When people think of the term “go green”, they typically envision tree hugging hippies. And that’s not the case. While we do our trees, eco-conscious individuals are just everyday people who live modified lifestyles that minimize waste in our environment.
And it’s important to note that nobody will ever be a perfect eco warrior. We can strive to be, but it’s impossible to live a 100% zero-waste lifestyle-and that’s ok.
There are, however, ways in which we can improve upon to be better stewards of planet earth. One of those ways is fairly simple—just swap everyday plastic items for eco-friendly versions.
What makes a product eco-friendly?
Eco friendly products are items that are either reusable, recyclable, sustainable, and biodegradable.
Eco-friendly products are very diverse and made of material such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, silicone, ABS plastic, wheat husk, felt, recycled paper, glass, steel, titanium, copper, wool, ethically sourced wood, and vegan ingredients. There are quite a few more, but these are the most common.
Below are examples of everyday and unique eco-friendly items made from such material mentioned above. And I bet that some of these items you didn’t even know existed—and I’m so happy to show them to you!
Silicone Avocado Huggers (Best Seller)
These unique gadgets are called food huggers, And these specific ones are specially made to cover sliced-open, left-over avocados. These huggers are made from silicone and help keep your fruit and veggies fresh longer.
Wooden Piggy Bank
This rustic piggy bank is made in Germany from zero-waste forest wood. It makes for really interesting home decor, and can be used by children to learn the importance of saving money.
Zero Waste Starter Kit
This zero waste kit will help you eliminate single use plastic (straws, plastic bags, cling wrap and aluminium foil, toothbrushes, single use cutlery). These items are great to have in your handbag to use on the go, or have in your home and kitchen. The company even ships it to you Plastic Free.
Recycled Newspaper Coasters
These coasters are made by women in the Philippines, using recycled newspaper. An innovative process turns old newspapers into newproducts by wrapping the paper into coils and forming them into spiraled square building blocks.
BPA Free Reusable Glow In The Dark Chopsticks
These fun lightsaber chopsticks are BPA Free, non toxic, and meal time a blast.
Silicone Kitchen Utensil Set
Cooking doesn’t have to be boring. Use these little guys to add some fun to your meal prep. They’re made from silicone and are eco-friendly.
Reusable Stainless Steel Straws
Stainless steel straws are a staple in a green lifestyle. These come in a fun set with cleaning brushes included.
Stainless Steel And Bamboo Coctail Set
This beautiful bamboo and stainless steel coctail set is an excellent and classy addition to your home. It comes with recipes and also makes a fun gift.
Bamboo Kitchen Island Cart Trolley
If you’re looking to add a portable kitchen island to your home, consider this bamboo kitchen island cart trolley. It can be used both in and outdoors, and is perfect for hosting get togethers. Use it for serving appetizers or cocktails.
Silicone Pot Lid Lifters
These little silicone guys are a great help in any situation. The possibilities are endless.
Recycled Glass Nightlight
This unique nightlight is made of recycled glass that has been fused together to create this new beautiful fixture. There are many more designs available.
Reusable Snack bags
You no longer have to throw away your money on plastic snack bags. These reusable bags are easy to clean, and make snack storage a ton of fun.
Bamboo Cutting Board With Containers
This is the most convenient cutting board you’ll ever own. It’s made of durable bamboo and contains storage compartments for food prep.
Lotus Trolley Bags – Set of 4
These tote bags are great because they fit onto a shopping cart and keep your groceries from touching the dirty metal frame. Shopping carts never get cleaned—and all the germs from packaged meat can reside on there for a long time.
This bamboo coated stroller is awesome for hot summer days, when baby tends to sweat a lot. It keeps your little one nice and cool when you’re out on daily strolls.
Book: F**k Plastic: 101 Ways to Free Yourself from Plastic and Save the World
This is a great read if you’re a novice to green living. It provides you with great tips on how to live a plastic free lifestyle.
Tall Compostable Kitchen Trashbags
These compostable trashbags are an ideal product for zero waste living. Plastic trash bags will sit around in landfills for years. These are a smarter alternative.
Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes have to get replaced every 3 months—can you imagine how many plastic toothbrushes get thrown out? These bamboo toothbrushes are a great alternative.
DIY Silicone Ice Pop Molds
Summer is around the corner and these silicone DIY popsicle molds are non toxic, BPA Free, and tons of cool fun.
Eco Lips Vegan Lip Balm (Set of 3)
For a safer and non toxic alternative, try the Eco Lips lip balm. It’s made of natural ingredients like coconut oil and cocoa butter.
Activated Charcoal Air Purifiers
These air fresheners trap foul odors and neutralize your living space. They last a very long time and can be cleaned by being layed out in the sun, and composted when they’ve finally reached their limit.
Eco-friendly Compact Bento Lunch Box Set with Spoon
Bento boxes have become a popular form of lunch storage. They’re simple, non toxic and BPA Free. Some, like these, come with bamboo cutlery.
Fresh Eco Toilet Bowl Clip
This eco-friendly toilet bowl clip keeps your toilet fresh, without incorporating harsh chemicals.
Tiny Panda Organic Dental Floss
This organic dental floss by Tiny Panda is zero-waste and non toxic. It comes in a reusable glass container.
Solar chargers use free energy from the sun to charge your phone or other electronic device in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re outdoors camping, or stuck at home with no electricity, a solar charger will come to your aid.
9 Herb Organic Window Garden
This herb window garden is an excellent asset to your kitchen. There’s nothing better than fresh herbs for your delicious home recipes.
Reusable Pethair Remover
Lint rollers can get expensive, especially if you’re a pet owner and constantly removing pet hair from clothing and furniture. Try these reusable alternatives instead. You will save money and minimize waste.
Reusable New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls
These New Zealand wool dryer balls by Budieggs are hypoallergenic and reduce drying time.
Reusable K Cups for Keurig 2.0 & 1.0
Why spend tons of money on kcups when you can use this? It’s a smart alternative and is zero waste.
Reusable Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads
These reusable bamboo pads are excellent when combined with micellär water for makeup removal. Plus, bamboo is antibacterial, so it makes the process twice as clean!
This unique table is made from 100% cedar and is sustainable and eco-friendly. It’s beautiful too.
31-Piece Silicone Baking Set
This set is a must-have for bakers and makes a great gift! Everything is reusable and cute!
Survival Gear Solar Oven
This solar oven is perfect for hikers and campers. It works on solar power and cooks food in 20 min.
Beeswax Reusable Foodwrap
Beeswax foodwraps are reusable and easy to clean.
Solar Charged Portable WiFi Speaker
These portable WiFi speakers are fun and convenient. They’re also waterproof and work on solar power.
Reusable Vacuum Sealers For Food Bags
These vacuum sealers will keep your food fresh longer.
Eco Gel Port-A-Potty and Emergency Toilet Chemicals
This is a must have accessory for any camping trip.
Zero Waste Kit
This zero waste kit is a great starter pack for someone who’s just starting out going green. It also makes a great gift.
Solar-Powered Camping Shower bag
This portable camping shower heats your water via solar energy. It’s ideal to use in the summer on your camping trip or following a hot hike, and holds 5 gallons of water.
Eco-Friendly Wheat Straw Bioplastics Vegetable Slicer
This innovative vegetable slicer is made of eco-friendly wheat straw. It’s an awesome zero-waste addition to your kitchen.
Solar Backpack Charger
A solar powered backpack is the ultimate gift for outdoor enthusiasts. Charge the Solar panels while you hike or while enjoying the beach, and use it later on, in the event of an emergency.
Solar Powered Sloth Car Dashboard Bobbler
This solar powered sloth bobble toy is a fun green car accessory.
Solar Powered Robot Toy Kit
These STEM toys make excellent gifts for young children, teens and adults. They build problem solving skills and encourage creativity while teaching about Solar power.
Eco-Friendly Ash Wood Toddler Plate
This toddler plate is made of ashwood and has an image of Lightening McQueen. Your little one will enjoy meals with their favorite Pixar character.
Eco-Friendly BPA Free Steering Wheel Cover
This steering wheel is BPA free and non toxic. It’s great for emergency situations (such as a tire blowout) by providing a more secure grip, and keeps your original steering wheel from developing wear and tear.
Zulu Studio Glass Waterbottle (Best Seller)
The Zulu glass waterbottle is made for athletes and gym enthusiasts and despite being glass, these bottles can take a hit. These water bottles are durable, stylish and reusable.
Tiny homes are the ideal living arrangement for a minimalist lifestyle and off the grid living.
Eco Starter Kit
Reusable beeswax food wraps are great for wrapping up your food in a safe, non toxic way. They’re easily washable and of course, reusable.
Compostable Dog Poop Bags
Dogs poop outside—it’s what they do. But it’s also our duty as owners to clean up after them. Poop also emits a green house gas—not to mention it’s full of bacteria. However, instead of using plastic bags, use compostable ones instead.
Merino Wool Cat Cave
This cat cave is made of 100% merino wool that is ethically sourced and spun together in Nepal. Cats seem to love them because they have tons of positive reviews!
Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser With Oils (Best Seller)
This diffuser doubles as a humidifier and comes with six samples of essential oils. It’s elegant and has a color changing LED light feature. It makes your home smell lovely and boosts mood.
Bamboo Tea Tumbler With Strainer And Infuser
This is just a beautiful tea tumbler in general. It’s bamboo, lined with stainless steel, and comes with a strainer and infuser. A must-have for tea lovers that are constantly on the go.
Sustainable Wood Stand Up Surfing Swing
An innovative toy made of sustainable wood. Let your kids enjoy some outdoor fun with a toy that looks like a skateboard, feels like a surfboard and is 100% eco-friendly.
Reusable Large Grocery Bags (Set of 5)
These reusable bags are great for any kind of shopping. You don’t have to limit these to groceries. You can use them for travel or on a trip to the beach. They have really fun designs too.
Book: 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste
A great read for going zero waste by Katheryn Kellogg. It has a great deal of good advice and should be a staple in every green home.
Stainless Steel Odor Absorbing Soap
It’s stainless steel in the shape of a soap bar, because it works like a soap bar. It doesn’t kill germs, but it will kill odor and neutralize it. It’s perfect for the kitchen after you’ve been touching food like onion, garlic and fish.
Birch Wood Balancer Board For Kids
This isn’t your typical toy. It’s a balance board made of sustainable wood that helps kids work on core strength and balance while having a blast.
Pizza Cutter Wheel
This durable and eco-friendly tool is a great culinary addition to your kitchen. It’s easy to grip and cuts through pizza with ease.