80+ zero waste swaps for sustainable living

Zero waste swaps: only to be undertaken once you’ve thoroughly explored zero waste habits with what you already have!

Once you start analyzing your life through a zero waste lens, suddenly everything you once used without thought becomes an issue to be solved. I remember that time of my life well: it’s both exciting and really intimidating to begin to face down the changes you need to make!

Here’s a huge list of section by section zero waste swaps for you to begin making some swaps in all areas of your life. That being said, a huge caveat: going zero waste does not mean throwing everything you own away and buying sustainable alternatives. There is nothing further from zero waste than throwing away a perfectly functional item just because it doesn’t suit your current lifestyle.

So go through and mark down some of these low waste swaps you’d like to try once your current products run out. Only then should you carefully, consciously buy products that will actually serve a purpose. (And buy second hand wherever possible.)

Zero waste linen towels

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The big list of zero waste swaps






Section by section plastic-free alternatives list - Green Indy Blog

Considering buying  these zero waste swaps through Amazon? Not a great company, but very accessible for a lot of people so no judgement here! Check out a post on how to reduce the packaging waste you get from Amazon and make sure to opt out of two-day delivery to drastically reduce your carbon emissions.  Also, try searching through Amazon Warehouse for deals on items with minor defects that have been returned or deemed unsellable on the main site.



  • second-hand plates and cups
  • glass or wooden serving bowls
  • cloth napkins
  • silicone stasher bag for storage

The big list of zero waste swaps - PollyBarks.com


  • reusable totes
  • cloth produce bags
  • glass jars with tare weight on bottom
  • glass or plastic bottles for liquids
  • grease pencils for writing tare/PLU codes




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