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How to Be More Sustainable in 2021

How to Be More Sustainable in 2021

Chances are you've set yourself up with a handful of new goals for 2021 -- whether you consider these aspirations New Year's resolutions or not. And if sustainability plays a part if any of them, you're probably thinking about how you can live a more environmentally conscious life.

Breaking down the environmental impact of every part of your lifestyle can be overwhelming, often leading to a spiral and at a loss for what to do. Add on thoughts of climate change and your carbon footprint, and you're probably starting to feel the uphill battle already. But don't stop now -- there are plenty of ways you can make the journey toward a more sustainable life easier -- from simple changes in your daily habits (such as swapping out your beauty products for more sustainable alternatives) to sustainable products to shop. Of course, even those can be a lot to handle. So if you don't know where to begin, let us give you a starting point.

First things first: If you're thinking about shifting areas of your lifestyle to create a better future for the environment (as well as yourself), you're already on the right track. And now, it's time to make it happen. One of the easiest ways to adjust to greener habits is by reducing your waste. One way to do this is by replacing single-use plastic (like disposable grocery bags and takeout containers) with sturdy, reusable options. Of course, your food-related activities aren't the only place where you can swap your disposable items for reusable or refillable things. This tactic can go toward your household cleaning supplies and beauty routine, as well.

You don't have to do a complete overhaul of your things to be more sustainable in the new year -- cleaning out the toxic products or wasteful packaging is an easy first step. But if you're ready to take your sustainability efforts to the next level, we've pulled together the best eco-friendly products to help you along the way.

From household items like eco-friendly cleaning products and reusable grocery bags to beauty products with reusable packaging, scroll down to see our favorite must-have items to get you on the right foot toward creating a more sustainable living, below.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Standard Triple Set

Baggu

Baggu Standard Triple Set

Shopbop

Standard Triple Set

>Baggu

Jazz up your grocery runs (and any other type of errands) with these bright, colorful, and easy-to-pack bags.

$36 AT SHOPBOP

Set of 15 Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

Ecowaare

Ecowaare Set of 15 Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

Amazon

Set of 15 Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

>Ecowaare

Ready to rid the flimsy plastic produce bags from your life? These are the alternatives to use instead.

$10.99 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $15.99)

Ecology Reusable Cotton Mesh Grocery Bags Cotton String Bags

Ahyuan

Ahyuan Ecology Reusable Cotton Mesh Grocery Bags Cotton String Bags

Amazon

Ecology Reusable Cotton Mesh Grocery Bags Cotton String Bags

>Ahyuan

Whether you're heading to the grocery store, the beach, or the park, these expandable bags will be the thing to hold everything you need.

$10.98 AT AMAZON

Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic

Assorted Set of 3

Bee's Wrap

Bee's Wrap Assorted Set of 3

Amazon

Assorted Set of 3

>Bee's Wrap

Replace your plastic wrap with these wraps, which are made with beeswax to keep your food tightly sealed and safe.

$18 AT AMAZON

Reusable Silicone Pocket Combo

Stasher

Stasher Reusable Silicone Pocket Combo, Clear & Aqua

Thrive Market

Reusable Silicone Pocket Combo

>Stasher

Keep your favorite snacks safe in these reusable, dishwasher safe bags from Stasher.

$11.79 AT THRIVE MARKET (REGULARLY $13.99)

Reusable Silicone Food Savers (Set of 8)

Food Huggers

Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers (Set of 8)

Food52

Reusable Silicone Food Savers (Set of 8)

>Food Huggers

When you use these silicone caps, which wrap around the cut edges of your food, you can save your storage containers for other items. 

$28 AT FOOD52

Home Cleaning Supplies

The Clean Suite Dispensers & Tablets Sets

Blueland

Blueland The Clean Suite Dispensers & Tablets Sets

Nordstrom

The Clean Suite Dispensers & Tablets Sets

>Blueland

With Blueland's Clean Suite, you'll get reusable containers and bottles along with tabs to create non-toxic cleaning supplies when mixed with water. 

$83 AT NORDSTROM

Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths

Swedish Wholesale

Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths

Amazon

Swedish Dishcloth Cellulose Sponge Cloths

>Swedish Wholesale

Cut down on your paper towel use with these reusable dishcloths. Use them as sponges for your dishes or to clean up any messes in the kitchen.

$19.95 AT AMAZON (REGULARLY $24.99)

Wool Dryer Balls

Public Goods

Public Goods Wool Dryer Balls

Public Goods

Wool Dryer Balls

>Public Goods

Instead of using disposable dryer sheets, try these reusable (and surprisingly long-lasting) dryer balls -- which are made with natural wool fibers.

$6.50 AT PUBLIC GOODS

Food & Beverage

Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream

SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker

Target

Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker

>SodaStream

With a SodaStream, you'll be able to make all the carbonated water (and other drinks!) your heart desires. And now that the brand has released a set of Bubly drops, which means you can create flavored seltzer in the comfort of your home -- without the aluminum cans.

FIZZI SPARKLING WATER MAKER - $89.99 AT TARGET

BUBLY LIME DROPS - $5.99 AT TARGET

Telescoping Reusable Straw

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods Telescoping Reusable Straw

Uncommon Goods

Telescoping Reusable Straw

>Uncommon Goods

Since this telescoping straw comes with its own pocket-friendly case, keeping a reusable straw with you has never been easier.

$20 AT UNCOMMON GOODS

Rectangle Container with Moveable & Removeable Divider

U Konserve

U Konserve Rectangle Container with Moveable & Removeable Divider

Thrive Market

Rectangle Container with Moveable & Removeable Divider

>U Konserve

Whether you're packing your favorite snacks for a picnic or you want to have a simple, sustainable way to store your veggies, you'll love having this reusable container to have in your arsenal.

$13.49 AT THRIVE MARKET (REGULARLY $16.95)

Bath & Body

Shower Routine Set

By Humankind

Humankind Shower Routine Set

Humankind

Shower Routine Set

>By Humankind

This Shower Routine Set from By Humankind includes bar versions of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash -- which means you don't have to worry about any single-use plastic that's typically used in these types of products.

$45 AT BY HUMANKIND

Soft Menstrual Cup

SAALT

Saalt Soft Menstrual Cup

Amazon

Soft Menstrual Cup

>SAALT

Ready to ditch the tampons? Opt for a reusable menstrual cup like this one, which is made with extra-soft silicone to keep you comfortable throughout your period.

$28.99 AT AMAZON

Leakproof Cheeky

Knix

Knix Leakproof Cheeky

Knix

Leakproof Cheeky

>Knix

If you're the type of person who prefers pads over tampons but wants to take a more sustainable approach to that time of the month, opt for these reusable, seamless panties. Trust us, you won't feel a thing. And all you have to do to clean them is put them under running water until the water is clear before throwing them into your next laundry cycle.

$23 AT KNIX

Makeup & Skincare

Fenty Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream

Fenty Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel Cream

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream

Rihanna's Fenty Skin line features refillable products, like this overnight gel-cream to keep your carbon footprint and beauty waste at a minimum. Buy the product once, and when you've used it all, all you need to do is order a refill. Voila! You have your new (and sustainable) product all over again.

$40 AT FENTY BEAUTY

Reusable Microfiber Cleansing Pads Starter Kit

Croon

Croon Reusable Microfiber Cleansing Pads Starter Kit

Anthropologie

Reusable Microfiber Cleansing Pads Starter Kit

>Croon

These reusable makeup removing pads will keep you from producing excess waste during your beauty routine. Simply throw them into the laundry when they need a wash, and they're good as new!

Humanrace Routine Pack

Humanrace Routine Pack

Humanrace

Humanrace Routine Pack

Noted on the site as the "Three-Minute Facial," Pharrell's skincare line offers simple, clean and easy-to-use products for a glowing complexion. And to make your beauty lineup more sustainable, the brand also offers refills for each of its best-selling products.

$100 AT HUMANRACE (REGULARLY $126)

Matte Lipstick Refill - 70's America Lipstick and Refillable Leather Case

La Bouche Rouge

La Bouche Rouge Refillable Lipstick

Net-A-Porter

Matte Lipstick Refill - 70's America Lipstick and Refillable Leather Case

>La Bouche Rouge

For the moments when she isn't wearing a face mask, La Bouche Rouge's classic red lipstick will feel like a little luxury. And when she runs out of the perfect shade, she can replace her refillable tube with a new color.

MATTE LIPSTICK REFILL - 70'S AMERICA - $40 AT NET-A-PORTER

REFILLABLE LEATHER CASE - $75 AT NET-A-PORTER

Forever Eye Mask

Dieux

Dieux Forever Eye Mask

Dieux

Forever Eye Mask

>Dieux

Any time you want to use these, pop these into the fridge for a few minutes to cool them down. Then, combined with your favorite serum, gel, or cream, stick them to your face for a depuffing session as everything soaks into your skin. Trust us, you'll be getting so much out of these with every use.

$25 AT DIEUX

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