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Green Living Essentials

Go Green Save Green

Greening your life is a process, and the right tools can help make it easier. Here’s a beginner’s guide to zero waste living and some savvy eco-hacks to help you save energy, resources, and money.

Zero Waste Basics

Etsy has an excellent selection of zero waste items, from cleaning supplies to body care.​

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Dehydrating is one of the easiest food preservation methods, and lets you easily dry fruits and veggies to make healthy and delicious treats.

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Non-Toxic Home Goods from Pure Living Space

Pure Living Space carries organic and GOTS-certified pillows, sheets, mattress pads, cleaning products and lots more. Get 10% off with the discount code 'Savvy.'

Herbal Skin Care from Green Goo

Green Goo makes a full line of plant-based body care, including lotions, soaps, deodorants, and salves that use healing herbs like yarrow and calendula. We've used their first aid and skin repair salves for years and love them. Fantastic for travel or keeping in your purse.

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Glass or metal water bottles

Getting a reusable glass or metal water bottle not only saves mountains of plastic, it also keeps plastic chemicals out of your water and save smoney as well. Plus you can fill it with filtered water, using one of the filters recommended below.

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A certified B-corporation, Earth Hero carries thousands of eco-friendly products designed to make it as easy as possible for people to live more sustainably.

Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic carries a huge array of products designed to help you get plastic out of your life, everything from produce bags to dental floss to high-quality food storage.

Non-Toxic Skin Care from MadeOn

Find handmade lotion bars, tinted lip balms, soaps and more at MadeOn.

Non-toxic food storage

Keep plastic chemicals out of your food with glass or steel food storage containers. Bonus: They go in the dishwasher!

Stainless Compost Pail

This sturdy compost pail will last a lifetime and help you cut your wasteprint significantly.

Natural Remedy Supplies

Using herbs and other natural remedies can help you support better health naturally. Here’s a beginner’s guide to using essential oils and making your own herbal tea blends. And here’s what to know about using herbs to support immune function.

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Bulk Herbs from Starwest Botanicals

Starwest carries a wide range of herbs and spices as well as extracts, body care, and supplies.

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foursigmatic coffees

These delicious coffees are packed with the mushrooms renowned for supporting cognitive function and the immune system. Get 10% off with the code 'SAVVY.''

Handmade Salves

If you haven't quite gotten around to making your own herbal salves, there are plenty of options you can purchase. You'll find salves for skin irritation, muscle soreness, and much more.

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Magnesium Lotion

This small-batch magnesium lotion from the Magnesium Lotion Shop is an easy-to-use lotion with no sting, so getting your daily magnesium easy-peasy!​

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Bulk Herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs

Herbal teas are an easy way to get the benefits of herbs like chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint, hibiscus, nettle, and more. Mountain Rose Herbs is one of the most respected companies around and carries the highest quality herbs for very reasonable prices.

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One of the most trusted brands out there, Perfect Supplements has a huge range of quality supplements from top brands.

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My favorite source for great deals on healthy-living staples. I get everything from nuts and seeds to cleaners and hand lotion when they have sales.

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A top remedy for cold and flu, you can buy dried berries to make your own homemade syrup and gummies or buy them premade.

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Magnesium Flakes

A soothing bath not only calms, it helps you absorb critical magnesium, which is great for promoting sleep and alleviating muscle soreness

Plant therapy Essential Oils

I love the selection of affordable essential oils from Plant Therapy, especially their "synergy" blends. I use their Kidsafe nighty-night roll-on most nights.

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Glass, Ceramic, or Metal Teapot

A beautiful teapot with a built-in infuser makes brewing up herbal teas a cinch.

Pukka Tea

When you want a quick and delicious herbal tea, these organic teas from Pukka are the best I've had. I especially love Clean Matcha Green and Elderberry Echinacea. Amazon has many options disounted on Subscribe & Save, and you can often find them on sale at Vitacost.

Non-Toxic Kitchen

Quality Water Filter

There are hundreds of chemical contaminants in most water supplies, and low-quality filters don't remove many of them. After extensive research, this is the filter we chose. It removes over 200 contaminants! Use the code 'Savvy' to get 10% off your purchase.

Silicone Storage Bags

A washable, reusable alternative to plastic bags, the silicone bags come in many sizes for snacks and storage.

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Cast Iron Skillet

An inexpensive skillet will last a lifetime, and lets you avoid toxic teflon pans. Bonus: As food cooks, it will absorb some iron from the pan.

Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray

Keep plastic chemicals out of your favorite cold drink with these durable stainless steel trays.

Stainless Popsicle Molds

Making your own popsicles lets you control the ingredients and cut waste. And it's so much fun! You can make your own juice and fruit pops with high-quality ingredients for a fraction of the cost of premade ones.

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Muffin Pan Without Teflon

Get all the benefits of non-stick without dangerous chemicals. These pans work beautifullty and are a snap to clean.

Healthy Home

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Air Filter

Indoor air can be significantly more polluted than outdoor air. A quality air filter can remove small particles from your air before you breathe them. Great for allergy sufferers as well. Enviroklenz makes one of the top-rated air filters. Save 15% with the code savvy15.

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Eco-Friendly Home and Garden from Viva Terra

Viva Terra carries a huge array of beautiful sustainably-made items for the home and garden.

Non Toxic Mattresses by Naturepedic

Time to upgrade to healthy sleep! Naturepedic makes top-of-the-line certified non-toxic mattresses at reasonable prices. Save 15% with the code 'savvy15'

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Avocado Non Toxic Mattress

B-Corporation, Avocado is carbon negative, powered by renewable energy and zero waste. Avocado makes top-quality organic mattresses at very affordable prices.

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Shower Filter

Chemicals in our water supply means that we're inhaling some unhealthy stuff when we relax in a hot shower. This affordable filter takes out far more than others on the market.

Happsy Non Toxic Mattress

You spend a third of your life in bed, so making sure it's not filled with toxic chemicals is really important. Happsy makes quality non-toxic mattresses affordable.

Gardening Supplies

Botanical Interests Seeds

Botanical Interests carries a wide array of seeds for vegetable and flower gardening, as well as gardening supplies.

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Seeds Now

Seeds Now carries an excellent variety of non-GMO vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.

High Mowing Organic Seeds

High Mowing Seeds carries a huge variety of organic vegetable, herb, and flower seeds.

Nature Hills Nursery

Nature Hills Nursery carries a huge array of plants, including an excellent variety of fruiting trees and shrubs for the edible landscape.

True leaf market

True Leaf Market carries a large array of seeds for vegetable and herb gardening, seed sprouting, and microgreens. Plus mushroom-growing supplies!

eden brothers

Eden Brothers is a great source for hundreds of varieties of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds.

Food & Pantry Staples

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Thrive Market

With a Thrive membership, you get access to high-quality products at significant savings. Thrive is a great source for things like chia seeds, rice, beans, and other pantry staples as well as packaged snacks. Choose a free gift with your order.


Anthony's sells high-quality herbs, tea, and pantry staples like flours and grains at affordable prices. I love their cinnamon and loose earl grey tea. Free shipping on all orders.

Books and Courses on Gardening & Green Living

Below are some of my favorite gardening & green living books as well as courses on foraging and gardening. You’ll find loads more book recommendations here. Most book links are to, which donates 10% of sales to independent booksellers. You can also find these titles on Amazon.

Gaia's Garden

Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden is a seminal book in edible landscaping, applying the principles of permaculture to the home scale.

Herbal Academy

Herbal Academy offers numerous online courses about foraging and herbalism. An excellent way to begin or advance your study of herbs and wildcrafting.

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Everything Elderberry

This definitiive guide to elderberries is jam-packed with the latest research on using elderberries to support health, detailed growing & foraging information, and more than 60 delicious recipes.

Alchemy of Herbs

A must-have for the herbal library, Alchemy of Herbs helps you tailor herbs to your specific needs using common kitchen ingredients and medicinal herbs.

Ultimate Beginner Gardener Book Bundle

The Ultimate Beginner Gardening Bundle includes four e--books on getting started with vegetable gardening, making compost, companion planting, and planting schedules.

Suburban Micro-Farm

The Suburban Micro-Farm is full of detailed information on making your landscape productive and beautiful, which crops are best suited to a suburban edible yard, and most importantly, how to fit gardening into a busy life.

Zero Waste Home

This book shares how-to advice and insights based to demystify the process of going zero waste. Hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Mark Bittman covers an enormous amount in the 800+ page cookbook. It will become your go-to for inspirations and delicious ideas for meatless meals. A fantastic addition to the cookbook shelf.

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs

An introductory guide perfect for the newer herbal remedy enthusiast from the godmother of American herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar.