The concept of “zero-waste” is a growing lifestyle trend stemming from concern over the amount of waste we create as humans and consumers. Zero-waste products are biodegradable, reusable and often free of plastic. In addition to being an environmental solution, zero-waste products are a financial solution to those of us continuously purchasing disposable products. Whether you want to get closer toward a zero-waste lifestyle or if you simply want to substitute some products in your home, here are seven zero-waste products to add to your daily life to help the environment (and your wallet)!
Reusable Beeswax Wrap
This handmade, reusable beeswax wrap is made from organic cotton coated with organic jojoba oil, tree resin and beeswax. Plus, it’s an easy zero-waste alternative to plastic wrap or baggies. To use, simply wrap your leftover produce or cover the top of a container — the warmth of your hands provides the seal. When you have finished your food, wash the wrap with cool water and dish soap and leave it to air dry.
Silicone Baking Mat
Originally created in 1965 by French engineer and baker, Guy Demarle, Silpat provides a non-stick and zero-waste solution to using aluminum foil in baking. There’s no need to use oil or parchment paper. When you finish baking, just wipe it off or run it through the dishwasher. This silicone baking mat cannot only be used in the oven, but also in the microwave and freezer. Now we can be waste-free whether we’re roasting vegetables or freezing chocolate strawberries!
Stainless Steel Straws
Reusable straws have taken off as a zero-waste trend. It’s a good thing, too – instead of reaching for a plastic straw, grab a silicone, glass or stainless steel one to slurp up your next smoothie or iced coffee! Many reusable straws conveniently come with a brush cleaner.
Reusable Facial Rounds
This set of 100% cotton flannel facial rounds makes taking off makeup, applying toner or taking off nail polish comfortable and zero-waste. The 3-by-3-inch squares that come in this set of 20 are an easy substitute for disposable cotton pads and cotton balls. All you need to do is use, wash, dry and repeat!
Reusable Silicone Bag
Not only do these reusable silicone bags store food in the fridge, but they can also be used to freeze, bake and microwave! The company, Stasher, manufactures bags in various colors and sizes for various cooking endeavors. In addition, they’re dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Just flip the bag inside out and place it in the dishwasher. The bags’ versatility eliminates the need for plastic bags, aluminum foil and other disposable materials involved in cooking.
This kitchen scrubber is biodegradable, compostable, non-scratch and colorful, making it a surefire winner against conventional kitchen sponges. The reusable RubBits sponge eliminates the need to buy multiple packs of disposable kitchen sponges. This zero-waste sponge is easy to clean and easy to reuse — just rinse, squeeze and let dry once you’re done scrubbing.
Rather than use fabric softener from plastic bottles or disposable dryer sheets, these dryer balls provide us with a zero-waste alternative! The dryer balls are made of hemp and bamboo fibers are safe to use for those with sensitive skin. As they tumble with your clothes, they keep your clothes soft. Plus, they help your loads of laundry to dry faster. Throw the balls into your dryer with your clothes, and add a few drops of essential oils for a fresh and natural scent.
Here’s to loving on the environment, and your budget, one zero-waste product at a time!
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