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Plastic Waste Journal #13

Here is the plastic waste our family threw away or recycled for July 2018: There is still quite a bit of trash we are generating from using up our pre-zero-waste days, but we have a zero-waste solution once our supplies are out. For example, there is floss (don't worry, I don't usually save this, but… Continue reading Plastic Waste Journal #13

Non-toxic living, Why zero-waste

Why its time for zero-paper

We started our zero-waste lifestyle by trying to avoid all disposable plastic. And pretty much plastic in general. At first we were wrapping things in paper instead of plastic, thinking that was best. But as we have grown and learned more, we now also try to avoid disposing and recycling paper as well. Here's why:… Continue reading Why its time for zero-paper

Plastic waste journal

Zero Waste Journal #12

The year is half over, and it feels like it just began! I asked my 87-year old grandma if the years continue to seem faster and faster with each passing year, or if it was just part of my phase of life with small children. "The years just keep going faster" was her answer. She… Continue reading Zero Waste Journal #12

Why zero-waste

Zero-waste business travel

This is a post by my husband about his experience traveling zero-waste!

first fruits

TL;DR (for non-millenials: “Summary”):

When you’re traveling for business, bring these 5 things with you, and you’ll be able to nearly eliminate your day-to-day business trip waste:

  1. Stainless-steel water bottle

  2. Coffee thermos

  3. Metal fork

  4. Metal spoon

  5. Napkin

Optional:

  1. A few small, light, reusable bags and containers

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Coffee

I don’t have to travel very often for work, but every time I do, I’m stunned by the sheer amount of waste I see all around me. Every day, over 2.25 BILLION cups of coffee are consumed world-wide (according to this 2002 study, so the numbers have increased substantially since then). What’s the big deal with that? Well, setting aside issues involved in production and transportation (for a different post… :), if you get your coffee to-go in a “paper” cup, those cups are NOT recyclable, because they’re lined with plastic – they all end up going to the landfill.

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