My Zero-Waste List

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Updated: 05/30/2020

Below are some products our household uses in the effort to reduce waste and lower our impact on the environment, and gets regularly updated.

Back-to-School/Kids:

Backpacks by Garnet Hill

Backpacks made from plastic bottles and typically includes a free Lunch Pack. These go on sale every year in late summer in anticipation of the fall school season.
Food Containers by Collapse-ItCollapse It 2 Cup Round 100% Silicone - image 1 of 2

We’ve used these for over 5 years and also give them as gifts to friends/family. They hold up to freezing, hot foods, dishwashing, easy to open/close for little hands, lightweight, breakproof, space-saving, odor/stain-free despite repeated heavy daily use. I can’t recommend these enough. Not a single one has broken on us, with daily usage by our family. (Only issue is no way to write your name on this, Sharpie ink doesn’t stay and name labels don’t stay on it. But they are unique enough to be recognizable as ours, whenever we’ve lost one.)
Now sold at Target

Cards/Stationery:

    Paper Culture

Facial Care:

Bamboo Charcoal Facial Bar
from Fillgood.co

Body Care:

Solid Body Lotion by LUSH

They carry many options and switch them out from time to time.
solid body lotion by Lush

Bath:

Bubble Bars by LUSH

Our favorites are the spinners & bubble blower and they make for great kids stocking stuffers

blowing-bubbles

Body Bar Soaps by Dr. Bronners

We like the unscented and the lavender ones.
Toilet Paper by Who Gives A Crap
Update 05/30/20: It’s been over 3 months since I took Fillgood’s rec to try this and we are still happily using it. Their customer service has been superb and I love their commitment to social work.
(There are other competitors that offer zero-waste tp/bamboo tp, but WhoGivesACrap is the only one (besides Seventh Generation) that actually donates/uses their resources to better the world. Check out this article on Vox about No.2 and other competing brands.)
Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper

Hair Care:

Shampoo Bars by LA Miss Apple from Fillgood.co

We use the lavender one for normal hair.
Conditioning Bar from Fillgood.co*

We use the Be You for normal hair. We love bar soaps/shampoo/conditioners because they are great to travel with and they are so easy to organize at home.
Wildcrafted - Balancer conditioning bar

Dental Care:

Dental Floss by Dental Lace from Fillgood.co

For our initial batches, the floss broke really easily. It took a lot of care to floss without it breaking after each tooth. However, we stuck with it and found that the refills were much stronger, almost as good as conventional floss. Previously, I hesitated to recommend this product, now I can confidently recommend it… at least the refills, since I haven’t purchased more starter units as I have all the glass floss bottles that I needed.
Bamboo Toothbrush from Fillgood.co

Comes in Adult and Kids sizes

Kitchen:

Dish Liquid from Fillgood.co
Dishwasher Powder from Fillgood.co
Recycled Paper Towels by WhoGivesACrap

This is a bit pricier though. The only paper products co besides Seventh Generation that donates profits. Check out this article on Vox about No.2 and other competing brands.)

Household:

All Purpose Cleaner: Homemade HOCl

Now I use my own homemade HOCl as a household cleaner and it works amazing. It’s great because it’s eco-friendly to make and non-toxic to kids, pets and environment.
LATimes Article on HOCl
Magnetic Hand Soap Holder by Taymor from Amazon.com (or other retailers)

Liquid hand soaps costs more to transport and uses more plastic, but you don’t have to deal with soggy soaps. The Taymor is a great solution so you & your guests can enjoy those artisinal bar soaps, without the sogginess and be eco-friendly.
We’ve also gotten a lot of praise from guests on this Taymor and many of them ended up getting one.
Facial Tissues by Who Gives A Crap

The only paper products co besides Seventh Generation that donates profits. Check out this article on Vox about No.2 and other competing brands.)
Laundry Liquid by Puretergent from Fillgood.co

I just opted for the Color, since I can use Color also on Whites.

Paper Products

Recently there’s been some news of how Canada’s last contiguous boreal forest is being destroyed to make more TP, facial tissues and paper towels, which I find extremely sad.

“Charmin comes from forests like the great Canadian boreal, which is currently being cleared at a rate of seven NHL hockey rinks… per minute— threatening Indigenous communities and boreal caribou and exacerbating our climate crisis.” ~ per NRDC

Read The Issue with Tissue by NRDC to see what rating your TP scored.

Resources:

Fillgood.co
This is my go-to local delivery/shipper for zero-waste products. If you will be a first-time shopper with Fillgood.co, friends that know me can ping me for a discount code to get $10 off your first order and so will I, on my future order. I really like this vendor and support their endeavors.
ZeroWasteHome Map App
Just discovered this from fillgood. This is an interactive map for you to find local places that sell zero-waste or bulk products so you can lighten your footpring.
GoingZeroWaste.com
This is a blog that I discovered some plastic-free cosmetics with and some decent tips.

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