Ultimate List of Zero Waste Swaps

This list of zero waste products will help beginner and advance environmentalists find what they need in almost every aspect of daily life. #zerowasteliving #zerowastelifestyle #sustainableliving

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What Is The Zero Waste Movement?

Great question!

The “zero waste movement” is a lifestyle where people aim to completely eliminate their trash output. This means no plastic, no wrappers…no garbage whatsoever.

It might sound impossible or unrealistic at best…

But the big idea is waste prevention instead of end-of-life waste management.

Think of it as a dental cleaning – a regular procedure that prevents buildup and disease.

Think of it as “pre-cycling” instead of recycling.

Think of it as “make no waste” instead of “reuse the waste”.

Because the biggest problem about waste is not the waste management…it’s the waste itself.

Zero Waste – What To Replace For Zero Waste Guide

Ask yourself: “What do I need every single day? Is there a way for me to replace this item with something more socially responsible?”

Think about the things that you use or consume the most, and then consider replacing them with a reusable or eco friendly alternative.

Check The Directory & Marketplaces

Making all of these swaps can be overwhelming. I suggest that you check out our directory AND zero waste marketplaces like Sustain Ecostore and Package Free Shop.

Search for the keyword “zero waste” in our ethical living directory to find brands and marketplaces that sell zero waste products – many of which are designed to be refillable!

Personal Care Products

This list of zero waste products will help beginner and advance environmentalists find what they need in almost every aspect of daily life. #zerowasteliving #zerowastelifestyle #sustainableliving

Period Care

Replace tampons/pads with:

Dental Care

*Ask your dentist for recommendations that benefit your oral health. Some companies that produce zero waste products do not always create dental care products that align with the oral health needs of people with sensitive teeth, gum diseases, and other oral health concerns that require a dentist’s professional advice.

Replace disposable toothbrushes with:

  • bamboo toothbrushes
  • bamboo toothbrushes with replaceable heads

Replace plastic toothbrush cases with:

  • bamboo toothbrush cases

Replace disposable toothpaste with:

  • toothpaste that comes in a reusable glass
  • toothpaste tablets
  • toothpaste powder

Replace plastic-based floss with:

  • plastic-free floss

Replace typical mouthwash with:

  • zero waste mouthwash

Shower & Bath Care

Replace traditional bottled shampoo and conditioner with:

  • refillable liquid shampoo/conditioner
  • solid shampoo bars

Replace traditional bottled liquid shower gel with:

  • refillable shower gel
  • bars of soap
  • make your own soap

Replace plastic loofas/shower puffs with:

  • natural fiber shower puffs/scrubbers (Acala)
  • knitted soap bags

Replace disposable plastic razors with:

  • reusable, plastic-free razors (Acala)

Replace shaving cream with:

  • organic shaving oil
  • shaving cream/oil in reusable glass containers

Replace traditional deodorant with:

  • an alum bar
  • make your own deodorant

Facial Skin Care

*Ask your dermatologist for recommendations that benefit your medical skin conditions. Some companies that produce zero waste products do not always create skin care products that align with the medical health needs of people with sensitive skin, allergies, and other medical skin concerns that require a dermatologist’s professional advice.

Replace shaving cream with:

  • organic shaving oil
  • shaving cream/oil in reusable glass containers

Replace disposable plastic razors with:

  • reusable, plastic-free razors (Acala)

Replace traditional makeup options with:

  • refillable makeup (Elate)

Replace plastic makeup brushes with:

  • bamboo makeup brushes

Replace disposable makeup remover pads with:

  • disposable makeup remover pads

Replace exfoliating products that have microbeads (the ones that don’t dissolve) with:

Replace traditional lotions with:

  • all-natural lotions that use minerals instead of chemicals (great for sensitive skin)

Replace traditional chemical sunscreen with:

  • mineral sunscreen (great for sensitive skin)

Other Personal Care

  • Use long-lasting powder cleanser or facial oil.
  • Use beard oil that is sourced from natural, organic ingredients.
  • Make your own lip balm.
  • Make your own skincare products with ingredients that are gentle and safe on your skin.

Replace traditional toilet paper with:

Replace traditional deodorant with:

  • natural, vegan deodorants that still smell great!

Replace traditional bandaids/plasters with:

  • plastic-free bandaids/plasters (Acala)

Replace plastic hair brushes/combs with:

  • plastic-free hair brushes/combs
  • bamboo hair brushes/combs

Replace traditional hair ties with:

  • plastic-free hair ties (Acala)

Food & Drink

This list of zero waste products will help beginner and advance environmentalists find what they need in almost every aspect of daily life. #zerowasteliving #zerowastelifestyle #sustainableliving

Replace disposable coffee cups with:

Replace plastic bottles with:

Replace plastic produce bags with:

  • reusable produce bags made from natural fibers

Replace plastic shopping bags with:

  • cloth bags

Eliminate food waste by:

  • Buying produce from a local Community Supported Agriculture crop-share. It’s like a subscription box from your local farmers. Find a crop-share near you.
  • Buying produce from online grocery subscriptions like Imperfect Foods (US) or Oddbox (UK)
  • Use the OLIO app to pick up surplus food in your neighborhood
  • Use the Karma app (UK-only) to buy discounted surplus food from stores and restaurants

Start to buy bulk by:

  • saving jars and containers that you already have so that you can use them at bulk shops
  • only buy new food that you really need

Start to buy zero waste groceries at:

Replace plastic cling wrap & plastic tupperware with:

  • wax wraps
  • bento bags
  • silicone food bags
  • stainless steel tupperware
  • glass tupperware

Replace plastic forks, spoons, knives with:

  • reusable cutlery that you can carry with you

Replace plastic straws with:

  • stainless steel straws
  • bamboo straws
  • silicone straws

Replace a traditional coffee filter with:

  • reusable coffee filters
  • french press

Replace coffee pods, tea bags, and K-cups with:

  • loose coffee beans
  • loose leaf tea
  • ethical and compostable drink capsules

Replace traditional chewing gum with:

  • biodegradable, non-synthetic chewing gum

Replace plastic water filters with:

  • charcoal water filters

Replace paper towel/kitchen roll with:

  • reusable tea towels or reusable cloths
  • recycled, plastic-free paper towel/kitchen roll

Compost your food scraps and food waste

Try to meal prep your food so that you can cook through everything in your kitchen

Try to make your own zero waste milk or butter

Cleaning

This list of zero waste products will help beginner and advance environmentalists find what they need in almost every aspect of daily life. #zerowasteliving #zerowastelifestyle #sustainableliving

Replace traditional washing bags with:

Replace traditional laundry liquid/detergent with:

  • refillable laundry liquid
  • refillable laundry powder (works just as well!)

Replace traditional dish soap with:

  • dish soap blocks!  The good ones are plastic-free, fragrance-free, palm-oil free, and cruelty-free (they last so much longer than liquid dish soap!)

Replace traditional sponges with:

  • compostable sponges
  • wooden bottle brushes

Replace chemical-based cleaners with:

  • safer homemade cleaner recipes
  • Use the Cleaning Essentials bottle which has easy-to-follow homemade cleaner recipes printed on the bottle

Fashion

This list of zero waste products will help beginner and advance environmentalists find what they need in almost every aspect of daily life. #zerowasteliving #zerowastelifestyle #sustainableliving

Remember to:

  • buy second-hand/used
  • buy from companies that use recycled materials
  • buy organically grown natural materials (cotton, linen etc)
  • buy products that are dyed with non-toxic dyes

Jeans:

Underwear:

  • Lara Intimates

Tights:

  • Swedish Stockings (they’ll also take your old pairs to recycle!)

Secondhand jewelry, gems, and engagement rings:

New jewelry:

  • Article 22 (they use recycled metals)
  • Try to avoid virgin gold

Sunglasses:

Prescription glasses:

  • retrospecced

Wallets:

  • Green Banana Paper – they’re made from the leaves of banana trees

Bags:

  • GRUNBAG

Work & School

This list of zero waste products will help beginner and advance environmentalists find what they need in almost every aspect of daily life. #zerowasteliving #zerowastelifestyle #sustainableliving

Replace disposable notebooks with:

Recycle:

  • ruined clothing textile recycling
  • broken electronics to electronic recycling

Try to buy second-hand OR refurbished computers, phones, and other technology

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This list of zero waste products will help beginner and advance environmentalists find what they need in almost every aspect of daily life. #zerowasteliving #zerowastelifestyle #sustainableliving

Sources: Zero Waste ClubEthical Unicorn

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