• 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!

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Recycling,  Zero Waste

    Plastic Free July Tips for 2021

    It’s that time again — Plastic Free July! While every day should involve doing your best to save our planet, Plastic Free July is a great time to explore even more ways to reduce plastic waste. At this point, reusable bags/straws/water bottles are becoming a bit more mainstream… so let’s talk about some other ways to challenge yourself to go plastic free. Hair/body care products: This month, make it a goal to replace at least one of your plastic shampoo/conditioner/body wash bottles with a package free, bar soap option. (I’d say the easiest one to replace is body wash as there are so many bar soap options from both small,…

  • Zero Waste

    Eco-Friendly Finds: Target Edition

    In the past, it’s definitely felt like being eco-friendly also meant paying a lot of money (or having to get things shipped from far off zero waste stores) to get things like bar shampoos, refillable deodorant, cleaning supplies, etc. At times, it has seemed like being eco-friendly just wasn’t for the normal person who buys most of their necessities at the local grocery store/Walmart/Target/etc. (Big Target fan here!) BUT — good news ahead. It seems like a lot of the big box stores are now carrying eco-friendly products (because, surprise, there’s a demand for it!). Sure, is some of it imperfect? Yeah. But is it still a big step up.…