Top 10 Zero Waste Essentials
Why straws? For starters, Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws every day and they cannot be recycled. That’s a lot of waste! There are a few options when it comes to reusable straws, from silicone to bamboo to stainless steel. If you’re going to have one reusable straw in your bag, we cannot recommend the EcoJarz stainless steel straws pack enough. This pack includes two stainless steel straws, a carrying bag and a cleaner. If you’re at home, just toss them in your dishwasher after use.
Americans use an average of over 500 single-use plastic bags a year. Making the switch to silicone bags is an easy step towards living a zero waste lifestyle. Our four pack of reusable silicone bags can fit all of your lunch and leftovers. They can withstand extreme temperatures, which makes them dishwasher and microwave safe.
Not only is bottled water expensive, but it’s inconvenient and easily avoided. If there’s one thing you can do to reduce your dependency on plastic, it’s to invest in a reusable water bottle. When it comes to water bottles, nobody makes a more solid bottle than Welly. It’s made of stainless steel, wrapped in bamboo and includes a BPA free plastic spout.
Toothbrushes are a commodity in today’s world. They’re free from the dentist’s office and can be bought inexpensively from your local drugstore. The bad news: 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year. If you’re looking for and easy way to remove plastic from your life and the environment, a bamboo toothbrush is a no brainer.
Trips to the grocery store are a weekly affair for most families. All of those plastic bags can take 1,000 years to decompose. Many grocery stores have plans to eliminate plastic bags from their stores entirely. Reusable grocery bags and produce bags are here to stay–it’s time to get on board!
6. Food Huggers
Trying to preserve fruits and veggies can be awkward. It’s always tough to find the right sized container that just happens to be available. Food Huggers solve that problem by offering various sizes of covers for your food or containers. These BPA free, dishwasher safe, recyclable silicone covers are one of our favorite zero waste products.
Tea Bags are used by many of us multiple times a day. In fact, Americans use 100 million tea bags a day. Replacing single-use tea bags with an eco-friendly alternative is a easy way to cut down on your use of plastic. And if you’re a tea drinker, you’ll appreciate the quality of loose leaf tea. Visit your local tea or coffee shop for bulk loose leaf tea. Or if you’re looking for an online option, we recommend Rose Mountain Herbs..
9. Produce Bags
If you don’t eat fruits or vegetables, you can ignore this one. You should also probably go to the doctor. Kidding aside, veggie bags are essential for eliminating waste from your life. These bags allow your food to breath and are much more durable and easy to use than the plastic bags found at the grocery store. Next time you’re picking out that fresh tomato, put it in your own bag!