To say plastic pollution is a widespread problem is not doing it justice:
- Only 27% of plastic bottles are recycled. The rest sit in landfills where they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.
- One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic pollution in our oceans.
- In one study by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control, nearly 93 percent of people tested positive for BPA (a potentially harmful chemical present in plastic products).
Think the problem is too big for you to make an impact?
We put together this list of eco friendly products to show you just how easy it can be to replace some of the plastic products you buy. By replacing them, you can virtually eliminate your single use plastic pollution in that area.
One of the best ways to fight plastic pollution is to live by example and ensure the products you buy are produced with both ethics and the environment in mind.
Also, don’t forget to share the journey with your friends and family. The more friends you convince, the more people you share articles like this one with, the more people will begin using environmentally friendly products in their everyday lives, and that is how we change the world.
Scroll down to see where you can make some simple changes that can have big impacts on your environmental footprint.
Or use the links below to navigate to a specific section:
- Coffee Cups
- Drink Bottles
- Home / Restaurant Items
- Home Items
- Home / Camping / Travel
- Jewellery and Accessories
- Shopping Items
- Solar Power
Eco Friendly Clothing
Most clothing is made from cotton, but there is a surprising percentage that’s made out of flexible plastic sheeting and plasticized fabric.
The products in this section will either help you avoid clothing made out of plastic or help you reduce clothing waste in our landfills.
1. Clothes Made From Recycled Fabric
Recover Brands produces clothing that’s made entirely out of recycled material.
They also use the most environmentally sustainable manufacturing methods possible — by eliminating the use of dyes and minimizing chemical, water, and energy use.
2. Wool Footwear
Allbirds created an innovative wool fabric made specifically for footwear.
By wearing a pair of Allbirds wool shoes (which don’t look half bad) you can wear a pair of comfortable shoes from a company that found a new use for naturally existing materials, rather than relying on cheaper synthetics.
Single-use coffee cups account for a large amount of unnecessary waste.
By using a reusable, environmentally friendly coffee cup, you can help reduce this waste.
3. Reusable Coffee Cups
In a similar style to coffee cups you get from Starbucks and other shops, Onya’s reusable coffee cups are made out of 100% food safe silicone.
Drink Bottles and Accessories
Americans alone throw away 35 billion plastic bottles each year.
Not only does this plastic end up in landfills, in our oceans, and in other parts of the environment where it can cause damage, it also contains BPA.
BPA is a potentially harmful chemical found in plastic products that can leak into your water and other beverages.
The following products can help you eliminate your plastic bottle pollution and keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals.
4. Stainless Steel Drink Bottles
Our H2Onya stainless steel drink bottle is 100% BPA-free. This makes it a safe, sustainable way to consume your favourite beverages on the go.
It also comes in three sizes to cater to different thirst levels.
5. Drink Bottle Lids
Onya’s stainless steel drink bottles come with our Flip and Flow lid/straw. But if you need a replacement or would like a different kind, we offer four lids that fit the H2Onya bottle perfectly.
6. Drink Bottle Jackets
A drink bottle jacket keeps your beverage at the temperature you want it to be for as long as possible.
Our drink bottles jackets insulate your beverage. They’re also made from Premium Neoprene that easily passes the new Reach38 toxicity test. (They’re completely free from the nasty toxins associated with normal neoprene.)
7. Drink Bottle Lanyard
Environmentally Friendly Home and Restaurant Items
The following products can be used at home but are also great for restaurants. Since restaurants go through a lot of single-use materials each day, there are many opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint.
8. Recycled Toilet Tissue
Who Gives a Crap (ha!) makes toilet paper out of 100% recycled paper fibres, bamboo or sugarcane. This saves water, trees, and reduces carbon emissions.
They also donate a whopping 50% of their profits to WaterAid to build toilets for those in need.
9. Reusable Organic Cotton Napkins
Eco-Friendly Home Items
Home Items is the biggest section in this list, because there are many ways to reduce the environmental pollution that stems from your home.
10. Biodegradable / Disposable Waste Bag
Do you have a dog at home? If you do, you probably go through quite a few waste bags each month taking him or her on walks.
Our disposal bags come with 25 waste bags that are biodegradable and disposable. So while your pet is creating waste, you don’t have to.
11. Reusable Sandwich Wraps
Packed school lunches may seem innocent enough, but when you multiply them by each student at your child’s school and each school in your country, the amount of single-use plastic waste adds up quickly.
Our reusable sandwich wraps (made from recycled PET bottles) can completely eliminate the plastic pollution produced from your child’s lunch or anytime you use single-use sandwich wraps.
12. Wall Clock Made From Recycled Detergent Bottles
Many wall clocks are made from plastic. This Juice Clock is sustainably made from recycled detergent bottles (another contributor to human waste pollution).
13. Fair Trade Organic Towels
Glo has made some fantastic fair trade products. Their organic towels, made from cotton grown and picked with sustainable farming methods, are no exception.
14. Ballpoint Pens Made From Recycled Water Bottles
Water bottles are one of the top contributors to not only plastic pollution, but to world pollution in general. You can support removing some of those bottles from landfills by purchasing these ballpoint pens from Pilot.
15. Organic Pillowcases
Glo is back at it again with another awesome organic product: Pillowcases.
They have a huge variety of pillowcases all sourced from sustainably farmed cotton and responsibly manufactured.
16. Recycled Paper
GreenLine Paper Company has done a great job creating products from recycled materials. Their multipurpose paper is recycled from paper itself, helping preserve those trees’ value for a little longer.
17. Eco Friendly Decking
Trex makes eco-friendly composite decks that are made from 95% recycled wood and plastic film. They also use Earth-friendly manufacturing processes, like reclaiming factory waste and eliminating the use of harmful chemicals.
18. Recycled Floor Mats
These floor mats are made from natural, reclaimed, or recycled rubber material. Due to their high durability, they’re great for areas such as garages, warehouses, and porches.
19. 100% Recycled Aluminium Foil
Aluminium foil is one of the most used home items. If You Care produces a line of aluminium foil that’s made from 100% recycled aluminium.
Their foil takes 95% less energy to produce than traditional foil manufacturing.
20. Recycled Handle Toothbrush
To reduce plastic waste in your toothbrushes, try out this brush with a handle made from repurposed materials (the material varies).
By using these toothbrushes, RADIUS claims you can reduce waste by 93% (the head must be replaced every once in a while).
21. Guitar Strap Made From a Recycled Seatbelt
Do you like to jam out? How about using a sustainable guitar strap to help out the environment as well?
This strap is made from a recycled seatbelt, and it doesn’t look half bad.
22. Reusable Baby Food Pouch
Healthy Planet Solutions has developed an alternative to traditional baby food containers — a reusable baby food pouch.
It’s easy to fill and clean, and it is dishwasher, boil, and freezer safe.
23. Eco Touch Screen Computer
Iameco manufactures some pretty cool environmentally friendly gadgets. Their touch screen computer has a carbon footprint that’s 70% lower than the average personal computer.
It’s also the first computer of its kind to win the EU Eco Flower certification.
24. Eco Laptop
This environmentally friendly laptop from Iameco was manufactured while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, re-using 70% of the material, and reducing fresh water utilization by 75%.
25. Eco Computer Accessories
Iameco also stocks a range of computer accessories (keyboards, mice, and cases) made from sustainable materials and responsibly manufactured.
26. Toys Made From Recycled Milk Jugs
Green Toys is a fantastic company. They manufacture and sell toys made from 100% recycled materials — milk jugs being the primary material. They also use plastic recycled from other types of products.
Their toys surpass U.S. and international standards for BPA and Phthalates.
27. LED Bulbs
LED bulbs can do wonders for conserving energy. EarthLED sells a wide range of LED bulbs to replace your high-energy incandescent, fluorescent and halogen bulbs.
28. EcoFlow Low-Flow Shower Head
You can conserve a lot of wasted water with one simple change: Use a low-flow shower head.
This low-flow shower head from EcoFlow will help you save water, save money, and it meets EPA WaterSense® performance standards.
29. Biodegradable Garden Pots
Home Items / Camping / Travel
The following items are great for reducing your waste production at home, on camping trips, and while traveling.
30. Compostable Cutlery (Forks, Spoons, Knives and Tasters)
Plastic cutlery is almost always used once and thrown away. Parties, BBQs, or school lunches can produce a lot of plastic cutlery waste.
Reduce or eliminate this waste by using compostable forks, spoons, knives and tasters.
31. Vortex’s Rechargeable Crank Flashlight
Instead of changing batteries each time your flashlight runs out of energy, try this flashlight from Vortex.
It runs on a rechargeable battery that’s hand-cranked, saving multiple batteries per year from entering landfills.
32. Compostable Party Plates
Just like plastic cutlery, plastic and paper plates are almost always used once and thrown away. Parties, BBQs, or school lunches can produce a lot of plastic and paper plate waste.
Reduce or eliminate this waste by using compostable party plates.
33. Compostable Bowls
Instead of putting party, BBQ, or camping snacks in a plastic or paper bowl, you can use a compostable bowl that’s both human and environmentally friendly.
34. The Natural — Eco-Friendly Umbrella
The Natural is an eco-friendly umbrella from Green Home. The fabric is made from recycled plastic, and its handle is made from 65% reclaimed wood that decomposes in 2-3 weeks after being placed in soil.
35. Travel Kit Made From Recycled Bike Tubes
Environmentally Friendly Jewellery and Accessories
Many jewellery products and accessories are made primarily with plastic. Luckily, we were able to find a few stylish and handy eco-friendly alternatives.
36. rPET Backpack
Our lines of stylish backpacks are made from rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) — the material created when old plastic water bottles are recycled into fibre.
Each of our backpacks scrunches down into a keyring size, which makes them great for school or traveling.
37. Wooden Watches
WeWood watches are made from 100% recycled timber, including Indian rosewood, mahogany, coffee tree and teak. They are completely free from any toxic chemicals, and not a single tree is cut down in their manufacturing.
In fact, for every watch you buy they will plant a tree.
38. Wooden Sunglasses
There are few better ways to look good and reduce your plastic pollution than with a stylish pair of wooden sunglasses.
Proof Eyewear manufactures handcrafted wooden sunglasses from sustainable materials, including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and repurposed skateboard decks.
39. Rings Made From Recycled Precious Metals
Do Amore creates “ethical rings.” Every ring bought gives two people clean water for life by co-founding a water well in a developing country.
Their rings are made from recycled precious metals that are conflict free — part of the No Dirty Gold campaign.
While it’s tough to make a cell phone that’s entirely plastic-free, we can make strides in certain aspects of cell phone manufacturing and accessories to make the product more environmentally safe and humane.
40. Smartphone with Enviro and Social Responsibility Cred
Fairphone develops and sells a cell phone that’s revolutionizing the entire supply chain.
They are integrating materials that support local economies, increasing the phone’s usable life, they only work with manufacturers that give their workers safe working conditions, and Fairphone makes their phones safe for reuse and recycling.
41. Bamboo iPhone Speakers
SpeakaBoo is an acoustic bamboo speaker for your iPhone. Each speaker is packed in recycled newspaper and handcrafted by a charity employing disadvantaged workers.
42. iPhone Backs Made From Discarded Skateboards
Many people don’t realize how much plastic is wasted when they go shopping. Thankfully, there are a few products that can quickly reduce or eliminate your shopping plastic pollution.
43. Reusable Produce Bags (8 Pack)
Onya reusable produce bags are some of our most popular products.
Instead of using the produce bags from the grocery store and throwing them out when your food is consumed, you can use these reusable ones and never throw away a plastic produce bag again.
They also let water and air through, so you can wash your fruits and veggies within the bags before popping them in the fridge.
44. Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags from the grocery store (or any retail store) produce even more waste than produce bags.
Solar Powered Products
We can all afford to reduce our energy consumption, both to save money and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
The following products will help you take advantage of a vast renewable energy source — the Sun.
45. SolSource Solar Powered Grill
The SolSource Solar Powered Grill has been featured on programs like Top Chef, The Discovery Channel, and BBC.
This grill uses reflections of the Sun’s rays to heat up a grilling platform suspended between the reflective areas. It can cook a meal in 10 minutes and the setup can be cleaned simply with water.
46. Solar Powered Lawn Mower
This lawn mower by Husqvarna is powered the Sun’s energy. Not only that, it’s completely autonomous and cuts your lawn on its own.
47. Portable Solar Charging Station
Solar-2-Go has developing a portable charging station that’s powered by solar power. It’s a great backup generator for the home or for long trips.
48. Solar-Powered Attic Fan
Attics can get extremely hot and stuffy, especially in the summer time. To conserve energy and save money, try out one of SunRise’s solar powered attic fans.
Thank you for checking out our list of eco-friendly products.
This is only a small fraction of the environmentally friendly options out there, so if you haven’t found what you’re looking for, a quick Google search should help you find it.
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