Three years ago, a couple of months into my journey, I released a post noting all of the things in my home that I wanted to use up. These were items such as bathroom products, stationary and kitchen items that my previous hoarder self had accumulated way too many of. Note: These were items that … Continue reading What I am still using up (3rd year update)
We all have old clothes that are worn, broken, or generally could not be resold or donated. But before you send the fabric to landfill, there are so many things you could do with it. Lets get a little creative with these 5 options. Upcycling to new itemsWhether its an old shirt, a pair of … Continue reading 5 Things to do with old Clothes
In this current climate, it is hard to go 5 minutes without hearing about coronavirus, but where I am from, we are also headed right for flu season - fast. While I think that it is important that we take care of our medical needs, without too much concern for the waste, there are certainly … Continue reading 5 Zero Waste Hacks to keeping hygienic on the go
There are just some things in the world that make no sense. While they seem to have a justifiable reason for existing, there are other, simpler, more eco-friendly ways to create the same result, and honestly - I just needed to have a rant. So here are 5 things I wish didn't exist. Receipts I … Continue reading Things I wish would just stop immediately
We thought it was going to be a nice, easy, waste-free option that would be done in no time at all. But 16 hours into our baking day, we knew things were going to be a little more difficult than that. Let me back up a little - this Christmas, we decided to make up … Continue reading Reflecting on Festive Gift Giving
This past month, we did another cleanout of our house. Don't get me wrong, we don't like a lot of new things coming into our home, but the more you declutter, the more you realize how much you really don't need. Here are 5 things we found duplicates of, that we realized we didn't need. … Continue reading 5 Things I only need one of
Two weeks ago, I was in the kitchen, just about to make myself some pasta. If you know me, this is almost a daily occurrence. I did what I always do, I put the pasta machine on, and I filled up the kettle to heat the water. Thirty seconds later, the kettle started making sounds … Continue reading Weekly mishap – Zero Waste Lesson
Sure, when it is 40+ degrees in the middle of summer and you have no other choice, crank that AC like there is no tomorrow - but before you click the on switch to your air-con unit, check out these 3 ways to cool down that are more eco-friendly. Self Regulate This one isn't for … Continue reading 3 Ways to Beat the Heat this summer while being eco-friendly
I don't know about you, but for me, one of the most wasteful places in my home was the bathroom. This was also one of the most toxic places in my home - and by purchasing cheaper, cleaner, package-free products, I have really changed the landscape of my bathroom. Switch to bar soap, shampoo, and … Continue reading 5 Easy Zero Waste Switches in the bathroom – updated
Sometimes when you finish work, you get home late and you haven't prepared anything for dinner, your immediate thought is to order something in. After all, you are tired, and you simply don't have the energy to cook. But before you reach for your phone, here are 3 reasons to take a walk and pick … Continue reading 3 reasons you should pick up your own takeout
Whether you are new to an eco-friendly lifestyle or a seasoned professional, if you are thinking of purchasing a reusable cup today - don't! Whether one or all three of these reasons apply to you, taking a step back before any purchase is always a good idea. You don't drink coffee out I am certainly … Continue reading 3 reasons you probably shouldn’t buy that reusable cup
I am almost 2 years into my Zero Waste Journey, and I thought it was time to do an update on what I am still using up from my pre-Zero Waste Life. If you want to check out the items that I needed to use up during my "Use it Up" Challenge, you can take … Continue reading What I am still using up – 2 years in.
According to the ABC, Australia will potentially trial a new bin system in Adelaide. They are trialing clear recycling wheelie bins in order to make people think more carefully about their waste habits. They also hope that the new bins will start a conversation about waste in the community. While there are only 20 bins … Continue reading Show me your wheelie bin? How to send thousands of bins to landfill.
Plastic-free July is a fantastic way for people to kick-start their Zero Waste or Eco-living Journey. And just because you may already feel like a pro when it comes to plastic-free living, doesn't mean that Plastic Free July cannot be the kick-start you need too. For me, I am using Plastic Free July as a … Continue reading My 5 Plastic Free July Challenges
A lot of people in my life ask me why I no longer use teabags. While many understand that I no longer purchase them, as they often come in plastic, I also refuse them if they are offered to me in the office, and I won't order them in a restaurant. Did you know that … Continue reading Why not teabags?
As many of you know, my partner and I are not vegan. We are in the process of reducing our animal product intake and being more conscious of our choices. I know it can be taboo to say, but at first, this change was a little difficult. When you grow up in a meat and … Continue reading 5 Vegan Changes No One Will Even Notice
I know sometimes a Zero Waste lifestyle can feel stale. While I know my passion has not diminished in the slightest, I find that sometimes, I am doing everything that I can, and I feel as if there are no more changes to make. But I know there has to be more I can do, … Continue reading A Plastic-free July to keep you on track
I have had a few conversations recently about frozen food, and how freezing food can change the taste or texture of food, and some people simply don't like it. While I grew up with the practice and am probably more used to the practice, I know that this can be true with some foods. Here … Continue reading How to make frozen meal prep fresh again
I feel like in some ways, we are in the era of meal prep promotion. Whether it is for fitness, convenience or budget, everyone is on the meal prep bandwagon - or at least they should be. But something that isn't often discussed is that meal prep can save the environment too. Here's how: It … Continue reading How does meal prep save the environment?
Grocery shopping is one of the top 5 areas of life that we can really reduce our waste. I have been asked quite a few times where I do my grocery shopping, so I thought now was a great time to break down my grocery shopping for you. I do my grocery shopping fortnightly, on … Continue reading Where do I shop?
I was visiting a lovely family friend when I was on a recent trip to Melbourne, and she held a dinner party for our visit. This lovely family friend is not Zero Waste, but the dinner party that she threw reminded us that the things we call "Zero Waste" were actually just normal practices a … Continue reading Going back to your grandparent’s dinner party style
I had about five towels I had to get rid of this past week, and it inspired me to make a bunch of other items for my bathroom out of them. Here are 5 things you can make or repurpose for the bathroom instead of buying. 1. Facewipes - whether they are small makeup wipes … Continue reading 5 things you can make at home instead of buying (from the bathroom)
When you look at Zero Waste Living on Instagram or promotional material, you will see perfectly lined mason jars on a tidy shelf with no plastic in sight. It looks beautiful, and I can see why people would want to be a part of it. But the "Fairly Local Vegan" said it best recently when … Continue reading Don’t get stuck in the ‘idea’ of Zero Waste!
One of the biggest changes that I made when I went Zero Waste was to give up my merchandise habit. And by habit - I mean it - I was addicted to displaying the books, movies, and musicians that I loved on my clothes, my books, and around my home. Sometimes I would purchase up … Continue reading My Merchandise Free Life
When I first went Zero Waste, I definitely purchased some of the "essentials" that were marketed by the Zero Waste community. Looking back, some of these were great purchases that I still use today, others, well, they clearly were a representation of my former consumerist behavior. Inspired by Immy from Sustainably Vegan and Christina from … Continue reading Which Zero Waste “essentials” are essential for me, and what do I regret?