Have you ever stopped to consider the number of single-use products you use? Every item you use one time and toss in the trash ends up in a landfill. Not only that, but the cost of these items adds up over time. What if you could swap some of these consumable items with more sustainable items? Check out some of these ideas to help you save money and protect the environment.
Last year, more than $1.2 billion in disposable razors were sold in the U.S, according to a market research firm. That’s a lot of plastic being dumped into the environment.
Replace your disposable razors with a reusable razor. The only waste is the steel blades, and these may be recyclable in your area. Below are couple different options to consider:
The Made For YOU reusable razor by Bic is suitable for men or women. You can sign up for a subscription to get discounts on blades. The flexible blades include a lubrication strip with aloe vera and vitamin E for a smooth glide whether shaving your face, legs, chest, or underarms.
The Bambaw Ladies Safety Razor is the last razor you’ll ever need to buy. The durable metal razor comes in black, rose gold, or silver as well as a handy stand.
Get your man the Weishi Nostalgic Long Handle Razor. This high-quality handcrafted razor is just like your grandfather used to use, only better.
Reusable Cup and Straw
An estimated 1,500 plastic bottles end up as waste in landfills or thrown in the ocean every second. It takes around 700 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose. Not only that, but these bottles often contain chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates that are harmful to your health. It’s time to swap the plastic water bottles for a sustainable reusable bottle or cup and straw.
The Bubba 24 oz. Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler with Straw keeps liquids hot or cold for up to 18 hours. Plus it comes with a lifetime warranty.
My favorite water bottle, the Sip by S’well Water Bottle was gifted to me at an event. The lid stays on so tightly and it has never leaked on me. I love how the mouth piece is small, making it easy to drink even while on the go. Plus, it comes in a ton of colors and patterns.
Menstrual products include a cornucopia of plastic. Tampons come wrapped in plastic, encased in plastic applicators, with plastic strings. Pads generally contain even more plastic, including the leak-proof base, the synthetics that soak up fluid, and the packaging. 40 years worth of products for the average woman adds up to a lot of trash. And don’t get me started about the expense of so many products that last just a couple hours.
If you haven’t heard of Thinx panties yet, it’s time to give them a try. The cute, easy-to-wear panties actually work, and I feel better knowing I’m making a healthier choice for my body and the environment. Get a $10 discount on Thinx Panties for your next cycle.
We use so many plastic bags and containers to store food. Switching to reusable containers and bags is a sustainable swap that will eliminate so much waste.
Ditch the single-use zipper plastic baggies for these Redrocket Silicone Food Storage Bags. These non-toxic, BPA-free bags are thick and sturdy. The best part is they are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe. Can your regular plastic baggies do all of that?
Mesh Produce Bags
Keep produce fresher using these Ecowaare Reusable Mesh Storage Bags. They come in three convenient sizes for all your fresh fruits and vegetables.
Check out these colorful lightweight Reusable Grocery Bags. These extra-large, sturdy bags are machine washable and very compact. Designed to hold up to the biggest tasks, they even come with a one-year no-rip guarantee.
So many dryer sheets contain allergens such as benzyl acetate, dichlorobenzene, or ethyl acetate that can be very irritating to airways, skin and eyes. Wool Dryer Balls are chemical free, reusable, and help combat static in clothing and linens. They also improve the efficiency of your dryer by absorbing moisture from clothing. This is one sustainable swap that is better for you and the environment.
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