First Steps to Zero Waste

Things to start using-

  • Tote Bags
  • Reusable Metal Bottle
  • Reusable Glass Jars
  • Reusable Dishes and Silverware
  • Handkerchiefs 
  • Compostable toothbrush and MYO toothpaste


If you're the average American producing 4.4 pounds of waste PER DAY, then going zero waste probably seems impossible. But don't worry because we are right here to help you through it. Below we are going to be going through a few of the essential items you will need to go zero waste and spoiler you probably already have a couple of them.

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Tote Bags

Tote bags are a very common alternative to plastic grocery bags and many stores even offer incentives to use one. Just remember that it takes a lot of resources to create tote bags and if you do not use the bag for at least a few years, plastic bags end up having a smaller carbon footprint.

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Toothbrush and Toothpaste Tubes

Believe it or not, toiletries make up a large part of the landfill and a great place to start cutting back is with your toothbrush and toothpaste tube. While there are compostable toothbrushes, many times the bristles are style made of nylon which is not compostable so watch out for that. You can also look into making your own toothpaste and there are many tutorials online for how to do just that.

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Reusable Dishes and Silverware

While most people have glass dishes and reusable silverware at home, to go zero waste you may want to consider purchasing foldable silverware which you can use on the go. Also, if you don’t like the idea of drinking water straight out of the glass, you should get a reusable straw if you don’t have one already.

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I know what you are thinking. There is no way I am using a handkerchief to wipe my nose; it is so unsanitary, so on so forth. If you don’t like the idea of using a handkerchief, make sure you compost your used tissues, however using one could eliminate a lot of the paper waste you produce.

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Reusable Glass Jars

Many people who follow zero-waste lifestyles will swear by using mason jars for everything because they have so many uses. They can be used for easy food storage, as a cup for water, and so many other everyday uses. These are a must have if you want to go zero waste.

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Reusable Metal Bottle

There is a good chance you are already using reusable bottles regularly and while they may be a little expensive, they will end up saving you money in the long term. Like tote bags, make sure you use these bottles for a while if possible.

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