Sustainable Swaps I Use on a Weekly Basis

Callie Pippert, Columnist

Reusable Water Bottles (Callie Pippert )
  1. Reusable Water Bottle – I always carry around a reusable water bottle, whether I am at school or just relaxing at my house. The main bottle I use is a hydro flask but I also love the $10 metal water bottle that I got from Old Navy 5 years ago. You don’t need any fancy bottles but I like having different options and a tumbler with a straw for when I go to cafes. 
  1. Bathroom Essentials (Callie Pippert )

    Bite toothpaste  – I really enjoy my bite toothpaste tabs because they foam up like normal toothpaste and leave my teeth nice and white. They are all in tablet form which makes them lighter to ship and they have refills for the glass container that they come in. An added plus when traveling is that you don’t have to worry about toothpaste spilling. 

  2. Bamboo toothbrush – I like the toothbrushes from the brand Brush with Bamboo because they never shed any bristles. Their bristles are also made out of castor bean oil, which means the toothbrush is fully compostable. 
  3. Native Deodorant  – Everyone in my family loves Native deodorant because it is a natural aluminum-free formula that actually works. I just bought a new tube in the lilac and white tea scent and it has such a nice fresh floral scent. My Dad’s favorite scent is orange and herbal musk and my sister likes lavender and rose.
Shampoo and Conditioner (Callie Pippert )
  1. Ethique Face Wash Bar – This face wash from Ethique comes in bar form and is my favorite face wash ever. It has a super gentle but moisturizing formula that comes just wrapped in paper and lasts forever. I have been using the same bar for months and it will probably last me for the rest of the year. 
  2. Hibar Conditioner – For a long time I was scared to use bar conditioners because I have a very dry scalp and was loyal to my Head and Shoulders conditioner, but I recently got this bar and I’m loving it. The bar is weirdly shaped so it kept slipping out of my hand at first, but the formula makes my hair so shiny and soft. 
Tea Supplies (Callie Pippert )
  1. A French Press –  One habit I picked up during quarantine was drinking at least one cup of tea a day. I love using my mini french press to brew loose leaf tea because it does a great job straining super fine teas. I got this mini french press off of amazon and I like it because it brews a single cup of tea but I have seen french presses at the thrift store and for free on the Pasadena Buy Nothing Facebook Group. If you are more of a coffee drinker they also have reusable filters for most machines including Keurigs.
  2. Arbor Tea  – To go along with the french press I use tea from Arbor Teas. I have only tried out 3 of their teas but I really like the peppermint tea and the pomegranate flavored white tea. All of their teas are loose leaf and their outer packaging is all compostable. 
  3. Sheets and Giggles Sheets and Duvet Cover – Recently I needed a new duvet cover and sheets so  I got them all from Sheets and Giggles. All of their products are made out of Eucalyptus and they are the softest sheets ever. I am in love with the sage green color of my duvet cover, and I convinced my sister to get these for her dorm room next year. 
  4. Ecosia Browser Extension – This isn’t exactly a product I use but I have the Ecosia browser extension. As you search, the money that the search engine generates goes to planting trees around the world. I have had the browser extension for a couple of months and I have raised the money to plant 21 trees by just doing Google searches. They have planted over 122 million trees so far.