September Edit: 10 Sustainable Home Goods to Help You Reduce Waste
With the changing weather and school back in session, September always feels like the start of new beginnings. With the holidays coming up, school lunches being packed and your schedules filling up fast, now is as good of a time as any to make some sustainable switches in your home so that this fun-filled & busy season doesn’t see you making any more waste than necessary. Shop some of my must-have, eco-conscious home goods below and then cheers yourself a pumpkin spice latte (in your new reusable coffee cup) for a job well done.
I love my Keepcup. The Australian-based company creates reusable cups that make the Earth as happy as the baristas you hand your cup over to, as the sizes are barista-standard and will not cause any $ confusion at check-out. This glass & cork edition is a personal favorite and comes in 3 different sizes and a plethora of color combinations!
2. natural dish brush
Ditch the sponges and pick up a natural fiber dishwashing brush for more effective and eco-friendly cleaning. Made in Germany from beechwood, this premium brush from Heaven in Earth will keep your dishes in tip-top shape.
3. glass +oak storage containers
If Marie Kondo’ing your panty has been on your agenda, these glass storage containers with a hand-crafted oak lid are the perfect motivators. Bulk buy your grains, nut and seeds and watch your kitchen transform into something the organization queen would be so proud of.
4. Beeswax Wrap
One of my first sustainable kitchen purchases was this reusable alternative to plastic wrap that is created in Vermont from jojoba oil, tree-resin and beeswax-infused organic cotton. I love this 3-pack for the alternate sizes that can store just about any snack or leftover.
Bee’s Wrap 3-Pack | $18
5. Ceramic Storage Bowl
Honestly, what can’t they make ‘aesthetic’ these days. Regardless of what you have packed for lunch, this ceramic bowl is perfect for taking your meal to go. Offered in an assortment of chic millennial colors, the durable lunch bowl is designed with a bpa-free plastic lid and a secure silicone strap to avoid any spillages.
6. Drying Rack
I have a real love affair with Swedish design and their ability to make everyday, functional items seem so balanced. Drying your clothes outside in the sun is an ideal alternative to dryer machines, but some rainy days keep that idea from coming to fruition. Enter this drying rack that is crafted with care in Sweden from birch + rope and perfect for hanging your clothing and textiles, all year long.
7. Cellulose DishCloths
These stylish dish cloths will effectively replace all the paper towels, sponges & ordinary dish cloths in your home. Absorbing 15 times their weight in water, they can tackle any cleaning job with minimal effort. The cute patterns are printed in water-based ink with the cloths themselves being made from environmentally-friendly cellulose fiber.
DII Swedish Dish Cloths | $15.40
8. Compost Bin
It’s time to get on the composting chain, friends. Convert your organic waste into compost that will enrich your garden with this bamboo bin that will keep your food scraps from entering landfills. Crafted from sustainably-harvested bamboo and bentwood, this mini bin can stay right on your kitchen counter due to its streamlined design.
Bamboozle Compost Bin | $42
9. Dryer Balls
Get your laundry soft and dry in less the time and with much less toxins with these felted wool balls from Coyuchi. Simply pop them in the dryer with the load and they will get to work removing water & static, without reducing breathability or absorption. Perfect for sensitive skin, these are unscented; however, if you do want to add a bit of fragrance to the mix, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the balls & tumble away.
Coyuchi Wool Dryer Balls | $24
10. Reusable Silicone Bags
There is no longer a need for wasteful, one-time-use plastic sandwich bags with Stasher’s epic line of reusable silicon ones. Store snacks, sandwiches & more in these flexible, slim bags that can even be labeled on with a dry erase marker (if you’re into that kind of organization). Constructed from platinum silicone and complete with a pinch seal to keep your munchies secure, the bags also come in a wide variety of sizes and colors.
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