SHOP: These 10 products help you cut back on single-use plastics

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We’ve seen a roaring response from St. Pete residents and business owners regarding No Straws St. Pete since the movement to provide straws on a request-only basis was launched in April of 2018. Over 200 restaurants and establishments have gotten on board and adopted the “straws on request” practice and proudly display the No Straws St. Pete sticker in their windows and at their registers.

Fast forward to 2020, St. Pete’s City Council has officially banned single-use plastics and expanded polystyrene, aka styrofoam!

With that as the first step, there are also many more products available that we can all use to reduce the amount of single-use plastics and be more eco-friendly in minimizing waste starting at home and at work.

Here are some of our favorites that we’ve found useful long-term. We actually also just realized some of these items are perfect if you have an AirBnb too so you can keep your expenses low but at the same time provide added value to your guests.

Non-Electric Bidet Attachment

This is definitely a toilet paper saver! We’ve always wanted one at home after having experienced it in Asia. It’s so easy to install (took us less than 30 minutes to install our first one!) and easy to use and clean. On top of that, you would feel ten times cleaner and fresher coming out of the bathroom when you use it. Trust us, it’s life-changing and you will recommend it to all your friends as it was recommended to us by a friend. This is the easy and affordable one we love.

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Laundry Detergent Bar (for up to 250 loads!)

It’s a no-brainer. With this item in your laundry closet, you won’t have to buy laundry detergent in plastic containers or tubs that don’t even last very long. It’s cheaper than your regular brand’s “natural” free/clear kind of detergent. Here’s one that we’ve been using happily!

 

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Glass Gallon Jugs

Trust us, this comes in handy! If you go to the Refillery to replenish your supplies of soaps, lotion, or any other liquids, you’re gonna need this, or a few. It’s clean looking and would go with anything so they look presentable to guests staying with you. Get a couple and label each one with the content.

Image of a glass gallon jug with pump

Reusable Food Bag for Lunches

Skip the ziplocks. Use these non-toxic silicone bags that are BPA-, PVC- and latex-free to keep your children’s packed sandwiches and your office lunches fresh and safe. We love how easy they are to open and to even clean. They also come in different sizes from pocket-size to half-gallon size!

Image of sandwich in a reusable food bag with all the ingredients on the counter

Essential Cleaning Set

This is clutch! Since getting this cleaning set, we’ve never had to buy another roll of paper towels. You got that right, Mr. Brawny.  It comes with 10 microfiber cloths that are amazing at cleaning up the counters and at the same time you can just as easily thrown them into the washing machine to reuse. It comes with brushes and kitchen sponges that are safe for non-stick surfaces. Get it!

Image of reusable kitchen cleaning set including cloths, brushes, sponges

Bamboo Travel Cutlery Set 

Straws are an easy fix, but how can we avoid using the plastic cutlery at our favorite spots around town? The utensils in this travel pack are made of bamboo. No plastic needed, and it’s quite the conversation starter when you break these out at lunch. The pack rolls up to fit nicely in your bag or even your pocket. Plus the pack comes with a bamboo straw. This set is our favorite.

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Bee’s Wrap

Ok, this stuff is pretty cool. It’s like Saran wrap, but it’s reusable. You can wrap leftovers, keep a salad fresh in the fridge, prep tomorrow’s lunch, whatever you need to do. Use it the same way you would use plastic wrap, then when you’re finished, just wash it and air dry it, and it’s ready to wrap again. You can snag a 3-pack here.

Image of reusable fruit or vegetable wrappers

 

Reusable Grocery Bags

The hardest part about using reusable grocery bags is remembering to bring them into the store. But when you’ve got a set of grocery bags you love, it gets a lot easier to remember! These bags are reusable, machine washable, and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Pick up a set of bags here (and don’t forget to use them!).

Image of reusable grocery bags in different colors and patterns

 

Reusable Produce Bags

While we’re walking around with our reusable grocery bags, let’s go a step further. These reusable produce bags are a great way to stop using those plastic rolls that have sprouted up among the fruits and veggies. They’re made with a biodegradable cotton mesh and they’re machine washable and super durable. Bonus: They come in recyclable packaging. Drop some of these reusable produce bags in your reusable grocery bags and you’re good to go.

Image of reusable produce bags for shopping

 

Ethique Shampoo Bar

This shampoo bar from Ethique is a fantastic way to cut back on the number of plastics you’re picking up at the grocery store. One of these shampoo bars is equal to three bottles of shampoo. So you’re trading three single-use plastics for one small (recyclable) cardboard box. Ethique offers nine different scents. You can get a shampoo bar here.

Image of shampoo bar in a open coconut

 

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Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.