Zero Waste Challenge Day 10: Compost

Composting is one of those incredibly simple activities that has a huge pay off. Not only is it better for the environment, but you’re left with rich, nutrient-dense soil that can be used for gardening. I love composting because it keeps food and other perishables out of the landfills so it can decompose naturally andContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 10: Compost”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 9: Green Cleaning

Now that we’re focusing on lifestyle changes, let’s talk about cleaning! How green are your cleaning products and habits? Common household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are not only bad for the environment, but can be harmful to the health of your family and pets, too. Using natural cleaning products is safer and healthier. AvoidContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 9: Green Cleaning”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 8: Declutter the Green Way

It’s interesting to me that week 2 of the Zero Waste Challenge begins with decluttering in an environmentally-friendly way. I’ve already blogged extensively about the concept of minimalism and adopting a “less is more” mindset. Consumerism is fatal to the environment. Everything we buy must be produced and transported which uses up a lot ofContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 8: Declutter the Green Way”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 7: Snacks!

We’ve covered a lot of single-use swaps so far in the Zero Waste Challenge and now it’s time to start talking about food. I absolutely love food and snacking is a big part of my life. Food waste is a huge problem in the United States, and I’ve been doing a much better job ofContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 7: Snacks!”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 6: No More Disposables

So far in my zero waste journey, I’ve committed to buying less, saying no to plastic straws, keeping a reusable mug and water bottle with me, and using grocery totes instead of plastic bags. The next step focuses on other disposables like plastic flatware, paper plates, etc. Kathryn stresses the importance of using “real stuff”Continue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 6: No More Disposables”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 5: Grocery Bags

The next single-use item that needs to be swapped out for reusable ones is grocery bags. Regular plastic bags are not durable yet they take forever to break down and biodegrade. Bringing your own grocery bag to the store can help reduce this waste. Because plastic bags are small, they’re easily blown out of trashContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 5: Grocery Bags”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 4: Coffee

Now that I’ve cut back on plastic straws and water bottles, it’s time to focus on other ways to reduce waste and opt for reusable options. I recently bought this adorable reusable coffee mug from one of my favorite local coffee shops. I was so sad during Covid when I wasn’t able to bring myContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 4: Coffee”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 3: Water Bottles

While we’re on the topic of swapping out single use for reusable, let’s not forget about water bottles. It’s estimated that roughly 80% of water bottles end up in a landfill where they’ll take nearly 1,000 years to degrade. Currently, there’s no good method for recycling all these single-use plastics which is why they ultimatelyContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 3: Water Bottles”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 2: No More Plastic Straws!

The next step in the Zero Waste Challenge focuses on simple swaps from single use to reusable. And the first swap I’m going to try is making the switch to reusable straws instead of plastic ones. Plastic straws pose a number of environmental hazards; they’re not biodegradable, they’re difficult to recycle, they’re small so canContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 2: No More Plastic Straws!”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 1: Buy Less

Sometimes I feel very alone in my pursuit of green living, but turns out there’s a whole community of people out there eager to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I’ve recently encountered a blog called “Going Zero Waste” by Kathryn Kellogg, and she has a 31 day challenge to greener living. Since I’m on theContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 1: Buy Less”