10 Products That Will Help You Live More Waste-Free
Lower your carbon footprint by diminishing the amount of waste you produce. Choosing these products will get you steps closer to achieving 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 out these plastic wraps for reusable wraps made from cotton and beeswax. Clever Changes uses 100-percent organic, biodegradable ingredients, without any harmful chemicals, to create their reusable wraps. You’ll protect your health and lower the amount of waste you produce. If you want to live more sustainably, check out these 11 things you didn’t know about recycling but should.
Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags
These eco-friendly reusable bags are 100-percent leak proof, are made of silicone and feature airtight seals to keep your food fresh and safe. They’re a wonderful alternative to the unnecessary waste of disposable plastic zip-top bags. The silicone bags are microwavable and dishwasher- and refrigerator-safe. Here are more eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags, including wax paper, for food storage.
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. The straws 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 30 ways to recycle just about anything.
Paper towels are one of the most overused and wasteful products used for cleaning. Avoid purchasing them altogether and opt for these “unpaper” towels, which do their job of 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 33 eco-chic houses made from recycled materials.
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 made from cotton and non-toxic hardener. If you love to clean, check out these 13 quick cleaning tips to help you clean your house fast.
Faucet Water Filter
Avoid purchasing drinking water in plastic bottles, which are terrible for the environment. Instead, purchase an on-faucet water filter 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, and refill at water fountains, via the filtered water at soda fountains in restaurants and convenient stores, or the refrigerator water filter at your office. This will save you money and protect the environment by ensuring you don’t purchase disposable plastic water bottles to quench your thirst. 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. This option features a hand crank that permits lighting for 8 minutes by cranking for just 1 minute. It’s also solar powered, so you can get powered up the eco-friendly way, avoiding plug-in chargings. Get green with these 10 inexpensive upgrades for a more sustainable home.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags from the grocery store are so wasteful (and are banned in some places), not to mention terrible for the environment, including marine life. Sea turtles, marine mammals and fish confuse the bags with prey, resulting in the bags filling up their stomach or digestive tracts. This can result in malnutrition and starvation. Avoid harming the planet by choosing reusable shopping bags to carry your groceries and other items. Here’s how to make your reusable grocery bags sturdier.
Reusable Compost Bags
If you’re composting, you’re already living a life of less waste than many others. Take your green game to the next level by investing in these reusable compost bags that are made from a quality outdoor fabric designed to withstand the harsh conditions of inclement weather and the changing seasons. The fabric mesh is breathable, which ensures no vinegar or rotten egg smell. If you want to compost, you should also try this DIY compost barrel tumbler.