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.
Even K-cups come in a reusable format
If you’re obsessed with drinking a hot, fresh cup of coffee every morning and rely on K-cups to get your fill, you’ll be pleased to know that some coffee makers actually have reusable K-cup capabilities already built in, like this Bella Single Serve Dual Brew Coffee Maker. That means you can pop in your favorite grinds from a local mom and pop coffee roaster or those rare beans your brother-in-law brought back from his trip to Jamaica. You’ll definitely want to try these unexpected coffee add-ins while you’re at it.
Or try this other K-cup hack
If you already have a standard Keurig coffee maker, there’s no reason to swap out your favorite morning appliance. Just grab a pack of GoodCups reusable K-cups that allows you to fill, filter, and brew any coffee your heart is set on, and save the planet in the process. Cheers!
This doesn’t stink
Well, diapers in general stink, but these reusable diapers are a good alternative to the hundreds of disposable diapers normal infants go through each month. When they ask how you saved up for their high school graduation party, you can tell them this laughable true story.
Even reusable dog diapers exist
We’re 100 percent serious, even though you’re probably under the impression we’re joking. For human best friends trying to support elderly, impaired, or accident-prone pups, these reusable doggy diapers can be a real lifesaver. You’ll want to check out these pet products with nearly perfect Amazon reviews, too.
This is a bright idea
Consider using washable cotton dinner napkins instead of the disposable kind made of paper. You can enjoy eating in style and just popping them in the washing machine with your regular load when you’re done.
Give us a big smile
You’ll be all grins when you stop buying single-use teeth whitening strips that take 30 minutes to work because Smile Direct Club Bright On teeth whitening kit features a reusable accelerator light that plugs into your smartphone for power. Brilliant, right? Better yet, even the whitening gels that accompany the light are designed to be used multiple times, so you know you’re cutting down on waste and dental stains.
Refill your coffee cup
Even if your on-the-go coffee cups come from recycled paper, they’re still single-use items that clutter landfills. Consider switching to a dishwasher-safe Tervis tumbler that’s good for hot or cold beverages of all kinds.
Did you know craft glitter is usually made from plastic that ends just about everywhere you don’t want it—including the environment? Eco-glitter exists now, and it’s made with up to 90 percent less plastic than we all grew up accustomed to. Reusing it makes it even smarter.
Even incontinence pads can be reused
We didn’t expect urinary leaks to appear on this list ever, but we all deserve to know that WeWarriors makes reusable, washable pads designed for those battling this very common urinary issue. You can use all the money you’ll save on something more fun.
Forget paper plates
There’s no reason to worry about the impact and expense of single-use paper plates this barbecue season because ECOlunchbox stainless steel divider trays are the perfect solution to all the times you’d want to use paper. Bring them to the park, let clumsy kids use them, or use them at the office. They rinse off easily, are dishwasher-safe, and perfectly portioned.
Refill your makeup compacts
Not all cosmetics are created equal, and it’s all too common to find makeup compacts discarded as regular waste when our favorite eye shadows are used up, old, or out of style. Beauty guru Jane Iredale makes a more thoughtful Refillable Compact that’s just waiting for your creative touch. Eco-friendly karma is sure to add to your natural beauty, too.
Dryer sheets are a thing of the past
Skip the dryer sheets and opt for reusable wool dryer balls. They’re affordable, add gentle softening and fluff to your laundry, and you can even add a drop or two of essential oils to add fresh, mild scents to each load.
Reusable pouches will change your apple sauce game
If you’re known to go through dozens of those deliciously easy fruit puree packets, know that reusable versions exist. Pack your smoothies, DIY apple sauce, or just about anything else for an eco-friendlier way to snack.
Keep those black clothes black
You can still get all that cat hair off your favorite black pants with this reusable lint roller.
Why didn’t we think of this?
Have you ever stopped to think about how much food wrap you’ve gone through in your life? Store your leftovers more thoughtfully next time with these reusable silicone lids. They stretch, wash clean in a cinch, and will cut down on waste.
Even everyone’s favorite disposable red party cups can get a reusable makeover with these 16-ounce reusable red cups. Your next game night will be that much better.
Looks pretty good to us
We’re pretty sure nobody ever stopped to think about all those plastic eyelash extensions floating around out there. Aside from them being less than natural looking, they’re designed for single-use, which makes it hard for budget-minded beauty lovers to partake in anything eco-friendly. You can bat your eyelashes knowing Kiss Products Lashes are both reusable and made of natural hair, so even if you lose them or wear them out, they’re biodegradable.
Are you sitting down for this?
Not on the throne, preferably. It turns out reusable toilet paper is a thing. We’re not sure who came up with this very stinky idea, but it exists and, according to Amazon reviews, seems to be catching on. Friends with septic tanks, there’s really no room for error here, so maybe skip this one.
Speaking of bathroom habits
Even those expensive pet pee pee pads you’ve been dropping serious cash on come in a reusable version. We just hope you have access to a washing machine.
All that and a bag of… apples
Seriously, every time you head to the grocery store to focus on eating clean, you’re probably being less than green when you bag your favorite produce. Skip the plastic and opt for reusable produce bags. They’re small, easy to carry in your favorite reusable tote, and some are even designed to help ripen produce faster. You can also feel good about shopping at these 22 big companies that are getting rid of plastic for good.
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