20 Reusable Products to Make Life a Little Greener

20 Reusable Products to Make Life a Little Greener
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This Earth Day, we're on a mission to transform our homes to be just a tiny bit more sustainable. One way to help the environment? Try transitioning to more bamboo products in place of traditional cotton products. Bamboo is more environmentally friendly than cotton because it's more sustainable, uses less water to grow, and grows more quickly. It's also a superior fabric to cotton in several ways. Bamboo towels can hold much more water than their cotton counterparts and they contain a natural antibacterial compound. Bamboo fabric is generally softer, stronger, and better at sweat-wicking than cotton. But it's not just about replacing products. Consider also switching to more eco-friendly cleaning products around the home.

Or, consider other ways to celebrate Earth Day this year. If it's possible, donate in a child's honor to an environmental organization. These organizations are working to protect our planet for generations to come -- and as parents, we care even more about the future. Or try some fun ways to get the kids involved.

Another way to help the environment is to transition to more reusable products. And while buying reusable, sustainable products may cost more in the beginning (although a lot of these products are under $3 a pop to begin with), they end up saving the household tons of money in the long run. Imagine never again having to buy costly staples like sandwich bags, plastic wrap, or paper towels -- or throwing out a half-used lemon because it's gone bad. Read on to learn how all of these things are not only possible, but frankly easy. 

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  • Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers

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    Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers
    Amazon
    These food huggers are amazing -- they fit tightly on fruits and vegetables like lemons, onions, and cucumbers, preserving them for longer, but they're also great for resealing open cans. Much better for the planet than plastic wrap.

    Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers ($9 for 4, Amazon)

  • Reusable Cotton Facial Rounds

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    American-made, 100% cotton flannel, these washable rounds are way better than typical cotton rounds or cotton balls. Stitched for maximum durability, these 3-inch rounds can be used over and over again -- which ultimately saves money. 

    Reusable Cotton Facial Rounds ($20 for 20, Wild Minimalist)

  • Suds of Love Laundry Soap

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    Suds of Love Laundry Soap
    Booda Organics

    We love this gentle, deodorizing, softening laundry detergent, formulated without harsh chemicals. Order a 2-pound package to start, which comes in an eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable paper tube. Then refill with a bulk 10-pound bag to reduce waste (and save money). Comes with a wooden scoop on request.

    Suds of Love Laundry Soap ($18 for 2 pounds, Booda Organics)

  • Net Market Tote

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    Net Market Tote
    Brandless

    This cool-looking, reusable tote is great for bringing to the farmers market or the local grocery store. This bag holds about six apples, and the netting lets them breathe. Easy to wash.

    Net Market Tote ($3, Brandless)

  • Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

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    Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 24
    Amazon
    These reusable baking cups are made entirely of food-grade silicone, a smart alternative to disposable paper or aluminum baking cups. They can go easily from the oven to the freezer, and are great for healthy omelette egg cups as well as cupcakes. Plus, they're dishwasher-safe.

    Reusable Silicone Baking Cups ($10 for 24, Amazon)
  • Bee's Wrap Food Wrap

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    Bee's Wrap Food Wrap
    Amazon

    A way to avoid using costly, eco-unfriendly plastic wrap, this sustainable wrap works for vegetables, fruit, cheese, and bread. Washable and reusable, this organic cotton wrap infused with jojoba oil and beeswax makes a natural seal over food, and washes easily with cool water and mild soap.

    Bee's Wrap Food Wrap ($18 for 3, Amazon)

  • Refillable Body Lotion

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    Natural, Refillable Body Lotion
    Package Free Shop

    This ultra hydrating lotion comes in two delicious scents: Rosemary Mint Vanilla and Citrus Lavender. Buy the initial 16-ounce aluminum bottle, then once it's empty, send it back to Plaine Products for refills.

    Natural, Refillable Body Lotion ($30, Package Free Shop) 

  • Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags

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    Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags
    Amazon
    So much better and cheaper than traditional storage bags, which mean basically throwing away money, these silicone food bags come in a variety of sizes, from large storage to small snack bags and sandwich bags. 

    Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags ($23 for 4, Amazon)

  • Stainless Steel Straws

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    Set of 8 Stainless Steel Metal Straws
    Amazon
    These food-grade stainless steel straws don't taste metallic, are plastic- and BPA-free, and are dishwasher-safe. They resist rust, scratches, and are easy to clean, with their two long nylon cleaning brushes that can scrub their insides.

    Set of 8 Stainless Steel Metal Straws ($9, Amazon)
  • Reusable Bamboo Towels

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    Heavy Duty Eco Friendly Machine Washable Reusable Bamboo Towels
    Amazon
    These strong, sustainable bamboo towels are far more absorbent and durable than regular paper towels. One roll is the equivalent of 60 conventional paper towel rolls, and fits in a standard paper towel dispenser. Each sheet is machine washable and can be used over 100 times. 

    Heavy Duty Eco Friendly Machine Washable Reusable Bamboo Towels ($9, Amazon)

  • Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

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    Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
    Amazon

    Purchase loose produce like baby lettuce leaves or broccoli stalks in these ultra-lightweight produce bags, then rinse the produce while it's still in the bag. Way better for the environment than plastic bags, and perfect for the farmers market.

    Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Bags ($14 for 9, Amazon)

  • Reusable Unpaper Towels

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    Reusable Unpaper Towels
    Wild Minimalist

      Reusable unpaper towels replace disposable paper towels. Each towel is made from 100% cotton with durable, stitched edges. The towels get more absorbent as they are washed. They come in a rainbow pack of 12 towels to add a bit of play and color to daily chores. 

      Reusable Unpaper Towels ($35 for 12, Wild Minimalist)

    • Yitelle Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Cone Dripper

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      Yitelle Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Cone Dripper
      Amazon
      This is so much better than paper filters -- the micro mesh funnel is made of stainless steel, which ensures the coffee tastes pure. This filter fits directly over most cups and thermoses, which makes it easy to make coffee directly into a to-go container. 

    • Brita 26 Ounce Premium Filtering Water Bottle 

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      Brita 26 Ounce Premium Filtering Water Bottle
      Amazon

      This BPA-free water bottle filters water directly, so there's no need to buy disposable water bottles. One water bottle filter can replace 300 regular disposable bottles. This is a simple way to save money while reducing waste.

      Brita 26 Ounce Premium Filtering Water Bottle ($20, Amazon)

    • Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Avocado Savers

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      Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Avocado Savers
      Amazon
      For families who absolutely love their avocados (we get it) these avocado-shaped food huggers will help preserve the other half every time -- with or without the pit. Dishwasher safe and BPA-free.

      Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Avocado Savers ($8 for 2, Amazon)

    • Smart Sheep Reusable Wool Dryer Balls

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      Smart Sheep Reusable Wool Dryer Balls
      Amazon

      Synthetic dryer sheets can be bad for our skin and for our clothes dryers, but we love how they remove static cling. The best answer: New Zealand wool dryer balls, which soften and fluff laundry while reducing waste and saving money.

      Smart Sheep Reusable Wool Dryer Balls ($11 for 3, Amazon)

    • Refillable Everything Soap

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      Refillable Everything Soap
      Follain

      This soap is amazing: it comes in a striking, refillable glass bottle, and can be used for everything from bathing kids and dogs to doing the dishes and washing hands. Stop by the store with the bottle to get a refill or buy one online.

      Refillable Everything Soap ($24, Follain)

    • Stainless Steel Food Containers

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      Stainless Steel Food Containers
      Amazon

      Way better than packing disposable plastic bags for either kids or grown-ups who bring a lunch with them, these quality stainless steel containers are rust-resistant and leakproof, and don't lock in odors.

      Stainless Steel Food Containers ($18 for 3, Amazon)

    • Silicone Stretch Lids Huggers Covers

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      Silicone Stretch Lids Huggers Covers
      Amazon
      We love that these amazing silicone lids that come in multiple sizes. They're so much less expensive than replacing Pyrex lids, and they're infinitely better and more reusable than plastic wrap. They stretch easily and create a perfect seal, and they're heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 

      Silicone Stretch Lids Huggers Covers ($11, Amazon)
    • Dish Washing Brush

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      Dish Washing Brush
      Package Free Shop

      The soft bristles means delicate plates and glasses get thoroughly clean, but they're tough enough for pots and pans, too. The Package Free Shop also gives good instructions on how to dispose of each aspect of the brush when it's no longer useful. 

      Dish Washing Brush ($13, Package Free Shop)

    • Silpat Baking Mat

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      Silpat Baking Mat
      Bed Bath and Beyond

      Imagine never again lining a baking sheet with tinfoil to roast vegetables in, just to throw it out right away after. Sounds extremely messy and hard to clean, right? Not with a Silpat Baking Mat. These guys are so easily washed and do a great job lining baking sheets.

      Silpat Baking Mat ($25, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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