I’ve written a lot of detailed reviews of sustainable products, so consider this page your cheat sheet: Here, you’ll find my top recommendations and discount codes, all in one place. I’ll keep this list up-to-date as I find new products and companies worth knowing about!
In addition to creating great products, many of these companies are B-Corps, third-party certified as carbon-neutral, or have other strong sustainability credentials. Nearly all of them are plastic-free and vegan, and many offer unique designs or refillable packaging that make it easier to create less waste in our lives.
Jump to what you’re looking for:
- Reusable Hacks to Replace Single-Use Items
- Plastic-Free Personal Care & Toiletries
- Sustainable Vitamins
- Sustainable Products for Home & Pets
- Best Amazon Alternatives
- Free Language Learning Resources
Note: Many of these are affiliate links. If you click them and place an order (or in some cases if you use my discount code), I’ll earn a commission. I only ever promote brands I’ve tested, used, and found to be ethically and environmentally sound. So if you plan to order from these companies, clicking through my links first does a lot to support Tilted Map – thank you!
Reusable Hacks to Replace Single-Use Items
I've tested a lot of plastic-free razors, and the Leaf is the only one that won me over. The pivoting-head design means it feels a lot like using a cartridge razor – but without the plastic. (And it costs much less in the long run! The recyclable steel refill blades are just a few cents each.)
Save 10% with the code KETTI10 .
This plastic-reducing travel hack is much more than an "as seen on Shark Tank" gimmick: This is the bottle I use to purify my own tap water everywhere I go. (I used it in Mexico for two weeks – no problems, and I didn't have to buy a SINGLE plastic water bottle!)
Plastic-Free Personal Care & Toiletries
All of the brands below use top-quality, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients, and have made it through many rounds of testing.
Unique, clinical-quality skincare that's actually refillable – reducing CO2 emissions by 99% and plastic waste by 75%. Several formulas of each product for different skin types.
Test the entire line on your skin with their trial kit, then use the refillable minis for travel.
Use code TILTEDMAP50 to save 50% on your trial kit.
This small brand makes the most sustainable skincare products I've ever found – with refillable metal containers and refills in paper. Plus with zero liquids, they're uniquely ideal for travel.
Their solid Vitamin C serum is the cornerstone of my daily routine, and their powdered face wash is also fantastic.
High-quality skincare and toiletry basics that are entirely plastic-free and refillable – from shampoos to dental care.
I’ve tried most of their products, and my favorites – after years of use – are their refillable floss, and refillable hand sanitizer.
Bite started out as "just" my favorite brand for plastic-free toothpaste tablets, but now they also make my favorite refillable deodorant, great bar soaps, plastic-free teeth whiteners, and a lot more.
Reel uses bamboo to make really great toilet paper with 100% plastic-free packaging, dyes, perfumes or other irritants.
(Bamboo is a much more sustainable alternative to cutting down trees for TP and paper towels, which they also make.)
Better Shampoo Options
Everist makes travel-friendly, concentrated shampoo, conditioner & body wash. All of their products come in recyclable aluminum tubes, and last waaaay longer than you'd expect by looking at them.
If you’ve tried other shampoo & conditioner bars and never liked them, TRY THESE BEFORE GIVING UP! The Earthling Co. has won me over – and won over more of my friends than all the other bars I made them try.
They lather fantastically, smell great (with lots of scents), and nothing makes my hair look better.
A new brand of shampoo bars and other plastic-free toiletries that I'm loving. (With more formulas for different hair & skin types than any other I've tried.) My favorites are their travel-friendly shampoo + body combo bar, and their body cream bar (which comes in a beautiful, refillable bamboo box).
Save 15% with the code MAP15 .
Unique shampoo and conditioner bars made with rice water – a natural ingredient that's been used for centuries to increase shine, promote growth and strengthen hair. Plus they smell great and are particularly beautiful – great for gifting!
Want more? I’ve reviewed many other shampoo bars!
Izzy makes refillable, high-quality, clean beauty products that are truly zero-waste. (Send in empty metal tubes in a reusable, cloth mailer after your fresh ones arrive.)
I LOVE their original, refillable mascara. They also make lip & cheek color and more.
Use the code TILTEDMAP10 for 10% off.
A small, family business making sustainable, vegan beauty products in durable (and pretty!) cardboard packaging. Their moisturizing concealer comes in tons of shades. I use that and their blush every time I put on makeup.
Use the code TILTEDMAP15 for 15% off any order.
I’ve spent a long time looking for vitamins that don’t come in plastic, and Terraseed is the winner, hands-down. NO MORE PLASTIC VITAMIN BOTTLES! Their multivitamins are formulated for a vegan diet, and they're launching other supplements in 2023.
Save 50% on your first month with the code KETTI50 .
Lots of high-quality formulas of vegan-friendly vitamins – from collagen, to Omega-3, to essential multis for kids and adults (including gummies).
Most come in glass bottles, but they're beginning the transition to compostable packets in 2023 (for less waste & lower shipping weight, AKA lower CO2 emissions).
Sustainable Clothing Brands
These are just a couple of favorites that I have discount codes for – check out my sustainable clothing brand guide for many more, plus what makes them better. (So you know what to look for!)
Unbound Merino makes my favorite packable travel clothes. They don't wrinkle at all (one of the virtues of good quality merino wool), and they stay un-smelly for days and even weeks between washes.
Plus, their designs are elegant and stylish (no logos), and easy to mix in with your wardrobe.
Knix is one of many brands I've reviewed that makes comfortable, washable period underwear – designed to absorb your flow, replacing panty-liners and even tampons. They also make cute, comfortable wireless bras and loungewear, and have the widest selection of patterns and colors I've found.
Sustainable Products for Home & Pets
Do you live somewhere (like an apartment) where composting isn't really feasible? This countertop composter is a super easy way to eliminate food waste (turning it into healthy soil for a garden or potted plants) and prevents the climate impact of food decomposing in landfills.
Misfits Market lets you order mostly organic groceries – that would otherwise go to waste – at a discount.
How it works: 1.) You sign up for 100% customizable, weekly deliveries of everything you’d find in a normal grocery story.
2.) They send you good food with superficial “flaws” that often cause it to be thrown away at the store.
3.) You spend less on groceries, while keeping food out of landfills.
Finally – refillable candles. Non-toxic, vegan, no petroleum based ingredients, really easy to make, and compostable packaging.
What more could you want for a cozy holiday gift?
Pela is famous for their compostable phone cases in tons of designs – they’ll break down into nothing but dirt within a year, including in the Lomi composter (also made by Pela). They recently added sunglasses, too, which aren’t compostable, but they are made with lower carbon emissions, less water, and less packaging than other brands. I've used all of these products for years and stand by the quality.
Pela is also a B-Corp, certified by Climate Neutral, and a member of 1% For The Planet.
Dogs don’t actually need to eat chicken and beef, but think about this: If US pets were their own country, they'd be the world's 5th largest meat consumer. That's a lot of avoidable CO2 emissions.
Chippin makes dog food and treats with 80% fewer resources than normal brands. Plus, they're plastic-neutral and have carbon-neutral shipping through offsets.
These are my eco-responsible replacement for plastic garbage bags and ZipLocks. While compostable bags won't break down in a landfill, plant-based alternatives reduce demand for petroleum-based plastic, so they're still a worthwhile swap!
For details, check out my full review of sustainable laundry and cleaning products. These are my favorites:
Dropps are fantastic for low-waste laundry, dishwasher and fabric softener pods. Their detergents come in lots of scents and lots of varieties, all in plastic-free packaging.
If you're new to Dropps, use the code TILTED25 to save 25%. For all future orders, save 15% with the code TILTED15 .
Blueland makes dehydrated products in tablet form – just add water! They started with cleaning products – think, instead of buying another plastic bottle of Windex, you open a paper packet and drop a tablet into a spray bottle full of water. (Truly zero-waste perfection.)
And now now they also make excellent, sustainable body wash and face wash. Their innovations save me money, time, and mountains of plastic waste.
Best Amazon Alternatives
Independent Online Bookstores
Bookshop is a Certified B Corp that gives at least 10% of every purchase to indie book stores. It's the best of both worlds – keep local shops in business, and have the convenience of ordering online when we need it.
(Tilted Map has a Bookshop storefront where you can shop my recommended travel, food and sustainability books. Or order anything else you want – supporting indie bookshops and this indie blog!)
Eco-Conscious Marketplaces (Multi-brand)
For any kind of sustainable products – toiletries, yoga pants, tech, you name it – this Colorado-based start-up is my favorite shop. They have the best selection, and the best sustainability credentials compared with other online stores for sustainable products.
Save 10% at Earth Hero with the code TILTEDMAP10
In the interest of consuming and accumulating less stuff, I’ve mostly stopped gifting anything that’s not edible. But when I occasionally feel the need to give something, Novica is a great source for artisan-made, Fair Trade items.
(They have everything: Jewelry, home decor, scarves, art, seasonal decorations, natural beauty products… You know, good gift-y stuff, all made by artisans around the world.)
Free Language Learning Resources
Pimsleur is a premium language learning program and app that teaches by repetition. (Instead of trying to spell and write, you'll learn to listen and speak – the skills you'll actually need for travel. It's much more useful than apps like DuoLingo, which basically just make you try to memorize written vocab.)
I've used Pimsleur for multiple languages so trust me – it's the best way to get started, short of just moving to a foreign country! Trying it free for 7 days is enough to pick up a few words, and recognize a bit of what people are saying when you land.