The Ultimate Quick and Easy Room by Room Home Sustainability Guide
The Room by Room Guide to Home Sustainability takes you through the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and bedroom to provide zero waste, sustainable alternatives.
Estimated Read Time: 7 minutes
It’s Sustainable September ‘round these parts which means we’re serving up sustainable lessons for our email subscribers. If you haven’t signed up yet, make sure to do so!
So far in Sustainable September we’ve covered:
- The 5 R’s of sustainability (reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse, rot).
- Unique ways to use Stasher bags.
- The wonderplant that is bamboo and all our bamboo products.
- And now, a room by room home sustainability guide.
Working towards building a more sustainable life can be, quite frankly, overwhelming. There are so many things to learn, and it can be hard to know where to start. You might be asking yourself:
- What do all these new sustainable words mean?
- What is greenwashing and am I being greenwashed?
- Do I need to fit all my trash in a sandwich baggie to be zero waste?
We don’t think you need to fit your trash in a sandwich baggie to live a zero waste life. Although that’s super cool, it’s unrealistic for most of us.
Instead, We believe that millions of people practicing zero waste imperfectly is better than a handful of people doing it perfectly.
Our goal is to help you live your best, sustainable life! We do that by providing sustainable essentials, tips, and tricks for sustainable living. However it looks for you.
Let’s talk room by room sustainability!
Sustainable Home Guide: Bathroom
Once you start noticing how many plastic products are in your bathroom, it’s hard to unsee it. You’ll also notice sustainable products are higher-quality and made to last. You’ll never go back!
In the Shower:
Safety Razors Are the New Sustainable Must Haves:
What’s so great about a safety razor? Not only do they give a better shave, all these options are metal with stainless steel blades. The blades are recycleable (are cheap to replace) and the handles can last a lifetime. Check them out!
- Albatross Stainless Steel Razor + 10 Blades
- Fixed Head Twig Razor (In Gold, Chrome, Black, Rose Gold)
- Pivoting Head Stainless Steel Razor (In Mercury, Chrome, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Prism)
- Upcircle Beauty Chrome Razor
Proper oral care can reduce your risk for oral infections, gum disease, and even bad breath! Here are a few of our favorite sustainable oral health tools.
- Bamboo Toothbrush
- Bamboo Charcoal Dental Floss (Vegan)
- Tongue Scraper
- Huppy Toothpaste Tabs
- Plastic-free toothbrush holders
Personal Care Essentials:
We could do a whole blog on skin care alone, oh wait, we already did! But let’s cover the essentials.
- Last Swabs are a reusable, sustainable, and sanitary alternative to cotton buds or Q-tips.
- Bamboo Hairbrush
- Organic Cotton Rounds
- Refillable Face Wash
- Loofah Facial Discs
- A Dew Mighty jelly bar is a toner, a serum, and a moisturizer all in one!
Zero Waste Menstruation Products:
We didn’t forget you menstruators! Many period products are either one-time use plastics or they contain plastic, but it doesn't have to be that way!
- Washable, Reusable Pad
- Silicone Menstrual Cup
- Silicone Menstrual Disc
- Washable, Reusable Period Underwear
Ending the bathroom guide is PlantPaper! Most toilet paper for North America comes from essential forests. PlantPaper is an alternative made from fast growing bamboo!
Sustainable Home Guide: Kitchen
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So you deserve quality kitchen essentials that help, not hurt the environment. Check out our favorites with extra attention on all the eco-friendly ways you can wash the dishes.
- Dish Soap Bars
- Zero Waste Sponge Cloths
- Reusable Paper Towels
- Use a Countertop Compost Bin to collect your compost scraps.
- Stasher Bags
- Food Wraps
- You likely have a lot of spare water bottles but if you're in need of a good quality one, grab a Frank Green Water Bottle.
- Plastic free Water Filter
The Only Dish Brushes You Need:
It’s what you’ve been waiting for — all the ways you can wash your dishes without any plastic!
Sustainable Home Guide: Cleaning
Do you have an overflowing cabinet you go into only when you need to grab a cleaning product? Are you unsure of what more than half of those products are for? It doesn’t have to be that complicated!
- Reusable Disinfectant Wipes
- Glass Spray Bottle to pair with Home Cleaning Powder
- Stone Cleaner Spray
- Refillable Cleaning Tablets
- Washable Mop Covers
- Washable, Reusable Duster
One of the best things about sustainable products and tools is that many of them are super versatile! Dish brushes, unpaper towels, and bamboo toothbrushes can all double as cleaning tools. You can be as creative as you want! Be sure to disinfect between uses and not cross contaminate.
Sustainable Home Guide: Bedroom
Your bedroom is your sanctuary — a place where you can be at peace to relax and unwind. Nestle into a set of organic cotton sheets and feel the tension melt away.
Sustainable Home Guide: Laundry
Laundry routines are jam-packed with plastic. Heavy plastic detergent jugs, plastic stain remover sprays, and fabrics that shed microfibers! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Get rid of plastic and microfibers by switching up your laundry routine.
- Wool Dryer Balls help create movement in the dryer and reduce the amount of dryer time needed.
- Use Guppyfriend Washing Bag to catch microfibers shed from synthetic fabrics
- Laundry Detergent Sheets
- A Cora Ball helps catch stray microfibers and reduces the amount of microfibers shed by synthetic fabrics. This allows you to dispose of them instead of letting them going through wastewater.
- Stain Stick
We hope this guide gives you a good idea on how to start incorporating sustainable items into your home.
But if you're getting the urge to purge it all so you can start over, hold on just a minute!
We completely understand the desire to get rid of everything. Who doesn't want to make a fresh start? But getting rid of it all actually does more harm than good.
Using what you already have is the most sustainable thing you can do! Divide up your house by rooms. Work on incorporating sustainable items one room at a time, one product at a time. Start with the first room and as each item runs, or wears out, replace its sustainable counterpart. Once that room is complete, move onto the next!
And of course, hang onto this room by room home sustainability guide and come back to it as you need it.
Other Blogs You Might Find Helpful:
- 8 Easy Steps For A Sustainable Laundry Routine
- Your Easy Spring Cleaning Guide With Sustainable Zero Waste Cleaning Products
- Hack Your Way to a Zero Waste Kitchen With These Easy Swaps
- 9 Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps for a More Sustainable Bathroom Routine
- Zero Waste Home Products and How To Dispose of Them Properly
Written by Lauren Plug, freelance content creator for ZeroWasteStore