The 14 Best Zero Waste Products of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle at Amazon

"Made from stainless steel that’s both durable and recyclable."

Best Grocery Bags: Earthwise Reusable Grocery Bag Set at Amazon

"Not just for groceries, these are just as handy for carrying laundry."

Best Shopping Bags: BAGGU Large Reusable Shopping Bag at Amazon

"These nylon bags are great for all your shopping and toting needs."

Best Produce Saver: Farberware Silicone Food Savers at Amazon

"They’re great for small and medium-cut fruits and vegetables."

Best Compost Bin: OXO Good Grips Compost Bin at Amazon

"This kitchen bin holds your compostable food waste."

Best Compostable Bags: Compostable Trash Bags at Amazon

"An eco-friendly option that's also compostable."

Best Reusable Straws: YIHONG Stainless Steel Metal Straws at Amazon

"This set of eight includes four straight straws and four bent straws."

Best Kitchen Towels: Reusable Unpaper Towels at Amazon

"These towels are absorbent, washable, and bleachable."

Best Kitchen Cloth: Skoy Eco-friendly Cleaning Cloth at Amazon

"Completely biodegradable when they’re no longer useful."

Best Napkins: Pure Linen Oversized Napkins at Amazon

"These pure linen napkins will add a bit of elegance when you entertain."

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    Best Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

    Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

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    Made from stainless steel that’s both durable and recyclable, this flask replaces plastic bottles in an elegant and efficient way. The wide mouth makes it easy to fill with ice cubes and the excellent insulation keeps your water, iced tea or fruit smoothie cold all day. This can also be used for hot drinks.

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    Best Grocery Bags: Earthwise Deluxe Collapsible Reusable Shopping Box Grocery Bag Set

    These totes are easy to pack at the grocery store since they stay open like a box, but they collapse for easy storage when they’re empty. Not just for groceries, these are just as handy for carrying laundry in the house or for toting towels at the beach. They have two short side handles along with longer handles to hang these on your shoulder.

    Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best reusable grocery bags.

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    Best Shopping Bags: BAGGU Large Reusable Shopping Bag

    Great for all your shopping and toting needs, these ripstop nylon bags are sturdy but very thin and lightweight, so you can fold one and tuck it into the included pouch and toss it into your purse for those times when you need an extra bag at the farmer’s market. The handles make it easy to hand carry this or sling it over your shoulder.

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    Best Produce Saver: Farberware Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers

    No need for plastic wrap when you’ve got half of an onion to store since these huggers will snug onto the cut end and keep it fresh. They’re great for small and medium-cut fruits and vegetables, and can also be used as lids for cans, jars, and glasses. They nest for storage and are dishwasher safe when you’ve used the last of that onion.

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    Best Compost Bin: OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Compost Bin

    Composting makes sense for anyone who has a garden or yard since you can turn waste food into healthy soil that will make all your plants happy. This kitchen bin holds your compostable food waste until you take it to your outdoor composter or you transfer it to the compost container that gets picked up by your waste company. The lid is removable for easy emptying and cleaning, and the handle makes this easy to carry.

    Looking to compost at home? Here are the best composters you can buy online.

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    Best Compostable Bags: UNNI ASTM D6400 100 Percent Compostable Trash Bags

    Sometimes there’s no way around using a trash bag, but there are still eco-friendly options available, like these compostable bags. Use them for food scraps to be composted or use them for small trash containers around the house. This is a box of 100 bags, and each holds 2.6 gallons.

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    Best Reusable Straws: YIHONG Set of 8 Stainless Steel Metal Straws

    Even though they’re small, plastic straws are a major source of plastic pollution, but there are plenty of alternatives, like these stainless steel straws. This set of eight includes four straight straws and four bent straws, along with two cleaning brushes so you can make sure the straws are completely clean after use. A pouch is also included for easy storage so you won’t lose them in a kitchen drawer. While they can be washed in the dishwasher, it’s wise to make sure they won’t fall through the utensil bin.

    Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best reusable straws article.

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    Best Kitchen Towels: Reusable Unpaper Towels

    Paper towels are one of the most common single-use items, but why not use these simple cotton towels instead? They’re absorbent, washable, and bleachable, so you can use them for sopping up spills, wiping dishes, or for kitchen cleaning tasks. Then just toss them in with the laundry and grab another towel from the pack of ten. Some users noted various amounts of shrinkage with these, but some shrinkage should be expected since they’re made from cotton.

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    Best Kitchen Cloth: Skoy Eco-friendly Cleaning Cloth

    Made from cotton and cellulose, and completely biodegradable when they’re no longer useful, these colorful cloths can replace your kitchen sponge for washing dishes, they can mop up spills like paper towels, and you can even use them for drying small items, like a kitchen towel. These dry quickly and can be sanitized in your microwave or dishwasher and can also be washed and dried right along with your laundry. This is a pack of four cloths.

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    Best Napkins: Pure Linen Oversized Napkins

    These pure linen napkins will add a bit of elegance when you entertain, but they can also look casual for everyday use. The downside of linen is that it wrinkles, so you’ll need to iron these for formal use, but some users noted that they were able to fold and stack them after washing, and they actually liked the slightly wrinkled rustic look. This is a set of 12 napkins, so you’ll have plenty for a party.

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    Best Jars: Ball Wide Mouth Pint 16-Ounce Glass Mason Jar with Lids and Bands

    Glass is easily recyclable as are the metal lids that come with these jars, but you won’t need to worry about that for many years since these are very durable. While they’re sold for canning, they’re also perfect for storing food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer, and they can be used as drinking glasses as well. If you’re feeling creative, you can find all kinds of recipes for food in jars, too. This 12-pack will give you plenty for all of those uses, and more.

    If you need something larger than a canning jar, take a peek at the best glass storage containers.

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    Best Bowl Covers: Elegant Live Set of 5 Heat Resistant Covers

    These silicone lids are great for covering bowls, pots, and pans, whether they’re in the refrigerator, on the counter, on the stove, in the oven to 500 degrees, or even in the microwave to prevent splattering. This multi-color set includes five covers in different sizes to fit everything from your smallest bowls to your large casserole. They’re dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, so they’ll always be ready for their next use.

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    Best Snack Bags: Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag

    Ditch the zip-top plastic bags and grab this reusable food bag instead. Made from silicone, it can withstand heat and cold, and you can even use it for sous vide cooking. This size is perfect for snacks or a sandwich, and other sizes are available so you can create a complete set to fit your needs. A variety of patterns and colors are available to suit your personality.

    See more reviews of our favorite reusable snack bags available for purchase.

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    Best Food Wrap: Bee's Wrap Eco Friendly Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

    These beeswax wraps offer a unique alternative to plastic wrap for covering bowls, wrapping sandwiches, storing cheese, or wrapping other foods. The heat of your hands softens the wax to make the material pliable so it can form a perfect shape, then it hardens again for a great seal. When these are no longer useful, they are 100 percent compostable, so they don’t have to end up in a landfill. This is a three-pack with three different sizes.