I have purchased a number of items recently that will help me in my journey towards zero waste. Don't think that going zero waste means you have to spend a lot of money, remember the Zero Waste Tenets of reuse and refuse. However when transitioning from disposable plastic items you will likely need to purchase a more sustainable alternative and those are most of my purchases.
The first is a bamboo toothbrush*. When I discussed our zero waste bathroom this was one area that I tied my husband in. A bamboo toothbrush still has nylon bristles, but the handle is made of bamboo. An entirely plastic free alternative, with a bamboo handle and boar hair bristles apparently exists, but it is hard to find. It comes in paper boxes that are recyclable but they suggest you compost them.
Next, I finally moved from the contemplation phase to the action phase with regard to safety razors*. Hubby actually pulled the trigger for me as he added it to an order he was placing. I got the Merkur long handled safety razor. The handle length is a little longer than the one he uses and it works great. So far no cuts! Although I'll admit I did watch a few videos on YouTube as part of my preparation phase. Most safety razors are marketed toward men, but ladies we can use them just as easily! Marketers do you hear me? Women's razors are a nearly untapped bounty.
I also purchased a shampoo bar. I bought the 3 pack off of Amazon*, and while each bar is wrapped in paper, the three bars are wrapped in plastic to make the set. However I've used the coconut and argan oil one a couple of times and it gets the job done and lathers more than I expected. The 3 pack also includes jojoba with peppermint and tee tree with hemp oil.
I am hoping to make a worm composter, and was feeling bad about trashing food scraps so I purchased a compost container*. I really think it looks great and holds all our scraps with no smell. It cleans up really easily generally just needing to be rinsed out. There is a filter that needs to be cleaned and/or replaced. When I first started using it I would put a piece of of newsprint down in the bottom to soak up some liquids, but I don't even do that anymore. I just rinse it out after I empty it.
I am loving all my new purchases and know that they will greatly help with the amount of waste I have. However, if you are just starting about going zero waste realize that you don't need to buy anything. But when your current disposable products wear out, be sure to replace them with sustainable plastic-free or plastic-less alternatives.