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10 Reusable Versions of Things You Use Every Day

These are the best picks to buy if you're trying to reduce waste.

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8 Pieces Flatware Sets Knife, Fork, Spoon, Chopsticks, SENHAI 2 Pack Rustproof Stainless Steel Tableware Dinnerware with Carrying Case for Traveling Camping...via

Silverware sets

Skip the plastic cutlery in your office cafeteria and invest in this stainless steel dinnerware set. Rustproof and lightweight, it comes with a carrying case you can get in several different colors so you can store it in your bag and go. With eight pieces, it’s the perfect set for dining with a friend. And if you’re tempted to grab single use cutlery, check out these facts that’ll make you never want to use plastic again.

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AmazonBasics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 24via

Baking cups

Loathe baking the perfect cupcake only to have to pull away a greasy, paper baking cup while eating it? Say hello to your new best friends. These colorful, silicone baking cups can go in the oven for baking up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can also withstand the freezer and microwave. They’re also non-stick, so you’ll never worry about a baking mess (or paper waste) again! These tips will help you live waste free.

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The Original Eco Friendly See Through Washable and Reusable Produce Bags - Soft Premium Lightweight Nylon Mesh Large - 12x14in - Set of 5 (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple) | By Naturally Sensiblevia

Produce bags

You know to bring reusable grocery bags when you go food shopping, right? Well, don’t forget your produce bags as well. These bags are washable, durable, and perfect to use again and again when picking up fruits and veggies from the produce section. They also come in different colors. Score! Check out 100 items you should reuse at home.

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Evelots Mop/Sweeper Pad-Microfiber-Reusable-Dry Fast-Non Abrasive-One Size-Set/2via

Sweeper pads

Stop spending money on paper mop pads. These reusable mop pads are made of microfiber which will help catch any dirt and dust while preserving your hardwood floors. It fits most mop heads, absorbs liquid, and saves costs less than non-reusable alternatives. What more could you want?

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Bee's Wrap Assorted 3 Pack, Eco Friendly Reusable Food Wraps, Sustainable Plastic Free Food Storage - 1 Small, 1 Medium, 1 Largevia

Food wrap

No more struggling to get sticky plastic wrap out of the box. These food wraps are made from beeswax and can last up to a year. The set comes with three pieces of wrap in small, medium, and large, featuring a little honeycomb print so you remember the bees who helped make it. While you’re at it, check out these household items you didn’t know were reusable.

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MOXIE Cup Sleeves – Premium Insulated Reusable Cup Sleeve for Coffee, Tea & Cold Drinks – One size fits all (5pk - Black)via

Coffee sleeves

Everyone loves a hot cup of coffee, but the burns that come with it? Not so much. Toss one of these reusable coffee sleeves in your bag and use them next time you go to your favorite shop. Saving waste and your fingertips one step at a time!

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Trudeau Set of 8 Silicone Multi-Use Tie Wrapsvia

Food ties

These charming little food ties can replace the plastic tags on food bags or ties used to hold wires together. They’re made of silicone which means they’re dishwasher safe and easy to use––no more fumbling!

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Keeper Reusable Sandwich Bags (5 Pack) - Premium Reusable Snack Bags For Kids. Airtight Ziplock Lunch Baggies Keep Food Fresh! Freezer Safe Bag - Great For Travel, Make-Up, Home Storage Organizationvia

Sandwich bags

The uses for these reusable sandwich bags are endless. Use them to store sandwiches, freeze fruit to snack on later, or store travel accessories. They’re airtight and can be washed by hand. Best of all, they cut back on plastic bag use. Score! Check out some of the best plastic-free kitchen items.

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Makeup Remover Pads Reusable 16 Packs Bamboo Cotton Rounds Pads Cleansing Cloth Wipe With Laundry Bag, ProCIV Washable Clean Skin Care Facial Toner Pads Cleansing Towel Wipes (3.15 inch) via

Cotton pads

Never worry again about running out of makeup removing wipes. These cotton pads are made of bamboo and contain all the softness and fluff of your run-of-the-mill cotton pad. Only these can be thrown in the wash and used over and over again.

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JOYECO Stainless Steel Drinking Metal Straws, Rainbow Multi-Colored Straw, Reusable Drink Straw for 20oz Tumblers Rumblers Beverage (Set of 8,4 Bent+4 Straight + 2Brushes)via


Reusable straws are having a moment: using metal ones can help keep unnecessary waste out of the ocean. This set gives variety with a selection of metal tints (including rainbow) and offering angled and straight straws for all your drinking needs. Bonus: it comes with a scrub brush for cleaning the narrow tube and buying reusable straws, as well as these other items, will help save money and the environment.

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Erin Kayata
Erin Kayata joined Reader’s Digest as an assistant staff writer in March 2019, coming from the Stamford Advocate where she covered education. Prior to this, she was part of a two-year Hearst fellowship program where she covered crime and education in suburban Connecticut. She graduated from Emerson College and spent part of her undergraduate career writing for the Boston Globe. When she’s not writing articles about useful facts and pop culture, you can find Erin enjoying the local theater scene and working toward her goal of reading 50 books a year.