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Here are my 20 easy eco-friendly lifestyle hacks for reducing waste in your home. These green tips and tricks will help you live a more green and minimalist lifestyle. A lot of people think that making eco-friendly life changes are expensive and require specialty products. The truth is there are easy and affordable swaps you can make. It is NOT difficult or expensive to be eco friendly.

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What we throw out goes back into our food supply. Everything runs in a cycle and mindless consumption is corrupting that cycle. This is not just an environmental issue, it’s a YOU issue. The average American is expected to throw away 90,000 pounds of trash in their lifetime.

Cutting down on plastic is imperative to insuring our wildlife and food supply does not become completely wiped out for future generations. The ocean is a big concern for me with our coral dying all over the planet as plastic whirlpools the size of continent are forming, extinguishing entire species and killing countless marine wildlife. If a washed up whale stomaching 64 pounds of plastic they had digested doesn’t make you sick, I really don’t know what else to say. Hopefully those are enough reasons for you to care, now let’s get into the swaps.


1. WRAPPAS Reusable food wraps: http://wrappa.com.au/our-shop/

2. Reusable Swell Water Bottle: https://amzn.to/2J6OPR9

3. KEEPCUP Coffee Cup:

-8oz plastic: https://amzn.to/2qLIuCY
-16oz plastic: https://amzn.to/2HfLcrE
-8oz glass: https://amzn.to/2JcBqXx
-16oz glass: https://amzn.to/2K0M7Oc

4. Reusable Glass Straws: https://amzn.to/2EYByrb

5. Home Cutlery vs Plastic Cutlery:

– Stainless Steel Chopsticks: https://amzn.to/2vqu4Ol
– Utility Professional Cutlery 4 Piece Set: https://amzn.to/2Jatp5I

6. Reusable Shopping Bags: https://amzn.to/2F1C4ET

7. Tea Strainer: https://amzn.to/2HcIT8y

8. Bare Bar Soap: https://amzn.to/2Hchkw9

9. Cloth vs paper products:

-Napkins: https://amzn.to/2HgPoam
-Handkerchiefs: https://amzn.to/2qKDzSV
-Microfiber cloths: https://amzn.to/2qN2UM3

10. Silicone Baking Mats: https://amzn.to/2F2BwP0

11. Make your own Cleaning products:

-Cinnamon Essential Oil: https://amzn.to/2qMZLvw
-Tea Tree Essential Oil: https://amzn.to/2HxvhIB
– Lavender Essential Oil: https://amzn.to/2qJzgIb
-Spray bottle: https://amzn.to/2qLaHKd

– https://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning



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13. Clean Period:

-Diva Cup: https://amzn.to/2HyItwN
-THINX Period panties: http://www.pntrac.com/t/SENITkpNSEdDR01JT0tOQ0dLSEtLTQ (GET 20% OFF)

14. Compost Kitchen Catcher: https://amzn.to/2F2DvTs

15. Reusable tupperware:

-Mason Jars: https://amzn.to/2HKXNnB
-Glass Tupperware: https://amzn.to/2K0M6tU
-Lunch boxes: https://amzn.to/2HckfVD

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Savannah Kenny says:

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whitney renell says:

I love this! These are great tips!

Raeah Wilding says:

I love you


Some great ideas. Another thing that occurs to me is how almost all people that live in colder countries don't ever hang their washing out to dry, either inside or out. In Australia we have the most expensive electricity in the world so by and large we have clothes lines in every yard or courtyard

Gabrielle De Winter says:

I guess the 104 thumbs down are from people who like it when turtles get straws up their noses? I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying metal chopsticks, metal straw and a small fork and spoon with me in a little pouch along with homemade hand sanitizer in a small glass spray bottle. I use the hand sanitizer and my cloth hankie to rub down my cutlery if I’m not close to a sink before I stick them back in my purse…. plus use the hand sanitizer for its intended purpose on myself and my children. I used this recipe: https://wholefully.com/homemade-citrus-hand-sanitizer/ but used lemongrass and Lavender EO.

Jette Hamann says:

Die festen Shampoos von lush sind die einzigen festen Shampoos für mich die richtig funktionieren. Vielleicht versuchst du die mal

Red Head says:

“I'm that annoying person that will go through the garbage at my house when I have people over and make sure that all the recycling is actually in the recycling bin.”

Lol yuuuup. Oh me too. The only things that I can't bring myself to actually take the time/effort to recycle and so I'm considering an alternative form are the cat food cans. There's just something about cat food that I can't bear to properly clean the container out to then recycle it. It grosses me out badly.

Ann-Mary Bordua says:

Didn't even finished the video and my reusable coffee cup and glass straws are ordered hahaha
THANK YOU for reminding me all the good stuff we can do to minimize my wastes.

baby kay says:

Why not hang laundry to dry rather than use a drier in the first place?

Eva Ellis says:

I love this video. When you do need to put the rare item in the garbage, do you recommend using a paper bag, then? Thanks.

Sheri Knauth says:

Just fun and fabulous.

TheQUBANQT says:

I try to limit the amount of plastic I use. I'm nowhere as committed as I should be but I'm making an effort. I use paper straws, glass containers to store food, aluminum bottles, & my shopping bags made of canvas or recycled materials. (Thanks to this video I'll be investing in glass straws those seem a better option.) But I can't give up my tampoons & I've yet to find an alternative to plastic bags when I clean out the litter box or to line my garbage cans. That's not even taking into consideration the cosmetics & food industries utilize plastic on most products they sell. Being 100% plastic free is a pipe dream until the food & cosmetics industries provide consumers with alternatives we're very much limited. I'd love to make a substantial difference hopefully we will soon. Also,​ recycling doesn't really work. It takes too much energy to recycle most products aluminum being the exception. Not suggesting we should stop recycling BTW.

Lisa Ltk says:

Deutschland 🇩🇪 ❣️

Annikka WONG says:

Replace disposable cotton pads with reusable ones 😉

tum836 says:

A general tip for the laundry is to air dry it! It's way cheaper and better for the environment

fadeddenims501 says:

How healthy are the silicon liners?

FiddlebirdBlue says:

Sponges! Stop buying plastic sponges! A few months ago, I was washing dishes and trying to think how else to cut out waste without going full crazy and then I suddenly looked down at the synthetic blue sponge I was gripping in my fist. No more!
Trader Joe's sells cellulose sponges, a twelve pack for eight bucks! Why cellulose? It's plant fiber, so it breaks down. Don't get sea sponges, it's killing a living animal and there's the risk of parasites.

Gregory Roth says:

My sustainable swap i have committed to was that I went car free about 5 yers ago. I use public transportation and a bicycle to get around. But i also belong to a car sharing program which comes in handy for this times that i really need to use a car.

Cinderella y los 7 enanos says:

Gracias, excelentes consejos de como cuidar el medio ambiente y a la vez economizar.

Female to me says:

Great and helpful video! 😁🖒
But could you please not say that (only) women would get their periods? There are trans folks out there watching this (me for example) and it's kinda hurtful when their identity is invalidated by saying that if you're menstruating you're automatically a female individual.
So it would make me so so happy if you could be a little bit more trans supportive 🙂 (das ist also überhaupt nicht böse gemeint – im Gegenteil. Ich möchte dir nur diesen kleinen Tipp geben, trans-Individuen miteinzubeziehen) and again this was a really good video and I still liked it a lot, thank you so much and have a great day ☺

Ashley Wright says:

Super helpful! Thank you, definitely going to incorporate these hacks into my daily life

Bottle Solvent says:

Wool balls speed up dry time lol. This and menstrual cups are two things I’ve switched out so far.

Maddie says:

if you soak coffee cups in hot water the plastic will seperate from the cardboard and you can recycle each part separately, of course this is a lot of work but if you ever find yourself with a non reusable cup and don't want to put it into waste

Alejandra Alfonzo says:

I had to pause the video to comment this.
I also go throw my garbage when I have people over to put everything on their rightful recycling bin, I know I'm not the greeniest person ever, but I do try and recycling is #1 in my house!

cookieandcream17 says:

Hast gar keinen akzent wie lange lebst du schon in amerika?

Isabel Wagener says:

I love that you are so environment friendly!!
I am vegetarian myself and I really try to limit my waste! And you gave some really handy tips that I am definitely gonna try!!

Steph Towse says:

how the hell have I never seen you on YouTube.. love your personality. New subscriber here

Laurie1616 says:

I just discovered your channel and I am already a huge fan! One more thing I do is using towel cloths instead of cotton pads to remove my eye makeup! It actually makes a huge difference. Und während ich das schreibe, fällt mir auf, dass es albern ist, Dir auf englisch zu schreiben, da ich auch Deutsche bin 😉 Mülltrennung ist für mich schon immer ein Must, aber ich versuche jetzt seit ein paar Monaten viel bewusster zu leben. Danke für das tolle Videos! Das Foto mit der Schildkröte ist so erschreckend!! Liebe Grüße aus München 🙂

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