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17 Trash-Reducing Products You'll Feel Good About Buying

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1. Produce bags, which will cut down on plastic waste (so long, impossible-to-open grocery bags!) and keep fruits and veggies fresh for longer.

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Promising review: "The bags are exactly as described. They are sheer enough to see labels at the store. There are several sizes in the bundle which makes shopping easier. I was able to wash the veggies and fruit when I got home and then store them in the bags in the refrigerator. Because the bags are mesh, the fruit can "breathe" and doesn't get soft. Even the delicate herbs remained fresh for a week. Finally, they bags can breathe but not so much that my entire fridge smelled like dill or cilantro. All of the bags are machine washable. I would definitely buy this again and recommend to anyone that is annoyed with typical plastic produce bags at the grocery store or farmers market." —Kelly D.

Get a mixed-size set of 10 bags from Amazon for $11.97 or from Jet for $13.97.

2. Reusable beeswax food wrappers that will keep your food fresh, naturally.

What's more natural than bees? Promising review: "These are awesome. Keep my food fresh just like plastic wrap, without the waste. Looks super cute and easy to wash, dry, and re-use. Would recommend this to anybody—it makes a great gift, too! I have the assorted set and the sandwich wraps. Love both!" —VeeCeeGet a pack of three from Amazon for $18.
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What's more natural than bees?

Promising review: "These are awesome. Keep my food fresh just like plastic wrap, without the waste. Looks super cute and easy to wash, dry, and re-use. Would recommend this to anybody—it makes a great gift, too! I have the assorted set and the sandwich wraps. Love both!" —VeeCee

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.

3. Stainless steel straws, because plastic straws create a phenomenal amount of waste (and these little guys are way more fun to use anyway).

Adrian Grenier will be so proud of you. Promising review: "I never knew these existed until seeing Oprah and her guests use them on TV years ago. I thought to myself, "How fancy!" Well, I purchased them and realized how fancy they are. They're easy to clean and can be used a million times thus eliminating more waste. For just a few bucks, I added some billionaire fanciness to my life! HIGHLY RECOMMEND for daily use or to be included in a housewarming gift basket!" —Lemar J.Get a set of four straws from Amazon for $5.95.
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Adrian Grenier will be so proud of you.

Promising review: "I never knew these existed until seeing Oprah and her guests use them on TV years ago. I thought to myself, "How fancy!" Well, I purchased them and realized how fancy they are. They're easy to clean and can be used a million times thus eliminating more waste. For just a few bucks, I added some billionaire fanciness to my life! HIGHLY RECOMMEND for daily use or to be included in a housewarming gift basket!" —Lemar J.

Get a set of four straws from Amazon for $5.95.

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4. A countertop compost bin so you can turn your food scraps into a feast for worms.

Promising review: "Love this thing. Looks nice on the countertop and locks in smell fantastically—I have never noticed an odor from it as long as it is not overflowing. It's a decent size too, I don't have to empty it every day which is nice. We usually make it anywhere from 3-5 days before running it out to the compost pile. The lid pops off for super easy cleaning. Highly recommend." —Elethia HartGet it from Amazon for $16.99 or from Jet for $19.99.
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Promising review: "Love this thing. Looks nice on the countertop and locks in smell fantastically—I have never noticed an odor from it as long as it is not overflowing. It's a decent size too, I don't have to empty it every day which is nice. We usually make it anywhere from 3-5 days before running it out to the compost pile. The lid pops off for super easy cleaning. Highly recommend." —Elethia Hart

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 or from Jet for $19.99.

5. A bento box that will make it easy to bring your lunch with you (no plasticware required).

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Promising review: "I love this bento box! It is the perfect size and it doesn't leak when I put liquids like salad dressing in them. It comes w its own utensils so I don't have carry my own or create waste by having to always grab fresh ones from the cafeteria. Easy to clean. Easy to carry. I would definitely recommend to others. I can now get rid of all my other lunch bags!" —Diane E. Keefe

Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

6. Soap nuts, a natural alternative to laundry detergent (and the plastic containers it comes in).

Promising review: "The one pound bag lasted me a year and a half. And with 4 of us in my family, I do about six–seven loads per week. I LOVE soap nuts and would never go back to detergent. My daughter's eczema has cleared up some because of these berries, too. I would highly recommend these to everybody, even if you don't have any sensitivities." —MorganGet a one pound bag from Amazon for $18.95.
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Promising review: "The one pound bag lasted me a year and a half. And with 4 of us in my family, I do about six–seven loads per week. I LOVE soap nuts and would never go back to detergent. My daughter's eczema has cleared up some because of these berries, too. I would highly recommend these to everybody, even if you don't have any sensitivities." —Morgan

Get a one pound bag from Amazon for $18.95.

7. A menstrual cup, to reduce your period's carbon footprint (you know, if applicable).

Promising review: "I can't believe I'm 31 years old and just found out about this! When it's used correctly it's leakproof, worryproof, discreet, minimal mess... not to mention no waste because it is reusable! This is the second cycle I've used it and I'm getting more comfortable with it and figuring out how often I need to empty it. At first I was afraid of it, now I insert it and remove it with no problem. It just takes some patience, getting used to, and time. It's amazing!" —BipsGet it from Amazon for $26.64+ (available in two sizes: one recommended for women pre-childbirth, one for post-), or from Jet for $26.64.
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Promising review: "I can't believe I'm 31 years old and just found out about this! When it's used correctly it's leakproof, worryproof, discreet, minimal mess... not to mention no waste because it is reusable! This is the second cycle I've used it and I'm getting more comfortable with it and figuring out how often I need to empty it. At first I was afraid of it, now I insert it and remove it with no problem. It just takes some patience, getting used to, and time. It's amazing!" —Bips

Get it from Amazon for $26.64+ (available in two sizes: one recommended for women pre-childbirth, one for post-), or from Jet for $26.64.

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8. A spill-proof travel mug, so you don't have to use disposable cups every time you require coffee.

I am super guilty of this, but I think this much-beloved thermos will help.Promising review: "I came to post feedback on this after I realized I placed hot coffee in it around 9:30 AM and forgot about the coffee until now, which is currently 7:40 PM. It is still warm, and not even at that threshold where it is teetering between warm and cool. Also, it's entirely leak-proof. If you want to carry it in your book bag or in one of the side pockets for drinks on your bag, just lock the lid. Awesome product!" —Hannah DavisGet it from Amazon for $11.68+ or from Jet for $15.46 (available in two sizes and 13 colors).
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I am super guilty of this, but I think this much-beloved thermos will help.

Promising review: "I came to post feedback on this after I realized I placed hot coffee in it around 9:30 AM and forgot about the coffee until now, which is currently 7:40 PM. It is still warm, and not even at that threshold where it is teetering between warm and cool. Also, it's entirely leak-proof. If you want to carry it in your book bag or in one of the side pockets for drinks on your bag, just lock the lid. Awesome product!" —Hannah Davis

Get it from Amazon for $11.68+ or from Jet for $15.46 (available in two sizes and 13 colors).

9. A reusable water bottle, because we all know that those plastic bottles—much like that kid in elementary school who was always telling people his dad was going to sue them—are bad news.

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Promising review: "This water bottle is awesome! I hate to admit how long I've shopped around for one. I'm very picky. I did not want plastic and hate those ones where you have to bite the straw and suck to get the water! This bottle is perfect. I read other people's reviews about it tasting like metal and I have no idea what they are talking about. I am SUPER sensitive to taste and this has absolutely none. Very happy with this purchase." —Holiday at the beach

Get it from Amazon for $18.37+ (available in three sizes and thirteen colors).

10. Natural chewing gum, since apparently most gum contains synthetic rubber (which is made with plastic).

This one kind of blew my mind (and made me think guiltily of all the gum I've thrown away over the years).Promising review: "This gum is simply fantastic! There is nothing harmful in it, no chemicals, no plastics! It has great flavor, and all the flavors are good. The fennel happens to be my favorite. Having changed to a clean eating diet for a year now, and being a major gum chewer, I never realized how many harmful things that are in sugar-free gum, now I will chew nothing else besides Simply Gum." —Cory EdwardsGet a pack of six assorted flavors from Amazon for $14.99.
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This one kind of blew my mind (and made me think guiltily of all the gum I've thrown away over the years).

Promising review: "This gum is simply fantastic! There is nothing harmful in it, no chemicals, no plastics! It has great flavor, and all the flavors are good. The fennel happens to be my favorite. Having changed to a clean eating diet for a year now, and being a major gum chewer, I never realized how many harmful things that are in sugar-free gum, now I will chew nothing else besides Simply Gum." —Cory Edwards

Get a pack of six assorted flavors from Amazon for $14.99.

11. A reusable tote compact enough to keep on your person at all times, and cute enough that you'll be tempted to use it every day.

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Baggu has so many adorable bags that none of us ever have an excuse to use plastic ones. Seriously. Okay, I slip up and forget it sometimes, but with this list, I am vowing to do better.

A bag with tiny croissants or li'l Dalmatians all over it is a step in the right direction.

Get it from Baggu for $10 (available in 33 patterns).

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12. A French press, so you can make the perfect cup of coffee (or tea!) with #nofilter.

Promising review: "I was visiting my friend and she served me one of the best cups of coffee I've ever tasted. It was so smooth in texture and there was not one single coffee ground to be found down to the last drop. I made her show me exactly what she was doing to achieve such a blissful cup of joe and she attributed it to this French press. I ordered it as soon as I got home. It's been two weeks now and I don't think I'll ever go back to using a regular coffee machine ever again. Super easy to use and clean. Winner for me. As of right now my only issue is drinking too much great tasting coffee!" —kuyukeGet it from Amazon for $25.95.
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Promising review: "I was visiting my friend and she served me one of the best cups of coffee I've ever tasted. It was so smooth in texture and there was not one single coffee ground to be found down to the last drop. I made her show me exactly what she was doing to achieve such a blissful cup of joe and she attributed it to this French press. I ordered it as soon as I got home. It's been two weeks now and I don't think I'll ever go back to using a regular coffee machine ever again. Super easy to use and clean. Winner for me. As of right now my only issue is drinking too much great tasting coffee!" —kuyuke

Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

13. A stovetop popcorn pot so you can enjoy endless popcorn without creating a personal landfill of those microwave bags.

Get the kernels from bulk bins (and put them in a jar or other reusable container) for gold-star, smug-waste-saver top marks.Promising review: "This has answered all our prayers as far as popcorn goes. What I love the most is that it pops every single kernel of corn as opposed to the air popper we were using. No one in our house likes microwave popcorn so this is the only way to go. We use the Whirley-Pop almost every day and sometimes multiple times a day. It's easy, tastes great and no waste. LOVE IT. Worth every single penny!" —TracieGet it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available in three colors) or from Jet for $29.99.
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Get the kernels from bulk bins (and put them in a jar or other reusable container) for gold-star, smug-waste-saver top marks.

Promising review: "This has answered all our prayers as far as popcorn goes. What I love the most is that it pops every single kernel of corn as opposed to the air popper we were using. No one in our house likes microwave popcorn so this is the only way to go. We use the Whirley-Pop almost every day and sometimes multiple times a day. It's easy, tastes great and no waste. LOVE IT. Worth every single penny!" —Tracie

Get it from Amazon for $25.98+ (available in three colors) or from Jet for $29.99.

14. A microfiber cloth that will remove all your makeup with water alone (no wipes or cotton balls required).

Promising review: "MY GOD. I don't know what kind of sorcery this is, but this is no piece of cloth. It's pure magic. It actually get all your makeup off in such a little amount of effort. Eye liner? One swipe girl. Waterproof mascara? Not a problem. You will save so much money never having to buy make up remover wipes again. Get this mythical cut of godly fabric." —ldukichGet it from Sephora for $20 (available in three colors) or from Amazon for $19.95.
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Promising review: "MY GOD. I don't know what kind of sorcery this is, but this is no piece of cloth. It's pure magic. It actually get all your makeup off in such a little amount of effort. Eye liner? One swipe girl. Waterproof mascara? Not a problem. You will save so much money never having to buy make up remover wipes again. Get this mythical cut of godly fabric." —ldukich

Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in three colors) or from Amazon for $19.95.

15. All-purpose kitchen towels to help you cut down on paper towels and napkins.

Promising review: "These are fantastic for a variety of uses! As a family of six, we have lots of spills and wash lots of dishes! I find that we reach for these towels for everything! They are simple, absorbent, and soft and have already held up to many washings. We have also been using these in place of paper towels or napkins which has cut down on paper waste tremendously! Ordering more to keep on hand to use as napkins for informal gatherings!" —Casey RogersGet a pack of fifteen from Amazon for $13.97.
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Promising review: "These are fantastic for a variety of uses! As a family of six, we have lots of spills and wash lots of dishes! I find that we reach for these towels for everything! They are simple, absorbent, and soft and have already held up to many washings. We have also been using these in place of paper towels or napkins which has cut down on paper waste tremendously! Ordering more to keep on hand to use as napkins for informal gatherings!" —Casey Rogers

Get a pack of fifteen from Amazon for $13.97.

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16. A bidet, which will help you cut down on toilet paper AND get your tush squeaky clean.

Promising review: "This thing will change your view of using a toilet. Using a bidet is so much better than just wiping. I don't ever want to be without one. It's cleaner, easier, more environmentally friendly, and way, way, way cheaper. Just spray everything away and dab dry with a few sheets of TP. It's less than $40, takes only a few minutes to install, and will cut your TP usage down to nothing. My only regret is that I've lived life without one. So far we have four for our home and we've bought at least seven more for relatives." —Helka S. FreshourBuzzFeed editor Emmy Favilla is also a fan of this bidet. Check out her review here!Get it from Amazon for $34.79+ (available in two colors).
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Promising review: "This thing will change your view of using a toilet. Using a bidet is so much better than just wiping. I don't ever want to be without one. It's cleaner, easier, more environmentally friendly, and way, way, way cheaper. Just spray everything away and dab dry with a few sheets of TP. It's less than $40, takes only a few minutes to install, and will cut your TP usage down to nothing. My only regret is that I've lived life without one. So far we have four for our home and we've bought at least seven more for relatives." —Helka S. Freshour

BuzzFeed editor Emmy Favilla is also a fan of this bidet. Check out her review here!

Get it from Amazon for $34.79+ (available in two colors).

17. Collapsible food storage containers you can keep in your bag in case of unexpected leftovers (was there ever a sweeter pair of words?).

Promising review: "These are fantastic. I've been using them for months now, with no problems, no spills, etc. In fact, I've already bought a set for a friend who was admiring them as well. Great for take-out containers (I carry one with me to take home leftovers when eating out) as well as for camping, car use—anything where space is at a premium. And they double as normal food storage containers as well. Highly recommended." —starsknightGet a set of four from Amazon for $24.99.
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Promising review: "These are fantastic. I've been using them for months now, with no problems, no spills, etc. In fact, I've already bought a set for a friend who was admiring them as well. Great for take-out containers (I carry one with me to take home leftovers when eating out) as well as for camping, car use—anything where space is at a premium. And they double as normal food storage containers as well. Highly recommended." —starsknight

Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99.

Sorry 'bout it, Oscar.

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