Just like at home, I try my best to minimize waste when I’m camping. I have yet to achieve zero waste at the camp site, but improvements have been made. I find zero waste camping a bit more challenging. I don’t have my pantry and kitchen tools at my disposal and rarely do I have the time to do a lot of advance planning, prepping, or cooking.
It was by accident that I discovered these zero waste chips. Locally grown zucchini was on sale at the grocery store. I grabbed a dozen or so of the little squashes with the intent of preserving them for the winter.
I’ve been on the search for a natural scrubby sponge that has some scouring power, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, comes with little or no packaging, and can be composted at the end of its life. I guess that’s a lot to ask of a sponge, because I’ve come up short in my search. I was sorely disappointed in the Scotch-Brite Greener Clean Sponges, and only marginally satisfied with the Twist brand sponges. I’m sure there are other natural scrubby sponges available, but most on the market tend to be expensive, ineffective compared to their synthetic counterparts, and come with unnecessary packaging.
If you need any convincing on making the move towards a zero waste lifestyle, let me persuade you by the shear aesthetics of it. Beyond the environmental reasons, it can result in a beautiful, organized, and well curated home. In my own home, I’ve noticed a natural and unplanned decluttering that’s happened in the process of going zero waste.
A series to encourage making one small change to preserve our planet. “Does anyone have a plastic bag full of plastic bags in their house, or is it just me?” ~ Minions Quote
About every other week I pack up my jars in a basket and head to Whole Foods to do my bulk food shopping. I get lots of looks from other shoppers and always a positive comment from the cashier checking me out. I keep hoping I’ll start a movement, but week after week, I only see people filling plastic bags with bulk foods. I can’t even recall seeing anyone fill a cloth bag. What I do must look intimidating or hard, but I can assure you it’s not. In fact, I think my method of bulk food shopping is faster, easier, cleaner and way less cluttering and wasteful than any other method. I’d love to share how I do it.
I have a trash can in my bathroom, but it’s not immediately apparent. An antique crock serves the purpose and on most days you’ll only find strands of used dental floss laying naked at the bottom. If you’re curious how I generate so little trash, I’d love to take you on a tour of my (almost) zero waste bathroom.
My husband and I recently attended a dinner party to welcome and honor a guest visiting from Sweden. We had never met our friends’ Swedish comrade and other than his origin, knew nothing about him. I was even a little baffled why we were invited to the party.