Single use items have to be purchased over and over again, causing you to spend more and more of your money on things that you’re just planning to use once and throw away. Instead, consider replacing your disposables with reusables.

Some examples of Disposable vs. Reusable:

paper napkin/cloth napkin
plastic grocery bag/reusable cloth bag
plastic baggies/silicone baggies or bees wrap
Plastic water bottle/reusable water bottle
Paper towels/microfiber cloth or rag (an old T-shirt will do!)
baking parchment or tin foil/silicon mat

For additional zero-waste swaps, check out this blog post!

Get creative. Reuse the toothbrush at the end of its teeth-cleaning life to clean around the house; make a produce bag out of an old T-shirt; save your pasta sauce jar and use it to fill up in the bulk isle at the grocery store…

If it’s broke…fix it! Sew on a button; take it to a tailor or cobbler; find your local electronics/appliance repair person.

If you just don’t need it…where to divert

Turnip Green Creative Reuse
Paper, craft items, natural materials, toys, tools, holiday decorations, costume jewelry, floor tiles, art supplies, fabric and notions, wood, metal, office supplies, plastics

Anything that you could find at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

Books, electronics, CDs, DVDs, records, musical instruments, cameras + camera equipment

Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
appliances, books/cds/dvds/records, doors, electrical parts, flooring material, furniture, hardware, cabinets and vanities, lighting, lumber, framed art, area rugs, office furniture, paint, roofing material, tubs + sinks + showers + toilets, TVs, tools, windows
List your items online for free and connect with other Nashvillians in search of items you may have to give away

Nashville Rescue Mission
Toiletries, medicine, school supplies, mens and women’s clothing, baby items

Hands on Nashville
HON has a comprehensive list of local nonprofits and their donation needs

Clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves, books, records, compact disks, video tapes and DVDs, games, toys and sports equipment, dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, lamps and small appliances, collectibles, antiques, knickknacks and other giftware, hand tools and small power tools, linens, curtains, blankets, etc., electronics, furniture, vehicles.

Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, Craigslist and NextDoor are also great places to list your unwanted items. What’s one person’s trash….