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  • Reusable Silicone Food Savers (Set of 5) Plastic wrap is especially hard to fit around odds and ends in the fridge like half of an onion or that last bit of lemon you have leftover from dinner. These food savers are a better way to keep your food fresh and create a seal around your produce. Buy it: $13, amazon.com
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    • Amazon2Bee’s Wrap (Set of 3) Another increasingly popular alternative to plastic wrap is Bee’s Wrap paper, which is made from organic cotton (infused with beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin) and can be cleaned and reused again and again. You can use these wraps for food prep or store leftovers since they cool to form a seal around the tops of food containers. Buy it: $18, amazon.com
  • Another hassle of wrapping leftovers in plastic wrap is that it has no structure so it can be hard to create an airtight...
    • Food 523Dot and Army Linen and Cotton Bowl Covers (Set of 6)Another hassle of wrapping leftovers in plastic wrap is that it has no structure, so it can be hard to create an airtight seal with it. These stretchy, elasticized linen covers can help. They come in various sizes between 6 and 14 inches, so you can actually stretch them over bowls (and even sliced fruit) to keep food fresh for longer. Just pop them in the washing machine when they get dirty. Buy it: $64, food52.com
  • Stasher Bags 100% Silicone Reusable Food BagStasher bags are the silicone-based alternative to any variety of plastic bags you might be using to store food or even Ziplocs that you carry snacks in. They come in snack sizes, sandwich sizes, a half-gallon size (like the one pictured), and even a lunch-bag size that stands upright on a countertop. Buy it: From $10, amazon.com
  • Heres another option thats slightly thinner than the Stashers but still reusable rewashable and most importantly...
    • Amazon5Reusable Storage Bags (Set of 10)Here’s another option that’s slightly thinner than the Stashers but still reusable, washable, and, most importantly, resealable. Buy it: $17, amazon.com
  • And if you want to reduce the number of produce bags you take home from the grocery store you can bring your own set of...
    • Amazon6Simple Ecology Reusable Produce and Shopping Bags (Set of 8)And if you want to reduce the number of produce bags you take home from the grocery store, you can bring your own set of cloth bags to pack up fruit and veggies. This set offers a range of breathable mesh bags for larger products to smaller items, plus one muslin bag. Buy it: $17, amazon.com
  • Most parchment paper isnt recyclable or compostable which is where a silicone baking mat comes in. Instead of tearing...
    • Amazon7Kitzini Silicone Baking Mats (Set of 3)Most parchment paper isn’t recyclable or compostable, which is where a silicone baking mat comes in. Instead of tearing roll after roll of tin foil or parchment paper when you bake or cook a sheet pan dinner, you can use just one washable mat to prevent your food from sticking. Buy it: $14, amazon.com
  • Any baker who loves a loaf or cupcake might want to look into swapping out their paper baking cups for these colorful...
    • Amazon8Silicone Cupcake Muffin Baking Cups Liners (Pack of 36)Any baker who loves a loaf or cupcake might want to look into swapping out their paper baking cups for these colorful silicone guys. Buy it: $16, amazon.com
  • And did you know that reusable pipette bags exist too These ones are made from a durable nylon material that can handle...
    • Food 529de Buyer Reusable Pastry Bags (Pack of 3)And did you know that reusable pipette bags exist too? These ones are made from a durable nylon material that can handle hot and cold food. You can also mix and match different tips and nozzles with them, depending on if you’re icing a cake or squeezing out the warm dough. Buy it: From $30, food52.com
  • Anyone who loves drip coffee probably runs through multiple paper filters a week but if you use a No. 2 style filter in...
    • Amazon10Yeosen Reusable No. 2 Cone Coffee FilterAnyone who loves drip coffee probably runs through multiple paper filters a week, but if you use a No. 2 style filter in your coffee maker, you can buy this food-grade stainless-steel option that will save you the trouble. This one is suitable for making four to six cups of coffee. Buy it: $12, amazon.com
  • Or if you want a pourover with a builtin filter heres an allinone system with a doublelayer mesh sieve.  Buy it 19...
    • Amazon11E-Prance Stainless Steel Pour-Over Coffee DripperOr, if you want a pour-over with a built-in filter, here’s an all-in-one system with a double-layer mesh sieve. Buy it: $19, amazon.com

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  • Swiffer pads add up over time which is where reusable microfiber pads come in handy. They attach securely to Swiffer...
    Amazon12Swiffer-Compatible Microfiber Mop Pads (Pack of 2)Swiffer pads add up over time, which is where reusable microfiber pads come in handy. They attach securely to Swiffer mops and can be used dry or wet: If you want to use it as a mop, you can buy a cleaning solution like this one separately. And if you’re using it dry, microfiber pads are especially good at picking up dirt and dust. Editor’s note: These are available for preorder and will ship out on April 26.Buy it: $15, amazon.com
  • Speaking of microfiber cloths heres a whole set of them that are great for dusting or cleaning up surfaces  without...
    Amazon13Mr. Siga Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (Pack of 12)Speaking of microfiber cloths, here’s a whole set of them that are great for dusting or cleaning up surfaces (dirt tends to cling to microfiber materials), without having to reach for a paper towel. Buy it: $12, amazon.com
  • Pads are maybe a less obvious choice for a household item but they are significantly less ecofriendly than tampons...
    Amazon14Rael Organic Reusable Cloth Pads (Pack of 3)Pads are maybe a less obvious choice for a household item, but they are significantly less eco-friendly than tampons because the materials used in them are not biodegradable. If you still prefer pads, brands like Rael make organic cloth versions that you can rewear every month after washing them out. This one uses five layers of organic cotton for absorption and has an hourglass shape to help prevent any leakage from the sides. Buy it: $34, amazon.com
  • Though if youre looking to veer away from tampons and pads completely you cant get more sustainable than a menstrual...
    Amazon15Lena Menstrual CupThough if you’re looking to veer away from tampons and pads completely, you can’t get more sustainable than a menstrual cup. This small reusable silicone option from Lena is catered to people who are new to using menstrual cups, so it’s a good starting point. Buy it: $25, amazon.com

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  • Cotton makeup remover pads are super convenient to use with micellar water when youre too tired for a full face wash....
    • Amazon16Greenzla Reusable Makeup Remover Pads (Pack of 20)Cotton makeup remover pads are super convenient to use with micellar water when you’re too tired for a full face wash. They’re unfortunately a single-use situation, though, and could be swapped out for a set of reusable makeup removers like these. These Greenzla pads are made from a soft bamboo material that may even be more comfortable than the cotton ones you’re used to. Buy it: $13, amazon.com
  • Wool dryer balls are a handy alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener and can actually cut down your drying time...
    • Amazon17Handy Laundry Wool Dryer Balls (Pack of 6) Wool dryer balls are a handy alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener, and can actually cut down your drying time, so they’re a lifesaver for giant loads. As an added bonus, people also like that these dryer balls tend to de-wrinkle your clothes while they’re bopping around in there. Buy it: $9, amazon.com
  • And if youre still using paper napkins at the dinner table consider swapping out for something like these Swedish dish...
    • Package Free Shop18Reusable Swedish Dish ClothAnd if you’re still using paper napkins at the dinner table, consider swapping out for something like these Swedish dish cloths that come in a variety of pretty patterns. Buy it: $7, amazon.com
  • Sponges can get fusty and moldy with use which is why its healthier to toss them than to keep em. But if youre washing a...
    • Amazon19Scrub-It Polyester SpongesSponges can get fusty and moldy with use, which is why it’s healthier to toss them than to keep ’em. But if you’re washing a lot of dishes, consider switching to these polyester scrubbing sponges that are machine-washable so you can reuse them. They’re not ones you’ll have forever: You still have to wring them out and will eventually have to toss them if the outer material starts to develop a stink (but they’re designed to last a lot longer than the average sponge, so you’ll be able to cut down on your consumption over time). Buy it: $11, amazon.com

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  • Instead of hassling with a bunch of rusty steel wool for pots that need a deep clean you can invest in some reusable pot...
    Food 5220Dot and Army Reusable Pot Scrubbers (Set of 5) Instead of hassling with a bunch of rusty steel wool for pots that need a deep clean, you can invest in some reusable pot scrubbers that can be tossed in the washing machine after each use. These ones are made with durable nylon to help you scrub out all the grease stains and food gunk out of your favorite cookware. Buy it: $32, food52.com

Lori Keong is a writer and editor who joined SELF in June 2019 and heads up all shopping content here. Previously, she’s worked for The StrategistMarie Claire, and The Cut, reporting on fashion, beauty, and wellness.

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