Plastic Free essential tools

18 June 2015
Thank you for all the feedback on the kits. I have had many people say they wish the kits had been ready for July. While the kits are not ready to go I have compiled a list of similar items that I deem essential tools for Plastic Free July and plastic free living in general.
I have grouped according to readers from the northern and southern hemisphere to help you save on postage costs and carbon footprints.

Like the items in the kits the list below feature what I have found helpful and wish I had when I started living plastic free and zero waste.

Plastic Free July essential tools 

Southern Hemisphere (Australia/New Zealand)
Buy - Stainless steel insulated coffee cup

Plastic Free essential tools

Plastic Free essential tools

Northern Hemisphere (USA/Canada/ Europe)

Buy - Oval Bento Lunch Box

Buy - Portable Place mat with Cutlery Holder

Buy - Insulated Steel Pint Cup by Klean Kanteen

Buy - Organic Cotton and Hemp Produce Bag

If you happen to make a purchase through any of the links above I do receive a commission that helps to keep this blog running. I have had nothing but great experiences with the online stores that sell these items and highly recommend them to anyone.

Also, don't forget to download the Bulk app to help find your closest bulk food stores.  


  1. This is a great overview, very helpful indeed! I have some suggestions for people in the Netherlands.

    Reusable produce bags:
    Leven Zonder Afval:

    Klean Kanteen bottles:

    Food containers/lunch boxes: (Sanctus Mundo)

    I have positive experiences with all of these.

  2. Hi Erin, I love your blog- you're very inspiring! I'm a long way off totally waste free but am on the journey one small step step at a time!

    I'd like to share that Aussies and New Zealanders can get silicone lids to replace plastic film, as well as stainless steel straws, reusable produce bags, grocery bags made from recycled plastic, as well as cleaning products that last 2+ years (and can be recycled at the end of their life) from a company called Norwex. :) They're also in: North America, Scandinavia and Europe. The website is:

    1. Thanks for sharing this resource Sharon


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