10 Simple Zero Waste Swaps With the Sustainable Duo

It’s never been more important to live a waste-free life. Thanks to the Sustainable Duo, going waste-free has never been easier.

1. Bring your own reusable bag

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Plant-dyed cotton bags are a zero-waste essential. Image: Sustainable Duo.

You never know which stores use plastic or paper, so just go the whole nine yards by bringing your own! We also use this bag as our designated “sustainability bag”. In here we store things like reusable bowls, plates, zero-waste deodorant, bamboo utensils, mugs, and handkerchiefs.

2. Don’t forget the reusable straw

Always keep a couple of reusable straws on you while traveling or eating out. We keep several in the sustainability bag just in case we hang out with someone who forgets theirs!

 Tip – give reusable straws out as zero-waste party favours.

3. Use bulk bags and cotton grocery bags

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Zero waste shopping made simple. Image: Sustainable Duo.

This is what an average day of zero-waste, high vibrational grocery shopping looks like at our house. Wholesome, organic foods only baby! These bulk bags are made of organic cotton and mesh. Great news – bulk bags take up little-to-no space in your backpack, purse, or carry-on so they are travel friendly and so worth it! Bye bye, plastic bags!

 Tip – stash some in your car so you are always prepared when heading to the grocery store or supermarket. 

4. Bring your own utensils for lunch!

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If you travel or eat out a lot, you most likely notice all of the plastic utensil everywhere you turn. You never know where there will be reusable options! We simply prepare and use bamboo utensils because bamboo is environmentally-friendly which is the main reason why bamboo kitchen utensils are becoming extremely popular. And they are also compostable!

5. Ditch traditional deodorant

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DIY deodorant bars are a great swap for a more sustainable life. Image: Sustainable Duo.

Most conventional deodorants not only come in plastic, but they can be extremely toxic. Try a zero-waste, organic deodorant bar or try making your own DIY deodorant!

6. Say goodbye to your plastic razor

Switch out your plastic razor for a stainless steel razor! Over two billion plastic razors are thrown out in the US alone every year. That is enough to wrap around Mother Earth SIX TIMES. How much money do you pay for razors a month? Around $5-10 (£3-7.50) right? Well, metal razors can be just $20 and will last your entire life!

7. Pack reusable mugs

Whenever you are out at a restaurant or café, ask for a reusable cup if you don’t bring your own mug. Most paper cups are lined with wax or plastic to prevent the paper from dissolving. For this reason, most paper cups can’t be composted or recycled.

8. Grab a bamboo toothbrush

Bamboo toothbrushes are a great deal more eco-friendly than plastic toothbrushes. Did you know that every plastic toothbrush ever created is still here? Plastic toothbrushes fill the oceans and landfills. One billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year in the United States ALONE.

Tip – to dispose properly, cut off the bristles and throw in the trash. Compost the bamboo or use it as a gardening stick to label your plants!

9. Bring a reusable bowl

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Coconut bowls are a fantastic way to reuse waste coconut shells. Image: Sustainable Duo.

Whether it be a salad market bar or an acai bowl café, bringing your own bowl prevents a lot of unnecessary waste. Some eating spots offer reusable bowls while dining in but you’d be surprised at how many restaurants don’t have sustainable dining-in options.

10. Pack snacks to avoid plastic

You know us vegans, we like to eat a lot! Pack anything in a reusable to-go box, from sandwiches to cut-up fruit.

The goal with all this is not perfection, but simply having a zero-waste mindset! We live in a consumerism world which can make things more tricky, but all you need to worry about is trying to do your absolute best and focus on:

  • Preparation
  • Refusing
  • Reducing
  • Reusing
  • Recycling

Find out more about going completely waste-free with The Sustainable Duo here.

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PAGE UPDATED JULY 2020

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