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    Jun 8, 2020

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

    Give your home a sustainable revamp with compost bins, recycled fabric rugs, and more goodies.

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    1. 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
    Amazon

    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 $12.95 (available in four colors).

    2. 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 $14.99.

    3. 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.

    A model holds a blue dryer ball above a laundry bin filled with towels
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    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 $20+ (available in warm tones, cool tones, and a complete set of six) and a similar set on Amazon for $16.95.

    Read about more sustainable household essentials in 27 Useful Sustainable Products To Help You Go Green This Year.

    4. 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 $19.95+ (available in two sizes).

    5. 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 colors).

    6. 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
    Amazon

    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 $24.99+ (available in five sizes and 10 colors).

    7. 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
    Saatva

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

    8. 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.

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    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, and, I’m an essential oils user and truly believe that the chemicals in so many other beauty products are so unhealthy." —Amazon Customer

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

    9. 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
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    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 $13.06+ (available in 11 other designs)

    10. Bamboo cooking utensils for your kitchen, because plastic spatulas and spoons need to be replaced frequently. Spare your countertop essentials from a landfill and switch to these flower-printed beauties.

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    Get them from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in 15 other designs).

    11. A countertop garden that'll let you grow fresh herbs at home. It has LED lights and a system that alerts you about plant care, so you can get a bunch of *green* ingredients for your next meal without going to the store.

    Goodful's AeroGarden sprouting herb plants on a kitchen countertop
    Macy's

    Promising review: "This is easy to set up and fun to watch the herbs grow in your home. Absolutely no mess. You can keep the plants in the container or transfer in order to plant additional seeds. It’s nice that what you eat has had no chemical sprays and it's great if you live in an apartment or condo. " —Macy's Customer

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99.

    And check out our BuzzFeeder's full review of the countertop garden.

    12. Reusable food storage bags that are leak-proof and hand-washable, so you don't have use plastic baggies for dinner leftovers. They also won't take up a ton of 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." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three colors).

    13. 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
    Amazon

    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 pack of two 32-ounce bottles for $11.78 (available in three scents).

    14. 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 $6.99+ (also available in kid's and family packs).

    15. 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. 🙌

    Tushy

    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: "Best thing I could've bought considering the world today! The Tushy easily cuts the toilet paper usage in half. Not to mention leaving you feeling fresh and clean. Great product!" —Tushy Customer

    Get it from Tushy for $89 (available in nine colors).

    Need more inspo for giving your bathroom an eco-friendly update? Head to 23 Things To Replace In Your Bathroom To Make It More Sustainable.

    16. A SodaStream to make all your fave carbonated beverages (think soda, spritzers, and more!) without using plastic bottles or cans. That recycling bin in your kitchen will be on a sweet break.

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

    Promising review: "I like this model because it is lightweight and portable. You can take it outside and free up space in the kitchen. I found lots of flavors at the grocery store. They are designed to work with bottled water, but they work fine with the soda water. My husband drinks a lot of soda and I would like him to drink this instead of the stuff in cans."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $69+ (available in six colors).

    17. 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
    Amazon

    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 $14.99+ (also available in two-packs and four-packs).

    18. 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 $13.99.

    19. 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.
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    Promising review: "My number one reason for choosing the 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).

    20. Reusable stainless-steel straws that'll be a colorful upgrade from single-use plastic straws. Drink soda, water, and cocktails with these tiny helpers, which come in a gorgeous iridescent shade. Did we mention these would be great for backyard BBQs and picnics too?

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these straws. Yes, they do get cold, but I prefer cold steel straws over constantly wasting a plastic straw. They are very easy to clean and quick to dry in the inside as well. All in all, I am extremely pleased I bought these straws." —Amazon Customer

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $6.95 (available in five colors).

    21. A portable Bluetooth speaker with recycled PP composite construction and a strong sound that'll echo throughout your bedroom, living room, and dining room.

    A denim House of Marley Chant Mini bluetooth speaker on a windowsill
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is by far the best thing I have bought in a long time. It's a small but mighty little speaker. The sound quality is so good and it's very easy to use. Turned it on and it automatically paired with my phone. I love it and will likely buy another one to give as a gift." —Amazon Customer


    Get it from Amazon for $49.90.

    22. Biodegradable laundry detergent pods, so you can brighten and deep-clean your clothes sans 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.

    A box of Dropps biodegradable laundry detergent pods next to two oranges and pine tree leaves
    Dropps

    Promising review: "The drops laundry detergent pods do a great job cleaning and are so convenient to use! I also love the fact that we’re helping the environment at the same time." —Dropps Customer

    Get 56 pods from Dropps for $28.

    23. Reusable beeswax food wrap for half-eaten veggies, fruits, and sandwiches. Each one is made with organic cotton, organic jojoba oil, ethically harvest 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).

    24. A nontoxic glass cleaner set, so you can wipe away grime and dirt without using a chemical-heavy formula. Ditch single-use plastic bottles and opt for this one instead, which will leave your mirrors clean *and* streak-free.

    A Blueland Reusable Glass + Mirror Cleaning Bottle filled with a clear liquid
    Blueland

    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 $12.

    25. A smart thermostat that'll help you conserve energy and regulate cooling and heating indoors. You can use your smartphone to regulate 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 $137.

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

    Fohm Co.

    This set comes with a Fohm touch-less dispenser and a bottle of Fohm cleanser that's free from alcohol, parabens, and fragrances.

    Promising review: "My family had been using typical wipes for a long time. Fohm works great, cuts down on the paper waste and saves the plumbing." —Fohm Co. Customer

    Get it from Fohm for $49.

    You, after giving your apartment, studio, or home an eco-friendly glow-up:

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