Guys, I have a confession: sometimes I really feel far too lazy to be zero waste. There. I said it. Continue reading “Sometimes I just don’t want to do it.”
Oh hey there! It’s been awhile. Where have I been? More on that later. For now, let’s get personal and talk about what’s in my shower! Continue reading “What’s in my shower?”
I’m never off on weekends, so I haven’t had a Saturday kind of feeling in a long time. But a couple of weeks back, I took advantage of the day and headed up to visit my church group, who was taking a weekend lake trip. I was determined to make it a completely zero waste day, but I did end up making a little bit of waste. Here’s what I threw out: Continue reading “A [zero waste] day at the lake”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about going low/zero waste, it’s that it’s a pretty big time commitment. My work isn’t too far from some pretty great food…but all of that food creates countless bits of trash. So I have to make my food every day before going to work…which means waking up earlier (yuck)–but that’s an entirely different subject. While I’m not perfect, I’ve come up with a few different options that I like to use for my work meals. Continue reading “Low waste lunch ideas”
Food is perhaps one of the biggest things to tackle when going zero waste, so why not start with that? As someone with a picky appetite and too many food allergies to count, I knew this would be a challenge. But it helps that a great bulk foods store opened right down the street from me a few weeks ago. And that I have an obsession with mason jars (seriously, my toothbrush is sitting in a mason jar..why? because it looks cute). Continue reading “But how will I buy my food?”
To break down the concept of zero waste, there’s only one person we can REALLY learn from. If you have any familiarity at all with the waste-less lifestyle, surely you know of Bea Johnson, the goddess of the movement. She has had a huge influence on my desire to embrace the zero waste movement. I’ve religiously watched her Youtube videos, over and over and over again. Because who wouldn’t want to live like Bea? In one of her videos, she explained what zero waste wasn’t. So let’s start there, shall we?
“Zero waste does not promote recycling.”
-Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Home
For me, zero waste all started when I spent a semester in Washington. The newspaper I interned for wanted to cover a man named Rob Greenfield. Let’s just call him the guru of all things environmental. He was on a nationwide dumpster-diving adventure, showing Americans how much waste they produce–namely food waste. I walked up to a giddy man who looked like he hadn’t taken a shower in a week, sitting in the middle of a massive pile of food on the National Mall. What kind of crazy guy did my internship just set me up with? Oh man, this was going to be interesting. Continue reading “Zero Waste: my story”
Hey blog world! You’re either here because you know me and want to support my countless random ventures, because you’re trying to lessen your carbon footprint, or because you ended up in a weird void that somehow led you here. Whatever brings you here, welcome! I do hope you’ll stay.
I’m a writer with a passion for caring for the earth. I want my kids and their kids to still have a green earth to walk on, don’t you? Living zero waste is not easy, but I hope to do the best I can. I’ll take you along on this journey as I work to better the planet.
I have some exciting things planned, so stay tuned!