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9 Zero Waste Swaps for Sustainable Living

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9 Zero Waste Swaps for Sustainable Living

Living a sustainable lifestyle can be challenging when you're unaware of your plastic-free alternatives.  Making small changes with some everyday items can really help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills.  We often buy things out of habit, but next time you run out of shampoo or need a new toothbrush, why not try one of these zero-waste swaps? Here are a few of our favorite brands that not only help us live more eco-friendly, but also provide healthier alternatives.

 

1. Bai-li
Ditch the plastic tubes and the chemicals in those generic antiperspirants.  Our bodies were designed to sweat, which helps to regulate our body temperature and release unwanted toxins. Bai-li’s all-natural deodorant will keep you smelling fresh and the tubes they come in are compostable too.
 
These beeswax wraps are a healthier and more sustainable way to store your food.  It is so nice to have an alternative to plastic wrap and these wraps come in 3 different sizes to fit your storage needs.
Shampoo bars aren’t just great for travel, they take up less space than the liquid options and are usually a healthier alternative.  Making this simple swap at home can help you eliminate around 2-3 plastic shampoo bottles with just one bar. We are loving BRITT’s “Citrus Lavender” bars and with every purchase they plant a tree!
 
Each of us will go through about 300 toothbrushes in our lifetime and it’s estimated that 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year in the US alone. This is one small switch anyone can make and the Giving Brush offers a free rainbow toothbrush and bamboo straw with each purchase.
 
Have you ever checked the ingredients in some of your go-to cleaning products?  Most conventional cleaners can contaminate the air in your home with a mix of carcinogens and mood altering chemicals, which mainly come in plastic containers. Clean Cult offers zero waste packaging for all their natural and powerful cleaners that are better for you and the planet.
 
6. Dropps
Wool dryer balls are a great biodegradable alternative to liquid fabric softeners.  They also boost the drying process, which means your laundry dries faster and more efficiently.  These all-natural and chemical-free dryer balls can also reduce wrinkles and keep your clothes feeling soft.
 
Start your zero waste journey with our Duebest Starter Kit.  You’ll be ready to eat, sip, and shop plastic free with our teak wood Cutlery Set (fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, carrying case), our glass straw set (glass straw, straw cleaner, carrying case), and our reusable mesh bag.
Our co-founder claims this cup is her new (monthly) best friend.  No more running to the store for tampons or pads and when you start to think about the amount of waste these conventional products create, it’s worth thinking about making the switch.
 
Going through paper towels can be a bad habit that’s hard to break, but Marley’s Monsters has a zero waste option that can help. Their UnPaper Towels pack can be ordered with or without the wooden holder and they always ship plastic free.
 
 

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We hope this list helps you, wherever you might be on your sustainable journey.  Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been living zero waste for years, remember not to be so hard on yourself.  The main point is to continue to do your best in making better buying choices.  Like Anne Marie Bonneau said, “we don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly.  We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”