Minimize the amount of waste you produce at home
Better Products, Less Waste
We've done the work to research and test all sorts of alternative products to find the best ones that benefit our planet while not sacrificing quality or convenience.
Find all our top recommendations for you!
Replace your Paper Napkins
Why make the switch? Just like your as paper towels above, paper napkins are an unnecessary waste and expense!
How-to Tip: Just throw your dirty ones in with your laundry!
Unbleached Cotton Napkins
Why we picked: All natural unbleached cotton look and feel great.
Why these? We've met Gina, and her Soft Cloth Shop is a great women's owned and operated store in WV.
Why these? HGTV walks you through the process to make your own!
Silicone Baking Mats
Replace your Aluminum Foil
Why make the switch? While Aluminum is one of the best recycled materials (won't degrade over time) it takes a lot of energy to do recycle and you should be cleaning it before recycling it... Since we've switched, we haven't used aluminum foil once!
How-to Tip: If they get greasy or oily, just put in the top rack of your dishwasher!
Why these? These are the best ones we've found out of all the 5 brands we tested.
Reduce the amount of waste made with Coffee
Why make the switch? Not having coffee just isn't an option for some of us (we're looking at ourselves here). These are our favorite alternatives to the several ways we consumer our coffee these days.
How-to Tip: We don't want to mess with your morning routine... but give it a try.
Why we picked: Keurig has finally come out with their own k-cup.
Why we picked: They are trying to recycle as much as possible, and aluminum is infinitely recyclable.
Why we picked: This might be the best coffee we've made at home.
Be sure to have your essentials wherever you go
Why make the switch? Carrying the essentials for what you need everyday is the a great first step.
How-to Tip: Start with remembering to bring these with you to kick start your waste free journey.
Why we picked: Cupanion's bottle is light, perfect size, and comes with a Fill-it Forward tag so you can donate to water projects each refill!
Why we picked: Cupanion's thermos sturdy and keep your drink hot or cold for hours.
Why we picked: The best straw we've used out of the tons we've tried!
Why we picked: The best bamboo utensils we've tried in a convenient carrying case.
Reduce the amount of waste with each shopping trip
Why make the switch? Every time we go shopping we've got an opportunity to reduce our waste, there are tons of simple switches, these are a few of our favorites.
How-to Tip: The Chico bags are perfect to slip into your purse or backpack so you have one with you all the time.
Why these? Ditch the single use plastic bags and keep your produce fresh.
Alternative: Don't use bags at all...
Why these? Green Upward bags are high quality hand made in the US.
Impact of Switching
Total cumulative impact of taking all these actions above over a year
(1,555 gal of water)
days of cow farts saved
(446 lbs of CO2)
trash bags of waste saved
(131 lbs of waste)
equivalent to 217 cups of coffee
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