Earlier this year, in the wake of new (and truly frightening) environmental reports, I took a good long look at the my habits as a consumer. From the foods I ate to the beauty products I bought on repeat, one of the main issues I realized about my lifestyle was that I was producing a lot of unnecessary waste: plastic face wash tubes, plastic cups from my corner coffee shop, plastic bags that housed my unnecessarily pre-washed, pre-cut kale. Plastic is everywhere, and once you recognize its presence in almost every single purchase you make, it feels impossible to avoid.
Luckily (and inevitably), there's a whole new industry focused around sustainability that's churning out reusable products that are plastic-free, biodegradable, or often both. Over the last few months, I've incorporated a handful of these reusable products into my daily life and they've truly made the transition so much easier. Below, I'm sharing my top ten eco-friendly finds from Walmart.com — from shampoo bars to reusable cling wrap — that are accessible, environmentally responsible, and will save you money in the long run.
Single-Use Plastic Alternatives
Prepping & Cooking With Less Waste
Cling wrap used to be an essential part of my food prep and storage processes, so Beeswrap has already proven endlessly valuable. Its texture is like parchment paper dipped in wax, but it's easily moldable and sturdy — perfect for everything from sealing bowls to wrapping a sandwich.
In moments of desperation, it's easy to put our caffeine needs before all else, despite how potentially wasteful they may be. If you rely on a Keurig machine to deliver your morning dose of caffeine, give these reusable pods a try. They'll significantly cut back on your daily plastic waste and give you the opportunity to try out other grounds that might not come in K-cup form.
Eco-Friendly Self Care
Certain things are meant to be disposed of, which can make finding environmentally-friendly alternatives a bit of a challenge. These fully biodegradable toothbrushes are a perfect alternative to traditional plastic toothbrushes that litter our oceans and landfills.
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