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    Updated on Aug 16, 2019. Posted on Mar 26, 2019

    22 Simple Product Switches That'll Help You Reduce Waste

    Easy things to help you get a bit more green and feel like a better person without even really trying.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pack of metal straws you can carry with you to help save the turtles once and for all. They deserve it.

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    Plus, it comes with a brush to make it easy for you to clean them!

    Promising review: "I purchased these stainless steel straws because I felt it was logical solution to a huge plastic problem we have created. They are extremely durable, very easy to clean, dishwasher safe and fit easily in my pocketbook. I highly recommend purchasing these, it's a simple solution to a plaguing problem." —Carolyn T.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $5.89.

    2. A pack of beeswax food wraps that'll replace your need for plastic wrap. All you have to do is use the warmth of your hands to mold the wrap over a bowl, container, or food item, and as it cools, it will create a seal to protect it.

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    Promising review: "This is such an incredible product for the kitchen. What a great product. It's so easy to use. I love that this is reusable, and the quality is so goo. I imagine I’ll be using it for a long time. The wax seals right to my containers and blocks odors and keeps my leftovers fresh." —Jennh

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $19+ (available in five designs).

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review of the beeswax food wrap here.

    3. A set of cotton produce bags to take to the grocery store with you so you can keep your produce fresh and stop using all those plastic bags.

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    The set includes 1 large, 2 medium, and 2 small bags that are washable.

    Promising review: "These are durable mesh bags I can keep re-using for produce shopping. It feels SO wonderful not having to use the plastic baggies each time. The size of bags are sufficient. No one knows how to subtract the tare weight yet, so I have been removing the produce for weighing and then re-bagging." —Anna Baker

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $13.99.

    4. A set of silicone reusable tea infusers so you can get your caffeine (or just tea) fix without constantly throwing out tea bag after tea bag.

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    Just buy some loose leaf tea, fill the bag, and add to hot water!

    Promising review: "I love these reusable filters. They were exactly what I hoped for! I would highly recommend them for people who like to use loose leaf tea and want to avoid using disposable tea bags." —Carrie

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A reusable cover for your sweeper you can just throw in the wash when you're done wet or dry moping your floor.

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    Get it from ShadyCreekFarmNC on Etsy for $20+ (available in standard and XL size and in 21 colors).

    6. A portable silverware set so you can tell every take out restaurant you don't need any silverware.

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    The set includes a fork, spoon, and a pair of chopsticks.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four colors) or a similar eight-piece set for $11.99.

    7. Some silicone stretch lid covers that fit over bowls, cups, glassware, jars, and even fruits and vegetables to keep freshness in and plastic wrap out.

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    Promising review: "This is truly an amazing replacement for plastic wrap or other covers that are not eco-friendly! And it saves you money in the long run! You can throw them in the fridge/freezer/microwave because they are made out of the most kitchen/earth friendly material...silicone! Plus, they're easy to clean, easy to use, and durable as hell!" —Tammy Cardona-Zambeis

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.49.

    8. Biodegradable cotton swabs because we h-ear these are better for the environment, plus you'll know exactly what you're using.

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    Promising review: "These swabs are great. Using organic cotton is important to me, and, frankly, I don't know what the mass-produced swabs are made of. It seems like everything is made with low quality that's from a multi-national corporation. These swabs are high-quality, and this is my second time buying them. I highly recommend!" —Kathi Kruse

    Get a pack of 2 (200 each) from Amazon for $10.85.

    9. A French press that'll make you feel so fancy and down-right Parisian as you make coffee sans paper filter.

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    Promising review: "I love this French press. I love that there's no plastic, and it's sustainable. I love that it was inexpensive, and I love how it looks. i recommended it to a friend who also purchased it ,and she's happy with hers as well!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97 (available in gold and silver).

    10. Some foldable reusable tote bags you should probably just have with you at all times because you never know when you're going to want to put stuff in 'em. Grocery shopping? Check! Clothes shopping? Check! Sweater you brought is too warm? Check!

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    Reusable foldable bags similar to this one have made my life so much better. They are so light and fold up so small that I can basically have at least one with me at all times. Plus, I feel great not asking for a plastic bag everywhere I go.

    Promising review: "I have now purchased three sets of these, and I love them. I wanted to stop using plastic at the grocery store, and can’t stand the paper bags that always rip. I tried other reusable bags, but they always seem to tear with heavy loads. These bags, though, are awesome! The real added benefit of these, other than helping the planet, is that you will cut the number of bags you have to carry inside by at least 50%! These bags will hold sooooo much stuff and never rip. I can fit in 5 of these bags what used to take at minimum 10-12 plastic bags. Now I just make 1 trip in with groceries! They also fold up perfectly into the little pockets, so they are a lot easier to store than most other reusable bags. Plastic bags aren’t recyclable, and I have always hated using them- these bags are the solution! Do yourself (and the planet) a favor and buy a set or two!" —Brittany

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 14 color and pattern varieties).

    11. A compostable sponge that works just as hard (or harder) than the sponge you currently use to give your dishes the deep clean they deserve.

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    Reviewers say one sponge lasts about 1-2 weeks, and then you can put it in a compost bin.

    Promising review: "I love these sponges! They don’t stink after using them, and they are easy to clean. They clean my dishes very well. They are very sturdy and have not broken apart. They are a great value, and I recommend this product for people looking for a sturdy, eco-friendly sponge!" —Kayshla

    Get a pack of six from Amazon $6.30+ (available in a 3- or 6-pack).

    12. A set of collapsible containers you can use for leftovers both at home or at a restaurant. Just keep them collapsed and in your bag till you're done eating!

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. Since I ride my bicycle everywhere by choice, I can throw one of these bins in my backpack for my leftovers at restaurants, so that I don't impact the planet with more single-use plastic. I absolutely love them. They clean up easily. There are four different sizes and the lids clip-on and are very secure. These are great for home or travel." —janna carver

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99 (available in round and square).

    13. Or an 18-piece set of glass storage containers you'll feel so much better about microwaving food in. Plus, these may save you from the avalanche that is your Tupperware cabinet.

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    Promising review: "Like a lot of people, our family switching to a more green lifestyle. This included getting a lot of not all off the plastic we could out of our house. I stumbled across this amazing set and was instantly sold! The lids are leak proof! I even turned mine upside with soup in it, and it stayed closed. They all also conveniently store together kind of like a nesting bowl. They hold heat well and were super easy to clean. Not to mention they are dishwasher safe. Thankfully they aren’t chunky so there’s still plenty of room in the fridge! I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a new food storage. Plus, you can’t beat the price!" —AmazonThots

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    14. Some compostable poop bags because your furry friend can also do their part to help the environment!

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    Promising review: "We've tried what feels like ALL the brands of compostable bags. These are the best. They're thick enough, don't rip easily, and they don't break down before you've even started using them. Add in a reasonable per-bag price, and they are a no-brainer if you want to avoid having your dog's poo sitting in plastic bag, preserved for the ages." —V. Bauch

    Get them from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in four sizes).

    15. Some cactus dryer balls that'll eliminate you need for dryer sheets *and* make your laundry dry faster. Now that's a win-win.

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    Promising review: "I love these! I can't imagine doing laundry without them! I have never been fond of dryer sheets, so I was thrilled when I found these dryer balls that have both function and form. The little cacti look adorable in my laundry room. A large, added bonus is that the product arrived without any plastic packaging!" —R Reynolds

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    16. A coffee tumbler so you can – once and for all – stop getting disposable coffee cups every time you decide to stop in the morning. Plus, this baby keeps your coffee hotter for longer.

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    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    17. A menstrual cup as the only product you'll use during your period every month. Just think about how much money this will save you in the long run.

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    Promising review: "This is a little hard to get used to in the beginning, but it's so worth it! I haven't had any leaks, but I wear a thin thong shaped liner on my heavy day just in case. Also, best if you have access to a private bathroom for rinsing. Also I can be slightly uncomfortable right after insertion until it settles in the correct spot. It reminds me of a small baby kick when you are pregnant. After it is in the correct spot, you do not feel it at all. I love the convenience, sustainability, and safety the cup brings!" —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in three models).

    18. Or if that's not your style, period-proof underwear to eliminate your need to use pads and tampons altogether.

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    Each pair holds up to two regular tampons' worth.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review of THINX period panties here.

    Get them from THINX for $34 each (available in sizes XS-3XL and in black, beige, and purple).

    19. A popcorn popper you just fill with kernels, ~pop~ in the microwave, and end up with healthy (and delicious) popcorn in minutes. Say goodbye forever to those three packs that never last very long anyway.

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    Having one of these has seriously changed my life. Buying microwave popcorn can get pretty expensive, and usually there are only three bags in the box. Plus, there's a lot of extra packaging that gets thrown away. With one of these, I'm able to make as much or as little popcorn as I want, whenever I want. Plus, after tasting the fresh popcorn you may never want the boxed stuff again.

    Promising review: "I love it and feel less guilty about eating popcorn since there is no oil! It's super easy and also eco-friendly!" —Pamela B

    Get it from Amazon for $15.90 (available in 14 colors)

    20. A pack of natural sponge cloths you'll feel so much better wiping down your counter and cleaning your kitchen with. Plus, three of these replaces about 45 rolls of paper towels.😱

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    Promising review: "I've tried others, but this is the best! I love this sponge cloth as it's an eco-friendly version of a paper towel to wipe up spills or to clean the counter tops. It feels nice and is super absorbent, and I love that I can wash this in the dish washer or regular washer when soiled. It does stand up to a beating and lasts quite a long time as I've used one for 6 months now. It's a good price too!" —Aloha Ki

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    21. Compostable trash bags because if you have to have trash, you might as well not add even more trash to this earth with the bag that it's in.

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    Promising review: "I was looking for an earth-friendly alternative to plastic trash bags, so I decided to give these a try. I've been using them over a month now, and they work great—no tears or leaks. They cost a bit more than the bags I'm used to using, and these don't have any ties or handles. But I just gather up the top and tie it together. Such a minor inconvenience to reduce the plastic in the waste stream." —Sheri Cohen

    Get them from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in 50 or 100 count).

    22. And some reusable diapers to help inspire the next generation to produce less waste. We're doing this for them after all!

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    Promising review: "I love my Alva pockets! They're easy to clean and sustainable!! They have been awesome in helping us make the switch to cloth diapers. And my baby loves them too!"—Amanda M.

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in 15 colors and varieties).

    Your friends when they see you making an effort to go green:

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