When thinking about shifting to a sustainable lifestyle, there are many swaps you can make that benefit the environment and your wallet. While these swaps aren’t going to save the planet overnight, little actions can still add up. The next time you go on a shopping spree, consider replacing your usual items with something more eco-friendly.
Swap Your Soaps
Consider ditching soaps that come in single-use plastic containers. There are many types of bar soap that can replace soaps that are often in plastic containers. Whether it’s dish soap, shampoo, hand soap or face soap, there are many options available for a bar version. The company Package Free Shop offers sustainable options for just about every type of soap.
For laundry detergent, one popular brand to check out is Dropps. These are laundry detergent pods made with plant-based ingredients and come in recyclable, compostable cardboard packaging.
LUSH offers a wide variety of zero-waste and sustainable options for skincare and body products. They have shampoo and conditioner bars that use no packaging, and for products that come in their black containers, they can be returned to the store to be recycled.
When you hit the end of your paper towel roll, try opting for cloth towels instead. These can be purchased from Etsy, Zero Waste Store or Amazon, and they can be rolled up to fit on a paper towel holder. Once used, you can throw them in the washing machine and roll them back up once they’re clean. This eco-friendly option will also save you money since they are a one-time purchase.
We all know by now that single-use plastic water bottles aren’t good for the environment. However, they’re convenient and easy to grab on your way out the door. If you find it difficult to keep using a reusable water bottle, try splurging on one that you will love to use. Popular brands like Hydro Flask and YETI offer reusable bottles that are durable and retain the temperature of your drinks, making them appealing options compared to standard bottles.
If you use straws, consider switching to glass straws for a more eco-friendly option. When you’re on the go, keep a collapsable straw in your bag with you. They’re compact once folded into their case and will come in handy for coffee runs. Target offers a wide selection of these straws, as well as Amazon.
There are many different sustainable options for storing food. Plastic wrap can be replaced with beeswax wrap which can be washed and reused. This wrap folds, molds and covers just about anything, and packs are available in a variety of sizes.
The brand Stasher creates reusable zip bags which are similar to classic Ziplock bags, but more durable and in a variety of sizes. These are a great alternative to single-use plastic, and they are dishwasher and microwave safe.
Glass jars are another excellent way to store food. Instead of buying new jars, clean out and reuse ones you may have in your pantry. Pickle jars and sauce jars can be soaked in hot, soapy water to remove any labels or excess food, and once clean, they make excellent storage containers.
When buying new items for your home, try to see if you can thrift it first. For things like glasses, plates, and furniture, thrift stores often have a wide variety of options, and you may find what you were looking for at a cheaper price. Instead of buying something brand new, create less waste by purchasing something that has been gently used.