Monday, July 27, 2015

My Zero Waste Kit

With a world full of plastic and throw away conveniences, I now have to leave my house prepared every day with my non plastic and reusable alternatives. Makes sense, right? To avoid the temptation of buying that plastic bottle of water when I'm super thirsty or asking for that Styrofoam to-go container to bring my half eaten sandwich home, I have assembled a few items that I keep in a cloth bag at all times to ensure I'm always ready for every type of situation.


  • Reusable Bag - Not only do I use this bag to carry all of my zero waste necessities, I also use it for last minute runs to the store, to transport my lunch to work, and for any other situation that would tempt me with a plastic bag.
  • Stainless Steel Straw - I pack my own reusable stainless steel straws so that I can refuse those pesky plastic ones. You can buy them here!
  • Mason Jar - It's small and light making it the perfect container for drinks or snacks.
  • Microfiber Cloth - Because I wear glasses I like to keep this on me to avoid using tissues to clean them.
  • Hankie - This is really handy for runny noses.
  • Eco Lunchbox - I use this for my lunches I take to work as well as for leftovers at restaurants. You can buy one here
  • Spork - Sold here. This is always handy to avoid using disposable cutlery. I love that it has its own bag to keep it clean.
  • Cloth Napkin - I use this at restaurants to avoid using several paper napkins. I also use it when I rinse off my spork, lunchbox, or straws when I'm out and about. 
Being prepared with a Zero Waste kit will save you from unnecessary trash and single use disposables. This has definitely made my transition so much easier.

9 comments:

  1. Hello! I've recently been inspired to start living a zero-waste lifestyle by Lauren Singer so it was great to stumble across your blog :) This kit gives me a great overview of where to start. Looking forward to keeping up with your journey...have you ever thought about signing up for Bloglovin'? I check my feed everyday so if you were on there I could keep up with yours too :D x

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    1. Thank you so much for your support! :) I kind of feel like I'm going through a detox of wasteful living right now, since it has only been a few months, and so far it has been wonderful! Thanks for mentioning Bloglovin. That's a great idea!

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  2. I love the idea of bringing the stainless steel straws with you! I have a couple of those straws and haven't really been using them much yet, so I want to try this. Question for you: how do you then transport the wet, sticky straws back home with you afterward for cleaning? I'm concerned about the mess it would make in my purse and am wondering what would be a quick and clever way to get around that problem . . .

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    1. Hi Dori! What I do is after I'm finished using it I wipe it clean with a cloth napkin and wrap it up in that before taking it home to wash. Those stainless steel straws are seriously my favorite things ever! :)

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  3. NeXT step the straw, where my reusable plastic ones will be out of use.

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    1. I looooove my stainless steel ones. I even think they keep my beverages cooler longer. ;)

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  4. You should definitely market this as a set! I would buy one for me and one for all my friends!!!!

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  5. I have put together a zero waste kit too!! mine looks a little you can see mine on my blog http://zero-waste-living.com/ I went with a stainless steel cup with the stainless steel lid and straw because when I am on the go I don't want to risk spilling.

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