Zero waste subscriptions in my life

Solai Valliappan
4 min readMay 21, 2023

Everyday and with every puchase we have the agency to spend our dollars consciously and to impact change.

Here are some of the carbon reducing subscriptions I have in my life. It’s been good to evaluate how I live and start to replace and/or trial different products. I live in a metro city (Sydney) so hopefully you can find them or something similar in your region / country.

Good and Fugly

With the cost of groceries going up many are starting to venture into the imperfects / odd bunch range at the supermarket. What if these odd shaped fruit and veggies could be delivered to your door directly from the farmers instead of being binned?

You can choose your type of box (fruit & veg, fruit only, veg only), the size (small, medium and large) and delivery frequency (weekly or fortnightly).

It’s a bit of a lucky dip as to what you receive (once there was a pumpkin about the size of my hand — very cute!) but there’s generally a good and wide variety. Each box has a ‘fruit/veg of the week’ with an accompanying recipe to try too! Overall it’s been fun to be creative of what I can cook with what has been delivered.

Left to right: Small fruit veg box, Another small fruit veg box, romanesco cauliflower which was ‘veg of the week’ in a box

Who Gives a Crap

Who knew at the onset of the pandemic, toilet paper would become a prized commodity?

In addition to toilet paper made from recycled paper or bamboo there are additional products such as (facial) tissues, paper towels and dish cloths. 50% of the company’s profits goes to projects aimed at improving sanitation around the world.

Everything is covered in fun paper patterns, no plastic. You can opt for a subscription according to timing that works for you or order on demand.

Image of 100% recycled toilet paper from WGAC website

ReCo

I was introduced to this company watching the founders (Danling Xiao and Anett Petrovics) pitch at a circular economy accelerator event.

The company sells laundry and dishwashing powder in glass jars that are delivered to your home. Like a milk run service (my parents had to explain this concept to me from back…

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Solai Valliappan

Tech investor with an actuarial background interested in technology, startups, investing and data driven insights to influence system change.