Little Thoughts: [Very] Imperfect Zero Wasting

I’ve always been an “imperfect” zero/low waster. I do my best and am as mindful as possible but I don’t drive myself crazy over it. During this time, I’ve allowed myself to be very imperfect and to be okay with it. Yes, our household is producing more waste these days. More take out containers (some can be recycled, some can be composted, and some are trash) to support local businesses. More packaged goods and packaging from delivery boxes to support social distancing efforts and to avoid going to the store as much as possible.

On the other hand, with all the cooking that we’re doing, we’re composting more than ever.… // Continue reading.

Zero Waste Shaving Tips

It finally happened — I made the plunge into using a safety razor! My husband has been on the safety razor train for over a year now but I still had a ton of regular razor blades to get through. Instead of throwing something out so I could use a zero waste alternative, I vowed to get through all my old shaving supplies before moving on to a safety razor.

Last week — my plastic razor broke and I decided to make the switch. I purchased a vintage (a 1950s Gilette one just like my husband’s) safety razor off of Etsy for about $15.… // Continue reading.

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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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.