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May 2, 2019

30 Products That'll Help You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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 10-cup water pitcher to end your dependency on plastic throw-away bottles. The internal filter purifies water for up to four months, so you can consistently have fresh, clean water on-hand.

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Promising review: "After the initial setup, it's a breeze to keep fresh, cold, delicious filtered water in the fridge for my kids! Also, the time it takes to filter water is remarkably fast! I have used other filter pitchers in the past, and they seemed to take ages to fill. The design of this filter must be superior to other leading brands because it took no time at all to use! Finally, the digital countdown clock on the lid is a handy reminder for when to change the filter. Makes life easy for a busy mom!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $26.71. And get a three-pack of replacement filters for $24.99.

2. And for on-the-go use, an insulated Hydro Flask stainless steel bottle that'll keep your beverage hot for 12 hours and cold for a full 24. It's BPA-free, incredibly durable, and spill-proof.

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I took my Hydro Flask on a hiking trip and it was sheer perfection. It kept my water cold for hours on end, never leaked in my backpack, and took numerous falls without denting. And I never had to use a plastic water bottle the entire trip!

Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my Hydro Flask! I use it every day and carry it with me anywhere I go. It's been great at keeping my water cold. I left ice in this thing overnight and woke up to ice cold water with still plenty of ice left in it. I've also purposely left it in my car on a 90-degree day in California and I came back to find that the water was still cold. I was amazed!" —Isaias

Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in four sizes and 22 colors).

3. Recycled bamboo and cork canisters for food, bathroom, or office storage. They're BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free, which means they're a super green option for organization.

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Get them from Food52 for $24+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

4. A biodegradable wheat straw bento box, because any easy way to become eco-friendly is switching over to reusable products. This box will become your go-to lunchtime storage option, and will take the place of single-use containers or brown paper bags.

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The different compartments make packing a multi-food lunch easy and the center unit is leak-proof for liquids. It's freezer-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I love it! It is a sturdy, attractive, well-designed product that will be enjoyed for years. The five compartments vary in shape and size and will accommodate a variety of foods: fruit, sandwiches, cookies, chips, salsa or dip – you name it! No more need for several zip lock bags just to keep food separate. It worked well in the microwave to heat up some delicious pasta. It can go in the freezer, the microwave and the dishwasher. Best of all, this eco box lives up to its name by being eco-friendly so it will not be clogging up some landfill or floating in the ocean in the years ahead. Meanwhile, I’ll be buying more for my home and for gifts." —John Carroll

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

5. Bamboo-handled toothbrushes with charcoal-treated bristles so you never have to worry about it filling up a landfill somewhere. They're durable, biodegradable, and an excellent option to those bulky plastic toothbrushes that hog your bathroom counter space.

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They'll last up to a year and are numbered for family members.

Promising review: "I'm in love with these toothbrushes. I know it's a little silly to feel so strongly about a TOOTHBRUSH, but as they are 100% sustainable AND they clean my teeth better than any toothbrush I've ever used, I'm pretty excited about this find! And the bristles are so soft!" —J. Lee

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

6. Organic wool dryer balls to help shorten your drying time (hello improved electricity bill) and reduce wrinkles and static cling, without having to use dryer sheets. Switching to dryer balls can improve the health and look of your clothing.

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They'll last you years and are handmade by artisans in Nepal to stimulate the local economy.

Promising review: "I hate using dryer sheets and all the chemicals that come with them, so I decided to try wool dryer balls. These are perfect, yes there is a slight noise as the dryer balls are being tossed around in the dryer, but it is nowhere near the volume of the plastic ones. I also love the fact that I can use my favorite essential oils to give my laundry a fresh scent and it's not overpowering or too strong. I love that Friendsheep is helping to provide jobs for women and others in Nepal. I highly recommend this brand!" —Danielle Williams

Get them from Amazon for $23.95.

7. And for the wash, a laundry ball that'll eliminate the need of detergent altogether, but still fully wash your clothes and eliminate stains and odors. The minerals inside help to neutralize bacteria, while the physical shape helps lift dirt and grime out.

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It's a great option for those who are sensitive to detergent or have eczema. It's reusable up to 365 loads and leaves no residue behind. Plus, it cuts the need of a rinse cycle, saving water and energy.

Promising review: "This was recommended for people with psoriasis. My step-daughter has been suffering with this for years and this has really helped prevent her from having allergic reactions to the chemicals from detergents. It's so easy to just throw the laundry in there and not deal with liquid cleaners or powders and it lasts forever! Laundry still feels fresh and clean and removes the residue detergents leave behind." —H3atherNic0le

Get it from Amazon for $30.

8. Bamboo cutlery, because plastic cutlery is often not recyclable and accumulates quickly in landfills. In total, you'll get one fork, one knife, two spoons, a pair of chopsticks, three straws, and a cleaning tool.

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The canvas pouch means you can take these utensils anywhere, like your office!

Promising review: "I love the lightweight feeling of this set! It is perfect for on-the-go use. The straw cleaner is a major plus; it helps keep my set clean and tidy. It arrived plastic-free, which is amazing. It always catches peoples' eye and they ask me why I carry it and where can they get one!" —Betsy

Get the set from Amazon for $13.95.

9. Separate recycling bins with an inner lining to help with spills and handles for easy transport. Now you have zero excuse to not recycle responsibly!

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Promising review: "My recycling area finally looks a little stylish. I needed something to store my weekly recycling as I had been using one of those giant blue bags from Ikea and it just looked messy sitting on the floor. When I came across these, I had to purchase. They are basically somewhat larger reusable shopping bags, but a different type of material. The velcro allows them to attach and stand in a row. I will say they are a bit flimsy without the plastic inserts, but once you put those in they look awesome." —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $25.85.

10. A sustainable home guide for beginners who want to go green, but aren't super sure where to start. It gives tips and projects for your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and living room.

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Promising review: "This book has some interesting ideas. The book is divided into sections of living, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and outdoor. Each with great ideas on living better, creating less rubbish, and being healthier. I totally agree with the over-packaging of food and being able to grow your own vegetables, if possible. Making your own cleaning products is an easy and safe alternative to buying chemicals. There are lots of ideas in this book that not only help you save money and make you healthier, but also save the planet." —Leyla

Get it from Amazon for $13.50+.

11. Gift wrap printed on compostable newsprint with soy-based ink that is sure to brighten the process of gift-giving. It's reversible and includes matching gift tags.

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Just think about how much gift wrap you waste throughout the year! It's fun to beautifully wrap a gift, but then that wrapping gets torn off and stuffed in a garbage bag.

Promising review: "This is printed on newspaper-weight paper, making it easy to use. Colors are vibrant and the double-sided print is very cute. It covers well (not transparent at all). One sheet will cover a large shirt box with paper to spare." —d

Get six sheets from Amazon for $15.

12. A yoga mat made from recycled bottles so you can enjoy your hot yoga class even more knowing that you're using an eco-friendly product. The mat will grip as you sweat, has a natural tree fiber base, and can be wiped clean after use.

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What's cool about this mat is that it's made to be the combo of a mat + a towel. It has a towel-like texture, but is cushioned for support. It can also be tossed in the washing machine if you get extra sweaty.

Promising review: "I am SO happy with my purchase! I've been using my mat every day at yoga class. It has gorgeous coloring, it's super soft, and changes colors when you touch it. Solid, durable and very well-made. Doesn't seem to slip and is supposed to do well with hot yoga, too." —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $78 (available in 20 styles).

13. A pack of beeswax wrap to store leftover foods without spoilage. The warmth from your hands will soften the wrap around whatever you want, and the wrap will then cool to create a natural seal.

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To clean, just run it under cold water and let air dry. One wrap lasts about a year when used numerous times a week. Say goodbye to plastic wrap and tinfoil!

Promising review: "Upon initial use I was very curious as to whether these would hold up upon multiple uses, turns out they are extremely easy to wash and reuse! We bought these to cut down on plastic and aluminum wrap waste that we have been using to preserve leftover foods in our refrigerator. I do not have a doubt in my mind that these will last multiple months and beyond. However, I would not suggest using them for raw foods which could contain bacteria such as raw chicken or other meats; if not washed carefully bacteria may be transferred. Overall this was a pretty solid buy, and it makes us feel great about our mission to cut down on household waste!" —aaronwrex42

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in eight styles).

14. A reusable BAGGU shopping bag that'll become your best friend while grocery shopping or running errands. The sturdy handles and construction allow you to hoist items over your shoulder without having to worry about items breaking though.

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The bag can hold up to 50 pounds and is machine washable!

Promising review: "They are so well-made, easily washable, colorful, easy as a shoulder bag, and convenient to keep in my purse or in the car. I am always prepared to shop! It's a good-sized, sturdy bag to accommodate all my needs!! Great as a beach bag, also." —Pat Murray

Get it from Amazon or BAGGU for $12+ (available in five styles).

15. A pack of incredibly gorgeous silicone straws so you can ditch the traditional plastic ones and commit to saving the turtles! You'll get 10 straws, four carrying cases, and four cleaning squeegees.

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They're bendable, easily portable, and did I mention how pretty they are???

Get them from Food52 for $25.

16. A shampoo and conditioner bar sampler so you can ditch the plastic bottles that clog your shower caddy. You get three shampoo bars and two conditioner bars in total. They're cruelty-free and vegan, plus the packaging they come in is compostable!

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Promising review: "I loved the sampler pack because it let me try both shampoo and conditioner for a cheaper price than buying one bar of each. I have used two of the shampoo bars and love them. I used to wash my hair everyday. Now I can easily skip a day between washings. The shampoo bars lather well. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to use the conditioner (I have long hair), but my hair is soft and dries quickly. I love that it has no plastic packaging. Obviously they are smaller than a regular size bar, but I think I'm going to be buying shampoo bars more frequently than I bought liquid shampoo. We are still using the first conditioner bar. I definitely recommend this product." —gizmo

Get it from Amazon for $16+ (available in face soaps and body soaps).

17. A battery charger for rechargeable AA and AAA batteries that have lost their juice. It can fully recharged drained batteries in just three hours, plus with four individual LED lights, you'll be able to tell what stage your charging battery is at (green is full).

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The majority of people don't know how to throw away batteries correctly, and if they wind up in landfills, they undergo a certain chemical reaction as they decompose. This allows them to emit greenhouse gases and send chemicals into the soil that can be very harmful to plant life.

Promising review: "Does exactly what it's supposed to with the flexibility of charging both AA and AAA sizes. Additional benefits are individually-activating charging ports, LED status indicators, and port-by-port auto-shutoff as each battery reaches full charge. AC plugs even fold up for convenient storage or transport. Overall, I just wish there were a larger version!" —David

Get it from Amazon for $19.78+ (available in two colors).

18. Tree-free, three-ply bamboo toilet paper, because the less trees we cut down, the better! Bamboo grows incredibly quickly, doesn't require pesticides or fertilizers, and aids in reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Promising review: "The tissue isn't that fluffy quilted stuff (that also shreds easily). It is strong for what it needs to do, silky smooth in texture, and the softest of all the 'earth friendly' type of toilet tissues I have ever used. The best part...NO COTTON LINT residue. I mean, none!! That alone would make me switch, but the fact it is all bamboo and a renewable resource is great! It also dissolves fine once it is in the water. So overall an amazing balance between strength and softness." —Xenabyte

Get 12 double rolls from Amazon for $15.99.

19. Or a fresh water, non-electric bidet to end your continuous waste of traditional toilet paper. All necessary parts are included in your purchase, along with a instructional manual for install. It'll attach to any standard toilet!

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Promising review: "I have to say, I was skeptical at first. After installing it myself (which really is pretty quick and easy), I was blown away the very first time I used it. If you’re one of those people that use wayyyy too much toilet paper and wipes because you can’t ever seem to get clean enough, this device will be a pleasant surprise. The rinse from the water does most of the cleaning for you. No rubbing your skin raw anymore trying to get clean. I can’t recommend this product highly enough. Just try it. You’ll love it. Yes, it’s cold water that washes you off, but you feel totally refreshed afterwards, and extremely clean and pain free." —Scott

Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in two colors).

And check out our full view of the bidet here.

20. Reusable K-cup filters that fit a majority of Keurig models and will help lessen the current K-cup pile-up in your garbage. Buying packs of disposable K-cups can get super expensive, so these filters will not only decrease waste, but will help your wallet!

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Promising review: "So far so good. What I like so far is the nozzle that goes down into the coffee grounds. With these pink colored reusable K-cups, the lid nozzle stretches down into the grounds, directing water without making a mess. It's a wise investment because they're long-lasting and cheaper in the long run." —mkesales

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

21. A draft stopper so you can reduce the amount of time you need to run your home heating and cooling unit. With a three-layer design, the door sweep will reduce noise pollution, stop dust and dirt from entering, and save you money on your electric bill.

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A smaller electric bill = better for the environment.

Promising review: "These strips are easy to trim, easy to install, and eliminated the cold spots from my house quite nicely. I expect the combination of these strips on the external doors and the installation of a number of LED light bulbs will save energy and cost. With the downstairs better insulated, even the upstairs seems warmer." —Timothy R. Ottinger

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

22. A pack of energy-efficient LED light bulbs that'll replace 60-watt bulbs but only use 9 watts, saving you 85% in energy. They'll emit a soft white light and have 15,000-hour lifetime.

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Promising review: "Wow, what a huge difference an led light bulb can make! This bulb gives off a warm white color and is perfect for my kitchen fixture as well as my hallways and bedroom lamps. You can tell these bulbs are high quality and I am looking forward to replacing all my household bulbs with these replacement LED light bulbs. I really like that this saves energy, as well as money, and will last longer than incandescent bulbs." —simi brieger

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two versions).

23. A kitchen countertop compost bin with an inner lining to avoid rust and leaks. It also comes with two carbon filters for smells (each filter can last up to six months).

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Composting has numerous benefits including reduced landfill emissions, replenished soil nutrients, and reduced greenhouse gases.

Promising review: "I wanted a little compost scrap bin to put on the kitchen counter next to my sink that was big enough, but not so big that it's an eye sore. This is about the size of a gallon milk jug, but far, far cuter. The pull out bin makes it easy and convenient to go dump in the outside compost and I haven't had any experiences where it smelled. The air filter must work pretty well since even with onion clippings, I don't smell anything when the lid is on. I dump it right now probably every three days or when it gets full." —K. Owyns

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

24. Reusable kitchen towels so you can stop stocking up on paper towels that easily accumulate in the trash. They're made of natural plant fiber, are multi-purpose, and soft to use on numerous surfaces.

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Promising review: "I really love these cleaning cloths! I have used them for everything from mopping to disinfecting (basically anything I would’ve used a paper towel for) and they have held up great! There are so many of them that I don’t feel as though I am constantly washing them. But I also throw these in with my normal laundry load and it all works great! I have noticed that the white cloths aren’t my favorite ones to clean with cause they are soft and sometimes leave fuzz behind, but they still do the job!" —Renee Fergman

Get 48 sheets from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in various colors and larger packs).

25. A bamboo and stainless steel razor, because your dinky plastic one ain't cutting it anymore. This will provide a closer, more precise shave and last you a lifetime. When the blades get dull, you won't need to throw the entire thing away!

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Promising review: "This razor is beautiful and very easy to use. The weight is perfect and the high polished stainless just glides over the skin like an Olympic skier. I just switched from disposables and have been blown away by the performance. Zero razor burn and a closer shave than I've ever had with a disposable!" —Donald

Get it from Amazon for $18.99. And for blade refills, check out these for $8.79.

26. Biodegradable waste bags for dogs so you have peace of mind knowing your pooch's poo won't be floating in a plastic bag in the middle of the ocean. They're extra-thick, leak-proof, and vegetable-based.

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Promising review: "I've used many poo bags over the years and this is the first review I've posted on that item – strong, easy to tear off. but best of all COMPOSTABLE! I have a small dog and two cats. I use one bag a day to clean out remains in the litter boxes and then I put it in my organics bin because the bag is compostable. Same thing for my pup. This is my second purchase of the bags and I'll buy again when I run out." —Nina

Get 60 bags from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in a pack of 180 bags).

27. The super popular Makeup Eraser that'll help you save money on packaged wipes and decrease buildup in landfills. This magic little cloth only requires water to get the job done. Yes, JUST water!

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When the cloth gets dirty, just pop it in the wash and it's as good as new.

Promising review: "OMG! Why am I just now knowing about this product??? I bought this to save money from using the disposable makeup removers not believing it would actually work. This towel is nothing short of amazing! I wet it, then remove even the toughest long-wearing makeup in minutes. And when I’m done, I use hand soap to clean it. I’m so glad I found this. If you’re trying to reduce your personal contribution to the world’s waste, give up the makeup wipes and try this towel. You’ll thank me. Trust me." —Gospelqueen

Get it from Amazon for $20.

And check out why this was selected as our mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

28. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) cookbook to guide you through no-waste recipes. It'll teach you how to take full advantage of your backyard garden or local farmer's market.

Voyageur Press

Promising review: "This cookbook is fantastic! Recipes are easy to follow, and the author provides thorough descriptions for everything. There's even a section in the beginning of the book on the best way to store everything! The author uses ALL parts of the plants, which I appreciate (e.g., there are recipes using potato greens, watermelon rind, etc). Also, there are a lot of vegetarian recipes. In fact, even the recipes with meat seem to work with the produce instead of overpowering it. Lastly, I LOVE that she uses the full fat versions when it comes to products (e.g., milk, cheeses). If you are looking for an easy-to-follow recipe book that focuses on whole-food ingredients without sacrificing flavor or creativity then this book is for you." —NatBey

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

29. Alvababy Reusable diapers, because the amount of diapers parents go through (and then trash) is literally sky high. They're waterproof, breathable, and have an inner lining for supreme comfort. Microfiber inserts are also provided to help with leak protection.

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They're suitable for toddlers 6 pounds to 33 pounds, and have numerous snap closures to achieve a snug fit.

Promising review: "I am new to the cloth game. My first was in disposables and my second was in disposables up until now. With our third coming, we were looking for ways to save money, so we finally caved. I finally bought a pack of Alva since I heard they were the most budget-friendly. I am seriously in love. I doubled up the inserts and they lasted overnight with zero leaks. The morning diaper had a poo and it washed right off with no residue. We will definitely be buying way more." —Emily

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in 17 styles).

30. Biodegradable wheat straw plates and forks since they're a lot safer around kids than breakable glass dinnerware. They're lightweight, plus dishwasher- and microwave-safe. And they help to decrease your plastic and paper dependence.

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Promising review: "These plates are very light and easy to clean. My three-year-old daughter loves to use them. Right now, these are my daughter's favorite plates and forks. As a mother, I want to give my baby the best and safest items because they put everything into their mouth. These plates and forks are great, very smooth, and not extremely sharp." —Scarlett

Get the set from Amazon for $18.99.

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