Here’s our guide to kick-starting a nondisposable lifestyle
You bring a reusable bag to the grocery store and you ditched plastic bottles for a reusable water canteen years ago. But there are plenty more ways to curb waste across your home, from the laundry room to the shower.
1. Enjoy iced coffee guilt-free with a stainless steel tumbler. $24; .
2. Load up in the produce or bulk-bin aisle with all-cotton bags. $10; .
3. Replace paper towels with an all-cotton napkin set, handwoven by artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. Shown in Rust and Oatmeal. $65/set of 4; .
4. Swap dryer sheets for natural-wool dryer balls, hand-felted in Sonoma County. $35/set of 5; .
5. Many cities and counties do not accept plastic utensils in the recycling bin. The bamboo variation is reusable and light for on-the-go use. Totally Bamboo 3-Piece Bamboo Flatware Set, $5.95; .
6. Trade plastic wrap and baggies for beeswax wrap, crafted from beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. $18/assorted set of 3; .
7. Replace plastic bottles with shampoo bars. Syrian soap-maker Hassan Harastani uses a 3,000-year-old laurel berry oil recipe, effective for everything from hair to dish washing. From $8; .
8. Don’t toss it, repair it. In her new book, ($25, Abrams), Katrina Rodabaugh shares her slow-fashion techniques for artfully restoring denim—and more.
9. Wool sponges are naturally antimicrobial and antifungal. Full Circle Wool Sponges, $11; .
10. Stainless steel containers are the new brown-bag lunch. $10; .
11. Many natural-foods stores offer refills of nut butters, olive oil, honey, and agave. BYO glass jar when you go shopping. Weck Sturz Canning Jars, from $4; .
12. Mix, label, and store natural cleaners in amber spray bottles. Sixteen-ounce bottle, $7; .
13. Cut down on clutter with Sal Suds. The all-in-one biodegradable product multitasks on dozens of household cleaning duties. From $9; .