More and more consumers are looking for ways to incorporate clean, eco-friendly products into their life (YAY!). Sustainable products, moving away from plastic, and climate change are hot topics right now. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when you want to start switching to environmentally conscious products, but don’t know where to start. We can’t just throw out everything we have been using up until this point and buy all new products for our home. Even though we would like to, it may not be the most financially smart decision.
There are so many areas of your life where you can switch to sustainable products. Beauty, cleaning, kitchen, storage… the list goes on. Sometimes we can feel impatient wanting everything to be sustainable right now and feel guilty when we use something that isn’t, at least I do. Using sustainable products that are better for the environment is a call-to-action we all need to be apart of. Here are a few simple changes you can start implementing to begin the transition to eco-friendly products and habits.
Reusable/Washable Cotton Rounds
I did not know that reusable cotton rounds were in existence for a long time. I thought the only option was the ridiculously expensive one-use cotton rounds or squares sold at drugstores. But once I found them and made the switch, I have not looked back.
These work just as well if not better than their throw-away counterparts. They don’t shed any cotton fuzz onto my face or lashes while trying to wipe away my make-up. After use, I just stick it into the neat little wash bag that accompanies it where it stays until laundry day comes around. Click the picture to check them out – Amazon has a ton of options for this product!
Single-Blade Safety Razor
Again, I had no idea what safety razors were up until about a year ago when I kept seeing ads for the Oui Shave Razor. I was drawn in by the shiny rose gold loveliness and its benefits of zero waste and less irritation. A safety razor is a single blade razor and that is the only part of the razor you change out the single razor blade.
This was a pretty expensive upfront purchase but compared to having to frequently buy (again, ridiculously expensive… do you see a theme here?) razor refills, in the long run, it adds up to be overall less expensive than using traditional razors. There are varying price options available on Amazon, but I have not tried them and cannot speak to their effectiveness. The Oui is the only safety razor I have tried and I don’t know if all safety razors are created equal.
As far as the Oui razor, I enjoy it! There is definitely a bit of a learning curve at first (be careful, it is a blade!), but once you get the hang of it, it’s just as easy. I do notice less irritation, but alas, I have maddeningly sensitive skin and still do get some irritation.
Reusable/Washable Cleaning Cloths
I used to use TONS of paper towels when I would clean my home. Looking back I can’t believe how many paper towels I would use… it’s shameful. A few years ago, I made the switch to using washable cloths to clean my home. Not only are they better for the planet, but they are less expensive (score!). Instead of continually repurchasing paper towels, you buy some towels/cloths to reuse or repurpose some old towels and replace them only when you absolutely have to. I have had the same ones for at least a year and they are still in great shape!
Below are the microfiber towels that I use for all my cleaning – kitchen, bathroom, car – all of it. I love how thick and plushy they are. You can use one cloth for a while before it gets too saturated and yucky. Click on the picture if you are interested.
If you don’t know what Grove Collaborative is (you’re welcome in advance), it is an online business that delivers eco-friendly EVERYTHING. Ok, well maybe not everything, but a lot! They have really good clean cleaning supplies, clean beauty items, and awesome cleaning/kitchen accessories.
I have been using them for about a year now and I really like them (in case you couldn’t already tell) – I buy all of my cleaning products from them. My husband noticed we were getting low on our dish soap the other day and suggested picking some up at the store… I was very affronted by this suggestion and promptly went to my Grove app and ordered what was needed.
You can set your favorite products on an auto-shipment schedule (optional) or just order when you need to stock up. Definitely check them out, they have tons of items – you won’t be disappointed!
Reusable Water Bottle + Gallon Bottle
If you do not yet own a reusable water bottle in 2019, then I am so glad you are reading this post, but stop right now and go get yourself one… but then come back and finish reading! Having a reusable water bottle is such an easy way to decrease the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis.
If you are like me and drive all day for work, or do not have access to refilling your water bottle throughout the day, then I suggest a reusable gallon size water bottle in addition to your other bottle. I prefer an insulated one because it is in my car all day and it keeps it cold. I personally don’t like drinking from the gallon size bottle, I just find it awkward, but if you don’t want two water bottles and you don’t mind drinking from a larger bottle then getting just the gallon size is always on option.
I can easily refill my water bottle throughout the day with cold refreshing water AND I can keep track of the amount of water I am drinking! I strive to drink about a gallon of water a day, so I fill this puppy up the night before or the morning of and start drinking. I even use this on weekends or when I am not working so I always have water with me. It would also be great for road trips! There are also tons of different designs and varying price points.
Reusable Produce and Grocery Bags
After every shopping trip, there is a sea of plastic grocery bags covering the countertop that half of the people throw away and the other half shove into some dark corner of their pantry or under the kitchen sink to be used again at some later date. I have one, with a few bags in there that I reuse as trash can liners.
I have a lot fewer plastic bags in my possession after switching to reusable produce and grocery bags. My number one tip when using these items is to keep them in your car. I bought these and then would forever be forgetting them until I walked into the grocery store and realized I left them at home.
I love these ones in particular. These bags hold a huge amount of stuff and I love that they fold up and I can stuff them back into their small storage bag and they don’t take up a lot of room. I keep all of these in a little container in my car so if I need to run to the grocery store after work I have my bags with me!
Mason jars are a great alternative to plastic snack bags. Mason jars can be found in every grocery store, come in different sizes, and are inexpensive. Instead of putting your snack in a one-use zip-lock bag, try using a mason jar instead. I do this all the time when packing my lunches. I put some grapes in a standard size mason jar and some walnuts in a smaller version. They fit perfect and are easy to eat out of, no spillage.
Those are my tips for starting to introduce more eco-friendly products and habits into your routine. Many of these tips are not only better for the environment but are also better for your wallet. Investing in more sustainable products can mean less re-purchasing of overpriced throwaway alternatives. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to adopt a completely sustainable lifestyle overnight. Just doing these few simple things can make a great impact!
Thank you for reading! I love discussing eco-friendly products and feel like I could go on and on about them. Do you have any eco-friendly products or habits in your routine?
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