So much handwashing. I have lamented the state of handwashing in my house now that my focus the past six weeks or so has been the reduction of single use plastics in things like school lunches. What this really translates into is eliminating single use zipper style bags for sandwiches and grapes. Two lunches equals four bags per day which works out to twenty bags per week.
Seven or so weeks into the school year and we have already saved approximately 140 bags from making their way into the landfill. However, this has meant a change in the evening ritual. For me it means an additional four things to wash by hand and leave to dry for the next day. Unlike water bottles or coffee mugs, reusable bags are kind of a pain to wash and dry. The drying aspect is especially troublesome.
Enter the FloWorks Drying Rack:
This thing works and does not look like a refugee from a baby supply store. It claims to be made from repurposed birch and ash wood and plywood scavenged from furniture makers in Canada. Good on them, eh.
The whole thing also skinnies down to a cylinder that can be stored in a normal size utensil drawer:
This is super handy when you are spending a day cleaning the kitchen counters and want everything out of sight. I am not going all Marie Kondo in my kitchen, but I do love it when there is a place for everything and the clutter is eliminated.
It may not be the biggest change you make this year, but eliminating the disposal of plastic bags on a daily basis is a good place to make a dent in your consumption of single use plastic items.
Note: I purchased the FloWorks Drying Rack with my own funds and receive nothing in return from the manufacturer. I also receive nothing in return from the linked store, which in this case is Amazon much to my chagrin.