Just 21 Eco-Friendly Things Under $20 You'll Be Glad You Have
Be kind to the earth and your wallet.
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A set of
colorful glass straws that'll last and be easy to find when it's drink-sipping time.
Two cleaning brushes are also included.
Promising review: "I have made it a point this year to be more environmentally conscious. Straw waste frequently makes its way to the ocean and harms sea animals. It's been great to see many restaurants go straw-less unless requested and I wanted to make sure I was doing the same at home. These are nice wide-mouth straws and great for smoothies and subbing in my cold iced coffees in place of the standard famous green straw. Very easy to clean with the brushes. Definitely recommend." — krs5201
Get an eight-pack from Amazon for
handmade coconut bowl, straw, and spoon set out to prove breakfast can be waste-free down to the bowl you eat your cereal in.
The bowl is made from a coconut shell with water-based, food-safe white lacquer on the inside to make it look like a coconut; cute!
Get one bowl and spoon from
Jungle Creature on Etsy for $16.99.
biodegradable glitter for anyone who wants to get their glitter on in an eco-conscious way, the dream.
It's vegan, cruelty-free, and made of biodegradable cellulose.
Get it from Fluide for
Reusable cotton swabs that are actually not made of cotton at all, thank goodness. These work just as well so you'll never have to buy a box of disposable ones again!
As a person with sensory needs, the texture of cotton has always sent me and I can't stand touching/using cotton swabs. I am going to give these a try myself!
Promising review: "Been looking to get a product like this for a long time to replace the use of all the cotton Q-tips that I use and these are great! They come in a small little sturdy container and are all well made. These are perfect for travel and are very easy to use. They work just about the same as a regular Q-tip. They also are very easy to clean and seem that they will work awhile. I love that there are multiple swabs with different textures for different uses too. Great product." — Michelle
Get a set of two from Amazon for
$8.99 (available in three colors).
Bee's Wrap designed with the environment in mind — say bye to single-use plastic and store leftovers the smart way.
Promising review: "Wow, I love this!! All you have to do is wrap it over what you want to cover and press your hands around it a little and it sticks. It smells amazing and is easy to wash, reshape, and reuse." — Grace Marie Norberg
Get a set of three from Amazon for
A variety pack of
natural gum made with wild-harvested chicle so you can enjoy a sustainable chew. I've tried the mint and ginger flavors for mild nausea and was impressed with both!
Flavors include: peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, fennel, maple, and coffee Promising review: "With most gum, the flavor only lasts a few minutes at most — this is where Simply Gum pulls ahead of regular gum. Instead of being left with what feels like a lump of tasteless soft plastic in your mouth, you actually have a smooth, natural tasting gum remaining. It reminds me a lot of the gum we used to make for ourselves from wheat as kids, back in the day. And that's a nice little bonus." — m b
Get a six-pack from Amazon for
$14.90 (90 pieces in total).
A set of machine-washable
Swedish dish cloths to use in place of dozens of paper towels and plenty of sponges. The cross-hatch pattern makes them super absorbent.
Promising review: "I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present." — sandra simpson-kraft
Get a three-pack from Amazon for
$14.67+ (available in 12 prints).
A pair of hypoallergenic,
chemical-free dryer eggs you can reuse in place of dryer sheets and fabric softener.
The egg nodules lift and tumble clothes for faster drying times, and they soften clothes to eliminate the need for fabric softener.
Get a two-pack from The Grommet for
vegan waste-free lip balm made with biodegradable packaging. Honestly, I love to see it.
Promising review: "It's cute. I bought this as a deep-conditioning 'treatment' for my lips. I've had super chapped lips my whole life and I use ChapStick dozens of times throughout the day. This product goes on very smoothly, smells nice, and stays on for a great amount of time. Thank you, I definitely will repurchase. Also, love the eco-friendly packaging." — Krystl Oxford
Get it from
HoniBeez on Etsy for $8.55 each.
Green Kid Craft subscription that'll send educational, environmentally sustainable, do-it-yourself STEAM projects right to your door, to encourage kids to love science and the earth as much as Bill Nye does.
Each box is packed with educational, do-it-yourself STEAM magazine science and art projects your kids will adore; and every project uses sustainable materials to encourage healthy recycling habits.
Promising review: "The Ocean Science box we got was full of fun surprises! The kids loved creating the 'ocean in a bottle' project and the 'glowing jellyfish' especially. I liked that so many kits were included and it was a good mix of craft and science kits. The fact that a full-sized map and STEAM magazine were also included made the kids happy and I happy. There are projects that use the entire empty box — in this care into a felt fishing project — is really interesting and spurred discussions on recycling. I love that these unique boxes encourage kids to be creative, think about sustainability, and let parents connect with their children too!" — Patty B.
Get it from Cratejoy for
$19.98+/month (available for two age groups).
Promising review: "I’m very impressed with these bags. I took two of them into Target today for groceries, and ended up only needing to use one. These bags can hold a lot of items. They are strong, easy to clean and fold up into the attached pouches within seconds. I store mine in my center console of my car. I have been promoting these to my friends and family, and they are already making purchases. These are worth every penny." — Cuesta Verde
Get a set of five from Amazon for
$14.99 (available in 37 color combinations).
ethically-made tank top from Tentree to keep you cool on a hike or cozy at home — the choice is yours. Best of all, Tentree plants 10 trees for every product you purchase!
This lightweight tank is made of recycled polyester (read: plastic water bottles), organic cotton, and Tencel (wood pulp fiber).
Get it from Tentree for
$19.20 (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors).
And a Tentree Climate+ offset package to cover a
lifetime of smartphones or plastic bag usage. Each purchase of a Climate+ package goes beyond neutrality and helps heal the environment by sponsoring the planting of mangrove trees in Indonesia.
Tentree, Getty Images
You can add a Climate+ package to your cart along with your other Tentree products, or just purchase it solo. We can do better than neutral when it comes to healing our planet.
Get it from Tentree for
mountable compost bin you can keep inside or outside — either way you'll ~elevate~ above smelly countertop compost vibes, because this baby has an air vent you can keep closed.
Turns out keeping rotting compost far, far away from the counter where I prep my non-rotting food is
not too much to ask for! Promising review: "I never knew how awful my metal compost bin was until I got this beauty! Easy to open with one hand, the bag stays in place, and it's lightweight. Everything that's wrong with the traditional countertop compost bin, this bin solves. Life changing." — Emma
Get it from Amazon for
nourishing shampoo bar for anyone who wants an alternative to single-use plastic shampoo bottles. You can also add a mold-resistant soap dish to your order for no extra charge.
Get it from Humankind for
$15 (available in unscented, peppermint, lemongrass, and citrus lavender).
plastic-free dishwashing soap block and wooden brush set that's making me feel pretty silly for not owning it. Why use plastic dish soap bottles when this exists?
The zero-waste soap is coconut-oil based FYI!
Get it from
Blue Poppy Bath on Etsy for $6+ (available in nine scents).
Stasher reusable food bag that'll help you stop using single-use plastics, especially since these hold up in the freezer, microwave, and even in boiling water!
Promising review: "I'm one of those people that washes plastic bags and reuses them to 1). attempt to cut back on plastic headed to the landfill and 2). to save a little money. I purchased these silicone bags after seeing a co-worker using them. These have worked out great, and I got a lot of questions about them. I've referred other environmentally-conscious friends and they love them too! Easy to love these things, they provide secure seals, very durable, and are easy to clean. Perfect for lunches, snacks, or other small storage needs. I'm sure you can put them in the dishwasher but I generally wash by hand." — Molly
Get it from Amazon for
$9.09+ (available in five sizes and 14 colors).
biodegradable lunch box (made from wheat straw) to ensure you can pack an orderly lunch without using any harmful plastic at all.
dish drain oil guard designed to rid of kitchen grease in a safe way (so it doesn't clog up your sink, the sewer, or make a big mess in a plastic bag).
Get it from The Grommet for
Everglades-inspired notebook made from 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper, featuring all the beautiful wildlife worth fighting for on the cover.
This decomposition notebook is printed with soy ink and is spiral-bound.
Get it from Decomposition for
Me hugging my friends when they show me eco-friendly alternatives to products:
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