Wasteless Washing

By: Courtney Schallhorn

Even though they’re clean for you, showers can be pretty dirty for the environment. They are one of the most water and energy intensive practices that we do at home. Not only do they pull huge amounts of water from our drinking supply, they send harmful pollutants down our drains and into our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Here are a few tips to help you make your showers as clean for the environment as they are for you.

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Composting 101

Composting is a major ingredient of a low-waste lifestyle. It’s how you turn items like food scraps and yard trimmings into a nutrient rich substance that fertilizes the earth. Whether you live on a farm or in a studio apartment, everyone can compost. And once you have your nutrient rich soil, you can use it as fertilizer for your fruits, vegetables, or flowers. Here are some tips to get you started on your composting adventure.

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25 Useless Products That You Should Stop Buying

Cutting down on waste is not just about switching to reusable items, it’s also about using less in the first place. Every thing you buy is creating waste in some way, be it the packaging, the waste created from the manufacturing process, or the product itself being thrown away. That is why it is important to make sure everything we purchase actually serves an important purpose.

There are a lot of useless products out there that we waste our money on because companies and advertisers convince us that we need them. We purchase and repurchase these items because we are convinced they are necessary, even if they don’t provide any real benefit. Other products were once very useful and we are still purchasing them even though they are no longer necessary.

Here are 25 useless products that you should stop buying now. 

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6 Ways to Reduce Waste When Eating at Restaurants

In a perfect zero-waste world we would cook every meal at home, in our waste-free kitchen and never worry about restaurant waste ever again. But for most of us that is not an option and we will eventually have to eat out at a restaurant.

Restaurants generate a huge amount of waste, but according to an NPR survey, that waste is a low priority for restaurant managers who are more focused on other issues, like revenue and customer satisfaction.

That’s why it is important for us as customers to take steps to reduce the amount of waste we create when eating out, and make it known that waste is a priority to us, so it needs to be a priority for businesses also.

Here are 6 things that you can do when eating out to help produce less trash.

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Not-So-Biodegradable

Anyone with concern for the environment has probably heard all about greenwash and how evil companies can be by manipulating consumers into thinking their products are better for the environment when they really aren’t. But what we might not realize is just how prevalent greenwash is.

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You Should Know: The Problem with Landfills

Living a low-waste style is something that I made the decision to do because the system of trash generation and treatment in this world just isn’t working anymore. We are producing trash at an unprecedented rate, but shipping it out of sight when we are done with it where it’s out of sight, out of mind. Most people don’t give much consideration to landfills, or what happens to our trash after we put it on the curb, because we aren’t confronted with it. But I think you should know about the problem with landfills.

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5 Ways to Reduce Trash in the Workplace

Controlling and monitoring waste production in our homes can be easy because we decide what comes in and goes out. Other environments can be harder to reduce waste in because you do not control them, like the workplace. Here are some tips to help you reduce waste in the ways that you can control in your workplace.

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