basic: 

These are some of my favorite basic zero waste essentials. I always recommend searching estate sales, thrift stores, and asking your elders first. You'd be surprised what your grandma has in her attic. 

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Organic cotton handkerchiefs perfect for wiping your nose. I have my great grandmothers handkerchief combined with some from an estate sale. Always check with your elders! They might have some waiting for you. 

Organic cotton handkerchiefs perfect for wiping your nose. I have my great grandmothers handkerchief combined with some from an estate sale. Always check with your elders! They might have some waiting for you. 

A double insulated thermos to keep drinks cold and hot. We have two of these and it keeps drinks SO warm. SO WARM. For hours after you've purchased a hot coffee and then you'll still burn your tongue.

A double insulated thermos to keep drinks cold and hot. We have two of these and it keeps drinks SO warm. SO WARM. For hours after you've purchased a hot coffee and then you'll still burn your tongue.

These bamboo to-go silverware are really popular among zero wasters. perfect for throwing in your bag. Of course you can also wrap your everyday silverware in a cloth napkin too.  

These bamboo to-go silverware are really popular among zero wasters. perfect for throwing in your bag. Of course you can also wrap your everyday silverware in a cloth napkin too.  

My favorite stainless steel water bottle. I found one at the thrift store for $1. Like I said always make sure to check your second hand market, you'll never know what you'll find!  

My favorite stainless steel water bottle. I found one at the thrift store for $1. Like I said always make sure to check your second hand market, you'll never know what you'll find!  

Chambray napkins perfect for donning the dinner table. I have a plethora of napkins from ones I've sewn myself to ones I've found in the thrift store, but I'm incredibly partial to the chambray ones I have. 

Chambray napkins perfect for donning the dinner table. I have a plethora of napkins from ones I've sewn myself to ones I've found in the thrift store, but I'm incredibly partial to the chambray ones I have. 

16oz glass mason jars have a plethora of uses from drinks to leftovers. You can read about 13 unexpected uses for a mason jar here. There are typically a lot of these at the thrift store. Even if they don't have lids, you can pick them up at the canning section at your local grocery store. They come in cardboard which you can recycle or compost. 

16oz glass mason jars have a plethora of uses from drinks to leftovers. You can read about 13 unexpected uses for a mason jar here. There are typically a lot of these at the thrift store. Even if they don't have lids, you can pick them up at the canning section at your local grocery store. They come in cardboard which you can recycle or compost. 

An organic cotton reusable tote, or what I like to call the gateway to a hippie lifestyle. I like these because they're super sturdy, but there are a ton of options. You probably have a lot in your house you can use right away. 

An organic cotton reusable tote, or what I like to call the gateway to a hippie lifestyle. I like these because they're super sturdy, but there are a ton of options. You probably have a lot in your house you can use right away. 

A tiffin lunch box great for bringing lunch or taking home leftovers from a restaurant. I have two of these and they're perfect for slipping into a backpack or bag. They're pretty slender, but they're not leak proof. If you're looking for something leak proof go for the mason jar! 

A tiffin lunch box great for bringing lunch or taking home leftovers from a restaurant. I have two of these and they're perfect for slipping into a backpack or bag. They're pretty slender, but they're not leak proof. If you're looking for something leak proof go for the mason jar!