10 Reusable Products to Replace Common Household Goods
Lower your carbon footprint by diminishing the amount of waste you produce. Choosing these products will bring you steps closer to zero waste!
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Organic Reusable Beeswax Wrap
Saran Wrap and other plastic cling wraps are single-use products that use harmful chemicals like PVC and BPA, which have been linked to skin diseases and cancer. Swap these out for reusable wraps made from cotton and beeswax. These Beeswax wraps (3 for $16) use 100 percent organic, biodegradable ingredients, without any harmful chemicals. You’ll protect your health and reduce waste. If you want to live more sustainably, check out these items you should and shouldn’t recycle.
Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags
These eco-friendly reusable bags (6 for $21) are leak-proof and feature airtight seals to keep your food fresh and safe. They’re a wonderful alternative to the waste of disposable plastic zip-top bags. The silicone bags are microwavable and dishwasher- and refrigerator-safe. Did you know you can get reusable baby food pouches?
Stainless Steel Straws
Straws are undoubtedly a luxury, and by no means a necessity. Swap out harmful plastic straws for reusable stainless steel straws, which won’t become soggy like some other eco-friendly alternatives on the market. These straws (8 for $5) are heavy-metal free and 100 percent food contact safe. They can even keep your drinks cold for a longer time! Up your sustainability game with these ways to recycle bottles and jars.
Paper towels are one of the most overused and wasteful products for cleaning. Avoid purchasing them altogether and opt for these unpaper towels (20 for $15), good for wiping up spills to drying hands to cleaning. They’re also machine washable! If you’re inspired by an eco-friendly lifestyle, you’ll love these ways green living can make you healthier.
Natural Pot Scrubbers
Sponges are one of the germiest items in the kitchen! They also need to be replaced often. Avoid the waste of throw-away sponges by switching to these reusable scrubbers (2 for $7) made from cotton and non-toxic hardener. If you love to clean, check out these quick cleaning tips to help you clean your house fast.
Faucet Water Filter
Avoid buying drinking water in plastic bottles, which are terrible for the environment. Instead, purchase an on-faucet water filter ($42) that won’t bulk up your refrigerator like filtered pitchers. You can also install a refrigerator water filter.
Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Fill up a reusable water bottle before you leave the house for the day, then refill it later at water fountains, soda fountains in restaurants or the water filter at your office. This tumbler ($30) will save you money and leave fewer disposable plastic water bottles in circulation, which protects the environment. YETI is a reputable brand that keeps your drinks as cold or hot as science allows. Think it’s okay to leave a plastic water bottle in your car? Well, it’s not! Here’s why.
Rechargeable Crank Flashlight
Keep batteries out of landfills by switching to a rechargeable flashlight ($18). It’s powered by a hand crank; one minute of cranking produces eight minutes of lighting. It’s also solar-powered, which let’s you avoid plug-in charging.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags from the grocery store are so wasteful they’re banned in some places. Dumped into oceans, fish and other marine life often mistake the bags for prey. The plastic clogs their stomach or digestive tracts, leading to malnutrition and starvation. Avoid harming the planet by choosing a reusable shopping bag (3 for $25) to carry your groceries and other items. Here’s how to clean your reusable grocery bags.
Reusable Compost Bags
If you’re composting, you’re already living a life of less waste. Take your green game to the next level by investing in these reusable compost bags (3 for $19) made from a quality outdoor fabric designed to withstand the harsh conditions of inclement weather and changing seasons. The fabric mesh is breathable, which ensures no vinegar or rotten egg smell. Next, read about how to start composting at home.