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From a thermoregulating water bottle that will help cut down on plastic waste during long outdoor hikes, to a reusable dishcloth that can replace up to 17 rolls of paper towels, to a bidet with a dryer that will help reduce toilet paper use, we’ve tried and tested some of the best eco-friendly products available. Here we’ve compiled nine of our top-performing products that are perfect for helping you reduce your waste and live more sustainably.
Pour-over coffee makers
Best pour-over coffee maker overall: Kalita Wave 185 Pour-Over Coffee Dripper
$39.60 $24.99 at Amazon
Don’t run out to a cafe every time you need to fuel up — save time and energy and avoid using another paper cup (or Keurig capsule) by making your own great cup of coffee. We found the flat-bottom, three-hole design of the Kalita Wave 185 Pour-Over Coffee Dripper allowed for the most even and consistent brewing of all models tested. The Kalita produced the most robust coffee, maintained spot-on temperature, and got the most even saturation of the grounds. Not only do you get to enjoy great-tasting coffee with the Kalita, but after you’re done you can compost everything.
Single-serve coffee makers
Best single-serve coffee maker overall: Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe
$189.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond
The Breville-Nespresso VertuoPlus, which uses pods that deliver both espresso and “regular” coffee, could simply not be beat for its convenience. Intuitive and a snap to use right out of the box, it looks sleek on the counter, contains a detached 60-ounce water reservoir so you don’t have to refill it with each use and delivers perfectly hot, delicious coffee with a simple tap of a lever and press of a button.
For an eco-friendly option, we recommend using “sustainable” pods to go with this single-serve coffee maker. A good option is the Illy Espresso Single Serve Coffee Compatible Capsules 10-count pack starting at $7.22 at Amazon.
Best bidet overall: Alpha JX Bidet Seat
$398.10 $369 at Amazon
Trying to cut down on paper waste? Why not start in the bathroom, where a bidet with a dryer will help you and your family cut down on toilet paper use (and feel a whole lot cleaner and fresher too!). We recommend the Alpha JX Bidet Seat, which features an instantaneous and endless supply of warm water along with a fully adjustable stream, dryer, remote and heated seat. This makes it the best bidet on the market, especially for its eco-friendliness and price.
Best water bottle overall: Yeti Rambler 26-Ounce Bottle
$40 at Yeti
If you know someone who still uses plastic water bottles, then help them make the sustainable switch with the Yeti Rambler. Any water bottle will help cut down on plastic waste, and the Rambler has come out on top during our testing thanks to its stellar thermoregulation and amazing durability. It also features a fantastic chug cap that gives you a comfortable and quick drinking experience, while maintaining easy access to the superwide mouth.
Best rain jacket overall: Patagonia Torrentshell 3L
$149 at Patagonia
Patagonia is rooted in environmental activism, and those core values are evident in everything the brand produces. The company’s Torrentshell jacket is not only made from recycled post-consumer nylon and Fair Trade-certified, but it also outperformed all the other jackets we tested in key areas. It’s ridiculously waterproof and will keep you bone-dry in the worst rain. It’s also extremely breathable, durable and comes with Patagonia’s lifetime Ironclad Guarantee. If you really want to make an impact, Patagonia resells used products, keeping even more material out of landfills.
Best dishcloth overall: Swedish Wholesale Swedish Dish Cloths
$24.99 $21.99 at Amazon
Ready for a fun fact? One Swedish dishcloth can actually replace 17 rolls of paper towels. Let that sink in, folks. Invented by a Swedish engineer in 1949, these Swedish dishcloths are reusable, biodegradable and ultra-affordable, not to mention highly effective. As a result, they’re widely used throughout Scandinavian countries like Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, which happen to also be the world’s most eco-friendly countries. Point being, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a roll of paper towels in any Nordic homes or businesses, as they’re all relying on Swedish dishcloths instead. Nab this bulk pack of 10 and replace your paper towels forever.
Best reusable bag overall: Stasher bag
From $7.49 at Amazon
Stasher bags are reusable bags made out of platinum-grade silicone, which is the most stable type of silicone for food use, since it eliminates the residues from the production process that you might not want in the stuff you eat. Stasher bags are free of BPA, BPS and other phthalates, and they meet FDA and EU requirements for food contact and safety. We recommend them as a great way to reduce your single-use plastic waste. And thanks to Stasher’s wide variety of shapes and sizes, they’re so much more than a plastic bag replacement — they’re versatile enough to replace all kinds of containers, and will quickly become an essential tool in your kitchen.
Reusable food wraps
Best reusable food wrap overall: Bee’s Wrap, 3-Pack
$17.99 at Amazon
Looking to get plastic wrap out of your kitchen and out of your life and cut down on your use of plastic bags? These beeswax-impregnated organic cotton wraps are sustainable and reusable, and can store everything from fruit and vegetables to baked goods and leftovers. With sustainability top of mind, even Bee’s Wrap’s packaging is recyclable and fully biodegradable. To clean them, you just hand-wash them in cool water with a little bit of dish soap.
Best smart thermostat overall: Nest Learning Thermostat
$249 $199 at Amazon
Looking to make a positive impact on the environment and stay more comfortable while you do it? By learning your temperature preferences and automatically adjusting the conditions in your home, a smart thermostat can guide you into becoming a more energy-efficient household. It reduces your energy demand by turning down the heat or air conditioning when you’re not around, then gently bringing them back on when you need them, helping you avoid cranking the heat or air conditioning unnecessarily. The Nest Learning Thermostat is the smartest, most capable system we’ve tested, and has a simple, easy-to-learn interface.