50 Things

Not To Buy When Going Zero Waste

Since switching to a zero waste lifestyle, I’ve been able to reduce so much of what I buy. I wanted to round up  50 things that I don’t buy anymore. I'm saving money simply not buying stuff I  don't need.

Don't Mindlessly Consume

Minimalism and zero waste share several core tenants, one of them being BUY LESS. Instead of mindlessly consuming, I take time to make sure that I’m bringing items that I truly need or absolutely love and bring joy into my life.


In the environment, plastic bottles take 450 years to break down into tiny microplastic (that still pollutes and leaches toxins). In a landfill, plastic can take up to 1,000 years to break down.

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The amount of K-cups that have been trashed in landfills could wrap around the planet 10 times? If you’ve got a Keurig, why not switch to reusable pods? You'll save money and your coffee will taste better.

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I recommend switching to reusable cloth towels that have a wide weave, as they don’t push water around but instead absorb it. Bar rags do a great job of this and you can store them in a tiny basket.

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Did you know of the 100 billion garments produced each year, 92 million tons end up in landfills? The best thing to do is buy less, buy higher quality and sustainable brands, and repair what you already have.

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pre-cut veggies

In the past, I was guilty of buying trays of pre-sliced fruits and  veggies. I quit buying small trays of peppers and mushrooms saran wrapped on Styrofoam a few years ago because they cost a premium!

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— Pads & Tampons — Plastic Baggies — Plastic Sponges — Cotton Balls — Aluminum Foil — Plastic Wrap — Brown Bags For Lunch

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