If you're trying to live more sustainably these days (and honestly, everyone should be making the effort), you know it's never been easier to do so thanks to a variety of products and services. There are so many reusable items out there that are both stylish and functional, from to-go cups to sleek metal straws to sturdy totes. Some places like Starbucks or Whole Foods (depending on location) will give you a discount for bringing your own cup or reusable shopping bags, respectively. And some brands feature items that are made from recycled materials (like shoe companies Allbirds and Rothy's).
Pinterest has noticed a big increase in interest in sustainable products. In its August Pinterest Insights report, the social media platform found that searches for sustainable products were up by 89%. Whether it's due to the fact that people are gearing up for fall and back-to-school season, or most users are looking to lead more eco-friendly lifestyles, this is a topic we love to see trending. Take a look at the top-shopped sustainable products on Pinterest below, and add some (or all!) to your shopping cart.
Cities like Seattle and Washington, D.C. have banned plastic straws. And companies like Starbucks and Alaska Airlines have pledged to phase out straws in the coming years. You can lower your usage (or stop it altogether) by purchasing reusable straws, like these bamboo ones that were trending on Pinterest, or metal versions. Some even come with a carrier case, too!
These aren't like the No. 2 pencils you used for school—these are made from recycled newspaper and are as smooth and sturdy as classic pencils.
We've already talked about the benefits of the menstrual cup, and it seems like interest is growing even more in the reusable period product. Getting your period can be annoying (with all the symptoms and discomfort), but if you use a menstrual cup, you'll be doing your part to live a more sustainable lifestyle and you'll save yourself some money, too.
Sometimes you can't serve everything on china, especially if you're entertaining a big crowd or serving on the go like at a picnic. Disposable plates that are biodegradable and compostable are your best bet for those moments.
Instead of buying disposable floss dispensers, invest in a refillable container. This one comes with a refill spool, too.