Michael’s Hot Picks: Earth Day Edition

Reduce, reuse, recycle. We’ve all heard the saying, and a lot of us do what we can to talk the talk and walk the walk. Since Monday is Earth Day, I thought it could use repeating. And for a little inspiration, here are some new products we’ve discovered to help reduce our carbon footprint one step (or straw) at a time.

Package-free grooming: Between the cardboard boxes and plastic inserts, grooming and skincare products often come with a lot of overpackaging. Enter products from the Package Free Shop: from shampoo bars to shave soap, reducing waste and finding alternatives to single-use plastic products is something we can all get on board with.

Stainless-steel straws: Environment-damaging plastic straws (and mushy paper straws) can now be a thing of the past with the SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws. Dishwasher safe, rust and scratch proof, SipWell straws come with in packs of four so you can leave two at home and bring two to work, come with a cleaning brush, and most importantly will make you and Mother Earth feel a whole lot better about your need for a straw with your next cold beverage. 

Compost bucket: I like to cook when I have the chance and when you’re using fresh produce, there’s always food waste. So, having a countertop compost bin is a must. The perfect size to fit right on top of your counter, the OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Compost Bin in charcoal is easy to use and looks good, too. Just flip up the lid to drop in your food scraps and then flip down and lock it to keep in food odors. The rotating handle and rotating lid make transporting food waste to an outdoor compost easy, too.

Silicone ice cube trays: A little nod to my favorite four-legged friend, Enzo, these dog-paw and bone-shaped ice cube trays are sure to add some fun to your next cool drink. The best part is they are made of FDA-approved, food-grade, BPA-free silicone—a longer-lasting, more-durable, and more eco-friendly option than using trays made out of plastic (silicone can also be recycled through programs like Terracycle’s Kitchen Separation Zero Waste Box). 

Reusable tote bags: Taking reusable bags with you to the store is not a new trend in the effort to reduce waste, but we do have our favorites: For an afternoon out, the Baggu Duck Bag is a classic everyday tote that is good for a variety of uses and looks great (we like the Natural Grid print), too. For groceries, the stylish simplicity of the Planet E Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags are great; with sturdy, reinforced bottoms, your items won’t spill out in transportation.