If you join my Instagram storiesMaybe you know that I've made some changes to make it more eco-friendly in my private life.
I started by hiding the paper towels I already had under my sink to see if I could get along without them. And guess what? It's been months and I have to bring out a single piece of paper under the sink. Also, my food bill is now a bit lower because I no longer buy it.
When I saw how easy it was to switch to paper towels, I wondered what else I could substitute with more environmentally friendly options. In my search I came across so many options, from water bottles to reusable straws. Even reusable ear swabs (sounds a bit blatant, but they're made of silicone so you can easily wash and disinfect them). And thought I made a list of the cutest / coolest items I found.
To make the list, it had to be functional AND fashionable / well designed. Because, honestly, the sweeter something is, the more likely you are to use it, right? At least that's the way it is for me. And the more waste-free or greener options we can use instead of disposable items are a step in the right direction. So, here it is: 24 cute reusable and eco-friendly items that will definitively replace disposable products.
Apart from just sharing my selection of cute, eco-friendly and waste-free items, I also wanted to talk about how you can use them and why it helps to replace disposable items with reusable ones wherever you can.
I do not want anyone feeling overwhelmed or wanting to make all these changes at once … or at all. Even if you see one thing in this list that you can turn on, that's a good start in my book! Every bit helps. Scroll down to check out the links for more information.
P.S. I know that the pictures are not numbered and the list … I just went left, right, left and right to go through the list.
Second These natural shampoo bars By Humankind are super pretty and help remove disposable plastics from your shower. It's an eco-friendly shampoo that makes you feel good … and it looks good too.
Third These Stasher bags are everywhere – even Amazon has them now. But the agave and honey Colors are my absolute favorites and I only find them You're welcomeThis is one of my favorite places to look for Hayes.
4th So little Compost bin is perfectly minimal and small enough to fit on your kitchen counter.
5th Like a warm rainbow for your mouth. Haha. These colorful glass straws are seriously so pretty if you want to cut paper and plastic straws out of your routine.
6th Last swab makes reusable swabs that you can use for beauty / make-up applications AND as a basic version for your ears. They are also supplied in a cute case and are available in different colors.
7th Okay, I did not try this By Humankind Mouth wash tablets BUT it sounds pretty cool. They simply drop a tablet into water and then refill it. Every time you refill, you save 2.91 ounces of disposable plastic from your routine. Pretty cool.
8th. These Baggu bags are so comfortable and cute. Usually I have one in my purse and a pair in the car, if I need it for anything – food, supplies, etc. I especially love the colors and patterns in this one Seaweed pattern bag,
9th These foldable coffee cups from Stojo (available from Urban Outfitters) are available in four colors and replace disposable coffee cups. Did you know that many cafés offer you a discount if you bring your Now Cup?
10th This food sure Beeswax Clingfilm can be used for so many things … food scraps, scraps, apples, etc
11th These natural bath sponge Package Free Shop is so pretty, right? Bye bye plastic loofas.
12th How cute is that Mexican Palm Tea Towel? If you are replacing paper towels and do not want to use paper reusable paper towels, dish towels like this one are a great option.
13th Another great bag set to take away? Drawstring bag made of cotton like those from Ever Eco – they are also made from organic cotton.
14th Reusable bamboo cutlery is a great alternative to plastic silver, which you get when you take away takeaway food. And if you have a small case for you, you can keep it in your handbag and have it always with you.
fifteen. These sweet Wooden and enamel container from Leif are great for buying bulk non-food items to avoid extra packaging.
16th Reusable canvas sandwich bag! There is not much to say here, but they are very practical and provide a great substitute for throwing away plastic bags.
17th Carry bags like these (Form Anthro) are great for shopping in the supermarket (or Framers Market). I especially like them for products. They also came in eight different colors.
18th These Airtight silicone lid are handy for storing leftovers and look at these colors. Available at Food 52.
21st What I love about using Wool dryer ballsApart from the cost savings and the environmental friendliness, the balls can be treated with essential oils before being placed in the dryer so that everything smells wonderful when taken out. And they are great for drying duvets and sheets because the balls are heavy enough to keep the sheets from getting tangled in the dryer.
22nd I feel so Set of silicone straws is the best option for reusable straws. The colors are cute and there are several silicone carrying cases (you can even attach the case to your keychain), which you can start compact and sweet.
23rd Use these Snap-on and separate laundry bags for good … laundry OR recycling. They are not necessarily a substitute for disposable plastics in this case, but they are great for organizing items like paper and plastic if you go this way for recycling.
24th More Stasher bagsbut this time snack size. What can not you love? These are ideal for lunch boxes for children or small travel items etc.
Further thoughts on replacing disposable items
Again, every bit helps. I just wanted to share the information in one place, but that does not mean you have to do all those things.
Reusable storage for food
There are many options for reusable food storage. Instead of putting your snack in a plastic bag, try a cloth bag or a silicone bag (like the Stasher bags), which can be easily washed and reused. cloth bags Great for dry items that do not cause a lot of confusion. Items such as pretzels or trail mix. While silicone baggies work best for fruits and vegetables or items that are wet or crushed.
If you use plastic wrap for your food, try a Wax reusable food packaging, You can use this to wrap your sandwich for lunch or over a bowl of leftovers to put in the fridge.
Replace disposable straws with reusable straws
Unfortunately I used many plastic straws in my day. Whether it's a smoothie on the go, an iced coffee, etc. But I'm working on it and it's really not that hard, honestly. There are really great reusable options for straws that only require a tiny extra effort, which are much better for the environment (and also look pretty).
The three main options for reusable drinking straws on the market are stainless steel, glass and silicone.
Drinking straws made of stainless steel are available virtually everywhere and usually quite inexpensive. They are perfect for coffee, but I would not use them for a smoothie or other thick drink. They can be difficult to clean as they need to be washed by hand, but they are inexpensive and extremely durable.
Straws made of glass Available in a variety of colors to make it a pretty accessory for your smoothie date. I've never personally tried glass straws, but I've heard that most glass straws can be put in the dishwasher. Just be careful where they are put in the dishwasher because they are sensitive, which makes me tired of traveling with them. But if you're looking for a straw option at home, glass is the way to go.
silicone straws must be my favorite of all options. They can be folded to a compact size, making them perfect for travel, and come in a variety of colors and sizes. I have a smaller straw for coffee and thinner liquids and a bigger one for bubble tea and smoothies. You can put in the dishwasher, which makes the care very easy.
Use reusable toiletries
There are so many disposables in a bathroom (including mine – but I'm working on it again). It is overwhelming to try to reduce my waste in a daily beauty and grooming routine, but there are some good ways to reduce the amount of waste that occurs in front of your sink.
Instead of a cotton swab, use a silicone stick like the one from Last swab, These silicone pads are fairly new and only pre-orderable, but they look like a great alternative to cotton swabs. Whether you use it to make-up or to clean your ears, the silicone swab seems to be just right for you.
To attempt reusable cotton rounds for make-up removal instead of cotton swabs for single use. Bonus: being able to reuse and wash over and over again can also save you money.
Your plastic sofa can be exchanged with a really pretty natural sponge, Some people use these as decorations, but they not only look good, they are also a great alternative to your standard Loofa and 100% compostable.
Use reusable shopping bags
Reusable shopping bags are everywhere these days, but they are not always attractive. Baggu makes super cute reusable bags in really great prints and colors. They come in a small bag that you can put in your purse so you never leave it behind. Plus, grocery shopping is a little more fun.
Skip the plastic bags in the supermarket and bring your own! They come in really great prints and fabrics like these striped canvas bags that can hold anything. Just take out your products when you're home and throw them in the laundry for your next purchase if they get dirty.
Try a compost container
I know that composting is a bit scary. But maybe you can do it with something really easy sweet compost container? If you have a yard or space for a compost heap, Here is a really good guide how to start and what to compost.
If you're ready for a bigger engagement, try one compost tumbler! This is something you need to keep outside – maybe on the back patio or porch, etc. For your information: They are generally not cute, but they do the job. If you really want to indulge yourself and choose a super beautiful, which is relatively attractive, this option is your best bet. Every evening, when you have dinner, throw your leftovers into your little compost bin. Once it's full, take it outside and put it in the cup. If you have a small container on the counter, you will be reminded to continue composting.
Use reusable bottles and cups on the go
I'm sure there's a water bottle or travel mug in your closet. If you're like me, you have tons that will go unused. As soon as I had a sweet water bottle to take with me, I always had it with me. Not only do I save money that I would normally spend on disposable plastic bottles, I also drink much more water than before. Did you know that you should drink half of your weight in ounces of water? I just learned that.
And that was it for now. If you made it this far, you probably deserved a medal … but maybe you would settle for a reusable set of straws ?! hehe
Did I forgot something? Do you have further questions to get started? Let me know in the comments!
I am by far not an expert in this topic. Just someone who tries to do better when it comes to all these things and asks people (who are much better informed than me) how to do that. Then share what I learned here.
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