Everyday Items That Have Been Redesigned to Help the Environment
Though we'd all like to be a little more eco-friendly, sometimes it can feel like a daunting task. It seems like every product out there has been designed to be quick and easy, with little regard for what’ll happen when it ultimately ends up in a landfill. Fortunately, a number of companies are now making it easier than ever to reduce your carbon footprint. Learn about a variety of everyday items that have been given eco-friendly makeovers.
It can be disturbing to imagine how many single-use plastic straws each of us has tossed out over the course of our lives. Some states have even begun passing measures aimed at helping the environment by eliminating the use of plastic straws in restaurants altogether.
The Zipper Bag’s Reusable Upgrade
As great as Ziploc bags can be for storing food or packing your lunch each day, they aren't always so awesome for the environment. When you think of how many of these small plastic bags people use and throw away each day around the world, it can add up to mountains of plastic trash.
Greener Doggie Bags
There's nothing worse than accidentally stepping in a "present" someone else's dog left on your front lawn. But on the other hand, plastic dog poop bags aren't exactly the most eco-friendly products in the world either. What's a responsible dog owner to do?
Plantable Wrapping Paper
We all know that it's important to try and cut back on paper usage in order to help protect the earth's trees. There are a few companies, however, that are taking things to the next level with eco-friendly paper products.
Plastic-free Floss Picks
So, some products are pretty obvious when it comes to being bad for the environment, but few of us probably consider things like plastic dental floss picks. Though they're convenient and a great way to care for your teeth, all those single-use plastic picks eventually build up in landfills.
Goodbye Plastic, Hello Glass
Plastic storage containers are a great way to save leftovers for later, and we all swear we'll use them time and time again. But if we're really honest, how long does the average plastic Tupperware set actually last? The time quickly comes when a plastic container accidentally melts or gets stained and you absentmindedly toss it into the trash bin.
Wool Dryer Balls
Even laundry is getting a green makeover lately with products that are making the average wash-and-dry process a lot more environmentally friendly. Beyond the benefits to the planet, many people are discovering that, when it comes to laundry, greener is also safer.
Coconut Kitchen Utensils
It’s easy to turn to plastic when you're looking for durable dishware, especially if you have kids. After all, nobody wants to see their child accidentally drop a glass bowl that shatters into a million sharp shards. But there may be a better, more eco-friendly alternative.
Toothbrushes Made From Bamboo
If you want to help cut down on all the old plastic toothbrushes that are trashing up the oceans and landfills of the world, then you're in luck. These days, natural bamboo toothbrushes are becoming more popular than ever.
Makeup Remover Pads
The struggle is real when it comes to makeup remover wipes. It's hard enough to remember to use them every night without having to worry about replacing them every time you run out. That's why some makeup junkies out there have begun turning to a longer-lasting solution.
Sick of having to lug around a new notebook for every class? Not only is it a pain having to keep up with all that paper, but it’s also a downer to think about how many trees are cut down each year to produce more paper.
Flip-flops are, by nature, meant to be a cheap, easy footwear option that you can pick up on the fly. But what happens to all those discarded sandals after they bite the dust? While some go straight to the landfill, there are a few products out there that upcycle them into something new.
Deodorant’s Fresh Makeover
Some of the chemicals used in the average stick of deodorant have been called into question in the past — and that’s not to mention the plastic containers they come in. While many of us ignored the less-than-eco-friendly (or unhealthy) implications in favor of fresh, dry underarms, there may now be a better option.
(Almost) Endless Paper Towels
When it comes to cleaning up messes and spills, paper towels are no doubt the best. Unfortunately, their convenience comes at a cost. It takes 51,000 trees to produce the number of single-use paper towels people use around the world every single day. That's why many people are beginning to turn to reusable paper towels instead.
Beeswax Food Wraps
Did you know it can take up to 1,000 years for traditional single-use plastic wrap to decompose after you throw it away? Fortunately, there are other far more eco-friendly ways to keep your food just as fresh. One such product comes from your friendly neighborhood hive.
Compostable Party Cups
We've all been there. You're about to host a party or other large event and don't want to get stuck washing a mountain of cups afterward. In these instances, plastic party cups may seem like the way to go. But what if there was a better option that was just as easy?
Garbage Bags Go Biodegradable
Even when you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint, it seems like there are always certain things that are just unavoidable. How are you supposed to get around using trash bags, for instance? Get ready for a game-changer.
Bamboo Cotton Swabs
It's a little ironic when you consider that even many cotton swabs are made partially of plastic. Whether you use them to clean your ears, blend makeup or apply medication, these little guys are handy for sure. That's why some companies are now offering them in an eco-friendly, plastic-free form.
Reusable Produce Bags
There's nothing like keeping your family happy and healthy with plenty of fresh produce. But it's super easy to make your rounds at the grocery store without ever realizing how many of those little plastic produce bags you take advantage of.
Every year, an estimated 2 billion plastic razors are tossed into landfills around the world. As cheap and easy as they may be, plastic razors are virtually impossible to recycle and don't tend to be a product that most people use for more than a few days.
Just when you thought bamboo couldn't get any cooler, it appeared in the form of these awesome eco-friendly shades! We're all guilty of stocking up on cheap plastic sunglasses when the summer comes around, but if you're ever looking to invest in a long-term pair, then wood frames are where it's at.
With technology being our near-constant companion now, it's no surprise that computer and tech pollution have skyrocketed as well. While IT companies may not have figured out how to produce laptops made of completely biodegradable products quite yet, they do at least offer an eco-friendly mouse.
Reusable Grocery Bags
These days, one sign of having reached adulthood seems to be having a plastic bag full of other plastic bags — none of which you'll ever realistically use again. While we all try to cut back on our plastic bag usage, it's so easy to forget to recycle or to take those bags back to the grocery store for another go.
The Ultimate Reboot for Batteries
It can be disheartening to consider how many batteries we as a society throw out each year. Not only are they far from biodegradable, but most batteries are also packed with harmful chemicals that can seep into groundwater.
Many-use Lunch Bags
Okay, the idea of a lunch box isn't necessarily anything new but, once you've grown up, you may no longer be into traveling to work with a bulky tin in tow. Many of us turn to the time-honored lunch bag as an easy alternative, but at the cost of plenty of trees.
If you stacked up all the pens you've owned and thrown away throughout your life, you'd likely have a small mountain of plastic. Pens are a top offender when it comes to pollution, and plenty of companies are looking for ways to make their products plastic-free.
Plant-based Laundry Detergent
Want to clean up your environmental act when it comes to doing your laundry? Now it's completely possible to ditch that bulky plastic bottle of detergent for something more eco-friendly and healthy. You can get non-toxic, plant-based detergents that have no negative effects on streams, rivers or the wildlife that come into contact with them.
Reusable Baking “Paper”
If you love baking, then you likely already know the horrors of realizing all too late that you've run out of parchment paper. Not only do you have to constantly stay on top of your supply of paper, but you likely end up throwing a ton of it away after a single use.
Natural Dish Scrubbers
It's a truth as old as time that a good dish scrubber can be incredibly hard to find. This can lead to tossing tons of plastic scrubbers and sponges each year. That's why someone has finally come up with a better, more biodegradable way.
Candle Flower Pots
While awesome-smelling candles are great, there doesn't tend to be much use for the empty containers after they've burned out. Until now. One company came up with a cool idea called The Growing Candle. On the surface, it looks like a regular candle and is available in a variety of scents like lemongrass, rosemary and sandalwood.