As the Sustainability Director at FP, I’ve curated twelve initial products with our team to help eliminate the decision paralysis I experienced when I began my journey. Learn how we chose our 12 products.
October 8, 2020
tarting your low waste journey can be intimidating. Whether inspired by a news article about the causes and effects of our changing environments, or by zero waste influencers on the gram, once you’ve decided to make the transition to a low waste lifestyle, the first question is always: “What now?” Where does one start when there are so many options to choose from (and frankly, so many brands that claim to be “green” but are not). Sustainability isn't as straightforward as it seems.
As the Sustainability Director at FP, I’ve curated twelve initial products with our team to help eliminate the decision paralysis I experienced when I began my journey.
We looked at the bigger world to target the most commonly found items polluting our oceans and waterways. (Side note: Every plastic toothbrush that has ever been created still exists! Meep). We also looked inside our own bathrooms and kitchens, comparing conscious products we love and testing out new ones. Ultimately, we wanted to make a 12 step system for detoxing the most commonly found plastics in your personal and home care routines.
Making the transition to a sustainable lifestyle is a graduated process. It takes time and it is a lifestyle you evolve into over time. We chose 12 items because we wanted this to be a simple first step for new newcomers in the space. We have a FP Certification system we are constantly expanding, that explains our thought process behind the products we choose. You can dive in and detox all twelve items or mix and match your own curation that fits your life. I also host a DIY series for product recipes so make sure everyone feels part of the FP community.
Hopefully this list will help you breathe a sigh of relief and take that first step towards your own low waste journey! And let us know how it’s going: tag #FPlasticdetox on Instagram!
Read on for why we chose these initial twelve products!
Butter and Lye Charcoal Soap
As one of a handful of BIPOC sustainability influencers, I find it important to speak to the importance of intersectional environmentalism, to always be as inclusive as possible, and to create points of access to more BIPOC-owned businesses for those of us that want to make a difference but don’t know how. Butter and Lye is a Black-woman-owned all natural, zero waste, soap company. Swap your face and body wash typically packaged in single-use plastic for a bar of soap (it’s more concentrated, so more bang for your buck, and also eliminates plastic all together). This brand is handmade in small batches, was founded by a badass female biochemist, and considers sustainability in all facets of its business--from what ingredients they use and where they source them to using white ink on their packaging because this ensures that it’s compostable and recyclable without the petrochemicals found in colored ink. Shop Butter and Lye here.
Veles All-Purpose Cleaner
Think of how much we wipe surfaces in our home: kitchen counters after cooking, tables after cooking, bathroom counters dusted and spotted with makeup after applying it, floors after spilling. It’s little choices like what cleaner we use that make a big difference, and Velves has thought of it all. All-purpose cleaner made from food waste--what’s not to love? 40% of our food supply in the US is wasted, filling up 20% of all municipal landfills, accounting for a 3.3 billion ton carbon footprint. Every bottle of Velves cleaner deters food waste from our landfills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Shop Veles here.
Zero Waste Club Reusable Stainless Steel Razor
It’s always summer in LA, which means it’s always shaving season for us!...all jokes aside, disposable razors were not even something I thought of initially as I began my low waste journey. As I settled into my new lifestyle, I looked around my space and realized that my razor was something that I used almost daily and that I was switching out the blades almost every week. Every time I switched out the cartridge, that was another piece of plastic in a landfill that would never break down. Almost 2 billion plastic razors are thrown out every year. Yikes. Stainless steel razors are a must-have: I’ve found that they’re much more effective than the shiny 5-blade plastic razors that I used to use, and they generate no waste, as the single razor blade can easily be recycled. Win-win. Shop our razor here.
The Sunshine Series Produce Bag Set
Five trillion plastic bags are produced yearly, and one trillion of those are destined for the landfill every year. Side by side, they can encircle the Earth 7 times. Let that sink in. Every time you go to the grocery store, the convenience store, the mall, you are collectively part of the 160,000 plastic bags that are used every second. One of the first switches I made when going low waste was going from single-use plastic bags to reusable ones. The grocery store is by far one of my most frequently visited places, so it was important that I had a set of bags I could keep in my car for those emergency stops (hanger is real). This set by The Sunshine Series is made of organic cotton, which produces 46% less CO2 emissions than conventional cotton and can be composted at the end of their life. Shop Produce Bags here.
No-tox Life The Dish Block
I feel like since COVID started and I’m doing all of my eating at home now, I’m in a perpetual state of washing dishes (or stacking them in my sink). Needless to say, everybody eats. Which means that everybody needs to wash their dishes at some point. Dish soap is one of those less-obvious items in our day to day lives that is often looked over when beginning the low waste journey. The Dish Block dishwashing soap is a bar of soap that has no problem cutting through grease and grime and is gentle on the hands. It’s also a multi-purpose product that can be used all over your home. And because it’s in a concentrated bar form, meaning that there is no water to fool you into thinking you’re getting more product, you’re saving money while saving the planet! Shop our dish block here.
Brooklyn Made Bamboo Toothbrush
If there’s one thing that almost all of us do on a daily basis--and multiple times a day at that-- it’s brushing our teeth. In the US alone, over a billion toothbrushes end up in landfills every year, and nearly every single toothbrush made since the 1930s lives on as a piece of trash in a landfill somewhere. That is absurd, and something that we absolutely need to (and can) change! The Brooklyn Made Bamboo Toothbrush, is completely biodegradable--down to the charcoal-infused bamboo silk toothbrushes. Bonus points for its antifungal, antiviral, plaque-fighting, and whitening properties. Shop our bamboo toothbrush here.
Brooklyn Made Natural Zero waste Dish Brush
I remember being shocked when I found out that most sponges aren’t actually sponges, but are actually made of synthetic materials such as polyester and polyurethane. This means that the little pieces of sponge that break down and off as we use them end up as tiny pieces of microplastic which end up in our water and oceans. I keep saying this, but it really is the little things that make a big difference. The Zero Waste Bamboo & Hemp Brush is 100% compostable and biodegradable, meaning that it’s of nature and can be returned to nature at the end of life, without harming us or the environment around us. Shop our dish brush here.
SuperBee Wax Wraps
Another hidden basic: plastic wrap, saran wrap, cling wrap. A rose by any other name is still a rose. Whatever name you call it, it’s plastic that we use regularly to cover our food. We already know that single-use plastic is a no-no, but finding a replacement for this kitchen staple was difficult. It wasn’t until I found the SuperBee Wax Wraps that I completely transitioned over to a sustainable option. They’re both biodegradable and compostable, and are handmade from organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and coconut oil, making them naturally anti-fungal and better at preserving freshness than traditional plastic wrap! Shop wax wraps wraps here.
Zabana Essentials Rose Water Deodorant Stick
Good deodorant was, admittedly, one of the most difficult items to replace on my low-waste journey. I tried everything from making my own to ordering all kinds of concoctions online. No matter what I tried, I still smelled pretty terrible and sweat even more. Part of that was my body expelling itself of many of the harmful chemicals found in most non-natural deodorants (think: aluminum and ingredients I can’t even attempt to pronounce) and part of that was that I hadn’t yet found Zebena Essentials’ Rose Water deodorant stick. This deodorant is magic. It’s made of a potent nontoxic - odor protective plant botanical & mineral blend of odor absorbing, antibacterial & soothing ingredients to keep you smelling fresh & clean all day, and its packaging is biodegradable and recyclable! Shop our deodorant here.
Eir Savasana Body Oil
Skin is our body’s largest organ, and as such, it absorbs A LOT. What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our bodies, so when I found out that the ingredients in most commercial body oil products are 98% mineral oil, and that mineral oil is a highly purified liquid derived from petroleum, I dropped everything and went on a mission to find a natural, low-waste alternative. EiR’s Savasana Body Oil is the perfect zero-waste and all-natural body oil--a vegan blend of ingredients like jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils for light fragrance, packaged in a beautiful glass pump bottle. Oiling up after my shower now feels like a soothing spa experience everyday. Shop our oil here.
David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste
What pairs with a toothbrush? Toothpaste, of course! Just like toothbrushes, toothpaste is used by almost everyone on a daily basis, and that’s why over 1 billion tubes are thrown away into landfills every year in the US. Davids is a premium natural toothpaste, made in California, with a focus on sustainability. They use 98% USA Origin Ingredients to produce the highest quality toothpaste possible and to support USA jobs. This toothpaste is also naturally whitening, antiplaque, and enamel-safe (i.e. good for sensitive teeth). Smile, you’re helping to save the planet :). Shop our toothpaste here.
Miyabi Charcoal Filter
Every human must drink water to survive. Unfortunately, access to clean water is still debated as a human right, but we are fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where most people have access to drinkable water (most, not all...) and those of us privileged enough have access to tons of different forms of clean water--bottled water of all different brands, different kinds of filters, tap water, etc. What we don’t realize, though, is that just as bottled water is bad for the environment due to the single-use plastic packaging, many water filters are also unsustainable, as they use plastic and sometimes chemicals that are bad for the environment. Miyabi’s charcoal filter is a plastic-free water filter that’s made of bamboo and only uses natural charcoal to filter our tap water, meaning that you can compost it when it’s time for a new one. Shop our water filters here.
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