Vintage Green Review helps you live a vibrant, low waste lifestyle with vintage-inspired solutions that make sustainability fun and interesting. We research & review sustainable products, bulk and package-free options, and other fun time-tested ideas from history to help you reduce waste.
What is zero waste?
The goal of a low waste (or zero waste) lifestyle is to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill, ultimately to zero trash, through buying less, composting more, and recycling better. Specifically, we also aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste we create as consumers because plastic never biodegrades or goes away, whether thrown in the trash or recycle bin.
To help, people are moving toward a zero waste or low waste, plastic-free lifestyle by purchasing things package-free, and choosing reusable products made of more sustainable & recyclable materials like glass, metal, wood, jute, or bamboo, instead of plastic.
What we believe
Here at VGR we also believe that the lowest possible impact you can have on the environment is to buy items secondhand if possible, before choosing new products made of those same materials.
It's the reason why we also curate a selection of secondhand and vintage zero waste items that serve the same purpose as new zero waste products. Making new stuff, even if it's reusable, still requires water and energy to produce, plus carbon emissions from the multi-step supply chain process required to get those things made and then sent to you.
And that's also why we decided to open the first and only zero waste supply and bulk refill shop in New Orleans! Having a centralized place for these items to be sourced & made as close to home as possible (and/or shipped together and purchased locally instead of shipped to each individual household) also helps to lower our impact.
We source and store all of our secondhand items locally so there's no additional supply chain steps. Of course, some things you don't want to buy secondhand, like a toothbrush or cleaning supplies, so we have sourced those for the lowest possible impact as well-- including package free and bulk items such as low-waste personal care, toiletries and cleaning products.
And, we always ship in zero waste packaging. See our shipping notes in our item listings for more details.
How to Buy from Vintage Green Review
We have just opened the very first and only zero-waste shop in New Orleans, located at 3530 Magazine Street!
! Just across from Ace Hardware a few blocks past Louisiana Ave, the shop is conveniently located on the corner of our block with lots of side street and unmetered parking. We also operate as an online e-commerce store, shipping within the U.S. and Canada. And we offer free local pickup to New Orleans residents from either the Magazine Street store or our home-based office in the Bywater neighborhood.