My Favorite Zero-Waste Swaps

Metal/Steel/Glass Straws!!!- As everyone knows, straws impact the environment in a very negative way, so why not make the change? Plus, they’re fairly cheap! 


Cloth Produce Bags- Why take one plastic bag just to wrap up a few veggies or fruits? Cloth Produce Bags are a one time investment, and are way more convenient than grabbing the plastic bag! 


Re-Usable Grocery Bags- These are not the cheapest things in the world, but you can get a pack of three off of Amazon.com for around $30, and again, it’s a one time investment, and one that is way more convenient than making the people at check-out put everything in multiple plastic bags.


Reusable “Ziplock” Bags- Perfect for freezing fruit in the freezer, putting certain things in the fridge, taking snacks to school, and for storing your other perishable items! Another plus to these- They’re cheap as hell most of the time!


Metal or Steel Water Bottles- Pretty much everyone has these in their cabinets. There is no reason for all the plastic bottle that are being thrown away everyday, when the Reusable Water Bottles will keep your drink cold/hot for hours at a time, where as plastic will keep your drink cold for a good 1-2 hours? Cut down on all the plastic making it’s way out into the landfills! 


BUYING THINGS IN BULK!!!- This has to be a favorite within the zero-waste community! When you buy things, such as almond butter, pasta sauce, or anything in a glass jar..keep the jar!! You can bring your jars to most health foods stores or most any grocery stores in general and you can buy your items in bulk! None of all that extra waste! Just what you plan on using!

Bento Boxes/ Non-Plastic Lunch Box- These are a one time investment also! There is absolutely no reason that you should be eating out of PLASTIC containers that you will eventually throw away, these are so much more easier to clean than plastic is, and it is much better for the environment.

Portable Silver Ware!- There is not a lot to say about this one. Ditch the plastic forks and spoons, instead, take these! 


Hope you enjoyed my Zero-Waste Master Post :) I personally love all of these items, they have made such a difference with my life and how conscious I am of how I consume. 

I made my first zero waste switch today!

I bought a shampoo bar from Lush Cosmetics in Soak n’ Float which is honey based to lock in moisture

I highly recommend these to my fellow witches! You get between 80-100 washes out of a single bar and there’s no plastic to throw away! Best of all you can get a bar that is made of ingredients to correspond with your intentions or spells such as lemon, seaweed and sea salt, rose etc.

You can scrub the bar straight onto your hair or lather it in your hands first, and they smell amazing!!

I figured why worship nature while I continue to damage it with harmful plastic?? I’m going to be making more swaps in the future so stay tuned!!

My original and edited zero waste + vegan recipes:

My deodorant formula:

This smells really nice and doesn't stain clothes or leave an oily residue. when tested against other popular store bought natural/vegan deodorants it worked longer, plus it helps keep your underarms dry. 

Ingredients:

¼ cup lavender ( fragrance and soothes)
¼ cup cornstarch (moisture adsorbing/ reduces oiliness)
¼ cup baking soda (absorbs bad odors)
2-3 tbsp solid coconut oil (antibacterial, moisturizing, binder)
5-8 drops eucalyptus oil ( fragrance and soothes)

To make: Put lavender, cornstarch and baking soda in a blender or coffee grinder blend or pulse until lavender is as broken down as possible, then sift in to a container or bowl. Melt your oil in a microwave for about 10-20 seconds or in a pot on low heat until melted, fully incorporate with your dry ingredients and add eucalyptus, mix thoroughly then scoop into a jar or air tight container. (Feel free to double or adjust).

To use: Scoop up a small amount and slowly rub into your armpit letting it melt then fully rub in, if you have armpit hair I recommend combing out any solids (up to you).

My sweet mint toothpaste:

Sweet, minty, whitening and antibacterial plus no chemicals! This is a cheap,eco friendly and cruelty free alternative to traditional toothpaste.

Ingredients:

8 tbsp solid coconut oil ( anti bacterial, binds)
3-5 tbsp baking soda ( cleans debris/plaque, whitens, absorbs bad odors)
1-2 tsp stevia (sweetens)
1-3 tsp natural peppermint extract (flavor, fresh tingle and smell, soothes gums)

To make: Mix all ingredients in a bowl (adjust baking soda, mint and sweetener as desired), when fully incorporated transfer into a jar or air tight container.

To use: Scoop a small quantity and brush teeth as usual.

My face wash/skin care formula: 

Cleanses, softens and smells amazing !! This is perfect for dry or oily skin, uneven or acne prone skin and people with eczema or sensitive skin. oatmeal is great for soothing most skin conditions and gently exfoliates. It’s great for cleansing without stripping your natural oils helping in balancing your skin, you can use this 1-3 times a day every day a week if you choose, or use this to replace your current face wash/scrub/mask routine.

Ingredients:

½ cup dry oatmeal (exfoliates, binds, cleanse, moisturize,soothe)
1 tbs dry chamomile (soothes, exfoliates, fragrance)
2 tsp dry lavender (soothes, exfoliates, fragrance)

To make: Blend all ingredients in a blender or coffee grinder until a fine or mildly chunky powder. Sift to remove stems and other large fibers. Put into a jar or an air tight container. 

To use: 

Face and body: Scoop or pour a small quantity (about 1-2 tbsp) into your palm or in a small dish, add a little bit of water (about 1 tbsp at a time) until desired fluidity (paste-liquid) gently rub on face and/or body in small circles (let sit on skin if you like). rinse off, pat dry. 

Bath: In a warm-hot bath mix in 2-10 tbsps of face/skincare powder, relax and enjoy.

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How many of you use the makeup sponges/applicator on the left?
I did.

Every. Day.

I’d use at least one every day I put makeup on. I started to think about how many of these things I’ve thrown away over the years. How many were thrown away by people all over the world. It seemed so wasteful.

I started looking and found these silicone applicators on the right. You get three on Amazon for $9.99.

Not only can you wash these and use them over and over it also take a FRACTION of the amount of makeup because nothing soaks in. I would guess I use only a quarter of what I use to use.

I’m really happy with this product and I feel better that I’m wasting so much less in sponges and in makeup. If you use makeup I encourage you to check these out.
3/$9.99 …. You can’t go wrong.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W5FFGBS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Ug.5ybD28A8MS

OK so for the next month I am going to attempt to be zero waste and I am posting this here so I actually feel accountable 🙈There are actually so many packaged goods at the supermarket that can be made at home for a quarter of the price (talk about that student life) and without all the unnecessary packing and weird numbers in the ingredients list. Like granola holy heck there is no way I am paying $16 for a packet 🤑
This is currently my favourite 😋
INGREDIENTS
1 ½ cups (135 g) gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup (40 g) unsweetened coconut flake (large flakes are best)
½ cup (54 g) slivered raw almonds (or raw almonds, chopped)
½ cup (50 g) raw pecan halves
1 Tbsp (12 g) sugar
¼ tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp (45 ml) coconut oil
1/3 cup (80 ml) maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix in a large bowl and bake for 25 minutes at 160C. They key is to leave it to cool for a good 10 minutes before transferring to a container so it can get super chunky 👌🏽And yes that is a turmeric latte what am I turning into

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WASTE CONSCIOUS, NOT ZERO WASTE. By Cura Terrae

‘Zero Waste’ has been coined to be one of the newest lifestyle trends to hit the market. Everyone is obsessed with their $40 steel food container, and their $115 zero waste kit. With a new wave of ‘sustainable’ bloggers taking over the spotlight from minimalism, hygge and mindfulness there are more ‘sustainable and zero waste’ products, sponsorships and marketing more than ever.

Is this a good thing?

The fact that more people are becoming aware of the waste they generate is a fantastic thing. However turning a sustainable lifestyle to better the environment into a predominately upper-class market with high demand and high prices, is not okay. While going into a spiral of articles from several bloggers, news writers, and even scientists, this trendy lifestyle is not at all what it seems.

A big topic lately is accessibility and inclusivity. When googling the term zero waste, the most popular figureheads you see are bloggers. They proudly hold their one mason jar of trash they’ve accumulated over the years high and mighty. They have minimal, simple, modern and very expensive looking Instagram feeds showcasing their favorite products ( all more than $20). People are seeing that as their first look into this philosophy, which is much more than expensive reusables, an expensive looking home, and an upper-class life.

This is why I decided to do this.

The term ‘zero waste’ didn’t seem right to me. Considering we have invisible waste we don’t even know of and tons of microplastics in the clothes we wear. In the industrialized 21st century no one can ever be truly ZERO waste. I personally always felt that the term zero waste was very binding and restrictive and can set up people for failure rather than success.

There is no right and wrong

I believe that there is no one way to be sustainable and produce less waste. Some people don’t have access to compost, produce without packaging and bulk stores. Not all women can use period cups to eliminate menstrual waste. Any reduction of waste in any area of consumption is enough and is a step in the right direction. If it’s bringing a mason jar every day to your local coffee spot, or bringing one tote bag to get groceries, or using a french press to stray away from coffee pods and filters. Being simply more mindful of your waste and of what you purchase not only will create a habit, but it will save you money as well.

Things I’m going to refuse to kickstart my zero waste lifestyle!
  • Straws
  • Plastic Bags
  • Unnecessary packaging (around food/ clothes/ basically everything??)
  • Receipts (most stores email them now)
  • Freebies (most are plastic and/or they’ll be thrown out in a month)
  • Leaflets (a lot are plastic coated, find the info online!)
  • Plastic baggies for meat (take own container if worried about salmonella etc and wash once it’s used)
  • Disposable menstrual products
  • Disposable razors
  • Pump soap (use bars in as little packaging as possible)
  • Styrofoam
  • Clingfilm
  • Disposable cutlery
  • Takeout containers
  • Plastic cups at parties
  • ^^ Paper plates
  • Buying brand new clothes (underwear, swim costumes are a-okay)
  • Sale gimmicks to purchase extra items at a discount that I don’t need
  • Tissue packets
  • Non-recyclable plastic
  • Unethical companies (not eco conscious or have the tiniest amount of sustainable products just to profit and is not integrated into company values)
  • Once a Year items (christmas clothing/ duvet sets etc… they go out of style super quick, you barely ever use them two years in a row)
  • Foil based wrapping paper
  • Beauty products that contain microbeads or glitter
  • Beauty products in plastic bottles
  • Makeup containing plastic and in plastic containers

This will be a long process, but I will get there!! 

Feel free to add more ideas!!

some tips to reduce waste

• start a compost in your backyard or your patio

• drink out of glass and use a reusable water bottle

• use reusable utensils and knapkins

• thrift stores

• safety razors

• small business and farmers markets

• educate yourself and stay hungry for knowledge

• buy things in glass bottles and reuse those bottles

• make your own soaps

• repair your clothes instead of tossing them

• eat vegetables

Five Feesable, Solid, Zero Waste New Year Goals!

Need some solid and simple goals to help your zero waste lifestyle? Here are some tips that you can make happen within the next year (or sooner!)


1. Ditch the plastic straw. The paper wrapping around a flimsy plastic tube? Lame & super wasteful! Tell the server that you don’t want a straw! Still don’t want to put your lips on the cup? Get metal straws, where you can wash & reuse them!

2. Ditch bottled water. It’s probably the biggest scam out there. Buy a BPA-free reusable water bottle (or a hydro flask! I live in SF, I had to mention it.) Save tons of money on it. You can also buy bottled that have filters in them if you don’t trust your tap water!

3. Say no to handouts. You don’t need that business card; you don’t need the flyer for that event tomorrow; you don’t need that mediocre pen. These small things add up fast. If there is important info, take pictures or put it into your phone! Way easier and less mess in your places!

4. Every time you go grocery shopping, buy at least one thing in bulk! Drop packaged rice for for bulk rice. Switch packaged coffee for bulk coffee. Don’t stress about trying to buy EVERYTHING in bulk to begin with, do it one ingredient at a time!

5. Buy a safety razor. 2018 is the year you make that investment.


Those are 5 easy things you can accomplish this year!

theguardian.com
$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge
Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth
By Matthew Taylor

Plastic production just got a huge injection of funding in the US. “We are already producing more disposable plastic than we can deal with, more in the last decade than in the entire twentieth century, and millions of tonnes of it are ending up in our oceans.”

“The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity”

Start small, but start now:-

- Bring your own plastic bags/tupperware to the supermarket

- Bring your own water bottle and ask for refills

- Bring your own straw and keep on refusing straws as you order

- Don’t buy things you don’t need. It’s hard to escape plastic packaging but start by not creating demand for the unnecessary.