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An Ultimate List of Zero Waste Alternatives

by Ossapha Ou

An Ultimate List of Zero Waste Alternatives

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Once upon countless times in a land not far away, a beautiful princess found herself in dire need of supplies for her palace. Upon hearing of this, her Prince Charming – always a sucker for puppy dog eyes – immediately embarked on a journey across the kingdom until he reached the nearest WasteMart. Here turned bearing an abundance of gifts for his fair lady, plastic single-use supplies as far as the eye could see. Of course, as is always the case with cheap plastic disposables, the perceived “convenience” came with a curse. The princess found her palace waste bins quickly filling up day-by-day, and the trash collector came week after week to “magically” make it disappear, and they all lived happily ever after...?

OK…so I took some artistic liberties with a few minor details and added a make-believe ending (I’m a hopeless romantic, so sue me). But this tale is based on a true story for millions of Americans every day, and the reason we have a royal pain of a waste problem facing our country.  

  • The average American throws out 4.5 pounds of trash per day / 235 pounds plastic per year.
  • Nearly 27 million tons of non-biodegradable plastic are buried in U.S.landfills each year.
  • Over 18 million tons of paper products / 12 million tons of wood enter U.S. landfills each year.
  • The U.S. accounts for 88-242 million pounds of ocean plastic pollution annually.
  • Over 1 million seabirds / 100,000 sea mammals are killed every year due to ocean pollution.

Statistics like these can swiftly turn our fairy tale into an American horror story, if we don’t act now. Thank goodness we have a hero in the Zero Waste Store to help us stop the Wicked Waste of the West from completely destroying Mother Earth. Let’s break out of the plastic spell we’ve been put under and arm ourselves with the Ultimate List of Zero Waste Swaps. Together, we can win the fight for a greener future and write the sustainable storybook ending that our planet deserves.

The Ultimate List of Zero Waste Swaps

Sunshine Shampoo Bar

Sunshine Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

The number of plastic shampoo bottles tossed out from U.S. households each year is enough to fill up as much as 1,200 (football field-sized) jousting fields. Ditch the plastic and be the belle of the ball with beautiful hair from our nutrient-rich Sunshine Bars. This tropically-scented & botanically blended duo will leave you with silky-soft locks that would make Rapunzel blush. 

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Marleys Monsters Unpaper Towels

Unpaper Towels - Rainbow 

Over 50,000 trees are cut down each day to make up for the amount of paper towels we use. Replace countless rolls of paper towels with a rainbow pack of our 100% cotton, reusable Unpaper Towels, a sustainable swap that fights enchanted forest depletion around the world.

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Stasher Bags

Stasher Bag Starter Kit (maybe colorful?)

1 million plastic bags are used every minute across the globe, which can take multiple centuries to biodegrade. Swap it out with Stasher. With its air-tight, zip-lock feature, these reusable silicone bags allow you to better store, marinate, or cook your food in, making your royal banquets taste better than heaven.

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Glad Rags Pantyliners and Pads

Glad Rags Pantyliners and Pads

About 20 billion non-biodegradable feminine hygiene products end up rotting away for centuries in North American landfills each year. Make a sage swap for a sustainable alternative and try our comfortable, secure, and super absorbent Glad Rags pantyliners or pads. After all, it’s you that’s supposed to live happily ever after, not your tampon.

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Blue Heron Botanicals Lip Therapy Balms

Lip Therapy Balms 

Our new sweetly-scented & savory-flavored Lip Balms harness the potent powers of Mother Nature’s most therapeutic plants to hydrate, heal and provide a rich, lasting seal. With the softest & most supple lips in all the land, your next kiss from Prince Charming is destined to be long and sustainable.

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Elate Makeup Products

Elate Makeup Products

Discover the fountain of youth with zero waste makeup that’s as safe on your skin as it is on the planet. With beauty products made perfect for a most kind and caring princess, Elate’s ethically-sourced and cruelty-free make up will put to rest any doubt who really is the fairest of them all – both on the outside and on the inside.

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Zero Waste Store Coffee Cup

ZWS Reusable Coffee Cup

Carry your hot drinks the forest-friendly way with our ZWS Reusable Coffee Cup, sustainably-made with a tempered soda-lime glass that stylishly saves the forest. That way, if any of the 20 million paper cup-replacing trees that get cut down every year happens to take out any of Pinocchio’s people, at least you’ll know you had nothing to do with it.

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Natural Cotton String Bag

Natural Cotton String Bag

Our plastic-reducing String Bag is a super convenient everyday companion for the “everywhere” person. Durably-made to hold up to 40lbs from a stretchy 100% cotton fabric that can fit in any pocket, this sustainable string bag can turn all your castle tasks greener – making them the perfect gifts for the next Servant Appreciation Day.

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All Natural Reef Safe Sunscreen

All Natural Reef Safe Sunscreen Tin

Being the fairest of them all doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying a little fun in the sun. Just remember to bring some of our plastic-free Reef Safe SPF30 Sunscreen with you to the beach. Trust us; Ariel will be singing your praises from under the sea.

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Albatross Safety Razor

Double-Edged Safety Razor

Our powerfully-constructed, re-loadable butterfly razor is made from a high-polished, anti-corrosive stainless steel, mighty enough to turn a bristly beast into smooth-skinned beauty in a single shave. Banish disposable razors from your kingdom forever with our reusable Double-Edged Safety Razor, because an enormous landfill next to your castle just isn’t a good look.

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