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Sustainable Swaps #1

Sustainable Plastic Replacement

One of my goals for 2017 was to create less plastic waste. I am slowly making the change to live a more sustainable lifestyle, so this year I will slowly be swapping out wasteful items for more sustainable options. Below are a few of my zero waste swaps for the month of January.

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1. Stainless Steel Straw
When searching for a sustainable straw, I wanted something silicon, because I was scared of getting a metal splinter. I changed my mind when I found these beautiful metallic straws. I’m pretty sure I don’t have to worry about getting a splinter, but I’m still a little scared. Straw Cleaning Brush
My favorite thing about these straws (besides the color) is the fact that they came with this cute pouch that’s large enough to hold all eight straws and two cleaning brushes.
Rose Gold and Silver Stainless Steel StrawI’m also happy because the straws came in two sizes, meaning I can use them to enjoy regular drinks and thicker drinks like smoothies or milkshakes.

2. To-Go-Ware Bamboo UtensilsTo Go Ware Avocado
This travel pack is convenient and lightweight, making it perfect to throw into my bag while on the go.  Also, I’m thrilled because the utensil holder is made from recycled plastic bottles.
To Go Ware Minimal Waste

The bamboo knife, fork, spoon, and chopsticks fit perfectly inside the pouch. There’s even a little extra room for me to store my stainless steel straw.
Bamboo Utensils
I’m not going to lie, I’ve never eaten off of bamboo utensils before, so the idea/texture of it freaks me out a bit. But I’m going to eventually get over my weird freakout.

3. Wooden Comb
sustainable wooden combMy dad gifted me this sandalwood comb for Christmas and I’m loving it. It does a great job detangling and defining my curls.
Greenity CombThis comb is sturdier and easier to hold than my old plastic wide-tooth comb. Also, since it’s made from sandalwood it has a pleasant woodsy scent to it.


What are some other easy, sustainable swaps?


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  • Jeanette Radmall
    January 17, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I’m so ordering that stainless steel straw! What a cool find! You have totally inspired me to use more earth friendly products this year! And they are so stylish too!!!!

    • thriftsandtangles
      January 19, 2018 at 5:36 am

      I love that the straws came in a cute rose gold/copperish color. I could totally see you using those. Also, I’m so happy to hear that you are feeling inspired to use more earth friendly products. It’s the small steps each of us make that will mae a huge impact on the world! <3 😀

  • samantha
    January 18, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Oh my gosh yes I have been wanting straws like that! I am getting them now that I see you love them!!

  • Christie Moeller
    January 18, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    These are so cute! Love those straws!

    xoxo Christie
    http://www.icanstyleu.com/blog/

  • Crystal Marie
    January 19, 2018 at 2:58 am

    The straws are great. Love!

  • Kendra Jackson
    January 19, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I love that the straws come with cute little brush cleaners. This is such a great way to minimize your plastic use. I’m inspired to take steps myself🙌🏽