If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’re already on (or at least exploring) a journey to live a more mindful, eco-conscious life. Having that mindset and making the commitment is a HUGE first step. However, it can quickly become a frustrating journey because of the plethora of information and the many products that claim to be eco-friendly. To help you overcome those frustrations, I’m sharing with you my list of favorite products for your eco-conscious household.
Earth Breeze laundry detergent is a pretty novel detergent. It comes in a completely dissolvable sheet that looks like a dryer sheet, but is actually the cleaner for your clothes. It’s hypoallergenic, vegan, and paraben free. It’s also in completely compostable packaging.
After hearing about how liquid detergent means you’re paying to ship WATER, I was all about seeking an alternative. I found powder to be rather messy and it left a lot of residue. But these detergent sheets solve BOTH of those issues!
Note: This is a no-affiliate recommendation. I use it. I like it. I’m sharing it!
I’ve tried a few options for DIY dryer sheets, but didn’t find anything I loved. So I stopped making my own options and purchased wool balls. The first set I bought from Amazon, and honestly, I hated them. My clothes were always filled with static. But I decided to give a different brand a try so I could reduce waste and I haven’t had any problems with this Everspring brand! They cut dry time and reduce static. Love that.
Note: This is a no-affiliate recommendation. I use them. I like them. I’m letting ya know!
I live in a multi-generational home. For the most part, my mother and I operate our home in a way that meshes well. But I use dishrags in the kitchen to (1) avoid the waste involved with synthetic sponges and (2) promote a sanitary environment by putting them into the wash regularly.
You can absolutely wash and kill the germs on a synthetic sponge. But it’s not as simple as tossing it into the laundry with the rest of the wash.
These beauties were my mom’s compromise. And really, I can’t complain. They work like the synthetic sponges I grew up with– complete with a scrubby side. And they are made from plants, so there’s no plastic waste.
Note: I make this recommendation without any affiliation to Blueland. I just like their products. A lot.
Health & Beauty Products
When I think about all of the plastic tubes of toothpaste that I’ve thrown into the garbage over the years, I cringe. And there is no way to really repurpose those odd tubes, either. Luckily, this whole toothpaste tablet craze has given me another option! I’ve tried two kinds– Bite Charcoal Toothpaste and Unpaste with Flouride. I do not care for the charcoal toothpaste. Bite makes a variety that doesn’t have charcoal, but I haven’t been able to try it yet. I have been using Unpaste for the last two months, and I really like it! I
I was a little worried because I have some tooth sensitivity and have been using Sensodyne for years. But I have had no problem since switching to Unpaste. I tag a small sip of water and chew the tablet to brush. It doesn’t have a particularly strong flavor, which I enjoy. I do still use a mouthwash– but I do that regardless of toothpaste choice.
Note: You guessed it. This recommendation comes to you free from any kind of incentive for me. I share it with you because I like it.
Once again, I am completely enamored by the idea of ordering a soap refill that comes in the form of a tablet. No paying to ship water! These tablets from Blueland come in compostable packaging, too!
I have tried all of the scents of foaming hand soap available as of August 2021. I like to use the Lavendar Eucalyptus in the bathrooms and Lemon in the kitchen. Every once in a while, I like to swap in a different scent for some variety. The only one I am not crazy about is Iris Agave, but scents are so personalized that– you may very well tell me Iris Agave is your favorite!
Note: There is still no affiliation between Green Whale and Blueland. We’re just super fans.
I purchased Tree Free Tissues from Grove Collaborative, and I really like them for my daily tissue needs. They come in a completely compostable box and are made from bamboo– the fastest growing plant on the planet. No trees are being cut down so that I can wipe my nose; that works for me!
I will say that they’re not as soft as the brands I had been buying prior. If we have a wave of a cold go through the house, I temporarily switch back to an option that has lotion to protect little noses. I’m not perfect. I still indulge.
But for the average daily tissue use, these suit my needs and fit into my idea of living consciously.
Note: No affiliation for this one either!
We’ve also switched to Tree Free Toilet paper for the same reasons as above. The toilet paper is a little thinner than what we’d been using before, but it still does the job. We also have a bidet, so we’re using less toilet paper overall, but for the wiping needs, Seedling TP does the job.