Where Can I Cut Back on Plastic Waste at Home?

Whether you are in the kitchen, bathroom, living room or laundry room, there are many ways that you can cut back on your personal plastic waste.  Below are a selection of items that I have found across Ontario that can be refilled and reused. 

Shopping trip tip

Start your shopping trip at a bulk food store so that you stock up on anything that is sold low waste first.  Then, head over to your regular store and buy those items that aren't available zero waste. Talk to the employees about your preference to lower waste products.  T

The Kitchen

Dry Goods in Bulk


This is a cornerstone in your low waste kitchen.  Save your glass jars and keep them stocked with nuts, candies, rice, pasta and other ingredients that you normally cook with.  You will be surprised how many items are available low waste.

Peanut Butter


Peanut Butter is Osten readily available in bulk stores.  This also includes seed butters and other spreads.


Protein Powder


You can refill your protein powder at the bulk barn!

The Bathroom

Shampoo and COnditioner


An easy swap if you are close to most refill stores.  Shampoo bars are zero waste and work for most. Many people run into challenges with bar conditioners.  So if you prefer liquid conditioner (or soap), save two bottles and rotate refilling them up at your local low waste store.

Refill Toothpaste


Toothpaste comes in little tablets these days and they work if you store them in airtight containers after purchase.  If you prefer the liquid kind, some low waste stores offer refillable toothpaste.  Bring back your empty pot and fill it back up.  This bug spray is made of essential oils and is a good option if you want to avoid putting deet on your children.

Low Waste Cleaning

Refillable stain remover


I picked some stain remover from the Unboxed Market in Toronto this past winter and I put it in an old cleaning spray bottle.  it works well to remove stains.

Stain Sticks


Stain Sticks are like bar soap for the laundry room.  It comes in cardboard, so you come avoid plastic packaging altogether with this product.

Castile Soap


Castile Soap can be refilled at a few low waste shops.  In Milton, You can head over to the Kind Matter Company or Lala Soap to refill your bottle.  Castile Soap is a staple to much the low waste cleaning lifestyle.