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Lifestyle Sustainability

8 Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps for Beginners

Switching to a more mindful, eco-friendly lifestyle is a great way to do your part in helping the environment. You don’t have to be perfect, I’m certainly not. And in the words of Anne Marie Bonneau, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions doing it imperfectly.” So with that idea in mind, here are some easy eco-friendly swaps you can make to become more eco-friendly today.

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Swap out your old mindset

In order to become more eco-friendly, you have to be open to examining your purchasing patterns. Shed the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra, and instead live by the 6 r’s of zero-waste living: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle and rot.

Really focus on refuse and reduce. Don’t go buying all new eco-friendly purchases until it’s really needed. Shop minimally and consciously, and make sure your purchases are really thought through.

Swap plastic bags for reusable shopping and produce bags

Ditch single-use plastics and opt for something that can be used over and over again, like these reusable canvas shopping bags and this set of 6 produce bags.


Swap single-use cups for something at home

Most portable coffee cups cannot be recycled, (I talked more about this in my recycling mistakes post here.) So instead, opt for travel coffee mugs and water bottles instead.


Swap Ziplocks for washable snack bags

Ditch those single-use plastic bags, and store your snacks in something that can be washed and reused several times, like a set of these washable baggies.


Related: Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags | Pros and Cons + Review


Swap plastic toothbrushes for bamboo

Bamboo is a great sustainable material. Just check out these bamboo toothbrushes that are 100% plastic free and compostable. For floss, you can opt for a water flosser, or eco-friendly floss like this plastic-free bamboo floss.


Related: Benefits of Using a Bamboo Toothbrush


Swap dryer sheets for dryer balls

Dryer balls, unlike dryer sheets, can be used countless times, and are a great addition to an eco-friendly laundry routine. I recommend these ones.


Swap paper towels and toilet paper for a bamboo and recycled version

I really like the Who Gives a Crap Brand. In fact, I wrote a review all about their bamboo toilet paper. They also have paper towels made with sugar cane and bamboo, and tissues made with 100% bamboo. And 50% of their profits are donated to help build toilets, and improve sanitation in the developing world.

Swap one-time use products for refillable

You know those big bags of toiletries you can oftentimes find? Don’t skip over those the next time you’re at the store. For example, instead of buying several hand soaps at once, buy the refillable version, and either purchase a reusable soap dispenser or reuse a bottle you already have.


What eco-friendly swaps do you want to make?

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  1. There are some really simple tips here. I’ve been thinking about switching to a bamboo toothbrush for a while now- I might have to give this one a try! I’ve also got a reusable chilly bottle which is a much better alterative to using plastic bottles all the time. Thanks for sharing x

  2. These are all such great suggestions, and I love the quote about doing it imperfectly. It’s so true. I already to most of these but I’m seriously considering a bamboo toothbrush.


    1. You should definitely try it out! I’ve been using bamboo toothbrushes for over a year now, and they’ve been just as effective as the plastic ones. Thanks for reading!

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