Zefiro

Where Sustainability Meets Affordability

Who They Are

Started in 2016 by zero-waste enthusiast Carley Pulford, Zefiro began by selling locally sourced beeswax wraps at Chicago farmer’s markets, and quickly grew from there! Now, Zefiro crafts a wide assortment of zero-waste-friendly home goods essentials that help replace generic and wasteful single-use products.

Featuring natural, sustainable materials like bamboo, sisal, and FSC Certified wood, Zefiro’s products are all thoughtfully designed to last as long as you need them while being easy to mindfully dispose of when you don’t! With the motto of “where sustainability meets affordability,” Zefiro’s single-use swaps are a great way to zero-waste-ify your home without busting your budget.


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Why We Like Them

With thoughtfully designed products made from simple, natural materials like bamboo, boar bristles, and FSC Certified beechwood, Zefiro’s products are all made to minimize waste wherever possible. Take their Bamboo Long Handle Brush, for example. With a detachable brush head made from sisal fibers, when your brush head wears down, it’s super easy to pop on a new brush head and toss the used one in your compost. No need to throw out the whole brush and no need to create extra waste. 

Zefiro works with manufacturing partners in China to make their products, who they carefully vet to ensure transparency and a high level of ethical operations. Plus, their partnership with Chinese manufacturers has a massive eco-friendly side effect! With many of Zefiro’s products being made from the sustainability super-wood bamboo, they’re able to minimize transportation and the carbon emissions attributed to it by partnering with manufacturers in the bamboo capital of the world. 

When it comes to their packaging, Zefiro also eschews traditional expectations – choosing instead to leave their products minimally packaged or with no packaging at all! Zefiro cuts down on the extraneous waste of buying everyday goods, by keeping their products as free from packaging as possible.

Minimizing the amount of waste produced also directly impacts the number of products that need to be purchased too. Simply put, purchasing a zero-waste swap that’ll last longer than a hundred of its generic single-use counterparts means you won’t have to buy those one hundred items, and they’ll never be produced to match demand. But Zefiro goes an extra step here. By making their products as affordable as possible, Zefiro aims to provide everyone the opportunity to make simple, sustainable swaps in their lives. In fact, they even go so far as to equitably price their products with the single-use items they’re replacing!

To top it all off, Zefiro is also a fellow 1% For The Planet member, meaning they’ve pledged to give 1% of all sales, before any expenses, to environmental organizations that are doing good for the Earth.

  • Women Owned
    Women Owned
  • Plastic Free
    Plastic Free
  • Compostable - EarthHero
    Compostable
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
    Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Vegan
    Vegan
  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • Safe & Fair Labor
    Safe and Fair Labor
  • Bamboo
    Bamboo
  • FSC Certified Wood
    FSC Certified Wood

This brand is owned by a majority of women. This includes everything from a small one-woman shop to a larger company where more than 51% of women make up the ownership team.

No petroleum-based plastics are used in this product or its packaging. Plastic can be difficult to properly recycle, may never biodegrade, and is known to leech toxic chemicals into our bodies and environment. Single-use plastics also require extracting and processing of finite resources, so seeking out biodegradable, infinitely recyclable, or durable products and packaging is recommended whenever possible.

This product contains material that can break down into soil in either a backyard or industrial composting system. These products are declared compostable by the manufacturer, but may not third-party certified. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

As a member of the grass family, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. It requires no irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers to grow, and can be harvested within 3-5 years, as compared to approximately 30+ years for traditional hardwoods. Bamboo is extremely adaptable and produces more oxygen per acre than large tree species, while using a fraction of the water to grow. Its durable and lightweight qualities make bamboo a great alternative for hard wood products!

Products with the Forest Stewardship Council certification are made from or with wood sourced from FSC managed forests. FSC standards ensure the respect and wellbeing of indigenous peoples, forest workers, and local communities. Harvesting in certified forests maintains the ecological functions of each habitat. FSC prohibits the use of pesticides, GMOs, and the conversion of forests to plantations. As a third party, not-for-profit agency, FSC provides nonbiased audits of forest management.

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