We finally made the switch from plastic baby bottles to glass ones! We still have an commercial plastic bottle kicking around here that we use occasionally, but we’ve really liked having more eco friendly products around for Little Miss. Turns out, upon doing some research, there are several items we use all the time that can be switched out for greener options – especially those for drinking!Everyone has their own ideas about going green and saving the earth and I, certainly, have mine. I’m not big on politics or what’s socially chic, but I do take the idea of stewardship very seriously. For me and my house, it’s wrong to waste not matter how much of something you have.
In that spirit, I’ve been researching some eco friendly products to use around the house. Plastic was my first target and, believe me, it’s still everywhere. However, we’re making progress towards using less of it and these items have helped!
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5 Eco Friendly Products for Liquids
Compostable Cups with Lids
So, this cup won’t last forever, FYI. However, there are actually several disposable cups that will completely break down in your or your city’s compost over time. If you need to use disposable, these are a great option. They certainly aren’t cheap but you can toss them without doing “plastic math.” You know, the calculations you do when you throw away a plastic item: “This is a number 6 so it will take how many eons of time to decompose if I throw it away now?”
Canteens for the Preppers
No, these aren’t army regulation, but they are made out of Stainless Steel. They’re great for hiking, backpacking or just carrying around in the car. I’m so tired of my water tasting like plastic because it’s been sitting inside a plastic bottle. We buy these Klean Kanteens at the thrift store whenever we see them and love using them. They’re durable, too, which is nice when you have five kiddos throwing them around.
Glass Baby Bottles
We have really enjoyed using our Life Factory baby bottles. Yes, the nipples are still basically plastic but such is life. We tried some other kind of glass bottle, I forget which brand now, but there was nothing to protect that glass when it fell. These Life Factory ones have these ingenious silicone sleeves that make the bottle practically bounce when it’s dropped. Ask me how I know.
Stainless Steel Food Storage
My husband recently started taking the train to work. Time was, I could send leftover soup for lunch in a simple canning jar but stuff gets more jostled on the train because it’s in his backpack.
I started looking into insulated, leak-proof, stainless steel bowls with lids to use instead of canning jars or Tupperware and found these two that I really want to try.
My husband doesn’t like to use the microwave at work (we ditched ours awhile ago) and so I like the idea of being able to heat the bowl and the soup and have it still be warm when his lunch time comes around. If you have kids that go to school outside your home, these are a great option for sending along homemade soups, salsas, yogurt and even milk for a special granola lunch treat. Here are a few more ideas on eco-friendly lunch box ideas from Creative Green Living.
Have you seen these cool things? To use:
- take an ordinary canning jar
- put this special, stainless steel lid on it
- screw it down with a canning ring
- voila, you have a drinking cup!
- If you get them from EcoJarz, they throw in some stainless steel straws and a narrow, brush cleaner (for the straws)
I’ve seen stuff on Pinterest about how you can make your own EcoJarz-type lid. That’s groovy but the thing I like about this one from EcoJarz is the seal at the base of the cap that keeps it from leaking. They sell flip top lids, too, which is super cool.
EcoJarz sent me one to review and I can’t find a thing wrong with it. It feels weird screwing the cap onto the jar with the canning ring just because I’m used to screwing down canning lids all the way and the seal makes it feel different. However, that was the only thing I could think of that was odd. Do make sure to take the straw out of the jar when you’re done using it as stainless steel, even the good stuff, can rust over time. They’re simple to use and are very eco friendly products.
Do you have favorite eco friendly products you think I should try? If I can’t find them at Amazon, be sure to let me know where to nab them.