• DIY

    Natural Laundry Detergent

    Laundry detergent is one of the first zero waste/eco-friendly swaps I made. I was 19 when I made my first batch and I haven’t used anything else since. I started making it as a way to avoid chemicals, but turns out this recipe is great for saving money and avoiding plastic waste as well. I have very sensitive and dry skin, even water can irritate my skin, but I’ve never had any issues with this recipe. My son is seven and his clothes have been washed with this since he was 3, he never showed signs of skin irritation either. There are MANY recipes out there for DIY laundry detergent,…

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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…