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post #21 of 68
We have cloth everything right down to the tp. I keep one roll of seventh generation paper under the stand thingie that holds the cloth wipes, only setting it out for guests. The only thing disposable in the house I can think of would be wax paper sandwich bags, but once they're gone I'll buy some sturdy containers to replace them.
post #22 of 68
We very sparingly used recycled paper towels and if having a lot of guests will buy paper plates but thats a rare event as well.

I do use the swiffer dry cloths because I LOVE my swiffer sweep and vac. I used to have my own homemade swiffer cloths but lost them in the move from HI to CT. I need to make more.

I use homemade cleaning products except for laundry and dishwasher detergent. Oh and we use those plastic grocery bags : but I do try to reuse them several times for other things and if I have excess we recycle them. I am working on getting cloth grocery bags and produce bags.

I use a Diva cup & cloth mamapads. If we have company that insist on tp we will buy it but a lot of my guests know I don't use it so are ok with not having it available to them.

We really don't use much of anything thats disposable and the few things that we do use are slowly being phased out.
post #23 of 68
Finding CD's was a huge turning point for us!

I use cloth pads (the sweet cheeks on ebay are a great start to using cloth pads and are cheaper) and a Diva cup now (loving it!!), used cloth postpartum, it takes us forever to get thru a roll of papertowels (and we get the select a size so it is easier to get a smaller towel when needed, like cat puke), Ikea sells a package of washcloth type towels in the kids section with little loops on them for so cheap, we have tons of them and are used for everything!

Trader joes grocery bags are the best best best, and they wash well! ikea sells a blue version of their reusable shopping bags for 99 cents, we have like 4 and use them all the time. we use plastic bags for cleaning the cat box (does anyone have any other options for this? i'm all ears). We use cloth napkins (always have actually), rags for cleaning floors, i hate getting the disposable plates/forks etc out for parties so we almost always use regular plates (unless it is a picnic w/ 40 guests!). disposable bibs and changing pads just make me ill, what a waste! how lazy can people be???? we do use disposable diapers sometimes if we are going on vacation and their isn't room in the suitcase for my stash. we were on vacation this past week and i loaned my entire stash to my friend to try out CD's (she is hooked!) so i didn't feel bad about using sposies. and what is up with disposable swim dipes? don't get that either.

we only use glass storage containers now because the plastic ones eventually got pitched (and were gross anyway), and the glass lasts forever! we ditched all the teflon because eventually those pans go in the trash, and got a nice stainless set on a great sale somewhere. we FINALLY bought a nice kitchen compost container, so all those veggie scraps are not hitting the trash can anymore. we do use trash bags. and when shopping at the mall or target or wherever, i always try to consolidate everything with one bag. most clerks think i'm nuts! the last hurdle would be the TP, i would love to, not sure about DH. I guess it would be worth a try... Hmmm, maybe I will do that! so, do people use them dry or wet? do you store them in a container wet or use a squirt bottle? give me cloth TP tips!
post #24 of 68
I avoid disposable chaniging pads, bibsters, tissues, dryer sheets, disposable menstrual pads, and plastic shopping bags. I do use paper sometimes beucase I use them to cover my schoolbooks.
post #25 of 68
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Originally Posted by boscopup
Actually, I do use some of these because they're reusable and super cheap. LOL. I have a package of baby spoons, a package of toddler spoons/forks, and a package of sippy cups. They're dishwashable, so I just never do the "toss" part. For the same price as one of those metal Gerber baby spoons, I could get a 10 pack of take n' toss baby spoons. I've been using them for well over 6 months now and they still look like new. And the sippy cups work great, have no insert to remove for washing, and they stack really nicely, taking up less room in the cupboard. I got a 6-pack of sippy cups (no-spill type) for $1.99 on sale at Kroger.

Honestly, I don't know why you'd want to dispose of the utensils especially... They're not the flimsy plastic that adult utensils are made of. They're actually thick and smooth. If you just handed me a spoon without me knowing it was "disposable", I'd never guess that it was.


Actually, disposable type plastic utensils, even for babies, are often made out of dangerous plastics.They are not meant to be reused. There are certain #'s on plastics. I can't remember now-but if you google it, I'm sure you could find out which ones are safe. I know many of those disposable sippy cups and such are not meant to be reused very much.
post #26 of 68
We use paper TP, tissues and paper towels - but the paper towel roll lasts a few months.

And on occasion we do use disposable plates/silverware if we're having a party because I only have enough flatware for 8 people and doing that many dishes after an exhausting party isn't fun. Or I tell everybody who's coming to bring their own utensils.

Oh, and sponges for the kitchen sink. I use those till they die, washing in the dishwasher once a week or so to kill icky stuff. After they're not usable for washing dishes, they end up out in the garage for dh's use.
post #27 of 68
take'n'toss cups, spoons, bowls, etc.

Bibsters.

baby washclothes that come with shampoo in them already

Disposable diaper changing pads

Can anyone think of other disposable baby products that they avoid using?

don't even get me started on swiffer....

toilet scrub brushes that flush away and house hold cleaning wipes


I've never even heard of most of that stuff.

I don't use any of it. I don't use paper towel. I do use sandwich bags in my sons lunch for his recess snacks. I'm going to get him to bring them back this year to be reused. I compost and recycle. We only throw away a small grocery bag of garbage a week and we are a family of 5 so I think we do good.
post #28 of 68
ok, i'm also wondering what the alternative to q-tips is?

we still use paper tp : , but i'm seriously considering switching.

that and the qtips would be it for anything on a regular basis.

oh, we had to use disp swim dipes for water day daycare (2x a week for 2 months) even though they let us use cloth all the rest of the time (and cloth would actually be better for keeping "stuff" in on water day, wouldn't it? oh well.

so, i saw in a magazine this week, disposable one-time lipstick. now, how totally weird and silly is that? it's like colored lip goo on a folded index card -- it's even in a lip shape. i can't imagine how you wouldn't end up looking like a clown with the pre-determined lip size...
post #29 of 68
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leilalu
Actually, disposable type plastic utensils, even for babies, are often made out of dangerous plastics.They are not meant to be reused. There are certain #'s on plastics. I can't remember now-but if you google it, I'm sure you could find out which ones are safe. I know many of those disposable sippy cups and such are not meant to be reused very much.
The sippy cups and utensils I'm talking about (First Years Take N' Toss) have #5 on the bottom, which when I googled, looks to be safe for reuse (and safe in general as far as leaching goes). Also, these items are designed to be reused and washed in the dishwasher. They say you can do so on the package. I think I'll continue using them, since they work so well and are inexpensive. I really have to wonder why people would even buy them specifically to throw away, since they're better quality than your typical one-use disposable product.
post #30 of 68
ok, just thought I would throw that out there I don't typically buy that stuff anyway, so haven't checked myself.I have alot of IKEA utensils for the kids.
post #31 of 68
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Originally Posted by Leilalu
I have alot of IKEA utensils for the kids.
Alas, we have no IKEA.
post #32 of 68


really? Hmm, well let me know if you ever want me to pick you up a set!:LOL We don't live far, and I'm sure the shipping wouldn't be much.I've been meaning to make another trip over there
post #33 of 68
Everyone has pretty much hit on the same things we do (or are transitioning to doing), so I thought I'd highlight one area that hasn't yet been mentioned.

I no longer buy wrapping paper/ribbons, etc. for gift giving.

For family bdays, we just wrap our gifts in playsilks we gather up from around the house -- colorful, large enough to cover practically any item, and perfect for my younger kiddos who have trouble ripping open packages yet!

For bday party gifts/gifts to others, I've made up ribbon drawstring fabric bags out of leftover fabric scraps/clearance fabric in assorted sizes. Same deal for Xmas, except I've been building our Xmas fabric bag stash over the past three years (we have a lot of people in my family! ) -- I take advantage of after-season fabric clearance sales and then each year I sew up a dozen or so more assorted size bags. This past year, we finally had enough to do the whole holiday without paper! FWIW, sewing up bags is VERY easy and quick, and they're so lightweight and easy to store until next year...

Guin
post #34 of 68
You all who use cloth TP are very brave. You couldn't pay me enough money to wash DH's cloth squares. :
post #35 of 68
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Originally Posted by mom2orionplus1
You all who use cloth TP are very brave. You couldn't pay me enough money to wash DH's cloth squares. :
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post #36 of 68
This has got me thinking...Using cloth for just pee's would save me a lot of tp and be rather nice...and I hear you on washing dh squares...mama cloth and a diva cup! Tampons are damn spendy too.

Oh how I hate running to a store at night or early in the morning and buying only tampons ...and the male clerk ask "how are you?" Being nice I know :
post #37 of 68
But let me tell you, cloth wipes make for cleaner bums, if you want to know the truth .... just think of the difference between cleaning a dirty baby with toilet paper or a damp cloth- granted, there's more mess all over with a baby, but still.... It makes all the diff!
post #38 of 68
Quote:
Originally Posted by boscopup
Actually, I do use some of these because they're reusable and super cheap. LOL. I have a package of baby spoons, a package of toddler spoons/forks, and a package of sippy cups. They're dishwashable, so I just never do the "toss" part. For the same price as one of those metal Gerber baby spoons, I could get a 10 pack of take n' toss baby spoons. I've been using them for well over 6 months now and they still look like new. And the sippy cups work great, have no insert to remove for washing, and they stack really nicely, taking up less room in the cupboard. I got a 6-pack of sippy cups (no-spill type) for $1.99 on sale at Kroger.

Honestly, I don't know why you'd want to dispose of the utensils especially... They're not the flimsy plastic that adult utensils are made of. They're actually thick and smooth. If you just handed me a spoon without me knowing it was "disposable", I'd never guess that it was.
We reuse these, too. I think they're GREAT! Plus I don't feel as bad if I accidentally forget one at a restaurant.

We also use cloth napkins/rags/etc., breast pads, mama cloth (and Diva Cup), etc.
post #39 of 68
Oh yeah... I totally forgot about my mama cloth and DIVA cup!
post #40 of 68
We pretty much avoid everything disposable - except for TP and paper towels. Although we do use rice paper liners too - but we wash & reuse the pissy ones, so I'm not sure that counts...
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