Staying zero waste when you’re out of the house for 10+ hours a day can be tricky, particularly if you work in a place – like my school – where massive amounts of waste are the norm.

Shoot, staying zero waste on a casual outing with friends can be almost impossible at times!

Luckily I’ve come to find that packing a good zero waste bag can really mitigate a lot of potential pitfalls. Honestly, the most underrated piece of advice about going zero waste is this: be prepared. If you’re not prepared, you’re going to fail and waste (especially disposables) are going to start haunting you!

Having said that, here’s a peek at the goods I usually stuff into my bag of choice on any given work day:

My zero waste kit essentials

From top, clockwise:

Oh: instructions for making beeswax wraps here. Super easy.

My zero waste kit essentials - Green Indy Blog

The containers

AKA the big stuff that makes my zero waste bag super heavy.

My everyday necessity is the KeepCup. For coffee, tea, or juice, it’s perfect! I have the 12 oz version which is a bit on the small size but keeps me from overindulging on anything I probably shouldn’t have a lot of.

Behind the KeepCup is my Ello water bottle. I’m really bad about remembering to drink water throughout the day, so I try to keep this one where I can see it at all times to remind me. Toss in some ginger/lemon/whatever herb is rattling around in the fridge to make the water a little more interesting. I think I picked it up at Target, but it’s cheaper on Amazon now.

I also occasionally bring along the Frigoverre container you see hiding in the background there. This container’s nice because the glass portion can be used in the microwave and the oven – plus it’s the perfect way to take home extra food that would otherwise be trashed.

All this – along with everything else I stuff in along with it – can make quite a heavy bag! But it’s worth it to prepare yourself for whatever the day might throw at you! How would you create your own zero waste kit – what would it include?

Zero Waste Bag Essentials - Green Indy Blog

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February 9, 2017


This is a great post! I need to start using reusable napkins! I didn’t even know they made metal straws! I always bite my straws though (Anton gets so mad at me), and I can already feel it hurting my teeth! I can’t wait to read more! You are inspiring me!

I just use my insulated Klean Kanteen for water as well as any other hot or cold beverages. One less item.

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