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    32 Things That'll Help Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly In The New Year

    Biodegradable laundry pods, compost bins, reusable makeup pads, and more sustainable goods for your living space.

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    1. 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 to help keep food fresh, whether it's in the fridge or pantry cabinet. Buh-bye disposable 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!" —lilyy22

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

    2. A plant-derived all-purpose cleaner so you can tackle messes around home without using laureth sulfates or parabens. This formula has soap bark, coconut, and corn, which will get to work on stubborn grease, sauces, and spills lurking on your kitchen counter or microwave.

    Model uses Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner to clean inside of microwave
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    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 they're playing barefoot on the floors. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I plan on making this my go-to cleaner." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Amazon for $5.89+ (available in two scents and also in packs of two).

    3. 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 eight colors).

    4. A rechargeable electric lighter that'll be a great alternative for your gas ones and can be used over and over again. It doesn't have a flame (buh-bye burn smell) and it's designed with a longer stem, so you can light up larger candles with ease.

    BuzzFeed Editor Emma Lord holds a rose gold lighter with an electric current
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Editor Emma Lord bought this tiny gadget and said: "This was so easy to use — not to mention super safe! I'm a big weenie about fire (lol, self-preservation) so I've always stuck to extended arm gas lighters, but this is much better for the environment (plus cuter), so I feel a lot better about using it." Read more in her rechargeable electric lighter review.

    Promising review: "Wow. This thing is amazing. Small and so easy to use. My husband kept saying it won’t actually light anything and was blown away when it did. We lit candles and paper to use as tinder with absolutely no effort. No fuel needed. Just a quick recharging. And no waste in throwing away those huge and never easy to use butane sticks. Love love it. Easy buying process so I would recommend everyone buy one." —Diane Bold

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    5. 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." —michelina

    Get a 14-pack and a little laundry bag from Amazon for $15.99.

    6. 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).

    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 responsibly-sourced cotton, according to Saatva. You'll be cozy and feel good about your sleep sanctuary's footprint.

    Model lounges in Saatva's Gray Lofton Organic Sheet Set
    Saatva

    These 300 thread-count sheets are made with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)-certified cotton that's organic and meets high environmental and social standards.

    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. Reusable stainless-steel straws that'll be a colorful upgrade from single-use plastic straws. Drink soda, water, iced coffee, and cocktails with these tiny helpers that come in a gorgeous iridescent shade and fit in many beverage containers.

    Iridescent reusable straws in a glass with a blue carbonated beverage
    Amazon

    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." —Natasha

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

    9. A pack of biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes because you can keep your pearly whites in good shape and help reduce your carbon footprint. Yes to your bathroom getting a sustainable update and saying goodbye to plastic toothbrushes!

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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." —Sarah Gibson

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99+ (also available in kid's and family packs).

    10. 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.

    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 $24+ (also available in packs of 140 and 210).

    11. 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 $15 (available with a gold or silver lid).

    12. A smart thermostat that'll help you conserve energy and regulate cooling and heating indoors. The best part? If you're leaving home, just sync it with your smartphone and you can regulate indoor temperature with a few clicks!

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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." —Paul V

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (also available in a T5+ Smart Thermostat style).

    13. A set of unbreakable plates to replace your disposable paper ones: These beauties are made with wheat straw fiber and they're microwave and dishwasher safe. The next time you're enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you'll feel good that you won't have to toss another paper plate out again.

    Light blue, pink, and beige plates sitting on a table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Overall, these are fantastic plates! These are the best faux plastic plates I've purchased. There was no funky smell, and they have held up time and time again in the dishwasher and microwave. They are also incredibly easy to hand wash. The plates are virtually non-stick. Melted cheese couldn't even bond to these little BPA free beasts. Great price. Great product. Great purchase." —Alison and or Grant Meyer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $15.98 (includes a pink, green, and blush plate).

    14. A phosphate-free surface scrub for bathroom counter tops, appliances, and more places around home that are incredibly messy. Made with plant-derived ingredients, these lil' helpers will remove everything from sauce to toothpaste. Plus, you won't have to deal with a chemical-like smell after getting your stove burners in shape.

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    Promising review: "I've used many brands of cleaning products before for my bathroom and I always end up having my body smell like the fumes by the time I'm done cleaning. This product smells very subtle but good and doesn't offend my nose. I can clean my bathroom without being suffocated by strong toxic fumes like before. " —Henny

    Get it from Amazon for $5.09.

    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 $13.99+ (available in a two-gallon size and in three colors).

    16. A Soda Stream 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.

    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."Orion

    Get it from Amazon for $69.

    17. Bamboo paper towels that are machine-washable and replace up to 6 (yes, 6!) months of conventional paper towels. Spills and messes are no match for these cleaning essentials, which are (gasp!) reusable up to 120+ times and help minimize paper waste.

    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. Or 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
    Amazon

    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." —Rhianna Walker

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.83+ (available in 13 other designs).

    19. A nontoxic glass cleaner set so you can wipe away grime and dirt without using a phosphate, paraben, or chlorine bleach-based formula. Ditch single-use plastic bottles and opt for this cleaning essential 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.

    20. A multi-surface cleaning powder that'll help lift rust and grime away from tubs, tiles, and more surfaces at home. Sprinkle this biodegradable, plant-based formula onto an area and scrub all the nasty stuff away with a sponge. Your squeaky-clean bathroom will smell like citrus, lavender, mint, or rosemary citrus and not unpleasant chemicals.

    Clear orange and white container that says "Pardo Naturals Multi-Surface Scrub Cleaner"
    PUR Home

    PUR Home is a Black woman-owned business known for their eco-friendly laundry and cleaning products. From multi-surface cleaner to laundry detergent, you'll find a variety of goods with plant-based ingredients.

    Promising review: "I purchased this product because I wanted to support a Black and woman-owned small business and because I have been trying to be more eco-friendly at home. I am glad I did. The multi-surface powder smells wonderful and did an amazing job cleaning out my shower. It also doesn't feel harsh to my sinuses while I clean." —PUR Home Customer

    Get it from PUR Home for $9.99 (available in four scents).

    21. 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." —Virginia Gal

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

    22. 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.

    Hand holds compostable coffee pod that says "SF Bay Donut Shop" on the front and puts it inside Keurig-like coffee machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My number one reason for choosing this 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 and also an 80-pack).

    23. 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. Just do your business, dispense Fohm cleanser onto a piece of toilet paper, and flush. It's that easy and you won't have to worry about gross mush causing a blockage. 💩

    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+ (also available in two, three, and four bathroom packs).

    24. 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.

    25. 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 that are often made with plastic ingredients.

    A hand reaches for a tennis-ball sized dryer ball
    Food52

    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 and a similar set on Amazon for $11.51.

    26. An easy-to-clean compost bin so you can properly dispose of 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 countertop, 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 composting bin. Cleaning is a breeze." —Amazon Customer

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

    27. A set of reusable food huggers to help keep your fave fruits and veggies fresh. No more apple halves and other 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 five colors).

    28. 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. It'll be so nice to not use a million cheap plastic liners every time yellow stains, mildew, or mold appear.

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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." —Amanda Grefski

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three lengths and four colors).

    29. 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 $23+ (available in four sizes and 13 colors).

    30. 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

    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).

    31. Naturally activated charcoal and bamboo air freshening bags to help eliminate gross odors around your living room, den, or kitchen. These packs are made without chemicals and you can use them for up to two years.

    A small pyramid-shaped deodorizing bag perched on a couch in front of a dog
    Amazon

    To extend the lifetime of these bags, it's recommended that you leave them out in the sun for an hour or two every month, so absorbed odors and trapped moisture can be removed and you can keep using them in your living space!

    Promising review: "These work! Rooms smell fresher. I have asthma and multiple allergies, so air fresheners are toxic for me. Placed one of these in that bathroom, near the cat box, in the closet, and in the kitchen. It took a few days, but all damp and pet odors are gone! And they're these cute little, discreet, neutral bags that aren't covered with logos or odd designs. They fit in anywhere. Highly recommend!" —Ellemphs

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $25.99.

    32. And 100% silk floss that lasts a while and comes with a cute refillable glass bottle. Instead of tossing empty containers into a trash can and spending more on toiletries, you'll just have to purchase more floss.

    A model pulling a piece of floss from the container
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this floss. The glass packaging (which you refill yourself) is not only environmentally friendly but is really cute! I will find any excuse not to floss, but with refillable packaging and biodegradable floss, I’m fresh out of reasons. Sometimes floss cuts up my gums too but this product is softer than I’m accustomed to but still strong enough not to break." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (you can also get a pack of two floss refills for $9.97).

    That feeling when you give your home a sustainable upgrade:

    FOX

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