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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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Last day of school for my beautiful @bellaearth who tomorrow graduates 8th grade at @waldorfsandiego and I cannot believe I have a high schooler 😮





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End of the year teachers gifts, wrapped zero waste style with fabrics which looks so much prettier than wrapping paper if you ask me.




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Nothing says summer like perfectly sweet and homegrown strawberries. And I even got to sneak a few before the kids found them 😁





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Summer break means breakfast on the beach




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Still some cabbage left, ready for me to turn them into sauerkrauts.




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See you soon at the live zoom zero waste faire hosted by @iloveacleansd




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Celebrating first day of summer break for the boys with cardamom buns.





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Sweet potato gnocchi in the making





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Good morning and happy Friday. Remember to slow down, take time to smell a rose.




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First round of pickled beets are done.





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