Posts tagged zero waste
How to Reduce Food Waste

In today’s society, it’s pretty easy for most people to access food thanks to our globalized economy. However, this means that there is more food waste being produced which is bad because a huge amount of energy goes into producing food and then shipping it around the world. Here are a few tips on reducing your food waste and therefore your environmental impact.

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Zero Waste Tea

Switching to zero-waste tea is very easy, saves money, and prevents packaging waste. I buy my loose leaf tea at a local bulk store. You can either choose to bring jars and have an employee at the store tare them before and after filling them or to bring a few reusable plastic bags. My favorite teas to get are mint, camomile, a lemon/mint/camomile medley, and a black mango tea but teas like earl grey are usually also available.

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Zero Waste Cleaning

Today, people use a magnitude of products to clean their houses with including paper towels, all sorts of sprays, soaps, and brushes. In actuality, we don’t need that many products. Plus, many of those products contain harmful chemicals and almost all of them are packaged in plastic. I’ve made a few simple switches and now have a low-waste cleaning routine.

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My Zero-Waste Exceptions

Being 100% zero waste is near impossible. Everyone will have their exceptions, and that’s ok. Plastic is an incredibly useful product. It’s strong and durable and does things like keeping medical instruments sterile. What’s important is to remember to continue reducing your waste as much as possible.

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Zero Waste and Cruelty-Free Toiletries Options

Once you make the commitment to living a zero waste or plastic free lifestyle you then have to find new alternative products. This can be overwhelming, especially when almost every single product you use is encased in plastic. I've spent many hours scouring the internet in search of the ideal zero waste and cruelty-free replacements and have compiled a basic list of suggestions.

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Zero Waste Charcoal Water Filter

Recently, I bought charcoal water filters from Package Free Shop to use in my water bottle. The bamboo charcoal is culled from sustainably forested land and burned by craftsman in the Japanese countryside. Charcoal filters improve water taste and removes impurities. Tests show that they absorb ammonia, lead, mercury, cadmium, copper, chloramine, chlorine and chlorides from water.

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The Importance of Just Doing it; Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Change Your Plastic Dependent Habits

Many people I’ve talked to about going zero waste have an excuse of why they can’t be plastic free. They’ll say, “I’ll do it after I graduate college,” or “having kids makes it impossible.” Basically, they’re arguing that their life is too busy and that the transition to zero waste is too much work.

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DIY Lip Balm

I am a true believer in the importance of lip balm. I use it countless times throughout the day and feel dry and uncomfortable when I accidentally leave it at home. But for someone who uses lip balm as much as I do, it’s pretty strange that I never stopped to think about what I was actually putting on my lips.

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