With a new year, many of us are looking to make more conscious lifestyle decisions based on sustainability. Making small changes to our everyday habits is a vital step towards the type of change we need. Swapping out some of the products you use every day for eco-friendly alternatives is a huge step in the right direction.
So, Without Further Adieu, Here Are 12 Eco-Friendly Household Products And Gifts:
1: Beeswax wraps
Seemingly too beautiful to wrap your food in, these reusable beeswax wraps are a modern twist on an ancient tradition - using beeswax to preserve food is not a new concept. Either way, it's genius, and if something can look that good while also doing good, then that's a winner in my books!
2: Silicone Ziplock Bags
Single-use Ziplocks are so last decade, get yourself some reusable silicone storage bags instead. These can go in the freezer, be boiled, and even microwaved (if you first remove the slider piece on top). When you're done using it to keep your food (or drinks!) fresh, just handwash and allow to dry, or just put them in the dishwasher; and reuse.
3: Eco-Friendly Lunchboxes
Depending on your tastes and needs, you can go for life-long stainless steel or natural materials such as bamboo and wood. If you want to get a stainless steel lunchbox, then we recommend our Bamboo & Steel Lunch Box. If your taste lies with something made only of natural materials, then you should definitely check out our handmade Woodbox.
4: Glass Storage Jars
Storing your food in jars is an ideal way to keep things fresh and at hand when you need them, especially if you're bulk-buying certain foods. Glass jars will last you a lifetime and can be used in countless ways, we actually even have a list of 41 ways to re-use your jars at home!
Our collection of glass jars are a little different to your regular kitchen canisters, in fact, they may just steal the show in your pantry, or become part of your next centrepiece...Check out our collection for yourself and see what you think!
5: Reusable Swedish Sponge Cloth
These have been a common sight in Swedish homes for more than 60 years but are only recently starting to enter the minds of us in the rest of the world. That's because of their wonderful, almost magical properties.
They can absorb 15 times their own weight in liquid and leave no streaks behind on any surface. On top of this, Swedish Sponge Cloths are reusable for hundreds of times, made of 100% biodegradable materials, they're also quick-drying... and of course compostable!
Each made of a single recycled coconut shell, these little bowls are then sealed with natural coconut oil and ready to hold many delicious meals for years to come. They're best kept hand-washed but can be put in your dishwasher occasionally if the heat isn't set too high.
As well as making everything you put in them instantly more appetising, they make a great alternative to plastic bowls for children - they're very resilient, even when they're flung across the kitchen by your toddler! They also come in sets together with handmade wooden spoons. With the proper care, your Cocobowl will last you a lifetime before biodegrading.
Molly's Suds has heroic beginnings, to say the least. They are committed to using only a small variety of ingredients in their cleaning products, all of which are natural alternatives to the chemicals we use every day. Not only is this good for the environment, but Molly's Suds' products also lack all the components that are harmful to you and me and found in conventional cleaning products. Natural ingredients are also a boon for people with sensitive skin! They have got everything from washer/dishwasher tablets, to multipurpose sprays and hand soaps - all toxin-free, cruelty-free, and 100% natural!
8: Diapers / Nappies
Diapers are one of those things that are absolute necessities, yet hard to find an eco-friendly alternative for. Mum and You have a range of different sustainable baby products, but what's one of the most impressive are their biodegradable nappies. These eco diapers are made of sustainably sourced wood pulp and are completely perfume and lotion-free, making them even suitable for newborns with the most sensitive of skin.
9: Silicone Baking Mats & Cupcake Liners
Silicone bakeware is definitely the future...It comes in many forms including flat baking mats and cupcake liners. These are all safe to go in your fridge, freezer, microwave and oven. They can be used in place of single-use sheets like parchment paper and aluminium foil. An added bonus (depending on how you see it) is that you also don't need to grease the surface as it's non-stick.
10: Plastic-Free Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles are known to be one of the worst offenders when it comes to wastage, get yourself a reusable water bottle and you'll greatly reduce the amount of plastic you use on a weekly basis.
They come in many forms, made of lots of different materials. We've recently added a very stylish reusable glass water bottle to our collection, but if you prefer steel water bottles, they're a popular choice too.
11: Reusable Shopping Bags
Eco-friendly grocery bags are machine-washable wonders. Most are made of cotton and can be bought in a variety of types, for any use, at a low price - definitely worth the investment.
Cotton is breathable, washable and natural, so it makes the perfect material for a forever shopping-bag. They bunch-up pretty small too, so you can easily put them in your pocket and take one with you wherever you go!
12: Reusable Safety Razor
These wonderfully sustainable razors are reusable for so long that when you get one, it will probably be the last razor you ever buy. They're also designed to greatly reduce the risk of cuts and grazes while still getting a super close shave. They're made almost entirely out of brass and the replacement safety blades can be bought easily at a low price compared to conventional replacement blades.
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