Ditch the Disposable: 10 Reusable Goods Every Household Needs

Helping the Earth often comes down to small, daily decisions—like choosing reusable products rather than disposable goods. To make it even easier for you, we gathered the best innovations in eco-friendly home goods. The products are affordable (plus, you won’t have to keep spending money to replace them!) and will shrink your waste footprint painlessly.

  1. Beeswax Wrap

    sustainable food wrap

    Swap out your plastic wrap and tin foil for Vermont-made Bee’s Wrap. These beautiful and practical cloths are woven from organic cotton, sustainably-harvested bees wax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. They can be washed and reused, and are 100% recyclable and biodegradable. Available from Amazon; $18.


  2. Reusable Cotton Rounds

    Reusable Cotton Rounds

    Wegreeco’s Natural Cotton Rounds are perfect for personal care (like makeup and nail polish removal), as well as household cleaning jobs. Once they’ve been used, simply throw the pads into the laundry bag (that’s included) and toss into the washing machine. Wegreeco pads can be used up to 1,000 times, and are gentle and effective on sensitive skin. Available from Amazon; $9.99.


  3. Glass Food Containers

    eco friendly food containers

    Unlike many glass containers, which have plastic lids, Nummyware’s storage vessels use sustainable bamboo lids. The glass won’t retain odors and flavors (unlike plastic), and the bamboo lids can double as chopping boards and even plates in a pinch! Available in five different sizes, these eco-friendly food containers are safe for ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, and freezers. Available from Amazon; $14.55.


  4. Reusable Snack Bags

    reusable snack pouches

    If you think reusable means extra-hassle, think again. These eco-friendly snack bags are designed to make your life easier. Whether packing school lunches or storing art supplies, these polyester-lined cotton bags are easy to clean and dishwasher-safe. While you will spend slightly more initially, you reduce costs in the long-term. One set includes five snack bags of assorted sizes and the company will replace your set if they wear out within a year. Available from Amazon; $17.65.


  5. Reusable Produce Bags

    Reusable Produce Bags

    Sandstone and Sage makes 100% certified organic cotton produce bags—the perfect companion for your next trip to the grocery store. Made to last with double-stitched hems, Sandstone and Sage bags come in sets of seven (small, medium, and large). They are machine washable and designed to replace the millions of plastic produce bags tossed out each year. Even the drawstring closure is wood, not plastic. Available from Amazon; $21.49.


  6. Reusable K-Cup

    Reusable K Cup

    If you love your morning brew, ditch the disposable cartridges and opt for Perfect Pods. These bright, single-serving filters are compatible with Keurig 2.0 and the Original Keurig brewing system. They are made of BPA-free plastic and stainless steel, are dishwasher safe, and can be used for years to come. Available from Target; $12.99.


  7. Water Bottle

    Swell Traveler Bottle

    Go the distance with S’well’s Traveler thermos. This 16-ounce stainless steel container keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12. And yes, it really works! The Traveler is designed for car rides, with a wide mouth and thick rim that makes drinking (without dripping) easy. Available from Amazon; $30.86.


  8. Eco-Friendly Towels

    organic dish towels

    These kitchen towels are so popular, The Honest Co. has trouble keeping them stocked. Snap up these 100% certified organic cotton towels, which are now 35% larger and ultra-absorbent, to wipe up spills and dry dishes rather than their paper counterparts. The material is woven with cotton loops for added texture, which aids scrubbing and drying. Woven borders ensure your towels won’t unravel or fray. Plus, they are a pretty addition to your eco-friendly home. Available from The Honest Co.; $11.95.


  9. Linen Napkins

    eco friendly napkins

    Once reserved for holidays and special meals, cloth dinner napkins are making a comeback as part of the effort to reduce single-use items. This set of four 100% linen napkins by Threshold are neutral, sophisticated, and machine washable for easy care. Cut down on your paper goods budget and invest in cloth napkins that will make any meal feel luxurious. Available from Target; $12.99 for a set of four.


  10. Wool Dryer Balls

    Wool Dryer Balls

    Revamp your laundry routine with Woolzies reusable dryer balls. Simply toss into your dryer with your next load. Woolzies are hypoallergenic and scented with natural lavender, eliminating artificial fragrances associated with fabric softener and dryer sheets. In addition, these woolen balls can cut back on drying time by 25%, reducing wrinkles and static. Plus, they last 1,000 loads. Available from Target; $18.99 for a three pack. 


  11. Make the Swaps

    reusable items for the home

    What are you waiting for? Make these eco-friendly swaps to start low-waste living. 


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