Wellness

30 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.

Organic Cotton Starter Kit

Toko!

Organic Cotton Starter Kit

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

Goop, $38

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Reusable Silicone Storage Bags

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, $24-$84

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Counter Compost Bin

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.

Goop, $180

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Heather Glass Water Bottle

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.

Bkr, $38

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Reusable Food Wraps

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, $18-$46

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Reusable Straws & Cotton Sleeve

Dot & Army

Reusable Straws & Cotton Sleeve

Stainless-steel straws (along with cute cotton pouches so you can bring one with you wherever you go) so you'll never need a single-use plastic straw again.

Food52, $24

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Adjustable Bowl & Dish Cover

àplat

Adjustable Bowl & Dish Cover

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

Food52, $50-$66

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Collapsible Coffee Press

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, $42-$50

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Bamboo Cutting Board

Food52

Bamboo Cutting Board

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

Food52, $59

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In Your Bedroom

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

 

Louise Throw

MINNA

Louise Throw

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

Food52 , $280

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Sheila Pillow

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.

Food52 , $220-$260

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Glow and Grow Scented Candle

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 , $35

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Fynbos Quilt

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, $290-$420

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Wabi Sabi Cotton Crinkle Bedspread

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, $198

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Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle

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, $189

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In Your Bathroom Cabinet

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

Shave Cream

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.

Billie, $8

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Safety Razor

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.

The Detox Market, $53

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Lipstick

Kjaer Weis

Lipstick

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

The Detox Market, $56

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Rose Geranium Deodorant Stick

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Rose Geranium Deodorant Stick

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

The Detox Market, $14

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Everybody Soap Bar

Follain

Everybody Soap Bar

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

Follain, $9

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Golden Hour Bug Spray

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, $22

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Menstrual Cup

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.

The Helm , $40

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Bamboo Toothbrushes

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, $7-$30

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Sculpting Foundation Brush

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, $49

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Under Your Sink

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

 

Wool Dryer Balls

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, $20-$36

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Wool Dish Sponge

Echoview Fiber Mill

Wool Dish Sponge

Upgrade your zero-waste cleaning routine with naturally antimicrobial & compostable wool sponges that do not shed microplastics.

Echoview Fiber Mill, $7-$11

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All-Purpose Cleaner

Veles

All-Purpose Cleaner

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

Veles, $18

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Compostable Sponge Cloths (Set of 10)

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.

Food 52, $29

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‘The Clean Essentials’ Kit

Blueland

‘The Clean Essentials’ Kit

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

Blueland, $39

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Super Powder Laundry Detergent

Molly's Suds

Super Powder Laundry Detergent

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

iHerb, $21

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