End of Year Thoughts: 2019 Edition

How is it almost Christmas?! This last month went by in a blur… a merry, happy blur… but still a blur. I’m looking forward to relaxing, eating, and Christmas-ing with family this week. But before I do that, here are some end of year tidbits!

  • Some amazing books were released in the later months of the year and deserve a mention (see my favorite books of the year from a few weeks past). The Starless Sea (meta as hell and won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but if you love stories… gosh, what a love letter to it all… I sank into the pages and it was like a cup of hot tea on a cold night).
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A Less Wasteful Gift Wrapping Guide

Brown paper packages tied up with strings… these are a few of my favorite things!

***Updated for 2019!***

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy gift giving! So you picked out the perfect, thoughtful, mindful, gift — now what? I, like many others, love seeing beautifully wrapped presents under the Christmas tree. I also love watching the joy on people’s faces as they slowly (or not so slowly) unwrap their gifts. So how can we present beautiful gifts without producing waste that goes to the landfill? Here are your options! 

The Bad
First off — check to make sure your local recycling facility accepts wrapping paper.… // Continue reading.

2019 Eco-Friendly Clothing Finds

This year was a good one for innovative eco-friendly clothing pieces. And while my first choice will always be thrifting — it’s nice to know that new yet sustainably made pieces are out there in the world. Here are some cool (new-ish to me) finds that might also make great holiday presents!

1. The Upcycled Puffer from Gap (100% recycled fill, shell, lining)
2. The ReNew Hoodie from Everlane (43% recycled polyester, ethically made)
3. Wool Loungers from allbirds (sustainable materials) — can also be worn as slippers indoor!
1. Nike One Tights (83% recycled polyester) — I love Nike leggings for lounging, working out, and traveling.
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Online Thrifting Tips (& 2019 Thrift Favorites!)

As you know, I’m a huge fan of thrifting and purchasing items that are already out in the world and ready for a new home. However, there seems to be the misconception that thrifting means ugly, smelly sweaters or outdated jeans. And, sure, there’s definitely some of that but with a little searching (ESPECIALLY ONLINE), there are some amazing finds on sites like Poshmark, ThredUp, and eBay. If you’re new to the thrifting game and don’t have the time or energy to spend hours weeding through your local thrift shop, go the online route! Yes — the items will be more expensive than finding it at a local store but you’ll also be able to find exactly what you’re looking for at a fraction of the time.… // Continue reading.

My Favorite Zero Waste Snack

Snacks seem to be one of the worst offenders of excess packaging. Most of which can’t even be recycled. So beyond fruit (which, let’s be real, feels a bit too healthy to feel like a treat) and overpriced bulk candy, what’s a low waster to do? Enter popcorn.

Popcorn is mostly healthy (depending on your toppings), can be completely zero waste, quick to make, and delicious. I buy popcorn kernels in bulk, pour a bit into a brown paper bag (reuse until you can’t anymore and then compost it), and microwave for about three minutes. If you’re feeling fancy/making a large quantity/hate microwaves, you can make this on the stovetop with a little bit of coconut or vegetable oil.… // Continue reading.