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I swapped paper napkins for cloth.
I bought a bamboo toothbrush.
I bought 100% recycled toilet paper.
I avoided to-go containers.
I hand-washed the dishes and swapped my plastic-based sponges for compostable ones.
I got creative with Food scraps.
I Green Cleaned.
I went to the thrift store.
- A sterling silver frame perfect for any family photo
- A set of monogramed napkins. We actually used these at our wedding in June (see picture above).
- A small porcelain candy for special decoration
I got involved.
- Organize a beach clean-up day
- Talk with your city council about environmentally friendly projects, maybe propose one of your own like a plastic straw ban or styrofoam ban
- Teach others how to buy food zero waste style
- Help others learn new DIY skills – grow your own food or compost at a community garden
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Zero Waste October is upon us. For those of you who don’t know what Zero Waste October is, check out this blog post that explains everything. Here’s what I did to kick off the challenge.
I said no to straws.
This one was easy because I’m already in the habit. It’s estimated that nearly 500,000,000 straws are used briefly and tossed in the US every day. Most of them end up littering our streets and polluting our oceans. The good news? It’s easy to make a difference. Just say no to straws every chance you get.
I brought a reusable water bottle with me everywhere I went.
Again, this one was easy because I already use a Nalgene bottle like this one as well as a thermal Yeti coffee cup. Americans used nearly 50 billion water bottles last year, but only about 23% were recycled. That means 38 billion water bottles – from the US alone – made their way to landfills and oceans.
I ate Zero Waste snacks like fruits and vegetables.
I even made homemade RX bars. This super easy recipe makes eating delicious protein bars inexpensive and waste-free. FYI – food wrappers are the most common plastic pollutant out there.
I saved water by turning the faucet off every time I didn’t need a running stream.
This may sound obvious, but I even brushed my teeth in the shower. I ran the dishwasher once every other day, rather than every day, and I only washed clothes that were actually dirty.
I got outside!
Again, this one wasn’t too hard for me because I walk dogs in my spare time and run a lot of errands by foot. When I leave the house, I make sure all the lights and the heat/air are turned off. The more time I spend outside, the less I have to worry about my carbon footprint.
I picked up litter when I saw it and came home with a pretty hefty collection.
Here are some of the items I found:
- Bottle caps
- Food wrappers
- Bandaids (gross)
- Torn pieces of plastic bags
I brought my leftovers home.
This is something most of do, but it’s worth mentioning that often our leftovers are enough for a whole other meal. Using leftovers reduces food waste and saves money.
That’s it! Pretty simple. Now, on to weeks two, three and four!