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 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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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  I’m not socially inept, by any means, but a lot of the time, my natural state is to be withdrawn.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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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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7 Ways to Go Zero Waste at the Office

7 Ways to Go Zero Waste at the Office

You live in the real world, and it's not always easy to stick to your high principles when you're on your grind from 9 to 5. As with everything, a little bit of planning and preparation go a long way, and it is actually possible to avoid all the trash pitfalls the corporate workday can throw your way.  

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How a Gratitude Journal Can Change Your Outlook

How a Gratitude Journal Can Change Your Outlook

In recent years I’ve become more and more conscious of people’s (including my own) tendency to focus on the negative at the expense of the positive.  We seem hard wired to latch on to, talk about, and internalize bad news.  Why is it so easy amid the chaos of our modern existence to take the good things for granted and to give more mental and emotional space to the bad? 

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Bicycle Commuting De-Mystified: How to Choose Your Ride

Bicycle Commuting De-Mystified: How to Choose Your Ride

I now have half a decade of bike commuting under my belt, but there are a few things I've figured out over the years that I wish someone had explained to me when I first began.  There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cycling, and a lot of options when it comes to gear and clothing, but for today I’ll just talk about the most essential element of bike commuting: the bicycle itself.  

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Reduce Your Impact Today - A Quick Start Guide

Reduce Your Impact Today - A Quick Start Guide

So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle.  You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day.  You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin.  But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it.  Where do you even start?  

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When You Want To Go Camping But Don't Know How

When You Want To Go Camping But Don't Know How

For many years of my adult life, I was really into the idea of camping, but I never actually went camping, likely because the thought of gathering all the necessary gear and planning for a camping trip was too overwhelming.  What will I do about food?  How do you even pitch a tent anyway?  Will bears eat me in my sleep?  Do I have to poop in the woods? 

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