Composting for Newbies

A great Zero Waste effort is composting because it takes organic waste and gives it new life! Composting may not be fun for everyone, but it is certainly worth a try! Composting cuts down on the dependence for landfills. I currently do not compost, but I will get there! For now I am learning more about it, so I want to share with you the information a local farmer provided my family. What Is Compost? Compost is nutrient rich soil formed from decomposing organic matter. It is a great additive to gardens and enriches pre-existing soil. The act of composting is a form of recycling; you are taking waste, aiding it through the decomposition process (composting), and then reusing the compost to grow new life for new plants or crops! When you compost, you are essentially speeding up the decomposition process by adding water, soil, worms, and you also mix up the matter to allow more air […]

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Earth Week Day 5: Zero Waste Podcast Interview with Beyond the Story

Happy Earth Week!  “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Earth Week Day Five Interview With Ally Canales from Beyond the Story I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a fellow Be Zero Ambassador, Ally Canales. She runs an inspiring website which includes a blog and podcast that promotes female empowerment: conscious, honest, and healthy living. Her website features very open and real discussions about personal life experiences and what shapes us who we are as individuals. Her and her work inspires me greatly to be more open to viewers about personal life matters. In our interview we discussed the Zero Waste lifestyle; tips, tricks, advice, experiences, etc. We also spoke a little bit about the reality of landfills, recycling, and my recent trip to Iceland. I share my Zero Waste journey and open up about my current reality and life after my solo adventure to […]

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Earth Week Day 2: Iceland Appreciation

Happy Earth Week! “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir Earth Week Day Two I recently spent 5 days in Iceland; exploring the capital, Reykjavik, as well as the upper inlands of the Southern half of the country, along with the South Coast village of Vik. If I had to describe the country in one word, it would be “magical”. As you may or may not be aware, I embarked solo. Click here to learn more about my solo female Europe trip!   Iceland Fun Facts Located in the North Atlantic ocean in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, south of the Arctic Circle. The country lies on the continent divide. Half of the country lies on the Eurasian tectonic plate, and the other half lies on the North American tectonic plate Geothermal energy supplies hot water to all Reykjavik, the capital. There are many glaciers. Glacier rivers form and can change […]

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Earth Week Day 1: 7 Tips For A Successful Zero Waste Journey

  Happy Earth Week!  “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” -Mother Teresa Earth Week Day One 7 Tips For A Successful Zero Waste Journey I want to start off Earth Week by focusing on the Zero Waste journey (surprise, surprise!). Here is a list of 7 tips I find useful for not only beginners, but anyone at any stage of the game! These tips are what help me continue my journey with a clear head and understanding of what I am doing and why! If you have any tips you would like to share, leave a comment below!   Understand What Zero Waste Is . This will build you a strong foundation for your journey! Clear up common Zero Waste Misconceptions . This helps me explain to others who are confused. Go at your own pace. The journey should not be […]

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Zero Waste Travel

Is it possible to Zero Waste travel? Well…yes and no. If you read this post, you will understand that Zero Waste does not literally mean zero waste. Currently, with the state of our economy (linear), it is impossible not to produce any amount of trash; waste happens, and always remember that it is okay. Transportation and the tourism industry are major contributors to pollution and climate change. Other than biking and walking, vehicle transportation methods generate large amounts of carbon emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels; air travel contributing the most to air pollution. The tourism industry generates an abundance of waste each year due to food, entertainment, accommodation, construction, etc. Fortunately, it is possible to lessen your trash output while wandering about. On the other hand, traveling and tourism will indeed generate waste. So, yes you can maintain your Zero Waste lifestyle and essentially “Zero Waste travel”, but to an extent. Moreover, you will most […]

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