The logic behind sustainable products is simple; investing in items used every day will save your family time and money. Not to mention, it teaches your kids green living alternatives, keeps harmful plastics and toxins out of your home, and helps keep our planet healthy.
Here are five reusable products to invest in now for the future:
It comes as no surprise to any parent how much waste goes into your kids’ lunch boxes. Luckily, packed lunches are back in style and there are two lunch smart reusable products cool enough to keep your kids happy. First up: LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bags made by 3Greenmoms out of Germany. These handy bags are dishwasher safe, BPA/grease free, and designed to keep moisture in while saving thousands of plastic baggies from landfills every year. Not to mention these Velcro strapped bags come in some seriously amazing patterns, colors, and every size to fit your needs. The prices run from $6.95-$10.95 each, but the more you buy the more you save. LunchSkins are an amazing alternative to plastic baggies and have an impeccable 99% approval rating from parents and kids alike. Reusable lunch boxes seem like no-brainers but finding a great lunchbox that lasts and serves all your needs can be tricky. Luckily, the people over at BUILT have created the Gourmet Getaway a Vinyl-free, lead-safe not to mention adorable, lunch bag for the whole family. Made with Neoprene, these bags are ”big without the bulk” and are water/abrasion resistant and are popular among customers for their multi purpose use from storing electronics to scuba diving. The prices run from 17.99-29.99 depending on the size and are available at the company’s website.
Americans spend a jaw dropping $18 billion annually on 38 billion plastic water bottles a year. Everyone knows that using plastic bottles is harmful to our planet and humans alike. If the facts are so obvious, why do we continue to buy plastic bottles? The answer is something we are all familiar with: because we tend to buy reusable bottles that are difficult to clean, often carry odor, and are hard to keep track of. Never fear because Klean Kanteen is here to save the day with their wide-mouth stainless steel multi-use water bottle. BPA free, dishwasher safe, and keeps your beverage hot or cold, just the way you like it. A family owned company and the pioneers of stainless steel water bottles, they are a one-stop-shop for all your reusable water bottle needs. Kleen Kanteen prices range from 14.95-32.95 and offer products from baby bottles to heavy-duty insulated canisters. They’ve got the whole family covered and make it easy to do your part in helping reduce plastic bottle waste.
Looking for a way to save money and soften fabrics without the toxins of fabric softener? Well, Nellie’s All-Natural Dryer Balls have got you covered. These amazing dryer balls work wonders saving 10 minutes to every 30 minute load and guarantee to last 2 years but they often last up to five! The company promises you’ll save time and money while reducing lint, wrinkles, and even give you the option to add a sweet scent with their all natural Nellie’s Fragrance Sticks. A bargain at just $19.99 for a set of two.
Last, but certainly not least, are the wonderful Skoy paper towel substitutes. These nifty alternatives to throw away towels give you the cleaning power of a sponge but without the unwanted bacteria thanks to their quick drying cotton and wood-pulp cellulose blend. You can literally use Skoy towels anywhere! Keep them where you would normally use paper towels and I bet in no time you’ll start wondering why you were wasting money and resources on disposable towels. Start them in the kitchen, down cycle to cleaning, then outdoors and use them up to a year. Since they come in different colors it is easy to set them apart for different jobs and when one 4 pack replaces 60 rolls of paper towels at just $6.95, you can’t go wrong.