Of the 'Three R's', reduce and re-use kind of go hand in hand as anything you can re-use naturally reduces your waste.
I don't sell any of these items but they have honestly made a huge difference to making my house more eco-friendly so thought I'd share my favourite re-usable products.
Re-usable Cotton Wool Pads I make a homemade toner from cucumber, mint, chamomile tea and apple cider vinegar but used to go through 2 cotton wool pads a day to apply it, and even more on the days I wore make up when I'd use a cleanser, so re-usable cotton wool saves me over 700 cotton wool pads a year as a conservative estimate and realistically more like 1000. That's 1000 cotton wool pads that I don't have to buy or throw away.
I bought the re-usable pads from LaPepe Boutique on Etsy and they're made from organic hemp. I keep them in a little Kilner jar on the shelf in my bathroom and just chuck them in the laundry basket and wash them with the rest of my laundry. They're lovely and soft and work great for cleansing and toning but there are no doubt countless other uses for them too.
Over time I've amassed 20 of these so that I doesn't matter if I'm slow getting my laundry done.
Re-usable Sandwich Bags I don't use these for sandwiches but they're so handy for taking a packed lunch or snacks into work. I use them for sliced veggies to have with hummus and they save me using silver foil or plastic sandwich bags. I do sometimes use Tupperware for veg but these seem to keep the veg better in the fridge if I'm meal prepping a few days in advance. Plus they take up less room and are much lighter.
I bought them from Green Tulip and have 2 but will probably get 2 more. During the week I just wash them with warm soapy water and let them air dry between uses but once a week I throw them in with the laundry.
Re-usable Kitchen Roll I hate to think how much kitchen roll I've gone through in my lifetime! I bought these on Amazon about 9 months ago and feel like they'll last me for years. They come on a roll like kitchen roll but as you tear them off to use them it's easier to just fill a Kilner jar on your kitchen counter with them. I use them to wipe up little spills on my work surfaces and then just chuck them in the washing machine. They're made from an organic, renewable bamboo source and wash really well. They end up a bit misshapen but it doesn't really bother me.
The manufacturer Eco Egg claim 1700 uses per roll and each roll is 20 towels meaning they can be washed up to 85 times. By these numbers they should last me around 2 years but I can't see them magically disintegrating when their life span is up.
Many re-usable products go in the washing machine rather than being thrown away and some argue that you use more energy washing them. For me that doesn't seem to be the case. All of these fit in my regular wash without any problems as they're pretty small.
I'd love to know what some of your re-usable favourites are as I'm always looking for new ways to reduce our household waste. Drop me an email or message me on Instagram if you've got any recommendations.