My Favorite Compostable Products to Zero your Waste
I've been so excited to try out all the compostable products out there in my compost pile and see how they really break down. I'll be continuing to review and add products to this list and give you all "the dirt" on compostable products.
This is a real review for my fellow composteurs, and I'm not getting anything from the companies that I am reviewing. These are my authentic opinions :)
I love these bags. These are for compostables, not garbage, so make sure you use them accordingly. They are not super strong but are stretchy and they work great for bagging compostables. When they hit the compost, they break down fast into a gooey gel and biodegrade in just a few days. You can order them on Amazon.
This is one of my favorite products and companies. We subscribe and receive by mail laundry detergent and dish detergent pods. Their packaging is 100% compostable so this is truly a zero waste product, and their detergents are enzyme-based and biodegradable.
They also just happen to be incredibly convenient too. Subscribe and have them delivered right to your door!
Leafware utensils are made from 100% natural & sustainable birch wood. These are stylish and biodegradeable, and pretty reasonably priced at $14/100 count. This is definitely a great option for a zero-waste party.
COMPOSTABLE CUTLERY PACKAGES
Check out these all-in-one cutlery packages that are 100% compostable! Share these with your caterer for your next event and let all your guests know how awesomely zero waste you are.
SEVENTH GENERATION PAPER TOWELS
I love these paper towels for how quickly they break down in my compost. I also love the fact that they are brown and unbleached, so I know I'm not adding any chemicals to the compost and they just disappear so quickly (since they are the color of compost!). Available at Thrive Market and most co-op grocery stores.
We all know the news that plastic straws are evil, but if you have little kids, going strawless isn't an option. Well, good news, these bamboo straws are a kid-pleaser. My kids are crazy about them. These bamboo straws are strong, fun and reusable. Carry them in your bag when you go to a restaurant and have them "hold the straw" for you. At just $0.69 each you don't have to feel bad when you compost them at the end of their useful life. We usually manage to get a good 20 uses out of each straw. Available on Amazon.
COMPOSTABLE FOOD CONTAINERS
These containers are affordable and perfect for restaurant take-out, catered events, dealing with Thanksgiving leftovers or just guilt-free everyday food storage. You get all the convenience of disposal containers but no waste. These are 100% compostable and break down beautifully in the compost pile. Available at greenhome.com
How cool are these scour pads, made 100% from walnut hulls! Totally sustainable and biodegradable. Available at Thrive Market.
AMAZON BASICS COMPOSTABLE PLATES
Sometimes you just need a basic paper plate, and these plates from Amazon Basics are pretty awesome for that. Made from sugarcane, these are compostable and affordable (500 plates are just 59.99), perfect for catering events and food trucks.
WOWE BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES, 4 PACK
I am really excited to discover these toothbrushes. They and their packaging are 100% compostable and a four-pack on Amazon is 10.97, or on 11.97 directly from the Wowe website (which is a pretty awesome resource for compostable products!) Bamboo is apparently naturally antimicrobial (good news for the straw too) so totally a fine material for toothbrushes.
PAPER POT MAKER
I have used this product for years in my gardening with children activities, and I am a huge fan. Simply wrap strips of newspaper around the pot-maker to craft little paper pots that are ideal for starting seeds. Transplant the seedlings in their pots directly in the garden and let the pot decompose naturally. This pot-maker is available from Gardeners.com for $10.89, and it makes infinite paper pots.
COMPOSTABLE ZIPLOCK BAGS
Shut. The. Front. Door. They do exist. Compostable ziplock bags by a brand you can truly trust (because I have composted their other products). I cannot wait to try these. $3.99 for 30 bags.
BRANDLESS AND TREELESS FACIAL TISSUES
These tissues are made from bamboo and sugarcane, a readily available renewable resources. They are dye-free and fragrance-free and fine for the compost pile. Available at Brandless.com