19 Etsy shops to kickstart your Zero Waste lifestyle
We’ve all had that pang of regret as we toss out another empty plastic bottle or some superfluous plastic packaging. So much waste for something so small!
One can imagine a cascade of single-use plastic containers forming a mountain of totally avoidable waste. You start thinking that maybe it’s time to move toward a waste-free lifestyle.
Lucky for you, there are lots of Zero Waste warriors out there, developing and selling products that make your life change possible.
Let's talk Zero Waste Etsy shops
From unpaper towels and bamboo utensil sets to shampoo bars and toothpaste tablets, shrinking your plastic footprint is easier than ever before!
We could think of no better place to start this journey than Etsy, the only eCommerce platform that offsets all the carbon emissions from their shipments (like us!).
Without further ado, here’s your list of Zero Waste Etsy shops to get your new life started!
We're so used to disposables in our lives. That supermarket plastic bag to convey some groceries a half mile home? A wad of paper towels for a simple case of spilled milk? A cylindrical tube of plastic for one bout with some bubble tea?
Hailing from Florida, SaidoniaEco sells reusable items for all your kitchen needs—bamboo utensil sets, metal straws, upcycled cotton produce bags, cloth napkins, and more.
They were also amongst many Etsy sellers that pivoted to making lots of fabric face masks in light of COVID.
When you want to go all in on reusables in your home, this Michiganian (or Michigander if you prefer) shop is a great place to start.
In their mission to replace disposables, they’ve got nearly everything you need—paperless towels, sandwich bags, coffee filters, sponges, straws, napkins, and even flannel family cloth (washable, rollable, and NOT for flushing).
Dubbing their selection as ‘eco-friendly living essentials for a crunchy family’, this Oregon-based shop has something to replace all your paper and disposable products throughout the house, whether you happen to describe yourself as ‘crunchy’ or not.
Come for the washable sponges and fleece dusters, stay for the waterproof sandwich wraps and surprise print toilet unpaper (you read that right).
With a name evocative of summers spent digging in the dirt and washing up at the creek, this shop from North Carolina is all about keeping that childhood home free of wasteful paper products.
Give up those dirty and wasteful disposable diapers for the cloth variety (give your washing machine some warning). While you are at it, they’ve got cloth wipes, facial rounds, unpaper towels, nursing pads, and panty liners.
Tucked up in the great state of Maine, this shop makes reusables to make your path to Zero Waste simpler.
Find your market bags, bamboo utensils, face masks, and Zero Waste kits here!
From Santa Cruz, No Trace specializes in cloth-based goods to replace those disposables throughout the house.
They sell everything from face masks and fanny packs to produce bags and beeswax wraps.
Bath and body
You try to treat your body right, with all the proper creams, lotions, serums, soaps, and cleansers. But, along your path to good self-care is a wake of plastic. To turn the tide back toward a waste-free existence while still keeping your epidermis and mane luxurious, you'll need some new products.
This Massachusetts-based seller has a particular focus that you may have already guessed—soap!
This Washington-based shop specializes in all the things that inhabit your bathroom.
All your balms, serums, cleansers, soaps, deodorants, creams, fragrances, and more in sustainable packaging for your Zero Waste grooming routine.
With an emphasis on plastic-free goods, this shop out of Santa Cruz will keep you in lip balms, cosmetics, moisturizers, and even candles.
Because self-care can also be waste-free.
Focusing on creating the best shampoo and conditioner bars out there, this Texas family operation is jazzed to bring you high-quality Zero Waste products made from ethically sourced materials.
If you are in the market for plastic-free haircare, you might want to start here!
What started as two sisters in some small Brooklyn apartments now operates out of lovely LA (and still a bit of Brooklyn).
Utilizing high-quality essential oils and locally harvested desert plants, they develop natural, organic, cruelty-free bath and body products without all the waste.
This shop is actually run out of the Pennsylvanian Pittsburgh, making soaps, shampoos, sun protection, deodorants, and more for people who love spending time outdoors.
Their products are vegan, plastic-free, and Zero Waste (of course). The herbs used are either wild harvested or grown in-house.
The cosmetics industry is responsible for a huge amount of waste (a whopping 120 billion units of packaging each year). Beyond that, all cosmetics are not created equal where your skin health is concerned. Make a change today to reduce waste and make your skin feel better.
For the dirty hippie that likes to get dolled up, this Canberra-based shop has what you need without all the waste.
Using natural, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients, they formulate makeup, perfumes, balms, mascaras, and more, all made to order and packed in compostable or recyclable packaging.
Based in LA, this shop focuses on organic, vegan, food-grade, plant-based cosmetics.
Their handmade products are only tested on themselves (cruelty-free!) and contains only the best organic ingredients that boost instead of sap your fabulous skin.
This shop out of Ohio goes all-in on natural cosmetics made from minerals and packaged without using any plastics.
If you are looking for natural cake mascara, look no further!
Another Michigander shop striving toward a plastic-free and Zero Waste future. A one-woman operation, CFC makes mostly organic, completely vegan cosmetics, to order.
She’ll even refill your empty containers so that nothing goes to waste.
A bit of everything
While many Etsy shops are more singular in their offerings, a few can get close to being your one-stop shop for a particular thing. In this case, that thing is Zero Waste. These shops offer a bit of everything you'll need for your new no-waste life.
This small Coloradan business is run by a science teacher that loves green living, herbal lore, and chemistry.
Their wide range of products include facial creams, soaps, laundry stain sticks, scrubs, balms, hankies, sponges, baby massage oil, unpaper towels, and so much more.
Working out of Sydney, this Zero Waste shop can help renovate your bath and body routine with bath salts, mud masks, serums, balms, deodorants, hair masks, salves, and more.
Beyond that, you can also grab some beeswax wraps, bamboo utensils, and metal straws for your kitchen needs. Plus, they also offer Zero Waste workshops to help you along your journey.
Located in San Francisco and Pittsburgh (in California, not Pennsylvania), this shop has the stuff you need to start your Zero Waste life—for your teeth, your hair, your lips, your epidermis, your dishes, and even your dog.