Do you feel inspired to make some Earth-friendly changes this year, but aren’t sure where to start? Earth Month was in April and we’ve rounded up fifteen eco-friendly swaps to bring into your daily routine. Small changes can make a big impact!
1. Reusable Shopping Bags
When you’re heading to the grocery store, grab a few reusable bags and save the plastic you’d normally bag at the store. Or—better yet—keep a laundry basket in your trunk, skip the bag and unload all your goodies right into the basket! Now you’ve got an easier trip into the house, too.
2. Silicone Sandwich Bags
Replace single use ziplock bags with Stasher Bags. These super cute reusable bags are microwave and dishwasher safe and come in a variety of sizes and colors. These are a fan favorite at the Cameron’s office!
3. Reusable Produce Bags
4. Reusable Straws
The average person uses about 38,000 straws in their lifetime. Yikes! Swap those plastic single use straws for these reusable options. Check-out these different options from Klean Kanteen, Final Straw, and Flathead.
5. Cameron’s Compostable* EcoPods
Swap your plastic k-cup for Cameron’s EcoPods! Made with plant-based materials and a real coffee filter, you’ll taste the difference and save plastic going to the landfill.
6. Reusable Coffee Mugs
16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. Before heading out for the day, brew your favorite cup of Cameron’s and use a re-usable to-go mug. You’ll have your morning cup of sunshine and feel good about being green!
7. Sustainable Food Wraps
Ditch the cellophane and try these beeswax wraps! All-natural, compostable and reusable, these wraps store your food without plastic waste. The warmth of your hands creates a sticky seal to use around food or bowls.
8. Cloth Napkins
Get creative with your tablescapes or pack lunches with cloth napkins! More sustainable (and more fun!) than paper napkins. Target has a wide variety or support a small business through Etsy like this one or this one!
9. Silicone Baking Mats
Next time you’re craving those fresh-baked cookies, use silicone baking mats instead of parchment paper. These mats are typically non-stick and dishwasher friendly—bonus!
10. Packable To-Go Silverware
If you’re like us, you’re getting take-out a bit more these days. Pass up the plastic silverware and bring your own with you! Packable silverware packs are so convenient- check out options like those from Hommaly, Outlery and Perennial.
11. Combo Lunch Tote & Cooler
We love this packable lunch tote by PackIt. Plan ahead and pack a lunch when you’re out and about or on a road trip! This lunch bag is collapsible and doesn’t need ice packs—stick it in the freezer beforehand and it stays cool on its own.
12. Reusable Water Bottle
There are so many options for reusable water bottles. We like the ones with bright happy colors of course! One sip of smooth coffee, one sip of water.
13. Reusable Bamboo Cosmetic Rounds
During your nighttime routine, swap single use make-up remover cotton rounds for reusable cosmetic rounds like these from LastRound or BambooSwitchShop. Once used, wash in a mesh bag with your normal laundry load and re-use again!
14. Compostable Dog Waste Bags
Even your furry friends can be eco-friendly! Take these compostable dog waste bags on your next adventure and save the landfill from hard-to-breakdown plastic bags.
15. Wool Dryer Balls
What eco-friendly swaps do you make during your day? We hope these tips helped spark new ideas!
*Compostable in industrial facilities. Check locally, as these do not exist in many communities. No current certification for backyard composting.