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    43 Things To Help You Cut Down On Waste In 2021

    Say "buh-bye" to 2020 and "hello" to plastic-free living.

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    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 it's not harboring any unwanted germs.

    2. A pack of reusable silicone lids that have a seemingly endless list of uses. Top off a saucepan, store leftovers, keep food warm while cooking — all without needing to use any single-use plastic wrap!

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

    4. 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!

    5. Reusable produce bags for cutting 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.

    6. Reusable Stasher food storage bags so ditching those single-use plastic baggies is easy! 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!

    7. A set of reusable shopping bags that fold 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.

    8. A Tushy bidet attachment for a true revo-loo-tionary toilet upgrade that'll keep your tushy in tip-top shape without the need for toilet paper.

    9. A Fohm dispenser if you're not ready to give up on TP entirely. It transforms any standard piece of toilet paper into a cleansing wet wipe for a more *booty-ful* clean that won't clog your toilet!

    A hand holding some toilet paper with foam on it under the Fohm dispenser next to a roll of toilet paper and a potted plant

    10. A beginner-friendly menstrual cup for a one-and-done purchase you'll keep for years that won't fill up your trash or empty your wallet like other period products. Just imagine — no more emergency runs to pick up tampons because your period came early.

    11. Or, try Thinx period underwear that'll make managing your flow as easy (and comfortable) as putting on underwear.

    12. A stainless-steel strainer and saucer set so you can ditch your single-use tea bags (many use plastic sealants and aren't biodegradable) and indulge in an eco-friendly tea time with tasty loose leaf teas.

    A clear mug of tea next to a stainless steel tea strainer with on a small corresponding saucer

    13. A slim lay-flat water bottle that's stylish, space-efficient, and will leave you happy and hydrated while your friends hit up the corner store for a $6 bottle of water.

    A square, flat laying water bottle sitting on a table with a laptop and newspaper

    14. A compost bin for food scraps that's sleek enough to keep on the counter, but it doesn't have to stay there; it comes with a mounting bracket for the inside of cabinet doors!

    15. A makeup erasing cloth to gently — but effectively — remove your makeup with just a little bit of water. Plus, it's reusable! Once it gets dirty, just toss it in the wash.

    BuzzFeed writer removing bright red lipstick with the makeup erasing cloth

    16. 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).

    A glass straw in a cup of water with lemon

    17. A biodegradable phone case because have you ever thought about how many phone cases you've owned? Probably a lot — all of them made from plastic. These ones keep the sturdy protection and skip the plastic, so it won't be sitting in a landfill long after you've upgraded to the latest model.

    18. An all-natural shampoo bar for cutting single-use plastics from you 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

    19. A rechargeable electric lighter that's wind-proof, splash-proof, portable, and just overall very nice to look at. Your candle-game just got an upgrade!

    20. Handmade UNpaper towels that roll up just like regular paper towels, but can be reused! Made from absorbent cotton flannel with durable serged edges, they wash clean with a regular load of laundry after sopping up a spill.

    21. A S'well water bottle with a gorgeous teakwood finish that'll house all your on-the-go beverages without the single-use plastics. It's insulated to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot with no leaking or sweating!

    A hand holding a S'well water bottle with a wood-mimic finish

    22. A packable cutlery set so you never have to say "Oh, I forgot my reusable straw at home" ever again! That (and a whole lot more) fits in the included storage case for convenient carrying.

    23. A 3-in-1 tool that does the work of a dust-removing garment brush, pet hair-busting lint roller, and a heel-protecting shoehorn all in one. In this case, less really is more!

    24. A rechargeable hand warmer that doubles as a power bank for charging devices on the go. It's perfect for anyone who doesn't have the patience to wait and shake those single-use hand warmers for what feels like ages.

    25. 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.

    26. A stick of plastic-free deodorant that's also free of aluminum and other potentially toxic ingredients, but chock-full of sweet-smelling odor protection.

    An open box filled with five Native deodorant sticks in different flavors and cardboard packaging

    27. 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.

    28. And some clean, green toothpaste tablets to make it easy to ditch those plastic tubes, and finally put an end to any fights over who dried out the toothpaste and forgot to replace the cap yet again. You may recognize these from Shark Tank!

    29. A box of convenient, tablet-based cleaners from Blueland — another Shark Tank alum — that'll have your surfaces sparkling with just a few swipes. Sidebar: whoever thought cleaning solution would ever be so aesthetic?

    30. A goat milk body soap bar to deliver the same moisturizing clean as your bottled body washes without adding to the tumbling avalanche of half-empty plastic bottles in your shower.

    31. 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.

    32. A bamboo-blend single-layer bento box so sleek and good-looking it just might motivate you to bring lunch from home instead of ordering out. Plus, it's the perfect compact container for storing restaurant leftovers!

    33. A plant-based dish and hand soap duo in a delightful linen scent that comes packaged in stylish glass bottles you can refill again and again. An eco-friendly swap that's not all beige burlap and hemp? Sign me up!

    A white pump bottle of dish soap sitting next to a matching black pump bottle of hand soap

    34. Rosebud lip salve so your lips feel hydrated and you can recycle the tin when you're done with it...unlike regular lip balm tubes. Finally, you can feel a little less guilty about your lip balm obsession.

    Three open tins of Rosebud Salve with a caption that reads "The BEST lip balms ever"

    35. A set of mix-and-match cloth napkins for messy eaters looking to cut back on their paper towel consumption. These durable linen ones come in customizable packs with a wide range of color options to match your existing decor.

    36. A pair of nonstick silicone baking mats so you can say "buh-bye" to single-use parchment paper and foil, but still get all the slick, nonstick benefits.

    A reviewer photo of two baking sheets lined with the silicone mats and topped with baked cookies on one and balls of uncooked cookie dough on the other

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

    38. A mason jar herb garden that's disgustingly cute and plant murderer-proof. Each kit is equipped with a hydroponic system that regulates soil moisture — aka no scary guesswork. Just fancy, fresh herbs with every meal, reducing both food and plastic waste!

    Several different-colored mason jars with herb plants sprouting from the tops

    39. Reusable silicone baking cups so you can spend more time experimenting with new recipes, and less time at the store buying yet another pack of paper liners.

    40. A pack of super-soft reusable cotton rounds to do the exact same job as the disposable version — without the disposable part. Remove mascara, apply toner, then toss them in the wash (mesh laundry mag included!) and use them all over again.

    41. Jumbo rolls of recycled toilet paper with no inks, dyes, or scents that help build toilets for those in need (they donate 50% of profits). You can even opt to have it sent to your home, just in case 2020's traumatic toilet paper shortage has left you looking for a nongrocery store alternative.

    42. A Swiffer Sweeper-compatible microfiber mop pad because it's a one-time purchase you can use again and again for dry or wet cleaning. Sparkling floors and a permanently shorter shopping list? Yes, please!

    43. A pack of extra-large dryer balls made from organic New Zealand wool because cutting down on long dry times will get you to your warm, fluffed-up clothes faster and save you from having to run the dryer multiple times. Your electricity bill (and the planet) thanks you.

    Six wool dryer balls sitting atop a vine

    You making all these eco-friendly swaps in 2021:

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