If you want to go zero-waste, it won’t take you long to realize that reusables are where it’s at. Sometimes this means that you will spend a little more up front than you would spend on an item’s throw-away counter-part. However, you’ll start saving immediately and continue piling up that savings every time you wash and reuse said item instead of purchasing another package of “throw aways.”
If you’re a crafty kind of person, a lot of reusables in the zero-waste world are fairly easy to make at home. All of the items on the list in this post are things that you can make on your own if you have the time, some sewing & crochet skills, and a few natural ingredients stocked up. But if DIY isn’t your thing, or you just don’t have time, this list will point you in the right direction.
The biggest jackpot of handmade, inexpensive items for going zero-waste can be found on Etsy. This is where you will find stylish, high-quality reusables that will cover all the bases for you as you begin your eco-friendly lifestyle.
These are my top 10 must-haves for going zero-waste. And they are ALL on Etsy! These are the things that I recommend you purchase when you are trying to get serious about wasting less. It’s not practical to simply stop using single-use products without having a good alternative to use instead.
So, here are the best beginner zero waste swaps, in no particular order.
These items will have a big impact on your daily waste and really reduce your consumption of disposable products. If you have a family, this positive effect will be even bigger. So nice job choosing a more sustainable way of doing everyday life!