Zero/Low-Waste Products

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In my effort to reduce our households waste and impact on the environment, below are some products we use. (If we ever switch products or add new products, this page will be updated.)

Back-to-School:

Eco-friendly Backpacks (includes free Lunch Pack)
https://www.garnethill.com/kids-backpacks/
Collapse-It Food Containers: 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.)
*Light My Fire Kids Utensils: We also use these daily with the Collapse-It’s to send our kids to school with for snack/lunch. These are easy to clean, lightweight, easy to slap a name label on. They will break over time, about 3 years for us, but we still haven’t found a better option. (*This is not a plastic-free option.. I need to keep searching)

Cards/Stationery:

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    Paper Culture

Facial Care:

Bamboo Charcoal Facial Bar
from Fillgood.co*

Body Care:

Body Soap: Dr. Bronners Bar Soaps
(We like the unscented and lavender ones)
Body Lotion: Lush solid lotion
(They carry many options and switch them out from time to time. Here is an example of their solid lotion.)

Hair Care:

Shampoo: LA Miss Apple Shampoo Bars from Fillgood.co*
(We use the lavender one for normal hair)
Conditioner: Plaine Products Conditioner from Fillgood.co*
(We use both formulation/scents)

Dental Care:

Floss: 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. Before I hesitated to recommend this product, now I can confidently recommend it… at least the refills, since I haven’t purchased more starter units since I have all the glass floss bottles that I needed.)
Toothbrush: Brush with Bamboo from Fillgood.co*
(Adult and Kids sizes)

Kitchen:

Dish Liquid: Biokleen Refill from Fillgood.co*
Dishwasher: Biokleen Dishwasher Powder from Fillgood.co*
Paper Towels: 365 Recycled Paper Towels ($6.99 for 8 rolls)

Household:

All Purpose Cleaner: Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner Refill Concentrate from Fillgood.co*
Magnetic Hand Soap Holder: Taymor Magnetic Soap Holder from Amazon.com (or other retailers)
Liquid hand soaps costs though costing more to transport and using more plastic are still chosen because no one wants to touch soggy bar soaps. This is a great solution to moving back to bar soaps.

Plus you might (like me) have a nice collection of fancy bar soap gifts lying around that you can now proudly make use of. We’ve gotten a lot of praise from guests on this item.

Toilet Paper:

(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

So here is what we now use at home..)

Caboo Bamboo Toilet Paper: It’s a touch rougher than the Kirkland TP we always used to buy, but acceptable, for the sake of the planet. We get it from Lucky Vitamin

Update 10/2/2019 – Just placed a new order. Got it for $27.33 for 3 packs of 32 rolls + free shipping. (Previously found them for $29 for 32 rolls) Been using this brand since Jan 2019.
Seventh Generation Recycled Toilet Paper: Haven’t tried these yet, but Seventh Generation generally make good products.

Facial Tissues:

Seventh Generation Facial Tissue, 2-Ply Sheets
We’ve been using these for a month now and they work well. They are not as soft as tissues cut from virgin trees, but it’s perfectly fine. Minor adjustment for the good of our forests. 🙂

I found the best price to be on Amazon using Subscribe & Save + a coupon.

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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