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? Incorporating more zero-waste products, which 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 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.
11 Zero-Waste Products to Kickstart Your Journey
1. Swedish Dishcloths, $15
You’re about to fall in love with these Swedish Dishcloths ($15). Once you get one wet, it functions exactly like a wet 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.
2. 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.
3. Reusable Facial Rounds, $22
If you pour money into makeup wipes, you’ll love this reusable option that’s better for your skin and the environment. The 10-pack of reusable facial rounds is made from bamboo. They’re soft, gentle, and perfect for applying toners and serums. After you’re doing using them, put them all inside the pouch and machine wash them. It’s that easy.
4. Reusable Food Storage, Prices Vary
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 Food Huggers ($15) for fruit and veggies, Linen Bowl Covers ($16) for half-eaten food, and Stasher Bags for everything else.
Another pro tip: Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to plastic wrap. Use them for covering leftovers, bread, fruit, and more. (Grab the Brightly-exclusive version here!) You can also rely on old Tupperware and mason jars.
5. 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 ($84) 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!
6. Zero-Waste Hair Bars, $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. There’s an option for everyone. Try HiBAR’s Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Set, Volume Shampoo and Conditioner Set, or Soothe Shampoo and Conditioner Set.
7. Dryer Balls, $16
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%.
8. Bamboo Reusable Straws, $5
Who needs plastic straws anymore with all the great reusable options available? This bamboo straw kit ($5) has varying widths, giving you options for water, creamy milkshakes, smoothies, and beyond. There’s also a cleaning brush that makes washing them a cinch, as well as a pouch for travel.
9. 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.
10. 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 ($18) 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! Or go with a classic cotton tote, like the Brightly Tote ($25).
11. The Low-Waste Kitchen Discovery Set, $50
Want a kit that includes some zero-waste products to get you started? This one includes beeswax wraps, Swedish dishcloths, a reusable Stasher bag, and a fully compostable scrub brush by Sqwishful. It’s a $65 value for $50.
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