Zero Waste

  • Recycling,  Zero Waste

    Is Plastic-Free Always Eco-Friendly?

    The conversation around plastic always increases this time of year with the arrival of Plastic Free July. And while I do try and avoid plastic when possible, there are times when I’ve realized that the plastic-free option isn’t quite as eco-friendly as I’ve been led to believe. Here are some questions I find myself asking: – Is the amount of water and/or chemicals needed to clean an item in order to reuse it excessive? – Does this plastic-free option have to travel across the country to reach me? Or is there a locally made option (that might be packaged in plastic) available instead?– Does the plastic-free option utilize chemicals or…

  • Random,  Zero Waste

    The Yearly Clothing Care Checklist

    The change of seasons to warmer temps is the perfect time to take inventory of your clothing and give some much needed TLC to your closet. Taking proper care of your clothes helps give life to your wardrobe and keeps items from wearing out too quickly and ending up in a landfill. Here’s a checklist of my yearly clothing care to-dos:

  • Recycling,  Tips,  Trash,  Zero Waste

    Keeping Items out of Landfills

    I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on Conscious Consumption and Keeping Items out of Landfills with the Dallas Public Library. We talked about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle and had a great Q+A after. If you want to learn more about low waste swaps and how to recycle better — watch the recording!

  • Donate,  Favorites,  Tips,  Zero Waste

    The Where to Donate Guide

    Last Updated: January 2023 We all have bits and bobs floating around the house — most are things that go unused because a. we have no need for it b. we have too many of the item c. we don’t like/use it anymore but hold on to it because we don’t want to throw our hard earned money in to the trash. While some of these items may end up in the landfill or recycling facility, most can be donated somewhere it will be given a second life. Yes — your local Goodwill or Salvation Army will take a large chunk of your donations. However, recently I’ve been working on…

  • Recycling,  Tips,  Trash,  Zero Waste

    Zero Waste Dallas-Area Resources

    I will keep this list updated as I explore and learn more. Please let me know if you’ve found any other places that aid in a lower waste lifestyle. Last updated: September 2023 Bulk Buying: Groceries, Home Care, Personal Care Products Usefull: Love this little booth that pops up across different markets in the Dallas area throughout the month! Bring your own container to refill hair/body care and home care products! (I love their shea butter body cream.)  Volleman’s: You can buy these glass packaged dairy products in stores with a $2 bottle deposit that you can get back when you drop your empty bottle back at the grocery store…

  • Composting,  Zero Waste

    Zero Waste Cleaning Products I Quit

    Recently, I talked about my pared down cleaning supplies. And while some of the items on there are low waste, I’ve definitely introduced some “traditional” (aka non zero waste) products to the mix. Specifically, there are a few zero waste cleaning related products that I quit (I KNOW) but you gotta do what works best for your household! First up, we had the wooden toilet brush. RIP. I found most toilet brushes (wood or not) kind of gross and dreaded cleaning the toilet. Also, it was really slow to compost in my backyard pile. On top of that, I still needed some kind of toilet bowl cleaner to use with…

  • Minimalism,  Zero Waste

    The Current State… of Waste

    It’s been a while! I, like so many others in the blogging space, have been at a loss for words in general… with all that’s been going on in the world over the past 3 years… and also just the general switch over to TikTok/short form videos for content. However, I’m still old school… I like writing down my thoughts on all the random things. I enjoy being able to go back to old writings to think about and laugh at. I’m definitely due to update the monster zero waste list, the Dallas-area resources list, and my do not buy list. I think with the past almost 3(!!!) years of…