Eight Eco-Friendly Finds for Waste Free Living
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It's near impossible to take on a zero-waste lifestyle overnight but it's surprisingly easy to incorporate small changes to cut back on the waste you produce each day. From reuseable shopping and food storage bags to all-natural laundry and beauty products, there's something for everyone in the list below.
Reusable shopping bags are probably the easiest way to help eliminate waste but always remembering to grab said bags can be a bit of a struggle. That’s where BagPodz come in to save the day. BagPodz holds up to ten super-tough reusable bags and each "pod" is small enough to stow in your purse or glove compartment and conveniently clips to your cart while you shop.
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This reusable bag set is a great zero waste option for anyone that frequents the farmer's market. It comes with two mesh produce bags for thicker-skinned fruits and vegetables; two muslin produce bags for leafy greens and more delicate produce; a market string bag that's perfect for artisan bread; and a sturdy XL tote made of canvas and jute to stow everything in one place while you make your way back home.
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I’ve been using the same set of Stasher bags instead of traditional plastic bags for years now and am still so in love with them. They contain no latex, BPA or PVC and have an air-tight pinch-lock seal to keep everything fresh without producing any waste. Plus, they’re safe to use in the freezer, microwave, dishwasher, boiling water and even the oven (up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit) so there’s really nothing these eco-friendly bags can’t do!
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The 8-piece portable silverware set is a great way to cut back on using disposable plastic utensils. It comes with a stainless steel knife, fork, spoon, set of chopsticks, two straws (bent and straight), straw cleaning brush and a convenient carrying case to keep it all together wherever you go. There’s also a Bamboo Utensils Set available that's 100% recyclable if you want to go the extra waste-free mile.
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Most fabric softeners and dryer sheets on the market create a ton of waste and contain toxic chemicals that make your clothes smell nice but also make the Earth feel sad. Wool dryer balls, on the other hand, leave laundry naturally soft and free of wrinkles, static and lint while speeding up drying time up to 40%! They’re completely biodegradable and good for over 1,000 loads making them one of the best zero waste products you can buy.
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Cotton rounds are undeniably useful for so many things but because they’re strictly a single-use item they create a whole bunch of waste. These natural and reusable bamboo cotton rounds are an awesome alternative that will not only reduce your carbon footprint but will also save you money in the long run as just 20 of these little guys are equivalent to roughly 2,000 disposable cotton rounds!
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Composting at home can seem a bit daunting (and smelly) to those who haven’t tried it but this rustic vintage-looking countertop compost bin is too cute to not want to give it a try. Simply pile food waste into the bucket, secure the lid between uses and empty the contents to your outdoor compost pile when full. There’s no smell (or flies) thanks to the charcoal filter and if you aren't actively composting you can line the bin with compostable bags to help everything break down faster in a landfill.
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Another incredibly small but impactful change for a zero-waste lifestyle is purchasing a reusable water bottle and this stainless steel option from HYDRO CELL is a great pick. Each bottle is double-walled and vacuum-sealed to keep liquids perfectly hot or cold without leaks or condensation and comes with a bonus sport cap with a built-in straw for times when a wide-mouth opening may not be convenient. If stainless steel isn’t the right fit for you, you can never go wrong with a BPA-free Nalgene.
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