8 Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps for Earth Day and Beyond

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a great reminder that we can all try to do a little more to protect the environment. More than ever, designers and brands are switching to create greener designs, whether it’s the materials used or how they’re made, or to design a product to replace something that isn’t as sustainable or environmentally friendly. We really run out of excuses when it comes to making better decisions about who to give our money to as many of these products are easily available and often affordable when you think about long term use. If you’re looking for a place to start, read on for 8 Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps You Can Do On Earth Day And Beyond.

LARQ bottle of PureVis – DG23 Edition $ 95
Protect landfills from being overloaded with plastic water bottles by upgrading to a reusable version, like this collaboration edition with three-time NBA champion Draymond Green. Plus, this bottle cleans your water in 60 seconds to get rid of harmful bacteria and viruses. Available in 17oz and 25oz.

To Go Small Tumbler by KINTO $ 35
Throw away disposable reusable takeaway coffee mugs for your daily coffee habit and save tons of paper cups from the trash. In addition, this mug keeps your coffee hot, because who likes lukewarm coffee? Available in pink, white, coyote, khaki, silver and black.

Glass straws in a cool set from Poketo $ 24
Plastic straws have already been banned in some cities, with more to follow in the hope that fewer people will end up in landfills. Glass straws are so handy and this pack includes four different colors, a drawstring pouch to take with you and a much needed brush to keep them fresh and clean.

Porter Charcoal Terrazzo Utensil Set by W & P $ 18
When you get takeaway food, the restaurant inevitably adds plastic items to your order. Often times they’re thrown and not used at all, or maybe just a fork, and then the unused ones are thrown away – either way, it’s a waste. This set makes it easy to put an end to single-use items with its sturdy fork, spoon and sharp knife that fit in the sleek silicone tote bag that also keeps them clean. Whether you have a quick meal in your car, at the campsite, at work or in a hotel, these are handy!

Extended Bento Box from TAKENAKA BENTOBOX $ 30
Say goodbye to plastic bags, tin foil, and plastic wrap when it’s time to head out, but you’ll need to bring food. Whether you’re preparing a traditional bento box meal or not, a bento box is a handy way to carry groceries around while traveling or even on a picnic to work. This expanded version has two compartments and comes with an orange rubber band to keep it secure until you’re done eating. Available in the colors candy pink, coral, daffodil yellow, glacier gray, green, light blue, peppermint, power pink, red, serenity blue and white.

Bitmap tea towel color set by Areaware $ 52
Paper towels can generate a lot of trash if you use them to dry hands or dishes, as well as for cleaning. Switching to something greener like tea towels is a great way to get the job done without leaving any waste. This set includes four cool tea towels with Susan Kare’s iconic designs, referring to her work at Apple Computer in the 1980s, creating fonts, icons and visuals for the original Macintosh operating system.

Ami Net Market Tote by Graf Lantz 19
Plastic bags are becoming increasingly rare in grocery stores these days, and for good reason. Carrying our own reusable bags to the store or to the farmers market has become the norm, though we occasionally forget to bring them (it’s all our fault, right?). These Ami Net totes are very practical as they hardly collapse and fit in their own pouch, so you can easily keep them in your pocket or car for the next time you shop. They’re also great to take with you to the beach or pool to store your towels and various items of equipment. Available in Orange, Army, Earth and Natural.

Original flip-up helmet from Closca $ 145
One big change we can all make is to drive our cars less to reduce air pollution. Bicycling is much faster than walking and you will get a good workout whether you ride a bike for pleasure or commute to work. Of course, when you ride a bike you need a helmet and this one from Closca is not only comfortable and safe, it also looks incredibly cool. When not in use, you can simply fold it up for easy storage or transport without taking up a lot of space. Available in black or white with a gray visor and in sizes S, M and L.

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