These Zero-Waste Cleaning Kits Have Everything You Need for a Sparkling Home
The zero-waste lifestyle continues to grow in popularity—great news for our planet. For those new to the idea, it aims to decrease the waste (especially single-use plastic) we consume daily through purchases, shipping and personal-care routines.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines zero-waste as the "conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials." All of this is done without harming the health of humans or our planet's natural resources.
While corporations and manufacturers can adopt the concept on a larger scale, incremental efforts at home can make an impact, too. If you're looking for a place to start, Lily Cameron, cofounder of blog, book, and former store Wild Minimalist, suggests making small, purposeful choices to be more eco-conscious. "Going zero waste means taking gradual, intentional steps to limit your daily waste," she says. "You do that by practicing mindfulness, reducing your dependence on disposable products, and being resourceful."
Beginners might consider starting with a zero-waste cleaning kit. These handy (and beautiful!) bundles are coveted for their earth-friendly contents and waste-minimizing refillable components. What should you look for when purchasing your own? "A good kit contains essentials that are well tested and highly effective," Cameron says. To clean sustainably in your home, shop our top 10 zero-waste cleaning kits below.
Zero Waste Cleaning Kits
Tips for Sustainable Cleaning
Some consumers might assume harsh chemicals are the only way to get a surface truly clean, but that's not often the case. "A lot of people think you need specialized cleaning products for each surface in the home and that harsh chemicals are the only way to get things truly clean and sanitary," Cameron says. "I was really surprised to discover that a few simple ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda and castile soap could replace the majority of my household cleaners and are just as effective."
For a more sustainable home, start by paying attention to the items you're throwing away. "And not just in the kitchen, every room in your home that has a trash can," Cameron says. "Consider each item—is it really trash or can it be reused, recycled, or composted instead?" Learn which retailers offer earth-friendly shipping options. And for those looking to expand their zero-waste lifestyle, there are a number of books helpful for beginners, including 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste ($18, Zero Waste Store), Life Without Plastic ($19, Amazon), Zero Waste Home ($16, Amazon), and more. Even small changes in your daily life can help the planet, one thoughtful decision at a time.