I've worked on compiling a huge list of zero waste swaps in alphabetical order! I'm sure I've left a few out so make sure to let me know in the comments so I can update the list!
As always before purchasing any of these items, check out the second hand market, unless of course it's a toothbrush.
There's also several businesses you might have around town that sell items like these. Take a look as you're more likely to have control over the packaging. If shipping these items in is your only option, than get my tips for zero waste shipping.
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Swap out cleaners that have questionable toxic ingredients. Check out my list of zero waste cleaning recipes.
Plastic ear buds have been washed up on the beach and found in the ocean. There was a photo that recently went viral of a sea horse carrying around a cotton bud. Even Johnson and Johnson is looking to phase out plastic from their product.
Did you know most floss is coated with PFC the same stuff they use to coat teflon pans? Gross. Read more about zero waste floss options with this blog post.
Ditch food packaging buy buying from bulk bins. Check out my ultimate guide to zero waste grocery shopping and also get my guide for buying food with less packaging even if you don't have a bulk store near by.
paper plates and plastic cutlery:
Instead of paper plates and plastic cutlery use real plates and real flatware.
Get my six tips for ditching paper towels. I throw these in the base of my washer too. The biggest complaint I hear is that they push water around instead of absorbing it.
plastic produce bags:
plastic water bottles:
Instead of using liquid shampoo in a plastic bottle, try switching to a shampoo bar or using shampoo that comes in an aluminum bottle. I use Plaine Products that come in aluminum bottles that can be refilled. You can read more about them here.
Instead of using sponges, I use compostable dish scrubbies! You can read about all of the ones I use in this post here.
This is one of the easiest swaps! You don't even need a reusable straw, just ask for, "No straw," with your drink order!
Look for toilet paper with recycled content. Instead of getting toilet paper wrapped in plastic look for rolls wrapped in paper. If you do get plastic wrapped toilet paper make sure to recycle it at the front of the grocery store with other thin plastics. You can read a whole post about TP here.
This is another super simple zero waste swap! I filmed a short film about the life of a toothbrush. You can check it out here. It's super cute!
Last but not least swap out a plastic filter for a charcoal stick. I love my charcoal stick, I wrote a whole post about how they work.
I know I left some of zero waste swaps out so let me know what you'd add to the list!