I made two of these T-shirt bags out of my old college T-shirts. I was very sentimental about them and they had been in a box under the bed for *ahem* about
ten years. I modified Martha's pattern so the front and back overlap and form a double layered bottom. The clerks at the stores I go to always comment on them.
I've also knit my own turkish string bags
. I made one for my mom, sister, dbf's mom, sister-in-law, best friend, plus two for me... some hemp, some cotton. A checker once told me I should sell them, but each one takes about 8-10 hours. I get paid $40/hour for off-contract time at my work.. that's a $320-$400 bag.
Fine for a gift, but not to sell. I don't think anyone would buy one
I love my Sigg water bottle
. I used to have a Nalgene, but the number 7 plastic is the kind that is probably carcinogenic. The Sigg is aluminum, lightweight, and comes in many colors. I had a hard time finding one that was a 1.0L size locally (couldn't actually.. the news about carcinogenic plastic had just come out) so I bought online. My dbf has a Klean Kanteen
that he adores. he likes the wide mouth so he can put ice cubes in it. We reuse our old Nalgene bottles to mix up organic fertilizer from our local nursery with water to water our potted patio plants and veggies. I don't buy flats of water anymore.. yay! No more plastic.
I also have switched to either Natracare
or Seventh Generation organic cotton tampons without applicator. I was very uncomfortable using them at first and would only use them if I was at home (the bathrooms at work have the sink outside the toilet room.. if you know what I mean). Now, I'm a pro and don't have any problems using them all the time. Way less waste than the plastic applicator ones I'd been using before.
I just bought some Biokleen
laundry detergent. The citrus liquid is ULTRA concentrated.. I use a Tbsp in my front loader. I also have their dishwashing powder and am happy with it.
DBF and I do battle over eco-friendly vs. wallet friendly... so if I'm shopping, I'll spend a little extra to get the eco-friendly (I still only get it on sale) while he gets the cheapest kind available... no matter what.
It makes me crazy!
Something I'm doing for my classroom is buying a class set of used tupperware tumblers off of ebay or at local thrift stores to use for juice. Parents often donate styrofoam cups, but even if it were paper, the wasted pile of cups for 30 seconds of juice is appalling. We'll see if it works. I might just start saving the containers from my yogurt if I can't get enough cups.
A lot of the other products I use are already listed by other contributors. Love this thread... thanks Jan!