The key to sustainability is not throwing things away or never buying anything again. That’s far from the truth, especially when you’re already on a budget. The real key to living a sustainable life is thinking about the longevity of the things you acquire or already have.
For example, paper plates are convenient. But they are single-use. Paper products contribute to a large amount of waste. The longevity of paper plates is…well not long at all. Washing dishes sucks but you know when your mom talked about her good plates? Uh Huh. And how long has she had them? Right.
Switching from paper to glassware or even reusable dishware is a small yet major change you can make to be more sustainable. And for the girlies that are thinking “dishware is so expensive, I don’t wanna buy a whole set.” I’m glad you brought that up. I ONLY… I repeat… ONLY buy dishware from thrift stores. Purr. And do. This is a major flex for multiple reasons. You can get unique, antique, or just basic pieces for less than a pack of paper plates. I love my thrifted mug collection and I have never spent more than $2 on a mug, bowl, or sauce dish from a thrift store. The next reason thrifting your kitchen is iconic is because it’s second-hand. Instead of that cute mug going in the garbage you can take it home and extend the longevity of that product.
When you find fun dishes and fall in love with them you want to keep them forever. That’s longevity. That’s sustainability.
Here is a link to my favorite thrift store in town and they ALWAYS have cute dishware for the low.