20 Reusable Items That Will Save You Money (And Help the Environment!)
Trying to ditch more single-use products? These reusable options are more sustainable and can save you money in the long term.
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Instead of reaching for the disposable plastic bags when picking up produce, bring these reusable produce bags to the grocery store. They’re machine-washable and will last for years. Bonus: They’re perfect for farmers market trips, too.
While they might initially seem like a bargain, the cost of single-use mop pads can add up over time. Instead, try these machine-washable, micro-fiber pads. They can be used either wet or dry, and they’re safe for all floor types.
Love sipping through a straw? You’re not alone. But instead of buying (and then tossing) plastic ones, grab this pack of reusable stainless steel straws. They’re perfect for iced coffees, sodas, milkshakes and more. Here’s why restaurants are getting rid of straws.
You might not give your morning cup of joe much thought, but a reusable filter can help you keep hundreds of paper filters from the landfill each year. (Just make sure you buy one that properly fits your coffee maker.) Oh, and here are some creative ways to repurpose your coffee grounds.
This 2-pack of reusable dryer balls costs about the same as two cartons of dryer sheets. They’ll leave your clothes soft and static-free, plus the hedgehog design couldn’t be more adorable.
Packing your own lunch is a great way to save money. But go a step further and pick up some reusable sandwich bags. These silicone packs can hold fresh fruit, sammies, snacks—or anything else you’re craving. Cleanup’s a breeze, too, because the bags are dishwasher-safe.
Changing the furnace filter probably isn’t your favorite task. But the process just got more painless, thanks to AirThreds—the first machine-washable home air filter. Not only will this nifty product save you money in the long run, but it can also reduce odors, allergens and mold in your home.
As of press time, the CDC recommends wearing a face covering in public, and disposable masks are still pretty tricky to find. Opt for a more sustainable (and stylish) option, like this cloth face mask available in both child and adult sizes.
By now you likely have a collection of reusable bags, but you can make your shopping trip even easier with this trolley bag. It fits directly in your cart and has separate compartments for all of your needs—including separate egg and wine pockets! (Oh, and if you ever forget your bags, choose paper at checkout. It can double as your recycling bin!)
Wearing makeup is fun—until you have to take it off. Luckily, the “Mitty Mini” makes this end-of-day task a little easier (and more sustainable). These ultra-soft, machine-washable pads can replace cotton balls and wipes.
Whether you’re going on a hike or staying hydrated while running errands, this pretty bottle is a more cost-effective choice than disposable waters. Bonus: Customize it with your favorite stickers! Check out more water bottle options.
No lid? No problem. This silicone set can replace disposable plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil in your kitchen. Simply place the lid on top of your bowl, and it will stay sealed until you’re ready to eat!
Tea lovers, listen up. This gorgeous, easy-to-fill tea infuser will help you brew the perfect cuppa. Plus, it includes a matching tea tray. For added impact, buy your tea from a bulk store in a reusable container.
Protect your produce without using any single-use plastic. These silicone tools flex directly over the cut side of an onion, lemon or lime.