Seven Green Alternatives to Everyday Items

I am always looking for small changes I can make that are good for the environment and lower my carbon footprint. More people making small changes has such a bigger impact than one person making massive changes. Consider trading up on some of these common items that you use every day.

Reusable Coffee Filters

I have found that making eco-friendly changes in the kitchen is a great place to start since so many items are plastic-based. Though it’s easy to pop in a new K-Cup every morning, I’ve started using these reusable filters with my favorite coffee grounds. It may save you a few bucks as well!

Bamboo Toothbrush

It’s so easy to forget how much plastic is used in our beauty and hygiene products. I’ve found bamboo toothbrushes that are biodegradable after long-term use. 

Stainless Steel Straws

Let’s be honest, paper straws kinda stink but I’m so glad more restaurants are incorporating them! For me, I grabbed a set of stainless steel straws that I keep at home and in my car. I’ve also encouraged my kids to forgo plastic straws when we grab fast food.

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

If you’re like me and wear makeup almost everyday, the number of makeup wipes can really add up. These reusable wipes are super gentle on your skin and can be used over and over after throwing in the washing machine.

Metal Water Bottle

I know it’s easy to grab plastic water bottles – I’m definitely not innocent. But I’ve made a conscious effort to keep a reusable bottle on me at all times. Filling up my water in the morning has now become a daily habit.

Smart Notebook

Did you guys know there are smart notebooks? My mind is actually blown when I heard of reusable notebooks that store your notes online and allow you to reuse a notebook over and over. 

Biodegradable Dog Bags

I’m not sure I want to think of how many dog poop bags I’ve been through over the last few years of having Sunny. But if dog ownership has taught me anything, there’s an eco-friendly alternative out there! I grab a pack of these biodegradable bags every few months and haven’t looked back.

A lot of these changes required one new purchase and that’s it! I’m so glad that there are small and inexpensive ways that I can make an environmental impact in my day-to-day life. What eco-friendly changes have you made recently?

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