I Swear By These Eco-Friendly Home Essentials — And They're All Under $25 on Amazon

A person prepares a meal using a Stasher silicone reusable bag
White and brown bento box from Amazon photo

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Grub2Go Bento Box

This past Christmas, I was gifted an entirely unexpected present: a bento-style lunchbox just like this one. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it has totally changed the way I pack and eat lunches, and I couldn't be happier. This highly rated bento box features multiple containers for sectioning off your foods, and reusable utensils so you can forgo trips to the cafeteria for single-use plastic silverware. The best part? The entire box stacks together to stay secure and spill-free, and it looks totally cute sitting on top of my desk.

Buy It! $21; amazon.com

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Light blue Stasher silicone reusable food bag from Amazon photo

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Stasher Silicone Reusable Food Bag

I used to feel guilty about my plastic sandwich bag use, filling them every morning with my favorite snacks and attempting to use the same one over and over again until it inevitably became unusable. Since I invested in a set of Stasher reusable bags, however, snacking is stress-free. Each pouch comes in five convenient sizes and seven cute colors, and is safe for the dishwasher, microwave, freezer, and oven. The pinch-lock seal stays airtight to keep my food fresh, and when I'm done using it I can just wash it by hand so it's ready for tomorrow (and years to come).

Buy It! From $10; amazon.com

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Six white wool dryer balls from Amazon photo

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Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls

When evaluating ways to cut down on unnecessary waste in my home, dryer sheets were admittedly not the first thing that came to mind. In retrospect, though, each little sheet does add up to tons of waste over time. So I swapped them out for a set of wool dryer balls, like these, and I haven't looked back. Just toss a few of these balls into your load of laundry to de-static and soften your fabrics, just like traditional dryer sheets. I love this brand because the dryer balls can last for over 1,000 loads of laundry, and it sources wool felted in Nepal, by women who are always paid a fair wage.

Buy It! $17; amazon.com

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Silver and black Misto oil sprayer from Amazon photo

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Misto Oil Sprayer

Cooking spray is a must-have around dinnertime — but I hate knowing its aerosol fumes are causing irreparable damage to the planet. So I decided to replace my traditional sprays with this easy-to-use Misto reusable canister. Now I simply fill the bottle with the oil of my choice, pump the cap a few times, and spray a fine mist to coat any surface with oil — no aerosol necessary. And when the bottle is running low, instead of tossing it away you simply refill it for next time. Talk about an easy swap.

Buy It! From $7; amazon.com

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Purple and white Love Beauty and Planet shampoo and conditioner from Amazon photo

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Love Beauty and Planet Shampoo and Conditioner Set

Demand more of your personal care products. Love Beauty and Planet combines high-quality hair care with an eco-friendly ethos, using only 100 percent recycled bottles and sustainably sourced ingredients, while vowing to drastically reduce and counteract their carbon emissions by contributing to a carbon tax fund. Not only does Love Beauty and Planet help me feel like I'm doing my part — but their products have quickly become my favorite must-haves, too.

Buy It! $18; amazon.com

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Set of Wegreeco reusable cotton rounds from Amazon photo

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Wegreeco Reusable Cotton Rounds

I'll admit it: I go through an embarrassing number of single-use cotton rounds. In recent years I've taken to buying the jumbo three-packs as often as once a month because I hadn't found anything better for removing makeup, applying toner, cleansing with micellar water, etc. Enter these Wegreeco reusable rounds: They're made with super-soft bamboo that can be reused hundreds of times, and come with a biodegradable laundry bag to keep them safe in the wash. And since a pack of 16 costs only $10 on Amazon, not only am I helping the planet by cutting down on waste, but they're saving me so much money in the long run, too.

Buy It! $10; amazon.com

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Set of reusable stainless steel metal straws with two brushes and pouch from Amazon photo

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YIHONG Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws

Can you really talk about eco-friendly home products without bringing up reusable straws? Eco-warrior reputation aside, I was gifted a set of reusable straws for Christmas and I've found them to be an invaluable addition to my home. I love that I can take them everywhere I go, that they eliminate the need for single-use plastic, and that they come with a handy brush that makes cleaning them easier than ever. This particular set comes with eight straws, two cleaning brushes, and a convenient carrying pouch, all for only $5.

Buy It! $5; amazon.com

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Silver stainless steel Epica compost bin from Amazon photo

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EPICA Stainless Steel Compost Bin

This countertop compost bin has been on my Amazon wish list for pretty much forever. It makes breaking down your food waste (and therefore reducing your landfill contribution) incredibly simple, and eliminates the questionable smell and boundless fruit flies that accompany other tabletop options. Over 7,000 Amazon reviewers have given it a 4.8-star rating, thanks to its durability, high-quality charcoal filter, and ability to look inconspicuous — dare I say stylish? — in any kitchen.

Buy It! $23; amazon.com

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Set of three Love Home and Planet dry wash sprays from Amazon photo

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Love Home and Planet Dry Wash Spray

I'm all for washing clothes, but the amount of water a washing machine uses is hard on the planet — and not to mention your utility bill. Recently, I've taken to extending my washes (and extending the life of my clothes) by spraying them with a dry wash spray. This pack of three from Love Home and Planet (the same brand behind Love Beauty and Planet) smells so soothing while removing wrinkles and refreshing and reviving fabrics of all kinds. Not only does it cut down on water use while lengthening the lifespan of your clothes, but its sprayer is also powered by compressed air, not ozone-harming aerosols, so greenhouse gasses are a thing of the past.
Buy It! $21 (orig. $24); amazon.com

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