Swaps and Substitutions for a Zero Waste Household | NONAGON.style
Swaps and Substitutions for a Zero Waste Household

Swaps and Substitutions for a Zero Waste Household

Ditch the plastic and embark on the green journey!

Cissy Wang
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Cissy Wang
on May 24th 2019
Cissy is a fresh graduate from CUHK with a major in English and Comparative Literature. Her writing gears towards the poetics of space in social, cultural and urban spaces. "In libris libertas" has always been her motto.

With the unrelenting rise of global warming and climate catastrophe we’re facing, if you’re not on board with changing up your lifestyle and switching to one that’s environmentally sound, you’ll be left behind. Zero waste is one of those methods.


It might sound daunting at first, and a challenge to minimize disposable packaging, but it’s worth the effort. The list below will give you some ideas and solutions to eco-friendly alternatives for daily used products. Have a browse through my list and decide which products you’d like to switch out to get started with your green journey.

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Zero Waste Essentials

Use Glass Jars

Blisshaus labels designed for the pantry | NONAGON.style
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Single-use plastic poses a major threat to the environment, and glass jars are a good option for wet or dry storage in the fridge or the pantry. More supermarkets are offering you the ability to buy items bringing your own container now, which is a brilliant solution to excess packaging. If your supermarket doesn’t, let them know how you feel about that because chances are other shoppers agree.


When you get your items home, remember to label your goods like the jars shown above from Blisshaus. You don’t mix up the sugar and the salt!


Click here to read more about how to go zero waste in the kitchen.

Stainless Steel Straws

Ever&Again Zero Waste: Reusable straw and tumbler by Hong Kong zero waste store, No!w No Waste | NONAGON.style
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Much has been made about the waste produced in canteens, cafes and restaurants every day because of disposable items. Ditch that single-use plastic straw and invest in stainless steel straws, tumblers and cutlery sets for eating on the go.


They are completely recyclable and can last for a much longer than plastic if properly used. They’re non-toxic and less wasteful compared to plastic straws which may leak out harmful substances at high heat.


See my zero waste stores that offer reusable and compostable products.

No More Plastic Wrap

Colorful patterned alternatives to Plastic Wrap from ever&again, Germany | NONAGON.style

One of the easiest bits of trash we can eliminate from our pantry is plastic wrap. I admire these vibrant kitchen bowl hoods from ever&again because they are colorful and practical. When storing items in the fridge, you can place one of these colorful hoods over to keep food fresh.


See more surface pattern design here.

Bring Your Cotton Bags

Ever&Again Zero Waste: Reusable cotton bread flour bag from Edgar Hong Kong | NONAGON.style
old flour sack made into a reusable bread bag

In terms of packaging for grocery items, go for organic cotton bags to save unnecessary costs from buying single use plastic bags. The picture above is an example of a flour sack upcycled to use for buying and storing bread. Carry a foldaway bag with you at all times, as you never know when you might need more room for carrying things.


Explore zero waste packaging alternatives.

Plan Out Zero Waste Meal Budget

Ever&Again Zero Waste: Zero Waste Meal Planner | NONAGON.style
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Cutting down on throwing things out is easier when you know how much is coming in. Plan out your weekly shop ahead of time, so you know exactly what you will need to buy and have all the containers ready to go to the market.


A zero waste meal budget plan not only helps to save you money but also save the ocean by avoiding buying more than you can consume.


Use our free meal planner template to transform your weekly food shop.

Opt for Upcycled Furniture

Ever&Again Zero Waste: Joining Bottles by Micaella Pedros | NONAGON.style
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Thinking wider scale, your furniture choices can also come from upcycled stock. London-based designer Micaella Pedros created a wood-joining technique by repurposing discarded plastic bottles to make unique furniture pieces.


With such innovative furniture pieces that contribute to a healthier environment, Pedros is taking a step towards a way more sustainable home.


Discover more about the ‘Joining Bottles’ Project here.

Are you up for the zero waste challenge? Let me know in the comments below what changes are easier to make than others.


For more tips and tricks to help you lead a sustainable life, make sure to check out our guide to a Zero Waste Kitchen. Don’t forget to also follow our ‘Eco Friendly‘ story category for the latest green news and features.


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