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Eco-Friendly Home Essentials

One of my goals for 2019 & beyond is to continue my sustainability journey by challenging myself to shop less. When I have to shop, I want to buy smarter & greener than I already have been.

Some things are easy enough, I just need to do them more – like thrifting. I love thrift shopping, it’s really a goldmine. But I could definitely buy more secondhand items for our home, garden, & personal use like clothing.

I also want to commit to buying more green products from companies that have a commitment to sustainability like The Grommet.

Since I’m sharing this sustainability journey with you, I want to also share some of the eco-friendly home essentials I either already use, plan to use more, or am starting to use or make.

Note: **I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. See my full disclosure here.

Since I’m sharing this sustainability journey with you, I want to also share some of the items I either already use, plan to use more, or am starting to use or make.

First up – laundry soap. If you’ve been here before you know that I started making my own soap in 2018 & that I’ve made my own laundry detergent for many years now. I’ve recently come across recipes for homemade soap to use specifically in the laundry & plan to do that a lot more.

For those times when I might be running low on laundry soap & time, I’m trying out these next few items. Soap berries are a big deal in the eco-friendly community because they are all natural fruit from India, completely biodegradeable, & naturally hypo-allergenic.

Ecoegg: Mineral Laundry Egg – 720 Loads – Fresh Linen

Ecoegg: Hypoallergenic Dryer Egg – Fresh Linen

Buckaroo Organics: Organic Soapberry Starter Kit

Next up – journaling. I keep notebooks for everything because I’m a list maker. Last year I went through 3 easily. This year I decided that instead of trying to keep track of everything in 1 journal or notebook, I need to keep a journal for each aspect of my life.

  • Personal & spiritual
  • Home & Garden
  • Business/work

Even having a notebook with sections didn’t make it any easier to keep up with everything before. The only thing I’m a little worried about is having the “right” notebook when & where I need it.

This little notebook would totally solve that problem. With a couple of these, it would be easy to grab the closest 1, then transfer the pages between them or move the pages around within 1 notebook as needed. This is an excellent idea!

Rekonect: Magnetic Notebook – Blue

And then there’s kitchen essentials. Starting with reusable straws. This is a big deal because plastic straws take FORever to decompose. We switched to stainless steel a couple of years ago & I use them on a daily basis. The kids use paper straws because we don’t want any accidents with them using the rigid stainless.

The paper straws are recyclable & compostable but the problem is always having to buy more. We’ll still use them when we have lots of people over, including kids. Other than that, I prefer these reusable silicone straws.

KoffieStraw: Reusable Silicone Straw Set – Navy

Another kitchen item I am exploring is food storage. We’ve already {slowly} started replacing plastic containers with glass. And have a set of silicone storage bags that are great for storing ANYthing.

Now we’re adding beeswax food wraps. These are really convenient & easy to store. Pinterest has loads of tutorials on making your own, like this one.

If you’re not the DIY type, you can buy a fancy set with multiple different size & design options.

Z Wraps: Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap Multipack – Connect the Dots

There’s lots of other sustainable options if you’re just starting out on this journey. These are just a few items that my family & I will definitely benefit from.

I’m making 2019 the year we take our sustainability journey to the next level. If you’re working on having a more natural sustainable home too, do you have any products that are making the process easier for you & your family?

Share them in the comments. I love discovering new & innovative solutions.

Until then…



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