1. Blue Avocado Re-zip Storage Bags ($20)

A Re-zip is like a classic Ziploc, except these "never tear or split," and they can be reused 300 times. The only real drawbacks: Sauces will stain them, and they melt if they fall onto a dishwasher's heating element. Buy it at Amazon.

2. iPartsPlusMore Coffee Filters ($10)

The plastic pods used in Keurig coffee makers are seldom recycled, no matter the effort you put in. But you can eliminate waste — and save money — by using refillable mesh pods, keeping a few always ready for a quick brew. Buy it at Amazon.

3. Bee's Wrap ($18)

Developed by a Vermont mother of three, Bee's Wrap is a washable, reusable substitute for plastic wrap. Each cotton cloth is saturated with beeswax and natural oils, offering a better way to keep bread, sandwiches, and cut fruit or veggies fresh. Buy it at Amazon.

4. SipWell Stainless Steel Straws ($7)

Join the revolt against plastic straws — and America's habit of discarding hordes a day — by investing in glass, silicone, or stainless-steel alternatives. This set of four is dishwasher safe but also comes with a brush for hand-cleaning. Buy it at Amazon.

5. Bambooee Bamboo Towels ($12)

Replace your paper towels with look-alikes made from bamboo. Like rivals Caboo and NatureZway, Bambooee towels are more absorbent than the alternative, and they can be washed, air-dried, and used up to 100 times. Buy it at Amazon.

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