Small swaps to your everyday essentials can seem futile when you think about waste on a global scale, but change has to start somewhere, right? The truth is, making better choices with what we buy and consume isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for your overall health and well-being too. That’s exactly how Mary Luciani, founder and owner of the earth-friendly shop The Pale Blue Dot, began her journey to avoid plastics and improve her quality of life. These are her top picks for being more purposeful with the products we use at home every day.
This decorative sponge cloth replaces up to 17 rolls of paper towel, reducing plastic consumption and overall waste. It’s 100% biodegradable and safe on granite, stainless steel, laminate and glass.
Natural Dish Washing Tools
Harvested from the agave and yucca plants of Mexico, tampico bristles join a hand-sanded bamboo wood handle to give this common kitchen tool an eco-friendly edge.
Versatile, effective and biodegradable, castile soap is a multi-use product that’s safe for your face, body, hair, food, dishes, laundry and floors.
Organic Food Wrap
Eliminate your use of plastic wrap or bags with an organic food wrap substitute made of 100% beeswax, jojoba oil, pine resin and cotton that can be reused for up to a year.
Glass Food Containers
By making the switch to glass, you can keep containers at high or cool temperatures without worrying about chemicals leaching into your food.
Avoid paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances with these 100% pure beeswax candles that are perfect for any celebration. Best of all, they won’t drip.
These soaps are made of the highest quality all-natural and vegan ingredients, leaving your skin hydrated and clean.
Made of solid brass, this sustainable and plastic-free shaving alternative has recyclable blades that you can replace, making it more cost-effective than traditional razors in the long run.
Over a billion plastic toothbrushes end up in our landfills each year. Luckily, bamboo toothbrushes are a simple solution with 100% biodegradable handles and packaging made of paper.
Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
These plant-based bars combine the essential ingredients to cleanse and condition your hair — just package-free. You’ll soon forget about ever using traditional plastic bottles in your washing routine.
A fantastic alternative to dryer sheets laden with synthetic materials and fragrances, these dryer balls are made of 100% ethically-sourced, cruelty-free wool and last up to two years.
Natural Dental Floss
Natural dental floss leaves your teeth clean and chemical-free, plus it keeps our planet protected from plastic and petroleum.
About The Pale Blue Dot
The Pale Blue Dot is an Ontario-based shop dedicated to providing ethically-sourced, responsibly-made and high quality goods that support a healthy, low-waste lifestyle. Visit thepalebluedotshop.com & follow @thepalebluedotshop on Instagram for more earth-friendly alternatives.
If you’re interested in taking a more DIY approach to sustainability, why not check out our guide on a few household products you can make yourself?