A big principle shared by minimalism and zero waste is the mindset to buy quality items that will last you a long time, maybe even a lifetime. It’s not about the quantity of the things you have but their quality. One thing that you will probably find is that quality items, especially items that are also sustainable, come with a bit of a leather price tag than their alternatives. I like to call these purchases mini investments, because that’s honestly what they are. You are investing in quality items now so that down the road you won’t have to repurchase them later like you might have to with the lower cost options.
Quality Mattress, Pillows, and Bedding.
If you think about it, your bed is something that you use every single day of your life. So why wouldn’t you want to sleep on a quality mattress? There are so many viable options today for an amazing quality mattress at some more affordable prices, and we are seeing even more that are sustainable. Most of these that I found were under $1500 for a queen size mattress, which is pretty nice.
Some brands I found for mattresses were:
Pillows and bedding are also super important when it comes to the comfort of your mattress, and there are tons of quality brands making things out of sustainable fibers like eucalyptus and bamboo. One downside that I have found is that these brands mostly only sell bedding in white, which I know can be a deal breaker for some people, but I know there are some that are looking to extend their product lines to include more colors and patterns in the future.
Some brands I found for pillows and bedding were:
Quality Bath Towels
Now I have said in the past that I don’t really care what my own bath towels look like, but I know that some people do, and I also know that once my current collection of towels begin to deteriorate that I’m going to want to invest in some quality ones. A big thing when looking at buying any cloth like bedding or towels is to look for Oeko-Tex certification on the tag. If a product is labeled as Oeko-Tex certified it is completely free from harmful chemicals and safe for human use. To attain Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, the fabric has been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human health.
Some people get Oeko-Tex certification mixed up with the materials used in the product being organic. Oeko-Tex and organic are not the same, but it is still nice to have the product be Oeko-Tex certified.
Some brands I found for sustainable bath towels were:
Quality Food Storage
This is definitely another thing that can wait on your list, especially if you have tons of plastic food storage already. Over time, plastic will warp and crack and you will lose the lids, but I wouldn’t recommend this category right away until you can’t really store any leftovers successfully. Of course the best solution to this problem is to invest in glass or metal food containers. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of metal food containers, mostly because you can’t put them in the microwave to reheat, but you can scoop out the amount that you want onto a plate. If you are looking for durability, I would go with the metal containers, since they won’t break when dropped like glass, but if you want reheating convenience, I would go with the glass containers.
Some brands I found for glass containers were:
I think most of us start out with a mismatched set of hand-me-down pots and pans from older relatives and friends. Overtime, these pots and pans can get a little questionable with their durability and safety. When you finally decide it’s time to move on and upgrade, it is very important that you find cookware made with non-toxic materials to keep you and your family healthy.
Some brands I found for cookware were: