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A list of the best sustainable products for everyday use

Among many other suggestions, Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience, wrote, “Let your life be a counter-friction to the machine. This call to rebel life, however, does not necessitate a revolution. Thoreau himself lived “off the grid” next to Walden Pond, a few miles from town, but his words for the self-made man still resonate today. As we move forward into Earth Month, this is both a huge and encouraging call in the face of today’s many environmental issues. There are many things that need to change, but you can easily be part of that change.

One way to positively contribute to a healthier world is to simply be aware of the everyday essentials you use. Opting for steel straws, reusable on-the-go cutlery and toiletries that arrive in biodegradable packaging goes a long way to reducing individual impacts and promoting sustainable peer-to-peer use.

If you’re looking for a place to start or expand your collection of everyday essential cleaning, cooking, and grooming solutions, this guide is a great place to start.

Bite.


Bite Refillable Deodorant

Jason Momoa declared his love for Bite’s toothpaste bits while hanging out Henry Cavilland why not?

Bite is one of the best and most beautiful zero waste deodorants. Founded by former surf teacher Lindsay McCormick, Bite has already taken a significant share of the market with sleek stainless steel tubes that also happen to be refillable and with packaging that can be recycled when no longer in use.

Smell great with fresh floral and herbal scents while helping stop the flow of 15 million pounds of deodorant wrappers that end up in our landfills and oceans each year.

Bite Refillable Deodorant

Bite Refillable Deodorant

Fat and the Moon Aloe Lotion.

Fat and the Moon.


Fat and the Moon Aloe Vera Lotion

Do you have sensitive skin and don’t have a zero waste alternative to turn to? Try Fat and the Moon’s Zero Waste skin care products.

Made primarily organic, still cruelty-free and palm oil-free, the female-owned and operated grooming business concocts all of its “potions” guided by traditional healer philosophies. The result is a gentle, non-toxic product designed to heal from the ground up. All of Fat and the Moon’s face products are vegan, and most of its body and cross skin products are almost there, assisted by ethically sourced beeswax. The ingredients are gentle on the skin, but show no remorse in overcoming dry, parched, chapped or withered skin. This fragrance-free unisex lotion can be used for both face and body.

Products are fresh and handmade to order, so there’s no wasted stale stock.

Fat and the Moon Aloe Vera Lotion

Fat and the Moon Aloe Vera Lotion

Bathing Culture Skin care and washing.

Bath culture.


Bath Culture Skin Care

Speaking of its San Francisco and Portland locales, “bathing is (very) radical” for these body washes designed for personal and planetary care.

Childhood friends Spencer Arnold and Tim Hollinger founded Bathing Culture after muddy adventures in the Northern California wilderness. Unable to clean themselves, the duo set out to brew thousands of batches before landing on a soap blend that does justice to the bathing ritual. The biodegradable blend is certified organic and made with super skin-healers like aloe, shea, and coconut oils. Due to their woody background, Bathing Culture is complemented by a woodsy scent reminiscent of towering redwoods. With only nine simple ingredients, the contents of the bottle are transparent. A velvety wash stems from this minimalist approach, as does the basic packaging. To top it off, Bathing Culture supports a number of sustainability efforts and green partners.

Bathing Culture Mind & Body Cleanser

Bath Culture Skin Care

Ecological silk from Bambo Earth.

Bamboo land.


Ecological dental floss from Bambo Earth

Dental floss is one of the trickiest products to fit into your zero waste toolbox. Alternatives still tend to use harmful components like con-biodegradable plastic or lace. Enter: Bamboo Earth’s eco-friendly dental floss.

The organic and 100% compostable dental lace comes in a refillable glass container and tastes wonderful on the tongue. The lace is waxed with a hint of mint and vegetable candelilla, providing a cool, easy glide for sensitive gums. Toss used sprigs into the compost heap and order easy refills from Bamboo Earth.

Eco Dental dental floss with glass container

Ecological dental floss from Bambo Earth

Airtight stainless steel containers without packaging.

Free package.


Airtight stainless steel containers without packaging

When you’re done eating, Package Free’s 316-grade stainless steel containers are the perfect place to store your leftovers, without waste or plastic.

Covers have a non-removable silicone gasket that is factory installed without adhesive. Stainless steel latches keep food locked and easy to open for hungry kids and adults. The containers are dishwasher safe (and should not be microwaved!). Covers should be hand washed in warm soapy water and are not oven safe. Steel containers are available in a variety of sizes sold individually.

Onyx Stainless Steel Airtight Containers

Airtight stainless steel containers without packaging

MioEco organic cotton reusable paper towels.

MioEco.


MioEco Organic Cotton Reusable Paper Towels

Paper towels are one of the most useful and useless single-use items. Dishcloths work, but they get dirty quickly. Why not choose reusable cotton paper towels from MioEco? These towels are absorbent, washable and bleachable, so you can absorb any type of spill, wipe up any dish and clean any kitchen surface. When you’re done, toss them in the pile of dirty towels and grab another cloth from MioEco’s ten-pack.

MioEco towels feature a simple yet elegant pattern on the white surface that gives your kitchen a professional look. Bleached, they come out white again from the laundry. (Towels are made from cotton, so they will shrink when dried.) What about when they’ve finished their cleaning life after months of use? These ‘paper’ towels are biodegradable.

MioEco reusable cotton towels

MioEco Organic Cotton Reusable Paper Towels

Dropps detergent pods for laundry stains and odors.

Drops.


Dropps detergent pods for laundry stains and odors

One of the fallacies of eco-friendly products is that they are weakened by alternative ingredients. Dropps detergent pods for laundry stains and odors stop that misnomer in its tracks. Dropps uses plant-based formulas with natural enzymes to remove sweat, dirt, food, and other miscellaneous stains that build up on your clothes. The pods are designed for universal use, from regular cotton and sports fillers to permapress fabrics like linen. For delicate skin types and clothes, they also make detergent for sensitive skin and babies.

Dropps home care products come in plastic-free, compostable packaging and a variety of fresh scents like lavender, eucalyptus, and orange blossom. And a 100% carbon neutral subscription service comes monthly, so you never have to buy cleaning supplies.

Dropps laundry detergent pods for stains and odors

Dropps detergent pods for laundry stains and odors

Stasher silicone reusable food bag.

Stacher.


Stasher Silicone Reusable Food Bag

Ditch the plastic zipper bags that clog landfills by grabbing Stasher reusable food bags instead. Made of silicone, Stasher bags not only provide a snug fit, but can also withstand heat or cold. The storage packs of four offer different sizes for inserting stored sandwiches and vegetables. Just using reusable bags can save a lot of waste in the long run. Your lunch will also stand out with a variety of patterns and colors available to suit your style.

Storage bags

Stasher Silicone Reusable Food Bag

Bee's Wrap Reusable and eco-friendly beeswax food wrap.

Bee packaging.


Bee’s Wrap Eco Friendly Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

The second step to ending plastic consumption in kitchens is to get rid of single-use, non-biodegradable plastic wrap. Like so many other valuable assets, bees offer another option. Bee’s Wrap Eco-Friendly Beeswax Food Wraps give you a fun alternative to plastic wrap for covering bowls, wrapping sandwiches, storing cheese and storing other foods. In a trick that would make Mr. Wizard proud, the heat from your hands softens the wax wraps, allowing them to be bent into needed shapes before they harden and seal.

When Bee’s Wraps are no longer needed, they are 100% compostable and (hopefully) landfill-free. The three multiple size packs feature several stylish designs and last a year or more.

Bee's Wrap Pack of 3

Bee’s Wrap Eco Friendly Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

Adopting a zero waste philosophy in your home improves your home experience. You are more aware when you wash, wipe, and prepare food with more intention in mind. Every contribution counts and your efforts, together with thousands of others, can have a huge impact.

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