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    25 Sustainable Products That'll Help You Save Money And Reduce Trash

    Who said living responsibly wasn't convenient?

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    1. An eco-friendly bidet to cut down on toilet paper by washing away um, debris. If your nether regions are sensitive, they'll love this booty shower.

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    The bidet's nozzle retracts to keep it safe and clean. Everything you'll need for installation comes in the box. It's also compatible with most toilets.

    Promising review: "Speaking as a hirsute gentleman, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling-clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower. The unit took me all of about 10 minutes to install on my existing toilet with only a wrench. The easy-to-control flow valve allows you to provide just the right amount of water pressure for a full range of cleaning, from 'gentle trickling stream' to 'full-on Silkwood decontamination,' ensuring that the end of your bowel movement leaves you feeling cleaner and more refreshed than using just toilet paper alone. Even flushable wet wipes pale in comparison." —Mercury

    Get it from Amazon for $36.27+ (available in two colors).

    BTW, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 was our $$$ pick for best toilet paper (well, best way to get your butt clean).

    2. A set of wool dryer balls that'll dry your clothes more quickly and cut down on waste, since you won't need dryer sheets.

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    My dad swears by these because they reduce static.

    Promising review: "I have been using these for over year now and I absolutely love them. I only use four in my dryer and they have reduced the time it takes to dry clothes. I did not add a scent to the balls so I sometimes throw a dryer sheet in with the balls. They make a soft thud sound while drying. I have given them as gifts to all of my sisters-in-law and they love them." —P. King

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    3. A steam microwave cleaner to disinfect your microwave and soften caked-on food in just seven minutes — without toxic chemicals. You won't have to waste a bunch of paper towels or Clorox wipes trying to scrub it down.

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    Pour vinegar and a pop of lemon to the tool then turn on the microwave. The steam will soften the dirt and stains for an easy clean you could only dream of.

    Promising review: "I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't cleaned my microwave in about six months. It's an awful task. I ran this one time, wiped down easily, then ran it one more time to get it detailed really clean. I highly recommend using it (more often than once every six months) for a super fast, super clean microwave!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in four colors).

    4. An assorted variety pack of compostable coffee pods because it's unreasonable to expect productivity without coffee, right? Thought so. Might as well try to be as environmentally conscious as possible.

    A person holding a "Columbian Supremo" coffee pod
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    It includes a host of delicious flavors like Espresso Roast, Hazelnut, Colombian, and Donut Shop.

    Promising review: With Keurigs pretty much entrenched in everyone's office, I've been having trouble for years trying to find K-Cups that didn't come out weak and watery. Even my DIY refillable cup wasn't really doing it. I was trying to find something a little more environmentally friendly and came across these. I have to say, I have been really pleased — all four flavors have a terrific aroma when you open the shipping bag and they are FULL FLAVOR every time — must be the nonwoven fabric bag they use that fully infuses the coffee. The Hazelnut is my personal favorite, but the other three are also excellent. No more wimpy coffee! Try one of the small boxes first and come back for a bulk buy!"Justine

    Get a pack of 80 from Amazon for $34.49 (available in two variety packs).

    5. A gentle toner to rebalance and hydrate your face after you've compromised your moisture barrier with harsh exfoliants and astringents. When you're done, recycle the bottle for 15% off of your next BeautyStrike purchase.

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    Beauty Strike

    My skin was about as tight as Kim K's Mugler dress when I decided to switch to this toner. It's non-irritating, and I love that the spray bottle doesn't require me to touch my face.

    Beauty Strike is a Brooklyn-based small business founded by Emani Mone Jeter, a third-generation Beauty professional and licensed esthetician. She creates natural cleansers, toners, treatments, moisturizers, and more that are recyclable.

    Get it from Beauty Strike for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    6. A pack of 12 reusable straws because the paper ones just aren't cutting it, I'm sorry. Nobody wants their straw to collapse mid-drink.

    A reviewer's tumblers with the straws
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    Promising review: "I bought these straws because I am very conscious of the amount of waste I create and try to do my best to minimize it. I refused to buy a big pack of plastic straws just to throw them away and let them end up in a sea turtle's nose or something. I just got these but I can already tell I love them. I love that they give you multiple different sizes, and they also include two cleaning brushes which makes cleaning them a breeze. I also just put them in the dishwasher if I'm feeling lazy. Great straws for the environmentally conscious!" —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in five colors).

    7. A pint of decadent, dairy-free chocolate ice cream for those adhering to a vegan or plant-based lifestyle. I'm lactose intolerant and this is so tasty, it might deliver me from the clutches of Häagen-Dazs for good.

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    Eclipse

    Eclipse Foods is a Berkley, California-based small business that makes sustainable, responsibly made ice cream. Every product is non-GMO and contains no preservatives or dairy.

    Get it from Eclipse Foods for $11.99.

    8. A set of biodegradable, compostable sponges for anyone who never thought about the fate of their sponge after they threw it away. It's made of plant-based fibers that perform just as well as any other sponge.

    A person using the sponge on a mug, a dirty bowl, a pot, and holding it up to show the porousness of it
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    Promising review: "I have been using these for a few weeks now. These sponges have held up better than the less environmentally friendly sponges I had previously used. I haven't tried to use these in my compost pile yet, but I am looking forward to it." —Jonathon

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. A moisturizing sunscreen that you can buy refills for less $$$. This way you can avoid spending extra on new packaging and reduce waste.

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    Promising review: "Surprisingly, I fell in love with this sunscreen–moisturizer hybrid immediately. It goes on smooth and blends in immediately (even on darker complexions like mine) and gives you a nice dewy glow. I LOVED the scent but it was indeed very strong but I personally had no issue with it, it's honestly the reason I need to re-purchase it (sunscreen can smell super gross to me). Also, the packaging is crazy good! I love that it's refillable." —AmandaKae

    Get the sunscreen from Sephora for $35 and the refill for $30.

    10. A pair of bamboo charcoal bags because there's nothing more embarrassing than taking your shoes off and hearing someone ask, "What's that smell?" Now, you won't have to run the washer just to get that stench out.

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    They work to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria from forming by absorbing excess moisture for up to two years. All you gotta do is put them in the sun for an hour per month and voila.

    Promising review: "My husband's stinky feet after work are nasty, and you would want to hold your breath when he took off his shoes, so we were quite interested to find out if the Mini-Moso Natural Air Purifying bags would help with the problem. THEY DID! After the very first time of leaving these in his shoes, when he took them off, the problem was solved. Now, you can't even tell when he takes his shoes off. I highly recommend these for anyone who wants odor-free shoes." —Que Barbara

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95.

    Read our full review: Stop Throwing Out Your Stinky Shoes And Get These Charcoal Shoe Deodorizers!

    11. A paraben-free, eco-friendly detergent to smack the smell out of the most pungent laundry, like period panties. Usually, I launder my whites twice but this got them clean in one wash to save energy 💰.

    A reviewer's clean underwear and the product
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    I laundered my Thinx with this detergent, and it got the job done. There was no pungent odor and no noticeable scent afterward. So, it could be good for people with sensitive skin or those who are prone to yeast infections.

    Promising review: "I run a lot, my husband plays soccer and runs, and my kids are just gross because they are kids. Stanky tech clothes have been my nemesis for years now, and I've tried most of the "sport wash" offerings. So far, this is the best. It's so much the best that I do all my laundry with it now. It does a great job getting sheets clean (sweat is sweat, and this dissolves sweat), and my regular clothes come out a lot softer and less static-y than they did with traditional detergent. It's kind of expensive, but as everyone says, a little goes a long way--especially if you have a high-efficiency washer--so it ends up costing around the same as Tide or similar brand name detergents." —Lawyermom

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in five scents)

    12. A reusable tote bag for paying homage to pioneering Black feminist writers while you shop or study.

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    Philadelphia Printworks

    This bag highlights bell hooks, Ntozake Shange, Toni Morrison, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Sonia Sanchez, Audre Lorde, Zora Neale Hurston, Zadie Smith, Lucille Clifton, and Alice Walker.

    Philadelphia Printworks is a Black woman-owned small business co-founded by Maryam Pugh and Ruth Paloma Rivera-Perez. They feature a collection of pieces that encourage a culture of activism and inclusion.

    Get it from Philadelphia Printworks for $20.

    13. A pair of period-proof underwear to get you one cycle closer to achieving a zero-waste lifestyle. Stop wasting money on disposable, feminine products and wear these leak-proof lifesavers instead.

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    Ruby Love is a Black woman-owned business that not only specializes in period underwear, but leakproof sleepwear, swimwear, and activewear (check out more designs on Ruby Love's website).

    Promising review: "You have a loyal customer here with me, already placed a new order. The leakproof stuff in your products worked for me all day, one day at work. I got caught up doing overtime and worked from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. last weekend and wore the underwear all day. At about 3 p.m. with nothing and then I added the double-sided pad in for the rest of the night. By 8 p.m., I still had no leaks. I am super happy. I did not feel a thing and they were super comfy." —Tanya

    Get it from Ruby Love for $17.99+.

    14. A Nest New York reed diffuser that smells so good, and lasts up to 90 days. Stop throwing money at disposable, spray air fresheners and refill this one for nearly half the price — and less waste.

    The reed diffuser next to plants, crystals, and sage
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    If you love the scent, you can purchase a refill for a fraction of what you initially paid. I keep my Moroccan Amber diffuser on my desk because it makes me look forward to working. My roommate can't get enough of the Blue Cypress & Snow diffuser on my dresser.

    Promising review: "I recently bought two of these diffusers for our bathroom. Within days of placing these diffusers, my entire family loved them so much that they were telling me to never remove these Nest diffusers from our bathrooms. We even had our guests making comments like, "What’s that great scent in your bathroom?" I love these diffusers as they are elegant looking, and they are so easy to set up. Yes, they are a little pricey, but the scent does fill the entire bathroom and more for a full ninety days plus in our home. I just found out that Nest now offers diffuser scent refills for close to half price which is so much more tolerable after your initial purchase. I promise, after adding one of these Nest diffusers to your bathroom you will no longer need to buy cheap smelling spays from the grocery store to cover smells which is another plus. I highly recommend this product and I hope you are as happy as we are if you decide to give Nest diffusers a try." —Brad

    Get it from Amazon for $48 (available in 21 scents).

    15. Or a reusable glass candle because it's the ultimate floral scented candle and will 100% set the tone for a room. It ships in biodegradable packaging and the candle jar is meant to be repurposed.

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    Usually, I'm into darker woodsy scents, but I tried Fleurshadow to see what the hype was about. I totally get it. This candle is exactly what a high-frequency, floral candle should be. It's super potent and easily fills the room — even when it's not lit. You'll definitely get your money's worth.

    Boy Smells is a small business based in California, founded by Matthew Herman and David Kien. They are a queer-owned brand that creates genderless products for everyone — including underwear and (obviously) candles.

    Get it from Boy Smells or Nordstrom for $39.

    16. A vegan floss pick for anyone who hates playing with conventional string floss. Most floss picks are plastic, but this one is made of cornstarch.

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    Promising review: "I am very picky with my floss. I have tight teeth and most floss doesn't work for me. Other floss picks I have used in the past break easily and I end up using 3 of them for one floss. These picks are awesome and are incredibly strong. So far they have stayed in tact every time I use them and fit wonderfully between my teeth." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two flavors).

    17. A set of durable biodegradable hair ties because they always disappear 🤪. Now you can rest easy knowing they'll fully decompose, no matter where they end up.

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    Promising review: "Love, love, LOVE Terra Ties and how long they last. I've always had issues with hair ties either not holding my hair tight enough, or just stretching out after a few uses. I have consistently kept a hair tie around my wrist for 10+ years and these have lasted much longer than any brand I've purchased before. Biodegradable is just an added bonus!!" —Samantha

    Terra Ties is a small business based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While most ponytails contain synthetic rubber and polyester that never decompose, Terra Ties are made with natural rubber.

    Get a pack of 27 from Amazon for $14.95.

    18. A sleek compost bin designed to live next door to your kitchen sink so you can dispose of food more responsibly. It comes with a lid so you won't smell a difference.

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    Interested in composting but have no idea where to start? BuzzFeed made a super comprehensive beginner's guide to composting to help!

    Promising review: "I love this compost bin! It is very well-designed. They actually tested all aspects of it. The one-handed operation is SO much better than having to lift off a lid like my old steel compost bin. The lid flips up/down very easily. The lid removes when you want to empty it out. The plastic inside is super smooth so there are no nooks or crannies for food to get caught. Most of the waste simply slips off and then you can just rinse it and you are good to go. I don't have to buy compost bags anymore either. There is no smell when it is on the counter. I was worried about it looking tacky on my counter because it is plastic, but is is so well designed that it even looks classy on my granite counter!" —Susan M. Millar

    Get it from Amazon for $19.74+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    19. A set of see-through mesh produce bags to save you the embarrassment of failing to dispense the plastic ones at the grocery store in a timely fashion.

    Three mesh bags full of fresh fruit
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    Each of these is designed to last long enough to replace 1,000 (!!) plastic bags. You can also use them as small laundry bags, too!

    Promising review: "Extremely happy with this purchase! Simple and effective. I love that they're not waterproof because I like to store small veggies, like snap peas and mushrooms, within the bags in the fridge; it keeps them fresh and avoids condensation. The drawstring doesn't have any type of locking mechanism, but they stay closed just fine from cart to checkout to home. I chose these specifically because they're super easy to see through, and the cashier doesn't have to open the bags to read the barcodes or see what's inside. Overall would purchase again, and hopefully convince my family members to make the switch too. Saves plastic, keeps food fresher, way stronger. You won't regret this purchase." —Juliann

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. A non-toxic, reusable Diva Cup to safely collect blood for up to 12 hours. It won't leak or smell either, I forget I'm wearing mine half the time.

    A reviewer's Diva Cup and its case
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    I can't tell you the last time I spent money on pads or tampons. If you're tired of sitting in your blood or the chemicals in tampons make you feel sick, try this. Inserting it can be a learning curve, but once you get it you won't turn back.

    Promising review: "This magical blood catching cup revolutionized the period game!! I don’t have cramps when I have it in because of the slow, steady suction alleviated the work of my uterus causing it to contract less. Yes it looks big, yes it looks intimidating, yes you can feel it the first couple of minutes, but our vaginal walls adjusts and conforms —then you don’t feel it. I had a bit of a leak the first couple times but found that if I pushed out air by pinching one side away from my vaginal wall, it re-suctions even harder and I had no leaks. Make sure to turn it in one (or even two) circles to ensure the edges are popped out around your cervix and not all folded up. I love the fact that I’m saving so much money on tampons and not filling landfills with applicators. I’m 33 and I got the one for before you have babies/turn 30 even though I have a child because I’m 5’2” 120 lbs and have a small vagina. I’m glad I did because it fits and works perfectly!" —Julie 2 Shoes

    Get it from Amazon $32.99 (available in three sizes).

    21. A set of reusable swabs that get the job done without all the litter. Nobody really wants to see those used cotton swabs in the garbage can anyways.

    A reviewer image holding the case with two Q-tips, one with a pointed edge and one with a rough edge
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    Promising review: "Been looking to get a product like this for a long time to replace the use of all the cotton Q-tips that I use and these are great! They come in a small little sturdy container and are all well made. These are perfect for travel and are very easy to use. They work just about the same as a regular Q-tip. They also are very easy to clean and seem that they will work awhile. I love that there are multiple swabs with different textures for different uses too. Great product." —Michelle

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).

    22. A multi-purpose cleaning kit so you can replace your favorite store brand cleaner that's riduclously hard to find these days. It uses included salt and vinegar capsules, tap water, and electricity to kill 99.9% of germs.

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    This product is EPA-approved. It’s safe enough to use around your home, kids, and pets and can clean virtually any surface including wood, marble, laminate, plastic, rubber, toys, utensils, etc.

    Promising review: "A neighbor turned me onto this product recently and I am very impressed. My husband has some health issues which are forcing us to remove toxins from his environment so this was a much-needed solution for getting our home clean without the toxicity of bleach and other disinfectants. I use it on almost everything - on just about everything on the list of uses on the website, as well as, our cell phones and earbuds, our floor vents. I was honestly hooked when FON cleaned the mold/mildew inside my side-load washer and I would buy this product again if this was the ONLY thing it did. There is a refrigerator in our garage which had mold/mildew on the outside. I took before and after pictures of the side of the fridge after I saw what it did for my washer. I cannot express how happy I was to get this clean without bleach, gloves, and Afrin! This product will definitely be a staple in our household."

    Get the kit and five capsules from Amazon for $59.

    23. A pack of toothpaste tablets to avoid going to extremes just to squeeze the last drop of product out of that annoying tube. These come with a reusable tin you'll never have to buy (or throw away) again.

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    I tried these and they're just as effective as my tube toothpaste. Plus I never have to worry about using too much toothpaste at a time anymore. They're

    Get a pack of 62 from Huppy for $12 (available in three flavors and two case colors).

    24. A pair of super plush socks so you can support Trees for the Future's mission to help farmers. Conscious Socks has a pair of responsibly made socks for almost every cause.

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    Conscious Socks

    Conscious Socks is a small business dedicated to producing certified organic and fairtrade socks to build a better world. They sell socks, sweatshirts, and gift boxes to fulfill partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.

    Get it from Conscious socks for $14.95.

    25. And a sustainably packaged natural deodorant for keeping the stench at bay with the fragrant scent of grapefruit and cardamom.

    A model smelling the deodorant
    Smarty Pits

    Promising review: "I recently made the switch to natural deodorant and I was regretting my decision because nothing was helping the sweat and smell. I came across this super-strength one and wow! I absolutely love the smell and IT WORKS! I put it to the test of doing some basketball drills and I didn't smell after or sweat as much. Highly recommend!" —Eli M.

    Get it from Amazon for $15 or at Smarty Pits for $12.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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