By Liesl Clark
We got our inspiration for this post by reading Suburban Pioneers’ list of 10 common products you never need to buy, so we thought we’d spread the wealth and add to their list. Do read their list first. Keep a notepad nearby, and write down any items we’ve missed. If we all compiled lists of 10 “Never Buy” items complete with explanation, we’d live in a utopian circular economy, my dream economy. After reading our list, then compile your own and send it along in the comments below.
10 common items you should never have to buy:
1) Paper towels (Um, use cloth ones)
2) Hair ties (look in every parking lot and side walk)
3) Pens (look in every parking lot and side walk)
4) Ribbons (look on every shoreline)
5) Styrofoam Packing Peanuts or bubble wrap (just ask on Freecycle)
6) Ziploc bags (wash them)
7) Plastic children’s toys (just ask any parent for them, they’ll gladly give you a box or 3)
Oh, and if the parents in your neighborhood want to hang on to all that plastic, just make your own toys. Here are a few (hundred) ideas for toys you can make from stuff in your home to get you started:
8) Books (use your library!)
9) Plastic straws (use your lips)
10) Plastic cigarette lighters (use matches, especially from matchbooks you collect from bars and restaurants)
OK, so now it’s your turn. What’s on your list?