Nobody likes to be used...unless you’re a reusable product, of course.
Consumers produce an astonishing amount of waste that ends up in the world’s landfills and oceans. Just think about how many people keep that one plastic bag full of a hundred crumpled plastic bags under the kitchen sink forever.
Fortunately, tons of eco-friendly options offer ways to live a greener life, especially reusable products that cut down on single-use plastic. Plus, many people are surprised to find how much easier these eco-friendly items can make their day-to-day lives.
Eco-conscious shopping bags
Every time I get home from the grocery store, my brain suddenly begins to channel my inner dad: I absolutely need to get all the bags inside in just one trip. Yes, it’s a matter of honor. Yes, I know it would only take five minutes to make an extra trip.
The problem is, shopping bags are notoriously flimsy. Between double-bagging and the fact that the bags just don’t fit that many groceries, they create an enormous amount of waste and they’re a pain to carry.
Fortunately, reusable shopping bags are foldable, waterproof, rip-resistant, and large enough to replace 2-3 conventional plastic bags. They’re a fantastic eco-conscious option that reduces plastic while making shopping and transport so much easier.
Reusable produce bags
Have you ever stood in the produce aisle, sweating, trying frantically to shimmy open one of those plastic produce bags between your finger and thumb? Is everyone staring at the grown adult who can’t open a bag? Are these apples really worth the cost of my dignity?
Try reusable produce bags, washable mesh bags that bring you that many steps closer to a zero-waste life. They’re BPA-free, durable, lightweight, and—because they’re see-through—they help cashiers scan barcodes in the blink of an eye.
Plastic forks, knives, and spoons are another huge source of waste. While utensils made of biodegradable materials like bamboo or paper are one solution, let’s face it...it’s not fun to watch a paper straw slowly turning to slush in your drink.
Instead, consider carrying around your own handy cutlery set, like this eight-piece stainless steel one. You’ll never be caught without utensils when camping or eating lunch at the office, and the portable case ensures no careless co-workers will use your fork and then “forget” to give it back. Avoiding conflict and saving the planet, all in one.
Intrigued by the thought of living a more eco-friendly lifestyle? Check out these eco-friendly products and more. The baby manatees will thank you.