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15 Zero-Waste Products to Kickstart Your Sustainability Journey

Being more eco-friendly is easy with these zero-waste products. Here's the swaps you need to kickstart your sustainability journey.

Written by
Tehrene Firman
Published
When taking small steps toward a
more eco-friendly lifestyle
, it's important to look at your habits and see where you can make impactful changes in your daily routine. A great place to start? With sustainable swaps. Incorporating more zero-waste products into your routine not only saves you money but keeps trash
out of landfills
.
If you're looking for a starter kit of the best zero-waste products to kickstart your sustainability journey, these picks are always wins. From Swedish dishcloths and
safety razors
to
rechargeable lighters
, here are some items that will change your routine for the better.

15 Zero-Waste Products to Kickstart Your Journey

1. Silicone Food Storage Bowls, $38

Ditch single-use plastic containers and instead opt for reusable, BPA-free silicone options you can use for years to come. These food containers easily nest into one another when not in use and feature airtight lids that keep food fresher for longer.
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2. Reusable Swedish Dishcloths (3 Pack), $15

You're about to fall in love with these Swedish dishcloths. Once you get one wet, it functions exactly like a
paper towel
. Even cooler: A single dishcloth can replace 17 rolls of paper towels. Once it's worn out, it's 100% biodegradable; simply add it to your
compost bin
.
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3. Rechargeable Lighter, $30

Disposable lighters are super wasteful. So much so that 350 million wind up in landfills every year. Ditch the standard plastic options for a rechargeable lighter that will last you years to come. This option is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which eliminates the toxic butane (a form of lighter fluid) used in typical lighters.
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4. Reusable Skincare Pads, $22

If you pour money into makeup wipes, you'll love this reusable option that's better for your skin and the environment. The pack of reusable facial pads is made from bamboo. They're soft, gentle, and perfect for removing makeup or applying toners and serums. After you're done using them, put them all inside the pouch and machine wash them. It's that easy.
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5. Food Huggers (Set of 5), $15

It's tempting to reach for a Ziploc bag, but all that plastic adds up. Investing in reusable food storage solutions makes a serious difference in your plastic consumption. There are plenty of options we love, including this set of Food Huggers for half-eaten food.
There's also
Cheese Huggers
for half blocks of cheese and
Avocado Huggers
for avocado halves. You can also try
reusable silicone bags
for everything else.
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6. Zero-Waste Razor, $84

If you haven't jumped on the
safety razor
bandwagon yet, it's time. A single razor can replace your disposables for life, saving you money and keeping waste out of landfills.
The Leaf Razor has a built-in pivoting head and up to three blades, so it's just like the razor you're used to—minus the throw-away culture. Even the blades are recyclable!
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7. Zero-Waste Hair Bars + Free Pouch, $26.50

I know everyone has their favorite toiletries, but the next time you're in the mood to try something new, ditch the bottles and opt for shampoo and conditioner bars to reduce waste. There's an option for everyone. Try HiBAR's
Volume Shampoo and Conditioner Bar Set
,
Soothe Set
, or
Moisturize Set
and get a travel pouch for free.
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8. Reusable Wool Dryer Balls, $18

It's time to say goodbye to dryer sheets for good. Dryer balls aren't just less wasteful—they're also way more affordable. Most dryer balls last 1,000+ dry cycles, while each dryer sheet lasts one dry cycle. This set of dryer balls naturally softens your laundry, reduces wrinkles, gets rid of static, and more—all while reducing your drying time by up to 40%.
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9. Solid Body Moisturizer Starter Kit + Free Mini Stone, $45

Skip the plastic bottles of moisturizer and instead opt for this zero-waste kit. It comes in a reusable bamboo container, and the formula effortlessly glides on your skin. Made with a blend of cocoa butter and four base oils (avocado, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and fractionated coconut), your skin will feel silky-smooth.
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10. Countertop Compost Bin, $50

Did you know food waste
doesn't break down in landfills
? Since there's no oxygen, it becomes stuck in limbo releasing methane—a gas that's 30 times more powerful than carbon. Instead of tossing food scraps in the trash, put them in your compost bin. This option sits
right on your kitchen counter
.
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11. Upcycled Tote Bag, $18

Plastic bags can be hard to recycle. To prevent them from winding up in landfills, opt for a reusable option. The Trashy Bag is made by artisans and is constructed of upcycled water sachets from the streets of Accra, Ghana. It even zips up into a small pouch for easy storage!
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12. Reusable Trash Bag, $24

You can swap plastic trash bags with these reusable washable pail liners. They're water-resistant, made with black PUL fabric, and feature a drawstring that allows them to fit securely in multiple sizes of pails.
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13. Multi-Purpose Natural Cleaner Starter Kit, $85

There's no need for numerous plastic cleaning bottles when you have this kit on hand. It cleans your kitchen and beyond with the power of electrolyzed water, killing 99.9% of bacteria in a matter of minutes without the help of chemicals.
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14. Washable Paper Storage Bins, $15

There's no need for plastic bins when you have this sustainable washable paper version on hand. The kraft paper bins are crafted to mimic the look and function of leather, giving you a chic and sustainable way to store all your essentials.
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15. Swedish Dishcloth Greeting Card (Wishcloth™), $20 for 3

You've never seen a greeting card like this before. The Wishcloth fuses the principles of a classic Swedish dishcloth with a greeting card: write your message, then after it's read, it can be used as a reusable dishcloth. A single card equals 17 rolls of paper towels.
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