Meredith’s Favorite Things

I’ve written this as an email, Instagram DM, Facebook message, and text so many times I thought it deserved it’s own post. I might be doing a “no buy year” but that doesn’t mean I can’t give out my advice on how to spend your cash!

There isn’t one special magical *thing* anyone needs to be more eco-friendly and reduce waste. There are easy and free ways to reduce your daily impact and use of materials. Enjoy your coffee “for here” using the coffee shop’s mugs. Say “no straw please” when ordering a drink at the bar. Say “I don’t need a bag” when buying that shirt (from the consignment shop, hopefully.)

The items I’m listing here are the reusable, durable items that my family, friends and readers ask me about time and time again. These are my tried-and-true favorite items that you’ll see over and over again in my home. I’ll do my best to update this post if anything changes, and feel free to send me a message if you ever have a question or need a recommendation on anything you don’t see here.

Beeswax wrap:

Use these on top of bowls or to wrap food instead of disposable plastic wrap. My favorites brands are Bee’s Wrap and Khala Cloths.

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Zero Waste Grocery Store Challenge: Hannaford Supermarkets

I’m finally back with another installment of the experiment known as the Zero Waste Grocery Store Challenge.  Let’s recap just a bit. -East: I’m profiling Trader Joes’, Costco, Hannaford Supermarket, and Wal-Mart. -South: Manuela from Girl Gone Green will be going to Aldi, Publix, Thrive, and Wal-Mart. -Midwest: Celia from Litterlesss will be taking you to Kroger, Jewel-Osco, and Wal-Mart. -West: Andrea of Be Zero will … Continue reading Zero Waste Grocery Store Challenge: Hannaford Supermarkets

Chia Flax Crackers – Gluten Free, Nut Free, Egg Free, Zero Waste Friendly

These crackers are on heavy HEAVY rotation at our house. I’ve been into making my own crackers since… well, since I discovered that you can make your own crackers so easily. Seriously though, whether you’re gluten free or gluten-full, I highly recommend making crackers at least once. Shout out to this recipe for introducing me to the ease of gluten-free cracker making. This new recipe … Continue reading Chia Flax Crackers – Gluten Free, Nut Free, Egg Free, Zero Waste Friendly

Sweet Potato Muffin Tops

These zero-waste muffin top cookies are toddler (and baby, if you omit the honey) approved. We try to keep these as more of a dessert treat in our house but they would also be great for breakfast or a snack on the go. Sweetness comes from banana and dried fruit instead of sugar, though you can add honey for an extra sweet kick. I usually … Continue reading Sweet Potato Muffin Tops

How to get “rich girl skin” the all natural, zero waste and inexpensive way

This post is years in the making. I’ve chased clear, plump, even-toned glowing skin my whole life. Haven’t we all?! I remember telling my mom’s friend who was a seller of a popular skincare line (ahem, Mary Kay) when I was a teenager that I was looking for moisturizing and “plumping” products. She laughed and said I didn’t need those products for decades yet. In … Continue reading How to get “rich girl skin” the all natural, zero waste and inexpensive way

Zero Waste Workshop – Burlington, VT

Let’s take advantage of the nice weather and meet outside for a zero waste discussion and demonstration of how to make your own non-toxic, low waste and (the best pat) super effective all purpose cleaner. We will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Oakledge Park in Burlington, VT. Find me at a picnic table on the grassy area by the earth clock. Email me meredithtested@gmail.com … Continue reading Zero Waste Workshop – Burlington, VT

The busy person’s guide to going plastic free

I’m not a fan of the glorification of busy in modern times. While we have some hard and fast parameters and bookends to our time, there is a culture of shunning rest and slowing down that is a huge burden and causes unnecessary stress for many. I am working hard towards slowing down, shifting my priorities and being mindful of the choices I make that … Continue reading The busy person’s guide to going plastic free

The Zero Waste Grocery Store Challenge: Trader Joe’s

When you decide to reduce your waste in your home, office, school or wherever, you may notice as many of us do that a huge source of daily garbage is …food packaging. This summer I’m teaming up with a dream squad of bloggers to show you how we shop at conventional stores while still reducing waste. -East: I’m profiling Trader Joes’, Costco, Hannaford Supermarket, and Wal-Mart. … Continue reading The Zero Waste Grocery Store Challenge: Trader Joe’s

Zero waste travel with a baby (or kids)

Zero waste + travel + kids … is it even possible? It might seem hard enough to travel alone and reduce waste along the way, but what about when you have kids in tow? Crazy. But if I can do it, you can do it. We are far from perfect but with some planning we were able to avoid a lot of garbage. And most importantly I … Continue reading Zero waste travel with a baby (or kids)

Where to find plastic free, zero waste home essentials

It seems a little counter-intuitive, but for many people setting up a zero waste home requires buying or somehow acquiring a few new items. You might have been relying on plastic or disposable items and in order to reduce your trash, reusable alternatives need to be found. Everyone’s trash output is different. Look inside your trash bin and see what kinds of things you are throwing away and find reusable alternatives or ways to avoid those things.

For me, I first needed reusable cloth “un paper” towels and cloth napkins, glass food storage containers, reusable “going out” items like utensils and straws and cloth bags to use for produce and buying items from the bulk/loose bins. While I did have to buy some new things, these tools and products are “essentials” in my mind, and will be used for years.

Where to buy plastic free home goods

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