5 Sustainable Swaps to Consider

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a list of my favorite eco-friendly products that I have incorporated into my life! These products are an easy way to make your lifestyle a bit more sustainable, which helps keep our environment clean and green!

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  1. Reusable Bags

Whether you are grocery shopping or taking a stroll around the town, a reusable bag is always a great option to have on hand. Plastic waste has a large negative impact on marine life and the environment in general. Much of our plastic waste ends up discarded in our oceans. Marine life species, inevitably, ingest the plastic waste or end up caught in it. Carrying a reusable bag can be easy! Some bags can be folded down to a compact size that can fit in your pocket or purse. Other bags can be made into a fashion accessory. Canvas tote bags are on-trend currently. 

  1. Reusable Water Bottles

This is a personal favorite of mine, and a really easy way to make your lifestyle more sustainable. There are so many different water bottles to choose from. Everything from plastic, glass, or stainless steel water bottles. Try to avoid purchasing plastic ones, but go for BPA free ones if they are your only option. Stainless steel and glass bottles are better for the environment, last longer, and are easier to clean compared to plastic ones. 

Go a step further and get a reusable coffee mug for your morning cup of joe (or tea)! Many coffee shops allow you to use your reusable coffee cup instead of the disposable ones they provide. A great, small way to minimize waste!

  1. Personal Hygiene Products

So many little, daily things that we all use to keep up with our hygiene routines accumulate into a lot of waste. Things like the plastic container that holds deodorant, makeup wipes, cotton rounds, and shampoo/conditioner bottles. There are so many eco-friendly alternative products for all of these. There are deodorants that use paper tubes instead of plastic, that are recyclable and compostable! Instead of single-use cotton rounds, opt for reusable cotton rounds. They are usually made from cotton or bamboo, and can be regularly washed between uses with water and soap. Shampoo and conditioner bottles are commonly made from plastic and are used daily. To avoid producing more plastic waste, consider using shampoo and conditioner bars. Using these hair care bars doesn’t just reduce packaging/plastic waste, it reduces water waste as well. Water is the main ingredient in liquid shampoos and conditioners, so by using the bar, you are minimizing the amount of water consumption.

  1. Cleaning Products

Keeping a clean home and work environment can be vital in a healthy lifestyle, but the packaging these products come in are often not eco-friendly. There are companies out there that try to minimize the plastic waste involved with cleaning products by offering the cleaning solution in tablet form. The consumer needs to purchase a glass spray bottle (that can be reused) and just add water to the tablet to create your cleaning solution. Oftentimes, these cleaning tablets can be cheaper and are easier to store in bulk at home! If you aren’t quite ready for this change, consider purchasing refills of your favorite cleaning products, which usually come in more minimal packaging. 

  1. Clothing

Surprisingly, the fashion industry produces a lot of waste every year. Instead of buying from fast fashion companies that sell cheap clothes made from cheaper, lower quality fabrics, try purchasing from more sustainable companies. There are clothing brands that have missions to use only recycled fabrics and are trying to be carbon neutral in the production of their products. A drawback is that being more eco-conscious in clothing can be more expensive. If you are looking to contribute to being less wasteful while being on a budget, try thrifting. Recycling old clothes is a great way to be more eco-friendly and you can find some great gems along the way!

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