- Use reusable shopping bags
Reusable shopping bags are inexpensive and easy to find. Keep a few in your car in case you forget to grab them out of your kitchen before you head to the store. Many grocery stores in Cookeville allow you to use reusable bags. Aldi is one store that requires you to bring your own.
2. Use reusable, washable food storage bags
Reusable food storage bags are also inexpensive and easy to find. Look for reusable bags that are dishwasher safe or easy to clean. These can replace plastic snack and sandwich bags.
3. Use washable rags instead of paper towel
Rags are inexpensive and you most likely have a couple old towels laying around that you could turn into rags. Use these for cleaning and messes instead of paper towel. Save paper towel use for your dirtiest messes, like pet messes.
4. Use wax food wraps instead of plastic wrap
Beeswax and other wax food wraps are become more popular. You can find them at home goods stores or online. Wash them in cold water and let air dry. Most can be reused for up to a year.
5. Use vegetable scraps to make vegetable stock
Place vegetable scraps in a large pot and cover in water. Add your favorite spices and simmer on low for a few hours. Strain out the veggies and store for 6 days or freeze for future use.