48 Eco Friendly Products You Can Buy Today to Help Stop Plastic Pollution
To say plastic pollution is a widespread problem is not doing it justice:
- Only about 9% of all plastic ever made has likely been recycled with 12% of all plastic waste having been incinerated. The remaining 79% has accumulated in either landfill or the natural environment if not still in use.
- One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic pollution in our oceans.
- In one study by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control, nearly 93 percent of people tested positive for BPA (a potentially harmful chemical present in plastic products).
Think the problem is too big for you to make an impact?
We put together this list of eco friendly products to show you just how easy it can be to replace some of the plastic products you buy and support those making products out of recycled plastic. By replacing them, you can virtually eliminate your single use plastic waste in that area. By purchasing recycled plastic products you are helping to close the loop of the circular economy.
One of the best ways to fight plastic pollution is to live by example and ensure the products you buy are produced with both ethics and the environment in mind.
Also, don’t forget to share the journey with your friends and family. The more friends you convince, the more people you share articles like this one with, the more people will begin using environmentally friendly products in their everyday lives, and that is how we change the world.
1. Pod Star reusable Coffee Pods
It is estimated that 39,000 coffee capsules are produced every minute globally, and up to 29,000 of these end up in landfill, each taking up to 500 years to break down. In Australia alone, an estimated 3.5 million pods enter landfill every day.
With statistics like these a product such as Pod Star’s reusable stainless steel pods are a game changer. Save the environment, save money and choose your own coffee! There are a variety of pods to fit various machines, and Pod Star are adding to the range all the time.
Pod Star offer free shipping over $80, and as a special offer to readers use the code ONYAPOD15 for 15% off!
2. Toilet Paper
Who Gives a Crap? sells extra-cushy 3-ply bamboo bathroom tissue in colourful paper packs. The co-founder (after learning that 800 children under 5 die daily from diseases caused by poor water and sanitation) decided to set this company up with his friends, donating 50% of profits to provide clean sanitation in developing countries. For the crowdfunding campaign, he sat on a toilet in their draughty warehouse and refused to move, until they raised enough pre-orders to start production. It took 50 hours, but they did it!
3. Wombat Steel Kitchen Compost Bin
Collecting food scraps and composting is made easy!
Made from sturdy steel, this compost bin also features a built-in charcoal filter on the underside of the lid. The filter allows air to pass into the bin, keeping food scraps odour-free and preventing them from sweating and becoming slimy.
The Wombat Compost Bin is the perfect size for your kitchen counter or under the sink for easy access and can be used in small apartments, bathrooms, vans or caravans.
4. The Happy Sparrow Silk Dental Floss
The Happy Sparrow Dental Floss packed in a refillable stainless steel container is the toughest eco-friendly natural dental floss on the market.
The floss is made from 100% mulberry silk and gives superior performance to polyester or bamboo / polyester blend flosses which are prone to breaking. It’s packed in a stainless steel jar with a stainless steel lid. Refill packs are available.
5.The Naked Soap Company Dishwashing Soap Bar
The grime busting dishwashing soap bar by The Naked Soap Company is a cleaning powerhouse with its grime-fighting sudsy lather. Cuts through stubborn grime on your pots, pans and dishes. With added shea butter to replenish your hands.
The combination of Olive Oil, Shea Butter & Coconut work to loosen the grime on your dishes & soften your skin. Free from fragrance, SLSs and Parabens, it’s gentle on your sensitive skin & kind on our Planet.
Each 375gm soap bar can replace up to 6 plastic bottles of dishwashing liquid & lasts up to 4 months (based on real customer feedback). 100% vegan, cruelty-free & palm-oil free. Used code DIMINISH15 for a 15% discount!
6. Stainless steel pegs
Whether you’re moving to a plastic-free lifestyle or want a durable peg that you won’t ever have to replace, check out Australia’s best stainless steel pegs from Pod Star. Each peg is stronger, bigger, and more rustproof than any other on the market. Making responsible, eco-friendly choices has never been easier on your clothes with top quality 316 stainless steel pegs that won’t mark, blow off in the wind or corrode with Australia’s harsh climate.
As a special offer to readers, Pod Star are offering 50% off their 30- pack of pegs! Use code ONYAPEG50.
7. Reusable Baking Mats
Introducing Little Pepino’s reusable silicone baking mats. Made from food-grade silicone material, these mats are non-toxic, odourless, and safe for use in the oven, microwave, or freezer.
Featuring a non-stick surface, these baking mats make it easy to prepare and cook your favourite dishes, including pastries, cookies, macaroons, pizza, and more. They are heat resistant up to 250°C, ensuring that your food cooks evenly without burning or sticking to the surface.
8. Vegan Shoes
Quality vegan shoes are made of several materials. You can of course find rope/jute sandals and natural rubber wellies etc. But for ‘everyday shoes’, the main material is Microfiber, which is gradually becoming more and more biodegradable, thanks to inventions like fruit leathers, which use up the waste from industry (apples, grapes, pineapples, cactus).
Easy to clean with a jar of dubbin, invest in a couple of pairs and wear on alternate days, and you should be sorted.
9. Unpaper Towels
Planet Revive – Unpaper Towels: Mopping up spills and wiping up the daily kitchen mess has never been easier or more convenient with these ingeniously designed “Unpaper Towels”.
The towels are handmade from one ply absorbent cotton flannelette and therefore naturally cling to each other so you can easily roll them on and off of your paper towel dispenser for easy use and storage. Not only will you save money and avoid plastic packaging by swapping to Unpaper Towels but you’ll also save trees from deforestation and reduce the amount of disposable paper towels going to landfill.
10. Avocado Facial Cleanser
Mindfully handmade in small batches in South Australia, this best selling all natural facial cleanser is gentle on your skin and will help to remove impurities and blemishes.
Enriched with tea tree oil (antibacterial) and aloe vera (antioxidant) it will help to restore and refreshen your skin to a glowing youthful state.
Simply wet the cleansing bar to generate suds and use your hands or make-up wipes to wash away grime. Its added moisturising oils and natural butters will leave your skin feeling silky smooth (but not greasy). 100% vegan, cruelty-free & palm-oil free. Use code DIMINISH15 for a 15% discount!
11. World Wildlife Fund rPET Umbrella
An umbrella that’s stylish, hardy and eco friendly. The fabulous folding umbrellas from WWF are ethically produced with material made from 100% recycled post consumer water bottles and is both soft and durable.
You can choose from beautiful oceans, fantastic forests or WWF’s iconic panda design. Each umbrella is made from 5.2 recycled plastic bottles.
12. Compostable cleaning bundle
With one of each of our compostable brushes this combo will make cleaning a joy for you and the planet. These brushes all have bamboo handles and the bristles are made from sisal fibres so which means they’re soft on your dishes and the planet.
Made from nothing but natural materials, they are 100% home compostable, vegan and perfect for cleaning grime from your pots and pans.
13. Vegan Leather Tote
Some of the world’s top fashion houses are now replacing animal leathers with vegan leathers made from fruit. Many people believe the leather industry is a by-product of the meat industry, but it’s not. Most leather is processed in countries where there are little or no welfare laws for animals (or humans that make the leather, who are often subjected to toxic chemicals from the tanning process, which then go into the water supplies, and harm marine wildlife too). This apple skin tote is a vibrant beautiful urban shopper, which is lightweight but strong enough to hold a laptop.
14. Cleaning pods – just add water
Ecyo – Cleaning Pods for Spray Bottles: Ecyo’s eco-friendly cleaning pods are not only an innovative alternative to unsustainable supermarket bought cleaners but they’re also really effective and efficient cleaners.
The highly concentrated cleaning pods fully dissolve in water so you can completely avoid single use plastic cleaning bottles while also avoiding the harsh chemicals. Simply drop a pod in a repurposed spray bottle (or one of our recycled plastic spray bottles) and add water.
15. Shave soap
Biome Divine Shave Soap in Tin 120g. Shave soap packaged in a reusable tin, by Biome. Handmade in Australia from all natural ingredients, treat your skin to a moisturising and protective, divine lather without impacting the planet, it smells spectacular! Zero waste, long lasting, and easy to use. Also available unpackaged.
16. Sustainable watches
The Sustainable Watch Company (England) is one of the most eco-friendly watch companies around. All watches are handmade from recycled furniture wood, in a variety of styles. This climate-positive business offsets carbon with every order, and plants 10 trees for each watch sold, which is also sent in beautiful zero-waste packaging. The watch straps (all vegan-friendly) are also made from recycled wood and you can choose to buy just the straps, if you already own a watch.
17. Sand free beach towels
You will love these sand free beach towels by Bok Beach Life. Made from 20 recycled plastic bottles, soft and super absorbent, you will enjoy leaving the sand at the beach after a fun day out with your family and friends. These towels fold down to fit into their handy travel pouch or fold flat to take up less room in your luggage when travelling.
18. The Carry-on closet
A patented Five-Shelf Shelving System with an easily accessible USB charging port, frictionless wheels, a three-digit lock and an unbreakable polycarbonate shell with an aluminum frame combine to make the Carry-On Closet the perfect suitcase.
It cleans up 2.7 kilos of ocean-bound plastic from coastal communities, and its interior Shore-Tex® lining is made from 100% recycled plastic.
19. Wool dryer balls
Wool dryer balls are an eco-friendly and zero waste alternative to traditional dryer sheets or plastic dryer balls! Wombat Organic Wool Dryer Balls are made from all-natural, 100% organic New Zealand sheep wool and are free from chemicals and dyes.
- Decreases drying time to save energy
- Softens fabric without chemicals
- Reduces static
- Prevents clothes from clumping or tangling in the dryer
- Reduces wrinkling and ironing
- Eco-friendly and waste-free
Drink Bottles and Accessories
Globally humans buy one million plastic bottles per minute.
One. Million. Per. Minute.
Not only does this plastic end up in landfills, in our oceans, and in other parts of the environment where it can cause damage, it also commonly contains BPA.
BPA is a potentially harmful chemical found in plastic products that can leak into your water and other beverages.
The following eco friendly products can help you eliminate your plastic bottle pollution and keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals.
20. Stainless Steel Drink Bottles
The Onya Stainless Steel Drink Bottle is 100% BPA-free. This makes it a safe, sustainable way to consume your favourite beverages on the go.
It also comes in three sizes to cater to different thirst levels.
21. Drink Bottle Lids
All Onya Stainless Steel Drink Bottles are BPA free and come with our Flip and Flow Lid. But if you prefer a different style (or need a replacement), we offer individual lid options that fit the Onya bottle perfectly.
22. Drink Bottle Jackets
You can insulate and protect your Onya Stainless Steel Drink Bottle with this wetsuit style reusable Onya Drink Bottle Jacket.
They’re made from Premium Neoprene that easily passes the new Reach38 toxicity test. (They’re completely free from the nasty toxins associated with normal neoprene.)
23. Drink Bottle Lanyard
The Onya Drink Bottle Lanyard is a handy adjustable carry strap with a small carabiner clip designed to make it easy for you to carry your Onya Reusable Drink Bottle hands-free.
Low Impact Picnic, Camping and Travel Products
The following eco friendly products are great for reducing your waste production on picnics, camping trips, and while traveling.
24. Reusable Lunch Wraps
Packed lunches may seem innocent enough, but when you multiply them by each person who packs a lunch each day, the amount of single-use plastic waste adds up quickly.
The Onya Reusable Lunch Wrap (made from recycled PET bottles) can completely eliminate the plastic pollution produced from daily lunches or anytime you use single-use sandwich wraps.
25. Recycled and Recyclable Cutlery
Plastic cutlery is almost always used once and thrown away. Parties, BBQs, or school lunches can produce a lot of plastic cutlery waste.
Reduce or eliminate this waste by using Preserve reusable utensils made from recycled plastic which are also recyclable at the end of their life cycle.
26. Vortex’s Rechargeable Crank Flashlight
Instead of changing batteries each time your flashlight runs out of energy, try this flashlight from Vortex.
It runs on a rechargeable battery that’s hand-cranked, saving multiple batteries per year from entering landfills.
27. Compostable Party Plates
Just likeplastic cutlery, plastic and paper plates are almost always used once and thrown away. Parties, BBQs, or school lunches can produce a lot of plastic and paper plate waste.
Reduce or eliminate this waste by using compostable party plates.
28. Compostable Bowls
Instead of putting party, BBQ, or camping snacks in a plastic or paper bowl, you can use a compostable bowl that’s both human and environmentally friendly.
29. Travel Pouch Made From Recycled Bike Tubes
Support the removal and repurposing of landfill rubber by using any of these travel pouches made from recycled bike tubes by Green Guru Gear. Carry your belongings safely while helping the environment at the same time.
30. Sustainable Travel Towels
Evolve has made some fantastic planet friendly products.
Their travel towel is lightweight, compact, anti-microbial and completely sand free. Their travel towels are made from recycled plastic bottles and they donate 10% of all profits to environmental charities.
Eco Friendly Home Items
There are many ways to reduce the environmental pollution that stems from your home simply by choosing eco friendly products.
31. Certified Compostable Bin Liners
Unlike some other bags on the market, Onya bin liners are CERTIFIED compostable to Australian, European, USA & Japanese standards, which means they have been independently assessed to break down to virtually undetectable levels in the soil and are deemed “worm safe” with no micro plastic residues left behind.
Our compostable bin liners are available in 4 sizes (8L, 30L, 36L and 60L) and are made from 100% GMO free renewable plants making them free from any plastic additives such as Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polystyrene & PVC.
32. Recycled Toilet Tissue
Who Gives a Crap makes toilet paper out of 100% recycled paper fibres, bamboo or sugarcane. This saves water, trees, and reduces carbon emissions.
They also donate a whopping 50% of their profits to WaterAid to build toilets for those in need.
33. Recycled Plastic Toothbrush
The Signal Ecolo Clean toothbrush is made from 100% food-grade post-consumer recycled plastic, while its smart design features a comfortable, ergonomic hollow handle with 40% less plastic than an ordinary toothbrush – saving an estimated 10 tonnes of plastic yearly.
34. Recycled Sari Table Linen Collection
This table linen collection from Viva Terra is handmade in India by artisans who carefully collect pieces of vintage and upcycled fabrics to create elaborate patterns and colors.
Each piece is different from the next because they are each hand sewn from the scraps leftover during the process of hand making Indian saris.
35. Recycled Plastic Rugs
Woven from premium quality recycled plastic, the beautiful and affordable recycled plastic rugs from Fab Habitat make several statements at the same time. Available in a wide range of colours, patterns and designs, these are another example of how plastic waste can become functional and attractive.
36. Ballpoint Pens Made From Recycled Water Bottles
Water bottles are one of the top contributors to not only plastic pollution, but to world pollution in general. You can support removing some of those bottles from landfills by purchasing these ballpoint pens from Pilot.
Made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, the B2P (Bottle-2-Pen) pens are retractable and refillable for added sustainability.
37. Eco Friendly Decking
Trex makes eco friendly composite decks that are made from 95% recycled wood and plastic film. They also use Earth-friendly manufacturing processes, like reclaiming factory waste and eliminating the use of harmful chemicals.
38. Recycled Floor Mats
These Rubber Cal floor mats are made from natural, reclaimed, or recycled rubber material. Due to their high durability, they’re great for areas such as garages, warehouses, and porches.
39. Eco Touch Screen Computer
Iameco manufactures some pretty cool environmentally friendly gadgets. Their touch screen computer has a carbon footprint that’s 70% lower than the average personal computer.
It’s also the first computer of its kind to win the EU Eco Flower certification.
40. Eco Laptop
This environmentally friendly laptop from Iameco was manufactured while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, re-using 70% of the material, and reducing fresh water utilisation by 75%.
41. Eco Computer Accessories
Iameco also stocks a range of computer accessories (keyboards, mice, and cases) made from sustainable materials and responsibly manufactured.
42. Toys Made From Recycled Milk Jugs
Green Toys is a fantastic company. They manufacture and sell toys made from 100% recycled materials — milk bottles being the primary material. They also use plastic recycled from other types of products.
Their toys surpass U.S. and international standards for BPA and Phthalates.
43. Biodegradable Garden Pots
Help keep your garden safe from plastic and rubber pollution with these Western biodegradable garden pots. They’re made from recycled material and decompose in about a year.
Sustainable Clothing and Shoes
Many of the clothes we wear contain plastics like polyester, nylon and acrylic. In fact most new fabrics are made of plastic – up to 64% of them.
The sustainable products in this section will either help you avoid clothing and shoes made out of virgin plastic or help you support those who are helping to diverting plastic waste from landfill.
44. Natural and Recycled Rubber Thongs
Etiko‘s Vegan Flip Flops are designed to do good with 10% of proceeds going directly to Animals Australia.
Made Fair Trade from a blend of certified natural and recycled rubber, Etiko Flip Flops are part of the Etiko Take Back Program where all footwear returned to them will be recycled via Melbourne-based Save Our Soles.
45. Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
Using rPET fabric, South Beach Boardies has created eco-friendly, practical boardies. Available in big bold limited-edition prints for men, women and kids.
When you buy South Beach Boardies Recycled Beachwear, you’re not just helping contribute to a cleaner earth – they donate 5% of their profits to ocean conservation charities.
46. Clothes Made From Recycled Fabric
Recover Brands produces clothing that’s made entirely out of recycled material.
They also use the most environmentally sustainable manufacturing methods possible — by eliminating the use of dyes and minimizing chemical, water, and energy use.
47. Period and Incontinence Underwear
Modibodi, voted the #1 Period Underwear & Incontinence Underwear Brand, gives all bodies more confidence and comfort, as well as a more sustainable solution to disposable hygiene.
It’s time to ditch your tampons, liners, and pads and join the Modibodi Movement with their sustainable, luxuriously comfy underwear.
48. Wool Footwear
Allbirds created an innovative wool fabric made specifically for footwear.
By wearing a pair of Allbirds wool shoes (which don’t look half bad) you can wear a pair of comfortable shoes from a company that found a new use for naturally existing materials, rather than relying on cheaper synthetics.
Thank you for checking out our list of eco friendly products designed to fight the war on waste.
This is only a small example of the environmentally friendly options out there, so if you haven’t found what you’re looking for, a quick eco friendly products Google search should help you find it.
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Everyday items for the Eco Warrior: Where to find the best eco friendly products to reduce plastic waste
The single most important issue facing modern humanity is climate change. We’ve all seen the evidence in our climate and in disturbing images from across the globe all over the news. The question is: what can we do about it? The key to tackling climate change is both macro and micro. It’s important that we, as individuals, take up the cause just as strongly as governments and corporations could and should. That’s where Onya and our reusable products come in. We understand what it means to live responsibly in a modern world and apply those principles to all aspects of our business and in our daily lives.
In order to make the changes we want to see happen, we know the key to success is finding ways of adjusting your habits in a way that complements your current lifestyle. Habits won’t stick if they require a drastic change in behaviour so Onya began with a simple mission; Create innovative, environmentally friendly solutions that easily fit into your life. We are here to bring you solutions that make a difference, right to your doorstep. Australian based Onya has been offering the world innovative solutions to single use plastic waste since 2004.
What is the problem? How do we fix it?
The big problem, as we all know, is the long-term increase of the Earth’s temperature. We humans have been wreaking havoc on our atmosphere for a long time, and now our chickens are well and truly home to roost. Plastic is littering our oceans; our landfill is land-filled, and we throw away more and more each year.
We can all lessen our impact with a simple approach. The six ‘R’s we live our lives by are: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle and Rot. If we can try and keep these principles in mind when making daily decisions, then we can start making a positive impact on our surroundings.
Onya goes that one step further. We are a B Corp certified company which, put plainly, means we have an obligation to meet the very highest of social and environmental standards. B Corps balance their profit with their purpose so that you, the consumer, know that your dollars do good.
We partner with only those who match our ethical commitments to ensure that we bring you products manufactured the right way. Ethically made in China, our produce ranges are made by companies whose values echo our own and we have been working with them for many years. Every partner we work with is approved as socially and environmentally conscious. We prioritise proper workers’ rights, community impact, environmental credentials and, of course, you, our customer.
Time to make the switch
Ditch the doubt and choose a company with the credentials that support their sustainability claims. If you would like to learn more about how Onya prioritizes ethics over profits, head on over to our website and navigate to the About section. Alternatively, you can connect with us on social media today by following @onyalife on Facebook, Instagram Twitter and Pinterest!
Onya specialises in a great range of reusable products. You can find a selection of eco-friendly recycled products, eco friendly drink bottles, reusable coffee cups, reusable vegetable bags, reusable bulk food bags & more. Browse our entire range online.
For further resources on where to find everyday eco-friendly swaps, you can also check out this article from PARO Store