The idea of being "zero waste" seems difficult, expensive, time consuming and arguably "not worth it". I know because when I first started looking into it, that's all I kept thinking. "Oh my god. They want that much for straws?! They must be out of their damn minds." Or "Yeah, composting seems great, but it also seems like a lot of work."
The more I researched and learned, the more I realized that this is exactly what I want to be doing. Yes, I have spent a bit (approx $50) on some of my new favorite products but it was 100% worth it. We are creating less garbage in this house, minimizing the stuff in our house, and minimizing our impact on the planet. I don't know if you're aware, but there's only one Earth and scientists haven't found a suitable replacement planet for all of us just yet, so we need to take care of our home!
I've done quite a bit of research over the last 6 months or so, trying to find easy and relatively seamless ways to reduce our waste without spending a ton. I'm cheap, but I want to make things better for our planet. Or at least not make them worse. I've got a pretty lengthy Pinterest board devoted minimizing our waste output, and I'm slowly introducing new, waste-free alternatives into our home. I'm always looking for new ideas, so make sure you follow that board if you are interested in any of the things I mention here today.
**Disclaimer: Some products were provided for testing and review, free of charge. All opinions are 100% mine. Products that were provided free of charge have been clearly labeled as such.**
Easy zero waste alternatives
**Update!! The cloth coffee filter is great! It works just as well as the paper, clean up is easy, and I just hang it to dry between uses**
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