We are already halfway through 2018 which means if you made a New Years resolution, you probably broke it about 5 1/2 months ago. My resolution this year was to include more reusables into our day to day. The main things to go for our family were disposable utensils and straws, but there are so many other ways to reduce waste for your family. If you have kids at home you already know how wasteful feeding them can be. There are individually wrapped snacks, fruit pouches, sandwich bags, freeze pops, plastic utensils and so much more!
The items listed below are all linked to Amazon products, you can just click the picture to find the item on Amazon. While they are all affiliate links, which means if you follow the link and purchase I will receive a portion of the sale, these are all items that my family uses every single day.
Silicon Freeze Pops
These are a summer favorite that we’ve been using for 3 years now. These silicon molds are perfect for little ones who want a cold treat in the summer. The best part, you just wash them up and refreeze them once your kids are done!
Added Bonus: You can fill them with whatever you want so you don’t have to resort to sugar bombs to cool off!
Yogurt and Applesauce Pouches
Back when my daughter was a baby (and I had a lot more time on my hands) I made all of her baby food. These pouches were a perfect substitute for the pre-made pouches you find in the store. Just fill them up, use them, wash them out, and reuse!
Added Bonus: If you lose a cap, you can totally replace it with a cap from one of the store bought brands.
I keep a bamboo spork in my bag for myself and both kids which we use constantly. The kids think they’re so fun because it’s a fork and spoon in one, and I think they’re great because we don’t waste another plastic utensil every single time we eat on the go!
Added Bonus: Once they have worn down and you can’t use them anymore, you just put them into the compost!
This was a big one for us! Straws are seriously lagging when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Lots of cups are recyclable these days, but most straws are not. So even though you may toss it into the recycling along with your cup, that does not mean it will get new life. This pack has everything you might need for a family. You really don’t need a straw to consume a beverage, but my kids and I like them.
Added Bonus: This packages comes with cleaners that perfectly reach the inside of the straw.
Sandwich and Snack Bags
Another one of the most used items in our house. I do my best to buy the kids’ snacks in bulk and then use these bags from Full Circle to bring food on the go.
Added Bonus: This package has 4 snack and sandwich bags so you’ll be set for multiple lunch boxes!
The final item on my list and this one might be the most important one! I made a promise to myself that I would no longer buy coffee at a coffee house unless I have a reusable cup with me. For hot beverages, it’s best to steer clear from too much plastic as it can release toxins when it gets hot. So my cup is just a big old mason jar! They’re perfect for hot or cold drinks, cheap to replace if (or in my case when) you break the jar, and you can have different sizes based on what you’re drinking. Pop one of these on top and you’re all set!
Added Bonus: This set comes with 3 lids so you’ll have extras to share!