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a Practical Guide

I think most people assume I was “born green.” The truth is that before 2006, while I did favor organic food and I did recycle … that was about it. I knew about climate change and was concerned about it—but it wasn’t until I became a mother that I felt a deep sense of urgency. Fueled by that maternal, protective instinct to leave my children with a healthy planet to call home long after I’m gone— we’ve slowly (and clumsily, at times) embraced a zero-waste lifestyle—and we’re figuring it out as we go.

A Family's Journey to Zero Waste

We’re a family of five living zero-waste, plant-based, & mindfully minimal so that both our kids and our planet can enjoy a beautiful, thriving future. We focus on current environmental issues, share tips & ideas, and offer helpful information about sustainable products. Enjoy the reading!

Compost 101 Class

Did you know that when you throw your food scraps in the trashcan, the food never composts at the city dump?  Instead it creates methane gas which is a huge contributor to our climate crisis.  What this online class and schedule a call with James to get all your questions answered!

Date: On Demand

Get Started going zero waste

Zero Waste

Our family’s zero waste journey began in 2016 and today we produce almost no waste and live a more...

Plant-Based Vegan Blog

Plant-Based, Vegan

We eat mostly plant-based and vegan; because it’s better for our health (and we love animals).

Zero Waste Gardening

Gardening

Anyone who has a garden or space is sure to know about the positive benefits of spending time outdoors.

Minimalism

Minimalism

The philosophy of minimalism is to own less and live intentionally—it’s a simple concept that begins with...

Film - Zero Time To Waste

Zero Time to Waste – The Film

We created this film and handbook in hopes of making the shift to zero waste feel less overwhelming. We’ve collected tips, recipes, life hacks, and brands that have helped us along the way— and are excited to now share them with you. We hope you’ll join this ever-growing Zero-Waste Family that’s building a conscious shift towards sustainability—because the truth is there’s no time to waste.

Brands We Love

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Trash Talk Tuesday. Talking about fast fashion and why should choose slow fashion. Mikaela @sustainabilitylovingmom shares her tips for taking bad smell out of second hand clothes.

great Slow Fashion Brands:
1. Patagonia. They make quality clothing with organic, recycled and upcycled fibers.
2. Eileen Fisher.She makes high quality working clothes for women while quietly but persistently increasing the number of organic fibers she uses.
3. Kowtow.Kowtow is a brand from New Zealand that makes certified fair trade organic clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment.
4. United By Blue.For every product sold, the company will remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. They manufacture organic cotton, and the clothes and backpacks are awesome.
5. Blue Canoe.They make everyday-wear organic cotton and bamboo clothing that really, really works for women.
6. Alternative Apparel. A good basic shirt that is also sustainable.
7. Brook There.Makes sexy and comfortable underwear that are all organic.
8. Synergy. Creates lovely dresses and yoga wear that are all-organic and benefit women in Nepal.






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Post workout meal of yogurt parfait: coconut yogurt, mixed fruit and topped with granola. Simple and sweet!





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First pickling cucumbers 💚





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Sunday morning is our mellow day and today it’s rainy so on this cozy day we sit by the fire, playing Yahtzee and eating lots of toasts




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Aquafaba meringues





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Nettles can be used in so many ways. First and foremost, it’s a delicacy that is also super nutritional and contains chlorophyll, which makes it a superfood. But nettle can be used also as a natural fertilizer for the garden and food for chickens.

Chicken Feed

To make chicken feed, dry the nettles before feeding the chickens nettle flakes.

Fertilizer for Garden

To make fertilizer, make sure to use only nettle leaves without seeds or you will end up with nettle growing in your garden. Cover a bucketful with water and let sit for 3-5 days, depending how warm it is. (Warmer=shorter soaking time). Use it to water plants.

Superfood Powder

Besides making nettle tea, I also like to make a superfood powder that I use in smoothies. I just put dried nettle leaves into a vitamixer and process until it’s a powder. Perfect for the morning smoothie.





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We’re drying flowers from our garden to be used to decorate wrapped gifts and for other craft ideas. We’re doing the fast and easy version by placing them in between pages of a book.





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Today on our blog I share 10 things we have stopped buying since going zero waste that is also saving us lots of money.

Paper towels—It’s been over 10 years since we bought paper kitchen towels and instead we use reusable kitchen towel roll that is a great alternative for the disposable paper kitchen towels. Another great alternative is to cut up old bath towels, cut up old t-shirts or use cloth dish towels. We estimated that we have saved $2000 over 10 years just by not buying disposable paper towels.





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Best part about homeschool is you can go on a class trip with little planning. This morning school is breakfast by the bay.





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Trash Talk Tuesday. Spring cleaning and Pollen!

Natural glass cleaner

2 cups of water
2 tablespoons vinegar
10 drops orange or lemon oil

Moth spray
in a small pray bottles mix 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of lavender oil and fill up with filtered water. Spray in closet once a week or spray a rag and pack with closet

Pantry moths
clean with a vinegar-and-water solution.
Keep dry food in air tight containers
spray peppermint oil around pantry





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