Earth Week Day 6: Zero Waste Alternatives

Happy Earth Week!  “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein Earth Week Day Six Zero Waste Alternatives Tomorrow is Earth Day! A great way to help out the environment is to live a Zero Waste lifestyle; a lifestyle in which you try and lessen the amount of waste you generate! Zero Waste is about being a conscious consumer and working towards minimizing the amount of trash we all individually put out into the environment. I have a number of posts on my blog that give insight as to why it is important to reduce our waste and work towards a more sustainable, zero waste lifestyle! Learn about virgin plastic, landfills, recycling to get started! Here is a short list some Zero Waste alternatives I use to avoid plastic, packaging, and harsh chemicals. Click here to see full list. There are more changes I will be making in my life, […]

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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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Virgin Plastic: Why New Is Not Better

Virgin Plastic and Why It Is a Problem Virgin plastic is brand new manufactured plastic. The problem with virgin plastic is that we already have way too much plastic produced. We also have no true recovery system for it. There is so much plastic in existence that we do not know where to even put it. You might be wondering, “What about recycling?” Click here to learn more about the myth of recycling! As much as I dislike plastic because of its harmful synthetic chemical composition and its dangerous effects on the environment and its inhabitants, I have to admit that the general idea of plastic is genius. The density, color, size, shape, quality, can all be determined by manufacturers. Plastic is durable and cheap to make. Astoundingly, plastic defeats us in the quest for eternal physical life on Earth. Plastic sounds like a magical solution, doesn’t it? Right now, can you imagine […]

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ZW Misconceptions

Today I want to shine a light on 3 common Zero Waste misconceptions that I frequently experience. I think it is important to address these misconception in order for the Zero Waste movement to continue spreading across the globe. Those misconceptions are:   Zero means Zero. Wrong. It is impossible right now not to produce any amount of waste. Even the most experienced Zero Wasters still produce waste. Zero Waste is simply what we strive for. In the meantime, you may hear others using the phrase “less waste” as opposed to Zero Waste in order to avoid any confusion. The term Zero Waste was originally created to describe a circular, or Zero Waste economy in which products are carefully and intentionally designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed, and recovered in such a way that waste and landfill are not solutions to a products. In a properly functioning Zero Waste economy, zero would actually mean zero. Likewise, Zero does not mean zero because of the […]

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