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15 Best Zero Waste Products to Start Saving the Planet

Last Updated: May 11, 2021

In this day and age, going zero waste (or even taking small steps to use less waste) can be difficult. Most households go through so much waste, they don’t even realize how many unnecessary items they are throwing out. If you want to make a change, investing in some of the best zero-waste products is a great place to start.

To help, we’ve shared some of the top zero waste products out there, from household items to makeup to skincare.

Best Zero Waste Products

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

With reusable makeup remover pads or cloths, there’s no reason we should be using disposable pads to take off our makeup. This pack of 16 pads gives you a daily makeup remover pad for just over two weeks before you need to run them through the washer!

The Makeup Eraser cloth is a popular tool that offers the same concept and is very effective (check out our full review).

Blueland Cleaning Supplies

For many people, cleaning supplies are a large source of waste in the household. Although it might take a month to run out of cleaning spray, that’s just another plastic bottle that ends up being wasted.

Blueland (or any company that offers refillable tablets) is a great alternative to traditional cleaning supplies!

Ethique Shampoo Bars

Shampoo and conditioner are another source of plastic waste, but no-waste bars are a great alternative!

Ethique makes some of our favorites (this one lets you try five of their bars), but LUSH also offers a wide variety of shampoo bars that smell incredible.

Food Huggers Starter Set

Food waste is a huge problem in the United States, so one way to help reduce this is to help your product last longer.

Simply putting a cut tomato in the fridge will cause it to start wilting pretty quickly, but these Food Huggers help all types of produce last longer!

Reusable Beeswax Wraps

If you start tracking all of the foil and plastic wrap many households use and throw out, you’d be shocked!

It truly adds up, so reusable beeswax wraps can be a great zero-waste way to save your food.

Reusable K-Cup

If you’re someone who likes to use their Keurig every morning, you might cringe at how many empty cups you throw out.

Luckily, this reusable K-cup can help you prevent this waste while still enjoying your Keurig! Simply purchase your favorite coffee in bulk, scoop it in, and pop into your machine.

Reusable Storage Bags

Ziploc bags are another huge source of waste – most of us don’t realize how many you use and throw out! Reusable bags are an easy fix to this problem.

You can get huge packs for affordable prices (like the one we shared), but Stasher is a large brand that offers higher-end versions as well.

Silicone Stretch Lids

These silicone stretch lids replace plastic wrap, while also eliminating the need to buy extra food storage containers!

They easily stretch over your food bowl (this pack even comes with some for bottles).

Toothpaste Tablets

Toothpaste is another source of waste that’s easy to replace with convenient toothpaste tablets!

Simply pop a tablet in your mouth and start brushing – it couldn’t be easier! These come in a glass jar that you could reuse for anything (or even make your own toothpaste tablets to refill when you run out).

Reusable Bamboo Paper Towels

Bamboo paper towels give a similar feel and look to real paper towels, with the ability to replace up to 6 months of paper towels!

These even come in a roll so you can place them on your paper towel dispenser (although they don’t roll back up after you wash them).

Swedish Dishcloths

On a similar note, swedish dishcloths are another great alternative to paper towels. These have blown up on Tik Tok, for good reason!

These magical cloths soak up water and other messes a lot better than a regular towel or cloth.

Menstrual Cup

Across an entire lifetime, pads and tampons add up to a lot of waste.

Menstrual cups are a great way to reduce this waste while also improving your period! You’re able to change them less than tampons.

Thinx Underwear

If you’re not a fan of menstrual cups or just want a safety net in case of leakage, period underwear like the high-quality pairs from Thinx are a great idea.

They offer various styles that can hold 0.5 – 3 tampons worth of fluid. If you’re using them with a menstrual cup to catch any potential leaks, I recommend the thong (it feels the least like a diaper).

Silicone Baking Mats

Say goodbye to parchment paper and hello to silicone mats.

These are placed on a baking sheet and do a great job at preventing your foods from sticking. They last forever – these will actually end up saving you money you would have spent on parchment paper!

Reusable Cotton Swabs

It might sound gross, but a reusable cotton swab is an easy switch for real cotton swabs. Although they are small, cotton swabs add up to a massive amount of waste!

This reusable swab replaces up to 1,000 cotton swabs and is easy to clean, plus it includes a storage case.

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