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How we consume has a big impact on our ability to live sustainable lives. Check out these zero waste products and waste reduction product resources you can get behind on your road to zero waste purchasing.

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Taking the Guesswork Out of Zero Waste Products

Thank you for visiting the Zero Waste portion of being a Conscious Consumer. 

If you have been reading up on why zero waste is important on my Zero Waste page, and you wish to learn what products or services you can use to do your part to reduce your waste production, then congratulations!  You’re making strides to reducing your eco and carbon footprints and towards living a more sustainable lifestyle!

Keep going and check out the Zero Waste Products and Services resources I have provided for you below.  Just click on a  category.  New resources will be continually be added, so if you don’t find anything you like at this point, please keep coming back.

Zero Waste Product Directory

Plastic Alternatives

Rapidly Renewables

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3rd Party Certifiers

Here are hard-working, U.S. and international 3rd party product certifying organizations that take a lot of the sustainable-buying guesswork out of your purchasing!  Look for their labels when you make your next purchase!

Click on each logo to see their certified product listings that hold with their mission to make the planet a sustainable place to live. 

Cradle to Cradle is a global non-profit that is, “dedicated to transforming the safety, health and sustainability of products through the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.”  Read more about the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a U.S. based independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect forests through setting sustainability standards in promoting environment, social and economic management forestry management.  Read more about FSC.

Move over C and S Corps… Certified B Corporations (B Corps) are redefining how business is done. “Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” If you see this label on a brand, that’s a brand you can get behind as a conscious consumer!  Read more about B Corps and what companies must do to get B Corp certified.  Search their directory to see who is a certified B Corp.

When you see the MADE SAFE seal, it literally means that a product is made with safe ingredients. MADE SAFE is a non-profit organization providing America’s first comprehensive human health and ecosystem-focused certification for nontoxic products of all types. Their goal is to goal is to change the way products are made in the USA to ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether. Learn more about MADE SAFE and its certified products.

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an “international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices and chemical restrictions.” Its intent is to meet the needs of companies in more than 50 countries in the ginning, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing and printing and stitching industries looking to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. GRS “defines requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized”. Read more about GRS and its standards.

All about eliminating waste, TerraCycle is located in 21 countries and offers free recycling programs to you that are funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste.  Find a recycling program, shop recycled products or simply learn more about TerraCycle in the U.S.

The USDA BioPreferred Program’s goal is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products to increase the use of renewable agricultural resources while reducing the U.S.’s reliance on petroleum. Labeling is voluntary but when you do see this label, know it indicates that a product or package is USDA Certified Biobased. Search the certified product directory and read more about the program.

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