So, you’ve made the decision to embark on a zero waste journey—now, where to begin? Fortunately, finding the resources and tips to direct you is just as easy as…seeing a littered piece of single-use plastic.
And these come to us in the form of some of the best zero waste blogs on the internet.
It’s clear that more of us should pick up a zero waste practice or two. For this, we can turn to some of the zero waste veterans who have been minimizing their waste for years, as well as all of the zero waste newbies who also have insightful tips and recommendations for us.
Without further ado, here are the best zero waste blogs (in our opinion). If you know of any others, feel free to share your favorites in the comments!
9 Best Zero Waste Blogs
1. Anne-Marie Bonneau of Zero Waste Chef
If Anne-Marie’s name sounds familiar, it’s because we quoted her before in our article about zero waste tips; and we’ll summarize that quote here: we don’t all need to be perfect zero-wasters, but we do need a lot more people trying zero waste lifestyles on for size.
Anne-Marie has been shifting away from plastic since 2011, and she started in the kitchen. Taking a cold turkey approach (packaged turkey, that is), she started by cutting out packaged food entirely.
As you could probably assume from the name of the blog, Zero Waste Chef is a great source of zero waste recipes. She also provides some general zero waste tips for around the house, advice on how to say “no” to plastic, and a few 14- and 31-day zero waste challenges.
2. Vicky and David of Reusable Nation
Melbourne, Australia-based Vicky and David are relatively new to the zero waste game, but they’re already packed with a plethora of awesome tips for anyone on a zero waste journey. They provide helpful tips in an easy-to-absorb manner (AKA they’re perfect for beginners).
You can scroll through some of the various sections of their website: easy wins, on the go, grocery shopping, cleaning, and hygiene. ‘Easy Wins,’ for instance, is a great place to start. Vicky and David talk about small changes that are easy to implement.
They also share what products they use, have an eight-week challenge, and share advice for activism and community action.
3. Anita Vandyke of A Zero Waste Life
Anita’s another Aussie who’s dedicated to a zero waste life. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out zero waste tips, but Anita’s done it anyway. She’s a former aeronautical space engineer and recently became a doctor and a published author!
Her blog is beautiful, easy to read, and provides some of the best zero waste tips out there. She also breaks down some of her tips into “Budget vs Investment” ideas—meaning they’re great for any and every person wanting to minimize their waste!
4. Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home
Bea is considered the person who pioneered the “trash jar” that we commonly see in the zero waste world. In fact, Bea’s become quite the icon. Her blog started in 2008, and now she’s inspired much of the zero waste movement.
She has a best selling book (Zero Waste Home), more than 700,000 followers on social media, and has been a speaker in 70 countries.
How she made all of this happen is relatively simple, “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (and only in that order).” This is how she minimized her annual trash to fit in a jar and this is the basis for the zero waste tips she provides.
Her blog is a great place to find recommended zero waste products, see photos of her zero waste journey around the globe, and tips for eating, travelling, fashion, and more.
5. Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers
Bea is credited with doing it first, but Lauren is considered to be the zero waster who made the “trash jar” famous. She started her personal blog in 2014 after experimenting with a zero waste lifestyle for two years.
Her video with her 16oz mason jar of trash went viral, and the rest is history.
Since then, she’s given a TED talk and turned the idea of zero waste into a trendy and recognizable concept. She launched Package Free in 2017, which is a great place to purchase from brands who are creating a positive environmental impact.
In addition to that, TIFT is a wonderful source of zero waste tips for home and living and style. There’s a plethora of DIY and guides available, too!
6. Jonathan Levy of Zero Waste Guy
Jonathan’s mission is simple: He helps people live better and save money by eliminating waste. He even provides steps to help us do exactly that:
- Assess your needs
- Develop a plan
- Implement and audit the plan
He elaborates much more on his blog, and also provides a lot of valuable information to individuals as well as businesses (think: tips to reduce food waste, what to consider when buying a computer, rooting out wasteful business practices, and even how to fix a broken iPhone!).
7. Kathryn Kellogg of Going Zero Waste
Want to know the best thing about Going Zero Waste? The homepage has a link to click for those of us who are completely new to zero waste living! Kathryn shares her tips in an easy and simple way. She provides step-by-step tips and inputs positivity and love into everything that she shares with her audiences.
Her background is one that a lot of people can resonate with, too. She suffered from health complications and began to realize all of the dangerous and toxic chemicals that were making their way into her home and body. Once she started to cut that out, she also began cutting out plastic.
Her blog is a great source for people on a zero waste journey—even if you’re not a beginner. There are tips for shopping, beauty product recommendations, and recipes, as well as discussions about intersectionality, sustainable parenting, and more!
Robin is an activist and humanitarian who’s most known for his “Trash Me” project—where he wore every piece of trash he produced over the span of a month. When he’s not dressing in discarded products, he’s garnering global intention and inspiring wide scale change.
He spent a year growing and foraging 100% of his own food (and shares his journey to inspire more to follow suit). Before traveling to continue educating others, he lived in a 100-square-foot tiny house (made of secondhand materials, no less) and doesn’t have a bank account, credit card, or monthly bills.
If you’re interested in taking zero waste to the next level, check out his blog for his take on politics, race, gardening, foraging, and humanity as a whole.
9. Shia Su of Wasteland Rebel
Here’s another zero waste champion who has a background many people can resonate with. Shia was aware of the social and environmental implications of her actions and always wanted to do something about it. However, as is common, she got trapped in a cycle of working long hours in the corporate world and purchasing junk food, convenience products, and “completely superfluous consumer goods.”
This all started to change when she quit her job, moved to a new city, discovered minimalism, and went vegan. In 2014, Shia discovered Bea Johnson and her “trash jar.” While she never expected to be zero waste herself, she found that it was much easier than expected.
And her tips for all of us are just as simple. Her blog features easy-to-follow (and implement) recipes, tips, and recommended alternatives for housekeeping, kids, gifts, hygiene, and on the road, as well as the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and office.
We hope this article helped you find some great zero waste inspiration through all of these amazing zero waste bloggers. We know going fully zero waste can feel daunting, but even starting with a few small changes at a time will still make a difference over time!