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    27 Useful Sustainable Products To Help You Go Green This Year

    Simple things to add to your routine to help reduce your waste.

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    1. A silicone straw that folds up and fits into a small carrying case, so you can easily bring them wherever you go and always feel good about helping to save those turtles.

    Food 52

    The set includes four straws, four carrying cases, and a cleaning squeegee.

    Promising review: "I've had a few sets of reusable straws in the past (metal, glass, even some silicone), and these are by far my favorite! The colors are perfect, the cases are so useful, and I've found they're wide enough for smoothies (which many aren't!)." —Annalee L.

    Get the set from Food 52 for $25+ (available as a single or pack of four) or a simialr style from Amazon for $8.99.

    2. A counter compost bin designed to not stand out on your kitchen counter (in both looks and smells) and give you a place to easily store food waste before you take it to compost.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am fairly new to composting, and I was looking for something to keep my scraps in before taking them outside that wouldn't stink up my kitchen. This bin is absolutely perfect! I don't smell any rotting food ever, even when it's full. It is heavy and sturdy without taking up a lot of counter space. It's really cute, and I love that you can take just the inside bucket out. It's super useful, practical, and adorable!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $29.87.

    3. Some bamboo utensils to replace the plastic ones that don't even hold up that well anyways.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are my favorite utensils in the kitchen. They seriously made me want to throw out all my others I already had. I'd definitely buy more and recommend them." —florg29

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five styles).

    4. A SodaStream that'll basically revolutionize the way you drink water at home. No more lugging cases of seltzer home from the store. With this machine, you can make your own in seconds.

    SodaStream, Amazon

    I got one of these a few months ago, and let me tell you, I LOVE it. My roommate and I were going through six-packs of seltzer so fast, and I thought this would be a good alternative. It's super easy to use. All you have to do is fill the water bottle, insert it, and press the button three to five times to get perfect seltzer water. We keep a few lime slices in the fridge to add some natural fruit flavoring, and it's G2G. I loved mine so much that when I told my mom about it (who also loves seltzer), she got one too and also loves it.

    Promising review: "I read an article about plastic waste in the ocean and decided to buy a SodaStream as my contribution to reduce plastic waste (I drink a lot of soda and sparkling water). I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I love it. It’s so easy to make sparkling water and add taste. I use the lowest amount of syrup, so it’s probably less sugar than soda bought in store. My plastic waste has gone down since I transitioned to SodaStream." —Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $96.99+ (available in black and white).

    5. A silicone travel bottle set so you can, once and for all, stop buying the travel size from the drug store. This way is even better because you get to bring the products you use at home with you, ensuring that your routine won't change that much.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I usually purchase the sample size bottles at the stores instead of going through the hassle of filling up the bottles of product. I decided to try these because of the larger cap size. The shampoo and conditioner poured in easily without any extra spillage on the side. The bottles did not leak on my 2.5-hour flight. The bottles seem to have a set amount that they like to dispense. This was great for me, it prevented me from over-consuming the products." —Rochelle Hagnas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three styles).

    6. A countertop greenhouse because we're all not lucky enough to have a garden, but with this, you can grow your own herbs with ease.

    Macy's

    The LED lights turn on and off automatically, so you only have to water and add plant food. The kit includes the garden and Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil seeds and Miracle-Gro plant food.

    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend it." —FreshMom

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (available in black and sage).

    And read one BuzzFeeder's full review of the AeroGarden here.

    7. A set of food huggers that fit on both produce *and* cans or jars to keep your food fresher for longer so you can actually enjoy it (and not throw it out).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are so wonderful to have on hand. Plus, they prevent food waste. They're easy to use and easy to clean. These food huggers help save you money while keeping you from using your precious Pyrex to store food scraps. If I use them on anything stinky (like an onion), I simply soak in a little water/vinegar mix and poof...no smell!" —Dr K

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. An air purifying bag made with bamboo and charcoal to absorb bad odors in your home without having to spray anything artificial to cover them up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are great!! If you hate perfumey smells almost as much as funky smells, this is for you. Just leave it out in the sun for a couple hours once a month and no more stinky gym shoes or nasty canned pet food smells lingering in your areas! Also, it's a green product which we should all care about." —G. Brennan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.83 (available in three colors).

    9. A bento box bowl so chic you'll be inspired to make your lunch at home more just so you can bring this in and show it off to your coworkers.

    Amazon

    When I worked at a restaurant, it would pain me to see people try to sneak their leftover food out in napkins. Take it to go! And use this beautiful bowl to reduce your plastic and styrofoam intake.

    Promising review: "I've stopped using Tupperware for lunches and meal prep. I’ve been waiting for something like this. It looks clean and is highly functional. The fact that you can microwave it and put it in the dishwasher is huge for me." —grubbinseattle

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in 10 colors).

    10. A reusable cover for your sweeper that you can just throw in the wash when you're done wet or dry-mopping your floor.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is perfect!! It's sturdy, great quality, and fits my Swiffer wet jet like a charm. I love that I don't have to keep buying replacement pads. So wasteful! I'm happy it comes with two because if one is dirty, you have a second one to use while you wash the other. Love love love it." —Olivia

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A biodegradable bento box with four compartments to fit different kinds of food so you can bring a complete lunch to work *and* feel good about saving money at the same time.

    amazon.com

    Plus, it's microwave and dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I love my Edo Box. It holds a substantial amount of food, is safe to use in the microwave and just holds great value for me since I bring my lunch to work daily. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to contribute to the environment and use an excellent product!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    12. Makeup remover pads that are not only better for the environment but also save you money because you won't have to take that monthly trip to the store to get makeup wipes that also ends in you buying 20 other things that weren't on your list.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been trying to cut down on my waste and have been looking for green alternatives to products I use daily. This time around, I wanted a green option for cotton balls and cotton rounds. I use the white side for toner, which I apply daily, and I use the black side to remove nail polish or makeup if need be. These work great. They are also incredibly soft, which is a nice plus considering I have sensitive skin. It comes with a pouch to wash them in. I just throw them in with my dark loads. Great purchase. I am very happy." —Sasha

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $14.99.

    13. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $6.99+ (available in a 3- or 6-pack).

    14. Or a set of glass storage containers you'll feel so much better about microwaving food in. Plus, they're great to bring with you when you got out to dinner and know you're going to have leftovers. You paid for the food, you can bring it home!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love using these handy glass containers instead of plastic ones. They are sturdy, and the lids keep everything closed uptight. They're easy to clean, and I don't worry about chemicals when I use them in the microwave!" —Suzie Queen

    Get a 14-piece set from Amazon for $24.99.

    15. A pack of dryer balls because you've been frustrated with your lack-luster dryer that really doesn't dry your clothes for too long. Stop yelling "You have ONE job" at it and add these to your loads to make everything drier in a quarter of the time.

    Food 52

    Get a pack of five from Food 52 for $20+ (available in cool tones, warm tones, or a complete set) or get a similar set of six from Amazon for $10.95.

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

    Amazon

    The set includes 3 large, 9 medium, and 3 small bags.

    Promising review: "I ordered these to help reduce both the waste and clutter of plastic produce bags. I tried these bags last night when I went for my weekly grocery shop. They hold a good amount of produce and seem to be very durable. I used the self-checkout, and I was able to see the produce labels through the mesh. The drawstring held everything securely during the drive home. I would highly recommend these bags." —Eric D

    Get a set of fifteen from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A reusable silicone bag with so many uses, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Need to steam vegetables? Check! Freeze fruit for smoothies? Double check! Pack a lunch? Triple check!

    Amazon

    Plus, they're dishwasher and microwave safe!

    Promising review: "Well, these are amazing. I didn't expect them to be. I'm trying to replace disposable items in my home with more sustainable/eco-responsible items. I ordered these just to try. I did not expect to love them as much as I do. They are thick and sturdy. The top is easy to close, and it stays closed. Cleaning is a breeze because the opening is big enough to get your scrubber in there and really get it clean. A+++" —Grasshopper

    Get it from Amazon for $10.57+ (available in five sizes and in seven colors).

    18. A water bottle with TempShield installation that keeps hot drinks hot for six hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours. That means you can put ice cold water in and still have a refreshing drink when you inevitably forget it on your counter and come home to it hours later, parched.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but now I'm a believer. I put ice cubes in this, closed the lid, and left it in my hot car that was in the sun all day. When I got in the car after 8 hours, most of the ice cubes were still there! Some of the ice had melted, the water was ice cold and delicious! Holds up if dropped, not flimsy material (be careful not to crack the top if dropped.. It's made of plastic). I think I need to buy a larger water bottle now." —M. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 (available in three sizes and 13 colors).

    19. A foldable reusable bag designed to fold up small and fit in your bag so you can use it when buying groceries, picking up something from the drug store, or even buying clothes at a store.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I received a BAGGU bag several years ago as a gift, and I use it nearly every day! The things that sets BAGGU apart from other bags: 1) Cute prints! There are a lot to choose from! 2) It folds and fits easily in my purse. You know those bags that you open up and can never fit it back in its original case? You will NOT experience that with these bags!! 3) Durability. I generally use my bags for canned goods and grocery shopping. The strap is also large enough to wear over the shoulder for ease of carrying. I'd recommend BAGGU to anyone!!" —S T

    Get it from Amazon for $12+ or check out all the options at BAGGU (available in 32 colors and patterns).

    20. A set of cloth napkins you can totally use every day. Cloth napkins are not just for special occasions. Just think about how many paper napkins you won't have to buy anymore.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "These are amazing cloth napkins (to the extent napkins can be amazing). We use these daily for our family of 4, so I love that they are all different colors. They do not need to be ironed and look great right out of the dryer. They are either not easily stained or do not show stains—unclear which because they still look great after 2 years of near-constant use. I will probably get more." —MMDC

    Get a set of six from Anthropologie for $32 (available in two styles) or get a similar set of six from Amazon for $12.75.

    21. Some natural loofahs that are biodegradable so you won't feel bad about tossing them when they start to get gross from being in your shower for too long.

    Promising review: "These make me feel like an eco-friendly kween!! They're a good investment. They do what they have to do. My skin felt soft after I used them, so that's a plus." —April

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.95.

    22. A pack of beeswax food wraps designed to replace your need for plastic wrap all together. 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.

    Amazon

    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 good. 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.

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

    23. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $10.99.

    24. Some bamboo towels that'll replace six-month's worth of paper towels, so you can keep your home clean, feel good about the impact you have on the environment, *and* never have to worry about using tissues to clean up a spill because that's all you have left in your house because you forgot to pick up some paper towels from the store on your way home.

    Amazon

    ...not talking from experience, not at all.

    All you have to do when you're done using one is throw it in the wash!

    Promising review: "I clean for a living, so using these on the job as well as my home makes life much easier, and I can feel better about not being so wasteful. I use them for drying my hands, cleaning the countertops, and as a reusable Swiffer pad for floors. What I do is mark each one with a Sharpie. My first initial for hands and face at home, 'C' for cleaning counters and 'F' for floor. What I love about these the most is they dry a lot quicker than regular towels and washing them is super easy. Dirt and grime tends to just rinse right out. Even on the mop pads. It's incredible. Now I don't have to waste money buying the Swiffer refills. These are different to use but it's worth figuring out what works for you!! A must buy for eco-friendly cleaning!" —Joyce

    Get a roll of 20 sheets from Amazon for $8.99.

    25. A set of snack and sandwich bags designed to look so good that everyone will be asking where you got them from so they can get their own. You'll turn into the trendsetter you've always wanted to be. 😎

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered these bags because I am trying to limit the amount of plastic zip-top bags I use when packing my lunch. These bags are lined with some kind of insulated material which is very easy to clean. The outside fabric is also very easy to clean. The zippers work well, too." —Anthony Sanchez

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two styles).

    26. And a silicone mat baking sheet that'll make baking a breeze and eliminate your need for oil, sprays, or parchment paper.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These silicone baking mats are amazing! We are working towards zero waste. We purchased these to replace parchment paper. They distribute heat well and cook evenly. So far we’ve used these for homemade pizza and breadsticks, with parchment the bottom of the pizza burned before the pizza was completely cooked. With these it’s crisp and lightly browned not burned. They clean up well. We use a little dish soap, a brush and air dry them. There is no staining which is also great!" —Robert Westfall

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three styles).

    Now always remember your four R's:

    3 Arts Entertainment

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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