Greener living is nowhere nearly as difficult as it sounds. With just a few small adjustments, you can turn your home or office from a fuming hog into an earth-saving lamb. These 10 products aren’t just efficient, powerful, and incredibly useful: They’re also beneficial to the environment.
Enamel Bliss | Greenzla Bamboo Toothbrushes
Most ordinary toothbrushes are made of eco-hostile plastic and only last a couple months. Not these tartar-busters. These 12 toothbrushes are made entirely of bamboo. The smooth handles feel comfortable in your hand. Even the bristles are made of charcoal-blended bamboo and are disarmingly soft on teeth and gums. Best of all, each Greenzla toothbrush lasts up to an entire year. It’s a sustainable way to polish up your incisors.
Scrub Responsibly | KAIREY Ionic Shower Head
Are you itching to get some quality cleaning done, but your showerhead has all the force of a dripping faucet? Get KAIREY’s innovative, water-saving showerhead. It turns hard water into kinder, gentler water without sacrificing pressure. It’s almost laughably easy to install. And it filters water through a series of infrared and anion mineral beads that improve blood circulation and make skin more supple. Not only will you have the most energizing shower ever imagined, but you’ll also cut your water usage by 30%.
Sip like a Rock Star | Collapsible Stainless Steel Reusable Metal Straws
Regular, disposable drinking straws are the bane of the environment. Once they’re no longer of use, they lie around biodegrading in landfills, probably making that evil laugh the whole time. Permanent, reusable drinking straws are the only way to go. This double-pack of stainless steel straws is safer for the environment and marine life. They also collapse down to pocket size and come in their own aluminum containers. This set even comes with a couple of cleaning brushes for on-the-spot cleaning. These straws are the best way to suck.
The Right Way to Write | Pilot B2P Ball Point Pens Made from Recycled Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles are almost as useless as leaf blowers and not nearly as fun. But Pilot has found a responsible use for recycled water bottles: turning them into ball-point pens. They work just like ordinary pens, with a comfortable grip and free-flowing gel ink. They come in five different colors. And they’re 87% made from recycled water bottles. Not only is the production process eco-friendlier, but it also gives old, plastic waste an actual purpose.
Smart and Safe | Google Nest Learning Thermostat
This isn’t just a smart thermostat — it’s a certified genius thermostat. The Nest Thermostat helps you save energy without your having to shudder or sweat for the environment. Turn the thermostat to an energy-saving temperature and an adorable little leaf displays. When you’re not at home it automatically switches to an eco-friendly climate. You can program it with your hands or with the Nest smartphone app. It learns your routines, your preferences, and probably your favorite TV show. Studies have shown the Nest can save you 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling, which is no small change.
Higher Grounds | Pour Over Stainless Steel Coffee Dripper
If you’re a coffee fanatic, then you know how inconvenient inorganic paper filters are. They’re also wasteful because if you use them as directed, they’re only good once. The LHS stainless steel cone filter will grind all that madness to a halt. It fits 99% of all mugs and coffee pots and has a silicon rim to prevent slides. When you’re done, just run hot water through the mesh, or just throw the whole thing in the dishwasher. Available in either 2-cup size or extra-jittery 4-cup.
A Scribbling Superstar | Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
The Rocketbook Reusable Notebook is one of our favorite things ever, and not just because it doesn’t waste paper. Every one of its 36 pages can actually be uploaded to your favorite cloud service. After you’ve scrawled your masterpiece and saved it, just wipe the page clean with a damp cloth. It comes with a Pilot FriXion pen specially designed to work with reusable notebooks. Get the Rocketbook app for your somewhat jealous iPhone or Android and seize the power of the written word.
Tough Love for Your Carpet | Bissell Little Green Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
The Little Green treats carpet and upholstery dirt with a fierce, even nasty disposition. But it treats the environment with a gentle, reassuring cuddle. Every Little Green is made of at least 50% recycled plastic with sustainable methods. The 48-ounce water tanks are easy to detach and refill. There’s no better way to attack spots and stains from hard-to-reach places. Use it with eco-friendly Little Green cleaning fluid that’s totally free of wasteful metals and phosphates. Also, with every Little Green they sell, Bissell donates up to $10 to its foundation for pets.
Watch Your Volts | Sense Energy Monitor
Nobody wants to waste energy in their home. But how do they find out and keep track of how much energy they use? That process becomes almost hilariously easy with the Sense Energy Monitor. Connect the unit to the power cables in your circuit box and download the smartphone app. The monitor picks up the electrical current, records your usage, and sends the info up to the cloud. It will analyze your usage, send you reports, and offer ideas for saving even more energy. It’s got all the abilities of an electrical contractor and none of the dirty shoes.
Let There Be Lights | BioLite SolarHome 620 Portable Off-Grid Solar Lighting System
If you own a home, shed, or structure that’s off the grid, then you know how challenging it can be to power it up. The BioLite SolarHome Lighting System will turn that challenge into child’s play. It’s got a 6-watt solar panel and string lights that work in any un-electrified environment. It’s also got 2 USB charging ports to spread joy to your devices. It even has a built-in speaker and FM radio if you’re in the mood for music. And since it’s solar-powered, it won’t harm, bother, or insult the environment.