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Shots of Simplicity’s Zero Waste Tag

A few days ago, I read the Zero Waste Tag post on shotsofsimplicity.com. I write about the subject of zero waste a lot but I love the idea of answering someone else’s questions and reading other people’s answers. I wasn’t officially tagged by Christine of Shots of Simplicity, but I’m tagging myself. Put me in, coach! What got you started? I’ve always been interested in the environment, … Continue reading Shots of Simplicity’s Zero Waste Tag

Join Meredith during Plastic Free July!

Join me for Plastic Free July

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

Here’s the Key to Reducing Your Household or Office Waste

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

Book List: What to Read if You’re Interested in Zero Waste, Plastic Free Living

I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a zero waste lifestyle expert, even though I’m serving as a kind of example since I publish posts on this blog and share about my life pretty freely on social media. I’m just setting up systems for my family and figuring out the best way to reduce my waste. Of course I’m happy to share my experiences, tips and advice … Continue reading Book List: What to Read if You’re Interested in Zero Waste, Plastic Free Living

Two months of living zero waste

Two months down! I’m feeling like we’re really in a good place … to tweak everything. We’ve spent the past few months figuring out the basics, and now we can hone and really put systems (and products/attitudes/schedules) in place to keep this little zero waste family grooving for the longer term.

We weren’t exactly flying by the seat of our pants in January and February, but kind of. (Side note: we’re parents to a toddler so basically every day is just “winging it and hoping it works!”) We go to the supermarket more often than we probably could, and we also tend to bring more bags/containers than we need. Better to be overprepared, for sure, but I don’t like it to feel cumbersome.

First, a note on the trash jar. Yes, I’ve jumped right onto the jar bandwagon made popular by Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer. It’s a standard way of showcasing this lifestyle and I’m happy to be “typical” in this regard. Really happy. The landfill waste we produced in February fits in a f-ing jar. Wha?! I’m so psyched.

Of course, no joke on March 1 my husband got a package in the mail just positively filled with plastic trash… but that’s for next month’s post (and jar) to deal with.

Without further ado, here’s our trash JAR from February!

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