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
Since being in lockdown, I have had quite a bit of time to spend on social media looking at what my fellow Zero Wasters are doing with their time. That's when I discovered that there are a lot of stereotypical Zero Waste things that I am the worst at. Here are 3 Zero Waste things … Continue reading 3 “Eco Friendly” Things I suck at
If there is one thing a lot of us have been doing over the past few months, its watching TV. I know I have been watching more than I should, but I have noticed something about a lot of content that has come out in 2019 and 2020 - and I am loving it. Over … Continue reading TV – how show are getting the eco-friendly message out there
If you have been reading this blog for a little while, you know that I have really struggled with gifts, both giving and receiving. I thought that telling people that I didn't want or need anything was the best way to maintain my zero waste and minimalist lifestyle. And even though I would still be … Continue reading 4 Gifts that I love giving and receiving
I watched a video the other day, and it really struck me as something that I should share with you all. As you can probably guess, I watch a lot of videos about sustainability and follow a lot of influencers (for lack of a better term) who talk about how we as individuals can do … Continue reading Respect for the research – the kind of voice we need in the eco-world
In 2019, I really spent a lot of time convincing myself not to buy the things that I want to purchase. While I'm not a big shopper if you have been reading this blog for a while. you will know that I can sometimes get sucked into a bargain, and 2019 was all about changing … Continue reading Starting a shopping list for 2020
Welcome to a new year, and a new decade. I hope your holiday season was full of family, friends and lovely food. This year, I have decided it is time for an Eco-Friendly reset on my life. I have been on m Eco-Friendly journey for over two years now, and I think I am doing … Continue reading 2020 – A Fresh Start
The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends, and often its about getting together to share a meal. Unfortunately, these meals often produce a tonne of waste, and I know sometimes this can leave me jaded and disconnected about the entire holiday season. However, there are some small ways that we … Continue reading Make the holiday BBQ a little greener this Christmas
If you have been watching this space for a while, you may have noticed that I used to post on social media 3-5 times a week when I first began Minimize the Waste. You could count on it, like clockwork, but all of a sudden, about 6 months ago, I dropped off of the radar … Continue reading Why I haven’t been on Instagram
We were all there at the beginning of our journey. Some of us were there a long time ago, some of us recently, some of us go there all the time, and some of us, I'm sure, are there right now. We never forget the first time we ask for a Zero Waste Swap. For … Continue reading 5 Ways to get past your Zero Waste Nerves
Yesterday, I was watching a Youtube video of someone grocery shopping. They were a normal, everyday person purchasing normal everyday things - but I couldn't help that the contents of their shopping basket struck me as a little odd. However, it did inspire me - so here are 3 everyday things that I have not … Continue reading 3 Things I haven’t purchased on my Zero Waste Journey
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
I was thinking today about all of the changes that I have made in my Zero Waste journey and reflecting on just how difficult it was to let go of some of my previous habits. Particularly for me, brands or types of products that I used to use. Of course, now, my reusable pads and … Continue reading Try something new
Time for a short and snappy message from me today to keep you on track with your sustainability goals. I hear from people a lot that they know about reusables, and they know about rejecting single-use, but beyond that, they don't know how to reduce their impact on the environment. So here are 3 FREE … Continue reading 3 Things you can change today to help save the planet
It is wonderful to see local food outlets and restaurants switching out their plastic plates and cutlery for cardboard or bamboo items. However, it is important to spread the word about how to dispose of these items, so that we don't continue to create the same problem we are trying to solve.
I thought, since it is Plastic Free July, I would share with you one of the most surprising plastics I gave up early in my Zero Waste Journey. I am so sorry to put you off your after lunch snack, but that gum is made of plastic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kttVyakHN4 While chewing gum and bubble gum was … Continue reading That Gum You’re Chewing? Yep, It’s Made of Plastic.
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?
I just discovered a great app/website called Oilo. It is a great app that allows people to list food or non-food items that are going to go to waste and allows other people to claim them and pick them up for use. This is not a sponsored post or anything, but it is a great … Continue reading Is anyone using Olio?
I was reflecting this week on how much Zero Waste living has changed my life. Prior to taking this journey, I was not a shop-o-holic or a big spender, but what I was obsessed with was holding on to everything that I had - just in case one day I needed it. I did not … Continue reading My favorite of the 5 R’s
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?
Whether it's Zero Waste, Minimalism, Veganism or any other major lifestyle change, often it means that the people around us need to do some adapting. Sometimes your partner is on board with the change, and sometimes, we simply grow at different rates, and they aren't in the same place as we are. Here are some … Continue reading What to do if your partner is not Zero Waste
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?
If you have been following my journey thus far, you know that over the Queensland summer, I decluttered my whole house. We got rid of in excess of 3 carloads worth of items by donating them or giving them to friends, family, or the community. At this point, I thought I was done, at least … Continue reading 5 things I decluttered this week