Going Plastic-free in A Few Easy Steps
Looking for alternatives for single-use items—or just any plastic products? From reusable bags to glass water bottles and straws, there are loads of new products on the market that make giving up plastic easier than ever—and with Earth Day fast approaching on 22 April, now is a great time to make a change.
Final Straw Reusable Drinking Straw With Portable Keychain Case $24.95
When you stop to think about all the single-use straws that are used on a daily basis (in America alone, it's estimated to be 500 million per day), it can make your head spin. Final Straw's Reusable Drinking Straw With Portable Keychain Case is an Amazon bestseller because it's a reusable, collapsible, stainless steel straw that comes with a portable keychain case, so you'll always have it on hand when you're out, thirsty, and about to use a plastic straw. Cleaning it is easy and portable too, since it comes with a collapsible telescoping cleaning brush.
"Wonderful product and love the thought put behind it. I feel bad if i have to use single-use plastic straw. With my own final straw, i dont have to worry. If i have to count a number of straws I avoided using and throwing per year as compared to using final straw, the numbers are quite remarkable. Easy to use and clean. Works perfectly as advertised. The silicon material looks good quality." says Namita Soni in her Amazon product review.
Bindle Bottle $39
Single-use plastic water bottles are another big source of ocean pollution, and super easy to remove from your routine with a Bindle Bottle. It's a stainless steel double-wall vacuum-insulated bottle that will keep 24 ounces of liquid hot or cold for up to 12 hours. But wait, there's more! It also has a spacious storage compartment on the bottom for stashing a snack or holding items like keys, money, and credit cards. Available in an assortment of colors.
"A very solid, unique bottle! Will be perfect for any occasion. I bought mine for school and for the beach I love the quality and how lightweight it is! The storage compartment just takes it to another level!" says William Cauthren in his five-star review.
Lunchskins Reusable 2 Piece Food Storage Bag Set $10.99
If you're still using plastic sandwich and snack bags for your PB&J, it's time to switch to something more eco-friendly, like this 2-piece set of Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags from Lunchskins. Not only are they planet-friendly, easy-to-use, and dishwasher-safe, but they come in an assortment of adorable prints that will make any sandwich or snack something to look forward to.
"I love my Lunchskins reusable bags. I own at least 10 or 12 of these, in either the snack or sandwich size. I don't like going through plastic bag after plastic bag if I can help it and these certainly help. They're great for packing lunches and snacks in. My kids use them every day." says lori g her product review.
UpBento Glass Food Storage Containers $34.99
Instead of storing your food and leftovers in plastic containers that bend, crack, and eventually end up in a landfill or ocean, try these eco-friendly (and super good-looking) Glass Food Storage Containers from UpBento. This set of four glass containers with bamboo lids is perfect for food storage or meal prep because each container has 2-3 compartments to separate foods as needed. They are also microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe! These glass containers can be used in the oven up to 752 degrees.
"These are great containers for people looking to cut down on plastic container usage! Great quality and super easy to clean. I also love the look of the containers and the compartments within. Multiple compliments received at work, who would have thought!" says Sarah in her glowing review.
Silicone Stretch Lids $12.49
Say goodbye to plastic wrap with a set of Silicone Stretch Lids from ExcelGadgets. This pack of six includes lids that cover containers 3 to 10 inches in circumference, including bowls, cups, glassware, food cans, crockpots, watermelons, avocados, and much more. Smooth, tough, and super stretchy, they are dishwasher safe, won't change color from food stains, and are free of BPA, phthalate, lead, and plastic.
"This product is exactly what I wanted. I’ve recently been looking to reduce waste where I can and this allows me to continue using those plastic containers that have lost their lid. They are also great for putting on other dishes that don’t have a lid and not use plastic wrap. The size variety is great and the fit is strong and secure." says S. Kolenda in their product review.
Earthwise Reusable & Foldable Grocery Bags $24.97
Reusable shopping bags are obviously better for the environment than plastic, but they can be awkward for grocery store workers to fill since they fall over and collapse. Enter the Earthwise Reusable Grocery Bag! Made of heavy-duty, 80-gram non-woven polypropylene with recycled cardboard walls and bottom, they stay open and upright so they are easy to pack and collapse to an easy-to-store size when not in use. Side handles make them easy to load into your car, and they won't fall over or slide around in your car, making them ideal for groceries, picnics, laundry storage, and much more. They come in sets of 3 with a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from.
"I hate plastic bags because grocery stores tend to put two or three items in bags and I am left trying to reuse 10-15 bags after one shopping trip. Over the past two years I have been using reusable bags from Whole Foods. I love the Whole Foods bags (I get so many comments on the durability and their attractiveness) however the bags never stay open and store clerks give me the stink eye when having to use them. These bags are awesome because they stay open and I can use them like a crate. You can literally throw the food in the bags and just pile in the groceries. The bags hold a lot and clerks love that it stays open and its easy to load. No more angry looks when I bring my own bags." says W. Dietrich in their Amazon review.
Dove go fresh Cucumber and Green Tea Beauty Bar 6-Pack $7.99
A good, old-fashioned bar of soap is another easy way to remove plastic packaging from your daily life (no more plastic containers of body wash to recycle), and Dove's go fresh beauty bars in cucumber and green tea are a longtime favorite. They come in cardboard packaging, are #1 dermatologist recommended, and with 1/4 moisturizing cream and mild cleansers, it leaves skin feeling softer, smoother, and more radiant-looking than ordinary soaps.
"Love this product, the scent is fresh and clean, and it is the only soap that both my husband and I can agree on." says Mariaj480 in her five-star review.
HiBAR Plastic-Free Moisturize Shampoo & Conditioner Set $26.50
Want to skip the plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles without sacrificing your hair in the process? Try HiBAR's Plastic-Free Moisturize Shampoo & Conditioner Set. They deliver salon-quality formulas in a compact and portable solid form, without plastic packaging. These are 100% safe for colored hair, vegan, and contain no sulfates, phthalates, silicones, parabens, or palm oil and are cruelty-free! Delivering a gentle and fresh citrus scent with every wash, they'll make it easy to save the world from plastic—and look good doing it!
"I was SUPER sceptical that this was going to work, but wanted to try it on the off chance it did, in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic I use. LO AND BEHOLD, IT WORKS SO WELL!!!! I have long straight hair with dry ends, so moisture is very important. The conditioner is really silky and smooth and moisturises my hair just as well as OGX." says Hannah in her glowing review.
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