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!
Reusable "Paper" Towels
Replace your Paper Towels
Why make the switch? Save trees, save waste (paper is the largest waste in landfills), save green house gas emissions (paper industry is 4th largest emitter of green house gas emissions). We don't need to be cutting down trees if there's a better alternative.
How-to Tip: Once you switch to one of these, just place your regular paper towels under the counter to make it a little less convenient to reach for each time. You'll make the switch over quickly!
Tea / Dish Towels
Why these? We don't have a specific recommendation, pretty much any option is better than paper.
Why these: Crafty or not, here's a great walk though on how to make your own at home.
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 Top & Bees Wrap
Replace your cling wrap (Saran Wrap)
Why make the switch? Cling wrap is not recyclable and the manufacturing process is very very dirty. These are two great alternatives we've tried and use that ditch that nasty plastic.
How-to Tip: The silicone are dishwasher safe, while the bees wrap is a more natural option (read, not dish washer safe).
Silicone Stretch Tops
Why we picked: Easy to use, fit pretty much anything, and dishwasher safe!
Why we picked: Organic cotton infused with natural bees wax and a Bees Wrap is a Green America certified company.
Why we picked: Astar's Place
walks you through the process to make your own bees wrap!
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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