What’s inside this article: 10 zero-waste product swaps for the home that are convenient and affordable, helping you create an eco-conscious and low-waste household.
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We all need to be more eco-conscious, and do our due diligence to protect the planet. The production of waste is one of the biggest environmental issues faced by the world.
One way we can all do our part is by replacing our disposable household items with reusable ones.
If you’re new to the concept of low or zero-waste living, start here.
If you’re looking for sustainable product swaps, you’re in the right place.
You’ll notice that a lot of zero-waste products are made from bamboo. That’s because bamboo is actually classified as a grass, it grows quickly and breaks down quickly too. Unlike trees which take 30+ years to grow, bamboo grows in 3-4 months.
Zero-Waste Product Swaps
Zero Waste Bathroom Products
I’m starting with bathroom products because these items create a lot more waste than many realize but it’s easy to transition to reusable products.
Most toothbrushes are made with a plastic handle. Every piece of plastic ever produced, still exists today.
Bamboo, on the other hand, is biodegradable.
These bamboo toothbrushes are equally affordable to traditional plastic toothbrushes so making the switch won’t impact your finances.
These toothpaste tablets, called Chewtabs, come in a glass bottle. You chew the tab and it turns into the consistency of toothpaste, then brush with it.
The glass jar is reusable, and you can purchase subsequent refills that come in plastic-free packaging.
The Humble Co. uses plant-based materials to produce the handle of these floss sticks and they are FSC certified
You use these bars the same way as you use bars of hand soap, by wetting and working it into a lather.
These bars are 100% vegan, and they’re sulfate, sulfite, paraben, and silicone-free.
One bar lasts as long as four average-sized bottles of shampoo
Packaged in a bamboo case, making it completely biodegradable and plastic-free.
This toilet paper is 100% tree-free – made from bamboo, septic safe, and the packaging is completely plastic-free.
You can also purchase bamboo paper towels.
This brush is made from coconut fibers and beechwood.
It’s durable, and well designed to reach the crevices in the toilet.
Zero Waste Kitchen Products
These are some great zero waste kitchen swaps that will help you significantly lower the amount of trash created in your home.
Zero Waste Sponges
There is more than one way to go about this – first, there are biodegradable sponges – such as this one – which you can compost after using.
There are also machine washable sponges, which you can wash and use again and again. They’re quite long-lasting so they are low-waste.
Just like shampoo and conditioner bars are a zero-waste option for the bathroom, using a dish soap bar is a great alternative in the kitchen.
These durable mesh bags are made from organic cotton.
You can use them to store produce at home and bring them shopping to avoid using disposable plastic bags in the store.
They’re machine washable on a cold, gentle cycle and you can let them air dry (to avoid shrinking)
When these bags do reach the end of their life, the organic cotton is biodegradable.
Bee’s wrap is a low-waste, plastic-free alternative to plastic wrap.
You can reuse it for up to a year, it can be washed with soap and cold water in between use.
Use it to wrap raw produce, or cover leftovers
Must be kept away from heat, or it’ll melt! Bee’s wrap is ethically sourced from beeswax and contains no chemicals.