9 Sustainability Swaps

Being green doesn’t have to cost a lot. We'll show you how to replace your single-use-only items with sustainable investments that are also affordable. 

Use metal straws

Plastic straws pose a huge threat to marine life. In fact, the World Economic Forum reports that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the ocean. An easy way to do your part is switching to stainless steel straws, which you can find at most grocery stores and major retailers.

Buy reusable grocery bags

Do you have a plastic grocery bag full of other plastic grocery bags? If so, it’s time to get reusable shopping bags. Prices start at around $1.00 per bag, making them very affordable. Plus, you can pick them up next time you’re getting groceries; no special trip required.

Refill your water bottle

Not only is the markup on bottled water exorbitant— it’s estimated at 4,000% — but the plastic used to create each bottle isn’t good for Mother Nature. Instead, buy a stainless-steel water bottle and refill it throughout the day for a surefire way to save money and stay hydrated for next to nothing.

Make your own cleaning products

Pantry staples like vinegar and baking soda can go a long way toward a cleaner home. They’re also incredibly inexpensive and don’t contain harmful chemicals. If you want a cleaner and greener home, check out these 8 homemade cleaners from Good Housekeeping.

Buy in bulk

Consider buying items you frequently use in bulk from a warehouse club. You’ll get better pricing per unit and have less overall waste than individually wrapped products. Plus, you’ll make fewer trips to the store and save on gas when you buy more at once.

Opt for biodegradable cleaning brushes

The next time you need to replace your cleaning brushes, such as dish scrubbers or even toothbrushes, opt for a biodegradable alternative to plastic like bamboo. By buying brushes made of natural materials, you can reduce your plastic waste contribution without compromising on utility.

Pack meals in mason jars

Smoothies, oatmeal, salads, soups, veggie sticks, fruit bowls — the ideas for what you can pack in a mason jar are endless. And it’s a zero-waste item! Simply wash when you’re done.

Opt for silicone baking mats

For the price of foil, parchment paper and cooking spray, you can make a one-time investment in a silicone baking mat. Not only will it reduce waste, but it’s also dishwasher safe and easy to clean up.

Invest in reusable food wrap

Reusable food wraps are made from 100% cotton, wax, resin and oil. Simply use the heat from your hands to mold the wrap around your leftovers and reuse as needed! And unlike plastic wrap or foil, reusable food wraps can be washed!

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