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!
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?
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!
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
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.
To become aware of the waste we produce is like putting on a new pair of glasses; suddenly you start to see clearly things you had taken for granted before.
How do you feel when you've just finished a drink and you need to get rid of the bottle and you can't find a recycling bin? Do you toss it in the trash? No big deal. Shoulder shrug. It's just one bottle. Do you carry it around, waiting until you find that recycling bin? Bring it home with you to recycle or reuse?