Most of us care about the environment, at least to some degree; after all, Earth is our only home. We probably have some type of energy saving light bulbs or a more fuel-efficient car, or perhaps we simply forego the use of plastic straws. But being truly environmentally conscious is much more than just reducing energy consumption and pollution – it also extends to the products you use and buy. We are here to share 6 Eco-friendly products you will need in your life.
For those of us who prefer to only buy green products – that is, products that are made, shipped, and used in environmentally friendly ways – it can sometimes be hard to find everything you need. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of a few eco-friendly products that you definitely need to try. With the holidays coming up, they also make great gift ideas – and you can feel good about giving them.
1. HAKA Euterpflege Handcreme
HAKA handcreme is one of the best lotions on the market, hands down. It got its start as a hand cream for dairy farmers, who needed a lotion that could soothe their dry and cracked hands without causing their cow’s udders any irritation. All their lotions are sustainably produced and contain no perfumes or chamomile extract, so they’re great for even the most sensitive of skin. They also have their own line of face and body washes, all of which make great stocking stuffers.
2. Reusable Silicone Teabags
Waste not, want not! These multicoloured silicone teabags are a great alternative to traditional teabags – not only do they cut down on waste, but they also can be used for any loose-leaf tea you like. You can get loose leaf teas in refillable tin cans, which further reduces the impact on the environment. These teabags are BPA free, made from food-grade silicone, and are much easier to use than metal infusers. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll never go back.
3. Stainless Steel Straws
By now, you’ve probably heard about Starbucks’ efforts to cut back on the number of plastic straws that end up in our oceans. Unlike other plastics, most straws are not recyclable and ultimately end up polluting the ocean (and future fish fry’s). But these cute stainless-steel straws make it easy to switch from plastic. They can be used in anything from soda cans to regular cups, and they come with a handy brush that makes cleaning a breeze.
4. DoneGood, The App
You can think of this app as a gift to yourself that also lets you give back. It helps you find companies that support the ethics you care about. It goes beyond environmental sustainability – if you tell it to, the app can also show you locally sourced, women-owned, minority-run, or even vegan companies. Many brands also offer exclusive discounts to DoneGood users. All you have to do is select the values you care most about, and the app makes recommendations accordingly.
5. Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bags
Plastic bags are almost as bad as plastic straws – they’re hard to recycle and break down, and the rate at which we are using and disposing of them has far exceeded the rate at which we can safely get rid of them. These silicone baggies might just be the answer. They’ll not only save the environment, but they’ll also save you money in the long run – you only have to buy them once and they’ll last for 30 years. You can use them to hold anything, and they’re even freezer and dishwasher safe.
6. Bamboo Utensil Set
This eco-friendly alternative to plastic silverware is perfect on the go dining option if you don’t want to keep using (and inevitably losing) your good metal silverware. The utensils are made of bamboo, so they are stain and heat resistant, and they come in a little carrying pouch made from recycled plastic. These make a great gift for anyone who has to eat lunch in the office, yourself included!