Tag: zero waste

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…

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…

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)…

Sud Duds: Jury’s still out on DIY laundry detergent

Hello! Thanks for taking a break from your daily Grit and Grind (#GoGrizz #GrizzNation) to explore my most recent trip down the slippery slope that is zero waste living. Also, free make up remover pads and homemade detergent to the person who can caption…

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Alright team, here it is. A list of DIY laundry detergent recipes. Some I’ve tried, some I have not. I’ll let ya know as you read along…. Let’s start with some super hippie crunchy granola all-natural limited ingredient s(t)uds- POWDER: Washing Soda, Borax &…

UPCYCLE: Creative Reuse Center

UPCYCLE. This place is heaven on earth. Teachers. I may not be able to provide you the yearly salary you deserve or one that will afford you basic supplies like… pencils. BUT I can point you in the direction of this lovely reuse store….

Zero Waste Alternative: Solar Powered Highway?

Uh what? You heard correctly, solar powered highway. I cannot stress enough how many creative thinkers and innovative engineers are coming together to accomplish amazing feats around the world. I want to make sure you hear about these positive steps toward a better future….

Zero Waste Alternative: Just Say No

Refuse.Refuse.Refuse. Before you hand over your credit card, ask if it’s possible to not print a customer receipt. Before you order a drink, ask for no straw or cocktail napkin if possible. Before your first item is swiped at the grocery store, ask for…

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