Zero Waste Bloggers: The Top 25
Here at Reusable Menstrual Cups, we’re ALL about zero waste and everything eco-friendly living.
For example, menstrual cups vs. tampons. A menstrual cup can last for 5-10 years and replace thousands of tampons over a lifetime.
Cloth menstrual pads vs. disposable pads. Same thing. A few of these reusable pads can last you for years. Compare this to all the non-biodegradable, plastic waste created by disposables.
It’s for this reason that we want to give a shout-out and feature some of our favourite zero waste bloggers. Check out their websites, and give them a virtual high-five, okay?
Onwards to the list of our favourite zero waste living bloggers!
#1: Going Zero Waste
Kathryn from Going Zero Waste takes top spot on our list of best zero waste bloggers because she makes it easy to get started.
When she moved to California, she was shocked to see all the little and trash in the ocean, and decided to try to change that. Keep up the good work!
Here’s why you should check her out:
- We LOVE her quick start challenges. There’s one for kids too. It’s inspiring stuff.
- Plenty of very practical tips for people just starting out.
- We love the “my trash” section of her blog. It’s seriously impressive how little Kathryn and her husband throw away.
- Her website is very minimal and easy to find what you’re looking for.
You can check her out here: Going Zero Waste.
#2: Trash is for Tossers
Lauren, from Trash is for Tossers lives a zero waste lifestyle in New York City.
She got started in college when she was an environmental studies major, and saw that one of her classmates used a disposable water bottle, single use plastic bag, and takeout container for lunch every week.
Her goal is to send nothing to the landfill, although she does recycle and compost. Here’s why she’s worth checking out:
- We love Lauren’s “Easy Changes” section. It’s the perfect place to get started on your zero waste home journey.
- Be sure to check out her YouTube channel, if you like the watching thing more than the reading thing.
- She shows you how to start this kind of lifestyle with little or no money. We’re all about frugal living here at Reusable Menstrual Cups so we appreciate this.
You can find Lauren here: Trash is for Tossers.
#3: Zero Waste Home
Bea, from Zero Waste Home is the inspiration for a lot of the other bloggers on the list. She got her start in 2008, before most people were even thinking about this.
She practices the 5R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (in that order).
Here’s why you should check her out:
- She has an active forum on her site that is an excellent place to help you stay motivated.
- She goes on speaking tours around the world, so be sure to check-in and see if she’s coming to a city near you.
- Her family manages to throw only a small jar of trash each year (see the picture). It’s impressive to say the least!
You can find Bea here: Zero Waste Home.
Celia from Litterless is an inspiration to anyone getting started with zero waste living. She is one of the founders of Zero Waste Chicago, an environmental organization to help Chicago move closer to the goal of zero waste.
Here’s why you should check her out:
- There are lots of tips for people just getting started.
- She focuses on making progress, instead of an absolute of how much trash a family should be throwing out each week. Baby steps!
- We love her breakdown of how she has a zero waste trip to the grocery store. It’s one area where there is the potential for significant change.
You can find Celia here: Litterless.
#5: Treading My Own Path
Lyndsay, from Treading My Own Path is all about, “Zero waste and plastic free living. Simple living and minimalism. Real food and recipes. Community.”
Sounds amazing, right? It’s an inspiring way to live.
Here’s why you should check her out:
- She has a strong focus on plastic-free living, which we appreciate.
- Her recipes are fabulous. Learn how to cook from scratch, if you’re not doing it already!
- If you’re ever wanted to start a worm farm to deal with food waste, then this should be your go-to source.
Check out Lyndsay here: Treading My Own Path.
#6: We Hate to Waste
Jacquie, from We Hate to Waste hopes to allow people from around the world to share things they do to live less wastefully. She focuses on sharing inspiring stories of what people are doing.
Here’s why you might want to check out her website:
- Most bloggers focus on their own personal journeys, but we love how We Hate to Waste is all about stories of people from around the world.
- There’s a focus on growing the zero waste movement. Get involved. Spread the word!
- If you live in NYC, and are interested in this stuff, be sure to check the “Work with us” section for details on becoming an intern.
Here’s where you can find it: We Hate to Waste.
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#7: The Zero-Waste Chef
If you’re a foodie looking to get into the zero waste lifestyle, then you’ll need to check out this website. Even if you’re not, you should still go to get inspired to make some delicious things.
Anne Marie got started by going plastic-free in 2011, and then started buying no packaged (processed) food. “No packaging. Nothing processed. No waste.”
Here are a few of the reasons we follow her:
- She’s all about cooking from scratch. We LOVE that because it’s healthier for people, and so much better for the environment.
- There is a wealth of information about how to shop in a way that reduces waste.
- Her 7 day menus make it very easy to implement some serious changes in the way that we buy food, and cook.
Get some inspiration at The Zero-Waste Chef.
#8: PAREdown Home
Katelin and Tara are two Canadians who founded PAREdown Home in 2014 because they wanted to devote their time to something meaningful.
Here’s why you should check out PAREdown:
- If you’re Canadian, their shopping city guides are the best ones out there. We hope that more information will keep being added to make it a more comprehensive resource.
- There are plenty of tips for beginners to get started with a zero-waste lifestyle.
- They have recipes and ideas for how to make all sorts of common household things, instead of buying them.
You can find Katelin and Tara here: PAREdown Home.
#9: The Renz Nest
Jessica started this website to share her journey to eliminate all disposable plastic from her life. It’s inspiring to follow along with her, as she tests out all sorts of products and ideas to see what works, and what doesn’t.
Here’s why you should check out here site:
- It’s the perfect place for zero waste newbies to start. Jessica is at the beginning stages of the journey herself, so understands where you’re at.
- She covers a wide range of categories, from lifestyle stuff, to the kitchen, to the bathroom.
You can check out the website for yourself at: The Renz Nest.
#10: A Dream Lived Greener
Mailyne, from A Dream Lived Greener got started in 2015 when she decided to try to get rid of garbage, and reduce her waste and consumption. She integrates this into her business, art, and personal life.
Here’s why you should check her out:
- If you live in Ottawa, Canada, her guide should be your go-to source for all things zero-waste.
- We love her blog post on gift-giving, waste-free style. It’s not easy to do, but it is indeed possible. Check out how she does it.
- She has a ton of giveaways, so check back regularly to see what’s going on, and maybe win something awesome!
You can find Mailyne here: A Dream Lived Greener.
#11: Zero Waste Guy
Jonathon is serious about reducing waste, and does it on a large scale for cities, and organizations. If you’re looking for a kind of big-picture perspective on reducing waste, then he’s your go-to guy.
Here’s why we follow Zero Waste Guy:
- You can see how organizations, schools, and cities are trying to reduce waste. Maybe you can get some ideas to implement in your own sphere of influence?
- He also has some simple tips for people just getting started so don’t be intimidated by the big stuff!
- Check out the article about food waste from a school custodian—interesting, but also kind of horrifying.
You can find Jonathan here: Zero Waste Guy.
#12: Reddit Zero Waste
Okay, so Reddit isn’t technically a blog, but it is an excellent place to talk Zero Waste with smart, engaged, enthusiastic people.
Ask some questions. Answer some questions. Get inspired. Find new ideas. Waste a whole bunch of time!
Check it out here: Reddit Zero Waste.
#13: Zero Waste Europe
Zero Waste Europe hopes to redesign society in a way that all excess waste is eliminated. They hope that all things that are produced can in some way be reused, repaired, composted, or recycled.
Here’s why you should head over there:
- They’re all about sustainable consumption. Western societies are terrible at this, so organizations like this can be an important part of the change.
- You can find all sorts of inspiring stories from around Europe about people and cities that are making small, and big changes to have a positive impact on the environment.
- There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, from local networks, to campaigns to even working for them.
You can find them here: Zero Waste Europe.
#14: My Zero Waste
This family of four has been blogging about reducing waste, and pollution since 2004. The Greens talk about all sorts of things and have covered a vast range of topics over the years.
Here’s why you’ll want to give them a follow:
- Simple tips for people just getting started with reducing waste.
- There are so many articles with “5 ways,” or, “20 ways” which are easy to read and put into practice.
You can check them out for yourself here: My Zero Waste.
#15: Zero Waste Wisdom
Jenica, from Zero Waste Wisdom is an inspiration for all things reducing waste.
She got started in 2015 when she decided to keep all her trash from one month in a single jar. She’s been going strong ever since! Here’s why we follow her:
- She posts her monthly trash jar, which is fascinating and reason alone to check out her blog. For some reason, we can’t get enough of checking out what people throw out!
- She examines pretty closely what is in her trash jar, with an aim to reduce it the following month. We love it.
- There are lots of simple tips for people just getting started with reducing household waste.
- She hosts a number of events around the Pacific Northwest. Check out her site to see if she’s coming to a city near you.
Here’s where you can find Jenica: Zero Waste Wisdom.
#16: Zero Waste Memoirs
Lauren, from Zero Waste Memoirs says that her site is for you if you want to make your home more sustainable, you want to change the world, or you’re looking for strategies to reduce waste.
Here’s why we follow here:
- We LOVE her tips on how to reduce food waste. They are very helpful, and it’s one area that most families can change without making a big lifestyle overhaul.
- Her website has a very simple, relaxing design that you can spend hours browsing around on (be careful!)
- She’s focused on plant-based living, so if you’re inclined that way, she could be your go-to blogger.
- She covers a huge range of topics, from food to lifestyle stuff, to DIY cleaning products.
You can find Lauren here: Zero Waste Memoirs.
#17: Wasteland Rebel
Shia and her husband fit their waste from an entire year into one single jar. She never thought they’d get there when they were just starting out, but now they are!
They’re real people, with real lives but are doing it in a zero-waste kind of way.
Here’s why the Wasteland Rebel is worth checking out:
- They have a series on zero waste stores around the world, which we hope they’ll keep adding to. There isn’t a lot of information about this out there.
- If you live in Vancouver, Canada, you’re in luck! They have the most comprehensive guide to zero waste stores, and vegan eating we’ve ever found (the authors of this article also live in Vancouver).
You can check out Shia’s website here: Wasteland Rebel.
#18: Eco Boost
Kate from Eco Boost has been living the zero-waste lifestyle in the UK for the past four years. She was inspired by Bea from Zero Waste Home (#3 on our list) and then got started on her own journey.
Here’s why we love her website:
- If you live in the UK, this may be the website for you! There are lots of specific tips about where to buy all sorts of things.
- She’s all about bulk stores, and we love her tips about how to make this work for you and your family.
- She covers a wide range of topics from fashion to cooking, shopping, and organic things.
- She also has a YouTube channel with lots of cool stuff, so be sure to check that out as well.
You can find out all the details here: Eco Boost.
#19: Eco Thrifty Living
Zoe quit her job and became a stay at home mom in 2011. She figured out how to live on one salary, and also how to be kind to the environment.
Where there are lots of frugal living blogs, as well as zero waste ones, very few combine the two ideas. We’re happy to someone who strives to live both these lifestyles at the same time.
Here’s why you we follow Eco Thrifty Living:
- She has tips for saving money (and the Earth) on a massive range of topics.
- She does a number of challenges and updates us on her progress. It’s inspiring to see how people do this stuff in the real world.
You can check it out for yourself here: Eco Thrifty Living.
#20: Green Indy Blog
Polly writes about minimalism and zero waste living, and her goal is to spread the word about how accessible it is. Zero Waste living doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or time-consuming. Check out her site to find out how.
Here’s why we like the Green Indy Blog:
- Beginners, please stop what you’re doing (reading this!) and head over to her site right now. It’s an excellent resource with lots of quick tips for taking some action today. For example, “20 Actionable Steps for a Zero Waste Beginner” is one of her articles.
- Be sure to sign up for her, “Zero Waste 101.” It’s a 5-week email course that has a ton of practical, easy to implement tips.
Take a look for yourself here: Green Indy Blog.
Have your Say About Zero Waste Blogs
What’s your go-to source for a bit of inspiration on your zero waste journey?
What are you doing these days to reduce your waste?
Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.
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