30 Products If You’re Looking For Eco-Friendly Alternatives

    Swap out your plastic for these eco-minded products.

    1. Reusable cotton and bamboo makeup pads that'll help you apply toner or remove foundation. Disposable rounds got nothin' on these!

    Promising review: “These reuseable makeup rounds work great! They are by far the SOFTEST rounds I’ve used. They feel as soft as disposable cotton rounds and much better than other brands I’ve tried that have a slight towel feel. The rounds are a good size and are also easy to clean. So far if I’ve taken any makeup off with them; I just rinse them off in the sink for a few seconds and the makeup slides right off the pad. I like to do my part in helping the environment and this is a very simple way to do that.” —Jessica A Durando

    Get the pack of 10 from Amazon for $15.

    2. A two-pack of reusable mop pads so you don't have to waste money on single-use Swiffer pads for your deep cleans. Made using extra-thick microfibers, these mop pads are super absorbent!

    They're compatible with the original Swiffer Sweeper!

    Turbo Mops is a family-run small business that wants to help you live (and clean) more sustainably.

    Promising review: "The Velcro closure alone is worth the purchase. It was really easy to put on (no more pinched fingers) and the hold is very strong. No more having to handle the dirty, drippy sheets to try to reattach them in the middle of cleaning the floor. I noticed that my floors are cleaner because the microfiber absorbs more and doesn't just push the grime around the floor. Also, these can be washed in the washing machine for the next use." —Rosemary Patterson

    Get a pack of two from Turbo Mops on Amazon for $10.94.

    3. A vegan and biodegradable conditioner bar designed for normal to dry hair and formulated with cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin B5 and lime oil. Since one bar is the equivalent of five bottles of conditioner, you'll be saving lots of money and plastic!

    a model using the bar on their wet hair

    Promising review: "I have curly hair that is very fine and has a LOT of curl and volume. I need a good conditioner that will coat my hair without adding weight or any 'filminess.' And this bar gives me exactly what I need! My hair looks healthy and feels good and soft, without any oiliness or anything! I've decided to switch to a subscription, because I'm not going back to bottled shampoos or conditioners ever again!" —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A plant-powered and biodegradable stain remover providing a safe and effective way to get rid of those grass, blood, dirt, wine, chocolate, and makeup spots and smears.

    Puracy is a family-owned small business making cleaning and skincare products using natural and organic formulas. 

    Promising review: "I'm always skeptical of these kinds of products, but I went ahead and decided to give this stain remover a chance because I have clothes that have small grease spots from cooking that I never notice until after I've already washed them. I used this on those items (which have already gone through the dryer several times), as well as my trusty old 'period panties' that hide in the back of my drawer. I sprayed it on the stains pretty generously, let it sit for a few hours, and then washed them as I usually do. When I took everything out of the dryer, the stains were gone! I have never seen such results from anything I've used before, including all of the big name stain removers that claim to be the best. This product will remain a staple in my laundry room forever!" —Kerry

    Get it from Puracy on Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes and two styles).

    Read our full review of Puracy Natural Stain Remover.

    5. A pack of reusable silicone baking cups that have no need for grease. So you'll be saving money by not only skipping the single-use paper cups but also forgoing the nonstick spray!

    Each set is dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe!

    Promising review: "Love that this takes up almost no space. It is a great alternative to a traditional muffin pan! The colors are so cute, and I also love that it doesn't create all the paper waste. Would definitely buy again!" —medici28

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in two sizes).

    6. A sleek, BPA-free time-marked water bottle if you need a little help staying hydrated throughout the day and hate how wasteful single-use plastic bottles of water are.  

    Promising reviews: "I love this water bottle! Its BPA-free and looks amazing. It helped me keep track of how much water I'm drinking per day with the timestamps on the bottle while [reducing] plastic waste. It took me so long to find this bottle but it was definitely worth the trouble finding it!" —K7

    "Saw it on TikTok and thought it would be a great bottle for work. It is very sleek and lightweight enough to carry when you have other items in your hand. I love the modern look, and it cleans very easily! The time increments really do motivate me. I'm definitely ordering again for myself and for gifts. Fast delivery and very nice packaging." —Rosa

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two sizes and in three colors). 

    7. A pack of dishwasher-safe refillable K-Cups — get the single-serve experience but with any of your favorite coffees. Just fill up the K-Cup and brew! No need to spend money on wasteful plastic K-cups.

    Plus, DeliBru is a small business!

    These BPA-free plastic cups are designed to work in any Keurig machine!

    Promising review: "Really like these reusable K-Cups. I hated wasting so much plastic using regular K-Cups and found this to use as an alternative. I have had these for two years and they have held up great! Easily to fill, clean really nicely, and no complaints! And it's great you can put your own coffee in so you're not stuck to certain brands or flavors. Highly recommend if you are trying to be more environmentally friendly." —Amazon Customer

    Get a four-pack from DeliBru on Amazon for $6.99

    8. A reusable stainless-steel coffee filter to replace all those paper filters with this gem. It's super easy to use and even easier to clean! Just rinse it out and you're ready for your second pot of coffee of the day. No judgment here. Just remember to descale the filter by soaking it in white distilled vinegar and warm water every two weeks.

    Born in Los Angeles, Ovalware is a small biz providing useful and trendy coffee brewing products.

    This dripper is carefully engineered to fit most branded coffee carafes including the 6-, 8-, and 10-cup Chemex Coffee Makers and Hario V60 02 and 03 drippers. 

    Promising review: "Love this! We purchased a Chemex to minimize the amount of plastics or additional waste associated with making coffee. Also, due to the pandemic, we find we make a lot more coffee at home, which means we go through more filters — this solved our filter waste issue! We now don’t worry about a ridiculous amount of paper filters being tossed out and also the way this filters is fantastic. It fits perfectly, is easy to wash, and makes for a great lid to keep the coffee warm. Would 100% recommend to others!" —Jaycob Simpson

    Get it from Ovalware on Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three colors).

    9. A pack of Swedish dishcloths made of cellulose and cotton so absorbent, they'll help you cut down on drying time and trips to the store for single-use paper towels so you can do something you actually enjoy.

    Not sure you can part with your sponge? Read here about why you should look into (less gross) alternatives.

    Promising review: "These are absolutely wonderful and I have already bought a second set. I like to use reusable items and these washcloths are best in our kitchen as I cook most everyday and make all the normal mess that comes with daily cooking from scratch. These have washed well and clean up both using a cleaner, with water alone, and dry. Well worth the money." —Jessica M

    Get it from Amazon for $20.95+ (available in 10 color combinations).

    10. A pack of three biodegradable loofahs for a deep clean that removes dead skin and wipes away excess oil from pores.

    Promising review: "They are perfect for exfoliating and it suds my soap up so well, it’s literally everything I was looking for !!!" —Jodi E.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    11. A set of reusable produce bags to replace the in-store plastic bags that you're just gonna toss the second you get home and unpack your groceries.

    The set includes three small, seven medium, and five large bags.

    Promising review: "I ordered these to help reduce both the waste and clutter of plastic produce bags. I tried these bags last night when I went for my weekly grocery shop. They hold a good amount of produce and seem to be very durable. I used the self-checkout, and I was able to see the produce labels through the mesh. The drawstring held everything securely during the drive home. I would highly recommend these bags." —E

    Get a set of fifteen from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A reusable beeswax food wrap that'll help you preserve your fruits, veggies, breads, and cheeses. Say goodbye to plastic storage bags and clingy plastic wraps! 

    Promising review: "Seriously love this product. It is sooooo much better than plastic wrap. It smells great and has a slight stickiness to it, making it great for wrapping literally anything. If you are thinking about switching from endless wasteful plastic wrap, then you have to get this!" —Maxx Kaglic

    Get an assorted three-pack from Amazon for $17.49 (available in four prints).

    13. A pack of three hand-knit hemp sponges if you're tired of wasting money on rubbery sponges that disintegrate during every dish-cleaning session. These sponges don't absorb odor and are machine-washable!

    a model washes a pan in a kitchen sink using the natural hemp sponge

    Promising review: “I was looking into low-waste/zero-waste options for hand-washing dishes, but I didn’t want to buy all the different brushes most blogs and posts talk about. These hemp scrubbers are biodegradable, natural, and wicked good quality! They are tightly woven, and can do the job of any conventional dish sponge. When food debris get in between the fibers, it easily rinses away with water. I have washed it in the laundry along with my towels, and it still keeps its shape. They will definitely last a long time; they are reusable after all!” —Alexis 

    Get the pack of three from Amazon for $17.

    14. A comfortable menstrual cup so you don't have to worry about leakage ruining your favorite pair of white pants. This bb can be worn for up to 12 hours and holds as much as four tampons can. Plus, if you take good care of it, it'll last up to 10 years!

    Promising review: "I just bought a second cup, because I love it so much! I've been a pad wearer for over 20 years. I've always hated the way tampons feel. I finally decided to try a cup after I kept hearing about how awesome they are from so many people. This cup is seriously amazing! I've been using it for about three months now, and I'll never go back to pads! Once it's in, I don't feel it at all. There have been times when I've forgotten that it's that time of the month! I haven't leaked even on my heaviest days. And I love that I only have to mess with it every 12 hours. This cup is life changing. I'm so glad that I finally decided to give it a try!" —RavenRachel

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    Not sure if menstrual cups are for you? Check out menstrual cup tips from people who actually use them to make a more informed decision.

    15. A plant-based oven scrub cleaner for tackling all the caked-on messes you've learned to ignore. It's made with natural ingredients (including pumice stone and baking soda), so you'll get your oven back without all the toxic fumes.

    gif of someone rubbing the paste on a dirty oven door and wiping the door clean with a cloth
    Everneat / Etsy

    Everneat is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut, that specializes in natural cleaning products.

    Promising reviews: "This product is amazing! It works fast with pretty minimal elbow grease. The stainless-steel sponge that comes with it makes it easier. And it smells great!" —Melissa C.

    "This cleaner exceeded my expectations! I have the nastiest oven and thought it would never be clean due to all the baked on grease. But this amazing oven scrub took it all away!" —kahernandez75

    Get it from Everneat on Etsy for $19.99 (available in three scents).

    16. A phosphate-free laundry butter made with sensitive skin in mind. And since this powerfully gentle detergent comes in a reusable glass jar, you'll get clean and fresh clothes while living a zero-waste life.  

    a mason jar of laundry detergent
    Altus Advantage / Etsy

    Altus Advantage is a woman-owned small business based in Canada whose mission is to make the world a more eco-friendly place by creating natural and zero-waste cleaning products and soaps for sensitive skin.

    Promising review: “Amazing laundry soap! It works very well and makes my clothes noticeably cleaner and brighter. (: The scents are both lovely; nice and light, just the right amount of scent you want really. The seller is super friendly. Good communication on their part!” —taralee0o 

    Get it from Altus Advantage on Etsy for $19.15 (available in two scents).

    17. A set of bamboo utensils that can take the heat of the kitchen better than those plastic utensils you've been using can.

    the five different bamboo utensils

    Now Designs is an eco-minded small biz working to help you turn your kitchen into a zero-waste zone.

    Promising review: "These are my favorite utensils in the kitchen. They seriously made me want to throw out all my others I already had. I'd definitely buy more and recommend them." —florg29

    Get a set of five from Now Designs on Amazon for $18.48+ (available in two colors).

    18. set of glass storage containers if you've been storing leftovers in plastic containers that are definitely not microwave safe...

    several of the glass food containers with fruits and veggies in them

    Promising review: "I love using these handy glass containers instead of plastic ones. They are sturdy, and the lids keep everything closed uptight. They're easy to clean, and I don't worry about chemicals when I use them in the microwave!" —Kindle Customer

    Get a 14-piece set from Amazon for $35.81 (also available in a 20-piece set).

    19. Or a leakproof biodegradable bento box — made of wheat fiber, these are perfect for leftovers and work lunches. 

    Plus, it's microwave and dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I love my Edo Box. It holds a substantial amount of food, is safe to use in the microwave, and just holds great value for me since I bring my lunch to work daily. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to contribute to the environment and use an excellent product!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    20. A pack of reusable stainless-steel straws so your desire to be eco-friendly isn't sabotaged by paper straws that'll just dissolve in your homemade iced coffee.

    Promising review: "I bought these stainless-steel straws in an effort to use just a little less plastic. I am always on the go, so I have water and/or coffee with me at all times. My teeth are very sensitive to temperature, and straws are very helpful but I hated throwing away plastic straws. These straws fit nicely in my 32-ounce sippy cups and are also acceptable for use in my smaller to-go mugs. They're easy to clean with the provided brush and when that wears out, pipe cleaners from the craft store work just as well. I am quite satisfied with these straws and now give them as gifts with personalized coffee mugs." —Jo Rose

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $5.89+ (available in four sizes).

    21. A ceramic counter compost bin for easy disposing of food scraps that'll later turn into meals for your garden. It's got a vented lid, removable inner bucket, and a replaceable natural charcoal filter that traps and absorbs odors.

    a model tossing food scraps into the compost bin

    Promising review: "I am fairly new to composting, and I was looking for something to keep my scraps in before taking them outside that wouldn't stink up my kitchen. This bin is absolutely perfect! I don't smell any rotting food ever, even when it's full. It is heavy and sturdy without taking up a lot of counter space. It's really cute, and I love that you can take just the inside bucket out. It's super useful, practical, and adorable!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $40.14 (available in two other styles).

    22. A set of four eco-friendly dryer balls made of 100% New Zealand wool to replace dryer sheets and fabric softeners. They'll also help make sure your sheets don't get all wadded up into a moist ball. Save on drying time while also helping be kinder to the planet.

    the four black dryer balls
    Friendsheep Wool / Etsy

    Friendsheep Wool is a small business based in California that makes earth-friendly products for you, your pets, and your home!

    Promising reviews: "I used these for the first time today, and they definitely reduced drying time and kept my blankets/sheets from wadding up in the dryer. Love!" —haley crow

    Get it from Amazon or from Friendsheep Wool on Etsy for $22.

    23. A set of silicone food savers that "hug" your halved fruits and veggies, creating an airtight seal. These dishwasher-safe savers mean you don't have to add saran wrap to your grocery list.

    an assortment of different-sized fruits cut in half with food huggers on the skinless side

    Food Huggers is a woman-owned small business founded by two friends trying to cut down on both food and plastic waste. 

    Promising review: "This product is very easy to clean and I was surprised that it actually worked on a cut tomato! I was afraid that it would squish the tomato since the product is rather thick, but it worked beautifully. I will be using the other sizes as they are needed, but one thing I do really like is that storage for these 'keepers' takes so little room in my cabinets!" —DHW698

    Get a five-piece set from Amazon for $16.99 (available in five color combos). 

    24. A three-blade metal razor whose pivoting head contours to your body for a close, unique-to-you shave. Be done with those cheap plastic razors that don't last long and mostly just cause major ouchies.

    a hand holding the metal leaf razor in gold
    a gif of someone shaving their armpit with the Leaf razor
    @leafshave / Via www.instagram.com, @leafshave / Via www.instagram.com

    Leaf Shave is a small business whose mission is to create a better razor that is also better for the environment. Their packaging is 100% plastic-free, and through financing initiatives to offset 100% of the company's CO2e emissions they've become Climate Neutral certified. 

    BuzzFeed editor Danielle Healy is a big fan of this razor:

    "I know, I know — $80 for a razor feels pretty steep, but plastic razors really add up over time and this thing is STURDY. When first trying to eco-swap my shave routine I tried a regular safety razor because it was a lot cheaper and I basically bled to death (kidding, but I did cut myself a lot). It works really well for some people, but I had really come to rely on the pivoting head of the plastic razors I learned on. So imagine my pure delight when I finally snagged one of these beauties and could return to shaving without all the cuts and blood. It's really easy to change the blades, and I find myself getting a better shave because I'm not putting off buying another razor like I would before. It really is a great investment that not only keeps plastic razors out of landfills, but all the plastic packaging they come in, too!" 

    Get it from Amazon for $84 (available in six colors). 

    25. A refillable jar of eucalyptus toilet-cleaning bombs because your toilet is in need of a good natural, chemical-free cleaner. Made using baking soda, eucalyptus essential oils, and citric acid, these cleaning agents will be kind to you, your home, and the planet.

    several eucalyptus toilet fizzies next to a jar full of more
    Happy Earth Boutique / Etsy

    Happy Earth Boutique is a woman-owned small business making healthier alternatives for your health and home.

    Promising review: "The eucalyptus is strong and it fizzes nicely. I drop one in once or twice a week and scrub the toilet a bit, and the scent lingers after flushing. Perfect for keeping my bathroom fresh!" —kd Bromley

    Get 15 fizzies from Happy Earth Boutique for $12.99+ (available with or without glass jar).

    26. A reusable silicone swab that'll help you break up with regular, single-use cotton swabs. Just clean 'em with soap and water and they're good to be used again!

    It also comes in a LastSwab beauty version with a pointed tip for eye makeup removal.

    Promising review: "OK I admit it's not soft and plushy, but it cleans perfectly and you’re producing less trash considering I use one and so does my whole family daily!!!" —Jannette N. Joly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in six colors).

    27. Colorful stainless-steel chopsticks so you can check the "no utensils" option on Grubhub when you order sushi. 

    five pairs of the Glam Fields multicolor chopsticks

    Promising review: “I ordered this product mostly for my husband. He loves using chopsticks when we make certain meals. We had previously been using wooden ones that had to be hand washed. These have the ability to be cleaned in the dishwasher, which I love! I also enjoy the different colors. The rose gold and rainbow are my favorite! Overall, it was a great purchase that the whole family is enjoying. Amazing price and product!!!” —Charity R 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in two colors).

    28. A natural dusting spray for a gentle yet powerful way to remove dust. Plus, it's got a cinnamon orange scent that'll make you wanna dust *everything*!

    bottle of natural dusting spray
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned business based in Georgia that began as a way to naturally treat eczema. Their line of toxin-free beauty and home products will help you live your best (and most natural) life!

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $9 (available in four scents).

    29. A wall-mounted Fohm dispenser to turn your TP into wipes that won't clog up your toilet. 

    close up of a hand applying fohm to toilet paper
    a model applying fohm to toilet paper

    Fohm is a husband and wife duo giving cleaning butts an upgrade.

    Promising review: "I live full time in an RV. Disposable wipes are very inconvenient, as they cannot be flushed. Fohm turns toilet tissue into a wet wipe, and it is wonderful." —jimbo

    Get it from Fohm on Amazon for $79.

    30. A pair of coconut bowls and spoons made from up-cycled coconut shells that are sure to make your cereal, soup, and salad experiences all the better! No need to pick up paper plates the next time you're at the store.

    Promising review: “These bowls are amazing! My family eats smoothie bowls every morning and we love eating them out of these bowls. Eating out of the coconut bowls is so much fun and adds to the whole experience since they look so great and tropical. The bowls are easy to use and clean, and the best part is that you get to help our planet.” —from a reader

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $14.59+ (available in two styles).

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.