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Zero Waste Living: 20 Eco-Friendly Swaps That Will Help You Get Organized

Simple Swaps to Reduce Waste and Embrace Sustainability in Your Daily Life


Do you find yourself wishing you had less stuff? Wanting to declutter, but things just keep piling up? These simple swaps from guest blogger Earth Warrior Lifestyle not only take up less space and allow for easier organization, they're also great for starting your journey towards a zero waste lifestyle! Not to mention cost and time savings too.

With a focus on practicality and ease, we'll explore impactful trades for everyday items you can make to help you start your journey toward sustainability and simplicity. Whether you're just beginning or looking to deepen your zero waste commitment, we've got you covered with planet-friendly solutions for your home AND on-the-go..

Let's dive in!


The Basics of Zero Waste Living

Before diving into specific swaps, let's establish a foundational understanding of zero waste living. At its core, zero waste is about reevaluating our consumption habits and making conscious choices to minimize waste production. This lifestyle encourages the "5 R's": Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (compost). The following swaps align with these principles, helping you take meaningful steps toward a zero waste lifestyle.

Sustainable Swaps for an Organized Kitchen

  1. Reusable Produce Bags: Replace single-use plastic bags with reusable produce bags for your fruits and vegetables.

  1. Beeswax Wraps: Say goodbye to plastic wrap and switch to beeswax wraps for covering food items. They are reusable and eco-friendly.

  2. Stainless Steel or Glass Containers: Instead of disposable plastic containers, invest in durable stainless steel or glass containers for food storage.

  3. Reusable Water Bottles: Kick the disposable water bottle habit by opting for a reusable water bottle. Choose materials like stainless steel or glass.

  4. Compostable Kitchen Scrubbers: Swap plastic kitchen scrubbers for compostable alternatives made from natural fibers.

Bathroom Swaps for Simple Living


  1. Bamboo Toothbrush: Replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo alternative. Bamboo is a sustainable and biodegradable material.

  2. Bar Soap or Soap Bars: Transition from liquid soap in plastic bottles to bar soap or soap bars with minimal packaging.

  3. Reusable Cotton Rounds: Ditch disposable cotton rounds for reusable ones made from cotton or bamboo fabric.

  4. Safety Razor: Invest in a safety razor with replaceable blades to eliminate disposable plastic razors from your routine.

  5. Menstrual Cup or Reusable Pads: Consider switching to a menstrual cup or reusable pads instead of disposable tampons or pads.

Swaps for Decluttering Your Closet

  1. Second Hand Shopping: Explore thrift stores or online platforms for second-hand clothing. This reduces the demand for new production and extends the life of existing garments.

  2. Quality Over Quantity: Choose high-quality, timeless pieces over fast fashion trends. Invest in clothing that lasts longer and withstands fashion fluctuations.

  3. DIY Clothing Repairs: Learn basic sewing skills to repair and mend your clothes instead of discarding them.

On-The-Go Swaps for Intentional Living

  1. Reusable Coffee Cup: Carry a reusable coffee cup to your favorite coffee shop to avoid disposable cups and lids.

  2. Stainless Steel, Bamboo or Glass Straw: Say no to plastic straws and use stainless steel, Bamboo or glass alternatives. Many even come with convenient travel cases.

  3. Tote Bags: Keep a reusable tote bag in your purse or backpack to avoid using plastic bags when shopping.


Household Swaps That Make Home Organization a Breeze

  1. Refillable Cleaning Products: Opt for refillable cleaning products or make your own using simple ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.

  2. LED Bulbs: Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs. They last longer and use less energy.

  3. Cloth Napkins: Swap disposable paper napkins for cloth napkins that can be washed and reused.

  4. Digital Subscriptions: Reduce paper waste by opting for digital subscriptions for newspapers, magazines, and bills.


Ready to take the first steps towards an organized, low waste lifestyle?

Whether you're unsure about how to get started or you're ready to jump in, Sort and Simple is here to support you every step of the way. Reach out today and let's get started!

About the Author


Based in Edmonton, Earth Warrior Lifestyle is on a mission to revolutionize the way we think about waste and its impact on our planet. EWL creates reusable products from recycled textiles.



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