Decreasing My Footprint

No, I’m not changing my shoe size…although it might be more fun to shop if I could wear a smaller size. 😉

Think eco footprint.

When I think about how much trash we generate in our search for convenient packaging, I see a lot of trash going out our door that doesn’t have to.

What are we paying for with all the convenience of little zipper plastic bags in the kids’ lunches?


Cute patterns and colors

For this TINSTAAFL Tuesday, I’m doing something a little different. I’m going to share with you one of my recent finds that might help save our landfills from a few thousand plastic baggies and keep the world from looking like the trash-filled, desolate place shown in the movie Wall-e.

I’m going to use machine-washable bags that I found online.

Here’s my crazy thought process…

Ziploc now makes their baggies recyclable. You can then them in with the plastic grocery bags. Cool. But what if the bags are disgusting?

Who takes time to clean those baggies out before throwing them in the plastic bag recycle bin? If you’re like me, you probably just throw them in the trash rather than fool with the mess. Not very Earth friendly.

Then, I found these items on I love this site for discounted shopping, especially for my clothes-horse 7 year old. There are several sites (Haute Look is another one I browse) that offer sample sale or discounted prices for all kinds of items.

ReUsies are nylon-lined, cotton pouches that can be washed in the washing machine or the dishwasher. The website has videos. I bought several sets from Zulilly (I hate to pay full price for an experiment).

I also bought a set of six zippered bags from Blue Avacado (I like their reusable shopping bag assortment, too). These are also washable in the washing machine.

For both kinds, you have to turn them inside out before washing. I mean really turn them inside out or else food that’s stuck in the corner may not wash out. Ewww.

I’m going to give it a try for awhile to see if I can keep many little plastic bags out of the landfill.

The girls have used them in their lunches for a few days. Daughter 1 reported that her lunch buddies made fun of hers, but she didn’t care. Her friends already think she’s unique, and they know her mom is a little goofy and cool. (Yes, my daughter’s friends think I’m cool!)

Do you do things to decrease your eco footprint? What do you think of reusable bags? What else is on your mind?

14 thoughts on “Decreasing My Footprint

  1. KM Huber

    Great post, Diana. While I am at a point in my life where I am able to rinse out bottles and baggies, it is only a recent phenomenon. Really appreciate knowing about the re-usies, which seem quite promising. Excellent information and resources; much appreciated.


  2. Mike

    I agree with the sentiment of your post – and in the spirit of reducing your scrabble footprint – TINSTAFL should become NFL (NoFreeLunch) – that will have a knock on effect of attracting more Football loving Bronies to your blog 🙂

  3. Julie Glover

    I’m a recycler, and it annoys some in my family that we have to remove all of the plastic bottles’ neck rings and lids. However, I think a little effort is worth it to know you’re preserving something for tomorrow’s generations. The bags look cool.

    What drives me crazy still is the packaging for many items which is far larger than the item inside. I think some electronics do that, however, to make it harder to shoplift. Still sad, though.

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      It does take more effort, but it’s worth it. I have to go behind my family to take off the plastic bags from the freebie newspapers (hate those things). Sigh.

      Good for you for being so diligent. 🙂

  4. Debra Kristi

    My kids use something similar and haven’t ever reported an issue with the other kids. I started using reusable bags a year or two ago and my son jumped on that wagon with my whole-heartedly. He is all about the environment as well. I started my daughter that way in the school system. She enjoys having a bag with fun designs. Now I need to work on the water bottle issue. We need to filter our home water.

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      Welcome back! I can’t wait to hear about your trip.

      That’s great that they are on board with it. It’s a good thing my daughter just got some good-natured ribbing–it hasn’t kept her from using them. 🙂

      1. Debra Kristi

        I’m glad it hasn’t intimidated her. Kids can be funny when it comes to being different from the “group.” You’re a great mom. I know you’ll make her feel proud about her choice.


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