Over the last decades, we have seen more and more effects of climate change and global warming. Which has resulted in harsh weather conditions and natural disasters. While there is no way to stop global warming or climate change, there is a way to slow it down.
One way for us, individuals, to be part of the solution is to use eco friendly products. There are a lot of different eco friendly products out in the market. While each one serves a different purpose and solution, they all aim to lessen the burden on planet earth. As a person that is constantly thinking about what to do or what to buy to lessen the damage, I have done a lot of research and testing with different eco friendly products. Here are 10 eco friendly products that I have selected that will help us be a lot more environmentally friendly.
10 Eco Friendly Products That You Need
As mentioned above, I have been searching and testing different eco friendly products in my everyday life. Replacing conventional products with eco friendly products is a fun and rewarding process for me. Especially if the eco friendly products turn out better than the conventional one. Those are the cherry on top of my sundaes and once I find all the goodies, I have to share it with others. So here is my selection of eco friendly products.
Eco Friendly Kitchen Product: Food Wrap
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Personally, I love these reusable food wraps, they are great beginner friendly eco friendly products too. They reduce so much plastic waste from plastic wrap and they are adorable. The ones I am currently using are from a Japanese brand (Acowrap) that uses natural dyes, locally produced beeswax, USDA approved jojoba oil, and organic cotton. You can use this on bowls or wrap half cup vegetables. However, it is recommended you not wrap it around meat or put in the microwave. While it is on the pricier side in comparison to some other food wraps you can find on amazon, I personally like it for their simplicity and the idea of collaborating with traditional Japanese dyeing techniques and methods.
You can easily find these eco friendly products from other brands such as Honey Wrap or on amazon. These food wraps or beeswax right will help reduce a lot of plastic wrap waste and brighten up your kitchen.
Eco Friendly Cleaning
A lot of times, the dish soap and cleaning products we use contain very strong and harsh chemical ingredients. While they perform very well, these chemicals are being washed down the drain and often end up in the environment or animals, or even in your stomach (when you didn’t rinse properly). Picking more natural or non-toxic cleaning products is much better. If you want to take it to another level, it is also possible to create your own eco friendly cleaning products. But for those of you that don’t have the energy or time, I suggest brands like Seventh Generation, or Mrs. Meyer’s.
P.S. Baking Soda is also a great choice! Very affordable and very versatile for cleaning.
Eco Friendly Products For Your Kitchen
If you cook quite often or like me, spill things quite often, paper towels are necessities. However, that’s a lot of paper towel, and here is a much more eco friendly option, reusable cleaning cloth or dish cloth. These reusable cleaning cloths are so versatile, you can use them for washing dishes, wiping down your counter and all sorts of cleaning. Not only can you reusable them by rinsing them properly after use, you can easily throw them into the washing machine or dishwasher or even microwave depending on the brands for a deep cleanse. Depending on some brands, they are even biodegradable, so after a few months you can switch them out.
Eco Friendly Coffee Filter and Tea Infuser
If you drink coffee or tea on a daily basis, you might want to get a reusable coffee filter, tea infuser or steeper, or even a reusable coffee pods/capsule. They are very handy and easy to use. For me, I love the simplicity of a coffee filter, I am currently using one from Kinto Slow Coffee Style. These stainless steel filters just sit perfectly on the jug and once you are done, it comes with a filter holder, you can easily remove it on place into the holder while you enjoy your coffee. Oftentimes, I would use the leftover ground coffee in my plants or use them to deodorize my fridge. While conventional coffee filters are paper which is not as bad as plastic, waste is still waste. Same concept applies for the tea infuser/steeper and coffee pods.
Eco Friendly Product: Makeup Edition
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As a makeup lover, there can be a lot of waste with the beauty industry. One way to reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly is to use reusable makeup removers. Instead of using those single use makeup wipes, why not try reusable makeup remover/pads. These eco friendly products are like magic. Simply by wetting them with water, you can remove a whole face of makeup. Once you use them, simply wash it by hand or toss into the washing machine and they are good as new! There are many different brands such as the Makeup Eraser, or Face Halo. These reusable makeup removers have made my life easier. If you are interested, I actually wrote an in depth review on Face Halo, check it out!
Eco Friendly Products: Hygiene Edition
If you are looking for a new body soap, why not try solid soap, meaning body soap bars. Soap bars are a great way to cut down on plastic waste. Plus, many bar soap uses much more natural ingredients which can be beneficial for the environment and your skin. On the contrary, many body bar soaps are very hydrating and can give you the luxurious feeling like liquid soap.
If you are already using body bar soap, how about try solid shampoo and conditioner. Just like solid body soap, you are reducing the plastic packaging with solid shampoo and conditioners.
Lush has amazing options for solid body soap, shampoo and conditioners.
Eco Friendly Product Pair: Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Similar to body soap and shampoo, there are eco friendly options for toothbrush and toothpaste. Such as toothpaste tablets that are in glass or metal containers instead of plastic. Or bamboo toothbrushes with natural bristles that are plastic free. You can find eco friendly toothpaste at Lush or the brand Davines. You can easily find many affordable options for eco friendly toothbrushes online too!
Brighten Your Night Eco Friendly Product
If you have not changed to LED light bulbs, maybe you should. They are one of the best eco friendly products you will find. Not only are they energy efficient, can save you some electricity and money, and super bright. They are also quite long lasting meaning less money spent on buying new ones and less waste. Eco friendly products can be good for the environment and your wallet!
Say No to Single Use Razors!
While single use razors are very convenient, but they contribute to the single use plastic waste issues that are affecting the environment, it is better to opt out with a reusable and long lasting razor. You can either try bamboo razors or if you want a fancy eco friendly product, why not try these long lasting all metal shaving razors from Leaf. Not only is the design very sleek, but you can also use it for a really long time. In addition, it will teach you how to recycle the blades properly!
Last Eco Friendly Product: Laundry Bags
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One really big issue with plastic pollution is the amount of microplastic goes down the drain. It is often through our laundry process, and here is how it happens, when we wash our clothes, especially ones made with plastic (polyester, nylon, etc…), tiny particles of plastic or microplastic would break off and flush down the drain. Often ending up in the ocean and eaten up fishes and it would eventually travel up the food chain and to us, humans. One way to stop this is by using special washing bags that catch all the debri can reduce the amount of microplastic pollution. Guppyfriend washing bag is the answer, it was designed to catch all of the microplastic debris.
Eco Friendly Products for the win!
I hope you enjoyed the 10 different eco friendly products I have suggested. There are many more eco friendly products out there and definitely a lot more is going to come out. The important thing is that you are trying to make a difference with what you purchase. By choosing eco friendly products, you are voting with your money and choosing a greener future!
While it is best if you can use as many eco friendly products as you can, however, please remember that in the process of changing to eco friendly products, you don’t want to waste your already owned products.
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