These days, bamboo is everywhere – you've seen it in fabrics, kitchen utensils, and even toilet paper. Companies and consumers looking for eco-friendly alternatives just can’t seem to get enough.
And no wonder – bamboo is a fascinating and incredibly versatile plant, and in many ways a great friend to the planet. But… what is bamboo, and what’s made it such a go-to choice for conscious companies?
We have all been so busy finding ways to create zero waste kitchens and bathrooms we forgot one other, very important space. It makes sense why this room has been overlooked. Kitchens and bathrooms do produce a lot of waste and it's important we find ways to reduce said waste. But, hear us out. We cannot forget this room either. This room accounts for approximately 6% of a home’s energy use (and that’s just one appliance). It’s time we all take a long, hard look at our laundry room.
Sustainability and turning green are often misunderstood. It is frequently seen as a costly endeavor. This is often not the case, since most sustainable measures will help you save money in the long run. You may just have to put money into turning green in the beginning.
Just like any other investment, you need to put in some time, effort, and money to get the benefits. So don't be afraid to become green; there are many advantages for both the environment and your money.
Food is our fuel and a central part of our lives. Unfortunately though, food consumption generates a jaw dropping amount of waste, and if you’re serious about living a zero-waste lifestyle, targeting your grocery shopping routine is a great place to start.
For being one of the smaller rooms in the home, the bathroom creates a serious amount of waste. The wastes we create from within our bathrooms are various. We waste water, packaging, chemicals, and energy.Plastic packaging from cosmetics and toiletry products are commonly found as plastic pollution in the ocean and environment.
At first, it mayseemstraightforward: you decide to stop buying fast fashion and support sustainable brands instead. Then it gets a little more complicated: you realize some of your favorite brands are participating ingreenwashingby exaggerating their support of people and the environment and doing little to create real, tangible change. You then travel down a rabbit hole where you discover that other sustainable brands, even if they aren’t greenwashing, are still using resource-intensive materials, haven’t eliminated plastic from their packaging, or aren’t as transparent as they need to be.
In the past few years, one of the most important conversations in the sustainability community has revolved around meat and its impact on the environment. The demand for meat has never been so high, due to the growing population and increasing quality of life worldwide. But this growing demand is not isolated to humans alone - our pets are also demanding more.
As spring and summer arrive each year, the drive to get outside and enjoy the outdoors increases exponentially. Picnicking, whether on your own or with friends and family, tends to also go hand-in-hand with warmer weather and can be a great opportunity to reconnect with the environment. However, this timeless activity can, without planning, produce a significant volume of needless waste. From single-serving dishes packaged in plastic to single-use plastic bottles, cutlery, and more, a simple picnic can quickly result in a pile of avoidable waste.
We all use soaps, shampoos, and conditioners on a regular basis, yet we rarely stop to think about what they contain.Then, once we do actually read the label we don’t quite know what to make of the strange ingredients.
What are parabens? What are sulfates? What are phthalates? What are artificial fragrances? If you’re looking to protect your health, as well as reducing your environmental impact, this is certainly something you should be considering.
Zero-waste kitchens are not only clutter-free and functional, but they support lifestyles that reduce environmental harm. Transforming your kitchen into a zero-waste space may seem daunting, especially if you are the type that wants to change your entire kitchen and routines overnight. While that may be possible for some, for most it is a step-by-step journey that involves longer periods of planning and implementing. Both approaches are effective, and are sure to teach you a great deal about yourself, your habits, and your home!