If someone really love Things, it’s the WIRED Gear team. But things create waste. Fortunately, some brands are trying to reduce waste wherever possible – think reusable snack bags and silicone straws – and more and more companies are also making products from this waste, such as shoes made from from old plastic bottles. Good news! Some of these products that we have tested and love are currently on sale.
That’s not all. If you subscribe to Walmart+, you can take advantage of the Walmart+ Weekend Sale (the retailer’s version of Amazon Prime Day). So far we haven’t seen a ton of discounted options that we like, but we’ve added a few below.
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Offers on recycled products
Check out our guides to our favorite bags and other products made from upcycled and upcycled materials for more recommendations.
Longchamp Le Pliage bags are popular among purses. They can hold a lot without bending under the weight, which can be your school or work bag, and they look good too. This version is made of recycled polyamide canvas from old rugs and fishing nets. It doesn’t have a laptop pocket like our other favorite recycled and non-recycled bags, but it fits one comfortably. To travel with this as an emergency handbag, it folds up small enough to fit in your carry-on.
If you need a new wallet to go with your new bag, this one is made from leather trimmings from motorcycle jacket production. It is thin and has only two pockets. The rest of the Portland, Oregon-based company’s products are also made from discarded materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Each piece in this matching set is made from 25% recycled polyester; the rest is organic cotton. Both together and separately they are cozy and warm, and I particularly like the dark green color. Every For Days purchase earns you 10% in “Cash cupboardto spend on other items, and if you recycle your clothes at the mark once they’ve reached the end of their life, you’ll get $5 to spend (only at For Days).
This sale is offered sitewide, but we especially love these joggers that feel like butter against your skin. They’re quite expensive on their own at $98, but you can get a matching top or leggings with this sale. All of the products are made from various amounts of recycled plastic bottles, but the joggers are made from around 52 bottles.
Offers on reusable products
If you want to start replacing more single-use products, we have a list of options to choose from.
The WIRED Gear team loves Stasher bags. Instead of throwing away ziplock bags after every use, you can buy a few of these silicone bags once and use them forever (or at least until they start to degrade, which should take a time). They are dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe, and you can even use them for sous vide cooking. A few sizes are discounted, and you can find this sale at Home Depot too.
I highly recommend replacing the plastic wrap with reusable wraps like these, made of cotton coated with beeswax, so you never again suffer from the pain of sticking to itself and nothing else. This pack comes in small, medium, and large packs, and they can be washed and reused for a year or more, depending on how often you use them.
Public Goods makes a bunch of reusable products that we love, including these wool dryer balls to replace single-use dryer sheets. They help absorb moisture to speed up drying time, and you can sprinkle essential oils on it if you don’t want to give up the fresh scents embedded in the sheets.
Menstrual Product Deals
If you can ditch tampons and pads (at least sometimes), you can spend less over time. Check out our guide to menstrual products for more info and the options we like.
I can fully see the appeal of a menstrual cup, but I never really liked them until I tried the Lily Cup. It’s angled and thinner than your standard mug, so it’s not uncomfortable and easy to get in and out of.
Thinx has a 25% off sitewide, so whatever style and level of absorbency you’re looking for, it’s a few dollars less. I especially like this pair, because they look really nice and they can hold up to five normal blood swabs without feeling as if you were sitting in bloody underwear.
Adidas’ line of waterproof shorts and tights is amazing, and there are a few styles on sale right now alongside these shorts, including biker shorts and tights. For light days I found the shorts more than adequate, but the brand suggests using them as an alternative to a tampon or pad rather than just protection.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ usually costs between $650 and $700, so it’s a rare and great deal. We liked it quite well. It comes with a stylus, and you can work on it if you add a keyboard – skip the default keyboard and use a bluetooth (this will save you money). The 12.4-inch AMOLED display is the real star of the show, delivering crisp colors and inky blacks.
The LG C1 OLED (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is an excellent TV that performs wonderfully for gaming – its input latency is on par with or better than most gaming monitors. inches usually sells for around $1,799, but it rarely drops that low. The 55 inches is $550 cheaper right now, so if you can spare 10 inches, it might be worth it for your wallet.
Most recent binged stranger things season and desperate to taste Argyle’s favorite pizza? Walmart offers a frozen version in a four-pack. I don’t know if frozen pizza will sell well by mail, so maybe opt for in-store pickup if possible.