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Zero Waste 101

Zero Waste 101

We’re sure you know by now that plastics are one of the worst materials for sustainability, but did you know that plastics constitute 90% of all marine litter? This problem doesn’t just begin and end in our oceans, microplastics are consumed by fish which, in many cases, is ultimately consumed by us.

Adopting a zero waste lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. But there are simple steps we can take to reduce our footprint and work toward living a greener life. So in honor of earth month, we’re highlighting some of our favorite ways to live sustainably and green your lifestyle, outside of just your beauty routine.

Get a reusable water bottle

This is one of the easiest steps you can take to reduce your waste. If you’re going for a plastic option make sure that it’s BPA free, or try glass! We love Soma glass water bottles and glass swing top bottles.

Say no to straws

Straws create a lot of waste and litter, but they don’t need to. Skip the straw next time or try a more sustainable option like aluminum.

Buy bulk

Stop by your local co-op or health food store to pick up your favorite dry goods like beans, grains and granolas. Make sure to bring mason jars or cotton bags to avoid unnecessary packaging.

Carpool

Carpooling isn’t just good for the environment, it can be fun too! Find a friend or coworker and make the trip together. It’ll reduce carbon emissions and give you time to catch up.

Try a bamboo toothbrush

If we follow dentists orders and replace our toothbrush every 3 months, we’re likely creating a lot of waste. Swap your plastic toothbrush for something compostable like bamboo.

Make a zero waste kit

Fill a reusable shopping bag with your zero waste essentials like bamboo cutlery, a reusable coffee cup and cotton bulk bags.

Purchase sustainable beauty products

Ditch the plastic packaging and purchase beauty products in bulk or glass containers. We ensure that our packaging is sustainable every step of the way and that what little plastic we do use is sustainably sourced and as eco-friendly as possible. Read more about our sustainability initiatives here.

Looking for more tips on living sustainably? Check out The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less by Amy Korst and join the conversation on Instagram.

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