Eco-Friendly Products and Tips

Eco-Friendly Products and Tips

Nowadays, it is extremely important to live a sustainable lifestyle that does not harm the environment.

The Basic Organization team is sharing with you some of our favorite Eco-Friendly products and tips to encourage you to do the same. While we are an organizing company, we certainly donate when we can, recycle what we can, and reuse or repurpose what we can.

Check out below our favorite Eco-Friendly products and tips that we use.



My family is big into composting. It took a small change in our habits to make it work. We have a small, cute container on our kitchen counter to collect the material and when it’s full I deposit it into our tumbler in our backyard. It makes the best soil and it’s amazing how much less trash we put out at the curb. I also started making vegetable stock out of vegetable cuttings. I think it’s much better than what you can buy at the store.




I love these reusable Scout bags for my groceries.  They come in nice fabrics and are so durable. Much better than the plastic bags at the grocery store.  No tipping over during the car ride home either.  The Grocery clerks have even commented that they are especially easy to pack. I find they are my go-to bag when running errands as well.




I’ve cut back on my use of plastic snack/sandwich/storage bags by using these Reusable Food Storage Bags.  They have cute designs, wash really well, and have leak-proof zippers.  They are one of my favorite kitchen items!





To cut down on the use of plastic jugs that a lot of laundry soap comes in, I use a product called, “Earth Breeze.” It is individual sheets of laundry detergent, and the packaging and ingredients are biodegradable. As a bonus, with every sale the company regenerates our planet with ocean clean-ups and native tree-planting.





I love to use my old T-shirts as rags. They are soft and absorbent and exactly what I need to wipe counters down in my kitchen or use for other household chores.  It also saves me money by reusing what I already have.



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Last year when our lawnmower broke, our family made the switch to an electric one. The battery is quick to charge, lasts long enough to mow, and is significantly quieter than a gas mower. Plus, we are doing our small part to reduce air pollution!




Don’t throw away old spices in your cupboard, sprinkle them around the edges of the yard to prevent bugs and crawling creatures.





My favorite product is a Brita water bottle that has a filter in the straw so I can fill it up anywhere and still have nice, clean water. I don’t have to buy bottled water if I’m away from home. If I drink all that I had packed, I just find a sink or hose and I’m good to go.




These are great for using with your eye makeup removal product and toners, etc.  It comes with a handy bag for storage, travel, and use even when you toss them in the washer!



How about you?  What products or tips are your favorites?

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Janet Schiesl
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  1. Linda Samuels on July 31, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    What an incredible list of eco-friendly products and ideas! Who knew about sprinkling old spices around the yard to prevent bugs and creepy crawlers? Amazing tip! I can’t wait to test that one out.

  2. Seana Turner on July 31, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    I’m loving this roundup of products. These posts are always so fun. I’m seriously considering the composting thing. I’ve been wondering what to do in the winter when I can’t get out the kitchen door because of snow. Maybe it’s a seasonal idea for me. What do you do when it snows?

    Going to check out the Scout bags. I agree that the bags from the grocery store aren’t so great, especially the “fabric” ones that are so floppy.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 2, 2023 at 10:52 am

      I believe composing is fine outside unless it’s freezing temperatures. Then, it’s composing indoors only, so you’re right, if you’re somewhere with a cold winter, maybe start for the warmer months.

  3. Janet Barclay on July 31, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Denene’s and Sue’s ideas are very exciting to me! I don’t know if I can get my husband to buy into the reusable bags (he makes a big enough fuss over drying plastic containers) but it’s great to know they’re out there. I would love something like the Scout bags, but they would need to fit in my bundle buggy, either one filling the whole bottom, or two side by side. That I would buy!

    • Janet Schiesl on August 2, 2023 at 10:53 am

      The Scout bags seem very popular! That’s a good idea, to have it fill the entire bottom or side-by-side.

  4. Julie Stobbe on July 31, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    I just learned that Costco is selling containers made out of wheatgrass. I am looking forward to seeing one in my client’s home. I personally will go back to powdered laundry detergent to cut down on the one-time use liquid laundry detergent bottles. We have a chain called Bulk Barn that sells shampoo as a bar also cutting back on plastic shampoo bottles. I think I will move away from liquid soap and go back to using a soap bar.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 2, 2023 at 10:54 am

      Wow, I hadn’t heard of that! I’m sure we’ll start seeing them around, as you said.

  5. Diane Quintana on August 1, 2023 at 10:22 am

    These are great ideas! I use an earth friendly laundry detergent also. I love that I am no longer buying the big plastic jugs. I love the “scout” bag. I use cloth bags for my errands and groceries but this bag looks much sturdier.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 2, 2023 at 10:54 am

      Yes, this bag should hold up much better.

  6. Julie Bestry on August 2, 2023 at 4:01 am

    What a fabulous list. I think my favorite must be the Scout bag; I tend not to use canvas bags because they tip over in the car and are hard to pack with oddly-sized items. This is great. The reusable food storage containers ARE cute, but I’m too lazy to wash out zipper-locked bags. The Earth Breeze sounds like a brilliant idea, because clothes detergent is mostly water, so you’re not only contributing to plastic waste but wasting money on what’s basically packaged water.

    This is all such smart stuff. I’m curious, now, which spices scare away the creepy crawlies. I tend to use up my spices before they expire, but if bugs will be scared away by the onion powder I mistakenly bought, I’m all for sprinkling it around!

    • Janet Schiesl on August 2, 2023 at 10:55 am

      The Scout bag seems to be the winner from this recommendations list!

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