Category: Sustainable Lifestyle

Does it bring you joy? Marie Kondo and the “throw away society”

After watching the first episode, I couldn’t help but notice that the series didn’t address one of the biggest issues that zero wasters have with tidying up and why we find it so difficult: where do all of our discarded items go? How can we prevent them from going to waste? And how can I be a responsible steward to items that no longer bring me joy?

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The Glorious Gift of Wrapping Paper

Not the kind you’re thinking about… It has been 4 months since I started going zero waste. I have accumulated a lot of stuff in that time; unwilling to throw anything away. I have paper bags, tissue paper, calendars, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, crinkly…

Zero Waste- Cleaning Swaps

These are general cleaning alternatives to single use items or items in plastic containers that ultimately end up in our landfills. I haven’t made all of these swaps yet but I’m working towards it! Every bit helps! When in doubt, make as many of…

Zero Waste- Laundry Swaps

Dryer Sheets We use dryer sheets once and then we toss them in the trash. It’s not the most sustainable method but it’s the one we’re used to. We don’t have to settle. I’ve switched to wool dryer balls and add in essential oils…

Zero Waste- Kitchen Swaps

Aluminum Foil Aluminum foil is awesome. Unfortunately, we can’t reuse it because of the ways we typically use it (ie. food prep, fire…). I guess you can recycle it if you’re wearing it as a hat. Luckily for us, it’s 2018 and we can…

Office Trash Talk: removing trash cans from individual offices changed Etsy’s culture

Etsy is an E-Commerce Company focused on handmade or vintage items. The site connects people to artisans all over the world. In fact, many of my zero waste contacts are shop owners on Etsy! Etsy’s headquarters in Brooklyn, NY has been free of individual…

Zero Waste- Bathroom Swaps

Toilet Paper Instead of bleached TP made from beautiful trees and then ultimately wrapped in layers of plastic… Try Bamboo or Recycled TP! Who Gives A Crap? Seventh Generation *this is not bleached and made from 100% recycled materials, however it does come wrapped…

“Hothouse Earth”- Cutting Greenhouse Gases is Not Enough

What does it mean to enter a “Hothouse Earth” state? We are currently hurtling toward a tipping point of irreversible damage to our planet. A “Hothouse Earth” state occurs when global temperatures reach 7 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 5 degrees Celsius) higher…

Inova Health System Removes Single Use Plastics from 5 Major Northern VA Hospitals

I’m not sure why I haven’t seen more talk about this monumental move by Inova HospitalsΒ (the other article can be found here). But then I start to talk about it and I hear people pumping the breaks. I hear them say things like “a…

Litterati: Zero Waste Trending

Litterati contains some of my most favorite things: puns, maps, data collection, Geospatial analysis, pattern observation, accountability and global connections. Add some animals on the platform and I’m sold (jk, the app is free). This app allows the user to photograph litter, tag it…

Zero Waste Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

“Zero waste meal planning” doesn’t always mean “zero meal, wasted planning”… although, I’ll admit sometimes it does end up that way. Here are a few tips and examples of how I’ve survived without plastic in the kitchen. Grocery Shopping List Black beans (byo container)…

Bidet Mate!

Hello lovely humans! It’s been a busy and stressful week. I have one word that touches on every emotion I felt the past 7 days: S.H.I.T. Butt not for the reasons you may assume. nailed it. I treated myself to an adorable bidet from…

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