instead? Using cloth, of course. Towels, washcloths, napkins – all cloth. What has surprised me the most about this transition is that it wasn’t much of an adjustment at all. I thought I would really notice the absence of my slighted paper products, but I haven’t. Paper towels really were just sucking up my money without filling a real need in my life.
Surprisingly, I’m not doing more laundry because of the switch. The first thing you think about when using cloth towels and napkins is that your going to have an extra load of laundry a week, eh? I haven’t found that to be true. Honestly, we don’t get things that dirty. We can use the same cloth napkin several times before it needs washing, while we would have only used it once and disposed of it had it been paper.
Not often can you go green and save money in one fell swoop. Often times going green, organic, natural, whatever-you-want-to-call-it is associated with switching to more expensive, albeit healthier products. Here’s a chance to do both things at the same time, plus save yourself some garbage. Win-Win-Win.