Whether you read an article about how ocean plastic pollution killed a whale, or was shocked to learn about our society’s wasteful habits on War On Waste, you’ve now had an environmental or moral epiphany, and you’re keen to live more sustainably. You’ve decided to say no to single-use plastic and are aiming to reduce the amount of disposable waste you create.
Congratulations! We’re so pleased you’re finally joining the Green Team!
And we suspect that you’ve landed on this page because you’re looking to embark on your eco-journey in a fashionable way.
Well, firstly, you’ve come to the right place as we are all about that intersectionality of green living, political activism and style! And boy have we got you covered.
So here are some super stylish zero waste essentials that will help you to reduce your impact on our planet, help save you money and turn you into a real life Eco Warrior Princess.
Frank Green is a company producing some of the most stylish collection of reusable coffee cups and water bottles that come in classic tones to the loveliest soft colour palettes from natural hues to bursts of colour. Its award-winning reusable cup design is modern, sleek, minimalist and functional, so you can take it to work or to the gym and everywhere in between and it will go with any outfit! Made from premium quality materials with a spill-resistant lid, Frank Green products are built for beauty, and for longevity. You also have the option of customising your colours if you prefer.
If you’re especially geeky and love embracing all things tech, you’ll love the brand’s Next Generation cup range which are products that are Visa payWave enabled so you can just ‘swipe’ your cup to go. Perfect for those 10-minute work breaks where you don’t get a whole lot of time to grab a coffee!
You may have seen these super chic, lightweight bags sweeping the Instagram world and now you can buy your very own GOTS-certified organic cotton sustainable version from Ever Eco. This bag is perfect for those quick stops in the shop for grocery essentials, but definitely not made to carry too many items given the design. It does stretch though so can fit more items than you think. It’s made with premium, soft, thick organic and unbleached cotton and scrunches up small enough so you can take it with you for those unplanned ‘shopping emergencies’.
S’well is a popular American brand producing a range of water bottles to suit all tastes and preferences, whether you’re after soft hues, metallic colours or gorgeous artistic designs and patterns to show off a little personality. These bottles are beautifully crafted made of triple walled, high-grade 18/8 stainless-steel that keeps your beverage hot or cold for longer, and prevents condensation. S’well reusable bottles are completely BPA-free.
BBBYO produces a range of reusable products including these insulated steel lunch containers for food on the go, to keep take away plastics and disposable food containers out of our oceans. Ideal for the busy active person, this lunch container is made of the high grade 18/8 stainless steel, is airtight, waterproof, durable and keeps cold food cold for up to a day and hot food hot for 12 hours. Fill with salad, or pasta, or rice dishes, whatever you wish. Pop into your tote bag, gym back or backpack and away you go. Comes with a spoon so you don’t even need cutlery.
If you purchase from Flora & Fauna it also comes with a beautiful cover for easy handling. Available in different designs and the cover comes in a wide range of prints and patterns.
If you’re like me and sick of carrying metal utensils taken from the kitchen drawer that constantly beep as you’re going through airport security, then opt for reusable bamboo utensils. This stylish Choose To Reuse ReChusable bamboo cutlery kit includes a knife (airport security staff won’t confiscate it!), fork and spoon and comes in a washable cotton pouch. Comes in two colours only, the one shown below and black. Will fit in your bag so make sure to take it along wherever you go and say no to single-use plastic cutlery!
Kappi’s Gold Stainless Steel Straws are ideal for the eco-conscious shopper keen on taking Instagrammable pics. These reusable straws are perfect for iced drinks, smoothies and cocktails. It comes in an organic cotton mesh carry pouch so they aren’t jingling at the bottom of your bag. So pop in your tote or clutch whatever bag you carry (they should fit in any sized bag) and take them with you to work or after work drinks, you’ll always be able to say no to single-use plastic straws with these BYO babies by your side. Also comes with a cleaning brush.
We’re huge fans of New York-based zero waste pioneer Lauren Singer the blogger behind Trash is for Tossers and now she’s opened the Package Free Shop to help more people embrace zero waste living. The store stocks many beautiful package-free items, but this Rose Gold Razor with pivoting head is just gorge (comes in black and stainless steel if you much prefer though). It’s made of zinc and stainless steel, and the blades are stainless steel of course. No need to buy plastic-filled shavers, just get one of these and you’re a step closer to achieving zero waste beauty.
JOCO cups are made from high quality, food-grade safe, non-porous, borosilicate glass that contain no nasties including BPA, lead and cadmium. Glass cups don’t affect the flavour of your coffee or tea making them ideal containers if you’re a fussy drinker (like me!). These cups are lightweight and resistant temperature changes. It’s also made of durable glass, so its microwave and dishwasher safe. Comes in a variety of classic and eye-popping colours.
Make sure to take the cup with you wherever you go, even when you don’t think you’ll need it as you never know when that ‘I need a coffee’ feeling will come over you. JOCO is also the coffee cup recommended by environmental charity Take 3 For The Sea.
This Australian brand produces a range of reusables including these stylish water bottles, in both insulated and single-walled stainless steel varieties, to help keep you hydrated and saving the planet from plastic! Cheeki‘s water bottles come in 500ml, 750ml and 1L sizes and available in a variety of staple colours and soft colour palettes. These bottles will fit in school bags, shopping totes and backpacks. Made of premium food grade 18/8 stainless steel, free of toxic paints and has a spill and leak proof lid with silicone seal. Cheeki also produces a range of coffee cups, travel mugs and food jars too.
We featured Ever Eco‘s tote bags in #2 and thought we’d follow up with their organic cotton produce bags since these are ideal to pop your organic veggies in. Say no to single-use plastic whichever way they come, and particularly in the produce aisles! These bags are washable and reusable.
With 1,580kg worth of plastic being dumped in Australia’s oceans every hour drastic action needs to be taken, and the folk at Clean Coast Collective are rising to the occasion. After travelling around Australia, the founders were appalled at the sight of plastic found on even the remotest of Australian beaches. Instead of focussing on the problem, they focussed on the solution, launching Clean Collective and producing plastic-free reusable alternatives like zero waste shampoo bar that is all-natural, handmade in Northern NSW and plastic packaging-free. Made of olive oil, coconut oil, rosemary and wild nettle and other essential oils, the shampoo bar contains no synthetic toxins and palm oil. Just lather, rub into your scalp, rinse and voila, clean and beautiful smelling hair!
Ever Eco sells single reusable straws; most products come in packs of two or four – and how often do we need two or four? Really? If you don’t need them it’s a waste, which is why we’re loving Ever Eco’s single straw pack offering. Plus it’s stylish AF. This stainless steel eco-chic alternative to the plastic straw comes with its own organic cotton drawstring pouch and cleaning brush.
SoL‘s hand-blown glass water bottles are compact, well-designed and functional. Made of quality materials, it boasts a bamboo lid, a waterproof hessian bag with pockets for your phone and accessories; and it comes with a cleaning brush as well. Is there anything they didn’t think of?
The look of the Byta reusable cup speaks for itself. And it comes in the widest range of colours so you’ll be sure to find a colour that matches your tastes. Made of high-grade stainless steel, beautifully designed, BPA and toxin free, double walled and vacuum sealed to keep beverages cold or hot for longer. With 500 billion disposable coffee cups produced every year, it’s time we take action and say enough is enough, no more single-use coffee cups! We love that 10 percent of profits of each Byta sold is donated to the Environmental Defense Fund and that the website has more than 600 reviews – almost all of them singing praises!
This American company produces a simple yet stunning range of handcrafted 100% certified organic cotton net produce bags with drawstring closure. Perfect for popping your veggies in or even baked goods for zero waste take out! Eco Bags comes in a range of sizes (go larger size if you like to things in bulk!).
We featured Frank Green‘s reusable cup in #1 but they also make super stylish water bottles too. You can customise the colours for the lid, the bottom and even the button on top to make the reusable water bottle super tailored to you.
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