40+ Easy Zero Waste Projects for the Home
A lot of people doing a little to reduce waste at home can add up to a big impact. This list of zero waste projects for the home are easy to both make and implement.
What are Zero Waste Projects?
Zero waste projects can be anything from upcycling an item to be used in a different way to making a new product that replaces something disposable. Any project that reduces waste in the home is welcome on this list.
Some of the projects may take a few minutes while some take a few days, especially if paint is involved. They are all easy enough for beginners to tackle and even easier to incorporate into a zero waste lifestyle.
Stop buying plastic wrap. Make your own elastic bowl covers. These are fabric, so you have endless colors and patterns to choose from. Just toss them in the laundry between uses.
This is so cool! It's a bowl made with plastic grocery bags. If you don't know how to crochet, this is a great project to start with. Your veggies and the earth will thank you.
Cloth napkins add color and sophistication to any table. The zero waste part is a no-brainer. They are the perfect project for someone learning to sew too.
Lotion often comes in plastic containers, and the ingredients inside can be harmful to your body. Solid lotion bars only take a few minutes to make. Toss them in your bag for quick access to softer skin everywhere you go.
Don't throw away your old shoes! Birds love them as feeders or as the perfect nook to build a nest. They serve as fun garden art too!
Combine just a few ingredients to make a large batch of dishwasher detergent. Store it in a repurposed container or glass jar to avoid producing plastic waste. Your dishes will come out squeaky clean.
If you have chickens or other livestock, you know that feed sacks can add up quickly. Basic sewing skills can turn them into useful tote bags. The material is sturdy and perfect for shopping at the farmer's market or taking to the pool.
There are a million ways to repurpose pallet wood, but have you considered adding it to your craft room? This quilt batting holder keeps batting off the floor but accessible when you need it. It looks pretty cool too!
Forget plastic baggies. Wrap up your sandwich in beeswax! You can also stretch is over bowls and other containers to replace plastic wrap. So easy!
No one likes to clean toilet, but toilet bombs make the task far more tolerable. Make them at home to avoid waste and chemicals.
Paper towels are expensive, and it seems like we are always running out. These zero waste unpaper towels were an easy switch for my family to use. They reach for them to dry hands after washing, clean up spills, and more!
Weed killer can be harmful to pets and bugs and seep into your food source if you grow a garden. Don't risk it! Ditch the toxins by making your own weed killer. It really works too!
Shopping at the bulk bins makes a tremendous difference in reducing waste. Why not make some pretty bags to shop for all your supplies? I love this project!
Did you know you can make your own hairspray?! It's news to me but makes perfect sense for moving toward a zero waste lifestyle. Buy the spray bottle once, or better yet, repurpose one you already have.
Laundry detergent is one of the biggest culprits of waste with its large, plastic containers. Whip up some detergent that is gentle for you, your baby and the environment.
Here's a fun project! Turn a whole t-shirt into yarn! The yarn has lots of uses, even if you don't knit or crochet. I love turning it into rugs.
Upcycle your tin cans into a vase. They make pretty storage for your desk or bathroom too.
Hang on to all those glass jars. Add a little paint and pretty knobs to make canisters. These are prefect for holding coffee and sugar in the kitchen or toiletries in the bathroom.
What do you do with cheese graters that become dull? Don’t throw them away! Spray paint and decorate for a pretty earring holder. It makes a pretty way to display your jewelry on a dresser or vanity.
Bottle caps may be small, but they can quickly add up to a bunch of garbage. How about making them into flowers for your garden? They sure are bright and happy!
Have your kids outgrown their chalkboards? Add a meaningful quote for stylish (and frugal) décor. There are lots of possibilities with this idea!
All you need is some yarn to never buy single use dryer sheets again. Reusable dryer balls gentle soften clothes and are a quick project to make. Add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance.
Here is another take on unpaper towels. This is the perfect project for easing into the zero waste lifestyle.
The colors in this denim rag rug are stunning! Would you have known it was denim if I didn’t tell you? It’s a fun and useful project for your home.
Don’t throw away all the bits of paper leftover from other projects. Compile them into a notebook. These are so handy for keeping in a purse to jot notes on when inspiration strikes.
Nature is beautiful on its own. Bring a piece of it indoors to make a gorgeous side table. This is lovely for that little space to set down a cup or hold a plant.
These reusable bowl covers are made with oilcloth, so they are quick and easy to wipe clean. They stretch over dishes in a variety of shapes and sizes. No more plastic wrap!
This tutorial for snack pouches makes the perfect size for hauling small bites. Think pretzels and nuts. You kids will love finding these in their lunch, especially if you make them with a fun patterned fabric.
Living zero waste extends to your self-care routine. Think about how much you throw away when taking off your makeup or washing your face every day. It can add up! Try switching to reusable face pads instead.
These beeswax wraps are stunning. Those flowers would make me WANT to clean up after dinner, put away the leftovers. It has a free printable pattern too!
There are lots of shopping bag patterns available online, but this one stands out for its durability and size. It holds a gallon of milk with room to spare!
Living a zero waste lifestyle doesn’t have to stop when you go to college. Hang on to your soap, and all its bits and pieces, with a DIY soap saver.
Here's an easy sewing project that will bring joy to your lunch hour. Turn one yard of oilcloth into a reusable lunch bag that is easy to clean. Ditch the paper bags.
An old plastic playhouse would make a big pile of garbage in a landfill. Give it a makeover with paint, and it will look brand new again. Actually, it will look even better than new!
Are you thinking about ditching toilet paper? This post has some great alternatives and tips for getting the whole family on board.
Mop pads can be expensive, not to mention wasteful. Grab some terry cloth and make reusable floor pads for your Swiffer mop. I would argue they work better than the original.
Reversible cloth napkins can give you two looks in one while reducing waste. The flower prints are lovely for a special tea party of everyday use.
This snack bag will hold an entire sandwich! How’s that for a snack? This a great project if you are learning to sew or need a quick way to use fabric scraps.
How cute is this upcycle?! Turn a pillowcase into a bag. It could be used as an everyday bag, or make a bunch to use for groceries.
Single use dryer sheets are filled with toxins that transfer to your clothes. Make a jar or reusable dryer sheets to cut down on waste, cost, and chemicals.