One way you can do your part to reduce waste is by embracing reusable alternatives when you’re eating at a restaurant or anywhere on the go, build your own zero-waste kit. Preparing your own zero-waste kit is a fun challenge that will help you avoid unnecessary trash and single-use items in your daily routine. Here are a few simple items you can thrift at your local Goodwill to help you build your own zero-waste kit.

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Reusable bag: The perfect way to keep your kit together. Great for runs to the store and useful for transporting food. Skip the flimsy plastic!

Cloth napkin: Pass on the paper and go for a cloth option by throwing a few in your kit. Practical, washable, durable.

Metal straws: Make plastic straws a thing of the past by keeping a few of these on hand. Plus, you’ll never have to contend with the occasional dreaded punctured straw.

Reusable drinkware/travel mug: Keep your drinks warmer/colder longer and avoid disposable drinkware.

Divided container: Great for bringing lunches or taking leftovers home. Skip the Styrofoam and plastic to-go boxes.

Silverware: Handy for avoiding disposable plastic alternatives and easy to clean. Keep a few sets on hand so you can wash and rotate.

Glass jar: A great small container option for snacks or drinks.

Small containers: Have a few for dry snacks or smaller to-go items. Flexible, convenient and a must in any kit.