The first tenet of permaculture is “Care for the Earth.” Arguably, one of the best things we can do to help the earth is to make better choices in the household products we use. Intentionally selecting eco-friendly and sustainable products helps support manufacturers who recognize the importance of this, and we do our part by reducing our use of plastics and other non-sustainable products.
Once upon a time, this was fairly difficult to do, especially if you didn’t live in a metropolitan area. A rural grocer is unlikely to carry compostable toilet paper. Sad, but true. However, in a world with Amazon, there is no reason to not make that switch. And yes, there is fossil fuel and other energy consumed when you purchase on Amazon. However, either UPS drives it to you, or you drive to the store to pick it up where the big ole trailer trucks dropped it off. Same same; it’s still got to get from the manufacturer to you. Given that Amazon has one of the most efficient delivery systems in the world, it might even be more fuel-efficient to go through Amazon, but I can’t confirm that.
The other upside to purchasing these products from Amazon is their subscription service. Imagine never running out of toilet paper or shampoo again. About the time you need more, BAM! it’s on your doorstep. Pretty cool. If you are getting too much or too little, just tweak your delivery times.
So here are the eco-friendly, sustainable, and reasonably priced items that I have on subscription with Amazon. There are many others to choose from. When browsing for products, put the word “subscribe” in your search to find them easily.
Biogdegradable Recycled Toilet Paper
Aside from a clean bum, buying toilet paper may not seem like a choice that can make a great impact. But together our choices add up, and we can make a difference by using 100% recycled paper bath tissue. If every household in the U.S. replaced one 24-pack of 240-sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with this product, we could help save over 4,900,00 trees! Pretty amazing, right? But just because you care about the environment, doesn’t mean the products you use should be subpar. This toilet paper is an extra strong and soft 2-ply toilet paper whitened without chlorine bleach, and contains no dyes, inks or fragrances. Free & Clear paper is also Forest Stewardship Council certified as FSC Recycled. We’ll always need toilet paper, and we’ll always need trees, so this is an easy solution to sustainably manage the need.
Compostable Kitchen Trash Bags
If You Care 13 Gallon Tall Kitchen Compostable Bags are made from potato starch from non-GMO potatoes, blended with a certified, fully compostable polymer. They work pretty well, but I’m not gonna lie; there are a few things to be aware of when your using these. Here are the instructions from the manufacturer: “These bags are for food waste. Do not put liquids in bags at any time. Always allow food waste to cool before putting in bags. Store bags in cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.” The long and short of it is that hot macaroni and cheese will melt the bag; cold mac n’ cheese will not. The other consideration is that these do not have the stretch of a plastic bag; overstuff them and they will tear. Using these requires a few small adjustments, easily made, and more than worth it to use one less plastic thing in my life.
Non-toxic Dish Soap
Puracy Natural Liquid Dishwashing Soap is a non-toxic, family safe, all purpose, concentrated soap made from plants, minerals, water, and a hint of fresh green tea & lime. It only takes a teaspoon to do a sink full of dishes, does a great job on grease, and is easy on your hands. This is important, because with just two of us in the household, we don’t use a dishwasher! I have several other products on subscription with Amazon, but you get the idea. Eco-friendly products are an option for everyone, and they are convenient and affordable. You should give it a try!
The other product I want to mention is Dropps laundry soap. These guys have laundry soap pods, and ZERO plastic in their packaging. The soap is not only eco-friendly, it works well! I have tried making laundry soap in the past, and all I got was stiff, smelly clothes. Dropps work much better!
So you can see, eco-friendly and sustainable choices are not only available, they are affordable and convenient. You should give them a try!
*Disclosure: Tanglefoot Farm participates in the Amazon Affiliate program. I will earn a small commission, at no cost to you, for any items purchased through links in this post.