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July 6, 2021

5 Sustainable Beauty and Home Swaps You Can Make This Week

In the spirit of sustainability, we also asked Public Goods to share 5 sustainable swaps you can make in your daily life that have a big collective impact on the environment. Here's what they had to say.

Lose Your Loofah

"Traditional bath loofahs and scouring sponges are often made from plastic that ends up sitting in landfills for decades. Switch to a washcloth, like our Ayate Washcloth. Derived from natural agave plant fiber, Ayate has a uniquely coarse texture with the optimal amount of exfoliating power for an invigorating scrub. You can also put it to work in the kitchen, as a plastic-free alternative to harsh scouring sponges and utility cloths. They're fast and easy to hang dry and resistant to mold and mildew. Plus, theyre 100% biodegradable."

Switch to a Shampoo Solid

"Scratch ubiquitous plastic shampoo bottles and swap to zero waste shampoo bars. Not only do they last 3 times longer than liquid shampoo, but theyre also grey water safe and fullyas in 100%biodegradable."

BYO Grocery Bags

"If youve ever wandered around the produce section like a lost Sims character looking for plastic produce bags, or clumsily tried to tear a bag free while holding onto a bundle of fruits and veggies (and then could not, for the life of you, open said bag)it's time to start bringing your own grocery bags. Our mesh produce bag and totes, the latter of which you'll get when you pick up the Set for Summer haul, are reusable, biodegradable, and machine-washable."

Use Compost Bags

"Great for small compost bins, juicer scraps, and bathroom trash cans, compost bags are an excellent alternative to traditional plastic bags that can take 1,000 years(!) to degrade. Additionally, compostable bags can be facility composted, leaving a byproduct that is healthier for the environment."

Ditch Single-Use Bottles

"Summer is the peak season for heat-related fatigue and dehydration. Stay hydrated this summer with a BPA-free, reusable water bottle an excellent sustainable swap for single-use plastic bottles, to-go cups, and any straw-reliant drinking vessel. Plus, carrying a reusable water bottle is like having a portable hydration station whenever and wherever you need it. That means more time for fun in the sun and less time searching for the water fountain."

Pick up our Set for Summer totea $196 value for just $58before it sells out.

Plus, get Public Goods Summer Essentials Bundle filled with their best-selling zero waste goods and beauty must-haves for $25 off for a limited time.


Megan Gustashaw

Megan Gustashaw is a freelance writer and editorial consultant based in Austin, Texas. With a focus on men’s and women’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle, she has written features for both established fashion brands and leading digital publications including GQ, Glamour, Architectural Digest and more.