5 Zero Waste Swaps

Zero Waste. It’s such a strong word. Can we ever be 100% completely zero waste in this day and age? We would have to know where every single food, garment, book, oven, table, toothbrush and so on came from and know if there was waste within their supply chains. Now that’s a little extreme, but I bring this up because in order to live waste free, we would have to purchase things that were made without any waste. This can become a tedious process, and when things are too difficult, us as humans can lean towards not doing it all.


The simple answer is, we can’t be 100% zero waste but we can be more conscious and live a more minimal waste lifestyle. When you start to think about where to begin or what to do, it can get a little overwhelming, so I’ve curated a list of simple swaps in 5 categories that you can do the next time you need to shop for sepcific items. Let this list help you ease the transition to your minimal waste journey. The key is to acknowledge that this is a journey, and appreciate the little things that we do to become more mindful of the waste we create.

Please note that if you are already using the items on the left, do not throw them out. Wait until you have finished using it up before and when you need to buy more, opt for one of our suggested swaps.

1. Kitchen Swaps 

Plastic Wrap ⟶ Beeswax Wraps

Plastic Produce Bags ⟶ No bags / Fabric produce bags / Make your own produce bag

Plastic Containers ⟶ Mason jars / Glass tupperwear

Plastic garbage bags ⟶ Compostable garbage bags

Plastic recycling bags ⟶ Brown paper bag / Biodegradable recycling bags

Plastic bottled dish detergent ⟶ Boxed powder dishwasher detergent / Dish washing soap blocks

2. Bathroom Swaps 

Plastic bottled shampoo/conditioner ⟶ Shampoo/Conditioner bars

Plastic bottled body wash ⟶ Soap bars

Plastic bottled hand soap ⟶ Hand soap bars / Refills in glass jars at bulk stores

Plastic tooth brush ⟶ Wood toothbrush

Standard ⟶ Natural glass perfume rollers / Natural solid perfume

Plastic hairbrush ⟶ Wood hair brush with wood bristles

Cotton face pads ⟶ Organic cotton reusable pads

3. Laundry Swaps 

Pre-treatment detergent ⟶ DIY stain remover / Natural stain remover stick / Treat stain as soon as it happens

Plastic bottled detergent ⟶ DIY laundry detergent / Boxed powder detergent / Detergent in recyclable or biodegradable or reusable packaging

Regular washing of polyester clothes ⟶ Microfibre bag / Microfibre filter

Drying clothes ⟶ Hang dry

4. Everyday Swaps

Disposable coffee cups ⟶ Bring your own reusable cup / Drink your beverage in the cafe

Plastic grocery bags ⟶ Bring your own reusable bag / Reuse a plastic bag you may already have

Plastic straws ⟶ Metal straws / No straw

Plastic water bottles ⟶ Bring your own resuable water bottle

5. Pet Swaps 

Plastic dog waste bags ⟶ Biodegradable dog waste bags

Plastic leash ⟶ Ecofriendly, hemp collars

Plastic toys ⟶ Hemp rope pull / Hemp rope toy

Plastic bottled shampoo ⟶ Shampoo barThank you so much for reading this post! I hope the next time you are shopping for any of these items you will refer back to this list and choose a less wasteful item instead.

If you want some social inspiration, here’s a list of some zero waste accounts we follow:



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