Looking for eco friendly swaps to jump-start your eco-friendly journey while keeping it *aesthetic*? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled aesthetically pleasing eco friendly products that would let you live sustainably in style! Let us guide you through our compilation of 5 compostable and biodegradable products that actually look good.
Keeping it aesthetic while helping mother earth
Gone are the days when eco friendly means unsightly product designs. We now live in the age where designers of everyday products create stylish sustainable eco friendly products from household items to eco friendly packaging. Here are 5 compostable and biodegradable products that actually look good:
Today, more and more stores and even states ban the use of single use plastic. This pushes consumers to use reusable bags such as the popular, eco friendly tote bags. However, a new stylish go-to produce bag is seen all over social media. If you’re looking for an alternative to eco bags, you may want to use the Mesh Produce Bag! It’s made from 100% cotton, expands, holds up to 40 pounds, and is such a cute bag to put your fresh produce in! It’s also available in different colors; from bright colored mesh bags to neutral-colored ones that are perfect for those into minimalist, earth-colored style.
Are you a mason jar user? Dress it up with minliving silicone sleeves! Not only does it protect your mason jar from breaking, but it also retains temperature, aids in grip, and is available in different colors that suit every mood! It’s also a great color coding tool for the family to know whose mason jar belongs to who. Available in 2 pack, 5 pack, Bundle, and single sleeves! See different colors here: https://www.minliving.com/silicone-sleeves
Now, who doesn’t love a super posh rose gold stainless steel straw? This industrial eco friendly style could instantly spruce up your drink, adding such a chic, classy flair. Instead of using a single use plastic straw every time you drink, these stainless steel straws are a great stylish alternative! It’s reusable, compact, and easy to clean with a cleaning brush! Pair it with your mason jar dressed up in your favorite minliving silicone sleeve, and you’ve got an instagrammable drink! If you’re not into rose gold, there are plenty of other stainless steel straw colors to choose from. You could opt for the classic silver stainless steel straw or other stainless steel straw colors. A great sustainable brand we recommend is Mermaid Straw.
Who would have thought that our little bee friends can create such a sustainable alternative to plastic food wraps? Beeswax food wraps are a sustainable natural food storage alternative made from organic cotton, infused with sustainably harvested beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. It will hold its shape when it cools, creating a seal that keeps food stay fresh without the use of single use plastic. The good news is, you can make your own beeswax food wraps at home! If you want to learn how to create one, you can check it out here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/g25642328/diy-beeswax-reusuable-wraps/
Do you own a small business? Then these compostable and biodegradable shipping materials from minliving are perfect for you! minliving is a sustainable packaging brand that produces sustainable packaging materials for small and big businesses alike. Currently, there are three sustainable products under our sustainable shipping supply category. These are:
Our compostable mailers are made from a combination of PBAT and cornstarch and are 100% compostable. These non-padded compostable mailers are reusable and perfect for shipping your products from small pieces of jewelry to clothing! You can choose from our available colors of Black and Blush Pink with these sizes: S (6" x 9"), M (10" x 13"), and L (14.9" x 19").
Compostable resealable bags
minliving compostable resealable bags are a sustainable alternative to traditional poly bags. They are made from a combination of PBAT and PLA (a corn-based biopolymer) and are 100% compostable. They can be used as the first layer of protection within a mailer during the shipping process. They have a frosty, trendy appearance with a plain front side that allows for self-customization. These great plastic bag alternative are available in 2 sizes: S (6" x 9") and M (10" x 13")
New Biodegradable tape
The minliving Biodegradable tape is made from plant-derived cellulose film with natural rubber adhesive. They are a great alternative to plastic tape since the cellophane packaging tape is constructed from biobased materials while its natural rubber adhesive consists of predominantly renewable raw materials. They are available in 3 types:
1.93 inches x 70 Yards clear, transparent biodegradable tape
3/4 inches x 70 Yards clear, transparent biodegradable tape
1.93 inches x 70 Yards biodegradable tape with the word, “Biodegradable” printed on the label
Why do people switch to sustainable alternatives?
In the world today. it is no longer a revelation how plastic waste continues to pile up the seas. According to the article, Plastic in the Ocean Statistics 2020-2021, we are polluting the ocean with around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic a year and the damage we are doing to marine life and our ecosystem is becoming irreparable. Currently, there are 5.25 trillion macro and microplastics in our oceans and 46,000 pieces in every square mile of the ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Now that’s just a lot of plastic waste! This is why concerned individuals, organizations, and government bodies have been working together pushing for sustainable alternatives. It’s just truly hard to keep a blind eye to all the plastic waste.
The great news is people are slowly switching to sustainable alternatives. With more eyes opened to the impending plastic pollution, there are several plastic alternatives coming up in the market today. These plastic alternatives are great sustainable swaps to traditional plastic like plastic bottles, plastic straw, and plastic packaging.
For the past decade, more manufacturing companies have been creating biodegradable plastic, compostable plastic, and recycled plastic. From these sustainable plastic alternatives comes the birth of many other eco friendly products to replace common everyday items from household items to business supplies. Such products can be divided into compostable products and biodegradable products.
In our article, What is the difference between compostable and biodegradable, we discussed that one of the main differences between the two is that biodegradable materials break down through natural processes while compostable materials need human intervention. No matter what the process of breakdown is, both are far better and gentler products to mother earth than using traditional plastic. No matter where you are in your sustainable living journey, these aesthetic compostable and biodegradable products can surely make it easy for anyone to make a sustainable swap.