8 Eco-Friendly Swaps for Every Room in Your House
Looking for ways to reduce plastic use, cut down on waste, and support our beautiful planet? Fill your life and home with these sustainable products, all made by companies with a conscience.
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Take a quick glance around your house. How many disposable, plastic, and potentially chemical-laden items are invading your space? Yikes! It’s time to gather up all those yuckies, drop them off at your nearest donation bin, and upgrade your sanctuary—you know, the place where you now spend 90% of your time?—to safe and sustainable alternatives. Here are eight products you can buy to cut down on waste, including plastic and water, and help improve the health of the planet.
1. For First Aid: Green Goo
Women-owned and family-operated, Green Goo crafts potent skincare salves made from the infused oils of plant-based ingredients. Treat everything from blisters and cuts to sunburns and insect bites with this collection of chemical-free medicine cabinet must-haves. Green Goo is a certified B-Corp (which balances purpose and profit), uses sugarcane packaging that’s 100% biodegradable, and 1% of proceeds for its Foot Care Products are donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
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2. For Not-So-Green Thumbs: Lettuce Grow
Gardening may seem like an eco-friendly practice because you’re reducing your reliance on the food supply chain—but it also uses up a lot of water. That’s not the case with a Lettuce Grow Farmstand, a vertical self-watering, self-fertilizing garden made from ocean-bound plastic recovered from coastal communities that uses 95% less water than traditional gardening. All you need is a 3’x3’ spot of level space indoors or outdoors and access to power and water, and you can easily grow leafy greens, herbs, and veggies with just five minutes of maintenance each week. For every 10 Farmstands sold, Lettuce Grow donates one to a school or community organization in need.
3. For Cleaning the House: Three Main
Clean up your act throughout your home with the power of ThreeMain, a non-toxic household cleaning product line on a mission to reduce household plastic consumption and make safer cleaning products that work. The products—which come in refillable aluminum bottles, with refill pouch subscriptions available—are free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and synthetic ingredients, and are 100% made in the USA. But that doesn’t mean they are short on cleaning power, as they contain the CDC-recommended .5% of hydrogen peroxide to fight viruses and bacteria. The brand donates 3% of all sales to its non-profit partner The Rozalia Project, an organization committed to protecting and cleaning the oceans.
4. For Little Ones: Bella Tunno
Start the next generation off on the right foot by surrounding them with sustainable silicone products from Bella Tunno. These bibs, plates, bowls, spoons, trays, teethers, pacifier clips, and teething flashcards are made from 100% FDA-approved food-grade silicone (non-toxic, durable, and bacteria-resistant) and are free of BPA, PVC, and phthalates. The brand is B-Corp certified and doing its part to fight childhood hunger by donating at least one meal for every product sold through a partnership with Feeding America.
5. For Meal Prep and Leftovers: ECOlunchbox
Still meal prepping and storing leftovers in plastic containers that can leach chemicals into your food and eventually clog our landfills? Switch to ECOlunchbox’s perfectly portioned and dishwasher-safe stainless-steel containers, which come with leak-proof silicone lids for mess-free storage and transportation. By creating waste-free food containers, this certified B Corp and woman-owned business annually offsets the CO2 equivalent of 9 million pounds of coal burned.
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6. For Outdoor Adventures: Fjällräven
Swedish company Fjällräven has an almost unheard-of business model: it designs products that are durable enough to last a lifetime in colors and materials that will stay fashionable for just as long. Yes, its products—ranging from outdoor clothes, bags, and backpacks to tents and sleeping bags—use recycled, renewable and organic materials wherever possible, but they are also created for “emotional longevity,” so they will remain a relevant staple in your closet long after current fast fashion trends disappear. In fact, many of the brand’s current bestsellers were introduced decades ago. Aside from 100% ethical down and wool sourcing and tracing programs, Fjällräven has committed to becoming completely carbon neutral by 2025.
7. For Dining in Style: Bamboozle Home
Consumers often feel as though they must choose between eco-friendly products and practical ones, but Bamboozle Home offers the best of both worlds. The brand’s newest plant-based material, Astrik, replaces the plastic content of its products—this durable, dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and biodegradable “plastic” is made from renewable natural starches and ground bamboo.
8. For Decorative Touches: YaYa & Co
YaYa & Co takes “eco-chic” to the next level with its beautiful collection of sustainable household goods, from throw pillows and bed sheets to pet beds and linens. Each piece is handcrafted by artisans around the world who work with sustainable and organic materials — for instance, the wood bowls, baskets, and hammocks are made from fallen wood from the Brazilian Amazon Forest by local indigenous tribe members. Similarly, the decorative pillows are made from waste that would otherwise go to landfills. For every item sold on its website, the brand plants trees in the Amazon to help bring back some of the vegetation damaged from wildfires.