10 Ways to Reuse

Recycling is important, but our goal is not to recycle more but to use less. Did you know that only 9% of the world’s recyclables end up getting recycled?? The rest ends up in landfills!!

Start by asking yourself “Do I really need this?”, I know we want things, but as we get used to living a less wasteful life we find that our wants change. We simply want less stuff! Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Mason Jars! I love to keep my pantry staples in Mason Jars. I find it keeps it neat, easy to find, and helps keep pesky bugs away! We use them for leftovers, pantry items, bag clips…endless uses! Plus it looks all #mariekondo – esque! Makes my Monica side happy too – “Freinds” reference!
  2. Reusable sandwich bags. I’ve tried several brands and really love the Lunchskins bags and the Stasher bags. The Stasher bags are great for cheese and wet items. We take them hiking, store items in them, take them in the car etc. Quick tip: Use a Chalk Marker to write the contents on the bags, you can then erase it and write the next item that goes in the bag.
  3. Reusable cutlery set. My husband and I both carry a roll-up pouch that contains a spoon, fork, and chopsticks and we added a knife, metal straw, and cloth napkin over time. I really like the Numu set because the for tines stab well and are spaced far enough apart to allow for easy cleaning.
  4. Reusable water bottle!!!! This is an easy adjustment and can make a huge difference! In the US 1500 bottles are tossed a second – not day, SECOND. I like the insulated metal bottles the best, keeps my drink cool all day even in a hot car. Or hot. When I’m hiking I will take hot tea for an afternoon break. We like Hydroflask.
  5. Concentrated Cleaners As a Shaklee distributor I really appreciated products that use fewer bottles etc. By using concentrated cleaners in reusable bottles you can help keep 1000’s of plastic bottles out of landfills and hazardous waste sites. We use Basic H2.
  6. Reusable Grocery Bags, there is some debate about this. Some are concerned that the process of making the bags combined with the waste from old bags is such a large concern that it negates what we are trying to accomplish. My husband works with landfills, however, and he says plastic bags are the bane to landfills. They escape, end up in oceans, all over the landfill, and never break down. I think choosing wisely and really using them makes a difference. Quick tip: Forgot to take them into the store? Just ask the bagger to put your items straight into the cart and them bag them when you get to your car.
  7. Glass Storage Jars. Outside of Mason jars we also use rectangular storage containers for leftovers. Most have plastic lids with silicone seals, but it’s still a step in the right direction. It allows us to reuse while also guarding against leaching from plastics. The lid rarely touches anything. Plus you can safely re-heat in them and even freeze them. I like the ones from Ikea – OK…I like everything from Ikea, but thes work well and are cheapy cheapy!
  8. Make your own rags. Old clothes and towels that wear out end up in landfills. Instead, try using pinking shears and cutting them into squares to use for cleaning. We use rags instead of paper towels. It takes a little adjusting, but once you’re used to you almost forget about paper towels completely. Quick Tip: Pinking sheers (those rigged scissors that look like Jack-o-Lantern teeth) help keep the rags from getting stringy and unraveling as quickly.
  9. Reusable Make up remover pads. This is something I have come to love!! Something like this. Mine are soft and white cloth rounds and work great. They get stained after a while, especially if you use it for mascara, but they wash up well and I figure they are on display so it doesn’t matter if they get stained. But please don’t use bleach – it is a dangerous product for your health. We use Nature Bright.
  10. Cloth Napkins. We have used cloth napkins for years and I love it. Actually…be warned…it becomes a sort of addiction, like…oooooOOOO I need ones for every season!!! But we are trying to cut back right? Right? I have napkins that were my grandmother’s and my mother’s. We just keep them in a bin in the dining room and grab and go. Plus I have Nature Bright, mentioned above, and I can keep them stain-free!

Once you start reusing it becomes easier and easier and more a natural part of your lifestyle. You’ll think of many more ways to reuse every day.

Share your reusable hacks with us!

Ahhh Fresh Air: It matters for your health.

Ok…yes…I still have dishes in the sink. It’s OK, no one is perfect. But I do have my window open!! YAY – open windows make me happy!!! They also help make me healthy!!

The home is potentially the most dangerous place you go because of the high levels of indoor pollution, which are toxic gases and particles trapped in your home. They can lead to things like asthma, emphysema, eye irritation, nose irritation, throat irritation, headaches, nausea and more.

Some things you can do to help reduce the poor Indoor Air Quality in your home are switch to non-toxic cleaners like Shaklee Get Clean, keep a clean home- I know it sounds silly, but it helps…even if you don’t put your dishes away until the next morning. Use appliances properly, ditch the air freshener- really!! read all the little fine print – this stuff is dangerous! Ditch those scented candles too unless you know the wick and scent are safe, use proper ventilation and choose safer carpet and furnishings which can give off harmful VOCs and one thing that can help, in addition to these, is to open your windows.

Did you know?? The Environmental Protection Agency lists your home and office as one of the top 5 environmental health concerns??? With possible negative impacts lasting years!!

Did you know?? Consistent cleaning of your home can greatly reduce bacteria and viruses in your home without using bleach and germicides!

Did you know?? A person who spends just 15 minutes cleaning the shower with conventional cleaners could inhale 3 times the acute exposure limit!!

Opening your windows just 10-15 minutes a day can greatly reduce your poor indoor air quality (IAQ), no matter what season-even when it’s cold outside.

It’s just a few minutes, even 5 minutes helps, and won’t impact your heating or cooling bill, just your health. Why?

So throw open that sash – you know, the window, and let that air in and out!! Grandma was right!

Breathe and enjoy!

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Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools, and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors helping people live younger longer.