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    30 Tips for a Zero Waste Kitchen

    The kitchen is a large part of practicing zero waste. I feel that this is where the majority of waste in my home comes from. There are many ways to start your zero waste journey, some include spending money and some do not. The best thing to do is to pick what is best for your family and start there. Zero waste is a process and there is no need to be in a rush. Trying to change everything at once is one of the reasons people are turned away from this lifestyle, and simply cutting out disposable products is one of the best ways start to cutting back waste…

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    Unpaper Towel

    When my husband and I got our apartment in 2016 we decided that paper towels were expensive and a waste. We went to Walmart and spent about $20 on some multi pack washcloths. We bought 4 packs at $3.92 each and each pack had 18. This got us around 72 washcloths. We also bought a small basket to sit on the counter for easy access. The thrift store may have really cute wicker baskets. Now we had our “unpaper towels” on hand for whenever there was a mess. It is now 2019 and most of the original 72 washcloths are still going strong, though I have added more rags to…

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    Zero Waste Coffee and Tea

    If your home is anything like ours, coffee is essential. My husband HAS to have his coffee in the morning, but I’m more of a casual drinker.  I’m not quite sure when we swapped to reusable filters, but one day we just realized how wasteful the K-cups were. With a quick search on Amazon we found a reusable k-cup with good reviews and purchased it. After this we swapped to whole bean coffee that we would grind ourselves for more flavor. A perk to this is that coffee beans are super easy to get in bulk. When we have guest over we like to use our french press because the…

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    Zero Waste Laundry Room

    The laundry room is where a lot of waste can happen, mostly it is a waste of energy and money. There is also a waste of money buying commercial cleaners that are full of harsh chemicals and come in plastic. I enjoy making my own products in order to avoid these chemicals and I feel that they work great for my home. Just remember to do what is good for you and your family. Easy ways to cut back waste: Wash clothes less. Clothes can be worn more than once before needing to be washed. Hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline, indoor or outdoor. Wash with cold or…

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    Plastic after zero waste.

    When I first discovered zero waste I thought I needed to start immediately and purge my home of all plastic items. I’m slowly finding out that others along their zero waste journey thought the same thing.  This is not what zero waste is about. If we throw things away that still have use then ultimately we are being more wasteful. I’m still using a plastic toothbrush and that’s okay. I will keep using it until I need to replace it, and then I will  purchase a bamboo toothbrush. When i purchase the new toothbrush I can repurpose my old one for cleaning. I have 3-4 extra bottles of body wash…

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    Taking Zero Waste to the Next Level

    Zero waste isn’t just about less physical waste, it’s about less waste in all aspects of your life. In our society people waste a lot of everything such as time, money, energy, skills, etc and a lot of this waste can be avoided simply by changing your frame of mind. Have an hour commute? Listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Bright sunny day? Open those blinds, leave the lights off, and use some natural lighting. Perfect weather? Open the windows and turn your AC/heat off for the day, maybe even leave it off at night as well. Bored? Learn a new skill, craft, or hobby. Youtube is an extremely resourceful website.…

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    Zero waste for beginners.

    The first step towards going zero waste is know what zero waste is. In my What is Zero Waste post I go over what zero waste is to me and the basics I follow. In this post I will be discussing simple ways to start being zero waste. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to buy a single thing in order to start your zero waste journey. The majority of these tips do not require you to purchase anything, but do require you to change your frame of mind and to think proactively. One way to get zero waste gear though is by asking for these products for…

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    Zero waste: Where to start.

    Figuring out where to start with zero waste can be a bit overwhelming. I can tell you it doesn’t happen overnight and there may be times that you feel frustrated. When you describe zero waste to someone, there is a chance they are going to look at you like you are an alien or a dirty hippie. There are going to be questions such as “Why on earth would you want to do something like that?” or phrases like “Well that just sounds too hard for me.”. Just stay strong and remember why zero waste became important to you in the first place. Talk to your family about it and…