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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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Trash Talk Tuesday! Zero waste school supplies and essentials oils for scho. We’re so excited to be back for trash talk Tuesday and today @sustainabilitylovingmom shares which oils are great to send kids school with that will boost their immune system. I share how we do zero waste school supplies.

To learn more about zero waste school supplies:

https://zerowastefamily.com/zero-waste-school-supplies

https://youtu.be/3jxiTTvPIfo





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Our newest video is a day of our life that includes lots of family fun on the beach, farmers market and home. Link is in my profile.





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When one of your kids have a oh-oh moment in the car my homemade disinfect wipes took care of mess and purification oil took care of the smell🙄




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Watching return of the Jedi in concert at @theshellsd for family night with @danazeff @bellasyren




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Sunday means farmers market day and shopping for budget friendly and package free food.





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Some garden harvests are more challenging than others so preserve. I think I will just dry these but hit me with your best suggestion for these jalapeños. 🌶 🌶





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Since kids are back in school we have more one-on-one time with @the.zero.waste.dad (and the dog) and doing things we love like hiking.





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Almond Butter Overnight Oats Recipe

1 large ripe/spotty banana, mashed
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 Tbsp. almond butter (or peanut butter)
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
3/4 cup almond milk
½ vanilla bean: slice open and scrape out seeds.

Top with:
Fresh fruit and berries
Coconut flakes
Hemp seeds
Bee pollen
Maple syrup
Cinnamon
Cardamom
Nuts and seeds
Raw Cocoa nibs

Directions:
Mash the banana in a small bowl with the vanilla bean until smooth.
Stir in the chia seeds until combined.
Add the oats, almond milk and almond butter, and blend until well mixed.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Before serving, stir the oats to combine.
Serve with all kinds of fun toppings from list above.




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It’s lemon season 🍋





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Today’s meal is white beans in a dilly tomato sauce with garlic Swiss chard and roasted potatoes. So pleasure when everything except beans came from our garden.




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Happiness is spending some much needed alone time in the garden after a rough day and finding ripe and sweet goji berries and heck no I will not share.




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Sourdough baking on the schedule because the kids enjoy sandwiches in their lunch now when it’s so hot.





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