How can you do your part? There are several products that earth-conscious consumers can use to minimize their environmental impact.

Reusable Shopping Bags

cotton canvas grocery tote filled with groceries and flowers
Many consumers prefer a cotton canvas tote for trips to the grocery store or farmers market

In cities where plastic bag bans are in effect, reusable shopping bags are the only way to bring your groceries and other items home. Reusable bags can be found everywhere – in grocery stores, retail stores, and even gas stations.

Reusable bags are typically inexpensive to purchase and provide hundreds of uses before needing to be replaced.

When shopping for reusable bags, you’ll find that there a variety of materials to choose from, including:

  • Reusable cotton canvas bags
  • Jute
  • Woven synthetic fibers
  • Thick plastic
  • Hemp
  • Polypropylene
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Recycled PET

Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, but they all do the same thing: provide an eco-friendly way to carry your items. It is good practice to take both a basic shopping tote and an insulated bag with you to the grocery store so you can keep your refrigerator items cold on the way home.

Reusable Lunch Bags

Before brown paper bags were available everywhere, people brought their lunches to work and school in reusable bags and boxes. Many people still use lunchboxes today, but a large percentage do not.

Reusable lunch bags come in a variety of sizes, designs, shapes, and materials. And most are surprisingly inexpensive.

Jute lunch bag
The Jemima Jute Lunch Bag – Available on Etsy

Along with reusable bags, there are other items that consumers can purchase to make their lunches virtually waste-free, including:

  • Reusable utensils
  • Reusable sandwich and snack bags
  • Reusable food containers
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Reusable stainless steel or glass straws
  • Cloth napkins
  • Reusable to-go boxes

Switching to reusable lunch items can also save money, as there’s no need to continuously purchase more bags.

When you’re ready to dispose of your reusable snack bags, they degrade in less than 45 days.

Eco-Friendly Diaper Bags

Conventional diaper bags come in a variety of materials, including canvas, cotton, leather, vinyl, and polyester. Many of these materials take a toll on the environment to produce.

Eco-friendly diaper bags provide a better alternative. Parents can now purchase bags made of recycled material. Many companies are also offering fashion-forward designs that allow the bag to transition from a diaper bag to a tote or purse.

Some bags, like Maggie Bags Diaper Bags, are made from recycled seatbelts. Others, like the Fleurville ReRun, are made from PET-recycled and PVC-free materials. These materials are easier on the environment and healthier for the little one, too.

cotton diaper bag filled with baby accessories in the nursery
The Mila Mille Cotton Diaper Caddy

Eco-Friendly Litter Boxes

Made of plastic, cat litter boxes can be toxic to the environment when thrown away. Now, there are eco-friendly options for cat owners that don’t sacrifice cleanliness.

Eco-friendly litter boxes are available that are made of 100% recycled material. These are a great option for pet owners on a budget.

One of the most environmentally-friendly options is a self-cleaning litter box. These litter boxes prevent waste by ensuring that only the pet’s waste is dumped.

Some boxes use water to flush and clean the box after each use. These litter boxes use reusable beads that look and feel like disposable cat litter.

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