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    15 Nifty Things You Can Get From Amazon For Under $20 To Help The Earth

    Save the earth.

    1. Switch from using plastic silverware (because, FYI, the oceans contain more than 8 million tons of plastic) and start using these biodegradable and compostable wooden cutlery.

    2. Or consider trying reusable chopsticks, since 3.8 million trees are sacrificed to make 57 billion disposable chopsticks in China ALONE every year.

    3. Quit using those one-use coffee pods (they are not recyclable or biodegradable) and switch to these reusable coffee fillers.

    4. Get into the habit of using reusable straws instead of the plastic kind — especially since it's predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic straws in the ocean than fish.

    5. Stop buying single-use plastic bags and plastic wrap and try these reusable food wraps instead. (Did you know Americans use 100 BILLION plastic bags each year?)

    6. Instead of buying water bottles in bulk, buy ONE reusable water bottle because out of six plastic bottles people buy, only ONE is recycled.

    7. Also, start bringing your own reusable coffee/tea container to your favorite shop. Not only is it better for the earth, but Starbucks gives you 10 cents off when you bring your own.

    8. Forget about those plastic produce bags at grocery stores. Help the earth by bringing your reusable ones, especially because it takes 500 years or more for plastic bags to break down in landfills.

    9. Go eco-friendly with your Swiffer by buying reusable/washable mopping pads. Why add more waste? Plus, it'll save you money.

    10. Break your habit of using throw away paper lunch bags and invest in a reusable one that's INSULATED. (FYI, it takes FOUR times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag versus plastic, and we don't need any more plastic OR paper pollution.)

    11. And speaking of bags, get yourself a set of reusable shopping bags while you're at it! Because when microplastics enter our marine ecosystem, we are essentially eating the fish that are eating those microplastics.

    12. Bring reusable containers, like these glass ones, to restaurants instead of getting Styrofoam boxes. Every year, 5 billion pounds of Styrofoam go into our landfills and waterways.

    13. Make the switch to biodegradable and eco-friendly toothbrushes, like these natural bamboo ones. Plastic toothbrushes aren't biodegradable, and 850 million to billion toothbrushes end up in landfills in the US each year.

    14. If you have a dog, make the switch to these compostable and biodegradable doggie bags instead of standard plastic ones. Every year, 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags.

    15. Finally, quit buying those throw-away sponges and try a reusable alternative. Throw-away sponges often come sealed in plastic, which represents roughly 65% of household trash.