Biodegradable vs. Compostable - What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?

Biodegradable vs. Compostable - What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter?

There is a whole lot of talk about plastic these days, as films and TV programs are increasing our awareness of the scale of the plastic pollution problem.  Single-use plastics are becoming taboo, and even big brands and retailers are joining the fight against plastics.  

Or are they? 

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How to Hygge the Zero Waste Way this Winter

How to Hygge the Zero Waste Way this Winter

For those who are not yet familiar, hygge is the Danish term for that cozy feeling of contentment that comes from the enjoyment of life’s simplest pleasures.  The Danes are experts at it, and I’ve come to regard hygge as my key to surviving the sometimes bleak, seemingly interminable British winter.

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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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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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So What Can You Actually Recycle?

So What Can You Actually Recycle?

I'm ashamed to admit to admit, there was a time in my life when I didn't recycle, because I was so confused about which items my curbside recycling service would accept.  Afraid of doing the wrong thing, I did nothing.  So what can you actually recycle?  The short answer: more than you think. 

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for a Zero Waste Christmas

The Ultimate Gift Guide for a Zero Waste Christmas

I propose that this year, instead of giving gifts that the recipient may or may not keep for more than six months, let's give gifts that provide true fulfillment.  I've broken down my six favorite zero waste gift categories with some specific ideas, and enough variety to suit everyone on your shopping list this year.    

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Bulk Market, London: A Zero Waste Oasis in the Big City

Bulk Market, London: A Zero Waste Oasis in the Big City

When I saw a Facebook post about a zero waste pop-up shop opening in London, I got really excited, as London is only two hours away from Manchester by train.  I happened to have reason to go to London this past week, so I decided to pay a visit to this Bulk Market I’d read so much about. 

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Not All Farming Is Created Equal

Not All Farming Is Created Equal

My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.

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