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    27 Things For Anyone Who Wants A More Eco-Friendly Home

    Go green and add compost bins, reusable mop pads, and more sustainable goods to your living space.

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    1. A countertop garden so you can grow fresh herbs at home. It has LED lights and a control panel that reminds you when to add water or feed your plant babies. Yes, you *can* get fresh basil, parsley, and thyme without going to the grocery store.

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    It also includes a gourmet herb seed kit, so you'll get Genovese basil, dill, curly parsley, thyme, Thai basil and mint a bottle of plant nutrients!

    Promising review: "I love this thing! Only took a few weeks to sprout and I have been reaping the rewards since! I planted herbs and salad mix and I love being able to pick for my meals straight from my garden in the winter!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. 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: "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 $79+ (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.

    3. A compost bin because you need a leak-resistant and odor-free spot for your fruit and veggie scraps. Its activated-charcoal filter helps prevent banana peels and coffee grounds from stinking up your kitchen.

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    Promising review: "We've had this compost pail for a little over a week and it's worked out great! We use compost bags inside the pail to keep it from getting nasty. The compost pail sits on our counter top and it looks good, the top is super easy to remove so you can throw your food scraps in with one hand while removing the top with the other. Highly recommended!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    4. Biodegradable laundry detergent so you can wash your clothes and sheets *and* minimize your carbon footprint. This formula is free from bleach, phosphates, and laureth sulfates and it comes in a compostable/recyclable container.

    Cardboard container that says "PUR Home Laundry Detergent"
    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: "This stuff is amazing! I'm thrilled to have found a laundry detergent that smells great (I use the lavender grapefruit scent), cleans my clothes beautifully (even sweaty workout clothes and dirty gardening clothes!), is easy on my rash-prone skin (it causes none), and is non-toxic and eco-friendly. I couldn't be more happy with this product! —PUR Home Customer

    Get it from PUR Home for $16.95.

    5. 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 $14.19+ (available in six other designs)

    6. 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

    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) or 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.

    7. 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 $13.99+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

    8. 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 $12.99.

    9. 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 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 five flavors and in packs of 12, 36, 40, and 80).

    10. 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 it from Amazon for $5.89+ (available in three sizes and three scents).

    11. 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 $9.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    12. Zero-waste dishwashing soap with a heavenly scent and plastic-free packaging. This lil' gem can be used to clean your dirty plates or kitchen countertops.

    Zero-waste citrus dish washing soap block next to wooden scrubbing brush

    BluePoppyBath is a woman-owned shop based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. They sell eco-friendly, handmade bath and body products, including moisturizing foot balm, hair conditioner bars, and dish washing soap bars.

    Promising review: "I could not wait to use this today! Wonderful product! Smells wonderful, great smell & lather! Got my dishes sparkly clean and I actually had fun washing them! Never thought I would say that about doing dishes!" —Etsy Customer

    Get it from BluePoppyBath on Etsy for $6+ (available in eight scents).

    13. 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 seven scents).

    14. 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 $12.95 (available in five colors).

    15. 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+ (also available in kid's and family packs).

    16. A nontoxic glass cleaner set so you can wipe away grime and dirt without using an artificial ingredient-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

    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.

    17. 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 $86 (available in four colors).

    18. 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 $10.99+ (also available in two-packs and four-packs).

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

    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 two colors).

    21. 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

    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.

    22. Plantable graphite pencils because you're *always* making lists at home, whether they're for groceries, meeting notes, or general to-do tasks. These babies contain seeds, so you can place them in a plant pot once you're done using them.

    Plantable graphite pencils in brown pots filled with herbs

    Promising review: "I bought these pencils originally as a gift but after sharpening them, I ended up keeping them for myself. These pencils are circular in design, meaning once they are so small that you can no longer use them to write, they serve a new purpose as a plant. It’s a wonderful concept!" —Amazon Customer

    Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $17+ (available in two colors).

    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 3-pack from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in three colors).

    24. 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.

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    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.

    25. A self-cleaning fabric bag because it'll safely store delicate garments and prevent microfibers from spreading into the washing machine. Yep, you *can* help reduce plastic pollution every time you do laundry at home.

    Model holds clear garment washing bag with tie-dye swimsuit inside

    Get it from Reformation for $34.95.

    26. 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.


    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 18 other designs).

    27. Swiffer-friendly mop pads you can reuse whenever your floors are messy. They're machine washable and they'll help cut back on all the cleaning products you throw away after one use.

    Reviewer holds dirty green microfiber mop pad in their hand
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    Promising review: "I love when I cut down on waste and these are awesome! It's that time of year that the puppy tracks in dirt on muddy paws so I keep one of these by the door and when he comes inside it's a quick swipe across the floor and I'm done! They work wet or dry but I make my own cleaner to give a quick spray to the floor before I wipe up the dirt. The best part is that when they are dirty they just get tossed into the washing machine and they are as good as new." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

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