Zero Waste Tips: Part 2

Here are more zero waste tips to transition your home into a zero waste home.


  1. Use 100% recycled and unbleached toilet paper. Go for the more environmentally friendly toilet paper that’s individually wrapped in paper or install a bidet attachment to your toilet.
  2. Use an alternative option to commercial deodorant. Commercial deodorant comes in a lot of plastic packaging and they are packed with chemicals that aren’t healthy for your body. Try making your own with baking soda and Himalayan pink salt (recipe here) or use an alum stone.
  3. For shaving, use a safety razor and shaving soap. Also, instead of using shaving gel or cream, try using just regular soap and lather where you need it and shave.
  4. Refill your bottles with bulk shampoo and conditioner. There’s also a no-poo option for those who have short hair. Rinse your hair, massage baking soda, then rinse with vinegar for shine. You can also use a shampoo bar. Instead of hairspray, try lemon water in a spray bottle. To go longer between washes, try cornstarch in bulk instead of dry shampoo.
  5. For body and face soap, find a package-free solid soap. It helps eliminate the plastic packaging when you use bar soaps. To exfoliate, use bulk baking soda. For a mask, use bulk clays like bentonite mixed with water or apple cider vinegar.
  6. Switch from toothpaste to homemade tooth powder in a glass jar. You eliminate the plastic packaging and chemicals. You can find the recipe for a homemade tooth powder here. Also, switch out your plastic toothbrush for a compostable bamboo toothbrush.
  7. Reduce your cosmetics and consider homemade substitutes. Use cocoa powder as a bronzer. Use a homemade balm for eyes, lips, hair and nails. Try to replace disposable pads and tampons with a reusable liner or menstrual cup.
  8. Nail care. All you need for your nails is a nail clipper, stainless steel file, and a homemade balm for moisture and shine.
  9. Forget about Q-tips. They’re bad for you anyway. Do some research for more organic and healthier options to clean your ears.
  10. Other tips. You can also compost your hair and nail clippings, put a jug of water in your toilet tank to require less water to flush, and collect water in a bucket while you’re waiting for the shower to warm up and then use that water to water plants.

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