Leading a zero-waste lifestyle can seem pretty daunting. Often times, a zero-waste or low-waste lifestyle is presented with a veneer of privilege and perfection. Attempting to make sustainable swaps is unappealing when this kind of lifestyle seems inaccessible. Those seductive images of perfectly matched, newly purchased mason jars and bamboo cutlery are just that—seductive.
Buying something is inherently paradoxical to living a low-waste lifestyle. That’s just silly…and wasteful. I’m all for reusing what you currently have, even if it’s plastic! The goal of going zero waste, of course, is to reduce consumption, isn’t it? It’s an opportunity to redefine our relationship with stuff.
With all of that in mind, we do have necessities that we need to buy, whether that’s soap or toothpaste. Here are a few shops, in no particular order, that can help you be more conscious with your purchases. Also, don’t feel stuck by perfection; be perfectly imperfect with your “make less waste” journey!
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Started by couple Lily and Max, Wild Minimalist seeks to make it easier for people to begin their journey towards a zero-waste lifestyle. As noted on their website, Wild Minimalist does this by “vetting the best quality products, partnering with sustainable businesses and shipping purchases in recyclable or compostable packaging.”
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A small business based out of Colorado, Eco Roots motto of “low waste products for a better you” is reflected in their curated selection of goods. They offer products made in-house and goods sourced from other small businesses. They offer free shipping for orders $45 and above, too!
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Where are you in your journey? Do you have any favorite stores that aren’t on this list? Comment below!