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    36 Sustainable Swaps That Are Under $25

    Affordable swaps that can prevent a *ton* of plastic waste.

    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 shockingly absorbent reusable Swedish dishcloths for an eco-friendly alternative to disposable sponges and paper towels. Unlike regular dishcloths, these can be sanitized in the dishwasher or microwave between uses so you know they're not harboring any unwanted germs.


    Use these again and again and compost them when you're done since they're made of natural cellulose and cotton.

    Promising review: "I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nose dive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present." —sandra simpson-kraft

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 19 styles).

    2. A washable sponge to replace the probably-kinda-smelly disposable sponge you're currently using. These work just as well, and can be tossed in the washing machine or dishwasher and reused again and again!

    Marley's Monsters / Etsy

    Based in Oregon, Marley's Monsters is an Etsy shop creating colorful zero-waste swaps for everyday paper essentials.

    Promising review: "This is my second time purchasing these sponges. Love them! I'm going on a whole year with my first two sponges and just wanted to buy a few more as gifts and to add another sponge into my rotation. Great quality." —lilflostein

    Get it from Marley's Monsters on Etsy for $8.50+ (available in four backing colors and also in packs of three).

    3. Or a pack of plant-based sponges if you're a disposable sponge loyalist, but not a plastic sponge loyalist. This one is specially cut to get into corners and crevices, while being made from natural wood pulp with zero plastic or dyes allowing it to biodegrade over time.


    Launched in 2018, Sqwishful is an Asian-American, woman-owned small biz with a mission to create useful, effective cleaning products that don't make the world less clean in the process.

    Get a three-pack from Sqwishful for $6.

    4. A pack of refillable K-Cups you can fill with your favorite ground coffee to save loads of money (and plastic).

    These BPA-free plastic cups are designed to work in any Keurig brewer, old or new!

    Promising review: "Really like these reusable K-Cups. I hated wasting so much plastic using regular K-Cups and found this to use as an alternative. I have had these for two years and they have held up great! Easily to fill, clean really nicely, and no complaints! And it's great you can put your own coffee in so you're not stuck to certain brands or flavors. Highly recommend if you are trying to be more environmentally friendly." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in packs of two or four).

    5. A reusable shopping bag that folds up tiny enough to keep in a purse or backpack so you're always prepared to say no to the inevitable "Do you need a bag?" question.


    Made of recycled ripstop nylon, these bags are super durable, hold A TON, and are safe to machine wash!

    Promising review: "I've had these for five or more years and they've held up well. Just one has developed a very small tear in the nylon. The best thing is that I discovered several years ago that they fit nicely over the handles of standard walkers, making it possible to carry in groceries, since each Baggu will hold the equivalent of three or more plastic grocery bags. I slip one over each of the walker arms, and if needed can add a third bag with an S-hook to the front. They are strong enough to hold a six-pack of Coke plus a half-gallon of milk and some other things. Great to help the handicapped maintain some of their independence — you'll find all sorts of uses for them." —E. Waldron

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in a variety of colors and in multi-packs).

    6. Plus a set of reusable produce bags so you can cut down your single-use plastic consumption at the grocery store or farmers market! Plus, these have a drawstring closure, which is way more convenient than standing in the middle of the aisle trying to knot the top of those flimsy plastic bags.

    Loosewarp / Etsy

    Loosewarp is a Jackson, New Jersey-based Etsy shop supplying all your reusable produce bag needs for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

    Each set comes with six bags: two small, two medium, and two large.

    Promising review: "These are so great! Exactly what I hoped for. They feel like excellent quality! I have already had to wash one of them and it was easy to do. I only hand-washed a small portion but the gross wet lettuce/dirt stain came out great." —Anna Higgins

    Get a six-pack from Loosewarp on Etsy for $12.74.

    7. A pack of biodegradable hair ties because they're thick enough and strong enough that you'll actually be sad when you inevitably lose one. Comfort yourself with the fact that they can naturally break down over time, unlike regular plastic-filled ties.,

    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

    Get 27-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

    8. Reusable Stasher food storage bags for making it easy to ditch those single-use plastic baggies! These airtight pouches come in a range of sizes and are safe to use in the microwave and freezer. Then just toss 'em in the dishwasher for easy cleaning!,

    Promising review: "We've been using all sizes of Stasher bags for nearly a year — mostly food-related — and have not had any issues with a single one. We use them to keep crackers, chips, and bread from getting stale after opened; to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer; pack sandwiches, meds, dog food, or treats; and so many more things. We sous vide in them, heat up food in the microwave in them, put them in the dishwasher, and marinate in them. They don't leak, they don't smell, are easy to close and open, and don't take up much room compared to traditional Tupperware or other food storage. If you put squishy stuff or liquid in there, soaking with baking soda and vinegar for 30 minutes can make sure the crevices don’t mold as some reviewers mention. They do cost more than regular plastic baggies and require more work because, obviously, you don't just use them once — make the switch and stop with the single-use plastics." —Maison Leach

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight sizes and in 12 colors).

    9. A stainless-steel strainer and saucer set to make tea time a zero-waste affair without single-use tea bags (many use plastic sealants and aren't biodegradable). Allow yourself to indulge in some tasty loose-leaf teas at home.,

    I started drinking more loose leaf tea as a way to cut down on the waste of tea bags (It's also more delicious IMO, which doesn't hurt). I settled on a two-pack of these strainers after another, more cutesy strainer ball left me choking back a mouthful of tea leaves when prepping one of my finer rooibos teas. These have been great for close to two years now. I love that they hook onto the mug and come with a little saucer to set the strainer on when it's finished steeping.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (also available in packs of two).

    10. Or opt for plant-based tea bags if you just can't say goodbye to the convenience of single-use bags. Every component of this tea (packaging included) is 100% biodegradable.


    Oteas is a UK-based small biz selling 100% plastic-free tea and tea bags with packaging that is 100% recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable. They've got a slew of great third-party certifications for their sustainability efforts, including being a 1% for the Planet member meaning they give 1% of their sales to non-profit groups and organizations working together to better the planet.

    Get an Earl Grey 15-pack from Oteas for $6.49 (available in larger quantities and in loose-leaf).

    11. A patented pet hair remover that uses bristles, not sticky tape, to catch lint, meaning you can clean and reuse it over and over and over again. Fido's seemingly endless supply of fur to shed has finally met its zero-waste match.

    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and can use it forever — cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course!

    Promising reviews: "I have a multi-pet household, some with long hair some short, and my couch is a magnet for hair! I’ve spent hours with pet vacuum attachments and lint rollers and they all fail. This tool in five minutes cleaned all the hair off with ease! I was so impressed I did the decorative pillows and then moved on to every soft surface in my house! It’s really a game changer!!! You need to be quite aggressive with it or it’s just not going to work! My one issue is the button that opens the chamber where the hair and lint collect is exactly where I put my thumb for leverage when using it so the top pops open from time to time. It may be just me and how I’m holding it! I would still buy it again and have been using it every day for a clean couch!" —manypaws

    Get one from Amazon for $24.95.

    12. A 16-pack of reusable makeup remover pads that are made from bamboo, which is gentler on the planet than cotton, and can be reused up to 1,000 times. That's a lot of makeup removed and disposable cotton rounds saved!

    a reviewer photo of one of the pads labeled "new" and another that's slightly darker in color labeled "1 month"

    Promising review: "These cloths are super soft and perfect for removing make-up, cleansing with micellar water, or applying toner. I like these better than washcloths because they are not abrasive at all (don't buy these if you were hoping for a little exfoliation). They are easily washable and nicely absorbent. I go through a lot of cotton squares in my skincare routine, and I wanted to be less wasteful. These are a great solution. I am planning on buying more!" —Steve P

    Get a pack of 16 with a mesh laundry bag from Amazon for 8.99 (available in five color combinations).

    13. A makeup erasing cloth so you can gently — but effectively — remove makeup with just a little bit of water. Plus, it's reusable! Once it gets dirty, just toss it in the wash. Makeup wipes, who?

    BuzzFeed writer removing bright red lipstick with the makeup erasing cloth
    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    I bought one of these cloths after including it in previous posts, subsequently selling myself on it (hazard of the job). It honestly works better than I imagined! You really do just need to dampen it with water to have your makeup melting off in seconds. I think this is a great zero-waste option for people (like me) who don't wear a ton of makeup on the day-to-day, because you can get a lot of uses from this cloth without needing to wash it constantly. Plus, I just keep thinking how easy this will be to travel with since I always have a way of forgetting to pack makeup remover on trips.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.20.

    This is our mid-priced pick for the best makeup remover! Plus, check out my colleague's MakeUp Eraser review for more deets!

    14. A compost bin because composting is debatably one of the greenest things you can do, and this one is sleek enough to leave displayed out on the counter. But only if you want to! It also comes with a mounting bracket for the inside of cabinet doors to conveniently tuck it away.


    *Promising review: "I never knew how awful my metal compost bin was until I got this beauty! Easy to open with one hand, the bag stays in place, and it's lightweight. Everything that's wrong with the traditional countertop compost bin, this bin solves. Life-changing." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A pack of glass straws you can reuse again and again for all your sustainable sippin' needs! They're wide enough to easily drink your favorite smoothie (and cute to boot).


    These straws come with two brushes for easy cleaning.

    Promising review: "There is always a concern with glass. Is it sharp? Is it too small or too large? I have to say, I was very impressed. The glass straws are about the same size as a 'Golden Arches' straw so the size is just about right. The ends are rolled and polished for smoothness and durability. I can detect no difference in size between the straws — all are uniform and well-made. A very good purchase!" —Ron C

    Get an eight-pack (four curved, four straight) from Amazon for $7.99.

    16. A pair of collapsible coffee cups to make you feel like Mary Poppins, pulling full-on cups out of your teeny tiny bag and making those essential coffee runs a lot more Earth-friendly in the process.

    A blue coffee cup with a white thermal sleeve sitting next to a gray version of the cup collapsed down into a small disc
    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed

    I bought a collapsible coffee cup in college that was my pride and joy for years until it was recently lost. My mama got my boyfriend and me this pair for Christmas and it has been a wonderful replacement. It's not as top-heavy as my previous model, the mouth hole is more like the lids you're used to with disposable cups, and it's largely leak-proof. Not that I would personally throw a full cup of coffee into my backpack, but you definitely don't have to be too precious with it or worry about getting drippings on your stuff once you've finished your drink and toss it back into your bag. I bring this with me *everywhere* in case I stop to get a coffee, and though it doesn't insulate quite like a full thermos would, it takes up WAY less space and does keep things warmer for longer than a disposable cup.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

    17. An all-natural shampoo bar if you want to cut single-use plastics out of your haircare routine. Did I mention their formula is vegan and sulfate-free. Oh — and there's plastic-free conditioner, too!

    A stack of four different-colored shampoo soap bars
    by Humankind

    by Humankind is a small biz creating personal care products to help reduce our global dependence on single-use plastics, with formulas that are healthier for the planet (and you) too. They've also been proudly carbon neutral since 2019!

    Get it from by Humankind for $15 (available in four scents).

    18. A rechargeable electric lighter that's wind-proof, splash-proof, portable, and just overall very nice to look at. No more empty lighters in the trash with this around!

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "I got the three pack, one for me and two as gifts to friends who are trying to reduce waste. We all love these lighters because a single charge really does last, we don't have to buy any more disposable lighters for the foreseeable future, and the length is perfect for hard-to-reach wicks. Getting used to how to place the arc on the wick and understanding that there was a safety timeout took me a bit to get used to but wasn't frustrating." —Salim

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A goat milk body soap bar so you can avoid adding to the tumbling avalanche of half-empty plastic bottles in your shower without sacrificing any of the moisturizing clean your skin craves.

    Amazon Handmade

    SallyeAnder is a second-generation family-owned and operated small skincare brand using only natural ingredients and pure essential oils. This five-ounce hypoallergenic soap bar is made from locally produced fresh goat milk from Edgwick Hudson Valley goat farm.

    Promising review: "BEST SOAP EVER! HONESTLY WILL NEVER BUY ANYTHING ELSE! My husband purchased this as a Mother’s Day gift for me and it’s the best soap I’ve ever tried. It leaves you feeling super clean and smells delicious! Most importantly it’s 100% natural!" —Zachary Lefebvre

    Get it from SallyeAnder on Amazon Handmade for $8.95.

    20. A packable cutlery set because, try as we might, remembering to pack a reusable straw or fork every time we go out is tough. Keep this compact pouch in your go-to bag so you always have that straw (and a lot more) on hand when you need it.

    This set includes: a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, straw cleaning brush, straight straw, bent straw, and a carrying case.

    In a pre-COVID world, I was someone who worked in an office and often ate lunch at said office. I was not loving how much plastic cutlery I was going through every day bringing lunch back to my desk, so I bought this little set to keep in my work tote. It makes it so that when I grab a takeout lunch, I don't have to use any plastic cutlery in the process. And I always have a straw on me when I grab a coffee or smoothie!

    Get an eight-piece set from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors).

    21. A plastic-free food wrap made from biodegradable cotton and beeswax — unlike plastic wrap, it can be reused for up to a year before needing to be replaced.


    Beeswax wrap is great! I personally don't use it as a lid for bowls of leftovers (I would rather transfer it to a food storage container), but it's really great if you have half a vegetable left over, or a hunk of cheese you need to wrap up. The heat from your hands softens the wrap and makes it stick to itself like cling wrap, but it's reusable! When you're done just rinse it off and let it dry.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $18.

    22. A no-frills bamboo toothbrush with soft charcoal brushes so you can actually follow your dentist's orders and swap your toothbrush every three months without piling up more plastic in the landfill. Over time, this all-natural brush will biodegrade and return to Mama Earth.,

    Promising review: "I was skeptical, but always hated the waste of plastic brushes. WOW! They have a nice finish, so the wood doesn't 'stick' like you'd expect. The bristles are incredibly soft, as my dentist recommended, and SO fine! It takes less effort to clean between teeth, because the bristles get in deeper, but don't hang up; or shed. They are also quite small, like the nicer brand-name brushes- so you can reach further back. I will be purchasing these again, and again." —Sarah Gibson

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.09.

    23. A reusable cotton swab for cleaning up your ears and cleaning up the planet at the same time by replacing 1,000 single-use swabs.


    It also comes in a LastSwab beauty version with a pointed tip for eye makeup removal.

    Promising review: "OK I admit it's not soft and plushy, but it cleans perfectly and you’re producing less trash considering I use one and so does my whole family daily!!!" —Jannette N. Joly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in nine colors).

    24. A set of mix-and-match linen napkins if you're a messy eater looking to cut back on your paper towel consumption. These durable linen ones come in customizable packs with a wide range of color options to match your existing decor.

    Touchable LINEN / Etsy

    Touchable LINEN is a Ukraine-based small business run by Margarita Mazalova, who creates gorgeous linen home essentials, from bedding to tablecloths.

    Promising review: "I love the color options and they make a table look put together without being fussy. They also wash well, which is very important to me. I want my stuff to last and these have been working for some months now." —Meredith Riley

    Get it from Touchable LINEN on Etsy for $2+ (available in eight sizes and in 30 colors).

    25. Some comfortable period underwear that has the ~absorbency powers~ of up to three regular tampons, making your flow as easy to manage as, well, putting on underwear.

    Target, Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed

    I was SO pleased to see Thinx doing a diffusion line with Target. The price of the original Thinx kept me from purchasing a pair for a long time. It's a risk to spend thirty-something bucks on something that might not work for you! I ended up getting my first pair of Thinx for $17 on sale — and that's the exact sweet spot that they've achieved at full price with this diffusion line. So much more accessible, especially if you're trying to stock up on multiple pairs. I feel no real difference between these and my regular Thinx. They're comfy, I've had no leakages (I wear them on my lighter days), they wick moisture relatively well, and wash up like a dream. I have two pairs and have zero complaints. Combined with my one other pair of original Thinx and my Flex Cup, I now have a zero-waste period routine that actually makes my entire period experience better than when I was using pads and tampons, which makes me very very happy.

    Between each wear, just toss your Thinx in the wash on cold (skip the bleach and softener) then line dry!

    Get it from Target for $17 (available in sizes XS–4X and in two colors).

    26. A scented shave soap bar so you can get all the moisturizing lather you love from your current shaving cream without the plastic packaging.

    the bar soap box next to a round white bar with a windmill carved into it

    Promising review: "Great for shaving women's legs! I bought this to go with my new safety razor. Smells great, works up a great lather with just some water and rub either between your hands or directly on your legs. Highly recommend!" —Sadie M

    "I have very sensitive skin and have used this in place of traditional shaving cream. Every canned shaving cream I have tried leaves my face very dry and razor burned but I feel that this product is more rich and moisturizing. I would recommend this to people who struggle with canned shaving cream drying out their face and those with a strong tendency for razor burn." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.60.

    27. This vegan charcoal dental floss with a refillable glass vial because traditional floss is great for your teeth but bad for the planet (it's usually made from petroleum-based nylon that won't biodegrade) and this bamboo fiber will break down in just 60 to 90 days.


    This set comes with a reusable glass vial and a free refill. When you run out, there are more floss refills available.

    Promising review: "Just tried for the first time and loved it on many fronts: eco-friendly, clever/practical/aesthetically pleasing design, and most importantly the quality of the floss is far superior to drugstore AND boutique brands that I've tried before. I'm very particular since I've got closely-spaced teeth and need floss that won't shred. This floss is strong and it glides easily between teeth without shredding. Totally worth a few extra bucks!" —Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    28. A Swiffer Sweeper-compatible microfiber mop pad for a one-time purchase you can use again and again on dry or wet surfaces. Sparkling floors and a permanently shorter shopping list? Yes, please!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this pad set at the beginning of September because the Swiffer wet pads seemed so wasteful. These have worked great. I usually use a spray cleaner for spot cleaning or a cleaner like Mop-n-Glo and it works really well. Super absorbent and does a great job cleaning the floor. I can use the pad for a few days before it needs to be washed. I’ve been washing them regularly for two months and they’re still fine. No falling apart or Velcro coming off or anything like that. Fully recommend." —Heather B.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in a pack of four).

    29. A plastic-free body lotion concentrate you simply mix with water to make you feel like a sustainability scientist, whipping up plastic-free concoctions with skin-nourishing benefits.


    Promising review: "I've been using Ethique shampoo/conditioner for almost a year and was excited when this new line of concentrates was announced! I've been using for a couple of weeks now and really like product! It was fun and quick to whip up and I used an old lotion pump. I have sensitive skin and have had no trouble with the fragrance-free version. There is a very slight smell of the ingredients but it dissipates quickly and doesn't bother my overly sensitive nose. Really happy that Ethique makes it easy to reduce my plastic use without sacrificing quality hair and skin are!" —Matt

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three scents).

    30. Some all-natural toothpaste tablets if you're on the hunt for a plastic-free alternative to traditional tubes that leaves your mouth feeling just as fresh and clean as your conscience does when you reduce waste!


    Huppy is an Asian-owned small biz creating plastic-free toothpaste tablets out of sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients. Everything is vegan, GMO- and cruelty-free. Best of all? Huppy donates 2% of revenue to fund sustainability initiatives!

    As with every area of my life, I'm always looking for more eco-friendly alternatives to the things I use every day. Toothpaste was next. I was familiar with other brands making plastic-free tabs, but hadn't found one that felt adequately cost-efficient — until now! I love how zero-waste the process is with Huppy. You get a forever tin (pick from blue or blush) and then buy refills that come in compostable pouches. The whole chewing thing can be weird at first (my boyfriend found it aggressively minty, I just think they taste like Altoids) but both of us got used to it pretty quickly. With water, the tabs foam up pretty instantly, and after that, it's just a normal teeth-brushing experience. In fact, I'm actually finding that not dealing with drippy toothpaste and tiny screw-on caps is actually pretty delightful. A cleaner process both in and out of my mouth.

    Get it from Huppy for $16+ (available in two sizes, two colors, and two flavors; available in subscribe and save).

    31. Or this super smart naturally sourced toothpaste so you get the squirt tube experience you're used to in a better-for-the-planet metal form that's 100% recyclable.


    This toothpaste even includes a metal key to ensure you're getting every last ounce of paste out. The tubes are lined with a food-grade, non-BPA liner to prevent the toothpaste from touching the metal.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this toothpaste. I bought it since it is the closest to a zero-waste toothpaste tube available, with the cap being the only plastic part. The key is very helpful to get the remaining toothpaste out. The taste of this toothpaste is great as well. I also don’t have any trouble using the metal tube. Wish this item was shipped completely zero waste, though the plastic cushions in the box from Amazon’s shipping were recyclable. Giving the product 5 stars for its eco-consciousness and excellent functioning." —Kittykatykat

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    32. Reusable silicone baking cups that'll free you up to spend more time experimenting with new recipes, and less time at the store buying yet another pack of paper liners.,

    Each set is dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe and can be used in a muffin tin or free-standing — no need for grease or nonstick spray!

    Promising review: "Love that this takes up almost no space. It is a great alternative to a traditional muffin pan! The colors are so cute, and I also love that it doesn't create all the paper waste. Would definitely buy again!" —medici28

    Get 12-pack from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in two sizes and also available in packs of 24).

    33. A reusable stainless-steel coffee filter for the pour-over coffee lovers flying through paper filters — and hating it!