Looking to live more sustainably, but not sure where to start? Cutting down on the plastic products you use & purchase is a great place to begin. Here are ten easy swaps to make sustainable living easy! This post does contain some affiliate links! All products I truly believe in!
Ditch the disposable plastic water bottles and invest in an eco-friendly reusable water bottle. My go-to is the Yuhme Water Bottle which is made from sugar cane and still dishwasher safe. This water bottle is incredibly durable as I've had mine for three years. AND after this water bottle has lived a full life, it can be recycled! Each Yuhme water bottle also provides 6 months of clean water to someone in need. What more could you want in a water bottle?
Get rid of the plastic wrap and swap for Beeswax Wrap. Beeswax Wrap is a sustainable alternative made from fabric, oils, and beeswax. It works wonders when preserving food. Seriously, I use it all the time on fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. While this item may seem pricey compared to plastic wrap, it can actually save you money in the long term because you're able to wash and reuse the beeswax wrap. Also since Beeswax Wrap is made with natural materials, wrapping your food in this alternative prevents harmful chemicals from seeping into your food. Definitely a good investment for sustainable living.
K-cups have been causing a lot of waste ever since the Keurig came out in the early 2000s. According to NPR in 2015 sixty billion K-Cups had gone into landfills which is crazy! But I know, the convenient and quick cup of coffee in minutes is hard to ditch! By switching to a recyclable k-cup this can reduce the amount of plastic that our single serve coffees send to the landfill. One of my personal favorite recyclable k-cups include the fair trade brand of coffee Singing Rooster.
Say goodbye to those plastic tampon applicators and join get on board with period panties! They really do work…at least from my three years of experience wearing them. THINX is the socially responsible brand of period panties I wear. They have an excellent give back program donating period products to people in need and educating communities.
From my chat with the Dropps team I learned that there is a lot of plastic waste coming from laundry bottles and the industry in general. By using Dropps plant based laundry detergent pods the pre-measured pods allow you to reduce detergent waste. Their packaging is also 100% recyclable and compostable reducing the amount of laundry detergent bottles that make it to the landfill.
Cut down on those plastic produce bags by taking your own! Reusable produce bags can easily be thrown in the washer and taken on your next trip to the grocery store. Check out these reusable produce bags from our EarthHero friends.
Swap those disposable straws for a long lasting stainless steel straw! More durable and better for the environment, it's a win win! AND you don’t have to continuously keep buying straws. Invest in a reusable straw…it’ll do good things for your wallet & the environment! Check out this affordable reusable straw kit.
This is an easy one that’s been pretty trendy! Take your own grocery bags to the store to avoid receiving plastic bags. The less demand there is for plastic bags, the less we will see of them all together.
Ditch the plastic snack bags and food savers! Invest in reusable snack bags to keep your food fresh. This an an affordable swap that's easy! I’m obsessed with these adorable plant themed reusable snack bags.
Take plastic out of showers by using shampoo bars instead of shampoo bottles. Lush has some great smelling shampoo bars. You use it just like you would soap…lather it up, but instead of applying to your skin you apply to your hair. Easy & eco-friendly.