While I'm on assignment in India, my company is putting my husband and me up in a service apartment (read:hotel). It's very comfortable, but something that's been bothering me is that we get liter bottles of water delivered to our apartment daily. Since India's drinking water is not safe straight out of the tap, most apartment dwellers have reverse osmosis water filters hooked up to their water supply for drinking, washing vegetables, etc.
Since we don't live in a proper apartment, we are limited in how much we can alter it. We can't really change furniture, decor, etc., and we can't install stuff. So I did a little google searching today to find an alternative to a reverse osmosis filter, and I found this: a gravity based filter that holds over 10 liters of water in its lower chamber, and you just have to refill it when the water level gets low. Thanks, Amazon.in! So I ordered a filter with two backup "candles" or cartridges, which should last us for the next six months. I'm thrilled not to have to recycle so many plastic water bottles anymore!
Today I also picked up a Laken BPA-free, wide mouthed aluminum water bottle, so when I'm on the go I can just fill it with my gravity-filtered water, and I'm set. I'm hoping this will eliminate the need to buy plastic water bottles when I'm traveling (airports, train stations) which I hate to admit I'm terribly guilty of. Baby steps!
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?
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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Anyone who suffers dry skin like mine will understand - when your skin is dry, cracked, and red in the cold winter months, you’re willing to use anything that works.
When I first decided that I wanted to start working towards zero waste, one of the first things I did was to swap my plastic toothbrush for a natural, compostable, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. An easy swap, and I don't think anyone will argue that bamboo toothbrushes are just better looking than their plastic counterparts. Double win.