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!
Items for a zero waste essentials 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!
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!
Zero waste cosmetics
Clean-Faced Cosmetics: I have several items from this Etsy-based seller and they’re all lovely! Touted as organic makeup with affordable prices, Clean-Faced Cosmetics is also awesome about providing low-waste and/or reusable packaging for their products!
Spreading the word of zero waste
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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.