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29 Things That'll Help You Get Closer To Zero-Waste

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1.

A countertop compost bin so you can convert your home into the green machine you know it can be.


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Promising review: “I love this compost bin! It is very well designed. They actually tested all aspects of it. The one-handed operation is SO much better than having to lift off a lid like my old steel compost bin. The lid flips up/down very easily. The lid removes when you want to empty it out. The plastic inside is super smooth so there are no nooks or crannies for food to get caught. Most of the waste simply slips off and then you can just rinse it and you are good to go. I don’t have to buy compost bags anymore either. There is no smell when it is on the counter. The one thing I would improve (and I’d give it four 1/2 stars if I could because of this) is that it is too small. I think it could be twice as big — a little wider and a little taller would be great. Otherwise, it really is a great product. I was worried about it looking tacky on my counter because it is plastic, but is so well designed that it even looks classy on my granite counter!” —Susanne M. Millar

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors). You might want to pick up some compostable bags and this handy guide to help you get started.

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A pack of washable, and compostable food wraps for when you need to store all those leftovers — it even works for cheese, fruit, vegetables, and bread!


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Promising review: “Can’t recommend these beeswax wraps enough. The antimicrobial aspect of the beeswax keeps fruits and vegetables super fresh for much longer than plastic bags. They keep bread soft and fresh for much longer than Ziplocs. They are so much better for the environment, and they can be reused for months. We have been using our set for almost two years and they are still as good as new. No waste! Just make sure to wash them with cool water, as warm/hot water will melt the wax.” —Publisher

Get a three-pack (one small, medium, and large) from Amazon for $18+ (available in five prints).

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A pack of reusable produce bags that’ll help you reduce the waste after every trip to the grocery store — you can also use them to clean and rinse your fruits and veggies all in one go!


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Promising review: “SO good, SO handy, SO ecological (without being nerdy). Simple: put grapes into one bag, tomatoes in another, green beans in another… well, you get the idea. No thin plastic bags to figure out how to open without cursing or have to dispose of. Leave these bags untied so checker has access to price, then secure the tog. These bags are plenty large enough for big heads of lettuce, tons of grapes, tomatoes, etc., and they go under your faucet for thorough rinsing. You drain the contents and put the bags directly in the fridge. They are sturdily made, close perfectly, and easy to fold and carry into a grocery store. They are exactly as shown. This is a quality product. I recommend 100%.” —C. Hascoat

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.97.

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A pack of stainless steel straws so you can begin your single-handed efforts to help save the turtles — plus, they come with cleaning brushes so you can always have a clean straw while you help save those turtles.


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Promising review: “These are so much better than the heavy-duty plastic straws. They clean up like a dream, do not hold the taste of your drink, and best of all, because they are stainless steel they conduct the cold of your ice. Having used the semi-permanent plastic straws for years, these were an amazing upgrade. I actually like the bent ones better than the straight, however the straight ones are the perfect size for the tall spout-top water bottles so I was able to replace their plastic straw with the straight stainless steel one.” —Margaret G. Winstanley

Get a pack of eight straws and two brushes from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes 8.5″ and 10.5″ and in five colors). Or if you’re just not into the whole steel straw thing, try my absolute favorite biodegradable bamboo straws — I order and love these specific straws.

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A dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe storage bag for all your lunch and snacking needs when you’re on the go.


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Promising review: “I’ve tried a LOT of reusable bags. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren’t usually dishwasher-safe. There are other silicone ones that need a separate rod to close them that you can easily lose. This one is the simplest and easiest to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean and I trust that they aren’t hiding gross crumbs in any of the crevices. They are the most expensive and I wish they offered a bulk discount. If they were cheaper I would use them for EVERYTHING (open cheese in the cheese drawer, all snacks on the go, etc).” —Megan A.

Get it on Amazon for $9.95+ (available in 12 designs and three varieties).

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A leakproof water bottle you can roll up when you’re not using so that it doesn’t take up precious cabinet space.


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Promising review: “Love the flexibility of the bottle! It can be rolled up and stored away. The solid plastic is great for gripping the bottle and not squeezing it and having water squirt out all over you. The screw top is great for non-spill. There is no bad odor or smell to the bottle. I love this bottle.” —Connie Beutel

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in seven colors).

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A set of reusable bags that’ll hang from your cart because next time you hear the beep, think of all the fun you could have packing all your groceries in a super efficient manner.


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Promising review: “I shop at discounted groceries that make you buy your own bags if you do not bring your own. Then you have to bag your groceries yourself! These are amazing! I just ask the cashier if I can put this in the basket prior to them ringing me up. Sometimes I feel like I’m bagging longer than shopping. Cuts my grocery trip almost in half!” —Amazon Customer

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $28.99 (available in three color sets). You might want to also consider picking up some classic reusable grocery bags that easily fit into your purse.

8.

A pair of washable and super cute period panties to replace your normal menstrual pad or tampon routine.


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Never think about remembering a tampon or pad again! These underwear not only look cute (especially for period panties), but they’ll catch your flow without any stress. If you’re still not sure, check out our full review!

Get them from Thinx starting at $24 (available in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes).

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And try Coyuchi, a linens subscription service that’ll collect your old sheets when you’re done with them to make sure they’re recycled correctly.


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A subscription with Coyuchi means you get new organic cotton towels, sheets, and duvets delivered to you every 6, 12, or 24 months at a low monthly rate. You can update the color you’d like, the size, and the style with each shipment. When it’s time for a fresh set you can renew, exchange, buy out, or return your old linens. They take care of renewing, upcycling, or recycling your old stuff.

Plans begin at $5/month, get more details on all the available plans from Coyuchi.

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A super absorbant pee pad for your dog so you can train your pup and not have any of the extra garbage.


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This absorbent training pad can be thrown in the washing machine instead of the trash can. The uses are endless: Place it on the floor or on furniture, or use it as bedding protection. You can also use it as a crate and kennel liner, post-surgery underpad, food and water bowl placemat, or litter box mat. Its top sheet will absorb liquid, eliminate tracking, and control odors. It’s also been tested for up to 300 washes.

Promising review: “Just awesome. A great alternative to those expensive and wasteful disposable pads — I have a senior (15-years-old) chihuahua who is having a little bit of a hard time ‘holding it in’ if I have to leave him alone more than two hours to go shopping or something. I hated the thought of contributing to the landfill with disposable pads, and the plastic dog potties with the fake grass tend to stink really bad after a while (in my experience), plus I didn’t want something he would feel inclined to use while I’m home. These washable pads are perfect! Well made, easy to fold up and hide away, and he took to it on the first day. Great product!” —Kari Jo

Get a set of two on Amazon for $19.99.


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The charger works on both AA and AAA batteries and charges up to four batteries at a time. It’s also compatible with all AAA and AA NiMH rechargeable batteries (not just Energizer brand). It also has a charge status indicator so you can see (and hear, ’cause it beeps) where the batteries are in their charge. Batteries can get a full charge in just about four hours and the charger has an auto safety shut-off so they don’t overcharge and you can maximize the battery life.

Promising review: “Saves so much money and time since I don’t have to keep buying batteries. All I do is recharge the ones I have. It’s also good for the environment since you don’t throw batteries away.” —Amazon Customer

Get the battery charger and four rechargeable AA batteries from Amazon for $13.19.

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A pack of stainless steel coffee filters designed to fit perfectly into your Keurig — you’ll be saving the planet one coffee cup at a time.


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Promising review: “I’ve had these for a couple months. Wife wanted a ‘better for the environment’ way to make coffee but still wanted the easy K-cup system. I had heard that reusable cups could be a nightmare, I did a little research and these ones got great reviews — so we gave them a try. After using them for a month they are great. Easy to use. No mess. Easy to clean. I either rinse them out good or throw them in the dishwasher after every use. They’re great! I was just worried that they would be a mess to use but they are actually easier than actual K-cups. My wife even uses the grounds in her garden.” —Chad H.

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.95.

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A set of oven- and microwave-safe glass meal-prep containers that’ll aid you in planning out your weeks for help staying healthy and on budget while creating no waste.


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Promising review: “I live in a plastic-free household and glass meal-prep containers are something that I can never seem to have enough of! What I love about these containers is that they’re a bit deeper than most meal-prep containers, allowing you to reduce some bulk. There is also a lovely glass divider built into the container! Though heavy, because they are glass, my family has easily thrown these into their lunch bags and let’s just say that they’re not the most delicate of creatures but the meal-prep containers arrive back home perfectly intact with no leaks or spills! Definitely a must-have, and for the price, you really cannot find anything as great! I searched on Amazon and found that even plastic containers were the same price!” —RVS

Get a set of five containers from Amazon for $25.99.

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A delightful glass coffee cup with a removable cork sleeve and a tight-seal lid so your favorite drink is always easy to hold and will be spill-proof.


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Promising review: “Very aesthetically pleasing coffee cup. Gotten tons of compliments from random strangers and my baristas. A few of them have ordered themselves one too. (Maybe I should be sponsored?) Currently, own two of these cups (12 and 16 oz).” —Andrea Rivera Navarrete

Get it from Amazon for $9+ (available in four sizes, 32 colors, and three styles).

15.

A pack of wool dryer balls that you can throw in as they are or add your favorite scented oil to.


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Sheep wool dryer balls will cut the drying time of your clothes, soften and fluff fabric, and reduce static. They also help bedsheets stay untangled and keep pet hair off your clothes.

Promising review: “Very happy with these wool dryer balls. I wish I would have found them sooner. They reduce drying time and static better than plastic dryer balls or dryer sheets. I appreciate that I can achieve these results without creating waste by using a dryer sheet each time. Overall, the cost is less than using dryer sheets, too! Especially considering how many uses you get per wool dryer ball and how many boxes of dryer sheets you would need to buy. I also tried adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the ball to make my linens smell nice without using synthetic fragrances — it worked great! Some other reviewers noted an unpleasant smell when first opening/using these wool balls (reminiscent of sheep LOL), but I had no issues with unpleasant odors. Highly recommend these!” —K. Marti

Get a set of six on Amazon for $16.95. And if you’re looking for a set with a little more personality, try these penguin wool dryer balls.

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A set of BPA- and PFOA-free nonstick silicone baking mats to use as a substitute for foil and help prevent those stuck-on messes.


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Promising review: “Used last night for the first time. It did exactly what I expected. Easy to clean. Cooked evenly. The thickness looks even. Did not burn the bottoms of my cookies. I am hoping it will save me tons of aluminum foil. I was going to buy parchment paper and didn’t to see if this buy would make cleaning easy.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of two on Amazon starting at $9.62 (also available in a pack of four).

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A 10-pressure point Water Pik to replace all that floss you’re using — or maybe it’ll get you to actually start flossing…finally!


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Promising review: “I am the son of a dentist, the brother of a dentist, and the son of a professor of dentistry at one of the prominent dental schools in Ohio. Needless to say, oral hygiene has been beaten into me since I was a child. In the ’70s and ’80s, people used water pics and for some reason, they seem to have gone out of vogue. A good one completely replaces the need for dental floss, which most people hate to use. Having grown up with a WaterPik in my house I can tell you that this is the best one I’ve ever had. The proper way to use this device is to fill the tank completely with warm water and use it in each quadrant of your mouth until the water runs out. If you don’t wait for the water to run out you have not used it long enough. This unit appears to have a feature that pauses very slightly when it’s time to switch sections of your mouth. It only happens once so if you start at the top do it until it pauses and then switch to lowers. If you are different than everyone else who has teeth and find that this is not a useful tool, just remember this is a prime item and you can return it…as nasty as that is.” —Dan Miller

Get them from Amazon for $65.32+ (available in seven colors).

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A Rent the Runway Unlimited membership that allows you to rent some seriously awesome pieces of clothes instead of buying them — did you know that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters on the plant? ‘Cause they are!


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The fashion industry contributes to all sorts of environmental pollution, including water, air, and soil pollution. RTR is incredible and helps prevent you from falling into the fast fashion rabbit role — which is one of the biggest parts of the problem.

Check out our full review on Rent the Runway Unlimited and how incredible it can be for your closet.

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A six-piece stainless steel earwax cleaner kit that’ll replace your cotton swabs and safely get your inner ear squeaky clean.


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This medical-grade earwax cleaner will get your excess earwax out (instead of pushing it deeper). They’re effective, they’re safe for cleaning out earwax, and they save on added waste.

Promising review: “Getting tired of using Q-tips or ear washes? Well, this is certainly an alternative worth considering. These little guys are metal ‘picks’ that you can scrape all the gunk out of your ears without causing damage to them. My ears have never been cleaner.” —Joshua Z Dabbs

Get the six-piece kit on Amazon for $9.95.

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A pack of silicone baking cups that are heat-resistant up to 450°F and they’re also gonna be great for when you enter the cupcake wars.


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Promising review: “I love that I always have cupcake liners available and that they are better for the environment. The cupcakes slide right out of them easily.” —Bluediamondxoxo

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $10.99.

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A set of glass spray bottles to house all your homemade cleaning supplies — yes I said homemade, because it’s actually quite easy to make your own!


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Check out these some handy cleaning solutions recipes.

Promising review: “I am absolutely delighted with the quality of these glass bottles, especially with the spray nozzle which gives the perfect spritz every single time! I make my own natural house cleaning and pesticide solutions and it’s nice to know I can rely on these spray bottles to deliver every time. Was actually going online to order a few more today, when they asked for my opinion and so very happy to recommend this product and this company in particular because the product is superior to many others I have tried.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.98.

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A dishwasher-safe silicone cleaning tool you can use to get rid of unwanted pet hair, wash dishes, clean your makeup brushes, scrub out stains, exfoliate in the shower, and so much more.


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Promising review: “Very helpful with getting rid of the excess hair and lint I have all over me! I have two cats and a dog so there is hair everywhere. It is a very well-built product and will help cut down costs on lint rollers. Highly recommend for pet owners.” —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

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A set of reusable and dishwasher-safe snack pouches that’ll be adorable and affordable.


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Instead of buying expensive on-the-go products that add a ton of waste to the environment, you can fill up these dishwasher-friendly food pouches with your favorite applesauce, yogurt, or other mushy food, over and over again (saving you money and adding a little less waste to the world in the process).

Promising review: “I am thoroughly surprised by these pouches. I looked into a LOT of reusable pouches and the ones with the side opening seemed more appealing because then they could stand upright, but ultimately decided to choose these because of the fun animal designs and I am not disappointed. Filling them is super easy by either spooning in your baby food or by using a funnel. Make sure to leave yourself a little room because when you compress it to close, you can overflow sometimes. They are SO easy to keep clean. I let hot water run through, fill up, run through, scrub inside with a bottle brush and rinse then set upright to dry. No issues whatsoever.” —Rachel Handing

Get a set of six on Amazon for $14.99 (available in five sizes).

24.

A rich lather soap bar to replace your body wash and thus overriding your need to use more plastic bottles.


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Promising review: “I generally make my own soaps and body butters due to the fact that I have extremely sensitive skin but I have completely fallen in love with this line. The lather is luxuriously ample yet gentle. The scent fills the bathroom but does not linger heavily on the body. It leaves my skin clean and soft — not dry as most bar soaps do. I highly recommend the Rose and Mirabelle scents. These bars are triple milled so they do last a while.” —NoIWontPutMyName

Get them from Amazon for $4.79 (available in 38 scents and four sizes).

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A reusable makeup-removing cloth, because getting rid of all the excess makeup on your face every night is a f#@%in’ chore but this will help make it easier — you just need water!


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Promising review: “I cannot believe it! Every once in a while you buy something that actually lives up to its promises! This super-soft little face towel takes off makeup, including stubborn eye makeup, in a couple of swipes without scrubbing at all. I don’t know what makes it so effective; maybe it’s made of millions of tiny little hands! but I am very impressed.” —Donna Montalbano

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in eight colors).

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A silicone loofah brush that’ll give your skin a gentle exfoliation while you get sparkling clean — plus they’re easier to rid of germs so they don’t need replacing as often as your loofah.


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Promising review: “After reading info on how nasty mesh puffs in the shower actually are, I found this silicone loofah brush and decided to try it. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand without slipping. The brush side is so soft and gentle to the touch. I don’t think it is ‘rough’ enough to do much exfoliating, even with pressure. The nubby side is good for massaging. The brush is a breeze to rinse clean and dries quickly. It will last way longer than many, many puffs combined.” —Carolee888

Get it from Amazon for $4.90+ (available in three colors).

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A lockable, non-transparent, and odor-proof lunch bag so you can do your part to save the planet and keep those pesky lunch thieves at bay!


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Promising review: “I love this bag! And the lock is genius, it uses the holes at the end of the zipper to lock the zipper in place with a combination. The bag is made out of strong, durable material. I can keep some of my smaller girly essentials under lock and key. And I loved the added benefit of it being smell-proof. The only thing that would make it even better is a variety of different colors.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in three colors) and if you’re looking for one with a top handle, check out this lockable lunch bag.

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A pack of Eco Nuts, which are literal nuts you can throw in your laundry instead of soap.


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Dried soapberries apparently work better than soap! Just throw about five berries into the provided wash bag, and boom: laundry that’s fresh and clean.

Promising review: “It really gives the laundry a ‘fresh’ smell, a REAL fresh smell, not that crappy perfumey smell! (If I want to smell like something, I’ll choose something that doesn’t smell like my linens, my husband, my kids, etc!).” —Mur

Get a pack from Amazon for $6+ (available in boxes for 10 loads, 100 loads, 360 loads).

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And a flow-regulating shower head that’ll give you a powerful rain spray, even though it’s releasing less water than most shower heads.


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Promising review: “I live in the desert and of course we have water restrictions and low water pressure. I’ve tried many different shower heads and hand-held shower massages, I always take the water saver piece out trying to get a stronger spray of water. They have all failed me, until this high-pressure shower sprayer. It is the very best shower head I’ve found! It gives me the best water pressure I’ve had and the best shower I’ve ever had!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $20.43+ (available in two finishes). Or if you’re not into switching out your shower head, try a handy little timer to limit your time in the shower.

With our powers combined guys, we can save this planet!


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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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