• Reduce Plastic,  Zero Waste

    Week 44: Go Trashless

    Zero waste is a term for a lifestyle that aims to produce – you guessed it – zero waste. It’s a wonderful idea but actually a really horrible name for an amazing movement because it’s actually impossible in our current culture to produce no waste. But in our attempts to get to zero, we can find a low waste lifestyle that produces much less garbage than average. Which, you know…. Is pretty important these days. Here’s some horrible trash facts: The average American throws away more than 7 pounds of garbage a day. That’s around 102 tons in a lifetime. In the US, Americans toss 60 million water bottles daily, which…

  • DIY,  Reduce Plastic

    Week 40: DIY Body Care Products

    I’ll be 100% truthful here: when it comes to things like makeup and face creams, I’m no expert. In fact, I haven’t worn any makeup in over 2 years. I will go so far as to advocate that less is best for me and my skin, and if you are feeling bold and want to stop using makeup, moisturizer, or other specialty products, you might just find out that you love it. That being said, you are your own boss and whatever makes you feel like a million bucks is what you should do! But how about ditching all the extra plastic, harmful chemicals, animal tested products, and cheap extras…

  • Reduce Plastic,  Shopping,  Zero Waste

    Week 38: Avoid Single Use Items

    It’s no surprise to anyone that our culture has become one of convenience. But it’s time to take a serious look at the cost of that convenience. One of the biggest mistakes we’ve made is the almost constant overuse of plastic and disposable single use items. Coffee cups, plastic straws, and plastic bags are the first few things that come to mind but once you start to take notice, you’ll start to see single use plastics everywhere in your day to day life. The bad news is that this is a global epidemic that is going to be costly and painful to clean up. The good news is that you…

  • DIY,  Reduce Plastic,  Zero Waste

    Week 31: DIY Toothpaste

    Ok folks – another super simple DIY recipe that will blow your mind. I only started this one last month and I’m loving it so far – Toothpaste! Why toothpaste? Your usual store bought brands have a bunch of extra ingredients that some people say aren’t great for our health. I found one site that claimed that one tube of toothpaste has enough sodium fluoride to seriously harm a toddler.Yikes. Plus the plastic packaging, plus the money you can save, plus how easy it is and how good it makes your teeth feel… convinced yet? Here’s the recipe: Mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Optionally add essential oil of…

  • DIY,  Reduce Plastic

    Week 25: DIY Deodorant

    This week I’m going to give you a challenge – try making and using your own deodorant. This is a zero waste strategy that I started about two years ago and I haven’t looked back. I was super skeptical at first but this recipe got me through the hottest days of summer better than most off- the-shelf deodorants. So why DIY deodorant? There a few reasons: Less waste. Plastic applicators are an example of single use products that accumulate in our landfills. The DIY approach means you can use one of those amazing mason jars you’ve been saving up! Save money. This recipe literally costs pennies a day. It’s so much cheaper…

  • DIY,  Reduce Plastic,  Zero Waste

    Week 17: DIY Laundry Detergent

    So, this week I’m going to share a personal practice that has saved my household hundreds of dollars over the last few years – making your own laundry detergent. It takes about 2 minutes a month and is so super easy. Ready? Mix equal parts soap flakes, borax, and washing soda. And that’s it. If you’re feeling fancy you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil but we rarely do. Add about a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half to a full load.  I’ve used this on everything from mechanic uniforms to baby diapers and it’s cleaned everything beautifully. I store the detergent in a pint sized mason jar and…

  • Reduce Plastic,  Zero Waste

    Week 7: Recycle!

    Okay. I’ll start off with some scary facts: An average plastic bottle can take around 450 years to decompose while a plastic bag or other plastic item can take up to 1000 years. Aluminum cans can take 80-200 years to decompose. Glass, while being wonderful and easy to recycle, will never ever decompose. Here are some more items: Cigarette Butts – 10-12 years; Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 years; Rubber-Boot Sole – 50-80 years; Foamed Plastic Cups – 50 years; Leather shoes – 25-40 years; Milk Cartons – 5 years; Plywood – 1-3 years; Painted board – 13 years; Cotton Glove – 3 months; Cardboard – 2 months; Nylon Fabric…

  • Mason Jars,  Reduce Plastic,  Zero Waste

    Week 5: Find an Alternative to Plastic Bags.

    I am being completely honest when I tell you that this is one my favourite ways to be green. I don’t know why. It’s the eco-nerd in me. I started out moving towards tupperware containers to store food at home and then fell in love with mason jars and reusing jars from our usual groceries. One of the first times that it really hit home for me was watching people use individual plastic bags for all their different produce. I mean, really? But I realized that I was the minority just putting all my fruits and veggies straight in the shopping cart. What’s even worse to consider is that those…

  • Reduce Plastic,  Zero Waste

    Week 3: Stop Littering. Period.

    Littering is one of those things that might not seem like a huge problem from an individual perspective but when you multiply it by a growing population around the globe, it turns into a billion dollar catastrophe. Here are some littering facts that might blow you away: according to one resource, 9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year and $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter. $11.5 BILLION! All because we are too lazy to find a garbage bin or, better yet, stop using disposable items. The same source says that the most commonly littered items are cigarette butts and I’m not at all…

  • Reduce Plastic,  Water,  Zero Waste

    Week 2: Drink Tap Water

    There’s been no shortage of reasons why people should turn on their taps rather than drink bottled water but that doesn’t seem to have changed enough minds out there. I have friends who ONLY drink bottled water because they don’t think tap water is safe. That strikes me as absolutely ridiculous, but I won’t preach to them – I will to you though 😉 Here’s some absolutely astounding bottled water facts from BantheBottle.net Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation. The…