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25 Reusable Items That Will Save You Money (And Help the Environment!)

Trying to ditch single-use products? These reusable items are more sustainable and can save you money in the long term.

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Produce Bags

Instead of reaching for the disposable plastic bags when picking up produce, bring these reusable bags to the grocery store. Like many reusable items, they’re machine-washable and will last for years. Bonus: They’re perfect for farmers market trips, too.

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K Cups

If you use your single-serve coffee maker every morning, opt for these reusable K cups. Not only will you save money and prevent waste, but you’ll be able to use your favorite coffee beans for single servings.

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Reusable Paper Towels

Much like Swedish dishcloths, these reusable paper towels will save you a ton of money. Plus, they look very chic! Simply throw them in the wash once they are dirty. Then, reuse them time and time again!

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Reusable Sponge

As opposed to traditional sponges, this reusable sponge is mildew-resistant and hypoallergenic. Simply throw in the washer or dishwasher when it’s getting a bit dirty, and you’ll be able to continue using it. Still not convinced you need one? Kitchen sponges made the list of the dirtiest items in your home. Eek!

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Beeswax Wrap

Swapping plastic items with reusable items is a great way to be more eco-friendly. Beeswax wrap is an alternative to plastic wrap that keeps your food fresh. It fits to any container and even works to wrap cheese, vegetables or a bowl of dough that’s rising. Learn more about all of the reasons to love beeswax wrap.

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Reusable Cotton Rounds

Disposable cotton rounds are one of those items that add up over time. These reusable cotton rounds make removing makeup or nail polish a breeze. Plus, they help you save money and reduce waste.

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Travel Coffee Mug

Whether you’re always grabbing a coffee from coffee shops or making coffee at home and then taking it on the go, you can cut back on waste significantly by bringing this travel coffee mug with you.

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Psst! Starbucks reusable cups are back—you can prevent waste and enjoy coffee from your favorite travel mug again.

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Food Covers

These pretty food covers will replace your need for aluminum foil when throwing leftovers in the fridge. Their elastic band allows them to cinch onto any bowl, which makes them one of the most helpful reusable items to have on hand.

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Mason Jars

Your jam jars are good for more than just, well, holding jam. Use ’em to stash flowers, beverages, leftovers, utensils and more. This trick works with traditional Mason jars, as well as glass salsa, sauce and yogurt containers. Find even more creative jar ideas.

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Mop Pads

While they might initially seem like a bargain, the cost of single-use mop pads can add up over time. Instead, try these machine-washable pads. They can be used either wet or dry, and they’re safe for all floor types.

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Metal Straws

Love sipping through a straw? You’re not alone. But instead of buying (and then tossing) plastic ones, grab this pack of reusable stainless steel straws. They’re perfect for iced coffees, sodas, milkshakes and more. Here’s why restaurants are getting rid of straws.

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Coffee Filters

You might not give your morning cup of joe much thought, but a reusable filter can help you keep hundreds of paper filters from the landfill each year. (Just make sure you buy one that properly fits your coffee maker.) Oh, and here are some creative ways to repurpose your coffee grounds that you probably haven’t tried.

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Dryer Balls

This 2-pack of reusable dryer balls costs about the same as two cartons of dryer sheets. They’ll leave your clothes soft and static-free, plus the hedgehog design couldn’t be more adorable.

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Sandwich Bags

Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money. But go a step further and pick up some reusable sandwich bags. These silicone packs can hold fresh fruit, sammies, snacks—or anything else you’re craving. Cleanup’s a breeze, too, because the bags are dishwasher-safe.

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Furnace Filters

Changing the furnace filter probably isn’t your favorite task. But the process just got more painless, thanks to this washable home air filter. Not only will this nifty product save you money in the long run, but it can also reduce odors, allergens and mold in your home.

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Face Masks

When preventing the spread of disease, opt for a more sustainable (and stylish) option, like this cloth face mask available in a variety of colors.

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Baking Liners

A more sustainable version of parchment paper? Sign us up! These silicone liners fit perfectly on your favorite baking sheets—and their nonstick surface makes cleanup a cinch.

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Shopping Bags

By now you likely have a collection of reusable bags, but you can make your shopping trip even easier with this trolley bag. It fits directly in your cart and has separate compartments for all of your needs—including separate egg and wine pockets! (Oh, and if you ever forget your bags, choose paper at checkout. It can double as your recycling bin!)

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Shampoo

Not only are shampoo bars more concentrated (so you can go longer without replacing them), but they’ll also keep plastic out of landfills. It’s a win-win! Plus, they cost about the same as a typical bottle.

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Reusable Duster

Stop tossing out dusters (and avoid these other common cleaning mistakes). This reusable duster is washable. Once washed, its fringes curl up, making it even more effective at dusting hard-to-reach spots.

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Water Bottle

Whether you’re going on a hike or staying hydrated while running errands, this pretty bottle is a more cost-effective choice than disposable options. Bonus: Customize it with your favorite stickers! Check out more water bottle options.

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Decorating Set

You can still achieve bakery-worthy cakes and cookies without tossing tons of plastic pastry bags in the garbage. This reusable decorating set features a silicone bag that can be washed again and again. Oh, and here’s how to use a piping bag like a pro.

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Tea Infuser

Tea lovers, listen up. This gorgeous, easy-to-fill tea infuser will help you brew the perfect cuppa. Plus, it includes a matching tea tray. For added impact, buy your tea from a bulk store in a reusable container.

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Food Hugger Set

Protect your produce without using any single-use plastic. These silicone tools flex directly over the cut side of an onion, lemon or lime.

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Bagless Vacuum

Bye-bye vacuum bags. Many brands are opting for an easy-to-empty canister that deposits debris directly into the trash. We’re particularly fond of this Dyson model. (Here’s why.)

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.