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Three Easy Zero Waste Household Alternatives (and the Disposable Products You Never Need to Buy Again)

Aspiring to have a zero waste household can be a daunting task, but starting with a few easy switches can provide the momentum you need to get going. Here are three changes I made in my own home to reduce my use of disposable products. I find I don’t even miss the original wasteful products, and I definitely don’t miss spending money on them. Stop using saran wrap and plastic sandwich bags Beeswax wraps never cease to impress me as (a far better) alternative to saran wrap. Use them over bowls of leftovers, wrapped around half-used fruits and veg in the fridge, or even in the place of plastic sandwich bags for packing snacks. They are durable, moldable and never...

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3 Ways To Embrace Sustainable Living Without Spending Money

It’s easy to get sucked into the belief that you need to buy a plethora of green products in order to embrace sustainable living.In my case, there was a sense of shame that accompanied the box of plastic wrap in my kitchen drawer after learning more about our single use plastic crisis.  But real, sustainable living means using what you have until the end of its life, and being mindful about your use of the earth’s resources. This seems increasingly difficult in this consumer driven society, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. By re-using and up-cycling what you have, and buying consciously when needed, you can make a huge impact on our environment! It’s wild to think that September...

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Zero waste cleaning tips and tricks

Buying cleaning products is expensive, wasteful, and unhealthy.  I now use zero-waste cleaning methods, and will share them with you today.  While we still buy vinegar, essential oils, baking soda, and borax, these items come in bulk and we go through them slowly. Tip #1: No Paper Towel: We use cut up old t-shirts, cloth napkins, and rags to do our cleaning. This saves us lots of money, and is not wasteful! Tip #2: DIY Cleaning Wipes: We wipe down our counters, sinks, bathtub, and around the outside of the toilet with this recipe and love it. Click here for our DIY Cleaning Wipes recipe. Tip #3: DIY Glass Cleaner: No windex in our household! We keep our homemade glass...

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Six easy tips to save water

Did you know that Canadians are one of the highest per capita users of water in the world. But by changing our habits, our household water waste could be cut down by 40% (source).  I wanted to share with you a few things that I do in my house to cut down on water waste. 1. Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth I heard that  saying all throughout my childhood, and I’m sure many of you have as well. One source I read, said that when you leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, it wastes 6 litres of water per minute (source). So considering that you are supposed to brush your teeth for...

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It’s not always perfect

While I do my best to live with as little waste as possible, and try to inspire others to do the same, it’s not always perfect.  For me living zero waste is an ongoing process, and living zero waste will have a different meaning and look different for everyone. A few years ago if you had asked me if I would be living zero waste I would have said no way – it never seemed attainable to me. Yet here I am, and I’ve been doing it for over a year now. SIMPLE STEPS It started small for me – with a few changes that eventually snowballed until I was living zero waste. Bringing my own bags was something I...

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