The “zero waste” life does not happen overnight.
It could start with you swapping one frequently used plastic products, such as a straw, with an eco-friendly, reusable stainless steel substitutes.
Even the best zero waste advocates say that it takes time to get into gear, but it also helps to remember three fast rules: be prepared for when you may need an alternative to avoid waste (which means packing for the occasion); stay mindful of your actions; and start small.
There are many websites and addresses across the globe that sell plastic-free, sustainable or organic products for zero waste lifestyles.
Here are some of our favourites.
1. The Hive Bulk Foods
Sunday night movie . Always have your healthy snacks. . . . . .#thehivebulkfoods #thetruecost #zerowaste #saving #vegetarian #plantbased #health #minimalist #simplelife #mindfulness #zerowastehome #goingzerowaste #zerowastekualalumpur #reuse #zerowastemalaysia #malaysia #kualalumpur #kl #realfood #organic
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What it has: bulk foods, toiletries, skincare, household products
Where to buy: online (ships to Malaysia and Singapore) and at 92A, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: daily, 9am to 7pm
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What it has: body care items, toiletries, eating and drinking utensils
Where to buy: online (ships to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia)
3. The Zero Waste Shop
What it has: food in bulk, toiletries, handmade soaps
Where to buy: 101 High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PF, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, from 9am, but closing times differ
4. Meow Meow Tweet
Our Juniper Carrot Seed Face Oil is one of the unsung heroes of our line. Made with skin nourishing and non-greasy oils, it’s perfect for oily and blemish prone skin. Not only is it anti-inflammatory, protective and balancing, it reduces the size of pores and helps clear up blackheads and acne. If you’re new to facial oils, make sure your skin is damp from your favorite toner (eh-hem) and massage a couple drops to cover the face and neck. . . . @andbibi #faceoil #selfcare #juniper #patchouli #jojobaoil #moisturizer #mmtface #veganbeauty #cleanbeauty #vegan #skincare #organic #organicskincare #natural #naturalbeauty #fairtrade #palmfree #crueltyfree #wellness #greenbeauty #naturalskincare #organicbeauty
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What it has: vegan skincare
Where to buy: online (ships to the US and Canada) and various retailers worldwide
5. Touch The Toes
@jadeyoga harmony 5mm mats back in stock . . . . #yogasg #yogasingapore #yoga #yogapants #iloveyoga #sustainable #sustainablefashion #sustainableliving #activewear #namaste #sgyogis #touchthetoes #slowfashion #ethicalfashion #singapore #sgyoga #activewear #yogaeverydamnday #manduka #liforme #teekigram
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What it has: eco-friendly yoga apparel and yoga gear
Where to buy: online (ships worldwide)
6. Zero Waste Store
What it has: toiletries, stationery, gardening tools and kitchenware
Where to buy: online (ships worldwide from Australia)
@madamsco has found her journey to a more sustainable and natural lifestyle quite a rocky one. It can definitely be a challenge, but small swaps like the products you use in your bathroom routine are a good place to start. : @madamsco
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What it has: oral care products
Where to buy: online (ships worldwide from the UK)
8. Live Zero Bulk Foods
NEW IN: Raw Matcha Pudding and Cacao Vanilla Chia Pudding We are OBSESSED with these delicious (and healthy!) sweet treats new in from @foodcraft_hk Both puddings are dairy free, soy free, gluten free, vegan and paleo friendly They are also packed with superfoods and healthy fats, so you can satisfy your sugar cravings AND help your gut too #doublewin #lowGI ♀️ The matcha pudding makes a super pre-workout treat, as the matcha will give you a lasting energy kick (it’s also packed with antioxidants!) The cacao pudding tastes just like chocolate mousse but without the guilt The chia seeds are full of omega 3 fatty acids which will keep you feeling full for longer (but honestly we’re still always tempted to have MORE ) As usual, you can return your jars to us so that they can be refilled #circularsystem Make sure you stock up quick before we’ve eaten them all!
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What it has: bulk food, body care products, eating and drinking utensils, paint
Where to buy: online (ships worldwide) and at 24 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 8pm; Sundays 11am to 6pm
9. Package Free Shop
We can barely keep these suckers on our shelves, and we're not surprised. These reusable organic cotton poufs are a genius solution to single-use cotton balls and pads. Use them to remove makeup, cleanse your face, have them on hand for liquid eyeliner mishaps (it happens), or even as a bandage if you cut yourself! Once they're all dirty, just throw them in the wash. They come twelve to a pack on packagefreeshop.com! #packagefree
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What it has: stationery, toiletries, skincare, home ware, kitchenware and feminine care products
Where to buy: online (ships worldwide) and at 137 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York 11249, United States
Opening hours: daily, 11am to 7pm
10. One Planet Zero
Even when it comes to sunglasses, you can do something to reduce plastic pollution. Bamboo sunglasses are the right choice for this summer! ️ wewoodwear.com #bamboosunglasses #woodensunglasses #plasticfree #skateboardsunglasses #zerowaste #fashion #style #luxury #sophisticated
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What it has: toiletries, kitchenware, utensils, feminine care products and sunglasses
Where to buy: online (ships worldwide)
What it has: bulk food
Where to buy: 6 Jalan Kuras, Singapore 577724
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 8pm
12. Plastic-Free HK
I definitely have a few favorite products here at PFHK, and this beechwood and maple wood hairbrush is one of them. I love supporting the company who makes them, I love using beautiful things, and I love that I'll never have to throw a plastic hairbrush in the rubbish ever again. Winning x's 3!!! • The handle is oiled beechwood and the 9 rows of pins are made from maple wood, which are secured in natural rubber. • Check out link in bio for ordering details!
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What it has: toiletries, skincare, home ware, eating and drinking utensils
Where to buy: online (ships to Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Macau)
13. Brush with Bamboo
Tis the season to start thinking about #gifts and #stockingstuffers!! What better gift to give than the gift of sustainability! . . . from @lovely_good_and_green - My secret plan to get folks to live a little greener is to gift a little greener in the hopes they like the switch! Starting with a stocking stuffer - a toothbrush to balance out all of the sweets. • • #giftgreen #gogreen #brushwithbamboo #buybetter #buysmart #ecofriendly #sustainable #makelesstrash #dontbetrashy #makeamericabeautifulagain #discountcode #greendeal #bamboo #plantbased #smile #yayforearth #lovelygoodgreener #igdc #mindfulliving #seekthesimplicity #stockingstuffers #tistheseason
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What it has: organic bamboo toothbrushes
Where to buy: online (ships worldwide from the US)
This article originally appeared on Wanderluxe by The Luxe Nomad.