As conversation of climate change grows, “going zero-waste” has become part of a lifestyle trend amongst the insta-famous. No longer just for the hippies, companies reinventing everyday essentials to be more eco-friendly means that anyone can be a “zero-waste” guru just by changing a simple step to their daily routine!
Check out some of these trending products to begin your journey.
Made of silicone and washable, menstrual cups come in various sizes and colours.
Look fresh while staying fresh as many come in cute cases to take discreetly everywhere!
As pads and tampons are dumped in landfills, they leak into the soil and pollute the groundwater. One cup can replace up to 10 years’ worth of sanitary products – that’s 2,400 pads per person and close to 20 billion waste saved in the United States alone!
Tired of chaffing from plastic sanitary pads? Try washable pads made from velour and minky to organic cotton that also come in many fun prints!
Cloth pads are both better for the environment and you. Breathable fabric reduces the chances of irritation and toxic shock syndrome, while saving the earth from the 500-800 years it takes to decompose one plastic-based pad.
With restaurants pledging to ban plastic straws, carrying reusable straws is now a must-have when you dine out! Not only are stainless steel straws durable and non-toxic, look stylish sipping your favourite drink as they come in many colours.
While the nylon bristles may not be bio-degradable, plucking them out before disposal or opting for bristles made of animal hair make them fully compostable. Polish up to rescue the earth from up to 3.6 billions of plastic toothbrushes disposed annually!
Just pop one in, chew and start brushing away! Packed in glass jars or cardboard packaging, they are a friendly alternative to non-recyclable plastic toothpastes tubes.
Did you know that 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes are thrown away annually? Many end up into oceans and shrink into microplastics as they decompose. As much as one million seabirds die from plastic pollution yearly as they mistake it for food.
Cut out the need for plastic bottles with travel-friendly shampoo bars that last longer and made of soothing organic ingredients.
Cling film is produced by melting and mixing small plastic pellets called nurdles with additives. Improper handling during manufacturing results in millions washed out to sea. As marine life mistake them for fish eggs and eat them, their toxic properties travel up the food chain.
Cloth Sandwich Bags
Make meal time a fun time with cloth sandwich bags that come in a range of colourful prints!