When you really stop and think about it, it is appalling how much waste we generate on a daily basis. This waste takes a toll both on the planet and our wallets.

On the bright side, where there is waste, there is an opportunity for savings. Ecosalon recently put together a list of 20 things we throw away that we shouldn’t. They included some basics like water bottles, paper napkins, and paper towels, but they also had some items that surprised us:

  • Tissue Boxes “When you go to the store to restock your supply, buy refills for the boxes you already have instead. Better yet, switch to a handkerchief.”Another option, if you really want to get thrifty, would be to try this DIY Kleenex Refill tip we found on instructables.com.
  • Razor Blades “Buy a razor sharpener to make dull blades like new again. (Whoever invented the idea of throwaway shaving razors has a special place in a melting ice cap.)”We read on Eco-Action.net that “Americans buy two billion disposable razors and razor blades every year.” Two billion! We recently purchased replacement blades for our razor and they were about $2 each, so if we use 1-2 blades a month we spend $24-$48 per year, money that we could be saving. We would be interested to hear from anyone who has tried a razor sharpener.
  • Printer Cartridges “When you run out of ink, refill your printer cartridges at places like Walgreen’s or CVS instead of throwing them away and buying new ones.”This may not be applicable for all ink cartridges, but it’s definitely something to consider the next time you purchase a printer, factoring in both the replacement cost of the ink, as well as whether refilling the cartridge is an option.

To read the complete list and to find out more on how to cut down on waste, click on the Ecosalon link at the end of this post.

We would also love to hear from you about items that you think should be included in this list, as well as how you have saved by not investing in disposables, by posting a comment below. And thanks for being a Tip Hero!

The Top 20 Things We Throw Away (That We Shouldn’t) (Source: Ecosalon)