Products for a low-waste home
We asked Jess for her favorite low-waste alternatives for our homes.
What do you love so much about these swaps?
I find they save me money, make it easier in the long run, and are more aesthetically pleasing than the disposable versions.
Dinner napkins instead of paper towels
I purchased a few sets of linen napkins from thrift shops for under $10 and they will last me years. I also like to keep a set separated for when we have company over so they aren’t as dingy as our everyday ones. Typically paper towels are wrapped in plastic and are wrapped around a paper tube, I have eliminated the need for all these materials so less time is spent buying, using, and recycling. I just use them, then wash with my kitchen towels and repeat!
OXO Self-cleaning lint brush instead of disposable lint rollers
The OXO self-cleaning lint brush is a compact lint brush that works just as well as a plastic lint roller. This is coming from a house that wears mostly black and has three cats, plus one picky husband that hates having lint or cat hair on him!
Homemade toothpaste instead of store-bought
All we use is baking soda with a little peppermint oil. It’s easy to travel with and none is wasted!
The double-edge razor instead of traditional razors
The best! After a few YouTube videos to get the technique down there is no going back to disposable razors. My Merkur razor was $25 off Amazon and I purchased 100 razors for $10 (I got way too many); I have hardly made a dent in them. They will last me 15 years or more, all for $35!
The instant pot instead of a full set of pots and pans
You can literally cook anything in this thing. Beans, soup, rice, stock, yogurt, cheesecake?? But really it makes cooking so easy and fast, and it tastes like you have been cooking all day!
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds instead of traditional cleaning products
I love how I can use one product to do all the cleaning I need. I don’t like having a cluttered cabinet or having toxic chemicals and this stuff does it all, you just adjust how much water you add per cleaning task.
True story: My not-so-zero waste friend came over the other night with a stain from concentrated cherry juice on his brand new white Nikes and I offered to clean them with my Dr. Bronner’s and literally the stain just disappeared! This stuff is magic!
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