10 Products for A Zero Waste Lifestyle That Creates Monster Savings Elsewhere in Your Home

10 Products for A Zero Waste Lifestyle That Creates Monster Savings Elsewhere in Your Home

As we go through our daily routines and activities, we tend to use a variety of products each passing day. At the same time consciously or unconsciously, we also tend to generate a massive amount of wastes every year. For us to reduce this and be able to live a more sustainable life, we will have to consider the option of going plastic free.

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A lot of environmental organizations tend to encourage consumers to purchase products that are re-usable. This will actually help you save money and sustain the environment. Going in this same direction, today let us discuss some of the products you can purchase that will create monster savings around your home and help you live a zero-waste lifestyle.

Use Citrus Vinegar for Cleaning

You can start by mixing both vinegar and citruses for a period of two weeks. It will only cost you a few ingredients which include; baking powder, lemons, oranges, vinegar, and soda. Once you are done, you can finally use it to clean your house. A lot of products you purchase are full of chemicals, and they come packed up in plastic which is not recyclable. By creating your own product for cleaning, it will be eco-friendly, more effective and save you money. Homemade citrus vinegar is one of the best ways to clean your bathrooms, floors, and kitchen.

Bars of Soap

Make use of bars of soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. You can purchase shampoos and conditioners that are packed in aluminum bottles, thus free from plastic. Instead of throwing the bottle away, these bottles can actually be recycled especially when you ran out of shampoo and conditioners. When purchasing bars of soaps, consider purchasing the ones that are actually organic and handmade. Such bar soaps are packed in cardboard boxes which are plastic free and actually recyclable.

Cloth Handkerchiefs 

You can actually think of replacing paper towels, plastic bags, tissue, paper cups which are generally expensive with an alternative of either an old towel or sheet, rags, fabricated napkins, and canvas bags which are reusable. Consider cutting it into the size you want. Or you can buy cloth handkerchiefs like this one.

This will actually save you and your family from purchasing paper products creating monster savings in your home. Furthermore, you can purchase a toilet paper that is made up of recycled content. Also, replace toilet paper wrapped up in plastic to the ones wrapped up in the paper so that when it gets finished, you can actually recycle it too.

Safety Razor

When you decide to go for a zero-waste lifestyle, it undoubtedly means simplifying your daily routines. So, instead of purchasing plastic razors, which you will be forced to dispose of after use, consider replacing them with a safety metal razor that you can actually recycle and save your money. Metal razors are recyclable, but for health safety reasons always visit a special center before recycling them.

Lotions and Creams

When purchasing lotions and creams go for the ones that are packed in metal tins. This will safeguard them from a variety of elements and make it easier for you to carry being plastic free. Purchase creams that are packed in clear jars accompanied by metal lids. This will help you create a zero-waste lifestyle for both you and your family sustaining biodiversity.

Metal Tube Toothpaste

A large percentage of zero waste toothpaste normally come in powder form, or paste form. Also, the powder form toothpaste performs several tasks at the same time which includes;

  • Enamel Polishing.
  • Demineralizing and pulling away of toxins from the mouth.

Furthermore, some toothpaste is packed in glass jars covered up with a metal lid making it easier for one to recycle the metal tin instead of purchasing plastic packed toothpaste which in turn you will have to dispose of after use. Buying a metal tube toothpaste will create a monster saving for both you and your family.

Reusable Produce Bags

Purchasing reusable produce bags are the best alternative to plastic bags. They can be recycled a couple of times compared to plastic bags which are to be disposed of immediately. This will not only save you the cost of buying plastic paper bags every time you visit a grocery shop but will also help you create a zero-waste lifestyle in your home.

Bamboo Pot Scraper

Go for Bamboo instead of plastic. Bamboo can actually decompose instead of plastic which is actually landfilled. Replace plastic brushes or sponged with a product made out of bamboo. A bamboo pot scraper will actually last for a more extended period of time compared to plastic brushes. As it last longer it will also save you the cost of buying plastic brushes every time.

Compostable Earbuds

A considerable number of plastic earbuds that have been disposed of mostly end up at the beach killing marine life. Replace the plastic earbuds with either compostable buds or a stainless-steel pick which is actually reusable. When using stainless steel pick always be careful with it so as you don’t hurt yourself. Compostable earbuds usually are made up of a bamboo stick which is further accompanied by a paper sliding box that is recycled. It is also biodegradable, water efficient and naturally organic, thus creating a zero-waste lifestyle for you saving you from purchasing plastic earbuds every time.

Cloth Diapers

Instead of using disposable diapers which are typically thrown away, one can consider replacing them with cloth diapers. Since cloth diapers are recyclable, it will save you the cost of purchasing disposable diapers. Furthermore, it will also save you time.

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Based on the above discussion, these are just a few products from among many that are recyclable to create a zero-waste lifestyle for both you and your family. When you go out to purchase an item, always keep in mind the fact that what will happen to the product you have bought if you ever decide not to use it anymore? Your one change in thinking can actually change the way our planet is treated.

Author: Karen Lamar

Karen is the Chief Content Officer at Organic Cotton Mart. She has a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from NC State with a special focus in Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy. Since her High School days, she has been an Environmentalist and was the President of her High School's Environmental Club for 3 years before starting her freshman year at NC State. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of various environment-friendly movements like zero waste, minimalistic living, recycling, and upcycling.

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