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Paper towels, napkins, and tissues. They all got pitched for their single-use which is the dark side of the force.

I don’t think Yoda would be super happy about my progress, I probably would have flunked as his student, but I am still making progress on the war against single-use.


There was much to be gained by switching from single-use to reusable.

Mr. BuLL and I are a small family, party of two, and we typically need to put trash out every other week. The nice sanitation crew comes weekly, even when we make an effort to wheel our blue bin to the curb, it is rarely full but after two weeks, we will have at least one trash bag.

Sometimes we will have more because our neighbors take advantage of our empty can. The reusable force is not strong with them.


The savings is where we cash in on the war against ditching disposables. We haven’t bought zip lock bags, paper towels, or Swiffer dusters in years. We still have a large package of paper towels that we bought years ago. At this point, we have moved it three times.

It has more miles on it than my library books!

Many disposable items are cheap, which is, initially, what made them so appealing. Since we are ditching disposables, the small rouge savings can be used for a different battle like paying our mortgage off in 15 years or used in our joint investing account.


As with any battle, there are costs. Since we use many reusable products like microfiber cloths, reusable napkins, and handkerchiefs, there is an “eww” cost. Mostly, the part where I have to touch the grossness and wash it. Well, I throw it into the washing machine and it washes the grossness right out of it! Washing machines are definitely on the good side of the force.

We have come a long way from buying single-use items but there are still plenty of improvement areas. I continue to use the paper towel stash for cleaning toilets and toilet paper. There are some things I just haven’t the nerve to switch.

The battle continues and the war on disposables is not won!

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