One of the greatest challenges of living zero waste is not producing waste when you are traveling or even just out grabbing coffee. It’s easier to control the waste in your own home, but once you leave the house, you’ll want to be prepared. Let’s talk through some of the key tips for putting together a zero waste system with a simple to-go kit that works for you. Continue reading “How to Make a Simple Zero Waste System That Works for You on the Go”
Many people feel strongly about caring for the environment, but don’t know what to do about it or where to start. This can make you feel hopeless or frustrated—and for good reason. Climate change and waste issues are too big for us to solve alone, so oftentimes it’s tempting to give up or do nothing. But there are many things that we can do and should do, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Continue reading “How to Get Involved with Sustainability and Eco-Friendly Living in Your Community”
So you’re thinking about buying a Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle, but not sure if it’s worth the price? I wrote this review because I was in the same boat as you, and want to share my experience after using this as my go-to water bottle for about a year. Continue reading “Eco-Friendly Product Review: Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle”
We are in constant contact with cleaning products. They are everywhere. In the kitchen, in the bathroom, on our clothes, on the floor, and even in the air. Most off-the-shelf cleaning products contain chemicals and toxins that are detrimental to our health. Continue reading “Eco Friendly Cleaning: From the Kitchen to the Bathroom and Everywhere in Between”
A zero waste home means that everything is either eaten, used, composted or reused in some other creative way. Your contribution to the landfill is zero. This particularly requires some initiative and creativity in the kitchen.
Continue reading “Zero Waste Kitchen: Tips for Reducing Your Kitchen Waste”
There is nothing better than a hot cup of tea on a cold day or an iced tea on a hot day. Not only is tea refreshing, but it is also very healthy for you. The benefits of tea have been known for thousands of years. Tea is said to have been discovered by the Emperor of China, in 2500BC; when the Emperor was drinking a cup of hot water, a Camellia sinesis leaf fell into the cup and he drunk it, thus brewing tea leaves was born. Continue reading “How to Use Tea to Treat Common Ailments”
Paper towel is purely a waste product. It cannot be recycled, meaning that it always ends up in the landfill. Each year millions of trees and cotton plants are cut down to produce paper. The paper industry as a whole has a significant adverse effect on the environment. In fact, paper alone makes up 27% of municipal solid waste in the United States. Continue reading “How to Ditch Your Paper Towels (and Other Single Use Paper Products)”
In my previous post, I talked about my goal to switch to all natural products by December 31st, 2016, and the different recipes that worked for replacing toxic, store-bought products. The second piece of the zero waste puzzle is figuring out what are the best alternatives to disposable products. This can involve a lot of research, so I’m happy to share my list of alternatives with anyone and everyone.
Continue reading “Eco Friendly Products: A Green Alternative for Everything in Your Life”
Even if you eat healthy, exercise, and avoid stress, we all get sick every now and then. The normal procedure for most people is to go to the nearest drug store and pick up something in a pill bottle or packet to take once or twice a day. Continue reading “Natural Remedies for the Common Cold and More”
Packaging from the food we eat has accounted for 31% of total municipal solid waste generated in the United States since the 90’s. This is one-third of America’s waste stream, and only 50% of it gets recycled. Not only is it clogging up landfills, but food and beverage packaging often finds its way to waterways and the ocean, where toxins leach into water, harming marine and potentially human health. In May 2016, the food industry warned consumers that 16,000+ products from 926 brands are known to have toxic chemicals such as BPA in their packaging.
While I do think the food industry needs to take responsibility for its packaging waste, I also think that as consumers, we also have a choice to make. And an alternative to food packaging waste is shopping at a bulk food store.
Continue reading “Why You Should Try Shopping at a Bulk Food Store (And How to Get Started)”