Keep your home both clean and green with these eight fantastic eco-friendly home essentials
It’s no secret that trying to get your household to “go green” can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know where to start! We here at KCM love sustainable brands… that’s why we put together this list of awesome eco-friendly home essentials that will help you and your family keep it green, no matter what size your living space.
#1 Cloud Paper
Did you know that toilet paper and paper towels contribute to 20% of global deforestation? This equals about 40,000 trees cut down each day. (Yes, you read that right.) Enter Cloud Paper, a company that is working to save the trees — one toilet paper roll at at time. Their tree-free toilet paper and paper towels are made with 100% ultra-soft bamboo. Place a one-time order or set up a monthly subscription, so you’ll feel good about what’s in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
#2 Grove European Dish Cloths
In an effort to become more sustainable start with the kitchen. A reusable sponge cloth is a game changer to cut down on paper towel and sponge use. These cute lemon print towels replace your everyday paper towel and are machine washable, and dishwasher and microwave safe (yes, that’s right you can clean them several different ways!)
#3 Caraway Cookware
The first thing you’ll notice about these Caraway Cookware pots and pans is that they are cute as heck. A sage green saucepan? Don’t mind if I do! Once you choose a color, you’ll be delighted to know that this cookware is also ceramic coated — so it’s free of all of those nasty toxic metals and coatings like teflon that are often built into pans. They also release up to 60% less CO2 compared to your traditional non-stick pans. Plus, people love them. If you don’t believe us, just read the reviews!
#4 Click and Grow Smart Garden 3
Have you always wanted a home garden, but thought “that sounds too hard?” You’re in luck! The Smart Garden 3 does all the work for you. The mechanism delivers perfectly calibrated automated watering, light and nutrients to your plants, and all of the pods are biodegradable. So you can harvest fresh herbs and veggies from the comfort of your own home all year round.
#5 Glow Defense Cream
We’ve all heard by now that it’s essential to wear sunscreen no matter what the season is. In the winter, we recommend this SPF 20 Glow Defense Cream, which protects against both UV light and blue light emitted from your devices. Plus, this sunscreen, which is made from sunflower complex, is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones and other concerning chemicals, so you know it’s good both for you and for the environment.
#6 Stasher Reusable Stand-Up Mega Bag
One great way to avoid all of that excess packaging waste that comes from eating takeout is to bring a bag lunch… except what do you do with the bag? Grove.co has that question answered with their Stasher reusable bags. They are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and come in a variety of sizes. So whether you’re storing a salad for four or just a little sandwich, you can give yourself a little pat on the back for helping to save the planet… all while saving yourself money on single use bags!
#7 Simple Human Compost Caddy
If you’ve toyed with the idea of composting before but thought it was just too smelly and unsightly, then we have news for you. This sleek, stainless steel Simple Human Compost Caddy has a magnetic dock that will attach firmly to your trashcan and keep the lid from closing when you’re using it. You’ll forget you ever thought composting was anything other than stylish.
#8 Waterless Pet Shampoo & Stain and Odor Remover
We all love our pets… we don’t always love how they smell. That’s why Grove.co has created this waterless, plant-based pet shampoo that’s perfect for any of your furry friends. And in case of accidents, just reach for their environmentally responsible pet stain and odor remover, which comes in a delightful lemongrass scent!
#9 Brandless Cleaning Essentials
Each Brandless bottle is built to be used… and reused, and then used again. Their line of cleaning essentials are Green Seal Certified sustainable and come with a packet of cleaner that you place into the bottle, and then just add water. When you run out, keep the bottle and just replace the packets. Easy!
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