Tightwad. Skinflint. Cheapskate. Penny Pincher. I’ve been called all the thrifty names in the book, and been proud of the way the reduce, reuse, and recycle mantra has fit into our family life. But what happens when it’s healthier for your home environment to spend a little money on greener products?
In my case, my decision making goes incredibly slowly. I do research, I take polls of friends, family, and greenbabyguide readers, and finally I make small decisions to replace some of our possessions with healthier alternatives.
My current pursuits include a healthier food storage system (since our decade-old plastic containers were made before there was an awareness of BPA in plastic) a greener non-stick skillet, and cloth napkins that are actually nice enough to be used by guests. Our napkin current set was purchased eleven years ago and now has faded from green and yellow to a rather dingy grey. Also, there is no way I would ever iron my napkins, but they emerge from the laundry as wrinkled messes that aren’t much fun to display.
So here is my poll:
1. Do you too struggle with spending money on healthier kitchen ware when your current stuff seems useable?
2. Do you have a food storage system that works wonders for you? (Even when you have to pack multiple lunches with tiny containers?)
3. Do you have a cast iron or porcelain skillet that you’d love to recommend?
4. Are there such things as wrinkle-free cloth napkins that aren’t horrible polyester? Have you managed to make some yourself for your family?
Thanks so much for helping me to overcome my thrifty habits and invest in some replacement items that will truly last!