Ready to start the new year off right? With all the eco-friendly companies and products available nowadays, reducing your environmental impact, cutting your plastic consumption, and becoming more conscious about your purchases has never been easier! To help you get a jump start on your eco-friendliness, take a look at these 10 simple sustainable swaps from Bambaw that you’ll go nuts for.
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One of my favorite ways to encourage friends and family to become more sustainable is by suggesting incredibly simple and easy eco-friendly swaps!
Nowadays, there are a plethora of innovative companies (like Bambaw!) creating low impact, plastic-free, and zero waste products and services that make it a piece of cake to be more sustainable.
The thing is…
I know MANY people are incredibly lazy and don’t want to make big changes that require lots of effort and thought.
(You should see the looks of “Hell no, I do not think so!” when I suggest eating more vegan and plant-based meals to my friends!)
That’s why the sustainable swaps I mention below are incredibly simple and ridiculously easy!
Don’t believe me? Check ’em out for yourself.
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10 SIMPLE SUSTAINABLE SWAPS TO START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT
1. Bamboo Toothbrush
If you haven’t heard, plastic toothbrushes are a BIG problem! According to the American Dental Association, it’s recommended to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
That’s a lot of plastic pollution! In fact, 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away every year in the U.S., which is enough to stretch around the world 4 times. How crazy is that?!
Which is why swapping out your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush is one of the most impactful and simplest sustainable swaps you can make this year!
Personally, I use this bamboo toothbrush from Bambaw.
When done with it, you just break off the bristle top and throw the rest in your compost bin! Easy peasy.
2. Reusable Water Bottle
Throwing out the habit of single-use plastic water bottles and opting for a reusable water bottle is a classic sustainable swap!
Better yet, opting for a stainless steel reusable water bottle, instead of a hard plastic bottle, is even more environmentally friendly! As a steel one can be recycled if it breaks or gets damaged.
I love this petite 17 oz stainless steel water bottle from Bambaw, which easily fits in my smaller backpack and bags!
Alternatively, for hiking trips, off-the-grid adventures, and backpacking trips to places where the water isn’t safe to drink, I adore my GRAYL Filtering Water Bottle. It is fantastic!
3. Plastic-Free Razor
Have you ever thought about the amount of plastic waste disposable razor heads produce? It’s a ridiculous amount, to say the least.
It’s time to toss out those nasty plastic razors for a plastic-free option! Mainly, a completely recyclable, stainless steel razor.
I love my rose gold stainless steel razor from Bambaw! It’s so beautiful and shaves like a dream. Get your own here!
4. Sustainable Materials
Living a more conscious, sustainable life also includes the various materials you choose — such as for clothing, fabrics, furniture, and so much more.
While buying second hand is 100% the most sustainable option, if that isn’t available for you why not try opting for more sustainable materials and fabrics?
Here’s a quick and dirty list of some awesomely sustainable materials:
- Organic cotton (regular cotton is packed with pesticides and usually isn’t grown sustainably!)
- Recycled nylon
Personally, I love buying products made from bamboo, linen, and hemp! I found a fantastic second hand dress made from hemp and linen pants from thredUP.
And Bambaw creates incredible bamboo-based bed sheets that are to die for! I’ve swapped out my regular sheets for these babies and have not regretted it one bit. They feel like luxurious silk but are completely vegan and grown without harmful chemicals.
Sounds like a dream? Get yourself a set of bamboo sheets here!
5. Reusable Makeup Wipes
Do you regularly use disposable, single-use makeup wipes? If yes, why not swap those suckers out for some soft, sustainable, reusable makeup wipes that are good for your skin and good for the earth?
I love these zero waste makeup wipes from Bambaw.
They come in paper packaging, which can be recycled, and a mesh bag you can use when throwing them in the washer!
6. Coconut Bowls
Take it from me… coconut bowls are the BEST for picnic baskets and on-the-go adventures! They’re lightweight, zero waste (just throw them in the compost when done with them!), and look amazing in photos. 😉
Want one? Check this bamboo bowl set out.
7. Zero Waste Paper Towels
Trying to be a bit more zero waste in 2021? Give reusable paper towels a try! Or shall I call them (un)paper towels?
I don’t know about you but it took me a LONG a** time to switch out my throw-away paper towels. But ever since I made the switch a few weeks ago, I can’t go back!
Reusable paper towels, which can simply be washed with all your other towels and kitchen cloths, are soft, super absorbant, and great for reducing your household waste.
Grab a set of reusable, zero waste paper towels here!
8. Reusable Straws
One of the first sustainable swaps people make when hopping on the road towards a more eco-friendly life, ditching single-use plastic straws for reusable straws is super easy!
9. Plastic-Free Cleaning Tools
Washing the dishes is something most households do (even though it may not be a fun task!). However, most conventional cleaning tools and dish washing tools are made out of nasty plastic.
Thankfully, many companies nowadays are making sustainable alternatives, such as scrubbing brushes with bamboo bristles and wooden handles!
Want to make your kitchen a bit more eco-friendly? Check out this plastic-free washing up brush set from Bambaw.
10. Bamboo Cutlery Set
A personal favorite sustainable swap of mine, getting a bamboo cutlery set has been such a great way to effortlessly reduce my waste no matter where I am!
For the last couple years, I’ve been carrying a bamboo fork and spoon set with me all over the world. It is the best for eating on the go and being zero waste!
I love it so much I even got Dan one as a cheeky gift so he can be a bit more sustainable, too!
Want one for yourself? Check out this super cute bamboo cutlery set!
With these 10 sustainable swap suggestions, you can be more effortlessly eco in the new year!
Tell me, what sustainable swaps are you planning on making this year? Or how are you being more eco-friendly in 2021? Share in the comments below!
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Many thanks to Bambaw for sending me their sustainable products in exchange for this blog post! As always, all my opinions are my own and I would hands down not recommend anything I truly did not fully love.
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