It has been amazing to me to see that so many people are bringing more awareness to going green and being more eco-conscious. Whether it is on social media or big companies making changes to their products, it is inspiring to see people really trying to make a change. In our house, I have been making small changes to help reduce our waste and environmental impact in any way that I can. I wanted to share 5 eco-friendly products that our family is loving right now to help us with going green.
- Stasher Bag: In addition to my daughter’s Bumkins snack bags we have recently started using bags by Stasher. They are perfect for carrying snacks or a lunch on the go.
- Silicone Oven Mat: Between roasting veggies and making cookies, I had been using quite a bit of parchment paper to line my baking sheets, only to throw the paper away after one use. I finally invested in a washable, silicone oven mat and love it. It is easy to clean and there is no need to grease the pan prior to baking. I have been using this brand, but have also heard great things about this one.
- Produce bags: I recently bought these natural fiber produce bags by ChicoBag. They are made from an organic cotton and hemp blend. While I typically don’t use bags for produce, I do find them helpful when I buy bulk nuts, seed, and grains. Rather than using the plastic bags in the grocery store, I just fill up my bags. I immediately transfer them to a glass container when I get home so that I always have the bags available for my next grocery run. I think these would be perfect to take along to farmer’s markets too.
- Wool Dryer Balls: Dryer balls are a great reusable alternative to dryer sheets. Not only will they help soften your clothes, but they can reduce drying time by up 30%. We diffuse Plant Therapy Relax blend at night so adding a few drops to each dryer ball adds a nice scent to our bedding. Here are the dryer balls we use.
- Amala Magic Sponge Cloths: I haven’t had much luck finding kitchen towels that are actually adsorbent so these sponge cloths have quickly become a favorite in our house. They are a great replacement for paper towels. They can be used like a sponge for cleaning, drying dishes, or soaking up spills. They absorb 20 times their weight and are machine washable up to 300 times. I haven’t had them long enough to test that many washes, but they have held up remarkably well. I just toss them in with our towel load each week. The best part is that they are made out of 100% renewable materials and are fully biodegradable.
Are there any eco-friendly products you love that help you reduce your environmental impact? Please share them in the comments below.