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The saguaro cactus extracts carbon from the atmosphere. Thomas Roche / Getty Images

By Paul Brown

It may come as a surprise to realize that a plant struggling for survival in a harsh environment is also doing its bit to save the planet from the threats of the rapidly changing climate. But that's what Mexico's cactuses are managing to do.

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The bright patterns and recognizable designs of Waterlust's activewear aren't just for show. In fact, they're meant to promote the conversation around sustainability and give back to the ocean science and conservation community.

Each design is paired with a research lab, nonprofit, or education organization that has high intellectual merit and the potential to move the needle in its respective field. For each product sold, Waterlust donates 10% of profits to these conservation partners.

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waterlust.com / @tulasendlesssummer_sierra .

Each product featured here has been independently selected by the writer. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

The bright patterns and recognizable designs of Waterlust's activewear aren't just for show. In fact, they're meant to promote the conversation around sustainability and give back to the ocean science and conservation community.

Each design is paired with a research lab, nonprofit, or education organization that has high intellectual merit and the potential to move the needle in its respective field. For each product sold, Waterlust donates 10% of profits to these conservation partners.

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Many people think of hemp as being a sustainable, environmentally friendly plant. It uses less water than cotton, helps preserve trees, and can even be used to create nontoxic and biodegradable plastics and other products.

But the truth is more complex than these simple statements would suggest. In this article, we'll discuss 10 things you probably didn't know about sustainable hemp farming.

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With a monthly subscription service, you can get the best household cleaning products delivered straight to your front door. Many of the top household cleaning subscription services offer products made with all-natural ingredients and biodegradable packaging, which means you can minimize your environmental footprint.

As you consider eco-friendly subscription services, it's a good idea to compare to find the best one for your home. See which eco-friendly cleaning subscriptions made our list and how we evaluated them below.

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One thing that can make the laundry process easier to manage is having your detergent delivered via a subscription service, ensuring you never run out and that you don't have to make any extra trips to the store. And for those who want to minimize their environmental footprint, finding an eco-friendly laundry detergent subscription is especially important.

The good news is that there are plenty of subscription services out there that focus on sustainability. How can you decide which one is right for you? In this post, we'll highlight a few of the best eco-friendly laundry detergent subscriptions, and provide some general tips on how to make your laundry better for the planet.

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An easy way to make your daily routine more sustainable is to use a bamboo toothbrush rather than one made from plastic. Because bamboo toothbrushes are made from a natural material, they can be composted at the end of their lifespan.

In this article, we'll explain why it's worth making the switch from plastic to bamboo, answer a few questions you may have about bamboo toothbrushes, and recommend some of the best products on the market for both adults and children.

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Portable generators allow you to power your devices and certain appliances, even away from home or when your primary power source is taken offline. These devices are also perfect for camping or outdoor adventures. A portable solar generator can give you the power you need with a smaller ecological footprint by using solar panels. In this article, we'll outline some of the top options available in 2021.

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Whether for removing makeup, cleansing or applying a moisturizer or toner, many people use cotton pads as part of their skincare routine. However, if you're using them frequently, they can add up to a lot of waste, which is where reusable cotton rounds come in.

These sustainable alternatives to cotton balls, pads, or makeup wipes can be washed and reused over a thousand times, which prevents as many single-use products from ending up in landfills and waterways. Below, see our recommendations for the best reusable cotton rounds and a few more reasons why switching to reusables is worth the investment.

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Planting dandelions could help reduce deforestation caused by traditional rubber plantations. Tashka / Getty Images

By Jack McGovan

In 1931, Soviet scientists were on the hunt for a natural source of rubber that would help the USSR become self-sufficient in key materials.

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Looking for ways to cut down on single-use plastic while grocery shopping? You may already have eco-friendly shopping bags, but bringing your own reusable produce bags is another easy swap.

According to the UN Environment Program, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used globally each year, and because of the material they're made from, most municipal recycling centers don't accept them (more on this below).

The most sustainable option is to skip the bag altogether. You can also make your own reusable produce bags out of old T-shirts. But if you'd rather purchase them new, here are our recommendations for the best reusable produce bags on the market today.

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Bringing your own reusable grocery bags when you go shopping is one of the easiest ways to cut down on your plastic consumption — according to the UN Environment Program, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used globally each year.

The most sustainable option is to use a bag you already have, whether it's an old tote or a laundry basket (thank TikTok for that idea). You can also make your own reusable grocery or produce bags out of T-shirts. But if you'd rather purchase designated reusable grocery bags, here are our recommendations.
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If you're looking to cut down on your single-use plastic consumption, refusing to-go cutlery is an easy switch to make. In this article, we'll show you three of the best bamboo utensils and cutlery sets for eating on the go.

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