There’s a high cost for living in a throwaway culture. The never-ending appetite to consume and toss away only to consume again is not only expensive in the long run, it drains the earth of finite resources and creates environmental and ecological disasters like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

In lieu of single-use plastic cling wrap, Bee’s Wrap can be used repeatedly for up to one year. Made with a blend of beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil, and tree resin, it adheres to any shape – bowls, fruits, plates, sandwiches, blocks of cheese, and beyond – just give it a light rub with your fingers to create a tight seal. Available in three sizes, Bee’s Wrap is very easy to clean – simply rinse in cold water and thoroughly dry before reuse.

Purchasing good quality rechargeable batteries may have a higher upfront cost than the standard disposable ones, but they will pay for themselves since they can be recharged hundreds of times.

It might be tempting to pick up no-name rechargeables, but they tend to lose their charge much quicker than other brands. Earning top marks from users and reviewers alike, Eneloop is among the longest lasting rechargeable on the market today.

The scourge of plastic bottle waste – in the US, 1500 plastic bottles are consumed every second – could be drastically curtailed if each person committed to using reusables. Stainless steel bottles will last a lifetime, can hold water and carbonated beverages, and will help to keep your drinks nice and cold.

Ever since single cup coffee brewers became all the rage, those little brewing pods have generated so much plastic waste that in 2014 alone, the pods would encircle the earth more than 12 times. Recently Keurig launched their first recyclable K-Cups but they are neither reusable nor biodegradable and still create tons of needless plastic waste.

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