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10 Zero Waste Products You Need In Your Life

by Courtney
10 Zero Waste Products You Need In Your Life

It is no secret that I have a passion for our planet.

Over the past couple of years, with continuous learning, this passion has developed into a lifestyle, causing me to make gradual, significant changes to my everyday living. Many of these changes have come in the form of swapping out products that I use for zero waste products.

I am a firm believer in the idea that when it comes to ways to minimise our impact on the environment and our planet in general, we don’t need a few people doing it perfectly. Rather, we need millions, if not billions, of people doing it imperfectly.

I used to fall victim to the trap of ‘if you can’t do it properly or commit 100%, then it isn’t worth doing’. Only now do I realise what a silly mindset this was. Everyone has different circumstances depending on themselves as individuals, so it is an impossible notion to expect everyone to be perfect all the time. Instead, we should focus on the little victories.

That being said, I want to share with all you wonderful people (even though I’m pretty sure it’s still just my mum reading this blog religiously… thanks mum) a few simple swaps you can make to begin the transition to an eco-friendlier lifestyle.

Here are 10 zero-waste products (that I actually own and use myself) that YOU also need in your life!

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Wrappa Plant-Based Food Wraps

For everyone wondering how to say goodbye to plastic wrap, I have found the ultimate zero waste solution – plant-based wax wraps!

These reusable food wraps are made with cotton and vegetable waxes and are super easy to use. In fact, I’ve found that they grip to containers, jars, bowls and cans even better than plastic wraps. Plus, the benefits to the planet are huge. The average Aussie family uses over 400m of plastic wrap each year, which equates to so much waste ending up in landfill or our oceans.

Trust me – once you try these out, you’ll never go back to disposable plastic wraps!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle

Did you know that in Australia, a whopping 373 million plastic water bottles end up as waste each year? Among one of the 10 most common rubbish items picked up each year on Clean Up Australia Day, plastic water bottles create a huge waste problem.

Luckily, with many problems, there are solutions. The solution here? Buy a reusable water bottle! Not only will this stop you from contributing to one of our biggest waste problems, it will also save you a LOT of money. With the average cost of a bottle of water around $2.75 a litre, it starts to add up pretty quickly!

So, it makes perfect sense to buy a reusable water bottle. I recently bought a 1L stainless steel water bottle from Kappi and it was one of the best purchases I’ve made this year! Not only is it reusable, but the size makes it perfect for keeping track of my water intake throughout the day. It is also durable, has a beautiful design and the vacuum insulated double-walled stainless steel keeps my water at the right temperature all day long.

My wonderful friends at Kappi have given me a discount code to share with you, so use the code STELTENPOOL10 to get 10% storewide!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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ANSC Dish & Laundry Soap

For a long time, I felt like I just couldn’t win when it came to zero waste products for my laundry and kitchen. Buying laundry powder wasn’t ideal, since they always come with a little plastic spoon, and just about all of the laundry liquid brands sold their products (even the eco-friendly ones) in plastic bottles. It was the same for dishwashing liquid, too.

Then, I discovered the Australian Natural Soap Company’s Dish & Laundry Soap. At first, I didn’t see how a small block of soap could possibly work for multiple loads of laundry or dishes, but a little goes a long way!

All you need to do is grate about a tablespoon off the block and add directly to your washing machine or add to hot water if using for your dishes – too easy! You can also use the soap bar to make a cleaning paste that is great for washing surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kappi Reusable Safety Razor

For years, I’ve been using a plastic razor with disposable heads that are also made of plastic and rubber. For a while, I’ve been looking for the right way to change this habit and I am happy to say that I have recently discovered the Kappi Safety Razor!

Most modern shaving products are not made to be recycled due to the amount of plastic and rubber used to make them. The Kappi Safety Razor is made from stainless steel and the razor blades themselves are recyclable. The best part? The safety razor gives you the smoothest shave of your life while helping you reduce your eco-footprint!

One more thing – don’t let the price deter you. At first, I was a little unsure of spending the $59.95 on a razor, but after reading the reviews I was convinced it was worth a try. Over time, using a reusable razor like this one will definitely save you money in the long term. I can see the value even now – the replacement blades for the Kappi Safety Razor cost around $5 for 10, whereas I used to spend $13.50 for 3!

Plus, my Kappi discount code also applies to this product – yay! Don’t forget to use STELTENPOOL10 at checkout for 10% off your new Safety Razor!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Green & Kind Veggie & Dish Brush

If you’re anything like me, you’ve used a plastic mesh scourer in your kitchen for years. Stubborn cooking stains need something strong and I’ve always thought that you needed to use the mesh scourers to keep your pots and pans as clean as can be.

Unsurprisingly, eco-friendly products, like the Green & Kind Veggie & Dish Brush, work just as well, if not better, than any plastic mesh scourer. Made from beech with sisal bristles, I use mine every day to not only clean my cooking utensils but also to wash my veggies!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Environmental Bamboo Toothbrush

I made the switch to a bamboo toothbrush quite a while ago and I’ve never looked back. The Environmental Bamboo Toothbrush was invented by a Brisbane dentist as a simple solution to the 30 million plastic toothbrushes disposed of each year in Australia.

Made from sustainable bamboo, these toothbrushes can be composted at the end of their use as they’re fully biodegradable – how good is that? Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth either, this toothbrush is available in both soft & medium bristle (I use the medium and it’s great).

Another way to reuse this product when you’re done with it and before you send it to the compost is to use it for cleaning! I’ve always kept old toothbrushes for scrubbing purposes once I need to replace them, so knowing I can reuse it for quite a while before composting it to biodegrade is the icing on the cake.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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TWS Reusable Coffee Cup

I’ve spent the past few years with the same morning routine – just about every single day, I go for a walk to the kiosk at my local beach and enjoy a coffee in the sunshine. There’s something soothing and calming about sitting by the ocean every day, which is why I love to do it.

In that time, I’ve noticed an amazing change around me – the prevalence of reusable coffee cups. Looking at the tables surrounding me each morning, my heart warms at the sight of a reusable coffee cup, something that is increasingly more common.

Of course, I bring my own reusable coffee cup every day too, which I got from The Wholesome Store. It is available in a number of colours and sizes, is super durable, and is a great way to keep those pesky disposable coffee cups from landfill.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Green & Kind Bamboo Cutlery Set

If you travel often or finding yourself eating take away a lot, then a Bamboo Cutlery Set needs to be a staple in your life! Too often have I found myself at the airport buying a meal and kicking myself for not bringing my own cutlery to use. Plastic cutlery is absolutely unnecessary and throwing a reusable set into your handbag takes about two seconds.

I got mine from Flora & Fauna and I bloody love it! Their Green & Kind Bamboo Cutlery Set comes with a handy pouch that keeps the cutlery safe in my handbag or backpack, making it a perfect addition to my growing collection of zero waste products.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Green & Kind Reusable Stainless Steel Straw

In 2018, I spent two days on the Great Barrier Reef. We slept on a pontoon in the ocean and spent our days in the water with an abundance of marine life, including the green sea turtle. For hours, I’d follow a particular turtle named Linda as she swam around Moore Reef. She seemed to love the company, coming up regularly for air and floating at the surface with us before diving back down to munch on some algae.

It was an amazing experience and one that I can attribute to the start of my journey towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle. You see, there are many products that we use in our day to day life that can have a seriously negative effect on green sea turtles like Linda. Plastic bags that end up in the water are often mistaken for jellyfish by turtles, and when ingested, they can be life-threatening.

Another (unnecessary) plastic product that can cause damage to turtles is the plastic straw, which can become lodged in their nostrils. Can you imagine having to swim around with a plastic straw jammed up your nostril? Ouch!

Sadly, this happens all too often, and the poor sea turtles are the ones who suffer from our negligence. Many Australian businesses have banned plastic straws, which is great, but there are still way too many out there. That’s why everyone should buy a stainless steel reusable straw!

The awesome team at Flora & Fauna have a huge variety of reusable straws available on their website, so why not have a look and find one that is perfect for you?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Green & Kind Reusable Produce Bags

The amount of times that I have seen people in the supermarket use plastic produce bags for one or two pieces of fruit or vegetables is absolutely insane. While the major Australian supermarkets got rid of single-use plastic bags in the stores, the single-use produce bags remain front and centre.

What people don’t understand is that you don’t actually need to use them. Your apples are going to do just fine sitting in your trolley and then your canvas bag until they make it back to your place and get put in the fruit bowl. So are your carrots, potatoes, onions, lemons, broccoli and zucchini.

What about the produce that kind of needs a bag, though? Things like loose green beans, baby spinach or brussels sprouts? That’s easy – just get a couple of reusable produce bags!

These awesome produce bags from Green & Kind are perfect for produce that won’t quite survive in the trolley on their own and you can use them over and over again.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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So, there you have it – 10 zero-waste products you need in your life! Like I mentioned earlier, I use every single one of the products on this list and they’ve all been such easy switches to make – living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult.

Have I missed anything that you use at home? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t forget to use my Kappi discount code – STELTENPOOL10 – for 10% off everything on the Kappi website too!

 

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