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Ode To A Zero Waste Morning Routine

Who was it who said “Mornings are a good time to start new things”?

Okay, it’s not that eloquent, so maybe it was just us. Anyway, we really believe it. Whether or not you’re naturally a morning person, the first things you do when you wake up can set the tone for your day — and habits formed in the morning can create a foundation for more long-term changes, too.

If you’re thinking about going zero waste but don’t know where to start, we suggest: start when you get out of bed. Commit to sustainability from the time you wake up until the time you arrive at work (or until lunch, or whatever makes sense for you!) and feel good for the rest of the day. Here’s a step by step guide.

Step 1. We’re sure you guessed it, but we think you should brush your teeth with Bite. When you open your bathroom cabinet, take pleasure in seeing your Bite jar, instead of a plastic tube that needs squeezing. Brush with Bite, and start fresh.

Click here to get your Bite Toothpaste Bits — When you subscribe, you refill your glass jar with compostable refill pouches.

Step 2. Use bar soap. Rather than keeping plastic bottles of liquid soap or body wash around, buy a bar soap that works for you and use that in the shower and on your face.Step 3. Try oil as a moisturizer instead of lotion. Oils are stored in glass bottles (so you can say goodbye to just a little bit more plastic) and have the added benefit of being great for your skin.Step 3. Make and eat a (meatless) breakfast at home. Remember: it doesn’t need to be beautiful or perfect, it just can’t be pre-packaged! Ditch the energy bar or the box of cereal and buy granola in bulk, stored in a glass jar. Grab a great loaf of bread at the farmer’s market and have some avocado toast (or, if you’re in a hurry, peanut butter toast is great too). Take the time to explore your options for zero-waste breakfasts, and you’ll find you can have something delicious and filling every morning.

Step 4. Invest in a French press and a nice reusable coffee mug. (The “nice” part is just because the more you love it, the more you’ll actually use it.) Make your coffee at home each morning and fill up your wonderful mug, and you’re good to go.

Step 5. Bring a reusable water bottle, too! You’re a human, so you’ll need lots of water throughout the day, and you definitely don’t want to buy a plastic bottle of water. Be ready.

That’s it! Just like that, you’ve had a zero waste morning and are ready to face the world. Once you’ve gotten this routine down, start thinking about how to extend it into the rest of your day — but conquer this first, and let yourself feel good about it.

Click here to get your Bite Toothpaste Bits — When you subscribe, you refill your glass jar with compostable refill pouches.


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