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. So, this is really about 20 things you never have to buy. Do read their list first.
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. I actually already have a list of 100 items, but I’m going to work up to it, so I don’t overwhelm you.
So, here goes: 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. I’m serious.)
3) Pens (Look in every parking lot and side walk. I can’t tell you how many hundreds of pens I’ve found in public places.)
4) Ribbons (Look on every shoreline.)
5) Styrofoam Packing Peanuts or bubble wrap (just ask on your local Buy Nothing group.)
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?