Extreme Minimalists: Everything in this woman's life is reusable, including her period supplies

Whereas most people turn to the zero waste lifestyle because of their passion for the environment, Kathryn Kellog actually joined the movement following a breast cancer scare four years ago. 

"I started making all these really small changes to try and get my health in check and what I found was that so many of the things I was doing were not only better for my personal health, but also better for the health of the planet," she told AOL Lifestyle. In the past two years alone, she's collected only enough trash to fill a 16 ounce mason jar. 

She's now the founder of the blog Going Zero Waste and author of the book 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste ($9.99, Amazon), which helps guide those looking to also embrace a green lifestyle. 

Part of Kellog's commitment to living more sustainably is limiting the amount of trash she produces, including in the bathroom. Two key items which have aided her commitment to zero waste include Thinx Period Panty Underwear, which she claims almost completely eradicated her menstrual cramps, and a bidet toilet attachment, which has dramatically limited her toilet paper use. 

"We don't live in a perfect zero waste world...It's really not about being perfect," she continued. "It's just about taking these overarching principles and trying to apply them into your life to be more sustainable by using fewer resources." 

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Sustainable brands we love

Naturopathica Chamomile Cleansing Milk, $34

The beloved skincare brand is nearing a quarter of a century of sustainability. Its natural and organic products are certified by Ecocert, are made without toxic ingredients and uses responsibly sourced materials. 


Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant, $68

Everlane partners with the best and most ethical factories around the world in order to source the finest materials. 


Rothy's The Point, $145

Made from recycled water bottles that are transformed into yarn, the San Francisco-based shoe brand has quickly risen to one of the country's most beloved sustainable fashion companies -- and Meghan's Markle's Rothy's debut during her royal tour of Australia in the fall of 2018 only contributed to its popularity. 



Since launching in 2008, DL1961 has made it a point to do better for the earth and as a company. The brand uses about 8 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans vs. the traditional 1500, of which most are disposed. We treat and recycle 98% of the water we in our process. In 2018 DL1961 saved enough water to fill 400 million, 16OZ bottles of water.


H&M Conscious Halterneck Swimsuit, $49.99

The H&M Conscious collection uses only sustainably sourced materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester, wool, hemp, and Tencel. 


Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk, $10.99

The Avalon Organics Formula is certified by the Environmental Working Group for its transparency and dedication to sustainability and the environment. 


Eileen Fisher Lightweight Viscose Jersey Jumpsuit, $169

Because of the brand's Vision2020 campaign, 69 percent of the line is made with sustainable materials, 98 percent of the cotton is organic and 1.2 million pieces of Eileen Fisher clothes have been recycled through the Renew Initiative. 



The vodka company is dedicated to sustainability by using the most efficient farming processes in its farms based in Southern Sweeden and recycling almost everything during distillation.

“WithPlanet Earth’s Favorite Vodka, we hope to breathe new life into sustainability – inspiring others to do what’s right for the environment, and one another, while always remembering to celebrate progress," said brand director Regan Clarke. 


Alternative Apparel Ideal Printed Eco-Jersey T-Shirt, $36

The brand sources the finest fabrics and incorporates organic and recycled materials as much as they can, with low-impact dyes and water-conserving efforts. Even their mailing boxes are oxo-biodegradable.

Blume Blemish Treatment, $26

All of the self-care company's products are 100 percent chemical free, with no harmful ingredients, are biodegradable and BPA free. 


Madewell x charity: water Heart Recycling Sweatshirt

50 percent of the retail price from the purchase of these exclusive Madewell items will support charity: water and its mission of providing clean, safe drinking water to the 663 million people who don’t have access to it (that’s one in 10 humans across the globe).


Athleta Contender Sprint Bra, $59

The athleisure brand has ensured that 60 percent of its materials are made from sustainable materials including recycled nylon and H2Eco Swim fabric, which has helped to divert 72,264 kilograms of waste from landfills. By 2020, they hope that 80 percent of store waste from shipping packaging will be diverted from landfills. 


The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, $14

The popular skincare brand has been dedicated to corporate responsibility since 1976 and plans to double its green efforts by 2020. Its products are made with ethically sourced ingredients and are committed to fighting threated areas from devastation. 


b-Glowing Illuminate + Shine Eyeshadow Palette, $38

The clean and all natural beauty brand is free of formaldehyde, coal tar, propylene glycol and other harmful parabens and sulfates. 


DSTLD Womens Boyfriend Jeans In Sun, $85

The denim company sources materials from socially responsible suppliers with a majority of its products made from eco-friendly and sustainable materials, including natural dyes.


EOS Organic Lip Balm, $4.49

The certified organic and 100 percent natural lip balm are created with high-quality sustainably sourced ingredients, including natural oils. EOS is a member of the Global Shea Alliance, which promotes sustainability, and a partner of TerraCycle. 


Bleusalt The Boyfriend Hoodie, $75.60

The Malibu-based brand is dedicated to environmental responsibility and therefore not only incorporates green materials into their products but gives a percentage back to the Sculpts the Future Foundation to promote positive environmental change. 


Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi’s partnered with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program that offers consumers the ability to recycle used denim, extending its lifespan, helping preserve the environment, and ultimately helping keep schools and homes warm.  As long as it’s dry and clean, consumers can bring in denim jeans, tops, or jackets – from any brand, in any condition, in any color – to Levi’s stores in the United States and Canada and drop them into a dedicated bin. They’ll get a 20% discount off their purchase and the knowledge that they’ve kept it out of landfill, while Cotton Inc.’s Blue Jeans Go Green program™ gets denim it can help transform into insulation for schools, libraries or low-income housing built by Habitat for Humanity.


Keller Works Elliot's Oatmeal Soap

With zero packaging (so no waste), the oats are certified organic, gluten free, and it’s made with organic oils and sustainable palm oil. None of their soaps use packaging! Oatmeal is soothing for the skin, and how the Keller Works story started.



Havaianas partnered with graffiti artist Arlin Graff to create two unique sandals. 7% of total sales of Graff’s custom sandals will go to the Institute of Ecological Research (IPE), working towards biodiversity conservation in the Brazilian rainforest through research, training and environmental education. 


Trunk Club

Trunk Club is highlighting brands committed to reducing their carbon footprints and empowering more sustainable lifestyles including Zella, Toms, Reformation, Eileen Fisher, Patagonia and more.



Nuria leverages modern science to harness the power of natural ingredients to create clean, vegan formulas. All Nuria ingredients are grown in environments that maximize plant health and nutrient robustness. Along with our commitment to honor and respect our environment, Nuria supports girls education around the world via She’s The First.



Lifestyle brand Brandless offers a variety of products at fair, simple prices that make a positive impact on the environment through minimizing the waste of everyday activities. The trendy reusable tote is your perfect farmer’s market carryall. Holds about a dozen apples & whatever else is on your list. Easy to stash & wash.


Little Sun Exclusive on eBay

eBay and social business Little Sun are announcing a new partnership to bring accessible, ethical and sustainable solar solutions to communities around the world. This April, Little Sun is launching its eBay storefront (eBay.com/LittleSun) and offering shoppers a limited-edition “Earth Day Duo” bundle through May 1.

Designed by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, the special solar bundle includes the iconic Little Sun and Little Sun Diamond solar-powered lamps, for the exclusive price of $42. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Little Sun Foundation.


Burt's Bees Baby

Burt's Bees Baby uses 100% organic cotton which does not use the synthetic pesticides and fertilizers needed to grow conventional cotton, which means those harmful chemicals don’t seep into our soil, water, and food. It promotes safer conditions on the small farms where our growers and their families live and work.


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