Everyone is in a different spot in their journey to sustainable living.

With all the eco-friendly products out there, you may be unsure where to start and what products are best. While there are many options to invest in, from reusable silicone storage bags and stainless-steel straws to mason jars and package-free shampoo, the most eco- and wallet-friendly option is actually to first use up whatever traditionally non-sustainable items you already have. Because reducing and reusing are the most effective methods in the reduce-reuse-recycle trifecta.

If you don’t know where or how to start, pick one area to focus on. And remember, enjoy the experience and the journey! Have a DIY project night — reminisce as you repurpose a beloved old T-shirt into wipe-up rags for the kitchen, relish in the satisfaction of making your own simple shopping bags, and know you are contributing to less waste in the world.