We live in a world full of plastic, where everything imaginable can – and is – disposable. It’s sad that it’s easier to find something that is thrown away after one use, than to find something durable and reusable.
So here is a list of some of our FAVORITE green products – they are reusable, good for our environment, and in the long run, cheaper than their disposable counterparts. Let’s all do our best to try to live a zero waste lifestyle.
Soap nuts are a 100% natural alternative to laundry detergent. They grow on trees, and have a net-negative carbon imprint! They are simple to use – simply throw about 5 of the nuts into a re-usable cotton drawstring bag and throw them in the washer with your clothes. You can reuse them up to 7 times! And yes, they really work and are great for synthetics.
These shampoo and conditioner bars are sold unpackaged, so you aren’t getting all that wasteful packaging that usually comes with hair care. Each bar can be used for about 80 washes, which is the equivalent of about 3 bottles! That’s a lot of plastic saved, and a good amount of money as well!
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a WONDER for personal care and cleaning up around your house – seriously, it seems like there is no end to it’s uses; from dental care to cleaning floors and keeping pesky ants out of your kitchen! Baking soda is a MUST for anyone who is trying to reduce their environmental impact. Click here for a more in-depth look at it’s uses.
4. Menstrual Cups & Thinx Underwear
During her reproductive life span a woman can use up to 16,800 disposable pads and tampons, up to 300 lbs of waste! Not only are reusable options like menstrual cups, thinx underwear, and reusable pads better for the environment, they are also better for your overall feminine health, and much cheaper than buying the disposable alternatives.
5. Bulk Bags and Reusable Shopping Totes
Say “no” to plastic shopping and produce bags! 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year worldwide, and 10% of these bags end up in our oceans. Plastic bags are NOT biodegradable, when they degrade their fragments end up in our soil, our water, and even animals. It’s easy to go reusable – try using ECOBAGS® string or filet-a-provision bags, bulk and produce bags, and tote bags for all your shopping needs. Not only are you saving plastic from saying “no” to one-use plastic bags, you’re also saving plastic when you buy bulk! Let’s clean up the planet, one bag at a time.
6. Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Perhaps the simplest way to reduce your environmental impact is to change out your standard bulbs to fluorescent bulbs. In it’s lifetime a single CFL (compact fluorescent light) will save you $40, according to the EPA. If every American home replaced only one light bulb with an energy saving CFL, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 9 billion lbs!
Probably the most fun way to go green, ride your bike! About half of the working American public lives within 5 miles of their workplace, if they cycled those 5 miles as opposed to driving they would reduce their total household emissions by 6%.
Written by: Mollie Mac