Sometimes, when we think of reducing waste, we have it in our minds that it’s difficult, time consuming or expensive. Not necessarily! Opting for more eco-friendly and sustainable resources will benefit the environment as well as your bank account. Think about it—paying a one-time fee for an item, versus repurchasing items that you’ll throw away anyway. It’s a no-brainer! All it takes is a little motivation to switch out your family’s everyday products for their eco-friendly alternatives, and you’re golden! Read on for our top buys to introduce sustainability into your household.
Bogobrush Recyclable and Biodegradable Collections // Bogobrush, $13.95
Caring about the toothbrush you and your little ones use everyday is extremely important. Did you know that one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the United States alone? To avoid another plastic toothbrush getting washed away into the ocean (and harming marine life), try Bogobrush’s toothbrush collection. They offer both a recyclable collection and a biodegradable collection, as well as different colors. They also offer a toothbrush stand.
Eco-Friendly Phone Cases // Pela Case, prices vary by model
Protect your phone and the environment with Pela Case, made of Flaxstic—a 100% compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials. (Say that five times fast). There are more than one billion phone cases sold each year, so switching out your case for an alternative that’s easier on the environment would make a sweeping impact. Not only is the product environmentally conscious, Pela often collaborates with other organizations to raise funds for their cause, such as bee or ocean conservation. We have had the Ocean Turquoise Turtle Edition case on our phone for months and we love it. Fashion forward and waste-free.
Re-Wear Dry Wash Spray // Love Home and Planet, $6.99
If you’re anything like me, clothes just find their way back to their home on my vanity chair. Laundry is not my forte, to say the least, but this Re-wear Dry Wash Spray has changed my life. Not only does it help save water by only washing clothes when they really need it but it also dewrinkles and refreshes my shirts and blouses while I get ready for the day (it takes 15 minutes or less to fully dry). The nozzle of the product is also powered by compressed air—not greenhouse gases—so there’s no need to worry about pollution. Pro-tip: after you’re done wearing your clothes, skip the chair wardrobe and spray them with the Dry Wash Spray and hang them up immediately. Voila!
Reusable Mesh Produce Bags // Ecowaare, prices vary
Take your grocery game one step further with reusable produce bags. Like reusable shopping bags (which we also highly recommend), each mesh produce bag has the potential to eliminate up to 1,000 plastic bags over a lifetime. Machine washable, eco-friendly, and easy to use—what’s not to love? These bags are also see-through, so you will know the barcode or item number without having to reopen the bags at checkout.
The Original MakeUp Eraser Makeup Remover Cloth // Makeup Eraser, $20
With 7.6 billion pounds of wipes thrown into landfills annually, disposable wipes are the third leading cause of waste in our landfills. If you gasped as loud as we did, try the Makeup Eraser—a blanket-soft cloth that removes all types of cosmetics, such as your waterproof mascara that lasted through childbirth. Another awesome feature? These are chemical-free and don’t contain other hazardous removers. When your faux-wipe is dirty, throw it in the washer and it will be good as new. Pro tip: You can also go package-free and get a $5 discount.
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