Products to Reduce Plastic
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31 Products to Help You Use Less Plastic

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Products to Reduce Plastic
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The earth's oceans are used as a dumping ground for 9.7 million tons of single-use plastic each year, the Surfrider Foundation says — starting out as fossil fuels, used for as little as 10 minutes, and then discarded to the detriment of the planet. While companies such as Everlane are taking steps to turn discarded single-use plastic into fashionable clothes and accessories, stopping the use of this plastic to begin with is important for the preservation of the planet. Read on for 30 products to help you use less plastic, from refillable deodorant to a compostable iPhone case.

Related: 30 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2020

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By Humankind Refillable Deodorant
Humankind

By Humankind Refillable Deodorant

Price: $12 from by Humankind
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While coffee cups and straws get a lot of press, empty deodorant containers litter just as effectively as plastic straws. By Humankind sells natural, refillable deodorant that can be bought individually or arrive by subscription — just buy a one-time cartridge when you place your first order and every future order comes packaged in biodegradable paper. Choose from a range of scents, including an unscented option.

Related: 15 Things Not to Buy in a Grocery Store

Beeswax Wrap
Amazon

Beeswax Wrap

Price: $18 from Amazon
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This durable and sustainable alternative to keep stored food fresh makes it easy to cut plastic out of your life. Made of organic cotton infused with sustainably harvested beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, these reusable wraps hold their shape when covering a bowl, or with oddly shaped items such as bread or cheese inside. They come three to a pack. Bonus: The company is woman-owned and a certified B corporation, a term for businesses that pursue profit while acting in the public interest.

Related: 25 Ways to Stop Wasting Food and Save Money

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
Amazon

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug

Price: $24 from Amazon
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This thermos, offered in two sizes and a range of colors, is stainless steel and has vacuum insulation to keep beverages (or soups — why limit yourself?) hot or cold or hours. A wide mouth accommodates even full-size ice cubes, and most impressively, the Zojirushi comes with a five-year warranty on heat retention. One reviewer raves that they are "Absolutely amazed how well this works!"

Koffie Straw
Package Free Shop

Koffie Straw

Price: $6.50 from Package Free Shop
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This soft, silicon straw, which remains at room temperature even if used to sip hot coffee, can be folded up while you're on the go and is dishwasher safe. Once it reaches the end of its life, simply burn it. You'll be left with 100% biodegradable ash.

Biodegradable iPhone Case
Package Free Shop

Biodegradable iPhone Case

Price: $40 from Package Free Shop
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This case, with its precision cuts around speakers, charger, volume, and power buttons, protects your iPhone 6, 6S, 7, or 8 while being easier on the planet — it will last as long as you need it but is also 100% compostable. It comes in eight colors.

Package-Free Vegan Amber Ale Shave & Body Bar
Package Free Shop

Package-Free Vegan Amber Ale Shave & Body Bar

Price: $10 from Package Free Shop
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This body bar creates a "medium-bodied lather" and includes moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter and olive oil. Bonus points for being a replacement for body soap and shaving cream.

Natural Wood Hair Brush with Wooden Bristles
Amazon

Natural Wood Hair Brush with Wooden Bristles

Price: $15 from Amazon
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This is one of those times an eco-friendly option is also the more aesthetically pleasing one. This three-piece set of natural wood hairbrush and combs will look stylish on a dresser and help save the planet.

Reusable Produce Bags
Net Zero Company

Reusable Produce Bags

Price: $25 from Net Zero Company
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These durable, machine-washable muslin bags promise to keep ingredients fresh while keeping waste to a minimum, whether they hold produce, bulk items, or anything in between. They come in a range of sizes, from a 6- by 9-inch "fun" size to a 14- by 18-inch "party" size, for various grocery needs, with tare weight on each bag to make it easier for cashiers.

Related: 50 Food Storage Tips to Help Cut Waste

Mouthwash Tablets
Package Free Shop

Mouthwash Tablets

Price: $14 from Package Free Shop
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These spearmint-flavored tablets, meant to be dissolved in water for mouthwash, are free of fluoride, glycerin, and the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulphate, meaning they'll refresh your mouth while restoring a healthy pH balance. Plus they're lightweight (great for travel) and compostable if they're not used.

Lip Repair Balm
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Lip Repair Balm

Price: $14 from Package Free Shop
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This vegan multipurpose balm can be used for lips, hands, feet, and elsewhere. Olive oil and coconut oil moisturize, while chamomile oil and myrrh oil help rejuvenate skin. The paper tube it comes in is compostable.

Related: 10 Cheap Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy This Winter

Lush Shampoo Bars
Lush

Lush Shampoo Bars

Price: Starting at $11 from Lush
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These concentrated little bars can outpace two to three bottles of shampoo, lasting up to 80 washes. You can shop by effect you want for hair, including boosting its volume, softening it, and one "mane-taming" it.

Related: 10 Hair Myths You Should Get Out of Your Head

Bamboo Toothbrushes
Brush with Bamboo

Bamboo Toothbrushes

Price: $20 from Brush with Bamboo
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These plant-based toothbrushes can be used as long as a plastic toothbrush and are USDA certified biobased. Sets for four can be bought in adult and kid sizes, or a mix of both.

Refillable Dental Floss
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Refillable Dental Floss

Price: $12 from Package Free Shop
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This floss is made from mulberry silk floss and coated in candelilla wax scented with peppermint essential oil. The original packaging comes with a reusable glass container and two spools; future orders can be placed individually or on a subscription basis.

Related: 12 Personal Care Products to Use – and 12 to Skip

Tooth Powder
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Tooth Powder

Price: $10 from Package Free Shop
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Tooth powder may feel delightfully old school, but it's a great way to reduce plastic waste. Simply dip a toothbrush into the powder (soft bristles are recommended), then brush and rinse well. It comes in two styles — activated charcoal and English peppermint.

Related: 14 Ways to Save Money at the Dentist

Long-Handled Double Edge Safety Razor
Amazon

Long-Handled Double Edge Safety Razor

Price: $18 from Amazon
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If you use disposable razors, it's fairly painless to switch over to a razor with disposable blades. You'll likely get a closer shave and, while it probably won't be much cheaper, it also won't be much more expensive. This safety razor promises a "smooth and close shave" and a guarantee that if you don't like it for any reason, you can ask for a refund.

Breville Compact Juice Extractor
Amazon

Breville Compact Juice Extractor

Price: $80 from Amazon
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Why buy juice in plastic bottles when you could make the fresh stuff at home and store it in reusable containers? This heavy-duty compact juice fountain is dishwasher-safe and promises the freshest juice with shortened prep times, thanks to its 3-inch, extra-wide chute feed that lets whole fruits and vegetables be fed without first chopping them.

Related: 24 Kitchen Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

All About Juicing Clear Glass Water Bottles
Amazon

All About Juicing Clear Glass Water Bottles

Price: $26 from Amazon
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These durable, airtight bottles have wide mouths that make them easier to fill and drink from. Plus, they're dishwasher safe and fit easily into a backpack or larger purse.

Natural Sea Wool Sponge
Amazon

Natural Sea Wool Sponge

Price: $11 from Amazon
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This natural sea wool sponge harvested from the Gulf of Mexico promises softness and antibacterial properties. To refresh it periodically, soak it in a solution of vinegar and water for an hour, then leave it to air dry.

Grocery Bags
Amazon

Grocery Bags

Price: $15 from Amazon
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We all know we should avoid plastic bags at the grocery store, and buying a five-pack of these large, durable bags makes that easier. They come in a range of colors, are machine washable, and have a one-year no-rip guarantee.

Grayl Geopress Water Purifier
Amazon

Grayl Geopress Water Purifier

Price: $90 from Amazon
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Carrying around a reusable water bottle is great when you know you can find clean water, but that's not always a given if you're hiking or traveling. This water purifier disguised as a thermos promises to remove pathogens from water in as little as eight seconds. Simply fill from whatever water source you've got, press, and drink.

Related: The Best Water Filters

Alvababy Baby Cloth Diapers
Amazon

Alvababy Baby Cloth Diapers

Price: $30 from Amazon
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These unisex cloth diapers are adjustable, washable, and reusable. They're suitable for babies and toddlers and, in the long run, are much less expensive than buying disposables.

Related: 10 Ways to Cloth Diaper Your Baby on a Budget

Compostable Clamshell Takeout Food Containers
Amazon

Compostable Clamshell Takeout Food Containers

Price: $20 from Amazon
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You're going out for a nice dinner, and the portions are known for being large. You don't want to waste food or single-use plastic packaging for leftovers — and thanks to a stash of compostable clamshell containers, you don't have to. Just smile and say "I don't need a container."

Related: 21 Common Household Items to Reuse and Upcycle

Empty Amber Glass Spray Bottles with Labels
Amazon
Recyclable Food Storage Bags
Formaticum

Recyclable Food Storage Bags

Price: $8 from Formaticum
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These antibacterial storage bags preserve freshness for twice as long as other storage alternatives and are 100% recyclable, meaning you're not throwing out a plastic baggie every time you make a sandwich to bring to the office.

Related: 15 Simple, Tasty Sandwiches That Cost $1 or Less to Make

Ruvanti Kitchen Cloth Napkins
Amazon

Ruvanti Kitchen Cloth Napkins

Price: $17 from Amazon
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While napkins are obviously not made with plastic, they still can be wasteful — and are often sold in plastic packaging. Instead, try these linen, machine-washable napkins that come in various colors.

Biodegradable Dog Waste Bags
Amazon

Biodegradable Dog Waste Bags

Price: $10 from Amazon
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Picking up after a dog is important, but so is taking care of the planet. These biobags make it possible to do both — they're durable enough to do the job, but biodegradable once they've served their purpose.

Related: 19 Things You Never Have to Buy Your Pet

Basic Ear Swab
Package Free Shop

Basic Ear Swab

Price: $12 from Package Free Shop
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Every year, around 25.5 billion cotton swabs are made and thrown away in this country, Package Free Shop says. Opt for this basic, washable ear swab instead — it promises to last up to 1,000 uses and has a biodegradable case, meaning you can bring it along wherever you go.

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Heritage Hill Glass Jar with Lid
Crate & Barrel
Saalt Menstrual Cup
Amazon

Saalt Menstrual Cup

Price: $29 from Amazon
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Avoid the panicky "Oh no, do I have a tampon?" feeling. With a silicone menstrual cup, you'll never have to rush to the store for sanitary products — it's reusable for up to 10 years and can be worn for up to 12 hours.

Organic Hankie
Package Free Shop

Organic Hankie

Price: $6 from Package Free Shop
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Tissues themselves may not entail plastic waste, but their packaging does. Instead, try an old-fashioned handkerchief. This simple white one is made from organic cotton and is machine washable.

Diamond Strike On Box Matches
Amazon

Diamond Strike On Box Matches

Price: $7 from Amazon
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Instead of a plastic lighter, go old school and keep a box of matches around. These classic Diamond Strike Box Matches come with 300 matches per box.