Zero-Waste Essentials: Part 1 of The Complete List of Sustainable Products

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Shopping itself is unsustainable but what do you when you need something to nourish yourself? What if you want to pack lunch in a reusable bento box instead of eating out? What if you want to buy a refillable water bottle to avoid using single-use plastic bottles?

You don’t have to guilt trap yourself for buying something as long as you consume mindfully and with awareness. Because when you make the right decision once, you will never repeat the cycle of buying the same thing over and over.

This list is intended for those who know how to apply mindfulness to their consumption and want to transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. If you are currently struggling with your consumption habit and feel overwhelmed by your own craving for material possession, I suggest revisiting this list later in your journey.

My intention in compiling this list is to offer helpful resources for you to heal and live fully. The purpose is not to promote mindless consumption. It is up to you to decide what to purchase depending on your own personal need. Allow yourself to be mindful of why you need these products and think about how you intend to use it. Ask valuable questions like can I make do with what I already own? Can I find a used version of this product? Can I borrow this from a friend or a family?

You must also know that factory-made and even handmade products cannot always be completely sustainable, organic, ethical, eco-friendly, chemical-free, toxin-free, and natural all at the same time. So make sure to give yourself permission to be imperfect in your journey. Try your best to stay in alignment with the needs of this Earth but also allow yourself to be flexible and forgiving.

I suggest buying from the same store to consolidate the products into one box if you shop online. You can also visit a local Zero-waste shop or a health store if you live near one.

*This post may contain affiliate link. I only recommend products I believe will add value to you.

ZERO-WASTE KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

ZERO-WASTE BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

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Shopping itself is unsustainable but what do you do when you need something to nourish yourself? What if you want to pack lunch in a reusable bento box instead of eating out? What if you want to buy a refillable water bottle to avoid using single-use plastic bottles?

You don’t have to guilt trap yourself for buying something as long as you consume mindfully and with awareness. Because when you make the right decision once, you will never repeat the cycle of buying the same thing over and over.

This list is intended for those who know how to apply mindfulness to their consumption and want to transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. If you are currently struggling with your consumption habit and feel overwhelmed by your own craving for material possession, I suggest revisiting this list later in your journey.

My intention in compiling this list is to offer helpful resources for you to heal and live fully. The purpose is not to promote mindless consumption. It is up to you to decide what to purchase depending on your own personal need. Allow yourself to be mindful of why you need these products and think about how you intend to use it. Ask valuable questions like can I make do with what I already own? Can I find a used version of this product? Can I borrow this from a friend or a family?

You must also know that factory-made and even handmade products cannot always be completely sustainable, organic, ethical, eco-friendly, chemical-free, toxin-free, and natural all at the same time. So make sure to give yourself permission to be imperfect in your journey. Try your best to stay in alignment with the needs of this Earth but also allow yourself to be flexible and forgiving.

I suggest buying from the same store to consolidate the products into one box if you shop online. You can also visit a local Zero-waste shop or a health store if you live near one.

*This post may contain affiliate link. I only recommend products I believe will add value to you.

ZERO-WASTE KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

ZERO-WASTE BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

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FREE 30 Day and 25% First Order
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7 Replies to “Zero-Waste Essentials: Part 1 of The Complete List of Sustainable Products”

  1. I already use some of these reusable products, but some others I had never heard of before. Thank you for sharing such a comprehensive list!

  2. Even though I literally use all of them, my dustbin is still full of plastic… The biggest problem is with food. In my climate (Norway) there is no big choice of fresh fruits and veggies and the rest is packed with plastic… But anyway, I cannot image how much more rubbish would I produce if I would e.g. buy bottled water or shower tel 😮

  3. Thank you for your articles. i’ve been practicing minimalism for a little over 4 years now but I’ve never been sustainable, thanks to your channel and blog, I’m more than inspired. I’m in a bit of a dilemma and I would like to hear what you do in this scenario: How do you deal with cat hair? I have two cats and one of them sheds a lot of hair. Currently, I have a small handheld vacuum that works great on surfaces but if I want to use it on the floor, it would take me a long time and it’s super uncomfortable (thankfully, I live in a small one bed apartment, but still)… I wanted to get an upright vacuum but I’m considering not to. Sweeping cat hair and dust is pointless because it literally spreads allergens throughout, and using the wet “swiffr” sheets don’t seem to do a lot. Should I get a different type of mop? I’d appreciate any input!

    1. Hello,

      I understand your problem and I can see why you are asking for some help here. I own a small handheld vacuum myself but like you also said, cleaning a bigger area (especially the floor) is very uncomfortable. I recommend looking for some upright second hand vacuums online or maybe finding someone who is willing to swap their old vacuum for your handheld one (in case that you would like to get rid of it for minimalistic reasons).

      I hope this was least a bit of a help.

      Have a nice day,
      Charlotte

  4. Hello dearest Youheum,

    thank you so much for sharing this post with us. I came to your blog via your truly amazing YouTube channel; you always put so much love, passion and understanding into your work that it makes me feel refreshed whenever I read, watch or hear some of it.
    This post was once again very helpful to me and I will surely try to incorporate some of your essentials into my daily life (especially the DIY laundry detergent).
    However I think that some of the things you mentioned are not that necessary. I hope you don’t feel offended by me – as offending you is the last thing I would want to do – and I appreciate your little ‘disclaimer’ at the very beginning of your post saying that this is not an invitation for mindless consumerism.
    But taking the straws as an example (also under consideration of [extreme] minimalism) I personally think that one does not need them. Why do you have to impact the planet only for a small tube to drink from if you can do so directly from your cup/ glass?

    As I’ve already said, I do not want to be mean to anyone and there might be some people who simply prefer this way for aesthetic reasons but I simply wanted to contribute to your community and share my opinion 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Best wishes,

    Charlotte

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