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 101: my 5-week email course designed to set beginners or near-beginners up for zero waste success! All the tips and tricks I use to take out the trash once every two months! See the course description page for an outline of everything you’ll learn!
You vs. Trash: Reduce Your Landfill-Bound Trash by 50% in 4 Weeks: In You vs. Trash, you’re going to learn how to begin a more zero waste lifestyle and reduce the amount of landfill-bound waste in your trashcan by half in just one month! That means digging deep into recycling, composting, and refusing items you may otherwise want!
Skillshare: You can get three months of access to courses for just $0.99! You can take classes on gardening, composting, and all sorts of skills that can help you develop your zero waste arsenal!
Simple zero waste swaps
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.
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!
Bamboo toothbrushes: an average human uses 156 toothbrushes and 389 tubes of toothpaste over their lifetime. Instead of creating all that waste, try bamboo brushes by Brush With Bamboo or WooBamboo. Zero waste toothpaste options include a Fig+Yarrow tooth powder I personally recommend or a similar Lush product.
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.
Spreading the word of zero waste
You vs. Trash: do you feel down when you think about how much trash you create each week? I have a low-cost ebook available that sets out to show you exactly how to reduce your landfill-bound trash by 50% in just four weeks! Simple, actionable steps accompanied by a small packed of worksheets will guarantee you make a huge stride in your zero waste journey in just one month!
Start a blog with GreenGeeks: interested in starting an eco-friendly blog but don’t know where to start? How about with a green energy web hosting provider putting back 3 times into the grid through wind energy that they consume?! Cool, right? Green Geeks even offers WordPress hosting options!
How to host a zero waste meetup: Feel ready to start your own local revolution? This post offers several tips on how to host your very own zero waste meetup.
Ethical clothing recommendations
While I always advocate for buying secondhand, there are some items I will invest in after a long search!
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!
Zero waste cosmetics
URBAPOTHECARY: this shop offers “plant centered organic body care for mind, body, spirit”. It offers face masks, beard oil, candles, and more – all in low-waste packaging. If you’re looking for a larger gift, I’d suggest one of their lovely themed sets. [CA, USA]
SunnyBrae Buzz: Items for adults, kids, and pets alike! It’s not all vegan (some items use local beeswax), but everything else is fair trade and organic. Best of all the packaging is either reusable metal tins or recyclable/compostable cardboard tubes. [PA, USA]