The Game-Changing Bidet, OG Pantry Set, and More Reusable Essentials That Will Save You a Trip to the Store
In the quest to stay as vigilant and healthy as possible these days, it’s understandable if your
sustainability game has pretty much gone out the window. If you’ve found yourself feeling guilty for using more
plastic or buying cleaning products with harsh ingredients, you’re not alone. Even goop’s sustainability editor,
Andrea Arria-Devoe, confesses to recent pitfalls. “It’s such a confusing time,” she says. “People, myself included,
are feeling torn about using more single-use containers now that restaurants are takeout only or about buying Lysol
or bleach. But we need to let ourselves off the hook a little while we focus on our health and safety.” That said,
there are a couple things we can do to offset the environmental impact of the change in our normal routine.
Here are some of Arria-Devoe’s ideas for getting back in the sustainability saddle—along with a few of our own.
These tips will reduce the need for a trip to the store or another Amazon purchase, as well as our carbon
footprint (if you’re looking for a deeper dive into this last topic, check out the Discovery Channel’s newly
released documentary The Story of Plastic).
While some of these swaps require an investment at the outset, they often have a significant cost savings over time.
Make Produce Last Longer
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Essential Pantry Set
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“One of my favorite ways to stretch the life of my produce is by using the Jar Method,” says Arria-Devoe.
(More on that here.) “I simply cut up carrots, cucumbers, or celery and put
them in a glass jar with some water, and they can last up to three weeks. You do need to change the water
occasionally. This can also extend the life of potatoes, though they already have a long shelf life. When you
see them start to turn, you can apply the same method. This is a useful step to get ahead for meal prepping,
too. I store my herbs in glasses or jars, as well, putting a little bit of water in them and then wrapping
them in a paper towel like a bouquet.”
Divided Airtight Food Storage Container
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The right tools often make the biggest difference in the longevity of your produce and leftovers. These
airtight containers will extend the life of your food, and as an added bonus, they’re made of stainless steel,
which is much more durable than plastic.
The Sunshine Series
Produce Bag Set
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Organic Cotton Drawstring
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These organic cotton bags allow produce to breathe while keeping everything organized.
Bee’s Wax Food Storage Paper
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Beeswax wraps, which are made of organic cotton and natural oils, make an amazing reusable alternative to
plastic wrap. Just rinse under cold water after each use.
Reduce Single-Use Plastic
and Paper Consumption
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Small Glass Storage Container with Oak Lid
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“Many reusable and refill companies are doing no-contact pickups and deliveries,” says Arria-Devoe. “In Los
Angeles, Sustain LA is an incredible female-owned company focused on zero-waste living. I’m trying to continue
to support them as much as possible during this time.” Glass containers like these are perfect for (chicly)
storing grains, nuts, and other pantry items.
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Gallon Storage Bag
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Stasher bags are amazing for optimizing freezer space, they last forever (unlike plastic ziplock bags), and
they’re safe to cook in—you can heat them in the microwave or toss them straight into a pot of boiling water.
Organic Cotton Paper Towels
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These reusable paper towels and dishcloths are made of sustainable organic cotton, are machine-washable, and
can be used for years. Say goodbye to lugging rolls of paper towels back from the grocery store.
Consider a Toilet Paper Alternative
Bidet and Heated Seat
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Bidets were gaining popularity even before the toilet paper panic took hold. If you’re not familiar, using a
bidet can cut down how much you spend on toilet paper by 75 percent or more. For the average person, that
means going from about a hundred rolls a year to just twenty-five. “But if you aren’t looking to make the
investment quite yet, now is as good a time as any to try some of these alt toilet paper companies and support
smaller businesses, like Plant Paper, Who Gives a Crap, Bim Bam Boo, and Number 2,” says Arria-Devoe.