It’s Plastic Free July! Let’s celebrate! Refusing to use single-use plastics and reducing your waste goes hand in hand. The good news is that participating in Plastic Free July is pretty easy. Easier than many transitions towards zero waste, in my opinion. If you’ve ever thought “I don’t have time for that” or “I could never attempt zero waste,” this is the challenge for you. … Continue reading Join me for Plastic Free July
Living a plastic free, low waste lifestyle is certainly possible with a baby, toddler or kids in tow. Research, preparation, and a few of the right products by your side help considerably. Oh and a support system helps too. You have a friend in me! I’ll always tell you that no matter what, YOU’RE DOING GREAT. Even if you’re not perfect. Progress not perfection… (Are you sick … Continue reading Meredith Tested: Kiddobloom Utensils Review
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Today we’re shopping for a Whole 30, but this is how we grocery shop all the time to reduce our household garbage. These ten tips will help you reduce the amount of food packaging you bring home … and then have to throw out.
Read about the “Zero Waste Whole 30” I’m doing this month here. Yes, I’m doing another Whole 30. I know. But it’s because I love it. #cantstopwontstop
To find local stores in your area that have a bulk section, visit the Zero Waste Home Bulk App (mobile and desktop-friendly.)
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If you’re taking small steps to reduce your waste and make your home more eco-friendly, or you just want to take the trash out less often, this post is for you. An easy, inexpensive and painless step is to start using cloth napkins!
WHY USE CLOTH NAPKINS?
Your guests will think you’re being fancy and stylish, but you will know you’re being frugal and a friend to the environment. And, let’s face it, cloth napkins are way more effective at cleaning up spills than their flimsy paper counterparts.
Cloth napkins can be found in so many colors, styles and price points, you can certainly find something that fits with your lifestyle. Get them monogrammed if you want, choose napkins that are simple and timeless, or get them in a fun pattern*.
Another wonderful effect: Give a guest a paper napkin and they might go through several during one visit. But rarely do people need more than one cloth napkin. It’s magic.
I keep a cloth napkin with me in my purse, too. I use it instead of paper napkins at restaurants, as a placement during picnics and as an impromptu container for leftover sandwich halfs or bagels my daughter inevitably doesn’t finish.
Cloth napkins are easy to maintain, too. Just throw them in your hamper and run them with your clothes in your next wash.
HOW TO BUY CLOTH NAPKINS:
I don’t want to keep things from you, friend. I don’t want you to think that reducing your waste is some pie-in-the-sky ridiculous thing that only people with tons of time on their hands would ever attempt. Anyone – that means you – is capable of cutting down on the trash you produce in your home, office or out there in the world where you … Continue reading Here’s the Key to Reducing Your Household or Office Waste
I’m going to give away the ending: we cancelled our Costco membership earlier this year. Or, rather, we didn’t renew. My husband and I were big Costco fans – true company loyalists. And now, it just doesn’t fit with how we’re living our life. When you say “shop in bulk” many people think of stores like Costco, Sam’s Club and BJs. And it’s true, you are … Continue reading Zero Waste at Costco?
First, check out my post one week in to the zero waste challenge.
Back to the one month checkup… Overall, we’re in a good groove now. We’re still learning, still tweaking, still finding packageless sources for our favorite foods and other items, but we’re in a habit now. It feels normal. We’ve got a routine. It happened fast in some ways. But slow in others.
Slowly over the month we’ve identified the stores where we can (and like to) buy certain items. And where we can’t buy certain things. We’ve figured out a good system for storage and only have a few things on our wishlist – including more glass containers that we can use for freezer meals.
…And something big enough to fit a whole chicken. 😉
Less waste, less garbage, less plastic, less trash, no disposable or single-use items … But no less joy, happiness, delicious food, or time with family and friends.
It’s true that the “set-up” takes some time. Even in the last week of January we found a new local, humane-raised meat source. And we hope to continue to uncover local sources for some of the things we’re currently having a hard time finding packageless, like butter (we’re still using Kerrygold), yogurt and bacon.
And now, because I’m sure you are curious, here’s what our trash can looks like after 31 days.
I have some thoughts that will make their way into a different post dedicated to the subject of the definition of zero waste, but I think it’s important to share with those who may not be familiar with the lifestyle that the words “zero waste” (or on social media #zerowaste) have come to represent a shorthand for all kinds of people and families trying to:
- Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot (compost)
- Reduce trash/garbage/waste
- Live plastic free
- Live with less plastic
- Move towards the goal of “zero” waste
- Live eco-friendly without disposable, single-use items
- Limit their production of garbage or trash
- Limit anything disposable (including items that can be recycled)
Simply put: Zero-waste living means aiming to reduce landfill-bound trash to the bare minimum.
Here are a few videos I’ve found on “going zero waste” – great if you’d like a bit of an overview on what zero waste looks like in the real world.
After living this “zero waste” lifestyle for a whole week (though I was sick for 5/7 of it, ugh) … here’s what’s up: Reusable containers to hold bulk ingredients makes mise en place (schmancy culinary term for setting out all your sh*t before you cook it) look really nice. It’s nice to look at and it just makes you feel nice. Some things are more … Continue reading My family has been living “zero waste” for a week and…
So … you’re thinking about going plastic-free. Awesome! Maybe you’ve been inspired by Trash is for Tossers, you sometimes get freaked out by how much plastic you throw out or how much plastic stuff you use daily. Maybe you’ve even perused Gimme the Good Stuff or Life Without Plastic. But … plastic is everywhere and it can be overwhelming to figure out how to banish … Continue reading 5 First Easy Steps to Going Plastic Free