5 Great Benefits of Switching to Solar Power

5 Great Benefits of Switching to Solar Power

Whether you’re looking to cut down on your household waste for environmental reasons or you’re thinking ahead and hoping to reduce your power bills in the long-term, you may have considered switching to solar power for your home. If you’re interested in installing solar panels but aren’t sure if the potential advantages outweigh the initial costs, consider the following significant benefits…

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Four Uses For Your Reusable Lunch Box

Four Uses For Your Reusable Lunch Box

There’s something in our nature as people that likes to assign specific tasks to specific objects.  We like to know that a certain tool is for a certain purpose.  But occasionally, and especially when trying to reduce waste, it pays to think outside the box, and let certain things serve multiple purposes. 

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One Important Thing to Know About Charcoal Floss

One Important Thing to Know About Charcoal Floss

"Careful with claiming compostability with bamboo [charcoal] fibre products.  Unless @georganicsuk has had their product lab tested for purity (not just relying on their bamboo fibre supplier claims), there is a good chance this floss contains plastic.  There has been deception going on with bamboo [charcoal] floss suppliers where the suppliers that supply manufacturers will claim that their floss is bamboo when it's largely composed of synthetic plastic material.”

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How to Find Safe Drinking Water While Traveling (Without Resorting to Plastic Bottled Water)

How to Find Safe Drinking Water While Traveling (Without Resorting to Plastic Bottled Water)

Traveling can be especially difficult for a zero waste warrior, as it can be challenging to keep yourself fed and watered without resorting to single-use disposables, ubiquitous and convenient as they are. Water can be of particular concern, especially if you’re traveling to a country that doesn’t have safe drinking water readily available.  Is it possible to travel to places like Mexico and India without resorting to plastic bottled water?

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4 Easy Swaps for a Plastic Free Bathroom

4 Easy Swaps for a Plastic Free Bathroom

Let me blow your mind real quick.  Did you know that every toothbrush you’ve ever owned still exists somewhere?  Yep. The bathroom may not seem like a tremendous source of plastic in our lives, but when we think about how long it takes plastic to break down, it’s worth it to consider all the bits of plastic that we use every day.  Here are four ways to cut down on plastic in the bathroom and make it a waste-free zone. 

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What's On Your Self Love Menu?

What's On Your Self Love Menu?

Though I love my job and look forward to it every day (yay for being your own boss!) I still need to take time to step away and engage in something that doesn’t involve a screen (aka binge watching Friends reruns on Netflix), and that relaxes and recharges me.  So I came up with the following menu, to help me keep some balance even as I’m striving to make my fledgling business a success: 

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4 More Ways to Ditch Plastic This July

4 More Ways to Ditch Plastic This July

So, your Plastic Free July is off to a great start, and you’ve already tackled the “big 4” single-use plastics.  Where do you go from there?  The truth is, plastic is everywhere in our lives, and there are loads of opportunities to cut back.  Here four more ways you can ditch plastics this month.

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4 Easy Ways to Participate in Plastic Free July

4 Easy Ways to Participate in Plastic Free July

It’s that time of the year again - Plastic Free July is nearly upon us!  Although I try to avoid plastic all the time, I'm far from perfect, and this month is a welcome challenge to step up my game.  If you’re just starting to ease into a life without plastic, this can be a great opportunity to see what you’re capable of!  The best way to start, in my opinion, is to tackle the “big 4”:

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One Easy Trick for a Waste Free Bathroom

One Easy Trick for a Waste Free Bathroom

Having cut down on all these disposables, there wasn’t much need for a waste bin in the bathroom anymore.  Empty jars and tins, on the occasions that they needed to be discarded, were taken straight to the recycling bin.  Same for toilet paper rolls.  But there were two items that still needed to be cleared from the bathroom daily: hair and floss.  

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Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads - Your Questions Answered

Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads - Your Questions Answered

Disposable menstrual products contribute a staggering amount of waste to landfills each year.  As menstruating people become more aware of the waste problem facing the world today, many of us are switching to reusable menstrual products, which, in addition to being less wasteful, are often better for our bodies and lighter on our pocketbooks in the long run.


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Why Going Zero Waste Can Be Hard for an Introvert

Why Going Zero Waste Can Be Hard for an Introvert

It’s only in my adult life that I’ve come to really accept and embrace my introverted tendencies.  I’m not socially inept, by any means, but a lot of the time, my natural state is to be withdrawn. It’s ironic, therefore, that I chose to align myself with a movement that challenges the status quo and requires a certain number of uncomfortable conversations with strangers, often in new places.

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How to Stay Looking Fresh When Traveling Internationally

How to Stay Looking Fresh When Traveling Internationally

One of the challenges of international travel is that it can leave you looking tired, dehydrated, and generally ragged.  I don’t care who you are, flying through the night is hard on your body, your immune system, and your skin.  But with a little preparation, you can help mitigate the bedraggling effects of trans-Atlantic travel. 

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The Positive Effects of an Established Morning Routine

The Positive Effects of an Established Morning Routine

I've often despaired that every morning when I wake up, the first thing that I do is start opening apps on my phone, before I've even gotten out of bed, sometimes before I've even turned on any lights.  What if, I thought, I came up with an alternative way to begin each morning, a simple series of healthy activities that would put me in the right frame of mind to have a satisfying and productive day?

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Why Choosing the Right Safety Razor Can Make All the Difference

Why Choosing the Right Safety Razor Can Make All the Difference

The Norse razor is sleek, lightweight, easy to hold and maneuver, and its shape virtually eliminates the risk of nicks, even in the trickiest places.  I don’t even feel the blade when I use it, and don’t have to worry about using too much pressure, as the design naturally protects my skin from heavy-handed strokes.

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Natural & Eco-Friendly Skincare Product Roundup

Natural & Eco-Friendly Skincare Product Roundup

After dragging my feet for a long time, I finally made the switch to 100% natural skincare products.  The transition process was not easy, but I ended up finding some natural products that my skin loves and that are environmentally friendly in both their ingredients and their packaging.  

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A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mushrooms

A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mushrooms

On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I had a chance to catch up with my friend Cory, a former house mate from my New York City days.  He's now the co-owner of Hi-Fi Mycology, a commercial scale mushroom farming operation, supplying fungi to distributors and restaurants all over Austin. 

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