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BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) will save you time because you don't have to wait for the food to be packed up (in a styrofoam box and plastic bag!) and money because you can have your leftovers for lunch the next day.
The Swiffer is a blessing and a curse: it's way easier than using a mop, but it can be absurdly expensive and ridiculously wasteful. Instead, just soak a few pairs of fuzzy socks in watered-down vinegar with a few drops of essential oils and stretch them over the mop head. Throw them in the wash when you're done and re-soak them when it's time to clean. The fact that you aren't using mysterious chemicals in your home is just an added bonus. Learn more here.
If you've never left your reusable bags at home, you're some kind of superhuman. These bags are small enough to literally fit in your pocket. If you use a backpack, you can even attach them to a carabiner so they're within reach wherever you go.
Get a five-pack from Amazon for $13.99.
Sorry to tell you this, but sponges are germ-ridden nightmares and should only be used for about a week — and "sanitizing" them in the microwave or boiling water actually makes them more germ-prone. These reusable sponges are machine-washable so you can just toss the dirty sponge into the hamper after a week and replace it with a clean one.
Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95.
Basically, the concept is that you can cut your wardrobe down to a set number (typically around 30–30) of well-made basics, including tops, bottoms, outerwear, accessories, and shoes that you can wear year-round. The concept is fashion-friendly (it was invented by a boutique owner), eco-friendly (the average American throws out 70 pounds of clothing a year), and hassle-free (no organization hacks necessary!). Plus, you'll buy less crappy clothes in the long run, saving money and saving clothes from the landfill. Learn more here.
Some of your clothes are probably too worn out for the donation box, but those textiles can be reused again and again if recycled properly! H&M will give you a 15%-off coupon every single time you drop off a bag of clothes you want to recycle. Learn about six more stores that reward you for recycling here.
Makeup wipes and cotton pads are not only wasteful, they're greasy, can irritate sensitive skin, and often leave you looking like a raccoon. This towel is crazy cool. It's machine-washable, and is designed so you don't need to use products with it to remove makeup.
One side is hand-woven into short naps that break up the cosmetics with just water. The longer side exfoliates your skin to leave it completely clean and clear.
Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.97.
Popular opinion: cling wrap is the devil's invention and is irritating to use. All you need to do to make these reusable food wraps is spread grated beeswax and jojoba oil over a small cotton sheet, and melt the wax using a parchment paper-covered iron. Once the wax cools and dries it's ready to use! Rinse the sheets off with cold water when you've finished eating. Learn more here.
Or get a three-pack of beeswax wraps from Amazon for $18+ (available in three colors).
An epilator has a spinning head of tweezer-like blades that pluck out the hairs as they roll along your skin. You never need to replace the head — just give it a rinse after every use and soak it in alcohol every once in a while if you're worried about infection. Epilating has the same benefits of waxing: it leaves your legs incredibly smooth for weeks and actually removes the hair follicles, so it doesn't grow back all stubbly.
Get the epilator from Amazon for $27.95.
MAC will give you a lipstick for every six empty items you return, Kiehl's will give you a travel-sized product for every 10, and Lush will give you a face mask for every five. Though they might not offer rewards, there are plenty of other stores have recycling programs and some, like Origin, will recycle empty products from any brand.
Tampons and pads are hella expensive and have to be changed every four to eight hours, which means they're time-consuming and seriously wasteful. The menstrual cup is reusable, leak-proof, can be worn for up to 12 hours, and is actually way better for maintaining your pH balance (no more yeast infections!). Learn more here.
Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two sizes and 12 colors).
You can make your clothing last a heck of a lot longer by just taking really good care of it. Hand-wash your bras to keep them from falling apart, use lemon to get rid of sweat stains, and add vinegar to the wash to prevent your denim from fading. Learn more here.