Do you think making sustainable swaps is expensive and inconvenient? When you make an effort to reduce your footprint the adage reduce, reuse and recycle will come to mind. Of all those three the most important is ‘reuse’.
The best thing you can do for the environment is swap the products you use that are disposable, for reusable ones. This will not only dramatically reduce your footprint, and make the products you use recyclable, but it will also save you money. I know you love a win-win 😉 Here are 10 of the easiest sustainable swaps:
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Upgrade Your Grocery Bags
Opting out of plastic bags at the grocery store is fast becoming the norm as more and more stores begin to charge for them, or ban them. Part of the reason for this is the fact that single use plastic grocery bags are not recyclable. If you feel a niggling sense of guilt when you do your grocery shop and end up with a wad of plastic bags, there’s an easy solution.
Arming yourself with a shopping list, canvas tote and reusable grocery bags is one of the best and easiest sustainable swaps you can make, and you may find that you end up using them more than you’d expect. These rePETe reusable bags pack down to a teeny pocket that you can take everywhere. These Cotton Mesh Reusable Produce Bags are indispensable and will last you years.
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Try Sustainable Shampoo Options
New Wash is a revolutionary product that does the job of not only a shampoo and conditioner, but also of masks. If decluttering your beauty routine and switching to the swiss army knife of hair care interests you, give it a try
Essentially, the parabens and sulfates in shampoo are harsh detergents that strip away your hair’s natural moisture and so a conditioner is needed to rehydrate your locks. New Wash is made from natural, cruelty free ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice, jojoba oil and peppermint.
New Wash cleans hair with a proprietary blend of essential oils and naturally-derived saturated cleansers. Detergent-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, synthetic fragrance-free. Plus, they do not test on animals. They also strive to reduce waste. If you love New Wash, please join the New Wash Club to receive a reusable aluminum bottle and their refill pouches. Help reduce plastic waste!
I personally use the Original New Wash, but recommend taking their quiz to find out which product is best for you.
Take the New Wash quiz here.
Grow A Garden At Home
Organic produce is expensive, but not when you can grow your own food at home. One investment in a Garden Tower will save you money at the grocery store, give you food security and reduce your footprint through less plastic waste. You can now grow your own vegetable garden with ease!
Garden Towers turn your kitchen scraps into organic fertilizer that grows free organic produce. This quick 3 minute video shows you how it works. It’s made from non-toxic materials and grows 50 different plants in only 4 square feet of space. It’s super easy to use, can rotate 360 degrees and has a removable compost drawer. Plus, you get a 5 year warranty, top notch customer service and tons of helpful information.
Check out the Garden Tower Project here.
Switch To Reusable Water Bottles
Did you know that roughly 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and other containers are put into landfill every year? Ultimately, using bottled water costs you, as there’s around a 280,000% markup on bottled water compared to tap water. There are so many different reusable water bottles to choose from, but naturally, it’s best if you opt for a bottle made from stainless steel instead of plastic.
Hydro Flask is my all time favorite brand because their quality is unparalleled. I’ve used my Hydro Flask every single day for the past 3 years! It keeps my cool drinks cool and my hot drinks hot. It’s super easy to clean and looks chic. Plus I love that you can design your own bottle.
Put a Lid on Food Waste
Food waste in America is a very big problem. I love Food Huggers, because they save space in the fridge and give you an innovative solution to store food like partially used fruits and vegetables.
They’re dishwasher safe, come with a lifetime guarantee and help you improve the shelf life of your food, reduce your food waste, which means more cash in your pocket. This is one of easiest sustainable swaps you can make because they replace single use plastic wrap, and help your food stay fresher for longer than in a tupperware.
Check out Food Huggers here.
P.S. Their avocado food huggers are life-changing 😉
Switch To LastSwab
One of the best sustainable beauty swaps is LastSwab. It’s the world’s first (and best) reusable q tip. If you use q tips daily, you can make a hugely positive impact by switching to LastSwab’s basic (for cleaning) and beauty (for makeup application) cotton swab alternatives. They’re durable, flexible, non-toxic, easy to clean and come in their own carry cases.
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Switch To A Bamboo Toothbrush
Another great sustainable beauty product is a bamboo toothbrush. Billions of plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill every year. Bamboo is biodegradable, fast growing and quickly replenished. It takes a lot less water to grow bamboo than almost all other wood types.
When you get a new plastic toothbrush every month or two, that waste really adds up over time. The bamboo toothbrushes I use are actually cheaper than the plastic ones I used to buy. An easy win-win 🙂
Start Cooking Plant-Based Recipes
I’ve been plant-based for a decade, and vegan for six years. Part of the reason for this lifestyle choice is the significant impact my food choices have on the planet at large.
In fact, a study from the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet can reduce your carbon footprint by as much as 73%! If you’re interested in learning more about veganism, check out A Guide to Vegan Nutrition: How To Get All The Nutrients You Need.
Switch To A Sustainable Deodorant
Another easy way to make your beauty routine more sustainable is to switch to a plastic free deodorant. The struggle is real when it comes to natural deodorants that actually work, but don’t worry I’ve got your back! Meow Meow Tweet’s deodorants are all natural, smell amazing and come in biodegradable packaging. Their two scents, Lavender and Grapefruit, both smell divine and work very well.
Keep A Utensil Set In Your Handbag
Rounding out my top 10 easy sustainable swaps is a simple utensil kit. I prefer this bamboo set over metal simply because I prefer eating with bamboo, and because I’ve had metal utensils that were audible when they moved around in my bag.
Keeping a zero-waste utensil set like this in your bag is a great way to avoid wasteful plastic cutlery. This lightweight, durable set contains a knife, spoon, fork, chopsticks and you can opt to add in a straw and brush for a complete set. Shop it here.
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I hope this post inspired you to make some awesome sustainable swaps that will not only reduce your footprint, but improve your life. What sustainable swaps have you made? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out the 10 habits of eco-friendly people to get started 🙂
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