This post is for you if...
You're trying to find ways to be more eco-friendly at home, but don't know where to start.
You're looking for a thoughtful hostess or housewarming gift that will actually get used and bonus, that’s eco-conscious.
I love a good guide - whether it’s a holiday gift guide, a nutrition based guide, design guide or a plant guide. They can provide quick bits of usable information and great product recommendations to make shopping easier for you.
With that, I thought I should put together our first guide! Ta da!
I’d like to share with you some quick tips and awesome product recommendations that I have found through my journey to less household waste, less plastic use and choosing more eco-conscious products in general.
Eco-friendly alternatives for the kitchen and bath
1. Glass jars over plastic
- I love to buy in bulk when I can (hemp seeds, nuts, rice, pasta, flours, etc...), then store the product in reusable glass jars such as mason jars which you can buy a flat of for pretty cheap at the hardware store (but you can also save glass jars from things like mustard, peanut butter, etc...) You'll find a lot of new zero waste stores opening up around Canada, they have tons of amazing bulk, less waste options. In Toronto, I personally love Bare Market - located in the east end.
- If I buy a product in glass, I either reuse the jar for more bulk goodies or clean and recycle it.
2. Beeswax food wraps over plastic wrap
- Use them to preserve your food: fruit, veggies, cheese, sandwiches, snacks!
- Reusable and compostable after a year + of use.
- We love Goldilocks from beautiful British Columbia - all wraps are made with local, Canadian wax from Urban Honey Bee Farms.
- Reduce plastic entering the landfill and paper towel usage (they can reduce up to 17 rolls of paper towel.
- Naturally antibacterial as they dry very quickly, there is no stinky dish smell as with other sponges and cloths.
- 100% biodegradable, after a few months of use (you can toss these in the washing machine or dishwasher) they can be composted.
- We love Ten + Co from Toronto, beautifully crafted design.
4. Solid dish soap over liquid dish soap in plastic bottles
- Reduce plastic waste entering the landfill.
- Solid dish soap lasts quite a bit longer than liquid dish soap, some replace up to 3 bottles of liquid dish soap (less waste, less $$ spent).
- Look for 100% natural, vegan and sensitive on the skin.
- We love Make Nice Company from British Columbia, they check off all of those boxes with their products.
5. Reusable stainless steel straws over plastic
- I love my smoothies with a straw, so using a reusable straw (not a paper one, those disintegrate) has been a must!
- Straw Hut Co. from Calgary has a ton of fun reusable straw options or well.ca is another great place to find these.
6. Travel mug over takeaway coffee cups
- I am a big fan of my glass travel mugs from KeepCup (not Canadian) - they will even replace the lid pieces if they wear out! No need to toss the glass mug then!
- There's a ton of options out there, you'll definitely find one that suits your needs.
7. Solid shampoo + conditioner bars over liquid shampoo + conditioner in plastic bottles!
- No waste, plastic free!
- In the US alone, more than 552 million shampoo bottles are estimated to end up in landfills annually.
- Will last longer with proper care, as they are concentrated and water-free.
- Good products will be made of natural, chemical-free, cruelty-free ingredients that are nourishing, hydrating, cleansing and provide protection.
- We love Unwrapped Life from Calgary! Their shave bars are also AH-mazing!
8. Safety razor over disposable razors + blades
- A more sustainable way to shave that also saves you $$ in the long run
- Blades are recyclable, another plastic free option.
- Safety razors have a single blade that provides a very close shave, that reduces irritation.
- We love Well Kept from British Columbia, plastic-free razors + blades. My favourite is the Rose razor, she’s pretty cute - I still love me some pink!
Fingers crossed that this was a helpful little guide!
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