You Could Save Money by Ditching These 5 Disposables and Buying Reusables
Saving the planet doesn’t always come cheap.
Many of the disposable products we often use are easy to find at low prices, making them seem preferable to their reusable counterparts.
But the convenience of disposable products often comes at a steep cost to the environment. Plastic bags and straws pollute the ocean and are often ingested by sea animals. Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.
Buying reusable products may cost more up front, but you may be surprised to find out how soon they end up paying for themselves since you can reuse them instead of buying more of the disposable versions.
5 Reusable Products That Can Ultimately Save You Money
We took five household products and compared the costs of the reusable versions to the disposable versions. The prices were sourced from Amazon on May 8, 2019.
A reusable stainless steel straw costs $.99 ($7.99 for a pack of eight, plus two brushes!), which is equal to the cost of about 50 disposable straws at 2 cents each. After 50 uses, the cost of the reusable straw will break even with the cost of the disposable straws.
Nicole Dow is a senior staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.