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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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Knowing Kate

By Rachael Grant I figured out that the passion and righteous anger that I felt all through childhood, middle school and high school was feminism pretty early on in life. Most of my experiences since taking ownership of the title “feminist” have only fueled my fervour and dedication to the cause, and I’ve taken steps so that my actions reflect my morals.  I’ve learned about intersectionality and inclusivity, and devote most of my waking hours to advancing women’s equality and protecting and assisting survivors of sexual violence.  It is a cause that will drive me for my entire life and I believed for a time that it would be a singular, tunnel-vision cause for me. And then I met Kate,...

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Your Guide to Soaking, Cooking, and Sprouting Legumes

Beans and other legumes are an essential in the zero-waste and plant-based lifestyle. They also happen to be a nutritional powerhouse. Are you missing out? If you find your eyes skipping past the jars of dried beans and legumes at The Tare Shop – It’s time to build up your legume confidence and make them a pantry staple. It’s actually rather simple to prepare your own legumes, and there are benefits to doing so. Since being a source of plant-based protein and fibre; legumes keep you feeling full and satisfied. Their vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient content also propose preventative benefits and overall, they support you in living vibrantly. There are plenty of perks to preparing your own legumes from scratch:...

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