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Simple ways to curb your plastic use and reduce waste

From straws to saran wrap and plastic bags - we're leaving a huge enviornmental footprint by throwing out these things daily. These products are exactly what you need to help create zero waste in your life. Eco expert Candice Batista shared her must-have items to help cut out plastics which is not only better for the environment, but extremely practical as well. In the long run you'll also find yourself saving some coin because you'll just be reusing the same products over and over again!

Oko Creations Makeup removal pads 

Made of hemp fleece, these reusable makeup removal pads are gentle on the skin and eliminate the need for disposable pads. Unlike the disposable ones, they will not tear between your fingers when wet. They are also, of course, an economical and environmental choice! 

$2.40 from Oko Creations

Colibri reusable snack bags

These reusable snack bags will replace your plastic ones. You just throw them in the washing machine and drier or rinse out in the link. Plus you'll be supporting Canadian-made products since they're made in St.Adolphe, Manitoba! Colibri has a huge range of different sized bags so you can choose from - you'll be able to fit anything in them. 

From $8 and up at Colibri Canada

Klean Kanteen 

These bottles are stainless steel, BPA-free and are a safe, nontoxic alternative to plastic water bottles. Even though plastic water bottles are recyclable, a reusable one is always better and leaves less of a footprint on the enviornment. 

$22 from MEC

Glass Sipper glass straws

These straws are made from the same type of glass as Pyrex - super strong, good for hot and cold, dishwasher safe. No need to throw away straws day after day that are bad for the enviornment. These glass straws will last you for years. Plus their straws have so many different designs that you can choose from. 

$6 from Glass Slipper

Dalcini stainless steel straws and containers 

The containers made out of the steel are the same kind used in hospitals and commercial kitchens around the world. There's no tight corners or lips for food bacteria to hide and chemicals . They're also dishwasher safe and have a life time warranty! 

From $10 and up from Dalcini

The Edgy Moose fabric bowl covers

Forget tin foil and saran wrap. These fabric bowl covers are reusable and have a sewn in elastic that gives a tight fit around the bowl so it doesn't slip off. The Edgy Moose offers waxed and unwaxed covers depending on if you want to let moisture in or not. Not to mention the fabrics have adorable designs! 

$8-14 from Etsy

KeepCup brew 

Let's be honest - how many Starbucks coffee cups do you throw out a day? Aim to be plastic free with these reusable cups that you can take with you everywhere. KeepCup has so many cute designs you can show off your personality and save the enviornment at the same time. With 5 different sizes you can also control your coffee addiction (or at least try). 

$26 from KeepCup

Earthology food wraps 

These wraps are certified organic cotton, made with local/organic ingredients and comes in so many beautiful designs! They're availble in beeswax and vegan lines and help reduse the use of plastic while keeping your food fresher for longer. The best part? Once you feel like the wrap has run its life, you can throw it into the compost bin instead of the garbage. 

From $10 and up at Earthology

Dans Le Sac

You won't forget to bring these adorable bags when heading to the grocery store. There's no questions that single use plastic bags are bad for the environment. Bringing these eco-friendly bags with you will help stop you from saying "yes" to the cashier when asking if you need a bag. What's even better? They're made in Quebec so you'll know you're supporting a local company. 

$16 from Dans Le Sac

Brush Naked

Yes - even toothbrushes can be enviornmentally friendly! The handles are made with bamboo and the bristles are made from biodegradeable plant-based bristles. They come in a whole bunch of different colours and are perfect for travel when you don't want to bring your fancy electric toothbrush with you. 

$4.99 from Brush Naked