Your Zero Waste Living Starter Pack

Just imagine the packaging involved in every product you’re using. Now, multiply that with over millions of other people all over the world. That’s a lot of trash, isn’t it? Since we all want to save Mother Earth, let’s start minimizing the trash by doing some small, individual actions. How can you help reduce the million pounds of waste produced every day? Let’s take a look at these five products to kickstart your journey to zero-waste lifestyle.

  1. Menstrual Cup

Standard menstrual tampons and pads are typically made of plastics and does pile up in sewers and landfills after they are thrown away. Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are reusable products for up to 10 years, which therefore can help drastically reduce landfill waste. It is made of medical-grade silicone that’s not helpful to the environment but also safe for your lady bits.

  • Virgin Coconut Oil

We have all heard the wonders of virgin coconut oil. This multitasking product can serve as alternative to multitude of bottled products on you can usually find in your bathroom and even kitchen shelves. You can use it as healthy substitute to butter and cooking oil, as well as moisturizer, makeup remover and hair serum. Just be sure to grab one in reusable package.

  • Reusable Cloth Pantyliners

For those quite hesitant to use menstrual cups, there is another eco-friendly alternative you can use—reusable pads and pantyliners. These products are more absorbent than their disposable counterparts and feels more comfortable on the skin. Bonus point: they can last up to  five years with proper care and washing.

  • Shampoo Bar

Lather, rinse, repeat—we do that all the time using shampoo packed in plastic bottles. Unfortunately, millions of these bottles make their way into the ocean every day. Shampoo bars are recently developed with the goal to minimize household waste. Most of these products are made with biodegradable materials and does not come in plastic bottles and eventually becomes waste.

  • Reusable Cutlery and Straws

Plastic spoons and forks are the bane of takeaway food—and of single-use plastic problem in the planet.  Good thing you can do something to reduce production of such waste—by opting to use bamboo utensils. Yes, you will have to wash them after every use. But a minute or two of washing for your pair of utensils is no doubt a great exchange for lesser waste in landfills.

In the end, a low and steady pace wins the race. This major lifestyle change does not happen overnight, but small good choices adds up to make a big difference over time. Keep up the job of being an eco-warrior; every day gets better with your smart and eco-friendly decisions.