Of course, I appreciate how my milk containers don’t break when I bang them on the trunk lid, and I love how plastics are used in the medical field to make us healthier in a wide variety of ways, but overall, I try to avoid plastic junk when at all possible.
Conversely, I love wood products. I love the idea of purchasing something that I don’t have to recycle in any time consuming or laborious sense. Wood lasts. When I wear out my wooden toothbrush, I toss it into the wood stove or into the compost pile. I love the idea that lots of wood products come from the US and support guys and gals here at home. By using wooden tools, we can slowly break the cycle of buying things designed to last only a little while and get in the habit of buying things that last a long time. I feel strongly that purchasing quality products end up saving money over the long run.
Here are some of the wooden tools I love to use in my home. The links below are indeed affiliate links, but rest assured I’d never recommend a product that I didn’t love and use (or ask Santa for) myself. You can click on the pictures and you’ll be taken to Amazon if you’d like to try them out, or you can seek out high-quality wooden goods at local craft fairs (my favorite place to find wooden spoons, for example) and shops.
This pot scrubber is perfect for doing just as the name implies. I like how it sits up on its own without falling over haphazardly the way long handled brushes do. This little fella sits at the ready sink-side and does a good but gentle job on all important egg-frying pan
This little gem is what I use on the grime in the bathtub, on the linoleum, and anywhere else that requires a lot of elbow grease. I also like that the handle isn’t as slippery when wet as a plastic scrub brush. It sounds silly, but I have banged my knuckles on the tub more than once using a plastic scrubber but never again.
And my favorite: The wooden toothbrush. I love these Izola toothbrushes because they are stamped with the months on the handle so I know when to toss them into the wood stove or compost pile. The bristles also are sturdy enough to last the suggested 3 months. This brand also has other varieties including ones with the handles stamped with inspirational words or with numbers. I left mine in the bathroom on a recent girl’s trip to Lake Tahoe and it brought about a huge laugh at me and my vaguely “natural” toothbrush choices but it gave me a chance for me to explain how much better wood is than plastic. My husband thinks they are silly and lackluster but to those who think similarly I’d point out that I still have had zero cavities. A coincidence? I think not 😉
I don’t own these clothespins but I’m sure I need to. They are made in America, have a lifetime guarantee, and are bigger and way better than the regular ol’ made in China version. Santa, please make note that I’d like these in my stocking.