5 items to turn from disposable to reusable

Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design & Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

The month of April is #EarthLovesThrift at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. We’re focusing on easy ways to up our sustainability game. One way is reducing the single-use items we use in our household. Plastic bags, plastic bottles and plastic straws are hot topics these days and super easy to swap out.

Here are 5 items you can turn into reusable and not disposable.

1. Coffee cups

Love your morning cup-o-joe at work? Pick up a secondhand mug from your local Salvation Army Thrift Store that you can keep at your desk for those moments you need a jolt of caffeine. The best part is you can usually find a mug that expresses your personality. Whether it’s a designer mug from Starbucks or something a little kookie you’ll definitely find the mug that makes your morning coffee that much better!

2. Cutlery and plates

I love the current trend of not needing matching chairs, cutlery or dishware. And finding funky cutlery or plates at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store is another easy way to reduce those disposable items. Grab some cutlery to store in your desk at work. Pick up dishware that you can use instead of plastic or paper plates. Microwave safe dishes are perfect for when you pack your lunch and need to heat it up. Again you can find one-of-a-kind pieces that make being sustainable kewl.

3. Water bottle or thermos

Never use plastic, disposable bottles again! You can always find water bottles or even thermoses secondhand. Sometimes these are brand new items that someone has donated without ever using.

4. Reusable bag

Make your own reusable bags out of secondhand finds. You can make school bags, grocery bags, produce bags, etc out of used t-shirts. I’ve even made a laptop bag out of a secondhand jacket. 


5. Food or gift packaging

Instead of packing up food or a gift in disposable bags or paper why not funk up a thrift store find for those items. Mason jars are perfect for either food or gift packaging. Mugs can hold home baking for a special friend. Skip the paper wrap for a bouquet of flowers and deliver your gift in a thrifted vase. The possibilities are endless!

Why not plan to try one of the above as part of #EarthLovesThrift. Or maybe even all 5! And stay tuned for more #EarthLovesThrift posts.