As you probably already know if you follow our journey here at Protea Zero Waste, in addition to being an online store, we also have a brick & mortar location where customers can bring their own containers and refill on everyday products, such as cleaning supplies, shampoo, conditioner, & facial care.
And while refill stores are becoming more popular and starting to pop up in more and more locations around the world, we understand that not everyone lives near enough to one to make it a part of their regular routine.
If you're someone who's on a journey to reduce their household waste, but doesn't live near a refill store, then this blog post is for you! Luckily, there are still a lot of great zero-waste options you can use to reduce your household waste without going to a refill store!
Say goodbye to those big plastic containers when you switch to laundry strips instead! They are pre-measured, and concentrated to the perfect amount for one load. They work with any washing machine - just throw it in with your laundry, and it will dissolve completely in hot or cold water.
They are vegan, biodegradable, paraben-free, phosphate-free, and made with compostable packaging to make it basically waste-free!
A powerful dish soap - with no plastic bottle needed!
Cuts stubborn grime and grease on dishes, pots and pans. With added aloe vera to be gentle on your hands. Completely unscented and fragrance-free.
You can even use it for cleaning-duty all over your home. Take stains out of laundry, take labels off of jars, spot clean your carpet, use it to wipe down counters... it's a truly multipurpose product.
Each 5.9 oz bar can replace up to 2 bottles of typical liquid dish soap.
Pre-treatment for laundry stains & grime in a zero-waste block - no plastic bottle needed!
We love this DIY Cleaning Spray bottle because it has several recipes for different household cleaning sprays printed right on the side! You can easily make these at home using simple, natural ingredients. If you don't have a refill store near you, making your own cleaning sprays at home is an excellent low-waste alternative!
In place of liquid shampoo & conditioner that comes in plastic bottles, try shampoo & conditioner bars instead!
We love these shampoo and conditioner bars from Kealia Organics because they're made with only the best, natural & locally-sourced ingredients on Kauai, and they work really well!
You can still moisturize without plastic bottles! This rose lotion bar is luscious and soothing to dry skin, and especially useful for problem areas.
With no packaging at all, a face wash bar is the perfect zero waste swap for facial care if you don't have a refill store near you! Ours is made with tea tree, peppermint, and charcoal for a refreshing, clean feel!
This one may seem a bit obvious, but we had to include it because it is such a classic! Soap bars can be used to wash your hands, and body - replacing two different areas where you used to use plastic bottles.
Skip the plastic sunscreen bottle and reach for this one instead! UV protection in a compostable tube - is there anything better?
This is our FAVORITE natural deodorant that actually works! It comes in a compostable tube so it's basically waste-free! Available in baking soda free for those who are sensitive to baking soda.