Keeping it on the yummy food theme this weekend! Avert your eyes if you wish, plant powered friends. The majority of my meals tend to be vegetarian as industrial scale farming is a massive strain on the planet and horrific for the animals. Plus it's much cheaper! But meat free alternatives such as @quorn_uk are only available in a lot of plastic packaging unfortunately which has been putting me off of late.
Plus I like experimenting with food, having variety and trying local dishes when on my travels, so I'm very much an omnivore. I like to buy meat from my local butchers who are always more than happy to use my own containers and sell local meat from small scale farms, mostly free range. Plus they are now going plastic bag free and opting for waxed paper alternatives! May I also add that the produce is cheaper than that in the supermarkets...definitely worth checking your local butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers as I think we all assume the cost is higher for quality local produce but actually most of the time not only is it better on every level, but you get much more for your money.
This is the easiest and most satisfying meal...mince and tatties! All local fresh ingredients, super cheap, really filling and delicious! The ultimate in nutritious comfort food!
Who said zero waste/ toxic candle and glitter free birthday cakes had to be boring?! Rather proud of my baking and decorating efforts for a friend's birthday...plus it saved me money on buying an unwanted gift...homemade chocolate cake was a no brainer and was VERY well received!
So here we have a simultaneous zero waste win and fail. I've been in London for a couple of days and spent a day pottering around Camden Locks. I went to see Pearl Jam at the O2 in the evening and couldn't get back and forth to accommodation and so unfortunately I was unable to be as prepared as I'd have liked.
I asked advice prior to going regarding the security @theo2london but the experiences shared by the group were mixed. Only small bags are allowed which was fine but I was hoping to take a reusable cup. It seems hit and miss as to whether they are permitted and those who had managed seemed only to have got 'squishable' cups through security. I therefore made the decision that it was one time I had to just go with it as the last thing I wanted was to cause hassle or security concerns or to be put in a position where I had to bin a perfectly good reusable cup.
So fail, I left the cup behind and Camden market seems all about the plastic and disposables sadly. So I got a smoothie in a plastic cup but asked for no straw. The woman was fascinated by my bamboo straws and asked about them and seemed completely unaware of reusable options. So I like to think I've at least planted a seed there!
Later at Pearl Jam, got a 2 pint cup of beer so I only needed one cup, plus it was decent quality so I'm keeping it for future use! So lots of zero waste ups and downs but I did what I could whilst making sure I had a damn good time, because experiences matter more than stuff!
Fathers day breakfast, or, the closest thing you can get to a dessert and still call it breakfast.
Cinnamon steel cut oats, maple syrup, vanilla chia pudding, hemp seeds, peanut butter, bananas, bluebs, peanuts, and chocolate coconut balls.
And a ginger mint pineapple smoothie.🍍🥥🍃 Low fat, no added processed sugar, totally vegan, and full of nutrients. 😛
Guys. I bought 20 quarts of strawberries. That's 5 gallons.. or $100 worth. Yes I feel like a crazy person. BUT, they are plastic free! Try finding frozen OR fresh strawberries that dont come in a plastic bag. Its hella hard. So when I found a supplier at a local farmers market, I went a little nuts. It took us 2 days, but we stemmed, washed, and froze these beauties, and now we have strawberries for like, ever.
Okay now let me tell you about the broccoli! We normally buy bagged broccoli florets from Trader Joe’s because ... we have kids man! Time is precious! Bags of precut florets are $2.79. It always seemed reasonable. But this weekend I decided to find another option. I found unpackaged broccoli crowns at Winco that looked like they came straight from the farm down the road that very morning. They were loose and there were loads of smaller pieces in the boxes, which means not paying for the stalks, which we never eat. Now, I buy just about everything organic. But it has not escaped me that just because something is not labeled “organic” doesn’t mean it isn’t grown from non gmo seed or that it not organically grown. Not every farmer can afford, or wants to apply for organic certification. Those Winco broccoli crowns were fresher and looked and smelled more garden grown than organic stuff from Trader Joe’s. And guess what. They were zero waste- no stickers, no nothing and cost $0.98/ lb. The prepackaged Trader Joe’s broccoli works out to $3.72/ lb!!!! I did trim the Winco Broccoli down but only a tad bit. I can’t even tell you how amazed I am by my discovery. Hopefully my obsessive grocery math will give someone else the confidence to shop with fresh eyes. #zerowastewin
We painted our front door today. It's taken us 5 years of living with a half finished project but we finally did it! And hell yes, its purple.
Also, outdoor breastfeeding, sunshine, and tiger lilys about to put on a show any day now.
Heres a fun little repost from @oh_thathippiemomwlotsofkids
The front door of a home is such an important space to be mindful of. It is where energy enters and leaves sacred space. Even if you don't get many visitors on a regular basis, it's a space that can collect and hold onto the energy of individuals that come and go briefly. For instance a package being delivered, a neighbor asking for sugar, someone trying to sell something etc... Mint is said to bring luck and high vibration, while the lavender and rosemary help to purify negative energy. ☮️ A purple door is said to symbolize prosperity, honor, and encourage inspiration and open mindedness. It's also said to be a sign that witch lives in the home 🏡🌿🔮😉
Went to the @tananavalleyfarmersmarket today and had a zero waste win with falafel from The Sesame Place! The owner kindly let Sean and I use glass containers to put our falafel in, instead of the paper sheet and container normally used. We also got delicious mint lemonade in my water bottle! #ZeroWasteFairbanks#ZeroWasteWin#FarmersMarketLove
This sweet girl loves all things music. She has been dancing since she could stand, and will shake her shoulders at the slightest hint of a melody. She actually tried to dance to wind chimes today.😆
So its no surprise she found her way to the live music at the farmers market yesterday. 》swipe to see 》
I have no doubt she'll be asking to start dance or play an instrument at a young age.
Isn't it so funny how these little people sometimes show us who they are straight away!?🎶💃 °•☆dress by @beansproutgifts_melrose☆•°
I've just deep cleaned the bathroom.. like every single surface kind of deep clean.. bc a 4 year old boy learning to pee standing up is.. well, it's what you imagine it to be. But, on the plus side our bathroom is impeccable now. *I use #zerowaste nontoxic cleaning ingredients like vinegar, essential oils(lemon and tea tree are my favorite for cleaning), baking soda, and good old hot water. Conventional cleaning products are known endocrine disruptors, contribute to indoor air pollution, and VOCs found in all kinds of household cleaners containToluene, Formaldehyde, Nitrobenzene, Chloride, Methylene, and Ethylene glycol which all have been shown to cause asthma in children. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.* Anyway, we're headed out to enjoy this beautiful day. Weather like this calls for lunch outside, bike riding, and checking in on our modest little garden space for new treasures blooming.
Happy Friday to you!
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Apple Cider Vinegar is the BEST natural, plastic free and kinda zero waste hair conditioner EVER!!!! i'm really late to this party i know, but after noticing build up of residue in my hair from using the shampoo bars, i did some research and found that an ACV rinse might help - AND IT DID! thank god! i was so close to switching back to the bottle 😰
i didn't bother buying another conditioner bar after my first one ran out because i didn't feel like it was doing anything. then i saw that everytime i brushed my hair, some grey gunk was coming off into my hairbrush 🤢 the internet told me that that can happen if you use shampoo bars and you have hard water in your area which we do.
it suggested doing an apple cider vinegar rinse because ACV helps with pH balance, conditioning and detangling. so i tried it today after shampooing - long glass jar filled with water and 4 tablespoons of ACV poured over my head, rubbed into the hair and left to soak for a couple of minutes (although it might have been less because time goes really fricking slowly when you're standing still with the water off in the shower doing nothing 😂). as soon as i poured it on i felt my hair detangle, it was so weird. it washed out and dried leaving my hair SUPER soft and feeling normal again!
so yay! the only thing is that i feel like it did leave a tiny bit of a vinegary smell so next time i'll probably put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil in to see if that helps. otherwise i'm not really that fussed about the smell anyway because this is a plastic free problem solving win and i'm well happy about it! give it a go guys - give your hair a break from the chemicals and the environment a break from plastic! 💪
next thing to try is dry shampoo using arrowroot and cocoa powder - anyone tried this before? does it work? got any tips?
Morning!! My towns farmers market officially opens up this week for the summer. I cant wait to get some ripe peaches. (they're always awful from the stores bc the plant tends to be pushed and forced to produce fruit before its ready so we can have what we want year round. It is the same with MANY fruits and veggies. In this way, we dont honor the earths timing or its cyclical nature, and in return we get subpar produce)
I'm also excited to stock up on fruits to freeze for smoothies bc I'm so over the plastic bags all our frozen fruit comes in.
Plus theres always some kind of local musician giving us tunes, and lots of grassy space for the kiddos to run free. In years past, we've packed a blanket, brought a picnic dinner, and spent the evening there until it's close to the kids bed times.
Ugh give me all the summer nights. 🍇🍑🍉🍏🌿🍓🥑🌽🥕🥦🥒🍋🍠🌞👩🏻🌾🎷🎶
Living this #zerowaste lifestyle has been challenging up until recently. It's been a huge learning curve.. ridding myself of old habits (like using disposable cups, straws, and cutlery while out and about), implementing a new flow in our home (like washing our cloth diapers, and keeping lots of small clean cloths in a basket on the counter instead of reaching for a paper towel), and grocery shopping in a totally different way. But now that a few months have gone by, things are feeling like a new normal. So much so that when I stray away from zerowaste for a day or so, it feels wrong. It feels .. well, wasteful. Maybe it was my upbringing, but I've always kind of known that I dont need all the things society tells me I need. But this way of life, this new found awareness of my plastic consumption and how much trash one person is capable of producing that will ultimately never go away.. has really driven the message home.
Because really.. no one needs 3 pairs of flip flops. No one needs 8 different cosmetic and hygiene products. No one needs exercise gadgets, or dryer sheets, or pre-portioned pre-cut produce, or another handbag. And if you are in need of something.. consider how much of that thing already exists here on Earth. Look for it in second hand shops, consignment stores, online consignment shops (you can even find high end versions of these things if that's what you're into), ask neighbors and friends. Or peruse yard sales.
Theres no shame in second hand, it's the ecologically responsible thing to do, and you can find some real treasures this way.
I know this won't resonate with everyone. But there's got to be at least some of you, who, like me, WILL resonate with it once you are exposed to it. Once you are given the opportunity to see how much of an impact you truly can make with just a few changes here and there. It's about awareness of actions, compassion for our fellow living beings, our mama Earth who feeds and houses us, and the willingness to change.
Have a guess at how much these salted almonds were from Lidl? You can buy them loose as well so it’s a bit of a #zerowastewin but I was silly and only took two produce bags so had to use the plastic bags they have there. Note to self....take more cloth bags when I’m shopping in future! #zerowastefail#snacks#almonds#lidl
Not only is @elatecosmetics clean, vegan makeup but it’s also environmentally friendly and zero waste! All of their presses powders, blushes, eyeshadows and brow balms come in seed paper packaging! 🙌🏼💙 Today, I finally had the time to plant my seed paper and I can’t wait to see what it turns out to be! 🌿I love the idea of seed paper for products like this and for cute tags and gifts as well.
I’ll keep you guys posted on what this mystery seed paper turns into! 🌎✌🏼💙
This morning I’m ready to compost my old #redecker dishwashing brush head and replace it with the adorably named Lola brush head that I got at New Seasons yesterday. The Redecker brush head is made from Tampico, or Ixtle, fibers and will soon become soil and food for my plants. It has been an excellent scrubber and I’m really happy that I made that purchase. I use it more than I use my handmade dish cloths because it’s better at scrubbing pans. #zerowastewin
Zakupy na bazarku poczynione, udało się uniknąć foliówek:) niebieska jest moja kiedys kupiona i ponownie ją wykorzystuję♻️ dostałam również ogórki kiszone do własnego słoika! Gorzej poszło mi w piekarnii, bo się z panią nie zrozumiałyśmy, ale jej koleżanka zrozumiała o co chodzi i przekonała panią, że może dać mi chleb do mojego woreczka i został wyjęty z foliówki:) #zerowastewin
Muszę się zmobilizować i zacząć robić własne mleko roślinne, żeby ograniczyć ilość kupiwanych Tetrapacków! Podobno to proste, ale się nie dowiem dopóki nie spróbuję :)🥛
For the last year I have had a half of a bag of cat food sitting in my pantry. I could not give this food away. My cats would not eat it, the ferals would not eat it, the raccoons and opossums of the neighborhood would not eat it. I did not know how to responsibly get rid of it. Thankfully @compostnowga can handle meat. Today was our first pick up. In the two weeks that we have had this pail we have produced half the trash we normally do and we were finally able to get rid of the cat food.
Most times all it takes to have a #wastefreemeal out is a simple question. Tonight we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Sweet Tomatoes, and their regular drink cups (clear reusable plastic) were out so they had disposable drink cups. We noticed the blue reusable plastic cups usually reserved for water were available so we asked if we could use the blue water cups for our drinks instead and without hesitation, they said yes. #zerowastewin#justask#wastefreefamily
Also, méga-win ce soir avec mes sushis pour emporter dans mon propre pot 100% sans déchet! (J'ai même pas pris leur tite sauce soya, j'ai utilisé la mienne)
Pis la charmant dame au comptoir n'avait même pas l'air déconcertée quand je lui ai tendu mon plat so jsuis extra-contente!
Every 3 weeks 😱
So when I typed in "how often do you need to replace your disposable razor?" the answer was the above.☝️ 3 weeks! 🤯Recommendations from various websites and they says the same thing. 3 lousy weeks before buying a new plastic casing / non recyclebale razor.😳 I mean I don't want to guess here and come up with a number (terrible at math anyway🙈) because it can depend when someone started using one and how long they bother to keep to that 3 weeks till it becomes 3 months. 😜According to a research about 2 billion (in the USA) are tossed away each year. That is a lot. 😠 .
Having said that I do like to have a nice smooth legs myself especially now that the weather allows it.🌞 After turning 17 and before having kids (!!!!) I don't think there was a summer day I left the house unshaved.🤗 After having kids as you can imagine I leave the house in a much worse state then just having hairy legs.🤪 My aunt used an appilator (epilator) and she is working in the beauty industry so when I was lucky enough to visit and stay at hers in Sydney at the age of 17 all I wanted it to get a hold of one and never to think about shaving (mainly cutting myselt a lot at that point😖) again. So that is what happened. This is the applicator I got and she is still with us, working perfectly well after 17 years now. 🙌 @philips really got this one right. 👏Well done guys hopefully it will last me another 17 at least. .
The other alternative of shaving is (as it being mentioned on all amazing zero wasters websites) safety razors. 👈You will pay more upfront for a safety razor £15-£30. As for the replacement blades you can get 100 for £10. 🤑Pretty good deal I think. The blades are stainless steel and are recyclable. They last for a month or longer if you dry them between uses. As I heard. I have to be honest I haven't got one myself but I am so keen to get one once I used up all my venus razor blade heads which I change every 6 months (ouch) and use on armpits and bikini lines. 😉 .
Is there anyone out there into waxing? I have never really tried any brand or used it much. Any good ones out there you can recommend which are also eco friendly / zero waste?
What is the best thing to do after spending the whole night feeding a teething baby and running to a crying toddler so ending up getting zero sleep? 🤔 .
Yes, leaving the house around midday with enough coffee in your system (and some yoga stretches🧘♀️) and get on a train to visit @ecover_uk's Rubbish Cafe in Covent Garden. 🤘We took some of our plastic rubbish with to pay for our delicious zero waste vegan dish by @tomsfeast and a much needed almond coffee.☕ Another great company to think that plastic s***.🙏 They are waging war on virgin plastic with a series of bold commitments to increase their use of recycled plastic over the next three years and ultimately use only recycled plastic by 2020. 👍This lovely new washing-up liquid bottle is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable. 🌍Not only that but they are aiming to trial the use of alternative biodegradable and bio-sourced packaging (like corn or potato-based plastics, or fibre-based pulp from wood, straw or wastepaper, likely with a degradable lining) that doesn’t rely on plastic by 2020, as well as champion the expansion of their refills into mainstream supermarkets. 🤗That would be just too good to be true, right?🤩 And 2020? That is only 2 years away!! 😳You go and lead the way @ecover_uk.💪 What an amazing commitment and hopefully more and more companies to follow. 🤞 .
In other news, have you checked the weather forecast?🔆 I mean that is just summer, right. So excited about this long weekend and the sun I might just start dancing around... oh wait I am exhausted. 🤪Off to bed.😴 See you next time and have a fantastic long weekend lovelies. xx
This, my friends, is the @hellotushy ! It's a install-it-yourself bidet and it is the newest addition to my zerowaste efforts. Up until now I've had lots of questions about toilet paper. Do I use toilet paper?!? And the answer is yes, yes I do. But now I can drastically reduce my usage and my husband can basically eliminate his. The tushy attaches to your toilet and then gives you a nice little spray of water to clean your bum. You just pat dry and you're squeaky clean. I can honestly say that I don't want to go back and we're planning to order a second one for our other toilet. Even though it is an expense up front I know we'll ultimately make up for it in the amount of money we save on toilet paper. Anyone else out there have a bidet? #NOTanad#zerowastewin#zerowaste#hellotushy#tushy#cleanbum#lesswaste#ditchthepaper#goingzerowaste#zerowastelifestyle#zerowastebathroom#zerowastehome
Got a couple of eye rolls the last few times I handed over my stainless steel STARBUCKS logo coffee thermos (#zerowastewin eh?) at some local and independent coffee shops, so now I hide it using this awesome @wildandfreepaperie vinyl sticker. HAHAH
These are great stickers!
In their defense, I might do the same if it was my heart and soul coffee shop!
Thanks @angelariggs for all the recommendations on these stickers, they are just right up my alley and I can't wait to put them all over my other bottles 😅