48 Eco Friendly Products You Can Buy Today to Help Stop Plastic Pollution
To say plastic pollution is a widespread problem is not doing it justice:
- Only about 9% of all plastic ever made has likely been recycled with 12% of all plastic waste having been incinerated. The remaining 79% has accumulated in either landfill or the natural environment if not still in use.
- One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic pollution in our oceans.
- In one study by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control, nearly 93 percent of people tested positive for BPA (a potentially harmful chemical present in plastic products).
Think the problem is too big for you to make an impact?
We put together this list of eco friendly products to show you just how easy it can be to replace some of the plastic products you buy. By replacing them, you can virtually eliminate your single use plastic pollution in that area.
One of the best ways to fight plastic pollution is to live by example and ensure the products you buy are produced with both ethics and the environment in mind.
Also, don’t forget to share the journey with your friends and family. The more friends you convince, the more people you share articles like this one with, the more people will begin using environmentally friendly products in their everyday lives, and that is how we change the world.
Scroll down to see where you can make some simple changes with eco friendly products that can have big impacts on your environmental footprint.
Or use the links below to navigate to a specific section:
- Coffee Cups
- Drink Bottles
- Home / Restaurant Items
- Home Items
- Home / Camping / Travel
- Jewellery and Accessories
- Shopping Items
- Solar Power
- Bonus Eco Friendly Products
Eco Friendly Clothing
Most clothing is made from cotton, but there is a surprising percentage that’s made out of flexible plastic sheeting and plasticized fabric.
The eco friendly products in this section will either help you avoid clothing made out of plastic or help you reduce clothing waste in our landfills.
1. Clothes Made From Recycled Fabric
Recover Brands produces clothing that’s made entirely out of recycled material.
They also use the most environmentally sustainable manufacturing methods possible — by eliminating the use of dyes and minimizing chemical, water, and energy use.
2. Wool Footwear
Allbirds created an innovative wool fabric made specifically for footwear.
By wearing a pair of Allbirds wool shoes (which don’t look half bad) you can wear a pair of comfortable shoes from a company that found a new use for naturally existing materials, rather than relying on cheaper synthetics.
Single-use coffee cups account for a large amount of unnecessary waste.
By using a reusable, environmentally friendly coffee cup, you can help reduce this waste.
3. Reusable Coffee Cups
In a similar style to coffee cups you get from Starbucks and other shops, Onya’s reusable coffee cups are made out of 100% food safe silicone.
Drink Bottles and Accessories
Americans alone throw away 35 billion plastic bottles each year.
Not only does this plastic end up in landfills, in our oceans, and in other parts of the environment where it can cause damage, it also contains BPA.
BPA is a potentially harmful chemical found in plastic products that can leak into your water and other beverages.
The following products can help you eliminate your plastic bottle pollution and keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals.
4. Stainless Steel Drink Bottles
Our Onya stainless steel drink bottle is 100% BPA-free. This makes it a safe, sustainable way to consume your favourite beverages on the go.
It also comes in three sizes to cater to different thirst levels.
5. Drink Bottle Lids
Onya’s stainless steel drink bottles come with our Flip and Flow lid/straw. But if you need a replacement or would like a different kind, we offer four lids that fit the H2Onya bottle perfectly.
6. Drink Bottle Jackets
A drink bottle jacket keeps your beverage at the temperature you want it to be for as long as possible.
Our drink bottles jackets insulate your beverage. They’re also made from Premium Neoprene that easily passes the new Reach38 toxicity test. (They’re completely free from the nasty toxins associated with normal neoprene.)
7. Drink Bottle Lanyard
Environmentally Friendly Home and Restaurant Items
The following eco friendly products can be used at home but are also great for restaurants. Since restaurants go through a lot of single-use materials each day, there are many opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint.
8. Recycled Toilet Tissue
Who Gives a Crap (ha!) makes toilet paper out of 100% recycled paper fibres, bamboo or sugarcane. This saves water, trees, and reduces carbon emissions.
They also donate a whopping 50% of their profits to WaterAid to build toilets for those in need.
9. Recycled Sari Table Linen Collection
This table linen collection from Viva Terra is handmade in India by artisans who carefully collect pieces of vintage and upcycled fabrics to create elaborate patterns and colors.
Each piece is different from the next because they are each hand sewn from the scraps leftover during the process of hand making Indian saris.
Eco Friendly Home Items
Home Items is the biggest section in this list, because there are many ways to reduce the environmental pollution that stems from your home.
10. Biodegradable / Disposable Waste Bag
Do you have a dog at home? If you do, you probably go through quite a few waste bags each month taking him or her on walks.
Our disposal bags come with 25 waste bags that are biodegradable and disposable. So while your pet is creating waste, you don’t have to.
11. Reusable Sandwich Wraps
Packed school lunches may seem innocent enough, but when you multiply them by each student at your child’s school and each school in your country, the amount of single-use plastic waste adds up quickly.
Our reusable sandwich wraps (made from recycled PET bottles) can completely eliminate the plastic pollution produced from your child’s lunch or anytime you use single-use sandwich wraps.
12. Recycled Plastic Rugs
Woven from premium quality recycled plastic drinking straws, the beautiful and affordable recycled plastic rugs from Fab Habitat make several statments at the same time. Available in a wide range of colors, patterns and designs, plastic straws have never looked so good.
13. Fair Trade Organic Towels
Bhumi has made some fantastic fair trade products. Their organic towels, made from cotton grown and picked with sustainable farming methods, are no exception.
14. Ballpoint Pens Made From Recycled Water Bottles
Water bottles are one of the top contributors to not only plastic pollution, but to world pollution in general. You can support removing some of those bottles from landfills by purchasing these ballpoint pens from Pilot.
15. Fair Trade Organic Bedding
Bhumi is back at it again with another selection of awesome organic products: Bedding.
They have a huge variety of bedding options all sourced from sustainably farmed cotton and responsibly manufactured.
16. Recycled Paper
GreenLine Paper Company has done a great job creating products from recycled materials. Their multipurpose paper is recycled from paper itself, helping preserve those trees’ value for a little longer.
17. Eco Friendly Decking
Trex makes eco friendly composite decks that are made from 95% recycled wood and plastic film. They also use Earth-friendly manufacturing processes, like reclaiming factory waste and eliminating the use of harmful chemicals.
18. Recycled Floor Mats
These Rubber Cal floor mats are made from natural, reclaimed, or recycled rubber material. Due to their high durability, they’re great for areas such as garages, warehouses, and porches.
19. 100% Recycled Aluminium Foil
Aluminium foil is one of the most used home items. If You Care produces a line of aluminium foil that’s made from 100% recycled aluminium.
Their foil takes 95% less energy to produce than traditional foil manufacturing.
20. Recycled Handle Toothbrush
To reduce plastic waste in your toothbrushes, try out this brush with a handle made from repurposed materials (the material varies).
By using these toothbrushes, RADIUS claims you can reduce waste by 93% (the head must be replaced every once in a while).
21. Guitar Strap Made From a Recycled Seatbelt
Do you like to jam out? How about using a sustainable guitar strap to help out the environment as well?
This strap is made from a recycled seatbelt, and it doesn’t look half bad.
22. Reusable Baby Food Pouch
Healthy Planet Solutions has developed an alternative to traditional baby food containers — a reusable baby food pouch.
It’s easy to fill and clean, and it is dishwasher, boil, and freezer safe.
23. Eco Touch Screen Computer
Iameco manufactures some pretty cool environmentally friendly gadgets. Their touch screen computer has a carbon footprint that’s 70% lower than the average personal computer.
It’s also the first computer of its kind to win the EU Eco Flower certification.
24. Eco Laptop
This environmentally friendly laptop from Iameco was manufactured while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, re-using 70% of the material, and reducing fresh water utilization by 75%.
25. Eco Computer Accessories
Iameco also stocks a range of computer accessories (keyboards, mice, and cases) made from sustainable materials and responsibly manufactured.
26. Toys Made From Recycled Milk Jugs
Green Toys is a fantastic company. They manufacture and sell toys made from 100% recycled materials — milk jugs being the primary material. They also use plastic recycled from other types of products.
Their toys surpass U.S. and international standards for BPA and Phthalates.
27. LED Bulbs
LED bulbs can do wonders for conserving energy. EarthLED sells a wide range of LED bulbs to replace your high-energy incandescent, fluorescent and halogen bulbs.
28. EcoFlow Low-Flow Shower Head
You can conserve a lot of wasted water with one simple change: Use a low-flow shower head.
This low-flow shower head from EcoFlow will help you save water, save money, and it meets EPA WaterSense® performance standards.
29. Biodegradable Garden Pots
Home Items / Camping / Travel
The following items are great for reducing your waste production at home, on camping trips, and while traveling.
30. Compostable Cutlery (Forks, Spoons, Knives and Tasters)
Plastic cutlery is almost always used once and thrown away. Parties, BBQs, or school lunches can produce a lot of plastic cutlery waste.
Reduce or eliminate this waste by using Leafware compostable forks, spoons, knives and tasters.
31. Vortex’s Rechargeable Crank Flashlight
Instead of changing batteries each time your flashlight runs out of energy, try this flashlight from Vortex.
It runs on a rechargeable battery that’s hand-cranked, saving multiple batteries per year from entering landfills.
32. Compostable Party Plates
Just like plastic cutlery, plastic and paper plates are almost always used once and thrown away. Parties, BBQs, or school lunches can produce a lot of plastic and paper plate waste.
Reduce or eliminate this waste by using compostable party plates.
33. Compostable Bowls
Instead of putting party, BBQ, or camping snacks in a plastic or paper bowl, you can use a compostable bowl that’s both human and environmentally friendly.
34. The BRELLI — Eco Friendly Umbrella
An umbrella that’s stylish, hardy and biodegradable, the BRELLI is perfect, rain or shine. It offers superior protection from the rain, blocks UVA and UVB rays, and withstands winds up to 40 mph / 64 kpm. Each BRELLI is unique, handmade by expert craftspeople from sustainable materials and 100% biodegradable PVC plastic.
35. Travel Pouch Made From Recycled Bike Tubes
Support the removal and repurposing of landfill rubber by using any of these travel pouches made from recycled bike tubes by Green Guru Gear. Carry your belongings safely while helping the environment at the same time.
Environmentally Friendly Jewellery and Accessories
Many jewellery products and accessories are made primarily with plastic. Luckily, we were able to find a few stylish and handy eco friendly alternatives.
36. rPET Backpack
Our lines of stylish backpacks are made from rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) — the material created when old plastic water bottles are recycled into fibre.
Each of our backpacks scrunches down into a keyring size, which makes them great for school or traveling.
37. Wooden Watches
WeWood watches are made from 100% recycled timber, including Indian rosewood, mahogany, coffee tree and teak. They are completely free from any toxic chemicals, and not a single tree is cut down in their manufacturing.
In fact, for every watch you buy they will plant a tree.
38. Wooden Sunglasses
There are few better ways to look good and reduce your plastic pollution than with a stylish pair of wooden sunglasses.
Proof Eyewear manufactures handcrafted wooden sunglasses from sustainable materials, including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and repurposed skateboard decks.
39. Rings Made From Recycled Precious Metals
Do Amore creates “ethical rings.” Every ring bought gives two people clean water for life by co-founding a water well in a developing country.
Their rings are made from recycled precious metals that are conflict free — part of the No Dirty Gold campaign.
While it’s tough to make a cell phone that’s entirely plastic-free, we can make strides in certain aspects of cell phone manufacturing and accessories to make the product more environmentally safe and humane.
40. Smartphone with Enviro and Social Responsibility Cred
Fairphone develops and sells a cell phone that’s revolutionizing the entire supply chain.
They are integrating materials that support local economies, increasing the phone’s usable life, they only work with manufacturers that give their workers safe working conditions, and Fairphone makes their phones safe for reuse and recycling.
41. Bamboo Solar Bluetooth Speaker and Portable Smartphone Charger
Reveal has a Bamboo Solar Bluetooth Speaker and Portable Smartphone Charger. Pleasing to both the ear and eye, Reveal’s dedication to sustainability shows itself in this amazing speaker design and they give back by planting a tree of for every product sold.
42. iPhone Backs Made From Discarded Skateboards
Many people don’t realize how much plastic is wasted when they go shopping. Thankfully, there are a few eco friendly products that can quickly reduce or eliminate your shopping plastic pollution.
43. Reusable Produce Bags (8 Pack)
Onya award winning reusable produce bags are some of our most popular products.
Instead of using the produce bags from the grocery store and throwing them out when your food is consumed, you can use these reusable ones and never throw away a plastic produce bag again.
They also let water and air through, so you can wash your fruits and veggies within the bags before popping them in the fridge.
44. Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags from the grocery store (or any retail store) produce even more waste than produce bags.
Solar Powered Products
We can all afford to reduce our energy consumption, both to save money and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
The following eco friendly products will help you take advantage of a vast renewable energy source — the Sun.
45. SolSource Solar Powered Grill
The SolSource Solar Powered Grill has been featured on programs like Top Chef, The Discovery Channel, and BBC.
This grill uses reflections of the Sun’s rays to heat up a grilling platform suspended between the reflective areas. It can cook a meal in 10 minutes and the setup can be cleaned simply with water.
46. Solar Powered Lawn Mower
This lawn mower by Husqvarna is powered the Sun’s energy. Not only that, it’s completely autonomous and cuts your lawn on its own.
47. Portable Solar Charging Station
Solar-2-Go has developing a portable charging station that’s powered by solar power. It’s a great backup generator for the home or for long trips.
48. Solar-Powered Attic Fan
Attics can get extremely hot and stuffy, especially in the summer time. To conserve energy and save money, try out one of SunRise’s solar powered attic fans.
Bonus Eco Friendly Products
49. Reusable Bread Bag
Carry your bread home in style without any packaging waste. Our reusable Bread Bag is made from up to 10x recycled plastic drink bottles and is designed to replace single use paper or plastic bread bags, plastic toggles and ties.
Perfect for the home baker too. Bread stored in one of our bread bags can last up to 3 months in a frost free freezer and will not sustain freezer burn due to the unique double lining and airtight roll and lock closure.
50. Recycled Ocean Plastic Eyewear
Sea2see collects ocean plastic waste, nets, and ropes in coordination with fishing communities in Spain to create their Italian designed eyewear. Collecting an average of 1 ton of plastic waste every second day, selected plastic waste is used as the raw material for their eyeglasses with the remaining waste sold off to other companies for use in different processes.
51. Repurposed Billboard Vinyl Wallet
Over 600,000 tons of non-recyclable vinyl from billboard banners alone finds its way to landfills each year. RAREFORM took note and rescues this durable material to create one of a kind wallets and other products, including bike bags, iPhone cases and more.
52. Eco Friendly Phone Cases
There are now more mobile devices than there are people on earth. That’s a staggering amount of plastic phone accessories (and packaging) being consumed and disposed of at an alarming rate. From manufacturing to packaging, Pela hopes to displace waste and pollution in the tech accessory market with their 100% compostable sustainable bioplastic iPhone and Andriod phone cases. .
53. Reusable Bulk Food Bags
Our reusable bulk bags were designed to help people easily and conveniently transport their bulk food purchases home. The bags have been designed as a lightweight top up tool to replace the need for carrying jars and canisters when doing your shopping.
Our bulk food bag range includes a large, medium and small bulk food bag along with our specially designed bulk food shopping tote.
We love diverting existing waste from landfill which is why our bulk food bags are made from BPA free, food safe recycled plastic drink bottles.
54. Ghost Net & Fabric Basket
When plastic fishing nets are lost or thrown away, they can drift through the ocean like ghosts – these ‘ghost nets’ are not only another form of plastic littering the ocean, they are deadly as they catch and kill marine life. Artists from Anindilyakwa Art Centre in Australia’s far North collect ‘ghost nets’ that wash up on their local beaches.
Using their traditional weaving skills and integrating colourful fabrics that they dye themselves, the artists create beautiful baskets that put the plastics right back to work, while helping call attention to the problem of ghost nets.
55. Upcycled Eco Friendly Handbags
Mother Erth weaves eco conscious fashion and women’s empowerment together by repurposing factory-reject plastic headed for the landfill into eco-friendly products.
These handmade bags and accessories are woven from discarded plastic laminated foil that was rejected due to printing defects. Instead of ending up in landfills or reaching waterways, Mother Erth intercepts it and prepares it for new life in the form of unique and colorful handbags, clutches and more.
56. Compostable Bin Liners
Unlike some other bags on the market, our bags are CERTIFIED compostable to Australian, European, USA & Japanese standards, which means they have been independently assessed to break down to virtually undetectable levels in the soil and are deemed “worm safe” with no micro plastic residues left behind.
Our compostable bin liners are available in 4 sizes (8L, 30L, 36L and 60L) and are made from 100% GMO free renewable plants and are free from any plastic additives such as Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polystyrene & PVC.
57. Recycled Plastic Lounge Chair
Fancy sitting in your backyard or garden in an eco friendly way? This practical and stylish Recycled Plastic Lounge Chair is a great choice for enjoying time outdoors. It’s a modern update to the traditional Adirondack chair and even better, there is no seasonal maintenance required.
Available in four colors, the recycled plastic lounge chairs from Houseology are made from 312 reclaimed plastic milk jugs.
Thank you for checking out our list of eco friendly products.
This is only a small fraction of the environmentally friendly options out there, so if you haven’t found what you’re looking for, a quick eco friendly products Google search should help you find it.
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Everyday items for the Eco Warrior: Where to find the best eco friendly products in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne
The single most important issue facing modern humanity is climate change. We’ve all seen the evidence in our climate and in disturbing images from across the globe all over the news. The question is: what can we do about it? The key to tackling climate change is both macro and micro. It’s important that we, as individuals, take up the cause just as strongly as governments and corporations could and should. That’s where Onya and our reusable products come in. We understand what it means to live responsibly in a modern world and apply those principles to all aspects of our business and in our daily lives.
In order to make the changes we want to see happen, we know the key to success is finding ways of adjusting your habits in a way that complements your current lifestyle. Habits won’t stick if they require a drastic change in behaviour so Onya began with a simple mission; Create innovative, environmentally friendly solutions that easily fit into your life. We are here to bring you solutions that make a difference, right to your doorstep. Looking for eco friendly products in Brisbane? We got you. Adelaide? Come on in. From Sydney to Melbourne, Perth to Queensland, Onya is an Australian eco store that has been offering innovative solutions to single use plastic waste since 2004.
What is the problem? How do we fix it?
The big problem, as we all know, is the long-term increase of the Earth’s temperature. We humans have been wreaking havoc on our atmosphere for a long time, and now our chickens are well and truly home to roost. Plastic is littering our oceans; our landfill is land-filled, and we throw away more and more each year.
We can all lessen our impact with a simple approach. The six ‘R’s we live our lives by are: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle and Rot. If we can try and keep these principles in mind when making daily decisions, then we can start making a positive impact on our surroundings.
Onya goes that one step further. We are a B Corp certified company which, put plainly, means we have an obligation to meet the very highest of social and environmental standards. B Corps balance their profit with their purpose so that you, the consumer, know that your dollars do good.
We partner with only those who match our ethical commitments to ensure that we bring you products manufactured the right way. Made in China, our lines are made by companies whose values echo our own and we have been working with them for many years. Every partner we work with is approved as socially and environmentally conscious. We prioritise proper workers’ rights, community impact, environmental credentials and, of course, you, our customer.
Time to make the switch
Ditch the doubt and choose a company with the credentials that support their sustainability claims. If you would like to learn more about how Onya prioritizes ethics over profits, head on over to our website and navigate to the About section. Alternatively, you can connect with us on social media today by following @onyalife on Facebook, Instagram Twitter and Pinterest!
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