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 and support those making products out of recycled plastic. By replacing them, you can virtually eliminate your single use plastic waste in that area. By purchasing recycled plastic products you are helping to close the loop of the circular economy.
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:
- Zero Waste Shopping Gear
- Ethical Personal Accessories
- Planet Friendly Pet Accessories
- Reusable Beverage Containers and Accessories
- Low Impact Picnic, Camping and Travel Products
- Eco Friendly Home Items
- Sustainable Clothing and Shoes
Zero Waste Shopping Gear
Many people don’t realise how much plastic is wasted when they go shopping. Thankfully, there are eco friendly products that can quickly reduce or eliminate your plastic shopping plastic waste.
Here at Onya, all our reusable bags are made using rPET material which is a fabric made from recycled BPA free plastic drink bottles. In addition, all Onya reusable products are recyclable at the end of their life cycle.
1. Reusable Bread Bag
Carry your bread home in style without any packaging waste. The Onya 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.
2. Reusable Produce Bags
Our award winning Reusable Produce Bags are one of our most popular products here at Onya.
Instead of using the produce bags from the grocery store and throwing them out when your food is brought home, you can use the Onya reusable produce bags and never tear off and 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 when you get home.
3. Reusable Bulk Food Bags
The Reusable Bulk Food Bags from Onya 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 heavy jars and canisters when doing your shopping.
Our bulk food bag set includes a large, medium and small bulk food bag along with our specially designed bulk food shopping tote and carrying case. Each size bag and the tote are also available individually so you can customise to your needs.
4. Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags from the grocery store (or any retail store) produce even more waste than single use plastic produce bags.
The Onya Reusable Shopping Bag scrunches down into an attached pouch so you always have it On Ya to carry your groceries and other items, eliminating your plastic waste from shopping bags every time you shop.
Ethical Personal Accessories
Many personal accessories are made using virgin materials. Luckily there are plenty of eco friendly products available that are both stylish and sustainable alternatives.
5. 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 one tonne 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.
6. Side Bag Made From Recyled Plastic Drink Bottles
Lightweight and super-tough, the durable Onya Side Bag is ethically made using rPET material which is a fabric made from recycled plastic drink bottles. It makes for a perfect day bag which stuffs down into a fist-sized carry pouch so you can take it with you anywhere, anytime.
7. Repurposed Billboard Vinyl Wallet
Over 600,000 tonnes 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.
Over the past seven years they’ve repurposed over 1360 tonnes of vinyl that was destined for landfills simply by turning it into unique, durable bags.
8. Recycled Plastic Backpack
The stylish Onya range of Backpacks are also made from rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate)- the material created when single use plastic drink bottles are recycled into a fabric.
Each of our lightweight backpacks scrunches down into an attached keyring size carry pouch, making them great for traveling.
9. 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. .
10. Recycled Plastic Belts
Functional and socially impactful.
Jelt belts are made from recycled plastic bottles. Even better, Jelt was established as a cause-driven business, with the purpose of creating a product that everyone would need, while promoting and encouraging objectives that serve the common good.
11. World Wildlife Fund rPET Umbrella
An umbrella that’s stylish, hardy and eco friendly. The fabulous folding umbrellas from WWF are ethically produced with material made from 100% recycled post consumer water bottles and is both soft and durable.
You can choose from beautiful oceans, fantastic forests or WWF’s iconic panda design. Each umbrella is made from 5.2 recycled plastic bottles.
12. 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.
13. Recyled Plastic Mat For Yoga or The Beach
The reversible (two designs for the price of one!) Go Fish Recycled Plastic Mat from LovEarth is made using recycled polypropylene plastic.
Christine Slabb is the artist behind Go Fish. She’s an accomplished Indigenous artist and graphic design from the Bundjalung people, on Australia’s east coast. She defines her design as “Together we fish, together we sit, together we eat”, reminding us of the harmony we can achieve by gathering to share food.
Planet Friendly Pet Accessories
You can take care of your pets whilst still taking care of the planet with these eco friendly products to lower your pet’s impact.
14. Certified Compostable Dog Waste Disposal Bags
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. Now when your pet is creating waste, you don’t have to.
The Onya 100% GMO free renewable plant based Dog Waste Disposal Bag Set comes with a carry pouch and 30 disposal bags that are certified both home and industrial compostable. Also available are 30 count refill rolls that are as natural as what goes in them.
15. Sustainable Cat Dish
The Ecoware Cat Dish from Van Ness is crafted from 47% bamboo plant material, is BPA-free and made without chemicals or heavy metals. The shallow, wide bowl is ideal for cats and the high polish is an easy to clean finish.
Under normal use, the dish is unbreakable and will not chip or crack. At the end of its life cycle, the dish is degradable when exposed to typical composting conditions.
16. Recycled Dog Collars and Leashes
Anipal is a veterinary initiative that creates sustainable pet products by taking environmental waste and giving it a second life.
Available for purchase individually or together in a set, all their products are made from recycled plastic bottles and brass hardware.
17. Recycled Plastic Chicken Barn
The backyard chook has been deemed the pet of the decade and a home for them very much deserves to be included in our pet section.
The Eartheasy Chicken Coop is made from EcoFlex, which is an eco-conscious blend made from recycled plastic and reclaimed wood. It resists moisture, warping, cracking, splintering, and fading. These coops will not expand and contract like wood so the structure will remain strong for much longer than wood.
Reusable Beverage Containers and Accessories
Single use plastic bottles and cups are one of the top contributors to plastic waste. A reusable bottle or cup is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in your daily life.
Reusable Coffee Cups and Lids
Single-use coffee cups, along with their lids, account for a large amount of unnecessary waste.
By using reusable, environmentally friendly coffee cups and drink bottles, you can help reduce a signicifcant amount of single use plastic waste.
18. Reusable Coffee Cups
In a similar style to coffee cups you get from your local cafe, Onya’s Reusable Coffee Cups are made out of 100% food grade silicone.
They’re also made to barista’s standards, so they fit snuggly on the machine at your favourite coffee shop.
Check Out Our Reusable Coffee Cups
19. Reusable Coffee Cup Lids
It’s not just the disposable coffee cups that are contributing to the waste but each cup comes with a plastic lid. Many crafters have been hand making reusable coffee cups. Take your coffee customization even further and commission a local artist to design you a cup to the dimensions of the Onya reusable Coffee Cup Lids.
Drink Bottles and Accessories
Globally humans buy one million plastic bottles per minute.
One. Million. Per. Minute.
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 commonly contains BPA.
BPA is a potentially harmful chemical found in plastic products that can leak into your water and other beverages.
The following eco friendly products can help you eliminate your plastic bottle pollution and keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals.
20. Stainless Steel Drink Bottles
The 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.
21. Drink Bottle Lids
All Onya Stainless Steel Drink Bottles are BPA free and come with our Flip and Flow Lid. But if you prefer a different style (or need a replacement), we offer individual lid options that fit the Onya bottle perfectly.
22. Drink Bottle Jackets
You can insulate and protect your Onya Stainless Steel Drink Bottle with this wetsuit style reusable Onya Drink Bottle Jacket.
They’re made from Premium Neoprene that easily passes the new Reach38 toxicity test. (They’re completely free from the nasty toxins associated with normal neoprene.)
23. Drink Bottle Lanyard
The Onya Drink Bottle Lanyard is a handy adjustable carry strap with a small carabiner clip designed to make it easy for you to carry your Onya Reusable Drink Bottle hands-free.
Low Impact Picnic, Camping and Travel Products
The following eco friendly products are great for reducing your waste production on picnics, camping trips, and while traveling.
24. Reusable Lunch Wraps
Packed lunches may seem innocent enough, but when you multiply them by each person who packs a lunch each day, the amount of single-use plastic waste adds up quickly.
The Onya Reusable Lunch Wrap (made from recycled PET bottles) can completely eliminate the plastic pollution produced from daily lunches or anytime you use single-use sandwich wraps.
25. Recycled and Recyclable Cutlery
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 Preserve reusable utensils made from recycled plastic which are also recyclable at the end of their life cycle.
26. 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.
27. Compostable Party Plates
Just likeplastic 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. Sustainable Travel Towels
Evolve has made some fantastic planet friendly products.
Their travel towel is lightweight, compact, anti-microbial and completely sand free. Their travel towels are made from recycled plastic bottles and they donate 10% of all profits to environmental charities.
Eco Friendly Home Items
There are many ways to reduce the environmental pollution that stems from your home simply by choosing eco friendly products.
31. Certified Compostable Bin Liners
Unlike some other bags on the market, Onya bin liners 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 making them free from any plastic additives such as Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polystyrene & PVC.
32. Recycled Toilet Tissue
Who Gives a Crap 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.
33. Recycled Plastic Toothbrush
The Signal Ecolo Clean toothbrush is made from 100% food-grade post-consumer recycled plastic, while its smart design features a comfortable, ergonomic hollow handle with 40% less plastic than an ordinary toothbrush – saving an estimated 10 tonnes of plastic yearly.
34. 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.
35. Recycled Plastic Rugs
Woven from premium quality recycled plastic, 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, these are another example of how plastic waste can become functional and attractive.
36. 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.
Made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, the B2P (Bottle-2-Pen) pens are retractable and refillable for added sustainability.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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.
40. 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 utilisation by 75%.
41. Eco Computer Accessories
Iameco also stocks a range of computer accessories (keyboards, mice, and cases) made from sustainable materials and responsibly manufactured.
42. Toys Made From Recycled Milk Jugs
Green Toys is a fantastic company. They manufacture and sell toys made from 100% recycled materials — milk bottles 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.
43. Biodegradable Garden Pots
Help keep your garden safe from plastic and rubber pollution with these Western biodegradable garden pots. They’re made from recycled material and decompose in about a year.
Sustainable Clothing and Shoes
Many of the clothes we wear contain plastics like polyester, nylon and acrylic. In fact most new fabrics are made of plastic – up to 64% of them.
The sustainable products in this section will either help you avoid clothing and shoes made out of virgin plastic or help you support those who are helping to diverting plastic waste from landfill.
44. Natural and Recycled Rubber Thongs
Etiko‘s Vegan Flip Flops are designed to do good with 10% of proceeds going directly to Animals Australia.
Made Fair Trade from a blend of certified natural and recycled rubber, Etiko Flip Flops are part of the Etiko Take Back Program where all footwear returned to them will be recycled via Melbourne-based Save Our Soles.
45. Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
Using rPET fabric, South Beach Boardies has created eco-friendly, practical boardies. Available in big bold limited-edition prints for men, women and kids.
When you buy South Beach Boardies Recycled Beachwear, you’re not just helping contribute to a cleaner earth – they donate 5% of their profits to ocean conservation charities.
46. 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.
47. Period and Incontinence Underwear
Modibodi, voted the #1 Period Underwear & Incontinence Underwear Brand, gives all bodies more confidence and comfort, as well as a more sustainable solution to disposable hygiene.
It’s time to ditch your tampons, liners, and pads and join the Modibodi Movement with their sustainable, luxuriously comfy underwear.
48. 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.
Thank you for checking out our list of eco friendly products designed to fight the war on waste.
This is only a small example 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 to reduce plastic waste
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. Australian based Onya has been offering the world 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. Ethically made in China, our produce ranges 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!
Onya specialises in a great range of reusable products. You can find a selection of eco-friendly recycled products, eco friendly drink bottles, reusable coffee cups, reusable vegetable bags, reusable bulk food bags & more. Browse our entire range online.
For further resources on where to find everyday eco-friendly swaps, you can also check out this article from PARO Store