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There are sustainable swaps YOU can make every day to lessen your own ecological footprint! Many of these swaps save you money and divert tons of waste from the landfill.

Product

Sustainable Alternative

Alternatives to daily household products that save you waste and money.

PLastic toothbrush

bamboo toothbursh

Why we make the switch: Over a billion toothbrushes end up in the ocean every year and they take on average about 400 years to decompose. Bamboo toothbrushes can decompose in as little as six months. 

Price comparison: Prices are very similar at the average price of $6 for 3 toothbrushes

ziploc bags

stasher bags

Why we make the switch: The United States alone uses an average of 58,164,139 Ziploc bags per year. 

Price comparison: $20-30/year for Ziploc for the average family vs $11 per Stasher Bag.

Invest in a few Stasher Bags and never have to buy Ziploc bags again!

Paper towels

unpaper towels

Why we make the switch: Globally, discarded paper towels result in 254 million tons of trash every year. As many as 51,000 trees per day are required to replace the number of paper towels that are discarded every day. If every household in the U.S. used just one less 70-sheet roll of paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year!

Price comparison: A big pack of paper towels costs $16. The average family purchases 8-10 every year ($128-160/yearly) vs $16 for 6 reusable unpaper, washable towels that can be rolled onto a paper towel roll. These last forever! For true sustainability, use old rags, t-shirts, and towels for "paper" towel use in the kitchen and wash them regularly.

plastic bags

Resuable shopping bags

Why we make the switch: Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year, of which only 1% are recycled. 

Price comparison$20-30 a year on plastic bags for every time you do not bring your own to the grocery store vs  $3-5 per reusable bag. Reusable bags will surely last a lifetime and most people have reusable bags in their home already! Opt for these on your next grocery trips.

single-use cotton pads/swabs

reusable cotton pads/swabs

Why we make the switch: If you use one cotton pad in the morning and one at night, you are using a total of 730 per year! An estimated 1.5 billion cotton swabs are produced every day in the world and the average person throws away approximately 415 of them each year.

Price comparison: $50-100/year for single-use products vs Reusable Cotton Pads: ($10 for 10 rounds). Reusable Cotton Swab ($12 replaces 1000 single-use swabs). Both products will replace years of single-use plastics and save you an average of $100/year.

plastic wrap

beeswax wrap/silicone food covers

Why we make the switch: The average family goes through 24 rolls of plastic wrap per year. 

Price comparison: Two boxes of plastic wrap, ranging from $3-5 each, per month adds up to nearly $90 per year. Beeswax wrap and silicone food covers cost more in the short run but can save you on average $80 a year on plastic wrap.

Keurig Pods

reusable k-cups

Why we make the switch: 12 billion non-reusable, nonrecyclable plastic pods have ended up in landfills thanks to companies like Keurig.

 

Price comparison: One cup of coffee per day, brewed with a K-cup costs $219/year vs  $13 for one time purchase for a reusable K-cup.

Other sustainable alternatives: Pour-over coffee with reusable filter; avoiding a daily Starbucks run; a coffee pot for the whole household

water bottles

reusable water bottle

Why we make the switch: Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. 

Price comparisonA 24-pack of plastic water bottles costs $6-10 vs $10-30 for a reusable bottle that lasts years. Take your bottle everywhere with you, save money, and eliminate plastic waste!

These are just a few of the switches we can make on a daily basis to make a difference!

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