If you’re not quite sure where to start, these simple switches will make it a bit easier to go green.
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Promising review: “Well, these are amazing. I didn’t expect them to be. I’m trying to replace disposable items in my home with more sustainable/eco-responsible items. I ordered these just to try. I did not expect to love them as much as I do. They are thick and sturdy. The top is easy to close, and it stays closed. Cleaning is a breeze because the opening is big enough to get your scrubber in there and really get it clean. A+++” —Grasshopper
Pur Home is a Black woman-owned company focused on environmentally-friendly cleaning and home products. This laundry detergent is scented with essential oils and is safe for families, pets, and the earth.
Promising review: “This stuff is amazing! I’m thrilled to have found a laundry detergent that smells great, cleans my clothes beautifully (even sweaty workout clothes and dirty gardening clothes!), is easy on my rash-prone skin (it causes none), and is nontoxic and eco-friendly. I couldn’t be happier with this product! —PUR Home Customer
Promising review: “I keep this bag in my purse, so I am ready at all times to use this instead of getting a store plastic bag. I love that it is washable. Get one to reduce plastic bags in our environment! I highly recommend it!!” —Sharon Heiligman
The cup is made of medical-grade silicone and has a leak-proof double rim, air holes, and a loop on the bottom for easy removal. It can be used for up to 12 hours and does fold flat and fit into a protective case (that is included).
Promising review: “I’ve been using my Lily Cup One for over a year now and am absolutely obsessed! I tell almost everyone who asks me for a tampon or pad about how much I LOVE this cup — I will never go back to tampons! I tried another cup before this one and it never worked or fit right, but this one is perfect! I’m back to buy a second cup after I accidentally left mine boiling for too long and may have melted it a bit. Whoops! Just remember to always monitor your cup while cleaning it and don’t get caught up in an episode of SVU!” —AmandaMZ
Promising review: “This is truly an amazing replacement for plastic wrap or other covers that are not eco-friendly! And it saves you money in the long run! You can throw them in the fridge/freezer/microwave because they are made out of the most kitchen/earth-friendly material…silicone! Plus, they’re easy to clean, easy to use, and durable as hell!” —Tammy Cardona-Zambeis
Promising review: “I bought these in an effort to reduce my disposable plastic usage. They are awesome! The cashier could scan my items right through the bag. I keep them in my car with my cloth grocery bags so they are easy to grab for shopping.” —Lori S
Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $8.99 (available in five size variations and two colors).
Plus, when you run out, all you have to do is buy the small refill packs, instead of getting a new bottle every time. The cleaner is made without any triclosan, parabens, phosphates, ammonia, chlorine bleach, phthalates, or VOCs.
Promising review: “This is a very effective cleaner. I’ve tried a handful of other ‘eco-friendly’ cleaners in the past and always get like I was sacrificing on the cleaning power, but not with this one. The bottles very nice and sturdy and the refills are a bargain.” —Destinee G.
Promising review: “I love these reusable pads for my Swifter WetJet! I feel like they pick up so much more dirt and junk than the disposable pads! They seem to stay on the mop nicer as well. And I especially love the fact that that I can throw these into the washing machine following using, and I don’t have to run out and buy disposable pads constantly. Better for the environment and better for you!! Highly recommend!!” —Lynn E
Celsious is a Black woman-owned laundromat in Brooklyn. The shop is energy efficient, and they also sell eco-friendly garment care products and accessories. this sweater pill remover is made in the US.
Promising review: “I absolutely love my Rocketbook Everlast notebook! I ordered the executive size, and it’s perfect for taking notes at work and while traveling. It keeps me so organized! What I love most is how eco-friendly it is. I’m not sure why it’s taken someone so long to come up with this technology, but I’m glad someone decided to improve on the boring old notebook. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my Everlast notebook, and I’ve been recommending it to everyone. It’s a perfect gifting item. If you’re on the fence, put it in your cart NOW!” —Ashley
Promising review: “I have used organic cotton face pads for decades, for toners, micellar water, makeup remover, etc. It always bothered me that I could not find a suitable solution to make this part of my personal care routine less wasteful. These are perfect. Super soft. The black side for mascara and lipstick is brilliant. I use them for everything and no longer throw away or compost all those cotton pads. They also wash easily in the provided mesh bag.” —Amazon Customer
Promising review: “The most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. (And I have a lot of shoes!) My shoes (two pairs now) hug my feet and cradle them as I walk and run. Allbirds take the guesswork out of finding other athletic brands that may or may not fit comfortably, consistently. I love my Allbirds!” —Jessica S.
Promising review: “This is a great dish brush! I’ve been on the hunt for a while to find something more eco-friendly to replace regular throw-away sponges, and I think this is it. The bristles have held up really well so far, and it cleans very effectively and efficiently, even removing stuck-on food without much effort. It also holds suds well, so a little bit of dish soap goes a long way. Highly recommend!” —Gretchen
Promising review: “These sponges last considerably longer than the average go-to sponge. The scouring pad is great, and holds up really well, even on cast iron. The product doesn’t seem to get bogged down with grime nearly as much as in-store sponges. They rinse out well and last a long time. The sustainable materials are an absolute bonus, and I will absolutely be sticking with this product.” —Courtney
Promising review: “These little gems are excellent! I wish I’d bought them sooner. They literally cut the drying time of my laundry in half. I use them with absolutely every dryer load and finish my laundry in record time. For me, this is a time and money-saving, must-have laundry helper. BOTTOM LINE: Buy it.” —C. Hawkins
The towels are hypoallergenic, pH-balanced, and fragrance-free. They are also biodegradable and can be composted after use.
Promising review: “I really love these wipes. These are super easy to use, just wet with a little water, and you’re good to go! Plus they are reusable, making them environmentally friendly. I love Maude!” —Astrid A.
Promising review: “I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After I use then, I just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints, and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present.” —sandra simpson-kraft
Promising review: “I love my Edo Box. It holds a substantial amount of food, safe to use in the microwave and just holds great value for me since I bring my lunch to work daily. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to contribute to the environment and use an excellent product!” —Lauren
Promising review: “I should have gotten these sooner! When I first got them, I thought they were gonna feel awkward when I wore them because they’re obviously thicker in the middle. But once I had them on, I completely forgot that I had Thinx on! 10 out of 10 definitely recommend” —Clara Z.
All you have to do when you’re done using one is throw it in the wash!
Promising review: “I clean for a living, so using these on the job as well as my home makes life much easier, and I can feel better about not being so wasteful. I use them for drying my hands, cleaning the countertops, and as a reusable Swiffer pad for floors. What I do is mark each one with a Sharpie. My first initial for hands and face at home, ‘C’ for cleaning counters and ‘F’ for floor. What I love about these the most is they dry a lot quicker than regular towels and washing them is super easy. Dirt and grime tends to just rinse right out. Even on the mop pads. It’s incredible. Now I don’t have to waste money buying the Swiffer refills. These are different to use but it’s worth figuring out what works for you!! A must-buy for eco-friendly cleaning!” —Joyce
Get a roll of 20 sheets from Amazon for $10.99 (also available as two and four rolls).
Promising review: “These make me feel like an eco-friendly kween!! They’re a good investment. They do what they have to do. My skin felt soft after I used them, so that’s a plus.” —April
Promising review: “I ADORE these leggings, I can’t wait for more colors to come back so I can order them all. They’re super comfortable to wear around but they still feel as if they’re holding you in a little bit. These are my new go to leggings and I need more of them!!” —Erin
Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $68 (available in sizes XXS-6X, two lengths, and five colors).
Promising review: “These are great, got them as a gift for my mom and she absolutely loves them. No more soggy veggies in aluminum foil or Saran Wrap, and the produce gets used a lot faster because it is more visible.” —Amazon Customer
Promising review: “I love it! It’s great for the environment, and it’s very easy to use and clean. It doesn’t hurt at all, on the contrary — it’s soft. The variety of colors pleased me. I love them all!” —Anna L.
Promising review: “These are awesome product. I will never return to the bleached toilet paper again. One of the toilets we have has low water pressure and often have issues with the bleached ones we used to use. These never have that issue. They feel thinner than the regular ones but strong enough to absorb and wipe well. It feels like they last a lot longer than other brands.” —JK
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $48.80 (or subscribe and save to get it for $46.36).
Also, just a note that this list is a good place to start. And if you want to be even more sustainable, bookmark this page and finish all the products you currently have before investing in others that are better for you and the environment.
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