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It’s officially back to school time! Along with the craziness of managing the stress and anticipation of a whole semester of new classes and big decisions, there comes the additional havoc of unpacking and decorating your new dorm room!

While this can be a fun process, the stress really starts to pile on! Not only do you have to make your new room totally Instagram goals but you also probably should be thinking about decreasing waste. Because goodness knows this planet is filling up with trash WAY too fast.

Since this is a big task, we decided to put together a blog post guide to help you find some quick and easy ways to make your dorm room a waste-free space!

13 essentials for an adorable zero-waste dorm room!

Our list of 13 of the cutest products you’ll ever see… starts now.

Chemex Coffee Maker

Aside from looking so dang cool on your counter, this coffee maker is 100% waste free! Made entirely out of glass, wood, and leather, this coffee maker also makes an unbelievably delicious cup of coffee that will help you survive those late study nights!

Chemex Reusable Coffee Filters

Did you know that you can reuse coffee filters? We love organic cotton coffee filters that fit perfect in the Chemex coffee maker, but you can find all different types online! This is a super easy way to save waste every morning! Plus, if you save the coffee grounds to use as compost… it’s a double win!

Wool Dryer Balls

Replace dryer sheets with wool dryer balls! These little items are like magic! They bounce around quietly in your dryer and help your clothes to dry faster – by separating them from each other – and if you spray them with a little water they can reduce static! Because they help your clothes to dry faster, they cut down on dryer time which saves electricity (and money if you use laundromat dryers)! Also, you can use essential oils on the dryer balls to add fragrance but be sure to research that first because they could be flammable and cause a fire if used incorrectly.

Ola Bamboo Zero Waste Silverware Kit

It’s all too tempting to grab a set of plastic silverware when you have to eat out on the go! This handy little bamboo silverware set is perfect to use in your dorm room for quick meals, keep in the car, or take on the go!


Forget buying stacks of textbooks for those general education classes that you KNOW you’ll never use again! Instead, you can save paper and purchase or rent the books on an e-reader! Plus, this is super handy to have when you’re traveling home for Christmas break and need a book to read on the flight!

(If you need a book recommendation, here’s a shameless plug for our new ebook, Life Changing Period: Menstrual Cups – A Simple Guide to Anything + Everything Period Cup Related.

Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag

Sandwich bags are discarded by the millions EVERY DAY! It’s so simple and easy to use a silicone sandwich bag that you can reuse every day and save hundreds of bags – and a lot of money as well! Imagine how much waste would be saved if everyone took just this one simple step!

Collapsible Water Bottle

We get it… not everyone wants to drag a gigantic water bottle around wherever they go. That’s when a collapsible water bottle is a perfect choice – when collapsed, it can fit inside your purse and then you can just expand it when you need to fill it up!

Stainless Steel and Silicone Straw

STRAWS… they are like a weapon to destroy marine life! It’s so easy to keep a stainless steel straw in your purse or car and pull it out when you grab a drink at a restaurant!

Organic Hankie

You’re curled up in a corner of the library with a copy of The Notebook… chances are you’re gonna be looking for a tissue to wipe that tear or two. We’re taking you back to the 1900s with this one, but it doesn’t do any harm to keep a hankie in your purse for emergencies and save the tissues from heading straight into the trash.

Organic Cotton Facial Rounds

It’s SUPER easy to make this switch! Cotton facial rounds are soft and gentle on your skin, and super easy to use with your favorite makeup remover or toner! All you have to do is drop them into the wash after each use and they are as good as new!

Glass and Cork Reusable Beverage Cup

When you make your daily Starbucks run, bring along a glass and cork cup for your Cold Brew! It doesn’t slow down the process at all and it saves a huge amount of trash each day! Plus, it will look super cute when you use it with your Chemex coffee maker!

Airtight Stainless Steel Containers

These little containers are perfect for storing leftovers, no paper or plastic needed! You can also use these to store cosmetics, scrunchies, or anything you want!

Pixie Menstrual Cup

If you really want to save waste in your life, you need to cut out period products. Each woman uses approximately 16,000 tampons in her lifetime… and that’s not even counting pads and panty liners! The Pixie Cup is reusable for 10 years and is comfortable, too! No more ripping a dry tampon out on those light days.

Pixie Menstrual Cup Steamer

This handy steamer has your menstrual cup sparkling clean in just three minutes, and all you need is water! It is the perfect option for the girl who doesn’t want to waste wipes, toilet paper, or soap on a deep clean and sterilizing session for her menstrual cup!

We hope this blog post was helpful to you as you find new ways to save waste in your daily life! If you are looking for more ways to reduce waste every day, check out our blog post about creating a zero waste bathroom!

What are some steps you are going to take to reduce waste in your life? Do you have any of the products we mentioned? Let us know in the comments!