By Erin Forget
January. A new year. New beginnings. A fresh start. Blah, blah, blah. With lockdown and curfews lingering, this year is anything but and for many of us, thinking about just surviving it all seems like about the best we can do.
But alas, amidst it all, maybe making wee positive steps will help fuel hope and generate enough positive vibes to help sustain us. Now more than ever we could use a little help.
Try these on for size and see how they make you feel. Maybe there’s some joy here for you as you clean and care for yourself and the planet, both. These are our top 20 picks. A good place to start and a simple way to say yes to a fresh start in 2021.
Our top 20 waste reducing, better for you, feel great products.
terra20 Liquid Dish Soap – Everyone washes their dishes, and this dish soap comes highly recommended. Canadian made, biodegradable and refillable at our ecobar to cut down on plastic waste. Available in our classic pomegranate scent and introducing the NEW unscented version!
“This is the best dishwashing liquid I have ever used! I love that it is not harmful to the environment and that I can refill the containers, reducing the use and disposal of plastics.” - Tamara
Nature Clean Dishwasher Pacs – Love your dishwasher, we totally get it, and that’s why these biodegradable dishwasher pacs made the top 20. No chlorine, dyes or phosphates. Available in bulk (60 pacs) or smaller (24 pacs) if you’d like to try them out.
“I bought these to try primarily because they are cruelty-free and vegan. I was honestly prepared for a sub-par performance (given that many "natural" products are garbage), but was pleasantly surprised. Works better than both Finish and Cascade - both of these left a film and Nature Clean does not. Also, the clean dishes just smell neutral when they come out, which is much better than any fragrance residue left by the previously mentioned products. Anyway, I definitely recommend and this will be my new go-to.” - Jen
Eco&eco Safix Scrub Pad – say buh bye to plastic and metal scouring pads, and try one that’s made from 100% coconut fibres. It will never cause splinters or shred in your hands. It will last for months, and when you are done with it just throw it in with the compost.
“The pad is more effective than other types that I have used in the past. It is durable, does a great job and dries quickly.” - Beverly
terra20 Cellulose Dish Cloth – Meet the cellulose and cotton dish cloth that can absorb 15 times its weight in water and can be washed up to 300 times without losing its absorbency. At the end of its life cycle, it only takes 28 days to compost!
BunchaFarmers Stain Stick – No harmful chemical detergents found here. So much stain removing power in one small stick. Made with natural, biodegradable ingredients and enhanced with borax to soften the water and aid the cleaning process.
“So I purchased this stick some time ago and it is amazing. Any type of stain this works on. So far it has done its job!” - Heather
Attitude Thyme & Citrus Disinfectant – The all-purpose disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs. Using pure essential oils with natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties this cleaning solution will never leave potentially toxic compounds on surfaces. Plus, it’s biodegradable.
“I use this product everywhere. I keep one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen, and one in the car. The thyme scent is perfectly fresh and earthy and not at all overpowering!” - Christina
terra20 H2Only Cloth – Smudges and dirt on windows, mirrors, and glass, are no match against the H2Only cloth. Washable and reusable, just add water, ring dry and wipe for a streak free surface.
“WOW AMAZING, best product I have ever used for cleaning window, mirror, and bathroom fixtures... and dog nose prints. I always keep a supply on hand ready to go.... I have told every friend and family member about them.” - Anonymous
terra20 Lavender Liquid Laundry Detergent – A biodegradable, hypoallergenic, plant and mineral-based, refillable laundry detergent? Yep, it’s on our list! Suitable for HE and standard washers and is septic tank safe. The lavender adds a soft scent to your laundry, or an unscented option is also available.
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hand Sanitizer – Living in a pandemic, pocket-sized hand sanitizers are a must have, and our list would not be complete without one. Dr. Bronner’s formula is not only certified organic, it kills germs with 4 ingredients: organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic peppermint oil and organic glycerin. Effective and never leaves your hands feeling sticky.
Live Clean Fresh Water Hand Soap Refills – Washing our hands 100 times a day has become the norm, and harsh hand soaps are the worst. With a subtle fresh scent, this hydrating 98% plant-based formula blended with vitamin E, Live Clean Hand Soap Refills are a win. Refill your favourite decorative pump or original bottle.
“Smells so fresh and not overpowering at all. Leaves hands feeling soft and moisturized.” - Marina
“This is my new favourite toothpaste and the second green beaver toothpaste I am trying! Works just as well as a conventional toothpaste but this one is all natural and also Canadian made! Definitely recommend!” - Kimberley
Senzacare Bamboo Toothbrushes – When you stop to think about how many toothbrushes we each use in a year, and then times that by the population, that’s A LOT of plastic toothbrushes being sent to the landfill. That’s why Senzacare’s sustainable bamboo toothbrush made this list! Plus, its packaging is plastic-free.
“I'm very happy with this toothbrush. It's comfortable to use and puts way less waste back into the world!” - Mallory
The Soap Works Bar Soap – We cheer for all our products that are made in Canada, but we want to shout out that The Soap Works Bar Soaps are all zero-waste because they exclude packaging. With over 20 scents to choose from, the Olive Oil bar soap is always a guest favourite.
“It is an excellent soap, works fabulously, great lather and because it doesn't have any fragrances it is asthma and allergen friendly.” - Rebecca
Birch Babe Shampoo & Wash Bar – If you have not tried a shampoo bar, there is no better time than the present. Not only do they cut down on plastic bottle waste, when you find one that works with your hair type, you’ll never look back. Birch Babe’s Shampoo & Wash Bar lathers nicely and offers a clean, invigorating scent.
Carina Organics Sweet Pea Daily Shampoo – A classic shampoo for all hair types made with organic plant, vegetable, flower and tree extracts. And you don’t need to feel guilty about its plastic bottle, because it’s refillable at all terra20 locations. No matter where you bought your original bottle we’ll refill it.
“This shampoo is great! Feels good in my hair and doesn't leave it dry. Pair it with the sweet pea conditioner and it's even better.” - Mustaqeem
NaturSac Biodegradable Garbage Bags – We all use garbage bags, so why not try ones that are biodegradable. These garbage bags degrade, once thrown out, within 24-36 months when in contact with moisture, UV and heat. Unlike conventional garbage bags that can take upwards of 500 years to breakdown.
“Bought these a few weeks ago and love them! :) They are just like regular garbage bags but to know that they will eventually decompose and not contribute to the amount of plastic we are throwing away is a great feeling. Definitely recommend knowing the size of your garbage can before buying them!” - Jenn
Bag to Earth Food Waste Bag – These little bin liner bags for compost speak for themselves. 100% compostable, they will only strengthen the relationship you have with your green bin.
“I’ve used these in my kitchen for years...for the bin below the sink. Great peelings, egg shells, food spiked paper towel, and espresso coffee grounds...etc. I also use them in the freezer drawer for smelly food waste like meat trimmings, and other bits of food waste that would smell or develop magots or attract bugs.. works like a charm. Just toss out with the weekly green bin collection.” - Heather
Abeego Beeswax Food Wraps – Plastic wrap is now a thing of the past. Abeego beeswax food wrap is made with beeswax, tree resin, organic jojoba oil infused into hemp and organic cloth. Simply wrap your fruits and veggies directly in the wrap or use to cover bowls or plates. Bonus, it helps keep your produce fresher longer.
terra20 Produce Bag – Before COVID-19 these Canadian-made, organic cotton produce bags were your grocery shopping essentials to help reduce plastic waste, but until it’s safe to bring them to the grocery store again they work wonders for washing masks or delicates in the washing machine.
“Bought these bags originally for fruits and veggies but they have so many other good uses. They make great laundry bags especially for masks! Giving everyone on my xmas list a couple of these this year. Also love that they are made in Canada!” - Susan
Stasher Reusable Silicone Bag – The reusable storage bag that is a plastic-free alternative to traditional storage bags and containers. Their non-porous surface helps inhibit bacterial growth, and they are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.
“Easy to use. Easy to clean. The seal is strong enough to hold up under tough circumstances but easy enough that my 6 year can open it. They are substantial too, it’s thick but flexible. I highly recommend it, especially for kids who are tough on their stuff.” - Ren
About the Author
Erin is terra20's Marketing Coordinator. When she's not navigating the healthy living retail landscape she enjoys spending time in nature with her two dachshunds, archery, cultivating her vegetable garden and creative writing.