Leave No Trace


Whether you are striving for zero waste, less waste, or trying to eliminate plastic from your life, No Trace wants to help you achieve your goals.  Everyday shopping typically results in plastics and other materials that cannot be reused or recycled.  

The average American produces 4.3 lbs of waste everyday, and over half of that ends up in a landfill.  Landfills don’t allow waste to decompose, they contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane, and can contaminate our drinking water supplies. We are also facing a shortage of appropriate space for landfills in the U.S. and globally.  

Every piece of garbage in the landfill represents a loss of resources and energy and a small failure of society to have better systems in place for reducing and eliminating waste.

No Trace is here to help you reduce landfill footprint.    



Our Story


Inspired by role models from the zero waste movement, in 2015 I started to consider what it would take to achieve a zero waste life and household.  Although I have recycled and composted the vast majority of my waste for the past 10 years, I still produce waste destined for the landfill, and the majority  of this waste is food packaging.  

Since my effort to reduce waste in my home, I purchase most of my groceries from bulk bins and the produce section.   I’ve also changed the way my family takes food on the go.  I’ve made simple changes in the way we move through the world to reduce our footprint, inspired by the zero waste movement.  This includes using washable bulk bags, snack bags, and beeswax wrap.  These three types of products help us reduce a huge portion of plastics and other destined-for-landfill materials from our everyday lives.  

In making this shift, however, I found that many of the products for purchase would eventually end up in the landfill…[read more here].



Snack Bags & Wraps

For your busy life, our snack bags and wraps help you take food on the go.  All bags are made with 100% natural, biodegradable materials and can be reused over and over again.  Once they’ve reached the end of their usable life, they can be composted in your home compost bin.


Produce & Bulk Shopping Bags

Shifting your shopping to bulk bins, un-packaged produce, and reusable bags helps eliminate a large portion of packaging waste. It also helps you cut plastic out of your daily diet.  All bags are made with 100% natural, biodegradable materials and can be washed and reused many times.  


Zero Waste Snacks

For busy lives on the go, No Trace makes crackers and granola bars packaged in reusable mason jars.  Currently available for purchase in Santa Cruz County only.

Are you a local?  Contact us to place an order!