This post is all about sustainable lifestyle products.
So you want to take steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle? That’s amazing! There’s so much we can do that it might seem a little overwhelming at first. Don’t you worry, you don’t have to do all at once, plus, nobody is perfect. The easiest way to get started is by looking at our day-to-day habits as well as the products we use on a daily basis. In this post, you’ll find a list of products that you can easily, at a low-cost switch to.
Here’s a list of must-have sustainable lifestyle products.
1. Stainless Steel Straws.
Hiware Set with Case
We all hopefully know by now what a waste single-use plastic straws are and how much damage they actually cause.
According to Our Last Straw, they’re “among the top 10 contributors to plastic marine debris across the globe.” It’s also estimated that plastic needs anywhere from 450 years to…forever to decompose. That is insane!
Let’s really try to reduce our plastic waste to the minimum. One of the easiest ways to do so is by switching from plastic straws to stainless steel ones.
If you clean them properly they will last you for ages! Get some for your home if you need them, but definitely keep one in your purse or backpack so you can enjoy a guilt-free drink no matter where you are.
For more facts about plastic pollution as well as ways to take extra action check out:
2. Ladies: menstrual cup/ cloth pads/ period underwear.
You might be super used to using pads and/or tampons. Unfortunately, they are not the most hygienic, most safe, and definitely not the most eco-friendly. Plus you have to purchase them over and over again, what a waste of your time and money. Maybe it’s time for you to check out some alternatives. Some options you might want to look into:
There are multiple brands out there and the cups themselves come in various sizes, forms, and colors. To find the perfect one for you make sure to visit the brand’s websites and get all the details.
Popular brands are: The Diva Cup, Intimina, Saalt, Organicup, Mooncup, as well as the one I’ve personally used and been happy with Lady Cup.
Reusable Menstrual Pads
Cloth pads come in different colors, fabrics, and sizes.
Examples: Hesta Organic, hannahpad, Tree Hugger Cloth Pads.
Period underwear has been around for years, but the newest versions that you can easily find online are lighter, more sanitary, more comfortable, and best of all, they look like regular panties. They come in a wide range of styles, fabrics, sizes, and holding capacities.
Reusable menstrual cups, pads, and panties might be the most popular alternatives to tampons and disposable pads. But there are other options as well, such as Interlabial Petals, Reusable Sea Sponges or Menstrual Discs.
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3. Essential oils for great-smelling laundry.
Essential oils are a great option for a DIY zero waste laundry scent. You can either add a few drops to the washing machine during a wash cycle or you can mix them with water and add to the fabric softener compartment before starting your laundry.
Popular scents are lavender, grapefruit, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon.
4. Glass containers to store food.
We’ve already discussed how bad plastic is. Let’s swap plastic food containers for glass versions like the ones above. You can also use stainless steel containers or the more affordable mason jars.
5. Reusable Produce Bags.
Set of reusable produce bags made out of unbleached cotton
6. Of course, reusable water bottles.
You can get a stainless steel bottle, a reusable bottle with a filter, one with a fruit infuser, or even a collapsible one. There’re so many options, there’s no reason not to switch to one.
7. Reusable coffee mug.
Make sure to keep one in your car/purse if you like your daily take-out.
8. Bamboo Cotton Swabs.
Recyclable & Biodegradable Cotton Buds
Even tho some places (thankfully) already banned plastic-stemmed cotton buds, a lot of people might not have thought about switching to a greener alternative just yet. Well, you should start thinking about it now. You can replace the plastic versions with bamboo ones.
9. Washable face pads.
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads by Face Halo
Cotton pads are used on a daily basis by so many women. They’re great… but they are also terrible for the environment! From the way they’re produced to being non-degradable and non-recyclable.
Try switching to reusable, washable face pads. For instance: Face Halo, Tayvada, HUKU, Blooming Bee.
10. Bamboo toothbrush.
The Humble Co. Natural Bamboo Toothbrushes
Plastic, plastic, plastic everywhere. Another product that we all use daily is of course our toothbrush. You’ll feel even better and cleaner once you start brushing your teeth with a bamboo toothbrush. Fortunately, they are now widely available. You can find them at local stores or online. Examples: Georganics, Wowe, The Environmental Toothbrush, The Humble Brush, EcoFrenzy.
11. Washable napkins.
It might be hard to stop using paper towels altogether, but why don’t you start by replacing them with cloth napkins at your dinner table. It’s not just so much better for the environment, they also look way prettier.
This post was all about sustainable lifestyle products.
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