Zero Waste Challenge Day 18: Cloth Napkins

Day 18 of going zero waste focuses on using cloth napkins instead of paper ones, but we can go beyond that to include rags instead of paper towels, too. Now, some people go as far as to give up toilet paper in lieu of a bidet and wash cloth, but I’m not sure I’m willingContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 18: Cloth Napkins”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 17: Lunch Time

Much of the zero waste challenge revolves around food and how to not waste it. It’s something that I’ve blogged about extensively, but it’s still a hard habit to get into. Day 17 focuses on zero waste lunches. I already blogged about zero waste snacks so the principle is pretty much the same. Avoid excessContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 17: Lunch Time”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 16: Repair Stuff

We live in a society that encourages waste. Why repair a broken item when you can just go out and buy a new one for cheap? This economic model is unstainable to say the least. What happened to the good ole days when things were made to last and care was taken to produce durableContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 16: Repair Stuff”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 15: Meal Prep

Since we’re on the topic of grocery shopping and food waste, let’s consider how to prep meals throughout the week. I’ve never been a meal prepper. I tend to buy canned goods that are easy to prepare. The cans, at least, can be recycled. I’ve got friends who prep out their meals for the entireContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 15: Meal Prep”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 14: Fight Food Waste

We’re officially two weeks into the Zero Waste Challenge. It’s easier than I thought it would be. A lot of it is just common sense changes that save money and are generally better for your health. Day 14 focuses on food waste. I recently blogged about that topic and shared the following suggestions: Familiarize yourselfContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 14: Fight Food Waste”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 13: Grocery Shopping

Day 13 of the Zero Waste Challenge focuses on eco-friendly grocery shopping. Reducing food waste is an issue I addressed in a previous blog, but Kathryn offers more advice. There’s the obvious suggestions like bringing your own grocery bags and buying items in bulk when possible, but there are other things you can do toContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 13: Grocery Shopping”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 12: Pick Up Litter

Day 12 of the Zero Waste Challenge focuses on litter and our responsibility to pick it up when we see it. I always do this on float trips because I hate seeing trash in the river, but I got out of the habit when it comes to regular trash in and around the city. SometimesContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 12: Pick Up Litter”

Zero Waste Challenge Day 11: Conserving Resources

As a homeowner, conserving natural resources is already on my radar. I don’t want to rack up an enormous utility bill. Often green living goes hand in hand with frugality. It’s just one of many benefits of an eco-conscious attitude. I can’t stand waste and that includes water and electricity. So day 11 of Kathryn’sContinue reading “Zero Waste Challenge Day 11: Conserving Resources”

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”