Eco-Friendly Products Hardly Anyone Buys

Eco-Friendly Products Hardly Anyone Buys

Environmental sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in recent years. More and more people are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact through their purchasing choices. However, there are some eco-friendly products that, despite their benefits, have yet to hit the mainstream. In this article, I’ll discuss several of these less common green products and examine why they have not gained wider adoption.

Reusable Food Wraps

Reusable food wraps made from bee’s wax or other natural materials provide an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap for covering leftovers, sandwiches, and other foods. However, most people continue to use disposable plastic wrap out of habit or lack of awareness of reusable options. Here are some key points on reusable food wraps:

  • Made from cotton, bee’s wax, and other natural materials – free of plastics and chemicals compared to disposable wraps
  • Create an airtight seal on containers, bowls, and plates to keep food fresh
  • Washable and reusable – can be used over and over again for up to a year
  • Compostable at the end of their lifespan, breaking down completely unlike plastic wraps

Despite these benefits, reusable food wraps have not caught on widely due to lack of availability, inconvenience, and upfront cost compared to plastic wrap. However, as awareness grows, they provide an easy eco-friendly switch for reducing plastic waste.

Safety Razors

Safety razors, with their reusable razor heads and replaceable double edge razor blades, provide a plastic-free alternative to disposable cartridge razors. However, cartridge razors remain far more popular due to the following factors:

  • Learning curve – using a safety razor has a bit of a learning curve to master the right technique
  • Habit – most men are habituated to using disposable cartridge razors
  • Convenience – cartridge razors are seen as more convenient with their pivoting heads
  • Nick risk – safety razors have a higher risk of nicks and cuts if not used properly

With some practice, safety razors can provide an equally good shave while dramatically cutting down on plastic waste from disposable razors. But overcoming inertia and cartridge razor habits remains a challenge.

Reusable Silicone Food Bags

As an alternative to disposable plastic Ziplock bags, reusable silicone food bags provide an airtight, watertight seal for storing leftovers, snacks, and more. Their key advantages include:

  • Reusable – can be used for up to 3-4 years unlike disposable bags
  • Dishwasher safe – easy to clean and sanitize between uses
  • Versatile – can be used for freezing, sous vide cooking, and reheating food
  • Better for environment – prevent plastic waste from disposable bags

However, reusable silicone bags have not caught on widely due to high upfront investment, lack of awareness, and inconvenience of washing compared to disposable bags. Lower cost options could increase adoption.

Safety Note About Reusable Bags

It’s important to properly wash and sanitize reusable food wraps, silicone bags, and other products between each use to avoid bacterial growth. Be sure to follow all usage and care instructions.

Bamboo Toothbrushes

With plastic toothbrush handles that end up in landfills or oceans, bamboo toothbrushes seem like an obvious eco-friendly alternative. Benefits of bamboo toothbrushes include:

  • Biodegradable – breaks down naturally without leaving plastic waste
  • Renewably sourced – bamboo is a fast growing, renewable plant
  • Compostable bristles – bristles made from nylon or other compostable materials

However, adoption remains low primarily due to availability, cost, and habit. Bamboo brushes cost 2-3x more than plastic ones and can be hard to find in local stores. People are also habituated to using regular plastic toothbrushes.

Metal Safety Razors

Some men are switching from plastic to more durable metal safety razors to further reduce waste. These provide the same shaving benefits as standard safety razors while eliminating the plastic components. However, they come with a higher upfront investment cost. Key benefits include:

  • Zero plastic waste – made entirely from recyclable metals
  • Durable construction – handles often made of brass, stainless steel, or aluminum
  • Lifetime use – handles can literally last several lifetimes if cared for

The high upfront cost (2-4x plastic razors), learning curve, and habit barriers have limited adoption of metal safety razors. However, for the eco-conscious looking to make a long term investment, they provide plastic-free shaving.

Final Thoughts

Eco-friendly products like reusable wraps, bamboo toothbrushes, and safety razors offer clear environmental benefits. However, convincing consumers to break habits and pay higher upfront costs remains an obstacle to wider adoption. With more public education and lower price points over time, these products could move into the mainstream. Supporting companies offering plastic-free alternatives fuels further innovation – and taking small steps like swapping a toothbrush or food bag can add up to real change.