12 Best Reusable Products To Help You Reduce Waste at Home
Ditch your single-use items for these zero-waste products that are better for the environment.
With knowledge comes responsibility, and that’s especially the case when it comes to taking care of our planet. These days, the need for single-use products is slowly being eliminated thanks to the availability of sustainable household products, from reusable paper towels to stainless steel straws to silicone storage bags.
These eco-friendly reusable products are not only better for the environment, but also for your wallet. No more buying single-use, wasteful items over and over again. Talk about a win-win! Below are 12 zero-waste swaps you can make today to offer you and the planet a better outcome.
1. Reusable Coffee Filters
If you can’t get through the day without a cup of coffee, it only makes sense to purchase reusable K-cups. These stainless steel filters are BPA-free and compatible with a number of Keurig single-cup brewers. Our editors have rated them as the best reusable coffee pods for their quality and reliability, as well as their ease of care. With a set of these mesh filters, you’ll no longer contribute to plastic waste with traditional coffee pods.
2. Reusable Stainless Steel Straws
It’s no secret that plastic straws are terrible for the environment, especially oceans. This set of stainless steel reusable straws comes in a wide range of sizes as well as straight and curved options, depending on your preference. Bonus: The set includes silicone caps, scrub brushes, and a portable carrying case.
3. Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bags
You can say goodbye to single-use sandwich bags thanks to these reusable food storage bags. Made of easy-to-clean, food-grade silicone, the trendy Stasher bags are leak-proof and dishwasher-safe, and contain no BPA, PVC, or latex. Our experts dubbed them the best freezer bags out there because they can withstand a wide range of temperatures.
4. Silicone Non-Stick Baking Mat
Designed to be used over and over again, this food-safe silicone baking mat from Amazon eliminates the need for single-use parchment paper or foil, making it a much more sustainable option. It has a non-stick surface that makes removing food a breeze and it can be used to bake or roast just about anything in the oven, or placed underneath casseroles, pizzas, or pies that tend to bubble over. It’s even dishwasher-safe.
5. Hydro Flask Reusable Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are all the rage, not only for their practicality but also for their ability to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles, which are harmful to the environment both in their production and their disposal. We rated the Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Bottle with Flex Cap as one of the best sustainable products to save you money, as it can be used for years and provides top-notch insulation. It also comes in a wide range of sizes and colors for a personalized touch.
6. Swedish Dish Cloths
Sayonara, paper towels! These Swedish dish cloths are for more than washing dishes. They also act as reusable paper towels that are safe for wood, tile, marble, and stainless steel surfaces, and can clean up messes on dishes, cups, mugs, sinks, showers, and tubs. Made from cellulose and cotton, they’re super absorbent and can be thrown in the washing machine once you’re done using them.
7. Wool Dryer Balls
These wool dryer balls are a zero waste swap for dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners, and can be used for more than 1,000 loads of laundry in your dryer. They not only reduce garbage waste, but also shorten dry times and leave your clothes, towels, or sheets softer than after their first wash.
8. Reusable Cotton Swabs
Replacing the need for q-tips, these reusable cotton swabs feature a stiff, compact nylon core that can be used up to 1,000 times. The swab comes with soft, flexible silicone on each end as well as a convenient carrying case that’s made of ocean-bound plastic. Simply clean it with soap and water and it’s ready to reuse.
9. Bee’s Wrap Beeswax Food Wraps
Pesky plastic wrap and tin foil can be replaced with Bee’s Wrap Beeswax Food Wraps, which are made from organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, and organic jojoba oil. All you need to create a seal is the warmth of your hands to stretch it around whatever food you want to wrap and store. They’re 100 percent biodegradable and can be washed with cool water and soap.
10. Reusable Grocery Bags
You’ll no longer need to find a place to store or dispose of plastic grocery bags, thanks to BeeGreen reusable grocery bags. Each nylon bag is durable enough to hold up to 50 pounds, and can be stowed away easily in a backpack, purse, glove box, or pocket. If any spills occur, you can throw the bags in the washing machine and reuse them when they’re dry.
11. Silicone Reusable Baking Cups
Bakers, rejoice—there’s now a solution to single-use baking cups. These food-grade, BPA-free silicone baking cups are safe to use in ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers and work with any standard muffin pan. Available in a rainbow of bright colors, they also eliminate the need for greasing or cooking spray as they provide easy food release on their own, so you won’t have to scrape any crumbs off the bottom.
12. Reusable Floor Mop Pads
These wet and dry mop pads from Turbo Mops pick up dust, dirt, and debris in a pinch, and can be used on wood, tile, laminate, and vinyl. They’re made with extra-thick microfibers that grip and trap stubborn debris and are compatible with the Swiffer Wetjet mop as well as other 10- to 12-inch microfiber mops. When you’re done cleaning your floors, you can throw the mop pads in the wash and use them again and again.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on 5/17/22.