Unique Reusables for Earth Day and Beyond

Unique reusable products to try via mindfulmomma.com

With Earth Day coming up next week (April 22nd!), it might be a good time to think about adding a couple of new waste-reducing tricks to your repertoire. My number one tip for waste reduction is switching from disposables to reusables. That’s because replacing the types of things we use frequently, can really make a difference in the trash can.

So, I bet you’re already using reusable bags and bottles. Maybe you’re even using reusable lunch supplies and wrapping paper. But I bet there are still a few areas where switching to a reusable product would be fairly painless and would help lower your trash output. Are you up for trying something new?

Anne Riggs Designs

I recently discovered an Etsy shop that sells some really great reusable products that you might not be using yet. Anne Riggs is a retired teacher living in Maine who loves to sew. She creates handmade, reusable products out of beautiful fabrics and sells them in her Etsy shop, Anne Riggs Designs.

Take a peek at her beautiful work. In honor of Earth Day, everything in her shop is 20% off through the end of April.

reusable bowl covers via mindfulmomma.com

Reusable Bowl Covers

Bye-bye plastic wrap! These reusable bowl covers are so pretty you’ll never want to go back to traditional wraps and foils. Made from food-safe, laminated cotton with an elastic edge, they will fit snugly around your bowl, keeping food fresh and protected. The bowl covers come in a set of 3 (small, medium and large) and can be machine washed.

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Reusable Makeup Pads

Disposable cleansing and makeup pads have become quite popular in this throw-away age. But why waste when you can reuse? These reusable makeup pads come in an assortment of pretty fabrics with a soft cotton terry backing. After use, wash them in the mesh laundry bag that is included with your order.

reusable paper towels via mindfulmomma.com

Reusable Paper Towels

Such an ingenious idea – this reusable paper towel roll is a set of 12 reusable paper towels that snap together into a roll.  Each towel is made of two layers, one premium cotton in a lovely print, the other cotton terrycloth. The roll will fit on any paper towel holder, but it is also stable enough to sit on your counter top. The towels are machine washable and dryable and can be used over and over again.

What are your favorite reusable products?

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(Disclosure: I received some free product from Anne Riggs Designs in exchange for my honest opinion.)

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Healthy Ways to Prepare Kids for Standardized Testing

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How to Brew a Green & Healthy Cup of Tea via mindfulmomma.com

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Rethink your deodorant via mindfulmomma.com

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Slow Down & Get Dirty with This Book Was A Tree

This Book Was A Tree via mindfulmomma.com

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