It’s going to be my New Year’s resolution to be more eco-friendly, and since it’s the holidays I thought I’d gift myself with some products to help start on my way towards a more zero-waste, sustainable lifestyle. I had no idea there was such a wide range of things made out of bamboo! There are so many simple switches you can make in everyday life that can help out the environment and keep Mother Earth healthier.
From glass straws to reusable Ziploc bags to wool dryer balls, I’ve got product recommendations to help you live your greenest life without totally disrupting your routines. Here’s what I’m gifting myself for a more sustainable 2021.
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These Reusable Produce Bags Say Bye To Plastic
It’s so easy to just use one of those little plastic baggies on a roll when you’re piling fruits and veg into your cart, but such a bad habit. I’m going to start using these reusable mesh produce bags when I go shopping to cut down on the amount of plastic consumption. I love all the bright border colors – you could designate some for veggies and others for fruit so your bananas don’t end up covered in onion skins!
These Coconut Bowls Are Eco-Cute
I love eating smoothie bowls for breakfast, but I’m going to love them even more when they’re served in these cute coconut bowls! They’re made from reclaimed coconut shells, so they’re truly a no-waste solution. And they come with the wooden spoons, so the set’s perfect for gifting but I just might steal it for myself.
This Bee’s Wrap Protects Food
I’m not a big fan of using plastic wrap to store food – it’s hard to use and just creates more waste. These Bee’s Wrap papers though are an eco-friendly find that’s so easy to use! They’re made from organic cotton coated with bee’s wax and jojoba oil to make them flexible – the heat from your hands warms them enough to mold to the food and when they cool down they hold their shape. Such a smart, sustainable way to store sandwiches, fruit, veg, or cheese.
These Baggu Reusable Bags Are Easy To Tote
I’m in love with these Baggu reusable bags not just for grocery shopping, either, since they’re cute enough to tote around on their own daily! They come in so many patterns and are extremely durable so load ’em up – the ripstop fabric means you’ll never get a rip or tear. They’ll hold up to 50 lbs each, so your grocery shopping’s no match for their power!
These Swedish Dishcloths Are So Versatile
I don’t like using sponges because they get stinky so quickly then they can’t really clean since they’re full of bacteria themselves, and using paper towels as much as I do feels very wasteful. I came across these reusable Swedish Dishcloths and they’re on my shopping list because I think they’ll be my new kitchen workhorse. They can scrub, wipe up messes, dry dishes, clean windows, and counters – really, what can’t they do? They come in a set of 10 so you’ll always have one on hand.
These Bamboo Cotton Pads For Removing Makeup
Makeup remover wipes are so easy to use but again, so wasteful. These bamboo makeup remover pads are a much more sustainable idea – just add your favorite removing solution and wipe the makeup off, then throw these in the wash for next time! I’d get a little mesh zipper bag to keep them all corralled in the washing machine, too.
These Plantable Pencils Are So Cool
During remote schooling, my kids seem to be chewing up pencils and spitting ’em out by the handful every week! They must be writing their little hearts out, but it sure does create a lot of trash. I love the idea of these plantable pencils that you can just pop into a pot of dirt when they get too stubby to write, and the embedded seeds will start to grow right away! You’ll have a window garden full of thyme, sage, basil, and daisies in no time.
This Zero Waste Starter Kit Starts You Off On The Right Foot
I’ve always been intrigued by the zero-waste lifestyle but never knew how to start. Well, this little zero waste starter kit is as good a place as any! It includes a stainless steel travel mug, mesh grocery bag, bee’s wax food wraps, bamboo toothbrush and carry case, and stainless steel straws and cleaning brushes. Everything in the kit’s eco-friendly, sustainable and biodegradable, and it comes in a cute little box perfect for gifting. To myself.
This Tea Infuser Mug Is Gorgeous
I’m a huge tea drinker so I was overjoyed to find this pretty bamboo infuser mug. It comes with a double-walled tea diffuser for loose tea so you don’t get any debris in your brew and a gorgeous quilted carrying case for on-the-go sipping. This leak-proof, vacuum-sealed beauty will keep beverages hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 – paired with a selection of nice tea, this would make a divine present.
This Turkish Cotton Throw Blanket Is Hand Woven
This pretty throw blanket has some sustainable origins – it’s made from cotton grown in the coastal region of Turkey, then handwoven on wooden shuttle looms in a rural community. Happy reviewers say the fabric is “indescribably soft”, lightweight and high quality. And it looks amazing draped over the sofa or your favorite chair.
This Ethique Cleanser Has No Plastic Packaging
I’m a big fan of products that don’t come with a whole lot of plastic packaging, and these Ethique facial cleansing bars definitely fit the bill. They’re a truly sustainable cleanser – soap-free, plastic-free, vegan-friendly, plant-based and compostable, plus they do an amazing job of washing your face! The company’s on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste, and I’d say they’re doing a bang-up job.
This Rocket Notebook Saves Trees
I’m fascinated by these Rocket notebooks that you can reuse over and over again by simply wiping clean with a damp cloth, which is included with the product. I’m a pretty constant note-taker and list-maker, so I feel bad about the amount of paper I go through. Now I can save all the trees since I’ll be using this notebook for a long time to come! It’s the perfect size for jotting down grocery lists or to-do lists, of which I have many.
This Desk Calendar Is Made From Birch
What an awesome idea – this desktop calendar is made from sustainably-harvested birch wood veneer! It’s mini-sized so it won’t take up a lot of valuable space on your desk, and it’s cute as all get out. It has six double-sided cards in bright colors to liven up your decor while providing an important function. Eco-friendly’s never been this cute!
These Glass Straws Are So Cool
Stainless steel straws can feel so cold in your mouth, and paper straws are pretty much worthless, but these glass straws are something else indeed. You get a set of four bent designs and four straight for your drinking pleasure and in a rainbow of pretty colors. These have over 4,000 major fans on Amazon because they’re so high quality and people love the mouth-feel compared to plastic.
This Compost Bin Is Handily Attractive
We have a compost bin in our backyard but when the temps drop or the weather’s nasty I don’t wanna walk all the way out there to throw away scraps. Good thing I found this super-attractive, modern compost bin that looks great sitting out on the counter. You can also buy compostable bags that fit perfectly in the bin so you can just throw the whole lot away when your bin gets full!
This Bamboo Razor Gets Great Reviews
Bamboo’s pretty much the best – it’s a renewable resource, is easy to grow, and grows quickly. It also happens to make great razors, as seen in this eco-friendly one here. Reviewers love it because it’s zero waste, easy to clean, and easy to use, plus looks great. Each razor comes in recycled packaging, too.
These Wheat Straw Plates Are Biodegradable
With two kids who often get rowdy at dinnertime, our decade-old “wedding china” is looking a lot worse for the wear. I don’t like serving hot food on plastic or melamine plates because I’m worried about toxins leaching, but these wheat straw plates are a much safer bet. They’re made from entirely BPA-free, food-safe natural wheat fiber and starch, and the coolest part is they’re biodegradable!
This Washable Canvas Lunch Bag Can Be Used Over And Over
I like the idea of using a paper lunch bag once then tossing it because food could leak or spill, but that’s not very eco-friendly of me. This waxed canvas lunch bag is a much better idea since you can wipe it down and reuse it over and over again. And it’s handmade in India by a supplier that ensures fair labor practices from farm to factory, so you can feel good about your purchase.
This Bidet Saves Toilet Paper
For anyone that survived the great toilet paper shortage of 2020, we will not soon forget. But who needs toilet paper when you’ve got a bidet like this one! I’ve wanted one forever and I think this is the year I finally pull the trigger. Imagine getting a freshly-showered clean feeling without any paper waste at all – revolutionary!
This Canvas Bag Is My Everyday Go-To
I like leather bags as much as the next person, but they’re not exactly animal-friendly or eco-friendly to produce. So for an alternative, I’ve been using these Baggu canvas bags to tote all my stuff. I love that I can just throw them in the wash when they need a refresh and they’re strong enough to hold all my stuff without complaints. The colors and patterns are to die for, too!
These Wool Dryer Balls Cut Drying Time
If you’ve ever felt the disappointment of going to take a load of laundry out of the dryer and finding it still damp, you need these wool dryer balls. They do such a great job at fully drying laundry that they actually cut drying time, saving you money on energy costs. These penguins are so cute, I can’t resist – stocking stuffer to myself!
This Reusable K-Cup Saves So Much Waste
My husband uses his coffee machine many times throughout the workday but was feeling guilty about how much plastic K-cup waste he was creating. Lucky for him, I picked up one of these reusable K-cups for his stocking this year. You can use your own coffee to fill these up and still get a delicious cup of joe, just with a lot less trash generated. Genius.
These Bamboo Utensils Are So Handy
With all the curbside takeout meals everyone’s getting these days, the amount of plastic utensil trash must be staggering. If you buy lunch at work or get food to-go, try these bamboo utensils – they come in a bundle with a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks all packaged in a carrying case. Cute as can be while helping save the earth, too – get in mah stocking!
This Bluetooth Speaker Is Made From Wood Fiber & Recyled Plastic
Not only does this little Bluetooth speaker look amazing, but it’s also great for the environment since it’s made with wood fiber and recycled (and recyclable) plastic components! It has a six-hour rechargeable battery and is small enough to fit in cup holders and water bottle cages, plus includes a carabiner clip so you can take it wherever you go.
This David’s Toothpaste Is Metal
This David’s toothpaste has a lot going for it – it comes in a metal tube, no plastic necessary, and includes a metal tube roller for squeezing every last drop out so you get your money’s worth. Oh, and it’s so boujee that I can’t resist! Seriously, how nice would this look displayed on your bathroom counter? It’s practically begging for its own Instagram shoot.
These Food Huggers Keep Fruit & Veg Fresh
If you want an airtight seal on your leftover fruit and veggies without resorting to plastic wrap, try these silicone food huggers. You can even use them to seal jars, cans, or other containers to store for later. Reviewers love how much less plastic wrap they’re using on the daily!
These Reusable Ziploc Bags Have So Many Uses
This is a fantastic price for a whole set of reusable Ziploc bags that you can use for everything from kids’ snacks to storing a freezer meal. You get a ten pack of baggies – two gallon-sized, four sandwich-sized, and four snack-sized for all your storage needs. My husband’s taken to washing out the regular plastic baggies but they’re not sturdy enough for re-use – he’s going to like these ones a whole lot more.
This BluApple Keeps Food Fresher
It’s not really eco-friendly or sustainable to buy food only for it to go to waste, which is why I’m going to invest in one of these little BluApple gadgets to keep my produce fresh longer. They’re filled with carbon to reduce odor and a material that absorbs ethylene gas, making fruit and veggies last longer and retain more nutrients. They’ll start saving you money from the first use, and they fit perfectly in your (my) stocking.
This Nail Polish Is Toxin-Free
I love painting my nails as much as the next person, but you have to wonder how much toxic stuff is in there once you get a whiff of the polish. Good thing this nail polish is natural, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free, which ticks all the boxes if you want a manicure you can feel great about. It comes in seven pretty hues and has over 100 great ratings for durability and quality!
This Dish Brush Looks Great
We go through a lot of dish brushes around here since the bristles wear out so quickly, and I was feeling bad about how much waste we’re generating. Then I spotted this bamboo dish brush and fell in love! It’s made from renewable bamboo and recycled plastic, so it’s eco-friendly for sure. And it has over 4,000 rave reviews so I know it’s going to be good!
These Silicone Stretch Lids Nix Plastic Wrap And Aluminum Foil
Especially around the holidays, I’m thinking about the best way to store leftovers and how much plastic wrap and aluminum foil we go through at this time of year. A better solution is these silicone stretch lids that fit over the top of jars, bowls, and other containers without having to use disposable coverings. You get a set of six various sizes to cover everything from a cup to a watermelon half! And since they’re air-tight, they’ll seal in any odors so your fridge won’t smell like leftovers for days.
This Makeup Remover Cloth Uses Only Water
I’m the ultimate in lazy when it comes to washing my face, especially when it comes to taking off eyeliner. But with this makeup removing cloth I can take it all off easily with only water! Makeup remover often involves disposable plastic bottles and cotton pads, but I can use this cloth over and over again just by throwing it in the wash.
This Makeup Brush Set Is Made From Bamboo
You can feel good about every part of this makeup brush set, from the renewable bamboo handles to the vegan, cruelty-free bristles. You can also feed good about the nearly 2,600 rave reviews that praise the value and quality! You get a set of 11 brushes, from a powder brush to a small detail brush, plus a beauty blender sponge all for under $10.
This Coffee Mug Is So Sleek & Modern
I love this sleek, modern coffee mug made from ceramic and bamboo. It even comes with a pretty gold spoon to stir your brew! And it’s gift packaged already, all you have to do is wrap it. Or, if like me you’re gifting it to yourself, you can just open the package up as soon as it gets delivered to your hot little hands.
This Recycled Gift Wrap Grows Seeds
I always view the mountain of wrapping paper on Christmas morning with dismay at how wasteful it is since it only gets ripped off and tossed aside by excited kiddos. So this year I’m wrapping gifts in this recycled gift wrap that has a little secret – it’s embedded with wildflower seeds so you can plant it after using! You get enough in the bundle to wrap eight shirt boxes, plus raffia for tying and gift cards to go with each present.
These Spray Bottles Are Gorgeous
It’s much more eco-friendly to make my own cleaning products from vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils, but I don’t love storing them in leftover plastic bottles. Enter these gorgeous glass spray bottles that look straight out of a home magazine! You get a set of four that comes with their own labels so you can get started on your cleaning routine right away. How good are these going to look all lined up on your shelf?
These Organic Tea Drops Are Genius
Since I drink so much tea, I’ve become aware of how much bleached paper I’m going through with each teabag use. Well, these genius little Tea Drops eliminate that problem – they’re made from ground organic tea leaves mixed with a little bit of sweetener so all you have to do is drop one in your mug of hot water and sip away! And they’re kind of a big deal – they’ve been featured on Good Morning America and in Forbes Magazine and Us Weekly!