Did you know you can find several easy zero waste swaps on Amazon? Going zero waste using the Amazon marketplace has become trendy. Mainstream media as well as social media influencers are talking about the environment and trying zero waste swaps. However, going zero waste can be confusing if you are unsure about what it means, what you want and where to start.
What does zero waste mean?
In simple terms, zero waste means to produce no waste from your everyday living habits. Now, I am not entirely comfortable with the term zero waste because everything we consume will result in a form of waste, no matter what type of waste it is. However, by choosing more eco-friendly alternatives, we are still producing waste, but just in a smaller and less frequent manner. So I prefer to use the words low waste, but zero waste is the trending phrase, hence the title of this post: zero waste swaps.
Aiming for a zero waste lifestyle is not easy by any means, but we can go low waste by making informed choices about what we are buying and how often. As a result, many people nowadays are using Amazon to look for zero waste product ideas.
When it comes to finding easy zero waste swaps, Amazon is probably one of the most convenient places to go to when you are thinking about going zero waste. Although there are hundreds of products available on Amazon, I have compiled a list of a few items that are easy to swap and get you started. Zero waste it is not about changing our lifestyle drastically, it is about making changes that we are comfortable with and at a pace that suits us. Therefore use the list below as a guide to start your zero waste journey.
Why look for zero waste swaps on Amazon?
Often people in the eco fight will frown when it comes to Amazon, but we must remember that Amazon is a platform for thousands of small and individually run businesses. You will also find handmade and locally sourced products on Amazon. Therefore, we should not disregard the products on Amazon when we want to find zero waste alternatives to mainstream products.
Many online stores as well as high street shops now offer some zero waste alternatives. But if you are just starting out and you are not sure where to shop, use the list below to get you started.
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Which zero waste products to consider on Amazon?
1. Switch to reusable face wipes
My favourite zero waste swap from Amazon is the reusable bamboo face pads. I have been using the bamboo face wipes or face pads for over a year now. Since I received them over a year ago, I have not used disposal face wipes. This means that I successfully prevented at least 12 or 14 packs of disposables face wipes from going to landfill and saved myself approximately £40 in costs so far. If you are interested in reading about the reusable face wipes, read my recent updated review on bamboo face pads, which will give you more details about them. In essence, the reusable bamboo face wipes are soft, easy to use and washable with your light laundry. They will last many months or years depending on how much you use the pads. The bamboo face pads are available to buy on Amazon.
2.Think of a long lasting Makeup Remover
If you are not a heavy user of makeup, try using an organic oil such as coconut oil. Buy the oil in a glass jar because glass jars and their lids are easily recyclable and reusable in the kitchen. The oil will last you ages. My coconut oil jar lasts me at least one year. I also use the oil to repair my hair in the winter. Available to buy on Amazon.
3.Try Solid Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
Soap, shampoo and conditioner bars are some of the most popular zero waste products on the market today. There are so many handmade as well as established brands offering bars as an alternative to soaps in bottles. Therefore choosing a bar that comes in recyclable paper, uses natural scents and is suitable for your skin and hair type will not be difficult. You can purchase handmade bars from Amazon.
4.Beeswax Food Wraps
Swap your cling film for food wraps made from beeswax. The beeswax wraps are easy to use and they are reusable. The wraps rely on the warmth from your hands to seal the food container. Basically, run your fingers around the wrap to shape over the bowl and within seconds it will form the seal. Available from Amazon.
Finally for those who are not faint hearted
5.Start home composting to switch to zero food waste
Now this zero waste switch is not for everyone. Last summer, when I first started home composting, I was very excited. Everyday, I would fill the compost bin with lots of scraps such as vegetable and fruit peelings, shredded paper, leaves, tea bags and egg boxes. As the temperature rose, so did the activity inside the bin. A word of warning, if insects, worms and snails easily put you off then home composting is not for you. However, if they do not bother you then definitely give it a go. Composting your food waste will reduce what you put in the bin for landfill. It will also make you realise how much food is often wasted and you will end up with a good compost you can use in the garden for your vegetable and flowerbeds.
I can’t wait to open the compost bin when Spring arrives. Most organic material takes at least one year to naturally breakdown. So the materials in my compost bin from last year should be ready for use this year. Buy from Amazon.
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