15 Earth-Friendly Swaps to Kickstart Your Sustainable Journey

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Community Contributor: Ariel Green – @naturally_mermaid

With Earth Day falling on April 22, it’s a widely recognized time to consider your impact on this planet and make changes towards being a better citizen and consumer. 

One of the first steps we should take as conscious consumers is to reduce the amount of waste that we are creating by buying less and replacing disposable or single-use items with reusable alternatives. We know that money equals power so it’s important to support eco-friendly brands that also care about their impact on the planet.

This guide will help you get started on your sustainable journey.

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Staples

Water Bottle

Ditch the plastic bottles and opt for a reusable bottle

Grocery Bag

Say no to the plastic grocery bags and keep a stash of reusables for store runs

Produce Bags

Eliminate the single-use plastic produce bags and switch to cotton produce bags

Kitchen

Reusable Sandwich Bags

Store sandwiches, snacks, produce, or use these reusable storage bags to organize toiletries for vacation

Silicone Baking Mat

Bake your favorite treats while reducing waste with a reusable silicone baking mat

Compost Bin

Reduce the amount of food going into the trash and save fruit & veggie skins to turn into soil

Bathroom

Reusable Cotton Rounds

Try reusable cotton rounds to apply toner, remove makeup, and more

Shampoo Bar

Switching to shampoo bars rather than using bottles will reduce the amount of waste you’re creating on a regular basis

Bamboo Toilet Paper

Give the trees a break and switch to a toilet paper made from bamboo

Body

Menstral Cup

Stop buying tampons every month and swap to a menstrual cup that’s better for your wallet and body

Period Panties

Period panties are a great alternative to pads – they’re easy to wash and are so comfortable to wear

Biodegradable Vibrator

Knowing that this toy will biodegrade at the end of its life will almost please you as much as its multi-speed settings

Cleaning

Refillable Dish Soap

Pairing a refillable dispenser with an eco-friendly dish soap in recyclable packaging will cut back on plastic waste

Refillable Hand Soap

Another refill option to help reduce buying disposable plastic soap bottles every month

Wool Dryer Balls

Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil and these dryer balls will replace single-use dryer sheets

Take your time to decide what will work best for your lifestyle, and use up what you have before buying anything new. 

Remember that sustainability is a journey, not a destination.

Happy Earth Day!

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