Everyday items that you can swap out to produce less waste. The swaps will be linked to products that I personally recommend and love! Lots of these products will not only be more eco-friendly but they will save you money too!
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Plastic Water Bottles with a Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Saves you money: never need to buy plastic water bottles again!
Plastic Toothbrush with a Bamboo Toothbrush
Saves you money: I have found that the natural bristles last longer than plastic bristles so they will allow you to buy fewer toothbrushes!
Plastic Straws with a Bamboo Straw
Saves you money: The average person uses a straw for 15 minutes, buy a reusable straw and use it over and over again.
Tissues with a Handkerchief
Saves you money: Never buy a $1.50 box of tissues again, buy some handkerchiefs and wash them over and over again.
Paper Coffee Cups with a Reusable Coffee Mug
Saves you money: Many coffee shops give you a discount for bringing your own cup. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Einstein’s, Breadwinner, etc!
Throwing Food Away with Composting
Saves you money: Not buying fertilizer for your garden again!
Sponges with Rags
Saves you money: Rags can last longer than sponges or can be made from things around the house like shirts or other towels.
Paper Cupcake and Bread Pan Liners with Silicone Cupcake and Breadpan Liners
Saves you money: Only have to buy cupcake liners once!
Plastic Grocery Bags with Reusable Produce Bags and Tote Bags
Saves you money: Many stores will give you a discount for bringing your own bags. Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, etc!
Standard Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash with Bulk or a Non-packaged Shampoo Bar/ Body Bar
Saves you money: Buying in bulk can be much cheaper because you aren’t paying for packaging!
Saran Wrap with Beeswax Wraps: pack of 3, set of 7
(learn to make here)
Saves you money: Only buy/make wraps once, never have to buy saran or cling wrap again!
Brown Lunch Bag with Stainless Steel Lunch Box
Saves you money: Never have to buy single use bags again!
Tampons and Pads with a Diva Cup
Saves you money: Buy the Diva Cup and have no tampons or pads! I’m a huge advocate for these!!
Dryer Sheets with Wool Dryer Balls
Saves you money: Buy two balls and no dryer sheets again!
Paper Towels with Old T-Shirt Rags
Saves you money: Don’t have to buy rags or paper towels! It’s just old t-shirts laying around!
Ziploc Bags with Stasher Bags, Tupperware or Glass Pyrex Dishes
Saves you money: You can have your Stasher Bags, Tupperware or Pyrex dishes for years and never have to buy Ziploc bags!
Here is a link to my 6 Favorite Ziploc Bag Alternatives
Buying Packaged Food with Mason Jar Kit
Saves you money: Again, you aren’t paying for packaging so food tends to be cheaper per ounce!
Beauty Products in Plastic Containers with Beauty Products in Bamboo, Glass or Metal Containers
(These can be found at local stores better than online)
Saves you money: You can reuse the containers again and again!
Paper Napkins, Plastic Cutlery and Plates with Cloth Napkins, Reusable Silverware and Ceramic Plates
Saves you money: Buy no single use kitchen goods again!
Plastic Wrapped Toilet Paper with Paper Wrapped Toilet Paper
Saves you money: There is little to no variation in pricing per roll, might as well choose plastic!
You may have to buy these products initially but the upfront cost will be outweighed by the number of single use items you aren’t buying in the long run. These swaps will help save the environment and your bank account! That’s a pretty good combo.
If you have any swaps to add please comment them below! Let me know if you have any questions about the products!
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