A new study estimates that more than 250,000 tons of plastic trash float in the world's oceans. Stem the tide with these reusable, sustainable options.
Swap: brown bag.
Why tote your lunch in a frumpy paper bag when you can use a chic, sustainable alternative? Look for durable, food-grade stainless steel containers; they’re easy to clean and don’t contain BPA or phthalates. Or jazz things up with washable cotton bags printed with stylish patterns.
Swap: plastic cutlery.
Throwing a fete? Don’t bash the environment. Replace disposable, petroleum-based forks, knives, and spoons with compostable cutlery made from renewable or sustainably harvested plant materials like wood, tapioca starch, corn, sugarcane, and grass fibers.
Swap: plastic wrap.
Though most people use this thin, polyurethane film to cover refrigerated food, it’s hard to recycle because of its unique resin and (typically) too much food residue. We’re enamored with a new beeswax-coated organic cotton that safely wraps cut fruit, bread, cheese, vegetables, and more.
Try: Bee’s Wrap
Swap: water bottles.
Still drinking bottled water? News flash: You pay 1,900 times more for bottled than tap water, and billions of disposables clog landfills every year. Get yourself an attractive, reusable water bottle made from stainless steel or nonleaching glass covered in protective silicon.