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.
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!
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.
A huge part of both the zero waste and minimalist lifestyles involve taking care of what you already own so that you aren’t buying things unnecessarily. This is incredibly important especially when it comes to clothing. A few simple steps can help prolong the life of your clothes and prevent items from inevitably ending up in the landfill or getting downcycled.
Wash your clothes gently/per label instructions. I almost always wash my clothes with cold water and on a gentle or “casual” cycle. I then dry my clothing on the low setting (or hang to dry in my closet). It takes a bit longer but my clothes take less of a beating this way.
When it comes to eco-friendliness and clothing, it’s frequently recommended that you buy fewer (and generally more expensive) but ethically made, high quality, and sustainable clothes. Fast fashion is a big no-no. And I’m all for it BUT sometimes it just isn’t practical for certain lifestyles (and budgets!).
Enter thrifting. I work from home and have three (very hairy) dogs. 95% of what I wear is loungewear or athleisure. So my general day to day clothes get a lot of wear and tear from running around with dogs, gardening, and repeatedly wearing favorite sweatshirts and leggings. It wouldn’t matter how high quality the clothes are — nothing can stand up to a rambunctious young husky and two golden retrievers.… // Continue reading.