20 Reusable Product Swaps to Reduce Waste That You'll Want to Try ASAP
Keeping our Earth happy and healthy is the least we can do, and while a sustainable lifestyle can sometimes feel daunting (learn more about sustainable living here), committing to upgrading a few of our single-use products to reusable ones can make a huge difference. From storage bags to water bottles to dryer sheets and more, there are so many one-and-done items that end up in the trash.
If you're interested in swapping out a few products for eco-friendly solutions that'll last longer, save you money in the future, and make our planet a better place, we have a running list of ideas. Dare we say these products are even cuter than their more common counterparts? Have a look for yourself ahead.
Swap Plastic Food Bags For Reusable Food Bags
While Ziploc bags and other food bags are convenient, they're thrown out after just one use. Instead, use KVK Reusable Food Bags ($30 for three). They only have to be purchased once and can be washed out in between food storage. They work the exact same way as plastic food bags do, except they last a whole lot longer (and they're dishwasher safe!).
Swap Plastic Straws For Reusable Straws
The convenience of a plastic straw isn't worth its repercussions, so instead of using one, opt for a silicone, metal, or bamboo straw instead. These Kehsaw Reusable Stainless Steel Straws ($13 for 12) come in a pack of 12 that offers all different shapes and sizes.
Swap Floss For Refillable Floss
Did you know refillable floss exists? It's said that one refill of this Quip Copper Metal Refillable Floss Pick ($15, originally $17) replaces over 180 single-use plastic picks. Even better, it comes with a handy mirror inside so that you don't have to head to the bathroom whenever something's stuck in your teeth.
Swap Sheet Masks For Biodegradable Sheet Masks
Don't get us wrong — we're not shaming you out of your weekly masking session. However, it's important to note that sheet masks and their packaging typically end up in a landfill. Biodegradable sheet masks, like those in this Fitish CBD Sheet Mask Set ($25 for three masks), are a better option. They're made of substances that decompose over time.
Swap Makeup Remover Wipes For Reusable Cotton Face Wipes
A package of makeup-removing wipes has 25 wipes inside, and yet, they still get used quickly. Rather than throw away each wipe after you use it, pick up reusable wipes like these Greenzla Reusable Makeup Remover Pads ($10 for 20, originally $16), which can easily be thrown in the wash when they get too dirty.
Swap Plastic Wrappers For Beeswax Wrappers
Why use plastic wrappers when you can use Bee's Wrap Beeswax Food Wraps ($17 for three) instead? Beeswax wraps keep perishables fresher longer thanks to beeswax's antibacterial properties. The wraps can be reused and are biodegradable for when they need to be thrown away.
Swap Dryer Sheets For Wool Dryer Balls
Not only do Wool Dryer Balls ($11 for six balls) reduce dryer time by allowing hot air to circulate more evenly inside your dryer, but they work as a natural fabric softener for your clothes. You don't need to use dryer sheets (which are nonbiodegradable) ever again!
Swap Paper Towels For Bamboo Dish Wipes or Washable Dishrags
Have you ever felt like your roll of paper towels disappears overnight? Instead of buying a new roll each time you head to the store, try out a dishrag or bamboo dish wipe like these Luckiss Bamboo Dish Cloths ($15). They're super absorbent, soft, and a great replacement for a bulky paper-towel roll.
Swap Plastic Produce Bags For Reusable Produce Bags
Trying to peel apart plastic produce bags at the store is hard enough, never mind the waste they cause once you throw them in the trash. Instead, grab some Ecowaare Reusable Mesh Produce Bags ($12 for 15, originally $16), which come in multiple sizes to meet your food needs.
Swap Paper Napkins For Cloth Napkins
Cloth napkins look a whole lot nicer than paper napkins, and they're easy to reuse. With all different kinds of designs and patterns to choose from, you're bound to find napkins you like. These neutral Ruvanti Kitchen Cloth Napkins ($20) go with everything.
Swap Plastic Cutlery For Reusable Cutlery
It can be tempting to use plastic utensils when you're bringing your food to work, but we promise this Sunny Hill Portable Utensils Set ($6) is the better move. It comes with a fork, a spoon, a knife, and chopsticks, so you can munch on any type of meal and be prepared for it.
Swap Plastic Razors For a Metal Safety Razor
Plastic razors are almost impossible to recycle and seem to get old so quickly. Instead, try out a metal razor, like this Bambaw Safety Razor ($20). Its double-edged razor blades are recyclable and last a long time before going dull.
Swap To-Go Coffee Cups For a Reusable To-Go Coffee Cup
To-go coffee cups you get at the coffee shop are so bad for the environment. Instead, bring your own cup with you, like this Tronco Glass Tumbler ($16). Most coffee shops are happy to fill it up for you, and it looks sleek while you're on the go.
Swap Plastic Water Bottles For Reusable Water Bottles
Just as coffee cups are bad for the environment, so are plastic water bottles. Rather than buy water over and over, opt for this Nerub Borosilicate Thick Glass Water Bottle ($15), which will last you years.
Swap Laundry Detergent For Plastic-Free Laundry Detergent
Most laundry detergents come in plastic bottles and contain chemicals that are bad for the environment (and for you). Instead, stick to a plastic-free laundry detergent. These Good Juju Laundry Detergent Eco-Strips ($15) come with 30 preportioned strips that dissolve in hot or cold water.
Swap Shampoo and Conditioner For Plastic-Free Shampoo and Conditioner
Who needs plastic shampoo and conditioner containers when you can have Upfront Cosmetics's Refreshing Shampoo Bar ($17) and Neutral Conditioner Bar ($18)? They're made out of plant-based emollients and proteins.