10+ Easy Hacks That'll Help The Environment And Your Wallet, Too

Diply 29 Aug 2018

One of the reasons I love DIY projects is because of the impact they can have on the environment. Sure, it's totally possible to spend way too much on craft paper, but if you're into recycling what you've got, you can really make a difference in the amount of waste that goes to the landfills.

I'm really excited to share some of these hacks that'll help you produce zero waste, or at least get part of the way there. And you aren't only helping the environment, you'll also save some money along the way.

1. Use coconut oil as a makeup remover.

Poppy Goes Wild | Poppy Goes Wild

Guys, I'm pretty shook because I had no idea that this worked! But, Poppy Goes Wild swears by this little hack. No more plastic bottles of makeup remover for us! To be extra environmentally friendly, use cotton pads that can be washed and reused.

Editor's Note: I use coconut oil to remove my makeup and it totally works, I promise!

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2. Use tinfoil in the dryer instead of a dryer sheet.

Creek Line House | Creek Line House

I hate the feeling of throwing out a dryer sheet after I've only used it once because it seems like such a waste! Creek Line House suggests using a ball of tinfoil instead.

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3. Create your own toothpaste powder to clean your pearly whites.

One Green Planet | One Green Planet

It's basically a mixture of baking soda (an abrasive to get rid of buildup), bentonite clay (to polish your teeth), sea salt (to heal irritated gums), and peppermint essential oils (for fresh breath!).

One Green Planet shares this recipe for a safe and natural solution to store-bought toothpaste!

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4. Make your own laundry detergent with soap nuts.

Mommypotatmus | Mommypotatmus

Apparently, soap nuts have a natural detergent in them that can make for a really great laundry alternative. Mommypotamus turned hers into a liquid detergent to use at home.

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5. Ditch your tea bags and go loose-leaf!

Sustainability In Style | Sustainability In Style

Sustainability In Style says to take your own jar to the closest tea shop or bulk food store to stock up on your favorite flavors. I love to get my tea for cheap in bulk and mix my own flavors!

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6. Plant your own hanging herb garden.

Hometalk | Shawna Bailey

Whenever you buy herbs from the store, you're often buying them in a plastic bag or container. You can just make your own garden with some Command Hooks and teacups, like Shawna did!

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7. Ditch the plastic and make your own paper straws.

The Artisan Life | The Artisan Life

Sure, paper straws can be a pain because they can get all floppy in your drink, but The Artisan Life has a solution!

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Dip your homemade paper straws in food-safe wax and they'll be resistant to liquids!

The Artisan Life | The Artisan Life

I love this alternative to metal and plastic straws, plus they're super easy to make.

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8. Create your own food wraps.

Foxx By Nature | Foxx By Nature

Speaking of wax, you can use fabric and beeswax to create your own food wraps so you don't have to use plastic wrap or baggies.

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Foxx By Nature uses beeswax-coated fabric, which gives the fabric strength and allows it to stick to surfaces, much like plastic wrap. 

Foxx By Nature | Foxx By Nature

I use these in my kitchen all the time, and they're perfect for reusing over and over again!

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9. Reuse your plastic baggies by washing them.

The Yummy Life | The Yummy Life

Then toss them on a drying rack to air out. This way you can reuse them several times before recycling for good! Thanks to The Yummy Life for this brilliant idea.

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10. Don't throw your contact lens containers out.

The Do Something Project | The Do Something Project

If you're a daily or even weekly contact lens user, you're gonna have these pile up. The Do Something Project suggests finding a program which allows you to recycle them with ease.

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11. Create your own fabric pads to replace disposable ones.

Litterless | Litterless

I love a good cotton pad, and I probably use them every day. But these fabric pads by Litterless are a great reusable option I definitely need to try.

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12. Create your own paper towel roll.

A Beautiful Mess | A Beautiful Mess

You can use fabric to create a lot of the things you would normally purchase and throw out when you're done. A Beautiful Mess made their own paper towel roll that's probably more absorbent than most popular brands.

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13. Wrap your gifts in pretty cloth wraps instead of gift wrap.

Pinterest | binks

When you think about Christmas morning, do you immediate think of unwrapping all the gifts under the tree?! Well, that's a lot of waste if you use traditional wrapping! Try this instead.

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14. Turn your t-shirts into produce bags.

Delia Creates | Delia Creates

This no-sew produce bag is a super easy alternative to the plastic bags we normally get at the grocery store. I love how simple Delia Creates makes this project!

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15. Use a shampoo bar instead of a bottle from the store.

Emily's Little Homestead | Emily's Little Homestead

Shampoo bars are actually not only better for the environment (no plastic!), but they're also better for your hair and scalp because they don't contain sulfates like many shampoo brands do.

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This all-natural soap bar by Emily's Little Homestead is a great way to get started, or you can buy your own from a store.

Emily's Little Homestead | Emily's Little Homestead

I love that this recipe includes beer, which can actually be great for your hair on its own!

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