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10 HandsDown Fave Sustainable Swaps

July 21, 2022

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One of the easiest ways to live a greener and greener life is to swap an everyday product you use and buy on repeat with a sustainable swap. (Think of the ripple effect!) Our HandsDown community has some fantastic recommendations—all products that are considered a personal favorite! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

A HandsDown favorite hand soap

Blueland Natural Collection Hand Soap Duo
Recommended by Mike, who says: There are millions of people across the world who throw away their plastic hand soap dispensers. Blueland has solved the problem by providing reusable hand soap dispensers. All you need to get is their hand soap tablets and some hot water — boom! Hand soap without the plastic.

A plastic-free shampoo and conditioner

HiBar Solid Shampoo and Conditioner
Recommended by Esther, who says: I have been looking for a shampoo and conditioner bar as I try to move more towards using less plastic and being more eco-conscious. The conditioner bar is just fantastic. Shampoo bar lasts me about 4 months and conditioner lasts even longer (I only wash my hair like 1-2/week). Unlike some other bars, the shape is really great because it keeps it’s shape better – it doesn’t crumble and fall apart like a regular bar shape.

And plastic-free deodorant, while we’re at it

Humble Deodorant
Recommended by Sam, who says: Natural deodorant that actually works…and has a lovely gentle scent.

A laundry detergent that fits in an envelope

Earth Breeze Laundry Detergent Sheets
Recommended by Deidre and me, too! Here’s my recommendation: My friend Beth introduced these to me, and now I enjoy my own subscription. No more giant plastic jugs of detergent or pods, these get shipped by snail mail in a paper envelope and take up almost no space. They work great—one small sheet goes into the detergent portal on my washing machine. Such an easy, sustainable swap!

Sustainable, comfortable work-from-home wearables made from recycled materials

LEZÉ the Label
Recommended by Colleen, who says: WFH home wear that is made from recycled fishing nets by a women-owned company. It looks polished on Zoom or running errands but super comfy and machine washable.

And a more sustainable way to stay on trend

Nuuly Clothing Rental
Recommended by Claire and Lindsay.
From Claire: Such a great way to have fun with clothes without hopping on every trend, spending too much and promoting clothing waste. Their customer service is fantastic, too!

From Lindsay: I used Nuuly for my honeymoon trip and it was the best! I was able to get 6 items from brands that I love like Anthropologie, Free People, etc., for less than $100. Love not spending a fortune on a fashion piece I will wear 1x-2x max!

A sustainable clothing solution for kids who grow like weeds

Kidizen Gently Used Kids Clothes & Shoes
Recommended by our founder Jenna, who says: I love Kidizen b/c the App is easy to use, and they have tons of amazing kids clothing from all of our favorite brands. I love to reduce and reuse — so this is the perfect place for me to shop for Stone.

A sustainable solution for leftovers and pantry items too

Re-Zip Lay Flat Storage Bags
Recommended by Francine, who says: These are a bit costly, but they will always rezip and are large enough to hold the no knead bread [from my favorite things list that] you should be making!!
Pro tip: Francine’s favorite no-knead bread recipe is well worth your time, too!

Roomy, reusable grocery bags for the win

Reusable Shopping Trolley Bags (2 Pack)
Recommended by Emily, who says: Love not making more than 1 trip from the car and you can easily fit almost a whole cart of groceries in these 2 bags!

And a way to say goodbye to bottled water forever

Pentair Rocean Reservoir Water Filter
Recommended by Ira, who says: Beautifully designed and great tasting water. You can’t ask for more from your water filter.

What about you? Do you have a favorite sustainable swap? Share it in the comments, or better yet—add it to your list of favorite things for your friends to discover too!