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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Bite-size tips for Zero Waste October!
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?
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!
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!
What can you do with those worn-beyond-belief tennis at the end of their life to avoid the landfill?
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!
*photo credit: brookelark.com
For the past year our family of four has been traveling around the world. And while we’ve been doing everything in our power to cut down the typical waste travelers produce, the fact of the matter is that we have had a huge negative impact on the climate with all of our plane flights. So what, if anything, can be done about this?
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.
After a year of travel, we have thought long and hard about how to minimize our waste and here's what we've come up with....Here's your ultimate list of Zero Waste Essentials to help you decrease the waste your produce while traveling:
What the heck is zero waste and how do I get there? Well, here they are. If you follow these guiding principles in all of the actions you take as a conscious consumer, you will be well on your way to reducing the amount of waste that you and your family produce. All it takes is a little change. You don’t have to move a mountain, you don’t have to cut down to zero, just work your way there. Every action counts!
Everyone always brings along their own toiletries when they go on a trip, right? Or do you depend on using those little single-use bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner or (gasp) toothbrushes that they make so readily available? Well, if you don't BYO already, I hope that you will find it is incredibly easy to do so and make the switch over.
Having purchased my beautiful Joco Cup, which has a silicone lid and a silicone gripper around the cup, I began to wonder about what was in this material I was sipping from as well as what would happen at the end of its life. Say, I clumsily break my cup, for example? Typical of moi.
I hated line-dryed clothes when I was younger. My mom used to line dry my jeans and when I went to put them on they could stand up by themselves. They were so stiff. And the towels...ugh, don't even get me started with how scratchy and abrasive drying in the sun had made them. Like a dry louftah exfoliation after your shower.
Words of Traveling Wisdom from an 8 year old and a 10 year old traveling around the world for a year!
How do you avoid the dreaded plastic water bottle while traveling? The answer to this becomes much more complicated than simply using your own reusable water bottle, especially when you travel to countries where the tap water is unsafe for drinking. It's not so simple, but incredibly important!
Travel changes you in ways that you can't predict and indeed, I did not predict how my relationship to the world of plastic would change after spending 6 weeks in Bali...
Always have food on hand. Breathe. Deeply and often. Meditation is awesome. Don't think too much, just leap!
Photos of doors and windows we've captured along the way. From Chile, Buenos Aires, New Zealand, Australia and Bali.
While traveling in Chile, we found the most awesome hand-made pottery place, Puerto Gres. Back home, my dad is a hobbyist potter and we all use his mugs, plates, and bowls for our daily use. Pretty cool. So I have pretty high standards for what constitutes a good mug.
Sunscreen! We should all be talking about sunscreen! More importantly, we should all be WEARING sunscreen! Did you put your sunscreen on today?
The key to packing successfully is to always PACK LESS! Here's what each of us have crammed into our bags....
Ok, our backpack situation is kind crappy, so this post will be about telling you what works for us and what doesn't, as well as what we would do differently.