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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.

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So grateful that we planted a Thanksgiving garden to supply our thanksgiving dinner with the freshest homegrown veggies.





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I will not shop on Black Friday because I do not need anything, the only good deal is the one you did not buy and because I have better things to do. But I’m not here to judge anyone who will shop on Friday. But I do encourage you to buy only from artists, makers, independent shops and small businesses because they are all struggling because of this pandemic so buying from them is vital to their prosperity and survival.





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Doing some prep for our Thanksgiving dinner and first up is baking sourdough bread.




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Our new video shows our family making a gratitude garden to focus on what we grateful for. It’s a great crafts project to do with kids this holiday. Link to video is in my bio.





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Smashed chickpea salad is great to have ready made up for sandwiches or wraps.

•15 oz. can or cooked chickpeas drained, rinsed & skins removed
•4 tbsp. vegan mayo
• 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
• 1/4 red onion minced
• 2 tbsp. fresh dill, minced
• pinch of garlic powder
• pepper to taste
•tabasco to taste

Combine chickpeas, mayo, mustard, red onion, salt and pepper and blend in a food processor or use a hand-held blender until desired consistency is reached – I personally like it to be mostly creamy with a few chickpea chunks.
Add dill and tabasco and stir to combine.





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I have company while garden by our beautiful bunny Simba who likes veggies as much as I do.





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Best friend and brother, who better to spend a pandemic at home and homeschool with?





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First broccolis coming along in our winter garden





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Fruit leather is one of my kids favorite snacks and best part is they are sugar free and they can make them without my help😀





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I’m one of those people who’s drop my phone or my kids accidentally bump or drop it so a phone case helps protect it and for extra bonus I like it to be waste free so @pelacase is my favorite since it’s compostsble 😃





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We sure love the satsumas harvest season.





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