28 Sustainable Product Swaps for a Zero Waste Lifestyle

From the kitchen to your bathroom cabinet, these female-founded, eco-friendly products will reduce your carbon footprint for a more sustainable way of living.

By Zohal Karimy

We are all responsible for reigning in the environmental crisis—in both big and small ways—and there is no time like the present to make the switch to zero waste products and sustainable essentials.

We’ve rounded up the best female-founded, eco-friendly products that will make shrinking your carbon footprint even easier. Whether it’s swapping out a lifetime of cotton tampons for one reusable menstrual cup or upgrading your daily beauty routine to include refillable makeup, these are the brands that are putting Mother Nature first.


In Your Kitchen

Swap out the plastic, single-use products like water bottles, plastic bags, and straws for these environmentally friendly alternatives.


Stasher Reusable Silicone Storage Bags

Reusable food storage bags made of pure platinum silicone from natural resources (primarily sand) that are 100% plastic free.

food52.com; from $24

Alabama Sawyer Counter Compost Bin

Store this walnut compost box on your countertop, and seal unwanted egg shells, banana peels and more until you have time to add to your garden.

thehelm.com; $175

Bkr Heather Glass Water Bottle

Invest in a reusable, glass water bottle to take with you wherever you go so you’ll never have to buy a plastic one again.

mybkr.com; $38

Toko! Organic Cotton Starter Kit

A starter kit of organic cotton totes and drawstring bags to make your grocery runs less wasteful.

goop.com; $38

Bee’s Wrap Reusable Food Wraps

Reusable food wraps made from organic cotton, beeswax, and jojoba oil. Better yet—all the packaging is fully biodegradable and recyclable.

food52.com; from $18

àplat Adjustable Bowl & Dish Cover

Drawstring cloth dish covers, made of 100% cotton, that are microwave-safe and machine-washable.

food52.com; from $50

Palmpress Collapsible Coffee Press

Made from BPA-free materials and lined so your coffee never comes into contact with any plastic, this coffee press is sized just right for anywhere you’d like to take it on the go.

food52.com; from $42

Food52 Bamboo Cutting Board

A double-sided cutting board featuring a juice groove that is eco-friendly, antimicrobial, and water-resistant.

food52.com; $59


In Your Bedroom

Plush pillows, soft quilts, and scented candles—all made with eco-friendly materials.


MINNA Louise Throw

Woven from 100% cotton, this ethically made throw is medium weight and perfect for every season.

thehelm.com; $280

MINNA Sheila Pillow

Hand-woven by pedal-loom weavers in an artisan-workshop in Lima, Peru, these naturally dyed pillows are 100% Merino Wool in the front and 100% Cotton on the back.

thehelm.co; from $220

Modern Sprout Glow and Grow Scented Candle

A 12-ounce soy-blend scented candle that transforms into a plant inside a reactive glaze ceramic vessel (non-GMO seeds and plant food included).

food52.com; $35

Karu Fynbos Quilt

This entirely handmade quilt is made out of 100% organic cotton, printed with AZO-free dye, and has an internal cotton batting.

food52.com; from $290

House no. 23 Wabi Sabi Cotton Crinkle Bedspread

Made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton, this soft bedspread will wrinkle less and stay luxurious for longer.

food52.com; $198

Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle

Made from 100% long-staple cotton and certified for chemical safety, these sheets feature a breathable 270 thread count weave that is perfect for hot sleepers.

brooklinen.com; from $189


In Your Bathroom Cabinet

Clean up your beauty routine by prioritizing products with environmentally friendly ingredients and biodegradable packaging.


Billie Shave Cream

A rich mixture of shea butter and olive oil, this shaving cream’s velvety texture actually stays on your skin even in the shower.

mybillie.com; $8

Well Kept Safety Razor

A solid brass safety razor made to last a lifetime. Once the blade has gone dull, switch it out with Well Kept’s recyclable safety razor blades.

thedetoxmarket.com; $53

Kjaer Weis Lipstick

An entirely organic lipstick from the makeup brand that offers refillable makeup in sleek packaging.

thedetoxmarket.com; $56

Meow Meow Tweet Rose Geranium Deodorant Stick

A clean, baking soda-free deodorant stick that’s also entirely biodegradable.

thedetoxmarket.com; $14

Follain Everybody Soap Bar

A rich-lather, non-toxic soap bar with a bergamot, tangerine, and lavender scent.

follain.com; $9

Kinfield Golden Hour Bug Spray

This subtly scented spray is vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and DEET free all the while effectively repelling mosquitoes.

goop.com; $22

Lunette Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups designed for women of all different body types that are made with soft, medical-grade silicone, which is BPA and chemical-free.

thehelm.co; $40

MamaP Bamboo Toothbrushes

Not only are these bamboo toothbrushes fully compostable with recyclable bristles, but for every purchase, a donation is made to a high-impact charity.

mamap.life; from $18

Juice Beauty Sculpting Foundation Brush

Made out of 100% taklon non-animal fiber, this brush makes you look like you’re wearing less makeup with a poreless finish.

goop.com; $49


Under Your Sink

Avoid products with harsh chemicals and non-reusable bottles to make cleaning day more eco-friendly.


 

Blueland ‘The Clean Essentials’ Kit

A set of refillable cleaning sprays and liquid hand soap with dissolvable cleaning tablets.

Blueland; from $29

Food52 Wool Dryer Balls

An eco-friendly swap for fabric softener and dryer sheets, Five Two dryer balls are made from 100% New Zealand wool and fair-trade certified.

food52.com; from $20

Veles All-Purpose Cleaner

An all-purpose cleaner that’s 97% food waste and packaged in a reusable aluminum bottle.

veles.com; $20

Food 52 Compostable Sponge Cloths (Set of 10)

All-purpose sponge cloths made entirely from plant fibers to substitute your use of paper towels—just wipe, rinse, dry, and repeat.

food52.com; $29

Molly’s Suds Super Powder Laundry Detergent

Natural, cruelty-free, and entirely plant-derived laundry detergent.

iherb.com; $24

Every product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase through one of our links, The Helm may earn a commission.

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