The Small Change List

In our Cloth Nappy Doctor Chats Group we are compiling a small change list we can conduct in our day to day life to simplify and save money. I’m hoping to reach 100 small changes.

What can you add to our list below?

  1. Using cloth wipes
  2. Returning soft plastics to the supermarket recycling
  3. reusable pouches,
  4. sandwich bags
  5. snack bags
  6. use body cloths instead of soap
  7. got rid of most of our cleaning chemicals
  8. use microfibre cloths cut up for hands and faces and for around the kitchen and cleaning in general… less to no paper towel or baby wipes
  9. crochet reusable dish cloths from cotton yarn I find at op shops
  10. We buy food thru a co-op with other families.
  11. Buy castile soap in bulk and use it in refillable foaming dispensers
  12. Take your own containers to the butcher for meat.
  13. Reusable produce bags for f&v
  14. Reusable shopping bags!
  15. Choose products in glass or cardboard wherever possible rather than plastic.
  16. Pass on outgrown kids clothes and love received hand-me-downs
  17. Switching to cloth nappies!
  18. Vinger to clean shower screens and mirrors
  19. scrunched up newspaper to clean glass.
  20. use old cloth wipes and flannels that are no longer good enough for the bathroom
  21. switched to a cleaner with essential oils for wiping bathrooms and benches.
  22. Mop the floors with bicarbonate soda/ vinegar / boiling water.
  23. Dry clothes etc in the sunshine as much as possible.
  24. Cloth toilet wipes
  25. Using bath water to rinse nappies (we transfer about 12 – 15 litres to a tub in the laundry to use the next day)
  26. Reusable bottle for water instead of buying bottled water
  27. rainwater tank plumbed to the house.
  28. Reusable food wraps, bowl covers or containers instead of cling wrap.
  29. Hankies & cloth wipes instead of tissues/paper napkins.
  30. Reusable food bags instead of zip lock bags.
  31. we know we use so much milk, we buy the larger cartons so we still use the same amount of milk, though don’t go through as many bottles
  32. Redcycle program
  33. Fix everything we can including soldering in new parts for the tv when it died and putting a new motherboard in the oven when it died.
  34. Reusable sanitary products
  35. No food waste in our household!
  36. re-using bath/shower/washing machine water on garden
  37. Using a baby bath rather than the large bath
  38. We shop at the market and our local businesses
  39. We also grew a large native garden and have a large population of birds and lizards!
  40. Using loose leaf tea instead of teabags (the bags have plastic in them)
  41. I have my own small lettuce and herb garden, fresh herbs whenever we want them and no packaging filling up bins
  42. Rinsing out clothes and nappies into a bucket which gets tossed on the garden (the grass closest to the back door is very healthy
  43. We buy WhoGivesACrap toilet paper – their recycled TP is Actually quite good!, so no trees and less water in manufacturing.
  44. Registering to *not* receive physical copies of White Pages and Yellow Pages and other telephone directories.
  45. Putting a “No Junk Mail” sticker on the letterbox – I like to think that the more people who did it, eventually less junk material would be printed
  46. make your own yoghurt (from a previous batch of yoghurt + milk, rather than the sachets)
  47. make water or milk kefir to drink – we’ve been doing this for around 6 weeks and have gone from buying juice every week (or more often) to having bought one carton of juice in 6 weeks
  48. make your own granola from bulk oats, nuts, seeds etc
  49. Replace wrapping paper with eco friendly alternatives- reusable fabric for birthdays and Christmas. For gifts to non family members (or if we need a bit more) we use recycled or upcyled paper/pictures/drawings. We iron paper (with a tea towel over it) if it is a bit wrinkly (whogivesacrap toilet paper wrapping is great for this)
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8 thoughts on “The Small Change List

  1. Replace wrapping paper with eco friendly alternatives- reusable fabric for birthdays and Christmas. For gifts to non family members (or if we need a bit more) we use recycled or upcyled paper/pictures/drawings. We iron paper (with a tea towel over it) if it is a bit wrinkly (whogivesacrap toilet paper wrapping is great for this)

  2. * make your own yoghurt (from a previous batch of yoghurt + milk, rather than the sachets)
    * make water or milk kefir to drink – we’ve been doing this for around 6 weeks and have gone from buying juice every week (or more often) to having bought one carton of juice in 6 weeks
    * make your own granola from bulk oats, nuts, seeds etc

  3. My recent small changes have been:
    – Registering to *not* receive physical copies of White Pages and Yellow Pages and other telephone directories.
    – Putting a “No Junk Mail” sticker on the letterbox – I like to think that the more people who did it, eventually less junk material would be printed.

  4. Have been doing a few of these small changes since my bub was born last year:
    – use cloth nappies
    – wash bub in a baby bath tub rather than the normal/adult size tub
    – similar to yours: reusing the bath water to water the plants & using diluted castile/hand wash soap to put in the foaming pumps!
    – making my own baby wipes using essential oils
    🙂

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