Plastic-Free July is in full swing! The month-long initiative provides resources to help inform ways you can reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, while traveling, and so much more. Simple lifestyle changes can help our planet heal, starting with cleaner streets, flourishing into cleaner communities, and creating healthy habitats for wildlife on land and in the ocean.
Among the many ways you can contribute to Plastic-Free July is by making small, effective product swaps at home. Keep scrolling for some of the best sustainable products you can buy now, from Stasher bags to reusable food wrap.
Note: While there are some questions about the sustainability of silicone, it’s considered more environmentally friendly than single-use plastic thanks to the fact that it’s reusable and doesn’t break down into microplastics.
1. Silicone Ice Cube Trays
There are so many small things in your home you don’t realize are made of unnecessary plastic, like most ice cube trays. Silicone ice cube trays are not only better for the environment, but they offer a much easier method for removing the frozen cube. No more bending and cracking of the plastic.
2. Reusable Food Wraps
Instead of working with single-use finicky plastic wrap, grab these playful reusable food wraps made of organic cotton, harvested beeswax, and jojoba oil. Available in small, medium, and large sizes, they create a natural seal using the warmth of your hands.
3. Reusable Silicone Food Savers
Another great alternative to plastic wrap is the use of reusable silicone food huggers. These work great for keeping halves of fruits and vegetables fresher for longer. The set of four huggers can also be used on hard goods including resealing cans and jars.
4. Plastic-Free Laundry Detergent Tablets
Clean clothing doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with a clean environment, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Swap from a single-plastic detergent bottle to an eco-friendly option beginning this Plastic Free July. These concentrated lavender vanilla detergent squares are completely plastic free, from the packaging down to the materials used in the squares.
5. Plastic-Free Dishwasher Tablets
While you’re making the swap to biodegradable laundry detergent tablets, why not do the same for the dishwasher? These plastic-free tablets come in a recyclable, fiber-based packaging, and feature ultra concentrated mineral and plant based ingredients. The tablets come in a dissolvable film, so there’s no need to unwrap each one before use.
6. Reusable Grocery Bags
Single-use plastic grocery bags are as wasteful as they are a cluttered concept. Switch to a much more sustainable option by opting for Lotus Trolley Bags. The concept is all the rage right now, featuring reusable bags that connect in the cart to keep your goods organized as you shop. The set comes with an insulated grocery bag, a bag with pockets for egg cartons and wine/liquor bottle pockets, and mesh bottomed bags.
7. Bamboo Cleaning Cloths
As much as many of us love the cleaning power of a microfiber cloth, they’re actually made of non-recyclable microplastics. A great alternative are these bamboo cleaning cloths that have more than 3,500 glowing reviews on Amazon. They soak up spills incredibly well, don’t trap odors, dry quickly, and are long-lasting.
8. Glass Food Storage Containers with Bamboo Lids
Even when you try and be more eco-friendly by swapping to glass food storage containers, you may be missing the mark by choosing popular options with plastic lids. This set of glass food storage containers in five sizes takes care of that issue, offering antibacterial bamboo lids.
9. Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
Another great addition to your plastic-free arsenal are these reusable mesh produce bags. Bring them on your next trip to the grocery store to tote around fresh fruits and veggies. This set comes with 15 bags total, including five small, five medium, and five large.
10. Reusable Stainless Steel Straws
There’s no denying how bad plastic straws are for our planet, particularly oceans. Whether for your at-home iced coffee or to keep in your bag or car when you pick up a drink on the go, these reusable stainless steel straws are a powerful shift away from single-use plastics. This set comes with silicone caps, scrub brushes, and a portable carrying case.
11. Reusable Storage Bags
Gallon food storage bags are a popular household item. They’re often used for marinating and storing food. But after one use, the plastic goes in the trash. These food-grade silicone storage bags are reusable, leak-proof, dishwasher safe, and contain no BPA, PVC, or latex. The popular Stasher bags can also be used to store foods in the freezer.
12. Silicone Reusable Baking Cups
Bakers will love that there’s now a solution to single-use baking cups. These food-grade, BPA-free silicone baking cups can be used in ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers. They also work with any standard muffin pan. As an added benefit, there’s no need for prepping the pan with cooking spray since the silicone cups are easily removed after baking.