28 Problem-Solving Products That Will Help You Reduce, Reuse, And Recycle
Protect the planet and build up your bank account with these smart items 🌎
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1. A reusable swab you can use just like any regular ol' cotton one. (Read: Just don't stick it in your ear!) The plastic alternative comes in a biodegradable case (made from 🌽) and it's been engineered to last for 1,000 uses.
2. A multipack of bra extenders because bodies change and bras are freakin' expensive. Instead of replacing your undergarments, get the right fit with these easy-to-use straps.
3. A Blueland cleaning kit with all the essentials — AKA bottles and tablets — that allow you to whip up your own multi-surface, glass + mirror, and bathroom cleaners as well as foaming hand soap. Once you run out, just re-up on tablets and you're good to go.
4. A set of no-waste beeswax food wraps made from fully biodegradable organic cotton, jojoba oil, and tree resin. Trust me — it's a whole lot easier than trying to tame cling wrap.
5. A pair (or seven) of Thinx period underwear that can hold up to four tampons’ worth of your flow. If you're sick of shelling out serious $$$ on period products that really aren't all that comfortable, give these a go.
6. A bottle of dye ready to breathe new life into your faded black jeans. They still fit like a glove, so there's no reason to toss them quite yet.
7. A Tushy bidet guaranteed to get your behind squeaky clean. If you or your partner/roommate suffer from IBS (😔) or just go through an unfathomable amount of TP, this is the way to go.
8. A roll of reusable cloth towels because despite the Brawny lumberjack/lumberlady's best efforts, this is a more cost-effective and environmentally conscious way to go.
9. A 16-pack of reusable bamboo makeup pads so you don't have to go through sleeves and sleeves of cotton rounds. The pads are super soft and can gently remove layers of foundation, highlighter, and mascara before being tossed in the wash.
10. A set of 12 reusable storage bags ready to banish boxes and boxes of one-use sandwich bags. The BPA-free bags are leak-proof, airtight, and exceptionally easy to clean, so you won't have to make any last-minute runs to Costco for backup supplies.
11. An all-natural, hand-harvested bath sponge that'll clean your nooks and crannies as well as any loofah but with the added benefit of being biodegradable. Once it's noticeably grubby, just toss it in the wash (with water 85 degrees or less) for a revitalizing rinse.
12. A sleek counter composter capable of concealing kitchen scraps (think banana peels, egg shells, and strawberry stems) without any lingering smells. You may love to cook with garlic and onion, but we bet you'd prefer not to have the highly-pungent evidence hanging around for days.
13. A shampoo bar that'll save you loads of shower space and prevent more single-use bottles from ending up in a landfill. Each bar ships in entirely compostable packaging and you'll get 50 to 75 washes (roughly two to six months) of use. 🧼
14. A set of 15 reusable produce bags so you never have to reach for another plastic produce bag again. Somehow, *without fail* I always end up wrestling three bags loose instead of just one and then I have to awkwardly put them back or buy extra broccoli that will go bad in the back of my fridge.
15. A stylish Baggu tote beloved by just about everyone who's ever tried it out. The ripstop nylon bag can carry up to 50 pounds of goods, it's machine washable, and once you're done, it folds up into a an ultra-portable 5 x 5-inch pouch.
16. A four-pack of collapsible metal straws each with their own carrying case that can be attached to your keys, belt, or backpack because let's be real — without it, they would never leave the confines of your home.
17. A stainless-steel pour-over coffee filter destined to replace those paper filters you've come to use oh, just three times a day, every day.
18. A set of cutesy wool dryer balls worth buying for the design alone (peep the 🐥), but also because they speed up drying time, prevent wrinkles, and remove any pet (or human) hair that didn't come out in the wash.
19. A portable bamboo utensil set with everything you need to chow down in a zero-waste way. Forget plastic sporks and single-use straws, this roll-up kit comes with handful of a long-lasting bamboo utensils.
20. A smart funnel that makes it easy and mess-free to transfer the last drops of any slow-moving liquid. Sick of throwing away hand soap dispensers with a little bit left in the bottom just because you're too impatient for them to drain into your new bottle? Check this baby out.
21. A pack of reusable K-Cups for those who like to grind their own beans but still enjoy the convenience of a Keurig. Just stuff your caffeine of choice into the reusable purple pod, pop it into your machine, and brew like usual. ☕️
22. A 36-page Rocketbook that can be filled cover to cover with notes or doodles and uploaded to Google Drive (or your preferred platform) before being wiped clean and used again.
23. A Chom Chom roller ready to replace your lint roller for GOOD. Rather than taking one swipe at your fur-filled cushions and having to immediately rip off a sheet, this roller collects pet hair in a compartment you can conveniently empty!
24. A silicone dish brush built to outlast the sponges and nylon brushes you've come to rely on. Grease is no match for this guy — and it won't get moldy or stinky like your other waterlogged tools, either.
25. A set of reusable rubber twist ties you can organize cords or — if you're anything like me — use them in place of the bread bag clip you lost.
26. A set of makeup spatulas because you spent $40 on that color-matching foundation and you'll be damned if even one drop goes to waste.
27. A set of silicone baking mats that'll replace reams and reams of parchment paper. If Netflix's 10+ reality cooking competitions have inspired you to spend more time in the kitchen, they'll pay for themselves in no time.
28. And a cup caddy so you can stop relying on those flimsy cardboard ones your fave coffee shop hands out. Keep this in your car or everyday tote and you'll have no trouble transporting your flat whites, frappes, and lightly sweetened teas.
In conclusion, follow the sage advice of Ilana Wexler and practice the four Rs:
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