Top 5 Zero Waste Essentials
Here are our top picks so you can create your own zero waste starter kit:
1. Water bottle
In the United States, people purchase about 60 million plastic water bottles per day and only about 23% of these bottles are recycled! Most end up in landfills or litter streets and parks.
By using a reusable water bottle, you personally could save an average of 200 plastic bottles annually. That is a huge difference!
2. Coffee cup
Worldwide we drink over 1.6 billion cups of coffee every day! Unfortunately, paper cups are not recyclable because of the plastic liner and cardboard sleeves that can be reused or recycles often end up in landfills.
On average, I drink 2-3 cups of coffee or matcha a day. That makes around 70 cups a month and 900 cups a year! So happy I switched to Keep Cup five years ago!
And yes, one person CAN make a difference.
And again, with the amazing selection of glass, ceramic, stainless steel cups you will feel extra stylish, handing your cup to barista next time you order an oat latte :)
3. Cotton string bag
It is estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually and only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling.
In the United States, 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away annually. All that waste can be eliminated by switching to reusable shopping bags.
I love string bags and use it both for groceries and as a purse since it can hold EVERYTHING :)
But any other cotton tote bag will do great too.
4. Produce bags
One of the easiest zero waste swaps you can make! Ditch single-use plastic bags altogether and get a cotton or net reusable produce bags. They are perfect for bulk dry ingredients, fruits, and veggies or getting pastries on the go.
5. Food storage container and utensil set
You will be amazed of how much plastic you’ll keep from landfills once you have a habit of taking your own container for lunch, picnic, or bringing leftovers home from restaurants.
And together with a bamboo utensil set, which usually includes a fork, spoon, knife, chopsticks, and a straw you can finally forget about that nasty single-packaged plastic utensils, countless napkins, styrofoam containers, and flimsy plastic bags.