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Vision and Eyewear

Contact Lenses Since about 45 million Americans wear contact lenses and most people opt for daily contact lenses (which get tossed after one day), the impact of this pollution on our oceans and landfills is pretty immense. A recent study by Arizona State University found that 15-20% of contact lens users flush their used contacts… Continue reading Vision and Eyewear

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Furniture and Decor

One of the best ways to put a new twist on your home or the final touch on a newly-improved room is to decorate! Start by shopping your garage for old favorites that you maybe haven't seen for a while. Or, you can loan and swap items from family or friends. Next, browse garage sales,… Continue reading Furniture and Decor

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Favorite Zero Waste Swaps

A record number of Americans are starting to get very concerned about climate change and want to know what they can do. The 'zero waste' movement is focused on decreasing waste and lessening one's personal environmental impact. The best, most environmentally-friendly approach is to use what you already have. However, if you are looking to buy… Continue reading Favorite Zero Waste Swaps

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Please Don’t Throw Away Your Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are supposed to be the bringers of good tidings and Christmas cheer, right? So why dispose of them in the landfill where they will emit nasty greenhouse gases like methane, which is a 30 times more potent heat-trapping gas than carbon? Luckily, there are lots of other more environmentally-friendly fates for your tree!… Continue reading Please Don’t Throw Away Your Christmas Tree

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Medications

We believe health should always be the first priority, and medications can be an important tool to help you stay healthy. However, pharmaceutical pollution is a growing environmental problem. Drugs can enter the waterways from landfill runoff, being incorrectly disposed of (even by hospitals), or through urine. Medicines like those used to treat diabetes, depression,… Continue reading Medications

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Pets

Carbon Footprint  Having pets can cause a lot of waste, especially when it comes to food production. Although I found conflicting information regarding the exact carbon footprint of our furry friends, an estimate cited by Jeff McMahon from Forbes magazine says cats and dogs alone could be responsible for up to 64 million tons of carbon… Continue reading Pets

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Shower

The shower may not seem like a big source of waste, but think about shaving cream aerosols, disposable razors, and how convenient it is to toss empty shampoo bottles in the bathroom trash instead of rinsing and recycling them - the list goes on and on! Shaving Because we've had some mixed results shaving with safety… Continue reading Shower

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Bathroom

For such a small room, the bathroom plays a huge role in any zero-waster's home. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste If you're unable to switch to toothpaste tabs (with fluoride or without fluoride), luckily, Colgate has a free recycling program that accepts empty toothpaste tubes, floss containers, and toothbrushes. Emma is a fan of Bite, an LA-based company. They… Continue reading Bathroom

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Kitchen

A zero waste kitchen is actually a very healthy (and we think aesthetic) kitchen.  Basically everything is kitchen glass/ceramic, untreated wood, or stainless steel. For example, we like these organic bamboo cooking utensils, organic bamboo cutting boards, or these recycled plastic and flax husk cutting boards (nice for meat because they can tossed into the dishwasher), marble rolling pin, glass… Continue reading Kitchen

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Electricity

Although wind turbines and hydroelectric power from dams have been used for generations, most electricity is currently produced from coal, oil, and natural gas. Saving energy means conserving these limited natural resources and reducing the amount of environmental destruction that is needed to procure them. Along with the classic energy-saving tips like turning off the… Continue reading Electricity

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Laundry

The big zero waste three are reduce, reuse, recycle, and the key to re-use is often in the laundry room. You can wash all your cloth items (including the shower curtain, unpaper towels, even cloth kitchen sponges) with organic, compostable soap nuts to keep them fresh and ready for reuse. Soap nuts are completely natural, toxin-free, and come… Continue reading Laundry

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Cleaning

We closely follow the recommendations of the Environmental Working Group's Guide to Healthy Cleaning, since health always has to come first. Here are some of our favorite products from their website: dish soap, hand soap, and organic multi-surface bathroom cleaner. Ecover is a great brand because their plastic containers are made from plants and most score A's on the… Continue reading Cleaning