A while back I did a YouTube video sharing some of my favorite low-waste, no-waste products. It’s something that I’ve been super into in the last few years. I am by no means perfect, I still get the occasional plastic bag or straw, but I think small changes can add up.
So today I’m sharing some of my most favorite products that I’ve incorporated into my life that have helped me reduce my daily waste. I’m by no means “no waste” but I do try to reduce waste where I can. Today I’m sharing my Top 10 Low Waste/No Waste Products You Need in your life.
Stainless Steel Straws: This is something I started doing back in Philly. I had this habit of using one plastic straw for my morning smoothie. Then another plastic straw for my afternoon latte. I would go to the grocery store and buy a package of 100+ colorful straws that I got to choose from twice a day. But then I felt crazy wasteful about it and even though they are recyclable, it’s not guaranteed that they’ll find their way to the right place. So, I found a pack of stainless steel straws on amazon that are under $10, come with a little cleaner brush, and I never looked back. Check them out HERE.
Stasher Bags: Ahh these have been a game changer for me!! I love using them to store leftovers or snacks. They come in all sizes and colors. I recently just bought the gallon size one. I love the snack size one too. They’re made from silicone and dishwasher safe. Having stasher bags has significantly reduced how many single-use plastic baggies I use. I think now I tend to only use those single-use ones for things in the kitchen like icing and that’s few and far between. Anyway, check out stasher bags HERE!!
Mesh Cotton Produce Bags: Ok pet peeve alert. I’m about to say something that may ensure a rant, or maybe I’ll be able to contain myself ha! I think those plastic bags that come on a little roll in the grocery store that you put your produce in… those little plastic bags are absolutely useless. I do not understand them. Are they for containing your apples? Are they to make sure you don’t get cart germs on your produce? They. Are. Pointless. And kinda wasteful. And if you NEEEED a little baggie to put your stuff in, I have a solution. Friends, I present to you these cotton mesh produce bags that you bring to the store. Put produce in, and wash and reuse. You’re welcome. I hope you never look at a plastic produce baggie the same. Check out the produce bags HERE!!
Shopping Bag: Along with keeping the little cotton mesh produce bags in my backpack/purse, I also keep a shopping bag or two. These bags are amazing because they take up next to no space in my bag, and yet they expand and you can basically fit a small child inside. These shopping bags are my fave. Definitely check them out HERE!! I love mine.
Reusable Coffee Cup: This is something I want to get better at. Jaryd is so amazing at having the foresight to bring a coffee cup out with us on the weekends just in case we get coffee in our travels. It pretty much always happens so I don’t know why I forget more often than remember. But, this is something I’m working on, and maybe it’s an excuse to buy a new reusable mug. The one Jaryd uses and loves is called a Keep Cup. I think it’s super stylish with the cork grip. We also have this Healthy Human one which I just remembered about and decided it will be my new go to mug to bring out with me.
Cosmetic Poufs: I came across these organic cotton rounds in my internet travels and I knew I needed to have them. I typically use those single use cotton pads that I buy in a large plastic sleeve and toss every night. When I saw these it made soo much sense to me! I’ve been using them for a couple weeks. They are great at taking off my make up (I just add water and a squirt of my favorite facial oil to remove my eye makeup), toss them in the laundry when I’m done, and they wash up great! I keep them in a little glass jar on my counter just as I did my single-use cotton poufs. Highly recommend these. HIGHLY. Grab yoself some HERE!!
Cloth Napkins: This was the easiest transition for us! One day we ran out of paper napkins and instead of ordering more, I put some cloth napkins in our napkin holder and called it a day. We have a laundry basket nearby that we put clothes and socks and, now, dirty napkins in. I just wash, fold them up and reuse them. I really love it and don’t miss paper napkins at all. I also think it’s a good excuse to support small businesses and find some cute cloth napkins on Etsy or find some cool ones at a thrift store. Or, if conveniences is more your thing, check out these cloth napkins I found on amazon!
Beeswax Food Storage Wrap: Say good byeee to plastic cling wrap. I bought some of these beeswax food storage wrap and dig it. It clings to bowls, clings to itself. You just wash and reuse it. I don’t think it lasts forever, but it lasts a year or so which is a great step up from the single-use cling wrap. And, I mean, who can really successfully tear off a piece of cling wrap and put it on the bowl in one try haha!! Avoid all that frustration and just give these bee’s wraps a try! They come in a bunch of colors and patterns, but I bought the original honeycomb ones!
Kid Bento Lunchboxes: I pack lunches for my kids everyday and I use these bento boxes that have three different sections. One day it occurred to me that when I was a kid, the sandwich was in a wrapper, the snacks were in a single-use plastic baggie, the grapes, perhaps in their own separate baggie. I’m happy that I get to fill the little compartments, wash them at the end of the day, and reuse them. There are a ton of different containers out there. I prefer these BPA-free plastic ones because they’re super durable, can get knocked around in a backpack, are dishwasher safe, and super convenient. I used to have a metal bento box at one point and I found used these plastic ones SO much more.
Water Bottle: This is where you say, “Um, duh Lindsay.” This is a no brainer, yes. BUT! I go through phases where I carry my water bottle everywhere and then all of the sudden I lose it, or my kid steals it and I never see it again and I am forced to at some point buy a water bottle and vow to myself to get back to my stainless steel water bottle roots. It’s a no-brainer yes, but worth mentioning. Always carry it around with you and you’ll never need to buy one of those plastic ones again! I’ve had this water bottle for years (comes in tons of colors) and love it!!
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