Do you want start reducing your waste but you're not sure how to begin? These zero waste alternatives to traditional everyday products will help you kickstart your environmental saving efforts, and help you save a lot of money too!
Start using a reusable safety razor. Plastic razors are actually non-recyclable, not to mention extremely expensive.
Instead of packaged body wash, try unwrapped bulk soap. There's no packaging to waste and it's chemical free too!
It takes a lot of water to grow a cotton plant, and cotton balls cannot be recycled. Try reusable cotton rounds instead. As an alternative to makeup remover cloths, you can use cotton rounds with coconut oil or unscented lotion to remove makeup.
Plastic bags are extremely wasteful. Always take a reusable bag to the store with you and say no when you're asked if you want a bag at checkout.
Instead of buying and throwing away plastic water bottles everyday, use a refillable metal or glass water bottle. Stop contributing to the 2.5 million plastic water bottles that are thrown away every hour in America!
Say no to straws at restaurants and bars. You don't really need a straw to drink your drink, and the plastic from straws is often not recycled. At home, use stainless steel straws instead.
Never use plastic cutlery, even on-the-go. Stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons are always the better choice. There is even collapsible stainless steel cutlery that you can pack for picnics and outdoor events.
Try using a french press for coffee instead of individual coffee pods, or coffee filters. Individual coffee options are very wasteful and often not recyclable. A French press is environmentally friendly and makes the coffee taste better too!
Did you know they make compostable dish brushes? Sponges are not recyclable or compostable, and we often go through them every few weeks. A compostable dish sponge is not only less wasteful but lasts a lot longer.
All of these zero waste suggestions are from Lauren Singer's blog Trash is for Tossers. You can see her full list of zero waste alternative products here.
If you want to try and reduce your waste like Lauren, take our Zero Waste Challenge on Tuesday April 14th! Could you go just 24 hours without producing any trash?
Tweet us a picture of how much trash you end up with at the end of the challenge to @SeekerNetwork and use the hashtag #zerowaste. For every photo we receive, we'll donate $1 to Keep America Beautiful, a leading national nonprofit that provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people reduce waste and litter, recycle right, and protect the natural areas in which we live.
Don't forget to watch our episode of Going Off Grid about why Lauren Singer decided to go zero waste and how she went two years with only producing a single jar of trash.