Eco- Friendly Products To Switch To (for zero waste beginners)

Eco- Friendly Products To Switch To (for zero waste beginners)

 If you’re starting your zero waste journey this 2022, you're probably searching for eco- friendly products to switch to. You’re probably on your phone, searching the web for articles and guides on how to be zero waste. That’s good. Because if you’re thinking of starting to go zero waste this 2022, the best way to start is to understand its main concept and purpose and start with the zero waste products and practices!

And you don’t have to look any further because I’m going to give you a list of zero waste products that you can swap your current daily products for. 

While the main intent is to make/ produce as little waste as you can, you don’t have to make everything DIY nor do you need to be guilty if you made a little more than enough to fit a mason jar. The key to a zero waste lifestyle lies in the daily eco-friendly practices.

So to help you in your journey, here’s a list of some zero waste swaps that can help you eliminate waste in your daily life!

12 Eco- Friendly Products Used In Daily Life

Ultimately, Zero waste living starts at home. 

Based on its very basic definition, eco-friendly products are products that are friendly to the environment. Meaning, they do not harm the environment, whether during the production, usage, and disposal. They help preserve the planet significantly with their minimal impact on the planet. And if you can switch to products that produce minimal waste at home and everywhere you go, the better. Here is some example for beginners to lessen waste at home:


1. Reusable cloth napkins.

Napkins/ pads and diapers are probably the most common single-use items (for sanitary purposes, of course). Using reusable cloth ones can not only help the environment lessen the number of disposable napkins and diapers but also help you save money and lessen your risk and your baby’s (if you have one) from chemicals used in the disposable ones. Also a small reminder: wash them in full loads to conserve water.


2. Reusable cotton swabs.

Even though cotton swabs are pretty tiny and you can buy more eco-friendly ones (bamboo), throwing out handfuls of them each year is still pretty wasteful. With reusable cotton swabs, you can just use it when you need it, wash it off with water, and then keep it in its case to use when you need to again.


3. Dishcloths

If you can make one item last longer, why not? Switching to reusable (preferably organic) cotton dish towels, or maybe those that are made with bamboo (because bamboo trees grow fast) can be a great alternative to paper towels. 


4. Toothpaste 

There are toothpaste tablets that you can chew and clean your teeth with which are better alternatives to the usual toothpaste in tubes. They even come in reusable and recyclable glass jars. But if you want, you can make your own DIY toothpaste at home with baking soda and water.


5. Eco-friendly deodorants (natural)

You can eliminate plastic and waste with natural deodorants that come in 100% compostable packaging with eco-friendly cardboard tubes from Pack & Leaf. They are even made with all simple, natural plant-based ingredients.


6. Shampoo and conditioner bars

With Pack & Leaf’s shampoo and conditioner bars, not only can you eliminate plastic as they come in zero waste and plastic-free packaging, but also you can eliminate up to 6x shampoo bottles with their concentrated formula that can last a long time.


7. Reusable cloth shopping bags

Using reusable grocery shopping bags is a simple yet very effective way to help eliminate the consumption of plastic bags. You can even make one on your own by recycling clothes that you don’t use anymore.


8. Compostable dish sponges

Let’s be honest. Dish sponges only live for a very short time. Any sponge does, but if they have to be thrown away shortly anyway, why not swap your regular sponge with a compostable one? That’s a more eco-friendly solution to it.


9. Dishwashing soap bar

Dishwashing soap bars work the same as regular dishwashing liquid but without the plastic packaging that you have to throw away as soon as you buy another bottle.


10. Long-lasting toothbrush

Using compostable and eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes is better than ones that are made of plastic. But zero waste-wise, toothbrushes that can last for a long time are the best. You can find durable zero waste and plastic-free alternatives.


11. LED bulbs

LED light bulbs can save energy and carbon emissions significantly.


12. Reusable makeup remover wipes

With reusable cloth makeup wipes, you can avoid waste from cotton balls and regular wipes.

Now those are some eco-friendly household products and basically a zero waste beginner kit at home. But going zero waste does not stop at using zero waste products, it is also about what you practice. So here are some of the zero waste best practices to start your zero waste journey with this 2022:

  1.  Don’t buy what you don’t need.
  2.  Reuse and recycle as much as you can.
  3.  Make your own compost pit.
  4.  DIY some home essentials like cleaning products.
  5.  Replace disposable items with plastic-free and zero waste alternatives.
  6.  When shopping for groceries, always bring your reusable shopping bag with you, and mind what you buy. Avoid over-packaged items such as plastic-wrapped fruit and veggies.
  7.  Try visiting your local market instead. Again, bring your own shopping bag.
  8.  Walk when you can to avoid using your car too much.
  9.  Forgo the plastic water bottles. Instead, use reusable containers at home and/ or bring your own reusable water bottle anywhere you go.
  10.  Consider buying clothes from thrift stores, or if you want, you can find ethical clothing shops.


Honestly, going to zero waste can be a little intimidating and overwhelming at first, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is once you’ve figured out where to begin. 

Welcome your zero waste lifestyle journey starting this 2022. And make it possible!