These resources have all been invaluable to helping me lead a more meaningful, lower-waste lifestyle. I have either purchased these online or found them in second hand shops nearby. I hope you’ll find my recommendations useful!
But before digging in, an important disclosure:
FYI: some of these links are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Anything on this page I own and/or have tried and would recommend to my very best friend – and you! Please remember not to buy these products new unless you have no alternatives at home and have scoured your local second hand shop!
Zero waste kit
KeepCup: my #1 zero waste weapon (because I have a serious coffee habit) that is not only adorable, sturdy, and helps me ditch those disposables, it also gets me free drinks. Yup, my 12 oz. glass KeepCup has already paid for itself in free drinks from baristas who think it’s just that cool!
Stojo collapsible mug: can you tell I really like tea and coffee? You can just toss it in your bag, forget about it, and then get very excited when you remember it’s there and can get a coffee without a single-use container. Check out my full review here.
Eco-Bags: Aside from produce bags, it’s also nice to have a larger bag to pull out. I love this string tote – not only can it hold really heavy loads, but it’s also a great talking piece. People always ask where I get it and its a nice way to lead into a gentle zero waste schpiel.
Reusable produce bags: whether you’re grocery shopping or foraging or just picked up a couple items at the store, mesh reusable produce bags with a handy drawstring are the perfect thing to keep in your regular purse or backpack. You never know when the chance to refuse a bit of plastic might come up!
Stasher bags: The ultimate ziploc bag alternative. I was hesitant because of their price point, but I got one and LOVE IT. I will definitely be asking for more of these for gifts, they’re such a great multi-purpose product!
In the bathroom
Linen towels: linen towels are fast drying so they require less washing (less time for weird funk to grow on a wet towel). They’re a lifesaver in humid climates. Best of all, they’re bigger than the average towel but fold down to the size of a t-shirt, so they’re ideal for travel as well.
For getting started… the seminal classic Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. Full of her story, practical tips, and simple recipes for cultivating a trash-less home. Also try The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well By Throwing Away Less for a great mix of mind-boggling statistics and practical tips.
For facts and figures… Detrash Your Life in 90 Days: Your Complete Guide to the Art of Zero Waste Living, a great read, being super practical and well-researched by the environmental engineer author.
For learning more about growing your own food… I enjoyed paging through Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre. I think the information there is also practical for those without a 1/4 acre of land available – just pick and choose what you find useful.
Ethical clothing recommendations
While I always advocate for buying secondhand, there are some items I will invest in after a long search!
FLAX linen: if you’re looking to transition to natural fibers, I can’t recommend vintage FLAX linen clothing more. Almost all of my shirts are from them as well as the two dresses I own. I’ve gotten them all at great deals from eBay.
Everlane: I love Everlane because of it’s commitment to transparency in terms of where the items are produced and by who. Plus, the minimal, high-quality aesthetic just speaks to me. Everlane is pretty much luxury on a mid-level budget.
notPERFECTLINEN: my literal dream wardrobe consists of nothing but their super-floaty, (obviously) linen line. Handmade goods from a small Latvian collective? I really don’t think it can get dreamier than that!
Thinx: For the past few years I’ve exclusive used Thinx underwear as my period protection of choice. While many balk at the idea, it’s absolutely nothing like free bleeding and I don’t often remember wearing them unless I’m actively thinking about them. I personally think they’re simple, no-hassle, and they’ve lasted forever.