So what do we use instead of paper towels? Rags, dish towels and sponges. That’s it. Like so many zero waste swaps out there, it isn’t about re-inventing the wheel, but rather it’s about asking yourself what people used before that thing was invented. It’s going back to a simpler time.Read More
Plastic sucks. Sure it’s an amazing product in many ways, but what isn’t amazing about it is that we have taken something that should be used for the long-haul and turned it into something we dispose of incredibly quickly, sometimes within seconds of using (like those damn coffee stir sticks). So whittling away at our daily use of these readily disposable plastics has meant finding a way to do away with the ubiquitous plastic bag.Read More
We have all received gifts we don’t actually want, right? Then where does that gift end up? Do you donate it? Give it away? Does it end up in the landfill? What if you rethought your gift-giving this holiday and not only found a way to hit the gift-giving nail on the head, but also was better for the environment? Win-win! Check out these tips to guide you in your giving.Read More
This Thanksgiving, what are you going to do to try and cut your food waste? We haven’t quite planned yet (a little behind the ball), but I think we’ll try to incorporate as many of these elements as we can into the our planning and preparation!Read More
I think one of the questions we are asked most often is how we grocery shop, so I’m bringing you 5 tips for how we make zero waste grocery shopping work for us.Read More
The 4th week of Zero Waste October! We’ve thrown out so many swaps so far….but we’re not done yet! Here’s a view of what we’re covering this week.Read More
There are so many small changes we can make in our day-to-day lives that, once added together, mean a significant change in the amount of trash we produce. See the zero waste tips we’re covering this week!Read More
Week 2 of Zero Waste October! We’re talking about more ways you can reduce your waste including bringing reusable utencils with you to avoid those single use plastics. Check it out!Read More
Bite-size tips for Zero Waste October!Read More
Recently I began wondering about the impact of so many of these compostable products we’ve seen shops and restaurants switching to these days and what their true impact is. Shouldn’t the answer be obvious? I mean, they’re compostable after all!
Compostable is always better, right? But is it?Read More
If you’re looking for a super scientificky and thorough look at composting then….don’t read on! Find another article! If you just want the down-and-dirty idiots’ guide to composting, then here it is!Read More
How you shop and what you buy matters. It really does! So here are some tips for helping you shop wisely that will allow you to do everything you can to do what’s best for the world with every hard-earned dollar you spend!Read More
What can you do with those worn-beyond-belief tennis at the end of their life to avoid the landfill?Read More
In 2013 Americans discarded almost 167 million tons of waste. Food comprised 21% of this followed by plastics (18%) and paper (15%). That's AFTER recycling and composting recovery. So clearly, there is a lot of work to be done here!
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Did you know that every plastic toothbrush ever created still exists in one form or another today?!!?
If that doesn't stop you in your tracks, I don't know what will! It sure stopped me. I'd never thought about it before, but of course. It makes sense. If it takes over 400 years to decompose and was only invented in the last century...you do the math. Since hearing this I will never purchase another plastic toothbrush and I plan to refuse the ones they give away at the dentist's office. Maybe when they brush my teeth at my next appointment I'll just bring my own toothbrush along for them to use? Hmmm. There's an interesting zero waste issue to tackle.Read More