Dump the plastic storage
Before plastic food storage containers, our grandmothers had dozens of reusable storage solutions. Not only do things like glass containers, waxed paper, brown paper bags, or reusable cloth bags not contain BPA, but they’re easier to clean, last longer, and are far, far better for the environment when it is time to dispose of them.
Check out the library
Let’s face it, here at Reader’s Digest we have more than our fair share of book-obsessed writers and editors. We get how much you love the feeling of holding a new book in your hand, the scent of scoring yet another specially bound classic, we get all of it. New books, adding to your library, it can be addictive. But let’s face it, that’s a lot of paper. If it’s a book you’ll likely only read once, get it from the library! Library memberships are generally free which means you have access to nearly every book on the planet without spending a dime, and sharing those books with others means fewer trees getting cut down. If you really must buy the book, consider getting it second hand, or donating or selling your own books to a second-hand store after you know you’ve finished with them. A little secret: you can even get audiobooks for free from libraries!
Make do before buying new
“Because my grandma was a child of the Great Depression, she was raised to be resourceful,” Kait Schulhof told Reader’s Digest. “She loved to tell me stories about how she made do with items her family already owned when she was a kid. For instance, as a little girl, she taught herself how to get around on her older brother’s large, hand-me-down bike by sitting on the middle metal bar side-saddle-style, pushing just one pedal with her feet. With that upbringing came a strong sense of making do without buying new.”