30 Reusable Versions of Things You Use Every Day
Every day can be Earth Day when you switch your typically disposable products out for reusable versions. Picking just a few reusable items from our list can help you make an Earth-friendlier impact without much effort at all.
Switch out your water bottle
You probably already understand how bad single-use water bottles are for the environment, but if you’re refilling them thinking you’re helping, guess again. Experts actually say you should never refill a plastic water bottle to safeguard your health. Instead, opt for a stainless steel version like this one by Hydro Flask.
We’ll sip to this
Using disposable plastic straws made our list of bad Earth habits that need to go, which is exactly why loading up on a pack of easy-to-clean stainless steel straws is a much better idea. Pack one in each of your favorite on-the-go bags, desk drawers, and other places you’re likely to find yourself craving an iced coffee.
Skip the plastic shopping bags
Throw your groceries in, the spoils of your errands, or just about anything else in a reusable grocery bag, and know you’ve saved the Earth of yet another plastic bag blowing in the wind.
Try this reusable makeup remover
It’s not just Q-tips we can kick to the curb, consider your over-priced makeup removing wipes obsolete, too. Opt for a reusable makeup remover mitty like this one from Take My Face Off. Simply add a bit of warm water and use in a circular motion to gently work even the toughest makeup off your precious skin. You can save several thousand cotton rounds each year this way, never mind the cash you’ll enjoy saving.
Free up some pantry space as a bonus
If your pantry is typically stocked with paper goods, consider these reusable paper towels from Bambooee your shelf space savior. Each roll comes with 20 ultra-absorbent sheets you can machine wash up to 100 times. That means each single sheet can replace several rolls of typical paper.
Less medicine cabinet clutter
Nobody is arguing the value of using a strong sunscreen when you head out, but eventually, all those bottles add up, and if you’re prone to feeling guilty about your carbon footprint or just want to pack lighter vacation bags, opt for clothes with built-in UPF 50+, like swimwear from Coolibar. You’ll use less lotion and energy worrying about when to reapply if your clothes do most of the work for you. Just remember to cover your face, neck, hands, feet, and other areas that aren’t beneath your super cool new swimwear.
Even menstrual products can be reused
The regular pads and tampons we’re all used to seeing at the drugstore can’t be reused, however, menstrual cups like the Lily Cup from Intima are designed to collect fluids to empty, wash, and reuse. Who knew?
Your snacks can save the planet
Who knew your afternoon pretzels-and-almonds habit could play a small part in saving the planet? Instead of using disposable zipper seal bags, opt for reusable storage bags like these from Envirogen. They’re a cinch to use, wash, and reuse, and are definitely among of the best Amazon products you’ll use every day.
This is sweet
Parents of young children know how much waste (and money) comes out of buying disposable juice boxes. Reusable juice boxes exist, though, and they make any juice, water, or other beverage instantly better for the planet.
Upgrade your sushi night game
Add “no chopsticks, please” to your takeout order, because you’re going to make the world a slightly better place by keeping dishwasher-safe reusable chopsticks on hand from now on. They’re inexpensive, and each household member can pick their favorite color.