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Create less waste in 2021 with these 16 products

Swaps so simple, you'll forget you made a resolution.

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In addition to a glimmer at the end of the tunnel, the start of 2021 also brings the tradition of resolutions. You can resolve to lose weight, communicate more with family, or to practice an eco-friendly lifestyle. One way to achieve the latter is by committing to creating less waste, especially in the form of single-use plastic. These better-for-the-planet products are simple swaps that take zero effort to incorporate into your daily life. The impact -- or lack thereof -- is worth it. Do it for the sea turtles.

Blueland Dishwasher Tablet Starter Set 

Dishwasher Starter Set
blueland.com
$18.00

Not only do Blueland’s dishwasher tablets effectively clean dishes but the chic pastel blue, pill-shaped tin will demand a spot on your counter. The tablets are not individually wrapped, and the refills ship in a paper bag. Blueland is a swap you’ll happily make.

David’s Toothpaste

Natural Toothpaste
packagefreeshop.com
$10.00

David’s Toothpaste can be purchased with a vintage metal key, helping you roll out every bit. And, the aluminum tube can be tossed in your recycling bin, unlike 99% of plastic tubes found in stores.

FiveTwo Silicone Straws

Five Two Silicone Straws
Food52
food52.com
$25.00

Plastic straws are one of the worst waste offenders, but you can do your part by switching to dishwater-safe silicone straws. The set includes ten straws, four carrying cases, and four cleaning squeegees.

Planet Poop Compostable Poop Bags

PET N PET Dog Poop Bag 120 Count Poop Bags
PET N PET
amazon.com
$12.99

Swap plastic poop bags for bags that won’t be around in thousands of years, still full of poop. Plante Poop’s strong, tear-proof compostable bags are made from plant-based ingredients that break down completely, not into microplastics.

Lasting Freshness Vacuum Sealed Food Storage 

Lasting Freshness 9 Piece Vacuum Seal Food Storage Container Set
Lasting Freshness
amazon.com
$28.75

Keep food fresh longer in your fridge and pantry. You can marinade without the fuss and waste of plastic non-recyclable vacuum-seal bags. Each Lasting Freshness food storage lid has a silicone valve that allows you to pump the air out in seconds manually.

Mesh Bags

4 Pack Portable Reusable Grocery Bags Fruit and Vegetable Bag
JM-capricorns
amazon.com
$14.99

Just say no to single-use produce bags (which most city recycling services don’t accept) and opt for washable mesh bags that are attractive enough to use as tote bags.

Stasher 100% Silicone Food Grade Reusable Storage Bags

Stasher 100% Silicone Food Grade Reusable Storage Bag
Stasher
amazon.com
$54.99

While there are lots of cheap silicone storage bags out there, Stasher remains a top pick for anyone banishing single-use “sandwich bags.” The thick, leak-proof bags are great at storing food and are safe to use in your microwave and for sous vide cooking sans BPA, PVC, and latex.

Food52 Compostable Sponge Cloths

Five Two Compostable Sponge Cloths (Set of 10)
food52.com
$29.00

Tackle dishes, counters, and bathrooms using compostable sponge cloths instead of rolls of paper towels. The Swedish-made clothes are suitable for 300 uses and can be cleaned in your washing machine or dishwasher.

Blueland Hand Wash Starter Set

Hand Soap Starter Set
blueland.com
$16.00

Blueland’s hand wash is an excellent intro to the brand’s genius line of refillable cleaning products. The hand wash starter kit includes a sturdy refillable glass bottle with a pump and three soap tablets that dissolve in hot water (like an Alka-Seltzer, essentially). Eliminate excessive plastic waste while paying only $2 per refill tablet, score.

W&P Porter Terrazzo Glass Water Bottle

W&P Porter Glass Water Bottle w/ Protective Silicone Sleeve
W&P
amazon.com
$35.00

Choose W&P’s stylish Porter dishwasher-safe water bottle over individual plastic bottles. The bottle’s thick, sturdy glass is protected with a nicely tactile silicone sleeve in a terrazzo motif. Pair it with the matching Porter ceramic mug (the heat retention is insane), and never toss another insulated sleeve again.

Food52 Airtight Silicone Lids

Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids
food52.com
$40.00

Versatile airtight silicone lids replace plastic cling wrap and then some -- store food, prevent splattering in the microwave or on the stove, and keep food warm. And, the heat-safe silicone is BPA- and BPS-free.

Meow Tweet Deodorant 

Deodorant Stick
Meow Meow Tweet
packagefreeshop.com
$14.00

Meow Tweet’s natural deodorants are a cult favorite for the playful graphics, deliciously natural scents, and the 100% compostable paper tube.

Rael Organic Cotton Tampons 

Organic Cotton Tampons
getrael.com
$7.00

Plastic tampon applicators are the plastic straw of personal care. Instead, opt for comfortable protection and more benefits; Rael’s tampons are housed in a biodegradable cardboard applicator and made with certified organic cotton.

Eco Gloves Compostable Gloves

Eco Gloves Plant-Based Compostable Gloves
Eco Gloves
amazon.com
$15.95

Whether you’re prepping meals for others, doing icky housework, or dying your hair, make the switch to compostable gloves made from plant-based materials. Eco Gloves are latex- and BPA-free, food-grade compliant, and are available in 4 sizes.

Tree Bird 100% Silk Floss with Refillable Glass Container

Biodegradable Dental Floss with a Refillable Glass Holder
TreeBird
amazon.com
$9.99

Consider making the change to Tree Bird’s mint waxed 100% silk floss, housed in a glass jar with cardboard packaged refills available. Zero-waste never looked so good.

HANS Swipe Clean Electronic Cleaner

HÄNS Swipe - Clean
HÄNS
amazon.com
$15.95

If you find yourself going through lots of individually-wrapped or rolls of electronic wipes, try HANS’ Swipe Clean. Simply fill the container with the provided anti-microbial liquid, swipe devices, then polish with the other side.