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    30 Things That'll Help Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

    "Baby, bye, bye, bye..." —’N Sync and you to plastic shampoo bottles.

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    1. Reusable makeup remover pads so gentle, effective, and easy to clean, you'll forget about those disposable wipes on your bathroom vanity. These babies will take off stubborn concealer, eyeshadow, and foundation *and* you can pop 'em in the washing machine after you're done using them.

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    Promising review: "I have used organic cotton face pads for decades, for toners, micellar water, makeup remover, etc. It always bothered me that I could not find a suitable solution to make this part of my personal care routine less wasteful. These are perfect. Super soft. The black side for mascara and lipstick is brilliant. I use them for everything and no longer throw away or compost all those cotton pads. They also wash easily in the provided mesh bag." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 14-pack and a little laundry bag from Amazon for $12.97.

    2. A reusable swab that comes in a case and will spare you from throwing away disposable cotton swaps when you take off makeup or sweep up dust from your keyboard. Just clean it with soap and water in between uses and you'll be good to go.

    Reusable green  swab with bumps on the tip in a green case that says "LastSwab"

    LastObject was founded by Isabel Aagaard in 2018 to address single-use product waste and help people adapt to more sustainable living. They're known for their reusable swabs, tissues, and cotton rounds.

    Promising review: "I really love this product. It feels sturdy so I think it's going to last, it gets the job done and is really easy to clean. The little case means I can carry it wherever. I have recommended the product to lots of friends and family. My partner and I have always been really concerned about the environmental impacts of the single use ones and now we don't have to feel guilty or worry." —FJ

    Get it from LastObject for $12 (available in two styles and six colors).

    3. Reusable beeswax food wrap for half-eaten veggies, fruits, and sandwiches. Each one is made with organic cotton, organic jojoba oil, ethically harvested beeswax, and tree resin and helps keep food fresh, whether it's in the fridge or pantry cabinet. Buh-bye plastic wrap, it's been real.

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    Promising review: "We’ve used these wraps frequently over the past few months, and we’ve really noticed the reduction in plastic wrap use in our home. I use the small and medium sizes very frequently, and I’m contemplating cutting the large one into smaller pieces, as I only use the large one for loaves of bread or baguette. The wrap keeps the bread so soft, and prevents the bread from getting hard perfectly!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.98+ (available in three colors).

    4. A refillable glass cleaner set, so you can finally ditch single-use plastic bottles whenever you clean. Just refill it with one of Blueland's cleaning tablets and water to get your mirrors sparkling again — yes, it's that easy to reduce your carbon footprint and avoid filling your recycling bin to the brim.

    the kit with a clear reusable bottle and three blue cleaning solution tablets

    Promising review: "This glass cleaner has everything I want. It benefits the environment (refillable bottle and smaller carbon footprint), looks great, has no detectable odor or fragrance, and does its job to perfection. No catch here. It is a great concept and a great product." —Blueland Customer

    Get the Glass + Mirror Starter Set from Blueland for $16.

    5. Reusable stainless-steel straws that'll be a colorful upgrade from single-use plastic straws. Drink iced coffee, water, soda, and cocktails with these tiny helpers, which come in a gorgeous iridescent shade. Plus, they'll be great for BBQs and picnics!

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    Promising review: "I bought these straws because I am very conscious of the amount of waste I create and try to do my best to minimize it. I refused to buy a big pack of plastic straws just to throw them away and let them end up in a sea turtle's nose or something. I just got these but I can already tell I love them. I love that they give you multiple different sizes, and they also include two cleaning brushes which makes cleaning them a breeze. I also just put them in the dishwasher if I'm feeling lazy. Great straws for the environmentally conscious!" —Kimberly

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.99 (available in five different packs). 

    6. A Fohm Co. Toilet Top Kit, so you can turn your toilet paper into a flushable wipe that won't take a toll on your bathroom pipes or the environment.

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    It comes with a touchless dispenser and a bottle of Fohm cleanser!

    Promising review:  "If you appreciate being clean in the bathroom but loathed how often you need a plumber when using wipes, worry no more. Fohm is here to the rescue. So clean, fresh, and really tidy as well as a simple accessory near your toilet. Cheers! Enjoy the replacement and never look back." —Fohm Co. Customer

    Get it from Fohm Co. for $69+ (also available for two, three, or four bathrooms). 

    7. A smart thermostat that'll help you conserve energy and regulate cooling and heating indoors. You can use your smartphone to change your home's temperature, even if you're running errands!

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    Promising review: "We needed a thermostat that will monitor the temperature in the house for us when we are not there, and send an alert when the temperature gets too cold. Additional features allow us to set temperatures in the home from our cellphones when we are away. Turning the setting down while away for a few days, and turning it back up again means energy savings while the home is still comfortable upon our return." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $121.

    8. Compostable coffee pods to use for your a.m. or p.m. caffeine fix: They include an outer bag and one-way coffee valve that are made from plant-based materials and will give you a flavorful cup of coffee.

    Compostable coffee pods that say "SF Bay Donut Shop" next to a silver pod coffee machine.

    Promising review: "My number one reason for choosing these over all-plastic pods is that I get to avoid ingesting a massive amount of plastic daily. These always work reliably, and produce a decent-tasting cup.The obvious bonus is, well, less plastic waste in the environment. I’m happy to pay a little extra for this!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four flavors).

    9. A plant-derived all-purpose cleaner, so you can tackle messes around home without using harsh chemicals. This formula has soap bark, coconut, and corn, which will get to work on stubborn grease, sauces, and spills.

    A model cleans their microwave with Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

    Promising review: "I just cleaned all of my floors and I can't believe how well it worked. Well worth the price, I initially bought it because I have a toddler and was fed up with all the harsh chemical cleaners, especially since much of the time is playing barefoot on the floors. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I plan on making this my go-to cleaner." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three scents).

    10. Or an all-purpose cleaner concentrate to tidy all types of messes around home, like spills on the carpet, stains on the kitchen counter, and grimy streaks on windows. It even can be used with your laundry detergent if your clothes are covered in mud, wine, and dirt. (Just think of it as your cleaning fairy godmother) ✨

    Bottle of the sandalwood all-purpose cleaner
    Good Vibes

    This cleaning gem contains sandalwood (which smells so good) and vegetable-based soap. It's recommend you dilute this formula *before* cleaning any surfaces. Add 1/2 cup of Good Vibes all-purpose cleaner to 1 gallon of hot water to clean cabinets, counter tops, floors, walls, and windows.

    Good Vibes is a small business known for their plant-based cleaning products. From reusable spray bottles to all-purpose cleaning solutions with soothing scents, you'll find eco-friendly cleaning goods that'll help you tidy your home.

    Get it from Good Vibes for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    11. A set of plastic storage containers that'll help extend the life of produce for up to two FREAKING weeks! You won't have to toss fruits or veggies frequently and you'll spare yourself the hassle of multiple grocery store trips. Yes to keeping your ingredients fresh in the fridge when you need 'em for recipes. ✨

    BuzzFeed editor Natalie Brown's before-and-after photo showing plump, juicy results of storing produce in produce savers on left vs the wilted strawberry from original container
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    This three-piece set comes with one 6.3-cup and two 17.3-cup containers with lids!

    BuzzFeed editor Natalie Brown tested these containers — see above pictures! — and said: "On March 5, I put half of my fresh strawberries in the medium-sized container and left the other half in the clamshell container they came in from the store. And here they are 10 days later, on March 15! The berry I left in the original container's dehydrated and blemished, with wrinkled, crunchy leaves. But the produce-saver strawb's as fresh as it was on day one!" Read more of her Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers review.

    Reviewers also swear by these storage containers that helped keep their fruits and veggies fresh:

    "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now." —Laura

    "The quality of fresh produce begins to degrade after two or three days, but I'm not willing to shop more than once a week. These Rubbermaid containers really solved that problem. I purchased fresh leaf lettuce and raspberries, rinsed them thoroughly, spun the lettuce dry, and placed the items in the food saver containers. Eight days later the lettuce is still fresh. The berries remained fresh for five days until they were all eaten. Over the years, I would hate to calculate how much money I've wasted throwing away wilted or spoiled lettuce and rotted berries. The savings from discarded produce will pay for these containers quickly." —M. Hughes

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $36.62 (also available separately in six sizes).

    12. A pack of biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes, because you can keep your pearly whites in good shape and reduce your environmental footprint. Yes to your bathroom getting a sustainable update!

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    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. I will be purchasing these again and again." —Amazon Customer

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    13. Bamboo paper towels that are 100% biodegradable and machine-washable. Spills and messes are no match for these cleaning essentials, which are (gasp!) reusable up to 120+ times.

    model washes a watermelon while holding it up with wet paper towel

    Promising review: "I have purchased no paper towels since I started with these. I keep a mesh bag under my sink and after I use these, I toss them in the bag. Once a week, I put the mesh bag with the used towels into my washer with my regular towels. They come out great. I then just fold them and keep them in a bin in the cabinet. I feel like I am doing a small part to reduce waste." —Amazon Customer

    Get a roll from Amazon for $8.99+ (also available in two-packs and four-packs).

    14. A SodaStream to make all your fave carbonated beverages (think soda, spritzers, and more!) without using plastic bottles or cans. Give that recycling bin in your kitchen a sweet, well-deserved break.

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    This set includes a sparkling water maker, 60L Co2 cylinder, and a 1 liter BPA-free reusable carbonating bottle.

    My colleague Abby Kass swears by this counter-friendly gadget and said: "Instead of having to buy cans or bottles of seltzer all the time, I can make it in seconds in my apartment and never run out. I also love how much better for the environment it is — I've reduced my plastic and aluminum consumption by a lot." Read more of her Soda Stream review here.

    Get it from Target for $89.99 (available in four colors).

    15. Reusable food storage bags that are leak-proof and hand-washable, so you don't have to throw them away after you use them. They'll work great for leftovers *and* will not take up too much space in your fridge.

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    Promising review: "I have tried several brands of reusable bags and I really enjoy these the best. I like that there is no separate apparatus to close or seal these bags, they have a sturdy closure and their lay flat design is idea for maximizing space. They are perfect for taking snacks for my toddler when we are on the go, and my husband uses them in his lunches. These have been a great buy and make me feel better about using less one-time-use plastic products." —Ardena

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in a two-gallon size and in three colors).

    16. A FlexiSnake Drain Millipede to unclog painfully slow drains and remove gross gunk. This baby latches onto trapped hair and debris and gets 'em out, stat. Buh-bye loose strands, last night's toothpaste, and leftover soap. Plus, you'll get to avoid using toxic drain cleaners every time you clean!

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    Promising review: "It immediately latched onto the hair clogging my drain like some kind of an alien extraterrestrial creature. I was disgusted and amused at the same time. I tried it on my other drains and it worked well. This thing is incredible for removing hair in your drain." —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    17. An affordable bidet attachment that'll effectively clean your bum without using a mountain of toilet paper. One other benefit of this device? You won't have to worry so much about clogging your toilet. 🙌


    It comes with a nozzle adjuster, so you can get a gentle butt-cleaning or a power wash whenever you go to the bathroom. To get started, just unscrew the toilet seat, place the Tushy on the toilet, connect to the water, and you'll be good to go! 💩

    Promising review: "I love my Tushy. We went from buying a six or nine-roll pack of toilet paper every week, to chilling on a six-roll pack for two weeks. My partner is now firmly in the 'get a Tushy bidet immediately' camp. Tushy keeps our messy poops in check and now that people can come over to our place safely, it's a 'feature' in our home LOL. Also, customer service is quick to respond and is very helpful! " —Tushy Customer

    Get it from Tushy for $99 (available in eight colors).

    18. 12th Glow's The Appointment Candle because you can make your living space smell heavenly without phthalate fragrances. This baby delivers a clean burn, thanks to its soy-coconut wax blend and lead-free cotton wicks. Plus, your reading nook or WFH space will feel so cozy with the scent of amber, champagne, and musk.

    Clear candle with drawing of woman putting on makeup that says "12th Glow"
    12th Glow

    12th Glow was founded by friends Dana Maddox and Dominyque Davis as a wellness hub for Black women and their allies. From local workshops to beautiful candles, 12th Glow aims to make self-care a soothing, affordable experience.

    Get it from 12th Glow for $16 (available with a rose gold or silver lid).

    19. An organic cotton sheet set for times when you want to wrap yourself in a soft cocoon before falling asleep. It's breathable, comfortable, and made with ethically sourced cotton, according to Saatva.

    Model lounges in Saatva's Gray Lofton Organic Sheet Set

    Promising review: "I ordered a set of beautiful grey sheets and could not have been more pleased. Waking up in the middle of the night due to warm nights and uncomfortable pillows is a thing of the past. These sheets are so comfortable and cool, they make it hard to get out of bed every morning." —Saatva Customer

    Get a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases from Saatva for $125+ (available in nine sizes and three colors).

    20. A sustainable shampoo bar so you can stop tossing plastic bottles and nourish your hair with good-for-you ingredients, like kiwifruit oil, coconut oil, and neem oil whenever you take a shower.

    A Ethique Heali Kiwi white shampoo bar next to a kiwi

    Promising review: "I found Ethique’s products when searching for a solid shampoo, and I’m in love! They offer many different options of both shampoo and conditioner to fit your personal hair needs, and they work even better than I had hoped. I also love that they’re eco-friendly because I’m not discarding all those plastic bottles anymore." —Virginia Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in seven scents).

    21. A set of 100% natural cellulose Swedish dishcloths to save yourself from using a million paper towels. These gems work great on counter tops, veggies, and dishes and you can reuse them again and again.

    A model uses a lemon-printed Swedish dishcloth to dry off a piece of lettuce

    Promising review: "Wasn't sure about these. I'd never heard of a dishcloth like them before. Now I love them! They have impressive scrubbing ability and hold up well. They're easy to keep clean and after about a month of use, the design is still going strong. They can be tossed in the microwave or dishwasher which is awesome. As someone who tries to make eco-friendly choices, I recommend them." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.19.

    22. A nontoxic dusting spray that's super gentle on tables, dressers, and nightstands. Vinegar, olive oil, and essential oils target debris and help minimize the dust colonies on your furniture.

    Clear and black spray bottle that says "Pardo Naturals Natural Dusting Spray" filled with yellow liquid
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned business known for their natural body, hair, and home products. If you're looking for cleaners, candles, soaps, and more products that are made with chemical-free ingredients, Pardo Naturals can help you achieve a more eco-friendly living space.

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $8 (available in four scents).

    23. Bamboo cooking utensils for your kitchen, because they're a plastic-free option that won't melt when you leave them in the pan.

    Beauty and the Beast-inspired bamboo cooking utensils next to plate of tomatoes

    Promising review: "My wife loves them, she's a huge Beauty and the Beast fan and the wooden utensils are a perfect fit so she can use them for cooking in her Instant Pot." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 5-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in seven other designs).

    24. An easy-to-clean compost bin, so you can properly dispose produce scraps *without* leaving a big mess in your trash can. Its lid also seals in odors, so you won't be smelling banana peels or carrot slices before you empty it out.

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    Promising review: "So many things to love about this little can. It's small enough to be inconspicuous on the counter-top, but large enough to hold about a week's worth of compost. The lid lifts easily so you can be cutting veggies with one hand and lift the lid and toss scraps with the other. Twist the top of the bag and transfer easily to your outside recycling bin. Cleaning is a breeze." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    25. A PVC-free shower curtain liner that's mildew-resistant and comes with rust-proof grommets, so you can use it for a long time and not have to replace it constantly. Gross yellow stains, be gone!

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    Promising review: "I was going through at least one shower curtain liner per month — the two biggest culprits were mold/mildew and rust, both caused by the notorious hard water here, unfortunately. (Kids will also rip cheap liners; that’s another culprit!) This liner pays for itself in several ways. It's rust-proof, mildew-resistant and antibacterial, which keeps mold and bacteria from forming and keeps the grommets from wearing away." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    26. A pack of dryer balls for times when your dryer doesn't actually get the job done and you're left with really damp clothes. (Ugh). These tiny savers can help you cut down on drying time and be a great alternative for disposable dryer sheets.

    colorful dryer balls on top of folded linens
    Food 52

    Promising review: "I can now use the Eco mode on my dryer. My clothes came out beautifully and with almost no wrinkles." —Food52 Customer

    Get a pack of five from Food52 for $36+ (available in a set of six colors or six grey tones) and a similar set on Amazon for $16.95.

    27. A square rug so colorful and beautiful, you won't miss seeing your hardwood floor while you curl up on the couch. It's made with recycled fabrics and reversible if you want to change up your living room look.

    A multi-color rug next to a gray sofa in a living room

    Promising review: "I love these rugs. I've now got five of them in my kitchen. They make the floor look more welcoming and feel cozier, and if I dribble a bit of water while preparing food or washing dishes, they happily absorb it, protecting my stocking feet from getting wet. They're easy to clean by tossing them into a front-loading washer, and they hold up pretty well through multiple washes and drying sessions, getting softer each time." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.20+ (available in five sizes and 13 colors).

    28. A set of reusable food huggers that'll help keep your fave fruits and veggies fresh. No more produce wilting way too fast in the fridge.

    Green reusable food huggers on half an apple and jar of capers

    These little helpers are also BPA-free and dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "These are great, got them as a gift for my mom and she absolutely loves them. No more soggy veggies in aluminum foil or Saran Wrap, and the produce gets used a lot faster because it is more visible." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four colors).

    29. An eco-friendly carpet cleaner, because you can deodorize *and* remove pesky stains from rugs without a nasty chemical smell. This formula, which is free from sulfates, phosphates, and animal by-products, will leave your upholstered surfaces squeaky clean.

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    Promising review: "I am honestly in shock how well this worked. My husband is a mechanic and sometimes drags grease through the house, plus I have a dog who has a sensitive stomach and barfs, not too mention my three messy kids. I’m amazed at how this took grease, black oily grease, out of my carpet!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    30. And biodegradable laundry detergent pods so you can brighten and deep-clean your clothes without dyes, chlorine, and phosphates. If your washing machine needs some help fighting those tough stains, these tiny, eco-friendly pods will get the job done.

    box of lavender-scented stain and odor detergent pods next to pile of clothes

    Promising review: "This was my first purchase from Dropps and after about a month of using the laundry detergent pods, I absolutely love them. The pods leave no residue at all in the washer. The clothes are clean and smell fresh. This is a great way to make a small difference in what you as a person or family are leaving behind on Earth!" —Dropps Customer

    Get a 56-pack from Dropps for $18+ (available in three scents and also packs of 140 and 210 pods).

    You, making your living space a little more sustainable:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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