Sometimes it can feel like we live in a world of disposables. Pick up your takeout food, and suddenly you're bombarded with paper napkins, plastic silverware, plastic straws, plastic wraps, plastic containers, and other throwaway bits and bobs. While convenient, it certainly feels bad throwing all that junk away. And that’s just takeout food! In your home, there are tons of items designed to be bought, used once or twice, and then thrown away.
It doesn’t have to be this way: With new products and materials, there are modern swaps you can make to help reduce “single-use” waste in your life. And most of these reusable versions of products are hidden gems — that is, most people don’t know there are swaps for some of their favorite products that they don’t have to throw away. We’ve rounded up our favorite options below.