The rule of the game is, anything disposable is always going to cost you more money. Think about it this way; if you are buying something to immediately throw it away, you are literally throwing away your money. So aside from the environment, disposable items make no economical sense at all in our day to day lives. Once you step back and look objectively at the disposables industry, it’s absolute madness; the only people benefitting are the mass corporations pumping out the disposable items into our homes, landfill sites and oceans.
A swap I’m still transitioning over to (due to a large amount of packet tissues hanging around in my house because apparently my sister is a packet tissues hoarder, so I am desperately trying to use those up first) is handkerchiefs. This is another one of those things which seem to have been phased out over the generations, and for millennials it is something you would associate with your grandparents or parents, but not yourself or your friends. Like the soap bars, there seems to be a stigma of handkerchiefs being unsanitary or unhygienic particularly when you have a cold or are sick. My dad has used handkerchiefs my whole life, including on me when I was a child (so a lot of snot and sneezes captured in them!), and we are both still here to tell the tale. As long as you are careful about only using them once if you are sick, there is no way the handkerchief is going to make you worse.
For washing, I just add them into my general laundry load, so there is no extra washing to do at all. It’s good to have a few on the go if you have a cold, but on a normal basis I find two is enough for a week- the incidences where I even need the handkerchief are relatively few and far between so two serves just fine. They replace the need for a serviette if you are eating food on the go as well, so you are eliminating another waste item day to day. Tissue packs have an outer plastic packet and the tissues themselves are made of paper- the plastic is not recyclable so will sit in landfill and the paper used for the tissue was made by cutting down a tree- living organisms which provide the oxygen we breathe. How can we throw it away after one use when it costs so much of the earth to make?
I found my handkerchiefs lying around the house from when we were children and used them for our packed lunches, so I would say first stop would be to check with your older family members if they have any spare ones they would be willing to donate but you could easily make some from scraps of material or buy fresh ones if you preferred. I have found a lovely lady on Etsy who makes them out of recycled cotton and for a good price:
They are also a regular feature in Vintage shops, usually sitting in a bargain bucket! Here is a pack of 10 on Etsy again:
See you tomorrow ! 🙂