13 eco-friendly products to use at home

Creating a sustainable environment begins at home by making conscious choices in daily life. Many renewable or recyclable materials are found in nature, and several companies incorporate them to create green home products. Almost every plastic or non-biodegradable home item has an eco-friendly alternative. While it might not be possible to entirely eliminate non-degradable materials, like plastic or synthetic polymers, here are a few must-have eco-friendly products that one can keep in their home.

Sustainable bedsheets
Opting for sustainable bed sheets woven from cotton or flax fibers can be a great start. Cotton plants get replenished with a year of harvesting, while flax plants grow two inches every day, making them highly sustainable and organic. They are also incredibly comfortable, good for the skin, create less waste, and are reasonably priced.

Sustainable comforters
One can use sustainable duvets using cotton shells and down fill, which is a soft and lightweight undercoat of geese and ducks. The birds grow their coats back within six weeks, which is why the product can be considered sustainable. One can ensure they opt for brands that ethically source down fill.

Eco-friendly pillows
Another option is to go for pillows made from organic cotton, flax fibers, or even microfiber that’s recycled. It’s best to choose manufacturers that are environmentally conscious and use sustainable practices in making these products.

Cloth towels
Working in the kitchen means one has to constantly wipe down spills and clean surfaces. In such cases, it’s best to avoid disposable paper towels or tissues since they are a one-time use and end up in the landfill. Instead, one can use highly absorbent and washable cloth towels or rags. These are made from materials like cotton or microfiber. Since they can be reused, stocking them can save money and also help the environment by reducing the trash disposed.

Stainless steel drinking bottles
It’s best to avoid plastic wherever one can, especially when it comes to storing drinking water. The microplastics that enter the water are not only harmful to the human body, but the plastic itself takes millions of years to decompose. Instead, one can opt for stainless steel bottles that are extremely durable and serve for years.

Reusable lunch wraps
Packing lunch in plastic or aluminum foil may not be the best choice for the environment. For an eco-friendly alternative, one can stock up on reusable lunch wrap made from recycled material like hemp fabric or recycled plastic bottles (PET), which can also be used to wipe down the tabletop or surface after eating.

Vegan leather tote
Bags are a daily necessity, and keeping a vegan leather tote bag handy while running errands can be an excellent eco-friendly option. It is made from polymers like polyurethane and other recyclable materials, unlike leather sourced from animals.

Bamboo toothbrushes
Common plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill and cause marine and environmental pollution. Instead, one can make a habit of using bamboo toothbrushes, which are made from bamboo, corn, or wood and decompose easily.

Reusable straws
It is advisable to keep a few reusable straws made from stainless steel or silicone handy. These can be easily washed and are usually dishwasher-safe.

Compost bin
This is a must-have for every home. Kitchen waste disposed in a compost bin can act as a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Adding naturally decomposed kitchen waste to the soil makes it rich in organic matter, and the soil can then be used to nourish the house plants. Ensure that one only adds uncooked organic matter to the bin to avoid attracting pests.

Natural woven baskets
Natural baskets woven from plant fiber like jute or sisal can be great organizers for the house. These baskets can be used to keep laundry, toys, bathroom essentials, or to store extra pillows, blankets, or slippers. They are sturdy, versatile, sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and reasonably priced.

Reusable baking mats
Washable and reusable baking mats made from food-grade silicone material do not have any toxic materials and can be safely used in the oven, microwave, or freezer. One can use these baking mats to cook any food, and they are reusable and long-lasting.

Silicone pouches
It’s best to stock up on a few silicon pouches at home that can replace single-use ziplock bags. These pouches can be used for a variety of reasons, from storing food leftovers in the fridge to steaming veggies in the microwave, to packing snacks on-the-go. The sliding lock ensures an airtight seal and keeps the food fresh and protected from external bacteria.