If you’ve decided that 2020 is going to be a year of less single-use plastic and toxic chemicals and more sustainable nature-based swaps, then this list is for you. Enjoy!
This kit is perfect for those trying to reduce their plastic footprint this year. It includes a set of stainless steel straws, a travel cup, a bamboo toothbrush and case, a storage box, an organic cotton reusable produce bag, and 3 different size beeswax food wraps.
These beeswax wraps are biodegradable and compostable which make them an excellent alternative to plastic wrap for plastic bags or food storage. They can be reused hundreds of times – just wash with soap and water after each use. This pack of 5 includes 3 different sizes – small, medium and large.
This all-purpose beverage flask is not only sustainable but it’s versatile too! It can be used as a tea infuser, a coffee thermos, cold brew coffee maker, fruit water infuser, and sports water bottle.
This lightweight travel set includes a leak-proof insulated bamboo bottle with mesh filter for infusing or brewing, a bamboo cutlery with pouch, 2 bamboo straws, a straw cleaner, a set of chop sticks, and a soft organic bamboo cloth. The best part? It’s all for only $30!
5. Solid Soaps
I’ve been doing a lot of research about solid soaps lately and what I’ve found is that most soaps that there is a solid alternative to pretty much any type of liquid soap packaged in plastic bottles. Here are the best ones I’ve found on Amazon:
This dish soap is fragrance free and a perfect alternative to the liquid form. It’s safe to use on stainless steel and helps to remove grease and stuck-on food from pots and pans. It can also be used to clean stains out of fabric and carpets, a surface cleaner and to remove stubborn labels from glass jars.
Each bar of face soap from Ethique replaces 3 plastic bottles and saves 2.7 liters of water. This gentle cleanser is pH balanced and created for all skin types. This brand also offers a variety of solid products for body, face, hair, armpits, (deodorant) and skin (lotion).
Say no to plastic bottles of body wash and switch to good ol’ fashion bar soap instead. There are thousands of natural, chemical free options to choose from on Amazon, but these bar soaps from Bali are never tested on animals and are textured with “island botanicals”. I’m not exactly sure what that means but supposedly they result in invigorating exfoliation so I’m certainly willing to give them a try! They also come in a variety of unique scents such as Ylang Ylang, Papaya, Jasmine and Lemongrass.
Beards need some lovin’ too which is why I included this shampoo and conditioner bar with the manly scent of brisk pine and cedar with a warm undertone of rich vanilla. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds so sexy!
One of the best things you can do for your babies is to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals lurking in plastic toys – especially since they put everything in their mouths. This teething bracelet is handmade using beech wood and crocheted yarn.
This reusable notebook is for those who love to write down their thoughts on paper with a pen but also want to save the trees. You use to your smartphone to record your notes after you write them with a special pen and organize them with your favorite cloud-based notes app like Evernote or Google Drive. Once you’ve filed your note away, you just erase your workspace and start again with a blank page. It comes in a variety of sizes , letter, executive and mini and colors, including my favorite: terrestrial green.
For more ways to be more eco-friendly this year, check out this book from Kathryn Kellogg. You don’t have to be a die hard zero-waster and eliminate everything all at once, but this book may give you some other practical ideas that could work for you.
This spirit infusion kit is perfect for the DIYers to eliminate waste and make your own hard liquor cocktails.
These rechargeable hand-warmers, compatible with most smart phones, are a great alternative to the single-use ones. Unlike the disposable ones that come in a plastic packet, these hand warmers have 3 different temperature settings and will stay warm as long as the battery still has power. A great eco-friendly swap for skiers, campers, hikers, or those who work outside during the cold months.
A fun way to learn how to do a #2 without making an impact on the environment.
Hemp is receiving a lot of great attention as a textile for fashion and I love it! This 100% hemp, super stylish cross-body bag, made in Nepal, is perfect for every day use to carry your essentials and minimize your impact on the planet. Hemp is a very durable material and highly resistant to mildew, mold and bacteria.
These pencils are made from sustainable materials and once they become too short to use, you can plant them and watch them grow into herbs, flowers or vegetables. The company that makes them, Sprout, also plants a new tree for everyone that is harvested to make these pencils. See more products from them here.
This cork cosmetic bag or clutch is perfect for the eco-conscious woman to store her essentials or for the sustainable traveler for all of their toiletries. Cork is an environmentally friendly material and which is naturally lightweight, and both water and stain resistant.
Upgrade your stirring, mixing and plating with these gorgeous handmade wooden spoons. These are a sustainable and long-lasting substitute to the plastic versions and will not scratch surfaces.
A percentage of all sales from Free Waters Footwear goes towards our global clean drinking water projects. They have a variety of products to choose from for men, women and kids.
This candle checks a few eco-friendly boxes and I’m pumped about it! The company that makes them, Hyggelight, uses a seed paper label that can be planted. The candles are made with organic fragrances, essential oils and cotton wicks. The containers themselves are all handmade and can be reused as a decoration once the candle is gone as a vase or a place to collect small trinkets like bobby pins and hair ties.