Even the laziest activist can get on board with these sustainable alternatives.

By Hana Hong
October 29, 2020
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There are a lot of misconceptions about living an eco-friendly lifestyle. But living sustainably doesn't have to be expensive or inconvenient—even the smallest changes can make a huge difference and save you money to boot. If you're intimidated by the idea of giving up your everyday essentials, we found some clever, eco-friendly products to show you just how easy it can be to replace some of the products you buy.

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$30, final.co

Skip the disposable, single-use utensils and opt for these adorable cutlery sets created with portability in mind. A full-sized utensil has a unique design that folds into a pocket-sized case. The brand carries forks, sporks, and even straws (available in a range of stylish color options) so you never have to fork around with plastic again.

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$16, amazon.com

Stay safe and sustainable with this innovative cleaning system. These bio-based cleaning pods are composed entirely of renewable sources (including plants and organisms) found in nature. Each set comes with an empty bottle and a pod (with additional refill pods available for purchase). Simply fill the biodegradable bottle with tap water, twist the pod onto the lid, and shake–each pod diffuses into water to create an effective cleaning solution.

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$22 for 3, amazon.com

When it comes to greening up your beauty routine, most people just focus on recycling empties. While this helps, you can make an even more significant impact by using eco-friendly makeup wipes, or better yet, this reusable remover pad. A win for the environment and your wallet, one pad replaces up to 500 single-use makeup wipes, and the unique microfiber swipes away makeup and impurities without the need to rub or scrub. 

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$4, etsy.com

Looking for the perfect holiday card this season? Everyday greeting cards get an eco-friendly transformation with seed paper stock. The lucky recipient receives a special message as well as the first stake in their garden of wild flowers.

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$15, amazon.com

Most of us can’t live without plastic, but these bright-colored, silicone storage bags have all the same benefits without the environmental drawback. Not only will the storage system keep your food fresh, it’s also completely reusable and dishwasher-safe so you can cut down on your plastic use. 

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$9, amazon.com

Paper towels contribute to deforestation and lead to a lot of landfill waste. The solution? Make the switch to bamboo towels; each roll (sustainably harvested from organic bamboo) is stronger, more absorbent, and more durable than standard towels. And best of all, the perforated tear-off sheets are machine-washable and reusable up to 120 times before discarding.