13 Products That Make It Easier to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle for Earth Day
Have you ever had that moment when you look around your home and think about how much stuff you waste every year? Food waste, single-use packaging, and other trash-creating conveniences aren’t just a strain on your wallet. They can also be a strain on your environment. Now that spring is here and Earth Day is just around the corner, you might be looking for more sustainable products that will help you live a greener life. Nothing feels better than knowing you’re doing your part to help the Earth — plus, it might save you some money in the long run.
A common trash creator in our homes is all that shrink wrap and single-use plastic bags we have lying around. These beeswax-covered cloths keep their shape and keep your food fresh without having to throw them away. Just wash them with some cool water when you’re done!
A lot of people overlook how much plastic they bring home from the grocery store, and one way to cut back is to bring your own bags to buy produce. These mesh bags are super durable for your heavy fruits and veggies, plus a portion of every purchase is donated to help promote sustainable living around the world.
Straws that pile up in landfills can often end up in the ocean, where they can endanger wildlife. In fact, many restaurants are starting to limit giving out straws, unless someone asks for one. If you still love to sip on your sweet tea in the summer, or just have sensitive teeth, these stainless steel ones are more sustainable than your old-fashioned plastic version. Ah, so refreshing!
Feeling guilty about how much food you end up having to throw away each week? It happens to everyone. But you can cut back on food waste with this seemingly magic container that actually keeps your food looking and tasting like you just bought it for longer than normal containers.
The number one rule for healthy living: Stay hydrated. And what better way to do this than with a super cute, BPA-free water bottle — in a limited Earth Day collection design — that keeps your water at the perfect temperature? Keeping one of these babies is way better, and cheaper, than regularly buying plastic bottles.
Taking off your flawless contour and winged eyeliner at the end of the day can create lots of little cotton balls in your bin. Or, you can swap your disposable makeup remover for this cloth that takes off your makeup like magic with just water.
If a fancy cloth is a bit out of your price range at the moment, you can also opt for some reusable cotton rounds that you can use, wash, and reuse as much as you like with your favorite makeup remover product.
Are you looking to work your green thumb this year? One great way to help your garden grow and cut down on your carbon footprint is to gather all your organic materials into a compost bin. But it doesn’t have to be a huge chore! This small and attractive bin can fit on your counter or under the sink, so you can use it easily.
The easiest and most stylish way to go green is to always have your reusable bag when you go shopping. Whether it’s a tote, a homemade macrame market bag, or a foldable bag with a cute print, like this one from Baggu, you’ll always be looking good and shopping environmentally conscious.
Hey, no one would dare take away your morning coffee. Luckily, you won’t have to sacrifice your java in order to go green. These hemp filters can be washed and reused instead of those disposable paper ones.
Ah, the Keurig Coffee Maker. It’s so perfect for people who just want that one cup of joe in the morning, but it also, admittedly, creates a lot of trash. But you can skip on buying those expensive boxes of single-use pods and use your own coffees or loose teas with these reusable pods. Economical and environmentally friendly are our favorite flavors.
Lots of parents have been going “back to basics” and opting for cloth diapers over disposable ones for several years now. Maybe the idea can make some people a little squeamish, but the environmental impact is worth it. A study by the EPA found that diapers create 3.5 million tons of waste to US landfills.
It seems like everything can go in a mason jar these days: soups, salads, layer cakes, chicken pot pie — the list goes on. But part of the reason mason jars are so popular is because they can be used over and over. And they can withstand the dishwasher better than your old plasticware. Plus, everything is cuter in a mason jar. That’s just science.