People are becoming more aware of the devastating impact that humans are having on the Earth. As a result, they’re looking for new ways to lessen their own carbon footprint. One way is to use alternatives to plastic, namely reusable bags or paper straws instead of plastic bags and straws. We also encourage people to ditch single-use plastics.

1. Bamboo Toothbrush

This is a great alternative to single-use plastic handled toothbrushes. The handles can be composted while the nylon bristles must be recycled.

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2. Reusable Razors

Safety razors are the best eco-friendly option because they’re long lasting and the blades can be recycled. If you’re traveling or need a temporary option, the American-based eco-friendly company Preserve sells a razor made from recycled yogurt cups.

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3. Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

Ditch the unnecessary plastic baggies for something that can better serve the Earth. Luckily these days there are loads of options. Bumkins sells cute reusable snack bags. For silicone bags that are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe, try Stasher.

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4. Reusable Napkins

Instead of using paper napkins or paper towels, try this option. Purchase cloth napkins, or use washcloths.

5. Biodegradable Trash Bags or Reusable Bag Liners

If you can’t get out of the habit of using trash bags, biodegradable bags are a good option. Amazon has several different brands. Another option is to use reusable bag liners.

6. Naked Shampoo/Conditioner

Plastic is almost a part of everything. All of your hair products usually come in it. Luckily, companies such as Lush and Ethique sell numerous products in environmentally-friendly packaging or without any at all. Check out Lush’s skin care and hair care products. (Remember to look out for the “V” symbol as not all products are vegan.)

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7. Menstrual Cups

In addition to Thinx period protection underwear, menstrual cups are a great alternative to using tampons. You end up saving a lot of paper and plastic products by using these cups. They may be a little intimidating at first, but they’re easy to use, and I promise once you give it a chance, you’ll be hooked! Try brands such as Lunette and Diva Cup.

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8. Thrift for Clothes

By buying dozens and dozens of clothing items, you’re just contributing to more waste. Next time you’re looking for a new outfit, consider purchasing new lightly used clothing at your local thrift store, Goodwill, or through the phone app and online thrifting store, thredUP.

9. Composting

Get a compost bin and start tossing in all of your fruit, vegetable and other food scraps into it. Compost is great for gardening too!

Do your part to lessen your carbon footprint!