The 14 Sustainable Swaps You Might Not Be Making

The 14 Sustainable Swaps You Might Not Be Making

By Samantha Daly
Easy peasy: There are a ton of simple ways to make a positive impact on Mother Earth without drastically altering your daily routine.

Ditch Plastic Baggies

Stasher Medium Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag
Store snacks, sandwiches + more in this reusable silicone bag from Stasher. Slim bag is made from flexible, pure platinum silicone with a Pinch-loc™ seal to stay secure. Use a dry erase marker to label.
Bee's Wrap Assorted Set of 3 Sizes
Wrap bread, cheese, vegetables, or cover a bowl! Bee's Wrap® is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage.  Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap and create a seal. When cool, the wrap will hold its shape.
Abeego Original Beeswax Food Storage Wrap - Set of Three
These beeswax food storage wraps will keep your food fresh without having to use plastic wrap, aluminum foils, etc. They are self-adhesive and reusable. The package includes one 7" square, one 10" square, and one 13" square that are perfect for cheese, fruits, vegetables, bread and much more.

...Or Reuse Them

Yamazaki Bottle Dryer & Bag Stand (Set of 2)
Bottle service. These little stands aren’t just a handy place to dry off your rinsed bottles, glasses, and even reused plastic baggies.
Rebel Green Super Deluxe Dish Soap, Lavender & Grapefruit
There is no way to get out of doing the dishes. Just a squirt or two of Rebel Green Super Deluxe Dish Soap will make your time at the sink seem less of a chore. This plant based formula with essential oils will create an enviable sparkle and shine for all of your dishes and glassware.
Yamazaki Double Decker Dish Rack
Leave ‘em high and dry. Take the “meh” out of the post-dinner mess with a two-tiered version of our best-selling dish rack.

One-Use Paper Towels? A Thing of the Past

If You Care Reusable Paper Towel Roll (Set of 3)
Wipe, rinse, repeat. Can you imagine a kitchen without paper towels? Yeah, we can’t either.

Cut Down on Plastic Tea Bags

Tom Dixon Etch The Clipper Poly Tea Infuser
The very best tea is made from loose leaves and our contemporary update for the traditional British teatime tool infuses the perfect cup.

Invest in Nontoxic Cookware

Caraway Cookware Set
This complete set of our non-stick ceramic-coated cookware has everything you’ll need for cooking healthy in your kitchen, staying organized, and looking good while doing so....
Food52 Five Two Essential Cookware
Made by us, made with you. Our cookware is the result of decades of kitchen know-how, feedback from thousands of members of our community of home cooks, and countless rounds of testing to get it all right (see: stay-cool, non-slip handles, rivetless interiors, and built-in strainers).

Compost Your Food Scraps

Bamboozle Bamboo Compost Bin
A modern compost bin that eliminates food waste and looks damn good in the process. For nearly everyone, food waste is an inevitable part of daily life.
Full Circle Odor-Free Compost Collector
Your nose won't know you're composting! True to its name, the Odor-Free Compost Collector by Full Circle allows you to collect items for composting without the smell. Thanks to its innovative design that allows air to circulate, food scraps and kitchen waste breakdown faster.

Break Up With Plastic Cling Wrap

Lékué Silicone Stretch Top Set
Let's stick together. Keep food vacuum-sealed with this two-second wonder worker. Made with meal prep, leftovers, and all the things between in mind, it’s metal, plastic, and glass container friendly. All you have to do to remove excess air is press down on the top once you’ve applied.

Avoid Stale Snacks (and Food Waste)

Onyx Clips (Set of 24)
No more stale chips. Small but mighty! Made from one continuous piece of 18/8 stainless steel wire, these clips are perfect for laundry, papers, in the kitchen -- both in the cupboard, the oven, and whatever else you can think of. We particularly love using them on open bags of flour, crackers, or...

Ever Heard of Eco-Friendly Faux Flowers?

Bloomist EcoFaux Heirloom Rose Stem, 19"
These faux Heirloom Roses are inspired by the classic Rosa moschata, a repeat flowering specimen with a strong musk scent, and perfectly emulate the variety’s graceful, arched stems.

Prevent Microfibers From Polluting Our Waterways

MojaFiber Laundry Balls
MojaWorks chemical-free laundry balls are the next evolution in our home cleaning line. The cleaning balls contain proprietary minerals and elements that purify and clean water naturally.
Girlfriend Collective The Wash Bag
A portable wash bag that helps capture microfibers and keep them from entering water streams. Because clean clothes shouldn't equal a dirty ocean.

Make the Switch to Organic Bedding

Coyuchi Turiya Organic Latex Pillow
Soft, supportive, and extraordinarily comfortable, our shaped Serenity Pillow redefines sleep support. It’s designed for proper spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your head and neck.
Avocado Green Mattress
Our natural hybrid latex mattress features GOLS organic certified latex, 100% GOTS organic certified wool, 100% GOTS organic certified cotton and up to 1,414 individually pocketed support coils arranged in 5 strategic zones. A GOTS organic certified product.
Coyuchi Pismo Organic Blanket
With its dynamic geometry, our Pismo Blanket is a contemporary take on matelassé. Woven of organic cotton fibers, the fabric is stone-washed for softness and a more delicate texture.
Buffy Breeze Comforter
Say goodnight to overheating. Temperature-regulating: Filled with breathable 100% eucalyptus fiber so you don't kick your comforter to the floor. Super-soft: Covered in eucalyptus fabric that's naturally softer and more earth-friendly than cotton.

Invest in Eco-Friendly Furniture That’s Sure to Last a Lifetime

Medley Rio Chaise Sectional
The Rio Chaise Sectional has a modern twist in a classic design. This modern chaise sectional is a beautiful addition to any living or family room. The sophisticated and sleek look makes this a smooth and attractive sectional.
Avocado Home Natural Wood Dresser
Our Natural Wood Dresser is handmade in Los Angeles from 100% reclaimed wood. Choose from a 3 drawer or 6 drawer design and comes in Rustic Raw with a zero-VOC sealant.

Dodge Plastic Bags in the Produce Section

Àplat Re-Usable Cotton Food Storage Bags
Pick a pocket. Weaning yourself off plastic? Go green with these food storage bags made of 100% organic cotton.
Baggu Standard Baggu
Baggu's best selling reusable bag is not just for the grocery store. Carry in your hand or over your shoulder. Holds 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff. Folds into a flat 5 in. x 5 in. pouch. Holds 50 lbs.

Incorporate Eco-Friendly Products Into Your Cleaning Routine

Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Floor Cleaner
Floors clean enough to eat off.
Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This plant-based non-toxic formula tackles stubborn stains in a flash and is scented with essential oils and botanical extracts.
Amala Magic Sponge Cloth, 6 Pack
Amala’s magic sponge cloth is the most effective and eco-friendly cleaning cloth available. It can be used on all surfaces to remove dirt and dust, and will leave no scratches or streaks. One cloth absorbs 20 times its own weight in water, and quickly releases liquids by simply wringing it out.

Have a sustainable swap you’re particularly proud of? Let us know in the comments below!

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