As climate change and human impact on the environment gets more of a spotlight than it ever has before, we're thankful to be seeing more and more people attempt to make subtle changes to make a difference. And though it'll take more than a simple bring-your-own-bag-to-the-supermarket mantra to offset the damage, some sensible shopping can do a world of good.
Below, we've curated 10 everyday products that'll reduce your impact on global waste. From reusable containers to sustainable laundry hacks, our selection is the perfect first step to a greener and more mindful you.
Peep our full list of eco-friendly everyday items to shop below.
By this point, waiting idly for the Starbucks barista to misspell your name on throwaway coffee cups is the eighth deadly sin. In 2019, many a coffee shop offers discounts to those who bring their own reusable vessel, and this barista-standard, BPA-free gun-metal option by Nitro Cup is the perfect pre-work java companion.
That same principle also applies to plastic water bottles. In the western world where hang-ups on tap water tend to only come from those "extra" personalities, a reusable water bottle is a necessity. Our favorite is this branded option by a fashion label dedicated to sustainability – Phipps, made in collaboration with Kleen Kanteen.
It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose and, in most places, they can't be recycled. The solution, bring your own. This telescopic reusable metal drinking straw can be carried around on your keys, so there's no excuse to be sipping through plastic at the club.
Less portable, maybe, but Danish design brand Hay's glass drinking straws are decorative interior pieces just as much as they are an environmentally-conscious alternative to plastic straws – the eleventh most prominent form of ocean trash according to Get Green Now.
There's nothing like the feeling you get when you hold out your hand to stop the supermarket cashier from reaching down to begin bagging your groceries. This reusable Baggu number is big enough to fit two to three plastic bags worth of things and can be folded down into whatever bag you're using on the daily – no excuses.
The majority of washing machines don't have filters, which means that small fibers from your laundry end up polluting public waterways. Inspired by coral – which catches tiny things from flowing water – the cora ball is designed to be put in your machine with your washing to pick up these fibers, which can then be properly disposed of.
Store your food in plastic wraps no more with Bee's Wrap's eco-friendly reusable solution. The Vermont-made wraps are made from organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin for a product that's certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. What's more, the packaging it comes in is made from 100% recyclable paper and biodegradable cellulose.
The packaging of liquid soap is an obvious reason to backtrack to the bar, not to mention that the weight of liquid soaps weigh more and therefore take more energy to transport. Bar soap's average carbon footprint is 25 percent lower, and this all-natural SEVIN concoction is our sink side soap of choice.
Those who make their coffee with filters should know that the unbleached version are much more environmentally-friendly than the bleached kind. Better still, however, is a reusable drip. This collapsible option by outdoors label Snow Peak makes it so you can drip (in a most literal sense of that word than you may be used to on these pages) wherever you are.
Last but not least, as the price of your Pret sandwich gets higher and meal prep becomes more popular, make sure you're munching mindfully with a stainless steel lunch box. Not only are they BPA-free, they're also far sturdier – so no more pasta sauce spillages on your gym kit.
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