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    38 Products For People Who Can’t Stand To Be Wasteful

    This easy-to-use weekly meal planning pad will save you *so* much time and money at the grocery store, not to mention cut back on food waste.

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    1. A fabric defuzzer to revitalize all your favorite knits and cardigans so you can let them shine the way the autumnal gods and the MRCN (Meg Ryan Cinematic Universe) intended. 

    Before photo of reviewer's dark gray sweater, which is covered in white lint and pilling
    The same sweater looking brand new after using the shaver

    Promising review: "I have watched TikTok after TikTok before buying this, and it has saved many of my clothes that I considered not wearing anymore. For example, sweatpants after a few months of wear and washing get extremely linty. This has saved them and they look almost new." —Sasha

    Get it from Amazon for $18.39+ (available in six colors and two styles).

    2. A set of four biodegradable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths — they're super absorbent and designed with a blend of cotton and wood for easier scrubbing. Each one of these can replace over a DOZEN paper towel rolls. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.

    Promising review: "I saw these on TikTok and had to order them as I love products that reduce my carbon footprint! I am very impressed and recommend 100%!" —Emilia

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 14 color variations). 

    3. A silicone baking mat for your sheet pan, so you can have all the convenience of having an easy cleanup for sheet pan dinners without wasting aluminum foil. 

    A reviewer's vegetable and mozzarella sticks cooking on a sheet pan
    A reviewer's croissants cooked on a sheet pan

    Promising review: "I use these mats multiple times a day. They make cleanup super easy, which is really important in my hectic life. They wipe off easily with just water." —Tasia Lung

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.59.

    4. A weekly meal planner you can use to map out all your meals and grocery needs in advance — particularly handy if you're so busy that prioritizing yummy things falls to the wayside. This is also great for cutting costs, save time ordering groceries, and minimizing your number of trips to the store.

    A person writing on the notepad stuck to the fridge

    The list magnetizes to the fridge, and has the meal plan on one side, and a perforated "shopping list" you can tear off and take with you on the other side.

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone, then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. Its being magnetic is cool because you can hang it on the fridge. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. An enzyme-based laundry stain remover that works its magic in one wash to help you instantly get rid of all that discolored dried sweat, oil stains, or deodorant residue on your favorite clothes, so you don't have to waste money replacing them — literally all you have to do is spray it the stain putting it in the wash. 

    Puracy is a Texas-based, family-owned small business specializing in plant-based, chemical-free, hypoallergenic home products, with a donation made to local families in need with a portion of every purchase. 

    Psst — this spray also does a number on all those other miscellaneous stains in your life, like wine, coffee, soy sauce, makeup, and period blood! I recently bought this to test it for myself, and can attest to how well it works to get period blood out even after you've tried something else. I stained a pair of beloved bright-blue bike shorts in my sleep and tried to get it out with soap and water, but the stain was still there when it came out of the wash. I treated it with this, stuck it back in the wash, and BOOM, it's like it never happened (I panicked before I could get a before and after, please forgive me, laundry gods).

    Promising review: "For whatever reason, I am ALWAYS spilling things on my shirts and I cook every night (sometimes I remember the apron, sometimes I don't). My clothes are a mess by the end of the day. I'm not proud of it, but there it is. I have tried EVERYTHING there is to remove stains and this is the absolute BEST thing out there. (There is simply not a major stain remover that I have not tried.) The only thing close is a long pre-soak (I mean like six hours) in Oxyclean. With Puracy, you get the best result by doing it well in advance, but for me that is another plus because I would far rather spray them when I put them in the hamper than do it all at once just before I do the laundry. It seems to get everything out and I've never had any trouble with damaged fabric. I don't really review very much, but this is seriously outstanding." —NYC Buyer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A "blue apple" freshness extender to keep your fruits and veggies fresh two to three times longer, so you're no longer in a perpetual race against the time-space-produce continuum.

    A model holding the blue apple
    A blue apple in a produce drawer

    Each of these works for up to three months, so they'll more than pay for themselves in produce you'll save! 

    Promising review: "Easily one of my favorite Amazon purchases this year. Has literally doubled the life of our produce and paid for itself in less than a month. This is one of those things you wish you'd learned about years ago! A real money saver." —Ryan A 

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $21.99.

    8. A "Bread Buddy" dispenser that keeps sandwich bread fresh by ensuring it stays *way* more airtight than it does in just the bag alone, and also lets you use the bread bag in a clever way to dispense slices one by one. Tons of reviewers are noting how much longer their bread stays fresh (and how much easier it is to store without worrying about it getting smushed!). 

    A reviewer using the rectangular bread dispenser to pull out a fresh loaf
    An image of the rectangular bread holder with a loaf inside

    Check out a TikTok of the Buddeez sandwich bread dispenser in action. 

    Promising review: "The Buddeez Sandwich Bread Dispenser is great! It does exactly what it was intended for. I live alone and I don't quite go through bread often enough before the last quarter section of the loaf starts to go stale. I was originally looking for something to put a loaf of bread in as a shell for my vacuum sealer, that would keep the bread from getting crushed from the pressure. This dispenser solved all of my problems. Thank you!" —DRMcQuaig

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49

    9. cold brew coffee maker so gloriously easy to use that all you have to do is stick your favorite ground coffee in the filter, seal the airtight lid on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight. Boom, 4 cups of cold brew without wasting a bunch of plastic cups (and money!!) to get it in person. 

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product so much! I drink iced coffee on the daily but the system I had just wasn't cutting it for me. I didn't know how to brew cold coffee at home (all we have is a Keurig, and there's no cold brew option) so I would go buy iced coffee from Dunkin' every morning. Now don't get me wrong, i love my Dunkin', but I wanted to find a way to be able to make that same iced coffee at HOME, and I think my wallet and gas tank wanted me to figure that out too. I found out about this product through TikTok and it is a GAME CHANGER. All you have to do is put coffee grounds in the filter, fill up the main compartment three-quarters full with water (I use water from my fridge), screw the filter into the lid and screw the lid shut, shake it a little to put the coffee grounds to work, and let it do its magic for 12–24 hours! This is probably the best investment I've ever made. You need this!!" —Carmen E. 

    Get it from Amazon for $22.42+ (available in three colors and two sizes). 

    10. And if you're taking that coffee to go, an insulated tumbler that tens of thousands of reviewers swear by, and for good reason — it comes with two lids, one hot and one cold, so you can enjoy your iced *or* hot beverage depending on which way the temperature swings.

    Reviewer holding marbled white cup with a straw
    Reviewer holding the light pink version

    Promising review: "Another 'TikTok made me do it' purchase. I love this tumbler. This is the most gorgeous simple tumbler you could get. It comes with two different lids, one for straws, and one for sipping. It also comes with two plastic straws but you can use stainless steel ones instead if desired. The cup keeps your drinks cold or hot and is fairly durable. Although the straw lid is not 'spill proof' it is fairly resistant. My 2-year-old loves to carry it around and use the straw, it usually doesn't leak if it's knocked over! Overall the wait for this particular color is well worth it and I plan to buy more!" —Sinaxis

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 41 colors and six sizes). 

    11. A set of reusable silicone Stasher bags you can get in a ton of bright, fun colors and different sizes to help significantly cut down your plastic use, saving both your money *and* the environment. Plus, these work in more than just the fridge — they're freezer- and microwave-safe, too.

    A transparent aqua Stasher bag full of fruit

    Promising review: "I have been using these for about two years and let me tell you, they look like the day I bought them! I was using them for school lunches, but now with the stay at home orders, I’ve begun making batches of rice and pasta and freezing those with these bags. They work great and heat up in the microwave beautifully. No damage to the bags at all! I actually ordered some more just to have plenty on hand since I’m using more of them now than in the past. I have tried other brands of reusable storage bags that got pitted and messed up in the microwave. These may cost a little more, but they are almost indestructible and last a long long time! Did I mention you can throw them in the dishwasher? Just open the bag and fit it onto the upper rack spikes and they wash up great. I just shake them out and let them air dry. I’m not using plastic bags anymore! Thanks for the great product." —John S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.21+ (available in four sizes and eight colors).

    12. A jar of TikTok's beloved The Pink Stuff, a cleaning paste so powerful that reviewers use it for even the gnarliest and oldest of caked-on pan stains, sparing you the money and hassle of getting new ones. 

    A pan stained with grime
    Metal pan gleaming without stains

    Promising review: "This stuff is a do it all cleaner!!! I took it all over my home. From kitchen to bath to laundry room and it removed alllll the stains!!! Brought my chrome faucet's shine back, made my oven cleaning sooo much easier, and took the dullness out of my sinks! Get this one for an all-around all-purpose cleaner!! 👏🏾👏🏾 As instructed, rub gently as it is abrasive. And no harsh smells." —Tierra

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    13. A self-closing, mess-free toothpaste cap to help manage the amount of toothpaste they're dispensing, since often people use too much. Reviewers also love this for keeping the tube from getting all crusty at the top (and sparing them the time putting the lid back on every time they use it!). 

    The white dome shaped cap on a toothpaste dispenser letting out a thin stream of toothpaste
    a messy toothpaste and a not messy one with the cap on it

    Promising review: "I saw these on an Amazon review video on YouTube and figured I'd give them a try because my boyfriend tends to leave the toothpaste bottle a complete mess and I can't stand it! These things have a great seal and give out a good amount of toothpaste when you squeeze it. It wipes clean very easily. So glad they come with more than one but not sure what I'll use the other ones on yet." —Kimberly C. 

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.95

    14. A set of reusable silicone straws with cleverly designed horizontal snap closures for easy cleanup, so you can go from guzzling your morning iced coffee to downing your afternoon peanut butter smoothie with ~ease~. 

    Promising review: "I never thought I’d be writing a review for straws, but here we are. These are FANTASTIC. I try to be as eco-friendly as possible but was ready to give up. I’ve tried metal straws, but they are tough to clean and I don’t love metal against my teeth. I’ve tried other reusable plastic and silicone options but they don’t work for thicker drinks like smoothies. These actually address all of my issues. I’ve used them for thick smoothies, that I drink daily, and just for other everyday drinks like water. They couldn’t be easier to snap open and clean, dry, then easily snap back into shape to use again." —M. Alexandria

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five styles).

    15. Or a sleek, compact reusable straw keychain, so you can help save the environment AND make it that much easier to find your darn keys when you're rooting around for them in the abyss of your purse.

    The straw as a compact keychain, then also extended out to show how it gets bigger when you pull it out, plus a brush for cleaning it
    A model holding a purse with the keychain attached to it

    The container even comes with an itty bitty straw cleaner so you can get even more long-term use out of it — and, more importantly, a silicone tip so you can use it on warmer drinks or hot days that might heat up the metal.

    Promising review: "I bought this in an effort to be less wasteful with the plastics and also because I can NEVER find a straw when I need one — and this knocked it out of the park!! The awesome oil-slick coloring on the straw? Amazing! It collapses and opens smoothly and the little telescoping cleaner brush is fabulous! Everyone in my office is jealous and now wants one too." —Ashe

    Get it from Amazon for $4.76+ (available in 10 colors).

    16. A no-waste dish block that perches on the side of your sink for you to rub your brush into — it'll create suds that cut through residue and grease *and* keep all your dishes streak-free and squeaky clean (plus no more wasting plastic on dish soap!).

    The white bar of soap on a block with a bristled brush resting on it
    The white vegan dish block
    No Tox Life

    Psst — you can also use this to spot treat laundry, stains on the carpet, and take labels off jars!

    No Tox Life is a mother/daughter-owned, Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in vegan, bath, body, and home care.

    Promising review: "So happy to find the shipping material was also plastic-free. This is my first dish bar that I’ve tried and I’m really pleased! I cut it up into four so I don’t have the whole block out (cut with a serrated knife when it’s fully dry). I use it with a bristle brush and it washes nicely! Sufficient suds and cuts grease, too. I am sold and will fully switch from liquid dish soap to this." —MM

    Get it from No Tox Life on Etsy for $9.98 (psst — this item ships for free!).

    17. A set of Bottle Bright tablets so you can banish all the sludge caked on your automatic kettle, coffee maker, or favorite ceramic mugs before you have to buy replacements. 

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting Hydro Flask coffee mug; I tried everything — bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING — and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER Hydro Flask to replace it. Eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much that I used it on another Hydro Flask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    18. A set of fridge organizers that will not only tame the jungle of your fridge's contents, but help you get through all your good produce before it goes bad — the clear containers give you enough visibility to keep an eye on everything before it has the audacity to spoil on you. 

    Promising review: "My daughter wanted to organize the fridge after watching a series of TikTok videos! These were exactly what she wanted! Download TikTok for your kids and maybe they will want to help organize, too!" —Sarah C. 

    Get a set of eight bins from Amazon for $20.39 (available in four sizes and in sets of two, four, and six). 

    19. A variety pack of ridiculously versatile silicone stretch lids you can use over cups, bowls, and plates to keep leftovers fresh without dirtying up Tupperware or using wasteful plastic wraps. These are also oven-, microwave-, AND dishwasher safe for easy meal prep and cleanup! 

    Transparent lid stretched over a bowl of noodles
    transparent lid stretched over a yogurt container

    Promising review: "I am freaking ecstatic about these lids, I am going to buy some more. First, of all, I will never ever purchase plastic wrap again. Secondly, I will never get mad again looking for a lid (I mean I have all the containers just no lids, I think it might be the place socks go to). Finally, they fit plastic and glass, are easy to wash, appear to be leakproof so far, and each one has what I would call pull tabs so what you are putting it on won't spill all over you (I'm only guessing). TikTok made me buy it."  —Amazon Customer

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $12.49 (also available in an 18-count pack). 

    20. washable sponge so you don't have to keep replacing yours every time it gets all mildew-y and yucked up — you can just pop this one in the washing machine, let it air dry, and have it good as new. It even has two different sides so you have scrubbing options (plus comes in a *surprise* print!!). 

    A sponge with a floral design and mesh overlay sits in a wooden bowl
    Marley's Monsters / Etsy

    Marley's Monsters is an Oregon-based Etsy shop established ln 2014 that specialized in eco-friendly essentials.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this sponge. I love that it's reusable and it does a better job of cleaning pots and pans than a disposable sponge." —Kristina Babinski

    Get it from Marley's Monsters on Etsy for $12+ (available in four colors).

    21. The "Guac-Lock," aka the Fort Knox of guac — this airtight, specially designed container stops your guacamole from oxidizing, so when you make a big, delicious batch of it while your avocados are in their prime, you can steadily enjoy it over several meals. Reviewers mention it staying fresh for up to 10 days! 

    Promising review: "Rarely do I buy something that delivers 100% of what they claim it will. I'm happy to report that this completely lived up to my expectations. Truth be told, it works even better than I expected it to. I made a batch of guac a week ago. Two or three times during the week, I unlocked it, dipped a chip or two and then re-locked it. After a week, the guacamole is as fresh as if I made it this morning. I typically make a batch of guac each week and use it as a snack or as a spread on sandwiches. I also typically throw out one-third of the batch because it spoils before we can eat it. Not any more. I estimate the food I'm not wasting will actually pay for the Guac-Lock in about a month." —mhogan

    Get it on Amazon for $23.99.

    22. A reusable Swiffer duster head to avoid allergy-inducing dust buildup in your home *and* save money on replacements. Bonus: This is made with a non-fraying fleece fabric built to pick up dust more effectively, and at a broader range than the OG version thanks to the static it naturally generates.

    Cut up fleece fabric swiffer heads surrounded by more refills
    TS Designs/Etsy

    TS Designs is a Michigan-based Etsy shop established in 2016 that specializes in home products and country, rustic, and vintage-styled gifts and decor.

    Psst — the seller notes that this works best with Swiffers with the yellow handle, but also is compatible with the blue handle. You should avoid using fabric softener when washing this duster so that it doesn't lose its static cling.

    Promising review: "I love my Swiffer, but hate the waste from the disposable dusters, this is the perfect alternative! Fits perfectly on my Swiffer handle and does a great job of picking up dust."  —Ashley Stroud

    Get it from TS Designs on Etsy for $4.49 (available in 10 colors).

    23. Plus a reusable microfiber Swiffer mop pad reviewers love not only because it's ready for action again right after a wash cycle, but because it picks up a *ton* more dirt, gunk, and debris than the disposable mops do. Your kitchen floor is finally gonna shine ✨.

    Promising review: "I bought these for the same reasons most do — to be more environmentally friendly. I like the size of my Swiffer Sweeper, but always felt like I wasn't getting my floors fully clean. We recently got a new apartment, and I always like to deep clean before we do any major moving. I used them dry and wet. I've always been disappointed with how the disposable pads from Swiffer (barely) picked up dog fur and crumbs, but as you can see in the picture it picked up so much! This was already after using a traditional broom. Then using them wet with diluted Mrs. Meyers cleaning concentrate — wow! The water was BLACK by the time I was all done with our downstairs area. They were so easy to Velcro on and off, wet or dry. Once I was all done, getting them off and doing a quick rinse wasn't hard at all. I love that I am supporting a small family business with all the convenience of Amazon. I will definitely buy again (if i ever have to). I am so excited to use these for years to come and have a cleaner house than I ever have before!!" —Kathryn