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”

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 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!”