DECLUTTER & DONATE
When I started my journey to zero waste (which I’m still on!), I found the bathroom one of the places I had collected the most amount of useless superfluous things. I had so many samples collected over the years from hotels, airlines, Sephora, or even given as gifts. I had large bottles of perfume, moisturisers, shampoos that were given to me but were not my style or didn’t suit my skin anymore, and I didn’t know what to do with them.
I didn’t want to just throw them away, so I went online and discovered two amazing organisations. The first, @every_little_bit_helps, collects unwanted hotel toiletries, inflight amenity kits, cosmetic/makeup samples & gives back to those in need inc. homeless & women's shelters. For those based in Sydney, you can drop them off at various @flightcentreau in the city. Check out their website for other drop off points.
The other @thebeautybankau, provides those who have left a place of domestic violence or other hardship situation with an amazing array of essential toiletries and small gift items packed in a useful bag. Any full-sized, unopened items can be donated to them. Check out their website for what you can donate. It was a little harder trying to donate my things to them, as you have to contact them to get a list of drop off points in Sydney, and there aren’t as many! .
Whilst strictly not a #zerowastewin , as these items in plastic packaging will still end up in our landfill, it’s nice that there is an avenue for these products, and to know that our unwanted beauty products will go towards helping someone who needs it and will really appreciate it!
Four years ago my dream of traveling the world started: I flew to Nepal. A journey of which I have many great memories. 🙏
Since then I have had the privilege to travel to so many places. The past years brought me to Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, England, Morocco, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Nepal (again!), Hungary, Israel, Palestine, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Italy, Sweden, Estonia, and my next stop will be Japan. 🌏 .
And guess what, I'm not even near finishing chasing my dream. Many people ask me how I can afford all these trips, but if you really want to you’ll find a way: work hard, travel cheap and don’t spend your money on useless things (#zerowastewin )
Live your dreams with your eyes open’ is a text I have tattoed on my ankle, are you living by it? 🧐💪🏼
Zero Waste Win! I’ve been looking into getting a safety razor for a while now but have been hesitant to make the purchase. Picked this one up at My local CVS last week and decided it was time to give it a try today. It was so much easier to use than I thought and I got a really close shave. I will never buy another disposable. You can get yours here https://amzn.to/2RAacze
My #zerowastewin of the week!
We use *a lot* of veggie broth here. It provides so much flavor when sauteeing or boiling things, as well as in your traditional soups and stews.
My issue? I had to buy those qt cartons every week, and inevitably one would go bad in my fridge from not using the whole thing and it getting shoved back to where I forgot about it. #foodwaste#packagingwaste#badjuju
SO! I made a veggie stock powder. Before you all tell me I couldve just saved up veggie scraps to then slow cook into a broth....Thats a great option...for more organized people! ;) Also, I only need 1 tsp of this per cup of water, so itll last me MUCH longer. (The jar pictured is an almost full half gallon jar). For those of you whom may want the recipe: http://talesofakitchen.com/raw/homemade-veggie-stock-powder-raw-vegan/
Anyone else find it difficult to self care even something as simple as a shower? Work has been eating away at me this week, my spring seasonal allergies decided to kick in Beginning of October so I’m in bed by 8 every night and up by 4:30. .
Although I did have a #zerowastewin today. I finally finished a Bath and Body Works body wash that I impulsively bought last summer. My ZW goals aren’t quite as easy as I thought it would be, but I can tell you that it’s been MONTHS since I’ve bought any body wash and the next time I do, it will be from @plaineproducts and metal, not plastic
I'm so glad I had my @stasherbag with me when I came across my favourite childhood biscuits in Malaysia
I had seen them multiple times but had resisted because they were always wrapped in plastic, plus I didn't really need the sugar hit... But I just couldn't resist when I found them plastic free!
Lesser known fact these biscuits originated in the UK but are a common treat in Asia that I grew up with
We’ve switched to cloth wipes! When Ro turned 1 month old, I started cleaning his poopy butt under running water on the faucet sink because I didn’t want to waste all those cotton balls and wet wipes. Now that he’s a toddler I clean his butt with the toilet bidet. We rarely use wet wipes... We use bibs, small towels or tissue. I use the wet wipes only if he poops when we’re out. One pack of 30 wet wipes would last us 2-3 months! So it was an easy transition when we finally made the switch and have now gone full cloth (cloth diapers and cloth wipes.. yass!) I keep these flannel squares inside the wipe pouch dry and use them as tissue, then if I need them wet I just get one and spray with water.
Dis one sustainable baby! #zerowastewin#buhayzerowaste#zerowasteph#wipouch#clothwipes
Brought my own plate to Yellow Cab jk hahahah 😂
Thank you, @yellowcabpizza, for switching to reusables! From being a wasteful (disposable plates, cups, and utensils) to being a responsible brand. They may have increased their water bill but when you look at the bigger picture, less water and energy is consumed if the reusables are used hundreds of times. .
Curious if other Yellow Cab branches are doing the same. If not, you can challenge the branch near you to switch! 😉
#yellowcabph#WasteWatchPh @wastewatchph #refusesingleuse#BeatPlasticPollution#ZeroWasteWin (almost) #MeaningfullyDifferent charot @beauzeeful
I made the mistake of parking near the bakery stands at the farmers market and couldn’t resist when I walked by, especially after they buttered me up with a delicious sweet brioche sample 🍞😍 Luckily I brought my stainless steel tiffins in anticipation of berries and cherry tomatoes so I was able to avoid the paper bag! Once again, preparedness seems to be key 🤔
We love incorporating Beeswax in our DIY beauty products. 🐝
Although beeswax pellets are much easier to work with, we have not been able to access any that are package free (so we have resorted to grating the bar of wax🙀😫).
We were ecstatic when we came across this hack from @nerdyfarmwife
1. Heat beeswax until completely melted.
2. Slowly pour small drops onto parchment paper (we reuse our piece of parchment so it won’t go to waste)
3. Let cool completely and peel off.
Ta da! Now you have yourself some DIY Beeswax pellets! #ZeroWasteWin
Ps. This works just as well with soy waxes for our vegan friends. 🐰
Both Laurence and Theo have slight obsessions. Laurence loves #wintermixtures so a few years ago we bought in bulk. I kept the jar as it seemed to good to waste. Theo loves buying random cars in charity shops, he spends ages working out which one he wants, then goes and pays for it all by himself. What he doesn’t do is tidy them up 🙄 so this afternoon I had a #flashofinspiration and put them in the old jar. This evening he very carefully put them all back and screwed the lid on. #zerowastewin#parentingwin#montessori
Buckets were an unsung hero of our preparations for Festival Italiano at Belmar. We used them to dispose of liquids and for compost collection. Instead of buying new buckets, we partnered with Roxana, the bakery manager at King Soopers. Roxana saved the bakery's frosting buckets and we were able to give them a second life. #zerowastewin Thank you Roxana! @belmarcolorado, @alamedagateway
ZWS would like to thank the beverage station volunteers at Festival Italiano at Belmar for being commited to the cause. These volunteers were diligent in collecting the plastic film from their booth to make sure it was kept out of the landfill. Way to go! #zerowastewin
I have a small confession: one of my little joys in life is getting an iced cappucino from a certain ginormous Canadian coffee chain. It's loaded with sugar and is a perfect coffee flavored adult slushee on a hot day.
But it comes in a number 6 plastic cup (not recyclable here) and straw (also not recyclable). I always feel super guilty that my 5 minutes of bliss results in forever plastic garbage. Today I tried something different: I asked for mine in my mason jar and they agreed without a fuss!
It's worth asking to reduce packaging at most places. If you're polite, most restaurants and cafés are ok with it. Sometimes the scariest part is asking and getting weird looks, but they get the hang of it.
Individuals going zero waste can often be inaccessible, and we need to definitely focus on systemic change. BUT I see with my own eyes these days how the plastic-free movement is growing every day, and that's all thanks to you trying to go zero waste!
Need to have my coffee today but forgot to make it at home so i have to buy those in sachet..i may not be #zerowastewin today but at least this piece of trash will not pollute the ocean it will go directly to my ecobrick.
Had this ecobrick for seven months now and is not full yet. My trash were mostly coffee sachets because as you may now know Im a certified #coffeeholic 😁 and some packed oat bars that were given to me by my lola😊..
A special thank you to our food banks The Action Center and Tin Shed for picking up festival leftovers, helping families in need, and preventing perfectly good food from going to waste. #FestivalItaliano , #zerowastewin , #zerowaste
Zero Waste Services would like to give a gold star to George, owner of Italian Flame. This Festival Italiano at Belmar vendor was 100% committed to the cause. Not only did they offer all compostable dinnerware, but they also made a large food donation to our food banks. Way to go! #zerowaste , #zerowastewin , #FestivalItaliano
Good morning and happy Friday, everyone!☀️ Had such a great time last night eating #vegancake and talking about all the things with @zerowastedork. 🍰 The #zerowaste community is awesome and I’m so happy for the connections I’ve made with genuine, caring people. Can’t wait to visit you in Seattle! 💙💙 (Also, we asked them to take back our paper napkins and they did...and reused them! #zerowastewin ). @eatfarewell
What are you going to miss most about summer? For me, it's all the bountiful produce - like this beautiful #romainelettuce ! Look at that gorgeous plant. 😍 Unfortunately, come winter, lettuce is no longer in commission at the #farmersmarket . If I want to make a salad using lettuce, I have to get it from my grocery store. Yes, I can get it #packagefree using my produce bags, but it's just not the same as fresh seasonal produce. .
✨ So, this is an ode to seasonal produce everywhere: ✨ 🌿🍉🍅🍓 Seasonal produce - I love you and I'm so grateful for all the nourishment you provide me when you're at your peak. I'll miss you when you're gone, but that only makes me that much happier to see you in season again! I can never take you for granted, because I know your time here is limited. Until we must part, I'll make the most of it and enjoy you in many dishes to come! Thanks for being so darn tasty. 🌿🍉🍅🍓
Haha, okay, hope you enjoyed that little ode. With that in mind, how's your #zerowasteweek been going? Let me know what #zerowastewin you've had so far (for me it's definitely buying beautiful package free seasonal food like this!). 💖🌟
Ok so I’m the plonker that wore little white pumps to go berry picking 🤦🏼♀️🙈
Yes they are from the dreaded cheap clothing shop, which are unethical and not great for my feet, but having spent many years on a severely tight budget, and being a mother - as is often the way, changes for my self, particularly my fashion items are further down the priority line. (I am slowly trying to focus on myself more though, after all #zerowaste and #ethicalliving is a journey that takes time)
When we got home from the farm I had 5 big splodges of blackberries on my shoes and I of course didn’t want to throw them away & charity aren’t going to have them like that, so rather than ditching I went with embracing. Each of the berry patches was a diff shade or colour - red, pink, blue, purple and almost black so pinched a handful of blackberries and elderberries and “customised” them into these colourful beauties. They will need a rinse and will definitely fade a bit but they look custom and deliberate so good to go again for another year. Saved from the bin.
You really have to be always ready when out and about, coz you never know when you feel like having a snack. / The stall assistant agreed instantly when asked if it can be placed inside my container. 😁👍thank you @gogofranks! Really awesome! 💚🌍
Tak tomuto sa povie "Zerowaste vine" :-) Keď sa mi skvasila šťava na ríbezlivý džem tak som sa prvý krát v živote odhodľala založiť ríbezlové vínko a nelutujem :-) Naozaj všetko zlé je na niečo dobré ;-)
Do you soak your balls?!? Ermmmm....dryer balls of course!! Did you know these are the dryer sheet substitute!!! They dry your clothes chemical free and add your favorite essential oil for your laundry to smell fantastic!
Why do you need to get them wet? Soaking them before you use your dryer helps cut down on static electricity in your clothes and it helps cut down on the wrinkles in your clothes as they dry! All around one of my favorite chemical free switches!! #maketheswitch#chemicalfreeliving#zerowastewin#purification#essentailoilsforlife#oilystrong
Zero Waste Services is proud to have partnered with Tin Shed food pantry for Festival Italiano. Tin Shed will be taking leftover festival food and distributing it to families in need. Thank you Tin Shed for providing this wonderful service and helping keep food out of the landfill. #zerowastewin
This product is one of my all-time favourites. It is technically the first thing I ever made for the Leafology range, but its genesis came about as a result of many layers of intention (and a three-generation link)... The first draft of the recipe I made originally had a handwritten sticker (complete with illustrations in colourful, smudged felt tip pen) which said 'BMITW Bruise Balm' (that's 'Best Mum in the World'... sorry to be cheesy...). I'd researched ingredients to find a medley of essential oils and base ingredients that would soothe bruises for my Mum, and gave it to her. I made one for myself and couldn't stop using it on my lips, quickly throwing away all over lip balms I owned, because this petroleum-free natural version worked SO much better and put them all to shame. 5389 drafts later, it's morphed into this pot of delight, the Tea Seed & Olive Wonder Balm that is now in my handbag absolutely everywhere I go. I love seeing friends who are hooked on it too, whipping it out of their bags for an application, and the lightweight metal tin gets lots of compliments! It's most used as a lip balm, but I also use it on elbows, grazes and sometimes even to brighten fading tattoos! Another part of this balm's history is a brilliant coincidence involving my grandma: the combination of rosemary, lavender and peppermint (a beautiful, herbal scent that is somehow both enlivening and relaxing) is the EXACT trio of essential oils my grandma used in a 'headache cream' she once gave me when I was very young and suffering from bad headaches. She'd handwritten a label for me on a repurposed pot of Ponds Cream. Do you think we ever truly escape our genes? :-) I'd love my grandma to have been able to try this.
My little island home Boracay is opening October 26! After 6 months of renovation and hard work, most of which is still a work in progress but we are getting through it with our heads held high! Boracay is also banning single use plastics! Never thought i would live to see the day when this could happen! Dreams do come true albeit with a lot of strife in the mix! Well done little island, i do love you x #zerowastewin
Beauty bits and bobs 😍😘💄I haven't done a flat-lay in a bit and it was kind of hard to show you these products otherwise 😂 Last week I had an amazing time volunteering with @baremrkt at one of their pop-up shops. At the end of my shift, I picked up these goodies and a few more. Thankfully the timing was perfect as I needed to replace a lot of my beauty products! I'm very excited to try out the green clay, foundation, colour corrector, shampoo bar and blush 😁 Best of all? I was able to obtain all this in my own containers! #zerowastewin
My #zerowaste breakfast! Apples are coming into season so I bought a TON! I mixed oatmeal with chopped apples, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and a swirl of molasses! I was able to purchase all of these ingredients in my own jars. #zerowastewin
One from a while back ⬅️⬅️
This week (and entire year) has flown by, anyone else struggling to keep up?😅
This was my last @ingreens order - been living using it all!
Plus #zerowastewin today at th on green grocers - the cashier asked me where I’d gotten my grocery bags (pictures) from! 😎😏
First time they’ve actively taken any interest into not using plastic 👏🏻
Found the Ku.tis deodorant too harsh and came out in an allergic reaction, still using @earthconsciousuk Instead...
The mouthwash tabs from @georganicsuk I use 2x a week (these bad boys seriously last so long I still have a full jar😳) and adoring using my @asliceofgreen Lunch box for work (after my Dad has my previous plastic one, otherwise would have continued to use) .
What is your FAVOURITE zero waste/low impact product at the moment? ✨💚💚
August 17, 2018 - Was returning Gordon's books and decided to take a quick look for zero waste books, and I found them! It's so heartening to see them being available in so many libraries (I used the catalogue because there's no specific shelf dedicated to zero waste), and that others were looking for them too ❤️ Also signed up for a MyLibrary ID through the e-Kiosk so I could make reservations for books that weren't available, but also get a digital receipt sent to my e-mail!
Vegans rejoice! First we brought you zero waste vegan chocolate, then nutritional yeast, and now we present you - vegan wax wraps! Made from candelilla wax (from the leaves of a South American shrub), these little fellas are the perfect minimal waste alternative to cling film and aluminium foil.
For all the non-vegans out there, we also have the beeswax version, made from local unprocessed beeswax.
Both versions are handmade in Co. Louth by the lovely Kaori of @beenaturalireland. So it's a double yay here- yay for the environment and yay for supporting small local businesses!
I'm listening to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and in it he discusses the power of "small wins" - ickle teeny tiny changes we can make in our behaviour that can set off a chain reaction of greater overall change.
Let's look at small wins from a zero waste perspective: take these two croissants I bought in Aldi yesterday. I put them into my canvas bag, brought them up to the cashier, not an eye was blinked and off I went, little buzz in my soul from sending one less bag to the big incinerator in the sky (plus a buzz in my belly for the dirty breakfast I was about to have). There are two ways to look at this; the "small wins" way: yes! I did a good thing! I am buzzing from this good thing that I did, and now I feel like doing more good things to buzz off! - or the Negative Nelly way: what's one bag? What's the point if I still drive a car/eat meat/buy my food in a shop instead of foraging for nuts and berries?
It's obvious which attitude is more productive, and yet there seem to be a multitude of Negative Nellies and Judgemental Judies out there when it comes to the topic of zero waste.
I would encourage you to celebrate each and every small win, both your own and those of others. I know sometimes it can be overwhelming when you look at the amount of waste involved in every aspect of our lives, but if you ever feel it's all too much, just gently remind yourself that mountains are climbed from the bottom up, not from the top down.
And also maybe get yourself a croissant.
Coming a full circle, this is very satisfying😇
Every batch of potting mix we make at @happygardenmysore
goes for practical test in a greenhouse before dispatch. We keep them only for 28days later we give them off to people who want to grow, still we used to be left with extras which would go waste. Couldn't stand that anymore & got all unused space at the factory cleaned & turned them into veggie garden. 🍆🍠🌶️🍋🍅
This was nearly 2 years ago, ever since we haven't stopped growing. We grow tomatoes, eggplant, chilli, cabbage, beans, okra, radish, gourds, greens & many more. All without using any chemical pesticides, our garden hosts so many insects 🦗🐛 🕷️
I love to watch how the banana peels we leave in the soil everyday after lunch turns into potassium rich fertilizer for the veggie garden! 💚