18 great sustainable products to try this Earth Day
Feel good about using these eco-friendly items
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Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to take a look at your everyday lifestyle and assess how you could be a little more eco-friendly. Many people think that “going green” has to involve huge, inconvenient lifestyle changes, but in reality, even small swaps can make a big difference in the overall health of our planet.
If you’re ready to make sustainability a priority in your household, here are 18 amazing sustainable products that will help you reduce waste, keep plastic out of the landfills, and support environmentally-conscious brands.
1. A set of produce bags made from organic material
As you navigate around the produce section of the grocery store, how many of those flimsy plastic bags do you grab? Two? Five? More? All of these little bags typically end up in the landfill, but you can keep your fruits and veggies sorted using these reusable produce bags instead. The mesh bags come in three sizes and are made from organic cotton, and you can toss them in the washing machine when they get dirty.
2. These super-comfortable women’s sneakers
Did you know that these stylish women’s sneakers you’ve seen on social media come with no carbon footprint? AllBirds Wool Runners are crafted from merino wool, and they have unique soles made from SweetFoam—a material derived from sugarcane instead of rubber. Plus, their laces are made from post-consumer recycled polyester—and did we mention they’re incredibly comfortable?
3. Reusable food wrap with pretty patterns
According to National Geographic, Americans buy enough plastic wrap annually to shrink wrap the state of Texas—that’s a lot of single-use plastic, and it isn’t typically recycled because it clogs up the machinery.
With that in mind, it’s time to switch over to a more sustainable food storage option. Bee’s Wrap is made from organic cotton infused with beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, and these sheets work just as well as plastic wrap, keeping all sorts of food fresh.
The wraps are washable and reusable, and each one can last a year (or more), helping to keep numerous rolls of plastic wrap out of the landfills.
4. A set of reusable food storage bags
Why not ditch those single-use resealable sandwich bags while you’re at it, too? The Lunchskins Reusable Food Storage Bags really wowed us during testing, thanks to their thoughtful design and cute patterns. These bags manage to keep food fresh for longer than your average sandwich bag, and you can simply wash them in the dishwasher after use.
5. Our favorite collapsible reusable straw
The movement to ban plastic straws has taken off in the past few years, and there’s no better time to invest in our favorite reusable straw. The Final Straw is made of stainless steel with an inner silicone tubing, and it folds up into its case, which is small enough to hang on your keychain.
Its cleaning brush fits inside the case, too! With this little straw in your bag, you’ll never have to waste another single-use straw again.
6. This top-rated reusable water bottle
Not only are plastic water bottles bad for the environment, but they also don’t keep your water cold—so what’s the point? Switching to a Hydro Flask is a no-brainer. These stainless steel water bottles keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours or warm for up to 12 hours, and the brand has different compatible tops, to boot. Hydro Flasks come in a rainbow of colors, and they were one of the top performers in our testing.
7. An organic cotton throw with an eye-catching texture
If you’re ever in the market for sustainable bedding, Coyuchi is the way to go. The brand uses organic materials, which are better for the environment, and goes to great lengths to ensure its manufacturing processes are ethical and conscious.
With that in mind, how stunning is this Miramar Organic Waffle Blanket? The lightweight fabric is ideal for year-round use, and the lovely texture will be a beautiful decorative accent in your bedroom or living room.
8. A warm men’s sweater made from recycled polyester
For years, Patagonia has been leading the way for sustainability in the fashion industry. This men’s sweater is made from 100% recycled polyester fleece and dyed with a low-impact process that reduces the use of energy and water. However, you’d never know it, as the material is incredibly soft and warm. And once you wear the sweater out, Patagonia will take it back—free of charge—to recycle it and keep it out of the landfill.
9. These super-stylish pointed flats
If you want to get dressed from head to toe in recycled fabrics, be sure to slip a pair of Rothy’s on your feet. The brand’s iconic Point Shoes—yes, the ones Meghan Markle is known to wear—are made from repurposed water bottles, and they ship in recycled boxes. Not only are these shoes incredibly cute, but they’re also machine-washable. Yes, we tested it, and yes, they really do come out as good as new!
10. A très chic Parisian-style reusable produce bag
Who knew reusable shopping bags could be so stylish? You’ll feel like a bona fide Frechman with this fun market tote bag, which comes in three pretty colors. It’s made from cotton, and the mesh design is perfect for toting around produce, as well as other groceries. Reviewers say these bags are incredibly well-made and expand generously to fit just about anything you want to put in them.
11. A kit with affordable and eco-friendly cleaning products
Here’s a way to make your cleaning routine a little more sustainable. Instead of buying a new bottle of cleaner every month, Blueland will send you three reusable bottles that you fill up using its special tablets.
When mixed with water, the tablets become powerful cleaning agents, and there are different formulas for multi-purpose, bathroom, and glass and mirror cleaning. Plus, after you invest in the initial kit, refill tablets cost $2 or less, saving you some serious cash—win-win.
12. A travel-friendly coffee mug with a cult following
We all have that one friend who’s downright obsessed with Yeti products, and it’s hard to argue with them. Yeti products are made to last, and with a Yeti Rambler Mug in your cupboard, you won’t ever need a one-time-use coffee cup again.
These iconic mugs feature a vacuum-insulated double wall that will keep your drink warm for hours, and they can simply be tossed in the dishwasher for easy maintenance. What more could you ask for?
13. This trendy top from an Instagram-famous brand
If you follow any female celebrities on Instagram, you’ve probably seen articles of clothing from Reformation—even if you didn’t realize it. This trendy brand is known for its simple, yet stylish, clothing, all of which is made using sustainable practices.
For instance, Reformation states that the stylish Gellar Top saves 1,201 gallons of water and 22 pounds of carbon emissions. It’s made from modal, a wood-based fiber made from sustainably managed beechwood trees, and it comes in six pretty colors to match any outfit.
14. Delicious sustainable meat and seafood
There are lots of meat and meal subscription services out there today, but one major complaint about them is that they create a lot of plastic waste. However, that doesn't apply to Crowd Cow.
This meat and seafood delivery service will ship 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised beef; free-range chicken; and sustainably farmed seafood right to your door, and you can feel good knowing that not only is their packaging 100% recyclable and compostable, but all orders are 100% carbon neutral. Now that’s some serious commitment to the environment!
15. An old-fashioned safety razor
Instead of buying—and trashing—disposable razor blades each month, you can minimize your carbon footprint with an old-fashioned safety razor like this one. The single blades on each side are attached to an eco-friendly bamboo handle. The razor will provide a closer shave with less clogging, and reviewers say it performs flawlessly once you get the hang of shaving with it.
16. Stretchy silicone lids to replace plastic wrap
Here’s another product to replace that roll of plastic wrap in your drawer. The Unwasted Silicone Stretch Lids come in a set of seven different sizes, and the stretchy material fits tightly over the top of bowls, cups, and more, providing an airtight, leak-proof seal. They’re microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and reviewers say you can even use them on oddly shaped containers with the same great results.
17. A classic leather tote for work and play
If you’re looking for a well-made bag to use every day, this leather tote from Cuyana is both stylish and sustainable. It comes in a variety of colors, from classic black to an eye-catching red, and you can choose to have it monogrammed for a personal touch.
The materials that go into this bag are Leather Working Group Gold-certified, meaning the leather is tanned in the highest level of compliance with sustainable measures, such as energy and water consumption, waste management, and effluent treatment. Basically, it’s a fashionable item you can feel good about buying.
18. A reusable notebook you can use again and again
I know what you’re thinking: “How, exactly, are you supposed to reuse a notebook?” The Rocketbook Smart Notebook is actually quite ingenious. After you fill up its pages with your work or school notes, you can use the Rocketbook app to scan and save all the content. Then, you can simply wipe the pages clean with a damp cloth—you’ll never have to buy another notebook again!
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