Zero Waste Dorm Shopping
So, I found this ridiculously long list of things that a soon to be college student needs to buy for college, specifically their dorm. A ton of the things were disposables or trash that don’t fit into the zero waste lifestyle. Here is my guide for shopping for college, zero waste, and what you actually sifted from the unnecessary things.
Bathroom & Toiletries
- Bath mat. Just use a thick cotton bath mat or a towel.
- Cotton towels and wash cloths.
- Reusable cotton pads like these.
- Bulk soap bought from a health store. (No package)
- Wooden combs & brushes. These are better for your hair and the environment.
- Homemade deodorant or an alum stone.
- Eco-Friendly Floss
- Homemade Moisturizer or oil
- Bulk Shampoo & Conditioner (or just use your soap & a tiny bit of oil)
- For a shower caddy, it’s very easy and minimal to use a small bag like this. Or this one with a zipper.
- Instead of a soap dish, I use a tin like this, throw my soap in, and can carry it in my bag.
- For those who menstruate, a menstrual cup.
- Lots of reusable, soft cloths or hankies for tissues. I wash these after each use so I have lot of them. You can find them really cheap on places like craigslist and yard sales and ebay. The one’s linked above are nice, but expensive.
- Makeup Bag & Brushes
- Eco Friendly Makeup
- Stainless steel tweezers.
- Glass or stainless steel nail file & clippers (personally, I don’t use clippers).
- Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper
- Bamboo Toothbrushes & Case
- Stainless Steel Safety Razor & Blades
- Bulk Castille Soap for dish washing liquid
- Bulk White Vinegar
- Bulk soap or castille soap for hand soap.
- Plenty of rags or towels. (No paper towels, obviously)
- Dish rags & dish towels.
- For coffee either a pour over like this or a french press. Take your coffee to go in an insulated stainless steel bottle. Or iced in a mason jar.
- Reusable coffee filters
- Basic cooking utensils. Just make sure to get natural wood or stainless steel, not plastic.
- Reusable Cotton Tote or Eco-Friendly Backpack. I just use a heavy cotton tote.
- Naked Binders, these are 100% recyclable.
- Biodegradable printer paper for making copies or assignments you have to turn in.
- Pencil Pouch
- iPad or something digital for taking notes
- Mechanical pencils. You can get a biggie like this (it’s awesome) or cheaper ones. Shouldn’t need too many if you’re taking notes on your tablet or something digital.
- Refillable pens. (Yet again, way more expensive, but you shouldn’t need many anyway, and this pen is better than any you’ve ever used before.)
- Erasers. Most erasers are made from petroleum. These are nice.
- Stapleless Stapler.
- You do not need:
- note cards
- really any paper goods
- rubber bands
- pencil sharpener
- disposables (if it sounds like trash it is. Find a replacement)
- paper clips
- Laundry Supplies
- Bulk natural laundry detergent
- Reusable dryer balls instead of dryer sheets
I’ll add more as I think of it, and as time goes on.
Let me know if you have any ideas!