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5 Zero Waste Tips For Men


5 Simple beginner plastic swaps that men can make today to lower their carbon footprint

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The zero waste lifestyle is very inclusive—Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate who can practice an eco-friendly lifestyle and who can’t. It’s equally important for both genders to do their part and make a collective effort to lower humanity’s carbon footprint.

The reason that more men don’t make as much of an effort when it comes to green living is because the zero-waste industry doesn’t focus on the male gender as much as it does on women. There are barely any advertisements of men holding these products—it’s all women. I mean, do you know that there are zero-waste products made specifically for men? There are shampoo bars, natural deodorants, grooming kits, and even zero waste cologne bars that you probably don’t even know exist.

I’m hoping to bring awareness to this issue. That’s why I’ve included product recommendations in this article to show that not all zero-waste products are feminine. Zero-waste living, in general, is not feminine. It’s about doing what’s right as a human being to take care of this planet, and your body. Because zero-waste living is also healthy living. Plastic alternatives lead to less waste and cleaner air.

So let’s start today. It’s relatively easy to begin a zero waste lifestyle. And you probably already own some of these eco-friendly items, which shows that you’re already on the right path. And if not, you can gradually add them and apply them in everyday life.


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  1. Switch To A Reusable Water Bottle

Single-use plastic water bottles are horrible for both the environment and your health. When you switch to a reusable water bottle, you’re saving many single-use plastic water bottles from becoming a burden in landfills and our oceans. And even if landfill facilities have the capability to incinerate a good chunk of plastic bottles, it still doesn’t help our environment because incineration releases toxins into our air.

Another reason to switch to reusable water bottles and avoid single-use plastic bottles is your health. Plastic bottles leach hormone disrupting chemicals into the water and lead to health problems in the long run.

If you already have a favorite reusable water bottle or two, that’s great! Keep on using them! If you don’t and would like a recommendation, then consider TheCrazyCap2, which is an insulated, stainless steel water bottle with a pretty cool UV light gadget attached to the cap that sterilizes and purifies your water. It’s literally a self-cleaning plus purification system in one, and it’s pretty cool.

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2. Get A Reusable Straw

Single-use plastic straws are one of the most hated items in the world. Not only are they a burden on our landfills, they also pose a threat to our marine life. They end up in the nostrils of sea turtles or are ingested by sea creatures. You see, like other plastic items, plastic straws don’t biodegrade. They merely breakdown into smaller pieces—turning into micro plastics that fish and other sea creatures ingest.

Owning a reusable straw is the best zero-waste solution to this world-wide dilemma. But, if you’re a guy, you may have avoided getting one because a majority of them are too “pretty”—and that’s true. A lot of reusable straws are marketed towards women. They’re colorful, feminine and even a majority of advertisements contain only women using them. How is a man suppose to be motivated to purchase one?

But, rest assured that there are actually a lot of reusable straws that are very masculine. Take this collapsible straw by FinalStraw, for example. It’s dark, it’s compact and you can attach the case to your keychain or belt loop. No one will even suspect that a reusable straw is in there. It’s the perfect on-the-go straw for men who like simplicity.

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3. Switch To A Shampoo Bar

I can’t emphasize enough how great zero-waste shampoo bars truly are—especially for men. Traditional shampoo is packaged in plastic, which is bulky, takes up space, and made from harsh chemicals and ingredients that strip your hair of natural oils and can actually irritate the scalp. And if you suffer from dandruff or psoriasis, traditional shampoo can worsen your symptoms.

Shampoo bars, on the other hand, are biodegradable and made from nontoxic, all-natural and organic ingredients that get rid of grime and debris while soothing your skin and scalp. They’re great on beards and perfect for travel as well as camping—you never have to worry about it spilling all over your clothing.

There are a lot of really great shampoo bars for men, and Bossman shampoo bar is a great one to try. It’s a four-in-one cleansing bar that can be used on the hair, face, beard and body—which saves you money and there is no plastic packaging involved.

BossMan Shampoo Bar

4. USE A REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG

There are a ton of single-use plastic bags that fill up landfills and float around in oceans—and there is such an easy solution for this problem, yet people still choose to bag their groceries with plastic at the check out lanes. The reason? Convenience. Not everyone wants to purchase a reusable grocery bag, and those that do, usually end up forgetting them in their car.

Reusable bags don’t have to be an inconvenience. And no, they’re not feminine. In fact, some are really masculine and compact, like the ChicoBag. When it’s all folded up, you can’t even tell that it’s a bag. It even comes with a carabiner for easy carry into the store, and transforms into a large capacity shopping bag at the check out. The design itself is very outdoorsy and masculine and makes the perfect zero-waste shopping bag for men.

ChicoBag

5. USE TRAVEL UTENSILS

Reusable travel utensils are a great zero-waste product to own and come in handy when you’re traveling, camping and eating out. When you switch to reusable travel utensils, you’re able to avoid plastic cutlery which is sometimes wrapped in even more plastic.

And in addition to being a good steward of the Earth, you’re also keeping yourself germ-free. You see, restaurant utensils may not be as clean as you’d expect them to be. Plus, can you imagine how many people’s mouths one fork has visited? Thousands. This is the very reason that I, myself, have purchased a travel utensil kit.

Now, I get it—you’re a guy. You don’t want to be carrying around a “kit”. No worries. Because the same good people at FinalStraw, have invented FinalSpork. And it’s everything a minimalist’s heart desires: it’s a stainless steel spork that’s compact, disassembles, folds up, and you can attach it to your keychain or belt loop. Pretty cool, right? It’s the perfect on-the-go zero-waste utensil that would make McGyver proud.

FinalSpork

What swaps could you see yourself making?

10 Zero-Waste Handbag Essentials

10 Sustainable And Eco-Friendly Must-Have Items For Your Purse!


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Are you looking to extend your zero-waste lifestyle beyond your home? Would you like to make your travel and outings more sustainable and eco-friendly? Well, it’s actually quite easy—especially if you have a handbag! And in this article, I’m going to show you all of the best zero-waste items that you can keep in your handbag, and utilize on your outings while reducing your carbon footprint.

Keep in mind that you do not need all of the items that I’m going to recommend. They are simply what is inside of my zero-waste purse. I personally love really large purses because I have kids and I need to store some items for them as well from time to time—so having a big shoulder bag is really handy for me. And for that reason I enjoy bags that are made of a linen/cotton blend because they stretch and are perfect for outings like the beach and road trips.

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However, there are times when I prefer to be more of a minimalist and choose a smaller purse with less items—like when I’m shopping alone or doing a lot of walking. But, no matter how I choose to accessorize, I always have to have two main zero-waste items with me at all times: a reusable water bottle and reusable straw. I live in Florida where the heat is insane during the summer months, so those are two must-have items.

I hope the zero-waste travel items below inspire you to create your own zero-waste handbag kit! I myself am always looking for new products to add that can help me become more sustainable outside of my home.

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Zero Waste Handbag Essentials

  1. Reusable Water Bottle

I have several reusable water bottles that I use depending on where I go and what I am doing. I have one that specifically fits my jogging stroller, a large one for the gym, and a pretty teal one by Hydrapeak that I take with me when I am running errands—that’s the one that’s constantly in my purse. It’s made of stainless steel and it’s insulated, so it does a great job of keeping my water cold—especially during the hot summer months. So when choosing a reusable water bottle for your hand bag, go for anything that’s zero-waste like stainless steel, titanium, copper, silicone or glass.

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2. REUSABLE COLLAPSIBLE COFFEE CUP

If you’re a coffee lover like me, then you probably own a reusable tumbler, and use it on your commutes (most likely in the mornings). And again, if you’re like me, you probably accidentally leave it in your cup holder where the remaining remnants spoil over night. We’ve all been there. That’s why I love these new collapsible silicone coffee mugs that have recently become popular. Once you’re done drinking out of it, you can squash it and throw it into your handbag right away so you don’t forget about it. Some even come with reusable straws, and are much more convenient for park outings or camping trips than bulky tumblers.

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3. Reusable Straw

I added a reusable straw to my zero-waste handbag kit about two years ago. In fact, switching to reusable straws was my very first step to a greener lifestyle, and it progressed from there. I remember that video of a helpless sea turtle with a plastic straw in his nose and that was it for me.

FinalStraw

With that said I tried a lot of reusable straws (stainless steel, silicone, glass and bamboo), and each one has a unique aftertaste—and I prefer to drink out of stainless steel straws with silicone tips (because accidentally hitting your front teeth with a metal straw hurts A LOT). If you’re not sure what kind of straw is best for you, check out my article on the best reusable straws of 2021. Having these in your handbag allows you to avoid plastic straws whenever you eat out and it’s certainly a great feeling to know that you didn’t contribute any single-use plastic to the landfill.

4. Reusable Travel Utensils

Yes, I carry around reusable cutlery in my handbag for two very important reasons. The first and obvious one is that if I am eating out or traveling, I don’t have to rely on plastic utensils which are sometimes wrapped in even more plastic. The second reason is germs. I don’t care how sanitized restaurant utensils are—I refuse to put something in my mouth that thousands of other people have put into their mouth. It’s just not happening.

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So because of these reasons, I purchased a stainless steel travel utensil kit. And depending on your preference, you can buy one as well—they have kits made of stainless steel, bamboo, wheatgrass, rice husks and titanium. You can check out my article on best travel utensils if you’re interested in adding this to your zero-waste handbag!

5. REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

In order to be an eco-conscious and mindful shopper, I use reusable shopping bags. This helps me avoid the need to use plastic bags, and reusable bags are more durable (plus you can fit more items inside). A lot of people like the idea of using reusable shopping bags, but most (especially men) don’t actually put this idea to use. That’s because they think that reusable bags are too “bulky”, but what they don’t realize is that many reusable bags come in foldable compact designs that can fit into your back pocket, and then unfold into large capacity bags that can hold up to 40-50 pounds. I use LuckyTreyvon bags (pictured below) and they are incredibly, incredibly awesome! Not to mention have the cutest designs. I got these in a pack of 6 and they easily fit in my handbag.

LuckyTreyvon

6. Reusable Tissues

One of the newest additions to my zero waste handbag is a reusable tissue kit. I was given a LastTissue kit for Christmas last year and it’s the coolest and cutest product ever. It consists of 6 organic cotton tissues that are housed in a dishwasher safe silicone container. The tissues can be re-washed up to over 400 times and they’re completely non-toxic. They feel a little stiff at first, but after a few washes, they soften up. It’s a great way to save trees and money. You can also purchase cloth handkerchiefs and store them in a small coin purse or used mint tin.

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7. ZERO WASTE DEODORANT BAR

One of my ‘must-have’ hygiene items is a spare zero waste, natural deodorant. If you’re like me and use natural deodorant, you know that a major side effect of switching from traditional deodorant is sweat and body odor—so having a travel size deodorant in your handbag is very useful. Many people carry around disposable deodorant wipes, but those (even if they are labeled biodegradable) are not zero waste. They may be eco-friendly because they eventually breakdown, but they’re not zero waste—and that’s our goal for this zero-waste handbag kit.

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8. WOODEN SUNGLASSES

Polarized sunglasses are a must-have item—especially for driving. I have a pair in my purse at all times, and one extra pair in my glove compartment. And lately I’ve been really liking wooden [bamboo] sunglass frames. I don’t know about you, but in the past I’ve gone through a bunch of sunglasses because I’d either break them or lose them—they’re like socks, they just disappear. And they were all cheap plastic. That’s why wooden sunglasses are so much better to own—especially sustainable ones made from bamboo. If you loose them or they happen to break, just compost the frames!

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9. REUSABLE PERIOD PADS

We’ve all been there—running errands or at work and Mother Nature decides to crash the party earlier than expected. And of course we realize that we forgot to pack some period protection. Well, if you haven’t given reusable period pads a try yet, you really should consider it! When it comes to landfill waste, menstrual products as just as bad as baby diapers and single-use plastic water bottles that never biodegrade.

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And the majority of reusable period pads contain charcoal bamboo layers which absorb twice as much as traditional menstrual pads—without the harsh and toxic ingredients. And if you’d like to know more about zero-waste period products check out my article on best zero-waste period starter kits! These reusable period pads are so great to have in your handbag and they come with a super cute storage pouch.

10. REUSABLE MINI BENTO BOX

There are times when I am eating out and don’t quite finish my meal—and the same goes with my kids. And in those situations, we used to take our food home in styrofoam to-go boxes provided free of charge by the restaurant. And now I realize just how unnecessary and wasteful it was to use those single-use containers. So when bento boxes started becoming popular a couple of years ago, the idea of using one as a to-go box really appealed to me. And the good news is that bento boxes come in all kinds of sizes, so you can get a very small one that fits right in your handbag and is incredibly light weight. They also make perfect on-the go snack containers for you or your kids (and they contain dividers which is awesome!).

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Do you have any of these items in your handbag? What zero-waste items would you add?

Best Biodegradable Dinnerware Sets For Kids

Eco-Friendly And Non-Toxic Dinnerware For Little Eaters

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Updated March 3, 2022

Kids outgrow everything quickly—clothing, shoes, toys and even dinnerware. Which means that eventually the Paw Patrol themed plastic bowl you bought for them a year ago will eventually end up in the trash.

Kids are also picky eaters. They go through phases where they literally have a preference for one item, and one item only—gagging at the thought of introducing anything new to their taste buds. And I hate to say it, but dinnerware (at least in my house) makes a huge difference with my little ones’ eating habits.


Kids are little for only a short period of time, so why not let them have a little fun at the dinner table, which will encourage eating and trying new foods. I mean, wouldn’t that be a pleasant change? And wouldn’t it be even more awesome if the plates, cups and utensils were made from nontoxic and sustainable raw materials that were biodegradable? Well, they exist, and they are stinkin’ cute!

What Is Biodegradable Dinnerware Made Of?

Biodegradable dinnerware is made from natural ingredients that are capable of biodegrading (unlike plastic). And there are three types of natural material that are most commonly used when it comes to kids’ dinnerware:

• Rice Husks

• Wheat Straw

• Bamboo Fiber

Why Should You Choose Biodegradable Dinnerware?

Aside from the fact that biodegradable dinnerware is eco-friendly and great for the environment, as well as your child’s health, dinnerware made from raw and organic sustainable material is durable, lightweight and can withstand high heat (it can be placed in the dishwasher). They are even stain resistant.

So if you’re wondering if making the switch to sustainable and biodegradable dinnerware for your child is worth it, the answer is absolutely yes.

The brands that I have chosen are eco-friendly, and have some of the cutest designs I have ever seen! These can even be used as gift ideas for friends and loved ones who are expecting or having a birthday.

Environmentally Friendly Dinnerware Sets For Kids

BAMBOO BAMBOO

Material | Bamboo + Silicone

This adorable dinnerware set by Bamboo Bamboo is a bamboo and silicone hybrid. It comes with a bowl, sectioned plate, two spoons and a drinking cup. It’s great for weaning and the silicone makes it easier for teething babies/toddlers to eat.

Rala

RALA

Material | Wheat Straw

It’s always good to have more than one dinnerware set on hand just in case the others are in the dishwasher. With that said, these divided wheat straw dinner plates by Rala come in a set of 4 and utensils are included.

LILY PAD + LITTLE MR

Material | Bamboo Fiber

This charming and sweet 5-piece dinnerware set by Lily Pad + Little Mr is made of bamboo fiber and consists of one divided plate, bowl, cup and two utensils. And if your little one loves dinosaurs, you can opt for that instead of the adorable elephant!

LIGHTENING

Material | Bamboo Fiber

For kids who love construction vehicles, this 3-piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set by Lightening is the perfect addition to dinner time. It consists of a divided plate and two utensils. You can also choose from many more construction vehicles! The only downside is that this set does not include a drinking cup.


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NATUREWARE

Material | Bamboo Fiber

This 5-piece set by NatureWare is made of bamboo fiber and has the cutest little dinosaur theme! It consists of a divided plate, bowl, cup and two utensils.

TAUDEL

Material | Bamboo + Silicone

This dinnerware set by Taudel is an awesome dinnerware set for when you are weaning your little one. It comes with all the essentials including a reusable silicone bib.

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Best Natural Teeth Whitening Products Of 2021


Natural And Non-Toxic Teeth Whitening Products That Are Legit!

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Are you on the hunt for a new and effective teeth whitening product, but one that is all-natural and free from any toxic ingredients? Are you ready to show off a beautifully white smile?

Well, you’re in luck! Because there are several hot new teeth whitening products on the market right now that aren’t just “legit”, but are actually nontoxic and made from natural ingredients that don’t contain unhealthy chemicals and harsh ingredients. Because why would you use something that literally has a warning label on it which states “do not swallow”?

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Natural teeth whiteners and natural toothpastes are becoming incredibly popular! They taste good, they whiten just as well as traditional whitening products, and there’s no need to call the poison control center just in case you swallow a little! And you’ll be pleasantly surprised that these whitening products come in much the same form as traditional ones—strips, paste/powder and pens!

All of these natural teeth whitening products that I am about to introduce you to are enamel safe, don’t cause sensitivity issues, and provide powerful stain removal naturally and without hydrogen peroxide!

One of the biggest and most popular trends when it comes to natural teeth whitening is activated charcoal powder. And it truly is a magical ingredient!

What Is Special About Activated Charcoal Powder?

Activated charcoal teeth whitening powder is made of extremely fine, abrasive [micro] grains that lift away tarter and scrub away teeth stains—resulting in whiter teeth! Nearly all consist of coconut or bamboo charcoal (or a combination of both), and bentonite clay as the main ingredients.

And in addition to whiter teeth, activated charcoal powder neutralizes odor-causing germs and gives you a nice fresh breath. That’s because charcoal is extremely absorbent and detoxifying. It’s also antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.

Who Shouldn’t Use Activated Charcoal Powder?

In addition to children under the age of 12, you shouldn’t use activated charcoal powder if you have veneers, crowns or fillings—and that is because activated charcoal may stain dental restorations. You also should not use activated charcoal powder or any other whitening product if you are wearing braces (you don’t want to have them taken off only to find dark circles on the center of each tooth). So it’s best to wait until you have your braces taken off.

How Do You Use Activated Charcoal Tooth Powder?

Dampen your toothbrush as you normally would, and dip it in the activated charcoal teeth whitening powder. Then gently brush your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water. (Your teeth will appear black while you brush, but don’t panic, it’s temporary). Brush again with water or your toothpaste to remove residue. 

How Often Should You Use Activated Charcoal Powder?

For the best results, you should use activated charcoal tooth powder at least once or twice a week for 30 days or until you reach your desired results—and then keep using it sporadically for maintenance and upkeep. Activated charcoal teeth whitening powders are most effective if you use them up within a year. After that, like anything else, they become stale—much like whitening strips (that’s why you often see expiration dates on whitening products). And please keep using your regular toothpaste on a daily basis—these powders should be used to whiten and not as substitutes for traditional daily cleaning.

Which Brands Are Most Trusted?

There are currently many activated charcoal teeth whitening brands to choose from, but the three brands shown below are currently the most purchased and the most trusted and reviewed (Burt’s Bees|Sunatoria|Black Pearl).

Top Activated Charcoal Powders @Amazon

Burt’s Bees|Sunatoria|Black Pearl

Teeth whitening strips have been around for quite a while now, but they’re not for everyone—especially for people with sensitive teeth. And if you’re one of those people whose teeth and gums swell and throb like crazy after using a whitening strip, I can understand how you would never want to try one ever again. But, before you make the permanent decision to ban every single whitening strip out of your life, you should consider the new Luminuex teeth whitening strips, and I’ll tell you why.

Luminuex is currently one of the most sought-after natural teeth whitening products!

Lumineux @Amazon

What Makes Luminuex Whitening Strips Special?

The Luminuex teeth whitening strips are certified non-toxic. In fact, they have NINE non-toxic certifications. What does this mean? It means that this teeth whitening formula doesn’t contain any toxic or harsh chemicals that aren’t safe if swallowed.

That’s why Lumineux is different. The natural strips work by breaking up stains using potent oils and NOT hydrogen peroxide, which is what makes using traditional teeth whitening strips such an awful experience. Hydrogen peroxide leaves your teeth and gums feeling sore and may even leave white spotted stains.

Lumineux’s patented whitening formula of Coconut Oil, Sage Oil, and Lemon Peel Oil whitens without the sensitivity! That’s also why they taste so great compared to traditional teeth whitening strips!

Luminuex @Amazon

Who Shouldn’t Use Teeth Whitening Strips?

Children under the age of 12 should not use whitening strips. In addition to children, you shouldn’t use whitening strips if you wear braces, or you’ll have dark circles on the center of your teeth while the rest of the tooth is white after your braces come off. It’s just best to wait.

How Do You Use Teeth Whitening Strips?

You simply open the package, peel off the strips, and place one strip (each) on the top and bottom teeth for about 30 min. After about 30 min, you peel them off. It’s that simple. Just remember not to eat or drink while they are on.

How Often Should You Use Teeth Whitening Strips?

Whitening strips, no matter if they are natural or traditional, should be used once a day until you reach your desired results. Most people use them for a length of 2-3 weeks.

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Whitening pens are another popular form of teeth whitening. But, like many of their colleagues, traditional teeth whitening pens are made of toxic ingredients and contain hydrogen peroxide—resulting in sensitivity issues.

But don’t get discouraged! Because there are teeth whitening pens that are made of all natural and nontoxic ingredients—like Dr. Ginger’s coconut oil whitening pen. And they don’t hurt!

Dr. Ginger’s @Amazon

What Makes Dr. Ginger’s Teeth Whitening Pen Special?

Dr. Ginger’s teeth whitening pen is made from 100% all natural coconut oil and xylitol—so it tastes delicious, and it won’t harm you if you swallow it. And for those that aren’t familiar with coconut oil, it is antibacterial, and kills germs and bacterial that like to hang out in your mouth. And with this unique combination, coconut oil and xylitol cover the teeth in a sheen that bacteria can’t eat.

Who Shouldn’t Use Teeth Whitening Pens?

Children under the age of 12 should not use teeth whitening pens. In addition to children, you shouldn’t use whitening pens if you wear braces, or you’ll have dark circles on the center of your teeth while the rest of the tooth is white after your braces come off. It’s just best to wait.

How Do You Use Teeth Whitening Pens?

To use a teeth whitening pen, simply take off the cap, make a smile (move your lips away from your teeth) and brush your teeth in the same gentle strokes as when you apply nail polish to your nails. Maintain this wide smile for at least 30 seconds, and then relax your mouth. Remember not to eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes.

How Often Can You Use A Teeth Whitening Pen?

You can use a teeth whitening pen up to two times a day until you reach your desired results. Teeth whitening pens are great to have in your purse for on-the-go or maintenance.

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Best Zero-Waste House Warming Gifts


Eco-Friendly House Warming Gift Ideas For Your Eco-Conscious Friends

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Whether you’re a friend, family member, landlord or a real estate agent on a mission to find the perfect eco-friendly house warming gift, you’ve come to the right place!

More and more people are embracing sustainable living and developing a preference for eco-friendly products. So it makes a ton of sense to choose a gift that reflects that eco-conscious mindset.

Moving into a new home, apartment or even dorm room marks a new chapter in someone’s life, so it’s only fitting to help them celebrate by giving a housewarming gift!

How Much Should I Spend On A Housewarming Gift?

How much you want to spend on a housewarming gift depends on how close you are to the recipient.

A safe price range is anywhere between $20 to $50. You can always spend a little extra if you’ve known the person for a long time, and are comfortable getting them something high-quality.

What Do Eco-Friendly House Warming Gifts Consist Of?

Housewarming gifts in general should be thoughtful, even if you don’t know the recipients on a personal level.

A good rule of thumb is to focus on items that are functional and needed . Whenever I shop for a housewarming gift, I always ask myself what I would want if I moved into a brand new home.

A few ideas for eco-friendly housewarming gifts include:

  • Sustainable cleaning supplies
  • Non-Toxic cookware + dinnerware
  • Zero-Waste Bathroom Essentials
  • Sustainable + Repurposed home decor
  • Plants + herb growing kits
  • Wine + Food
  • Tool Kits

Below are some ideas for sustainable housewarming gifts that are guaranteed to be a hit with anyone.

All of these hand-picked products are functional, environmentally friendly, and just plain neat.

And to make your gift even more eco-friendly, check out my tips on zero-waste gift wrapping!

GreenUp Subscription Box

Subscription boxes make wonderful housewarming gifts because they’re full of assorted products. And one of the most popular eco-friendly subscription boxes is the GreenUp box. You don’t even need to commit to a long-term subscription—you can simply do a one time purchase by choosing a one month subscription option.

Organic Indoor Herb Garden Kit

The Spade To Fork organic home garden is a fun sustainable gift idea that fits in perfectly with a zero waste kitchen. The seeds are non-GMO and USDA certified organic as well.

Conscious Cleaning Kit By The Honest Company

The Conscious Cleaning Cleaning Kit by the Honest Company is a functional and elegant cleaning kit for eco-friendly home cleaning. It comes with a multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner and bathroom cleaner so you clean without worrying about toxins. Every home needs a cleaning kit, so this makes a fantastic eco-friendly housewarming gift.

Electric Indoor Copper Grill

Not everyone will have pots and pans—or any other cooking gear, so getting an electric indoor grill like the one by Gotham, is a blessing, especially for the first week or so when they are getting settled.

Tru Earth Zero Waste Laundry Kit

This zero-waste laundry kit from Tru Earth is a purposeful housewarming gift, and contains all the essentials for a non-toxic laundry routine. The bundle includes plant-based laundry strips, a Cora Ball that traps micro-plastics, a laundry stain removal stick, wool dryer balls and a natural mesh bag.

Rae Dunn Subscription Box

If the gift recipient is a huge Rae Dunn fan, then you’ll be excited to hear that they have a subscription box full of awesome assortments that are hard to find in stores. Again, you can do a monthly subscription or just a one time purchase. Personally, I would be stoked to get Rae Dunn items as housewarming gifts.

Reusable Paper Towel Set By Natissy

These reusable paper towels by Natissy are a perfect housewarming gift for a low-waste kitchen. These even come with a roll holder as well as napkin holders—which makes these perfect for picnics or dinner time.

Rechargeable Battery Kit By Tenergy

When you move, you don’t always have stuff that you really need—like batteries. However, batteries are wasteful and really expensive now a days. The solution is to get a rechargeable battery kit, like the one by Tenergy. It’s a little on the higher price range, but it’s a worthy housewarming gift that pays for itself. Plus, the recipient will be really, really greatful.

Bamboo + Ceramic Bathroom Set By Homevative

This eco-friendly bathroom set by Homevative works in both a masculine and feminine bathroom, so it makes a stylish and functional housewarming gift that can be put to use right away!

Bamboo Towel Set By Marmaris Co

This bamboo towel set by Marmaris Co is a nice and simple housewarming gift for minimalists. Bamboo towels last longer and are way more absorbent than cotton, making them a wonderful buy for a zero-waste bathroom.

Natural Wood Serving Tray By Friendshippers

This serving tray by Friendshippers is made from natural wood and makes a cute housewarming gift for those who love rustic and farmhouse home decor.

Coldfire Non-Toxic Fire Extinguisher

An often overlooked housewarming gift is a fire extinguisher. Most new places don’t come with one, and it’s up to the tenant or owner to purchase one on their own. ColdFire is a non-toxic fire extinguisher that’s compact and won’t take up too much room. It’s an extremely functional housewarming gift that will come in handy.

Magnetic Spice Jars By Impresa

Imagine moving into a new home and not having many cooking essentials to work with. These magnetic spice jars by Impresa come in a set of 15, come equipped with dry herb labels, and look really modern on appliances like your fridge—providing a backsplash type of look. They are both a functional and stylish housewarming gift idea.

Eco-Friendly Home Kit By Full Circle

Full Circle

The Full Circle Home Kit is a cleaning kit made with eco-friendly materials like bamboo, recycled plastic, and organic cotton, these products are designed with the planet, and your sustainable lifestyle in mind. It’s the perfect housewarming gift for a zero-waste kitchen.

Gift Card For A Vegan Online Cooking Course

One of the coolest sustainable gifts that you can give as a house warming gift is a gift card for an online cooking course. VeeCoco is a fabulous online course with over 600 tutorial videos for all sorts of delicious vegan recipes. You can choose from a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month membership and apply it to the gift card.

Dish Washing Kit By Earth Hero

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If you’re not familiar with what Castile soap is, it is soap that is made from plant oils. With that said, it’s non-toxic and completely biodegradable. Thus, this zero-waste Castile dishwashing set, full of assorted dish washing essentials, makes an absolutely functional and much appreciated gift.

Natural Cork Coasters

Coasters are so overlooked as housewarming gifts, and they make fantastic additions to the kitchen and dining room. And these coasters by Galaroes are made from natural cork, which is incredibly sustainable.

Natural Teakwood Cooking Utensil Set

AIUHI

These beautiful all-natural teakwood cooking utensils by AIUHI are a great gift for someone just moving into a new place. Teakwood is a sustainable wood, and these utensils are also hand-made and nonstick—plus, nontoxic!

Bamboozle Kitchen Compost Bin

A countertop compost bin makes a really fun eco-friendly housewarming gift. The Bamboozle kitchen compost bin is made from sustainable bamboo fiber, making this unique countertop bin completely biodegradable. It’s also resistant to heat and moisture, making this eco-friendly kitchen compost bin dishwasher safe and anti-microbial.

The Zero Waste Chef Cook Book

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Blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau, known as “The Zero Waste Chef”, has recently published her long-awaited cookbook full of healthy and delicious recipes that help combat food waste! This is a wonderful and sustainable house warming gift for the kitchen!

Best Zero Waste Period Kits


Eco-Friendly And Non-Toxic Menstrual Kits

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Each year in North America, roughly around 20 billion disposable pads and tampons make their way to the landfill where they sit around with other single-use products like baby diapers, water bottles and plastic straws that simply do not biodegrade.

Then there’s the issue of manufacturing single use sanitary pads which also creates a large carbon footprint, not to mention the impact they have on our health due to all the synthetic and toxic chemicals that are used to create them.

Rayon, dioxin, fragrance and chlorine are only a few of these hormone disrupting and cancer causing agents that we shouldn’t be voluntarily placing into our bodies. This stuff literally has a huge impact on your health.

What Do Zero Waste Menstrual Products Consist Of?

Luckily, there are a few healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional menstrual products:

Reusable menstrual cups

Reusable period pads

Reusable period underwear

Reusable is the key word in each of these zero-waste products. Although there are many eco-friendly period products that are biodegradable, they still take a long time to breakdown in landfills and contribute to carbon emissions.

So in order to qualify as “zero-waste”, your period products must be reusable. Plus, choosing against single use will help save water—because even organic cotton requires a ton to water to create just one tampon.

Which Zero Waste Menstrual Product Is Right For Me?

Now the big question: which one do you choose? Which one is best for your body and lifestyle?

The easiest thing to do when wanting to switch over to a new product (especially if it’s an environmentally friendly product which costs a few dollars more) is to purchase a kit.

Period kits allow you to sample and experiment with products that you would otherwise be too uncertain to buy, and many of them are worth the purchase.

Below you’ll find my recommended zero-waste menstrual kits. The items within all of these selected period kits are BPA free, non-toxic and will definitely save you a ton of money in the long run.

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ZERO WASTE MENSTRUAL KIT

Say goodbye to plastic tampon applicators and disposable pads that contain artificial fragrances, chemical gels, and adhesives. Better for your body, budget, and our Earth, this kit by the Zero Waste Store, will give you comfortable periods! The organic cotton pads are breathable, sustainable, super comfy, and provide ultimate leak protection. 

This sustainable period kit includes:

  • Mist Grey Saalt menstrual cup- Size small or regular (not pictured)
  • Reusable pantyliner- Organic cotton (white) or Black
  • Reusable day pad with two inserts- Organic cotton (white) or Black
  • Reusable Stasher Bag to hold your soiled reusables.

PIXIE MENSTRUAL CUP STARTER KIT

If you’re searching for a tampon and pad alternative, than a soft silicone menstrual cup may be a great fit for you. And this menstrual cup starter kit by Pixie is the ultimate zero waste period kit. Non-toxic and BPA-free, this period kit contains two reusable silicone cups (one small and one large) which offer 12 hour protection and contain a 10 year life span.

Each person is different, and our flow varies from the beginning of our cycle to the end, so it’s really convenient to have two different size cups to choose from.

It also includes one microwavable sterilizing cup, one all natural and organic lubricant and one all natural and organic foaming wash and wipes for the purpose of cleaning your Pixie cups. Women are truly loving this period kit and you can get more info, to include reviews, on Amazon by clicking here.

LUNA CUP MENSTRUAL STARTER KIT

If you’re not sure about your ability to use a silicone menstrual cup, or you’d like to use a combination of cups and pads to feel more confident or until you get the hang of it, then this Luna Cup menstrual starter kit is the perfect choice for you.

The Luna Cup menstral starter kit consists of 2 reusable cloth pads, two medical grade soft silicone menstrual cups (one small and one large), and one wet bag.

The reusable Luna period pads are made of 100% anti-bacterial and highly absorbent bamboo charcoal, and hold twice as much liquid as traditional disposable pads—which means you don’t have to change as much. They also contain “wings” for extra protection, and are very easy to clean. Plus, how cute is the design! You can find more details about this kit on Amazon, to include reviews, and decide if you’d like to give this kit a try!

SAALT MENSTRUAL CUP KIT

The Saalt Soft Duo Pack includes two sizes of ultra-soft silicone menstrual cups, storage bags, and last for up to 12 hours. They are BPA free, toxin free and cruelty free.

Saalt believes in keeping toxins out of our ecosystems and out of our bodies, which is why this eco-conscious brand meticulously monitors their supply chain and source only high-quality, medical-grade materials.

Saalt is a certified B Corp, and commits 2% of revenue to regions with the most need for period products.

LUNA CUP PERIOD PANTY KIT

Luna @Amazon

If you’d like to skip a silicone menstrual cup altogether, and stick to something less invasive, then this period panty and reusable pad combination by Luna Cup is perfect for you. I really like this kit because it’s hard to find a brand that sells pads and underwear together—giving you the freedom and convenience to see which works best for you.

I do, however, recommend panties for lighter period days and definitely not when and if you have a heavy flow.

These comfortable and breathable period panties are made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The inner lining has waterproof backing, so don’t worry about leakage! If you’d like more details and sizing information, click here to be taken to Amazon.

Lunette Menstrual Cup Kit

The Lunette Menstrual Cup Kit is another great zero waste kit for beginners. Each cup can last up to 12 hours, and comes with accessories for cleaning and storage.

The liquid cleaner and wipes are completely organic, vegan, and sulfite and paraben-free—with only ingredients that you can recognize.

The Lunette Menstrual Cup Kit includes :

  • Lunette Menstrual Cup 
  • Lunette Feelbetter Cup Cleanser 
  • Lunette Cupwipes 
  • Lunette Cotton pouch 
  • Lunette Booklet

LuckyPads | Organic Cotton Pads

If you prefer organic cotton to bamboo period pads, consider a starter pack of reusable organic cotton menstrual pads at LuckyPads. The fabric is breathable, non-toxic, and can easily be thrown into the wash countless times. Plus, the designs are really cute!

My favorite thing about cotton pads as opposed to bamboo (or flannel) is that they don’t trap heat and are much more comfortable to wear. And the fact that these are organic cotton, makes them 100 times more healthier and eco-friendly than other cotton menstrual pads.

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10 Best Zero Waste Starter Kits


Sustainable Starter Packs To Help Jump Start A Zero-Waste Lifestyle!

updated January 10, 2022

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Interested in sustainable living, but not sure where to begin? You are not alone!

Many people are becoming eco-conscious and looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. However, they often face the problem of not knowing where to begin—and that’s where zero-waste kits come in handy.

What Are Zero Waste Starter Kits?

Zero-waste starter kits consist of hand-selected environmentally friendly items that help you to ease into a sustainable lifestyle.

These sustainable starter kits are full of eco-friendly, zero-waste, non-toxic and sustainable items that improve your health and lower your carbon footprint.

Are All Zero-Waste Kits The Same?

No, not all zero-waste kits are the same. Depending on where you purchase them from, each box will consist of hand-selected and assorted items. A good zero-waste starter kit should contain a nice balance of everyday reusable essentials.

Zero-waste kits are also available in monthly subscriptions, which is a fantastic way to explore various sustainable brands. Some eco-friendly subscription boxes can also be purchased once (in case you don’t want to commit, or are simply buying a box as a gift).

Are Zero Waste Kits Vegan?

Some zero-waste kits are also 100% vegan and some are not, and that is based on whether or not they contain reusable beeswax wraps. Beeswax is not considered vegan.

Some people are heavily invested in a vegan lifestyle, so that’s a huge factor to consider when shopping for a zero-waste kit for a friend, family member or co-worker.

Do Zero-Waste Kits Make Good Gifts?

Yes, zero-waste kits make generous and thoughtful gifts—especially for Earth lovers and eco-conscious individuals who prefer reusable items.

So whether you’re on a mission to find a zero-waste kit for yourself, a friend or loved one, you’re on the right path to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and you won’t regret trying out a sustainable starter kit!

KIWI Eco Box

KIWI Eco Box

The KIWI Eco box is the perfect eco-friendly subscription box to help jumpstart your zero-waste journey. Every month, you will receive biodegradable and compostable essential items for cleaning, storing food, personal care, and travel.

Don’t want to commit? Not a problem! You can cancel your KIWI Eco Box subscription any time, and you can even do a one time purchase by opting for just a one month subscription.

Features

  • Zero-Waste Packing 
  • 5-6 New products every month
  • 100% Recyclable
GreenUp

GreenUp Box

The award-winning GreenUp subscription box is another fun and awesome zero-waste kit full of unique sustainable products. With the GreenUp box, you will get the best green, plastic-free, zero-waste, and clean products on a quarterly basis, and you can cancel anytime!

Features

  • 6-9 of the best plastic reducing swaps. Valued at $100+!
  • Cruelty-free, ethically sourced, and clean products. 
    Plastic-free and compostable shipping.


Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic—Plastic-Free Essentials Box

The Plastic-Free Essentials Box by Life Without Plastic is a really unique sustainable starter kit because you are in control of what goes inside; in other words, it is completely customizable, and you choose what you want. This is a great way to avoid receiving items that you won’t like using, and you’ll avoid receiving a sustainable item that you might already own.

Features

  • Customizable kit
  • Biodegradable and recyclable products
  • Portion of proceeds donated to fight plastic pollution
  • Available as a one time purchase or recurring subscription
Beetlemax

Beetlemax Antiplastic Kit

This sustainable zero-waste kit by Beetlemax contains quite a nice assortment of basic essentials that are compostable and biodegradable—from personal care to shopping gear, and everything in between. And it is all nicely arranged within a recycled gift box that is itself, completely recyclable. This zero-waste kit is available in a one time purchase and subscription.

Features

  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Cruelty-free, ethically sourced, and clean products
  • Compostable and recyclable products
Eco Crates Of America

Eco Crates Of America

Eco Crates Of America is a luxury subscription box brand for eco-conscious consumers, delivering eco-friendly products for home & lifestyle. Every sustainable product is unique, and you’ll enjoy a plethora of items made by artisans and small businesses. You can do a one month subscription, or opt to receive new items every month.

Features

  • Family and pet friendly, sourcing only the safest ingredients
  • Sustainably made with the hightest quality Ameria has to offer
  • Eco-friendly products for eco-conscious consumers
  • Safe and quality products to make your home your haven
EarthHero

Zero-Waste Lunch Kit

This Zero Waste Lunch Kit includes everything you need to make a zero-waste lunch! Now, it’s easy to grab and go, without having any trash behind. This kit consists of: a To-Go Ware bamboo utensil set, stainless steel straw and brush, Stasher reusable silicone snack bag, Bee’s Wrap sandwich wrap and an EcoLunch box (3 in 1 stainless steel lunchbox).

Features

  • All products ship in recycled and recyclable cardboard boxes
  • All product packaging is recyclable
  • To Go Ware is a certified B Corp
Metropoleaf

Metropoleaf Zero Waste Kit

This 100% vegan and biodegradable zero-waste kit by Metropoleaf contains a healthy assortment of basic essentials to set you up for success on your plastic free journey. It contains a balanced assortment of eco-friendly items to get you started in personal care, shopping and dining. If you or a gift recipient is a minimalist, then this sustainable starter kit is perfect.

Features

  • This kit includes 2 loofah sponges, a reusable cutlery set, a cotton fabric travel bag, one bamboo reusable straw with a coconut fiber cleaning brush, a pack of bamboo cotton swabs, and one bamboo toothbrush with soft charcoal bristles.
  • Vegan
  • Biodegradable Products
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging
Nipaqui

Nipaqui Zero-Waste Kit

The Nipaqui zero-waste kit contains everyday reusable products that help lower your carbon footprint. This box focuses on sustainable home and kitchen essentials, and customers are loving the high quality beeswax wraps.

Features

  • This kit includes: 3 beeswax food wraps, 3 zero waste reusable produce bags, 4 zip locking bags, and 4 stainless steel straws plus cleaning brush and travel bag.
  • Eco-Friendly and biodegradable packaging
  • Recyclable and compostable items
EarthLove

EarthLove (Seasonal) Box

Earthlove is an award-winning subscription box that focuses on wellness and lifestyle. It is a seasonal subscription, and each box is packed with the best ethical, mindful, and sustainable self-care and home products that are good for you and the planet. Plus, you’ll be happy to know that all EarthLove boxes also support an environmental cause.

Features

  • Low impact packaging and shipping
  • 6-8 responsibly sourced full-size items valued at $120
  • Member of 1% for the Planet
Ksamah

Ksamah Eco-Friendly Travel Box

The Ksamah eco-friendly travel box is full of sustainable travel essentials that help you avoid plastic. From reusable utensils to drinking vessels, this zero-waste starter kit is perfect for those eco-conscious individuals who are always on the go.

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  • Eco-Friendly Products
  • Perfect Gifting Option for Corporates and Individuals
  • Plastic Free
  • Reusable
  • Sustainable

Best Zero-Waste Personal Care Products Of 2021

The Best Non-Toxic, Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Hygiene Products You Need To Check Out!


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Have you stopped to look at your bathroom products lately and questioned their impact on the environment, let alone your health?

Up until a couple of years ago, I had no idea how many alternative and zero waste options there were when it came to personal hygiene items. It literally blew my mind. And now that I’ve replaced so many traditional items in my bathroom with eco-friendly versions, I feel so much better about my health and the positive impact that I am making on the environment.

When you think about it, nearly every item in your personal hygiene routine is somehow made with or packaged in plastic. From dental floss to shampoo, many items contain a lot of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals that aren’t kind to our health or the fragile environment.

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And I think the biggest reason that people keep investing in traditional, mainstream hygiene items is complacency. It’s hard to sever ties from personal care products that you’ve been using for years. But you never know how awesome something new will be until you try it. And that’s been my life for the past two years—trying new things.

So without further ado, I’ll share with you some really great eco-friendly personal care items that you can incorporate into your personal care routine. And if you give them a chance, you might end up wishing you’d try them sooner!

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Apple Valley Natural Soap Shampoo Bars

Apple Valley Natural Soap Simply Shea Shampoo Bar

One of the most popular zero waste personal care products are shampoo bars—and for very good reason. Shampoo bars are not packaged in plastic, they’re biodegradable, and they’re free of harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients like sulfates, parabens, silicone, and phthalates.

One of the best shampoo bar brands on the market is Apple Valley Natural Soap Shampoo Bars. AVNS hand-makes their shampoo bars in the U.S. with only organic ingredients that are always cruelty free, they ship their bars in compostable packaging, and they smell heavenly. They even produce richer lather and leave hair feeling softer than Ethique. Get it with 10% off using code: AVNSDIARIES10

BambuEarth Petitgrain Moisturizer

BambuEarth

One of the best natural skincare brands on the market right now is BambuEarth. And if you’re seeking a moisturizer that’s vegan and free of synthetic chemicals, then you should give their Petitgrain Moisturizer a try!

The BambuEarth Petitgrain Moisturizer is waterless and hydrates your skin with all natural ingredients that results in a beautiful even skin tone and improved appearance of acne, blemishes and dark spots.

TreeBird Bamboo Charcoal Dental Floss

TreeBird

No sustainable dental care is complete without natural and biodegradable dental floss in a zero waste container—especially since most traditional dental floss is packaged in plastic and made primarily of petroleum based plastic and nylon. The TreeBird dental floss is made from natural silk and contains a plant-based wax coating. The glass container is also reusable and ideal for travel.

Moon Valley Organics Lotion Bar

Moon Valley Organics

Lotion bars are an amazing alternative to traditional lotions. They’re zero waste, and contain organic ingredients that you can actually pronounce. And lotion bars like the one above by Moon Valley Organics, seals in twice as much moisture as traditional water based lotions because they’re made from moisturizing ingredients like safflower oil, sustainably harvested beeswax, calendula, and comfrey.

Paavani Organic Face Mask + Acne Cleanser

Paavani

This detoxifying all-natural cleanser and face mask by Paavani is made from herbs, clay, and other natural ingredients that have been around in India for centuries. This cleanser eliminates impurities and regulates sebum production to help prevent acne breakouts. Simply mix the powder with liquid to create a paste, and wash as usual, or leave on as a mask.

Meow Meow Tweet Natural Deodorant

Meow Meow Tweet

I love that more and more natural deodorants are being created and I love that a majority of them are packaged in zero-waste packaging, like the one above by Meow Meow Tweet. Natural deodorants are way healthier for you than the traditional kind because they are void of aluminum and parabens which disrupt hormones. Our bodies are meant to sweat, and natural deodorants allow you to do just that while neutralizing odors.

Reusable Period Pads + Liners

Asenappy

Reusable menstral pads aren’t for everyone, but aside from cups, they’re a great zero-waste alternative to traditional period pads. They’re even better for the environment than biodegradable pads because even those take a long time to break down in the landfill. Cloth pads can easily be thrown in the wash and reused many, many times—like these reusable bamboo fiber menstral pads by Asenappy which come in a pack of 10 with assorted sizes!

Ethique Face Serum Bar

Ethique Saving Face Serum

Ethique has done it again! And this time, they’ve come up with an all-natural moisturizing serum bar for the face, which generously hydrates your skin. So in lieu of using traditional face cream full of synthetic chemicals, try their solid face serum. This bar is made with Cupuacu, Shea, Rosehip and Pomegranate oils. It also contains a high concentration of antioxidants, phytosterols, polyphenols and fatty acids to promote hydrated as well as firm skin.

Jungle Culture Reusable Safety Razors

I Jungle Culture Reusable Safety Razors

Everyone shaves, whether it be their face, legs, armpits and other body parts. And many use disposable razors when they could be using reusable ones instead. When you switch to a reusable razor, you’re only switching out a metal razor blade, as opposed to throwing out plastic time and time again.

Safety razors are also great at preventing unwanted razor bumps which result in “strawberry” legs. Jungle Culture sells absolutely beautiful safety razor kits that come with 5 replaceable razor blades.

Basic Concepts Reusable Tongue Scraper

Basic Concepts

Did you know one stainless steel tongue scraper replaces 50 single-use plastic tongue scrapers? That’s why it’s a great idea to ditch the plastic variety and invest in a stainless steel, BPA-free version like the one above by Basic Concepts. It’s rust proof, easy to clean, and comes in a pack of two! It’s a great way to freshen your breath, get unwanted debris off of your tongue, and reduce your carbon footprint while doing so.

Leafico Zero-Waste Dental Care Kit

LEAFICO

If you’re searching for the ultimate sustainable dental care kit, look no further than the LEAFICO zero-waste dental care kit. It contains sustainably sourced bamboo toothbrushes with a bamboo travel case, one eco dental floss in refillable glass packaging, and one stainless steel tongue scraper—available on Amazon. And if you’re curious about more zero-waste kits, check out my latest article on the best zero-waste starter kits of 2021.

Medusa’s Makeup Vegan Beauty Subscription Box

Medusa’s Makeup

The vegan beauty subscription box by Medusa’s Makeup, contains 5 full size cruelty-free beauty items that you’ll receive on a regular basis. This box is great if you’re someone who loves to try new things, and you’ll get to discover non-toxic beauty brands that you may have never heard of before!

Noice Zero Waste Toothpaste

Noice Zero Waste Dental Gel

Noice is a revolutionary zero waste dental gel that you use in lieu of toothpaste! It’s made with botanical ingredients, essential oils, and activated charcoal that whitens teeth while getting rid of plaque! The best part? Noice is approved by dentists and the container is recyclable glass! There is also a subscription plan available which allows you to reuse the pump!

Best Zero Waste Deodorants For Men

Biodegradable And All-Natural Deodorant Brands

Updated on January 6, 2022

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For most Americans, antiperspirants are part of a daily personal care routine. We wear them to block sweat, neutralize odor and to feel fresh all day long.

Unfortunately, the ingredients within traditional antiperspirants are not that great for our health.

According to MadeSafe.Org, most ingredients found in conventional deodorants are endocrine disruptors—mimicking hormones such as estrogen which results in cell mutations (tumors), reproductive toxicity and early onset puberty in children.

With that said, it’s no wonder that many health-conscious men and women are turning to alternatives with natural ingredients to combat underarm odor.

Do Natural Deodorants Really Work?

Natural deodorants neutralize odor, but they do not block the pores to keep you from sweating like traditional antiperspirants do. That’s because antiperspirants contain aluminum—the key ingredient that clogs your pores in order to keep your underarms dry.

Many people do not realize that a deodorant and an antiperspirant are actually two different things. Antiperspirants keep you dry, while deodorants mask odor. So when they switch to a natural deodorant, they become frustrated when they realize that their underarms still perspire.

However, sweating is natural. It’s part of being human. Sweat helps to regulate our body temperature and gets rid of toxins. Hence, natural deodorants allow our body to sweat while neutralizing those funky odors.

And if you’d like to know more details about what to expect when switching over to a natural deodorant, read my article on that here.

Are There Any Natural Deodorant Brands That Do Stop Perspiration?

Depending on how heavily you sweat throughout the day, some natural deodorants may help absorb perspiration. However, this may not apply to someone with an excessive sweating condition called hyperhidrosis.

Natural deodorants that contain arrow root powder as a main ingredient do a great job at absorbing sweat, drawing out toxins, and soothing irritated skin. Many of the natural deodorants within this article contain arrow root powder as a key ingredient.

What Should I Expect When Switching To A Natural Deodorant?

Having switched to a natural deodorant myself, I can tell you in all honesty that you are going to perspire and stink like a teenager for the first two or three weeks.

When you stop using traditional deodorant, your body goes into detox mode, and your underarms push out all of the toxins that were trapped inside due to the aluminum.

Because of this, a lot of people give up on the use of natural deodorant and revert back to conventional antiperspirants. So please know that this extreme odor is to be expected, and hang in there. After a few weeks, every will neutralize.

What Makes These Deodorants Zero Waste?

And in addition to being healthy and nontoxic, many natural deodorants are packaged in eco-friendly packaging—which means that the packaging is either biodegradable or made from recycled material.

These zero waste deodorant brands are also all climate pledge friendly and cruelty free.

The Best All-Natural Deodorants In Eco-Friendly Packaging

PiperWai

Active Ingredients | Activated Charcoal, Baking Soda

Hypoallergenic | Yes

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PiperWai gender-neutral deodorants are certified vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain common pollutants or toxic ingredients. The activated charcoal will keep you dry all day, while neutralizing odor. You can choose from either creme or stick, scented or non-scented, and you’ll be glad to know that the packaging is made from recycled ocean waste!

PAPR

Active Ingredients | Baking Soda, Tapioca Starch, Coconut Oil

Hypoallergenic | Yes

PAPR is a line of all-natural deodorants in zero-waste packaging. These biodegradable deodorants are certified vegan and cruelty-free, and are available in various gender-neutral scents. PAPR deodorants goes on smoothly, don’t leave stains, and feels fresh all day under your arms.

MagSol

Active Ingredient | Magnesium

Hypoallergenic | Yes

Magsol is a zero waste deodorant made from a cardboard deodorant tube, and is the world’s first natural deodorant to use magnesium oxide to control odor.  This deodorant is also as simple as you can get—made from only 4 powerhouse ingredients that keep you dry while neutralizing body odor.

Zero3 Natural Deodorant

Active Ingredients | Baking Soda, Arrowroot Powder

Hypoallergenic | Yes

If it’s odor elimination you’re after, then you’ll really like the ZERO3 natural deodorant, which uses a patented technology to keep odor at bay. Fair-trade ingredients like shea butter and a blend of earthy essential oils also give your armpits a pleasant smell. And you’ll love that this zero waste deodorant ships to your home in plastic-free packaging.

Tom’s Of Maine Natural Deodorant

Active Ingredient | Zinc Oxide

Hypoallergenic | Yes

Tom’s of Maine aluminum-free deodorant comes in all cardboard packaging and offers 48 hours of odor protection and contains a rugged coast scent. This aluminum-free deodorant stick lets your skin breathe and helps you feel fresh and confident throughout the day. Made with naturally derived, sustainable and responsible ingredients, this solid deodorant stick helps men live more naturally.

Fat And The Moon Sensitive Pit Cream

Active Ingredient | Arrowroot Powder

Hypoallergenic | Yes

Take on stinky pits with help from the Sensitive Pit Deodorant Cream from Fat and the Moon! Made from 100% natural and organic ingredients that contain no aluminum or heavy metals, this natural sensitive deodorant cream uses arrowroot powder to keep your arm pits dry and less stinky.

This natural deodorant won’t leave behind chalky white streaks, and contains antimicrobial essential oils that leave behind a gentle scent. Perfect for sensitive pits, it won’t irritate skin or cause rashes.

Arcadia Natural Unscented Natural Deodorant

Active Ingredient | Arrowroot Powder

Hypoallergenic | Yes

Arcadia Natural is a hand-made all natural deodorant for men thats free of aluminum and baking soda. The great thing about this natural deodorant is that it is available in many scents, including an unscented option.

The packaging is made from recycled Kraft paperboard tubes and the deodorant is made from all natural biodegradable and organic ingredients consisting of plant-based waxes, Shea Butter, Castor oil, Arrowroot powder, and Vitamin E.

AVNS Deodorant Creme

Apple Valley Natural Deodorant Creme

Active Ingredients | Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda

Hypoallergenic | Yes

If transparency and home-made product is what you’re searching for when it comes to a natural deodorant, then check out this Natural Deodorant Creme by Apple Valley Soap Co who specialize in hand-made skin care products like shampoo bars, body bars and more. This deodorant creme comes in scented and unscented and not only neutralizes odors, but moisturizes your pits as well.

Made with anti-bacterial, odor absorbing ingredients like organic virgin coconut oil, diatomaceous earth, aluminum free baking soda, arrowroot powder, and white kaolin clay—just a pea-sized amount is all you need to stay fresh all day long! And don’t forget to take 10% off with special code AVNSDIARIES10

Benat

Active Ingredient | Baking Soda

Hypoallergenic | Yes

BeNat is an artisanal natural deodorant that’s handcrafted with all natural ingredients and packaged in a zero waste biodegradable and renewable paperboard push-up tube.

This natural deodorant contains organic ingredients consisting of coconut oil, beeswax, vegetable emulsifier, cornstarch, baking soda, avocado seed oil, and tea tree essential oil. So if you enjoy the scent of lemon and tea tree, then this deodorant is an excellent choice for you.

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5 Reusable Straws Your Kids Will Love!

Plastic-Free Reusable Straws Made Just For Kids


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There are a ton of reusable straws on the market these days. But when it comes to kids, a majority of “reusable” straws that you see online or in the store are made of plastic. Granted, these reusable plastic straws are BPA free and perfectly safe to use, they’re still not eco friendly because they’re not recyclable, biodegradable, or zero-waste.

In my opinion, the best reusable and zero waste straws for kids are made of silicone. Silicone straws are durable yet soft enough on the teeth, and they don’t absorb hot or cold temperatures like metal straws do. Plus, they last a very, very long time—making them sustainable and zero-waste because there’s no need to replace them.

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Silicone straws are also dishwasher safe and just as easy to clean as any other reusable straw. And that’s important, because when it comes to kids, a whole lot of goo gets absorbed into these straws. My daughter is constantly using her reusable straws whenever she has a drinkable yogurt, a smoothie or any other thick beverage.

With that said, below you’ll find five of the best reusable straws for kids (all silicone) that your child will really love!

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AMALKA + ALBERT

AMALKA + ALBERT

These reusable silicone straws by Amalka + Albert are made from food grade silicone and are adorned with little animal friends, which kids love. They add so much fun to these little straws! This set comes with 4 silicone straws and one straw brush cleaner.

NIGHTINGALE

Nightingale

These silicone straws by Nightingale come in a set of 6 and have bendable tips which prevent spilling. They’re made from 100 percent platinum cured silicone which is much softer than natural silicone and are chew mark resistant.

SOFTY STRAWS

SOFTY STRAWS

These silicone straws for kids by Softy Straws come in a set of four with a squeegee straw cleaning tool that gets all that gunk out, and keeps your child’s straws nice and clean. These straws are bendy, collapsible, flexible and perfect for thin liquids as well as thick smoothies!

TEGION

TEGION

These reusable silicone straws by Tegion come in a set of 6 and include one straw cleaning brush. These straws are designed for sippy cups, but can be used in any small tumbler, mug and other small beverage containers. Mom can even borrow one to use in her wine glass!

MOOD STRAWS

MOOD STRAWS

These reusable silicone straws for kids by Mood Straws are awesome because they change color in cold liquid! These silicone straws come with a squeegee cleaning tool and are great for both thin and thick liquids. You can get these straws in two colors: berry and ocean.