My Zero Waste Day

Over the last several months I have made great strides in being more zero waste each and every day. I thought it would be fun to write-up how my day went today (skipping some of the boring stuff), so here it goes.

In the morning:

  • IMG_4051I woke up and brushed my teeth with my homemade toothpaste and compostable bamboo toothbrush. Both are awesome I and couldn’t live without at this point.
  • In the shower I used my shampoo/body wash bar and shaved using my old school metal razor which I love.
  • Instead of blow drying I let my hair air dry.

Clothes:

  • I put on a pair of thrifted jeans, thrifted jeans always feel more comfortable to me.
  • All the other worn clothes were bought new at some point in time in the last few years. I did however recently decide to not buy any new clothes for 365 days. All clothes must be repaired, refashioned or replaced by secondhand only items. I am happy to report so far so good 48 days in with no major need/desire to purchase anything.



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Food & Drink:

  • School lunch packed for 8YO; ham sandwich, mini tangerine, bulk bin carrot, homemade peanut butter cookies, dried cranberries from the bulk section, packed in reusable bags.
  • The ham was purchased and sliced at home.
  • I am still looking for a good alternative to store bought bread, making my own is too time consuming.
  • Bulk tea in a travel mug for back and forth in the car.
  • Homemade stuffed peppers and coconut milk mashed potatoes* for both lunch and dinner. All ingredients purchased without plastic at the co-op using mesh bags, cloth bags, and glass jars to transport items home.
  • Homemade Peanut butter cookies for dessert and breakfast too :D.

*I didn’t cook this meal so if people are interested I can ask Steve if he is willing to write a guest blog post with the recipes.

Leisure:

  • Read a book from the library, French Kids Eat Everything.
  • Took the dogs for a walk.
  • Started making homemade yogurt (I will let you know how it turns out).

I am really proud of how many changes me and my family have made to move closer to a zero waste lifestyle. Last year at this time we would have been consuming a ton of plastic, eating more processed food than we would have liked and buying things that we didn’t need. The improvements we have made have opened my eyes up to consumerism, having more with less, making things myself, and saving money in the process.

What Would Grandma Do?

My grandma Helen was an amazingly strong woman. I was fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time with her growing up and she made a huge impression on me. When I was in the 7th grade I wrote a biography about her life. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) there are many things Grandma did that match the zero waste lifestyle I strive for today.

Like most kids born in the earlier 1900s Helen grew up on a farm. The farm had an apple orchard, cow pasture, vegetable garden, flower garden, and a barn with cows, chickens, pigs and cats. Her mother made lots of things; clothing, wines, jellies, breads, pies, canned meats & canned veggies. She used the streetcar to go to the library and checked out tons and tons of books.

When I would visit Grandma she would wash her clothes by hand and hang the items out on the line to dry. We would leave out our left over food scraps for the birds, squirrels, and the woodchuck. Her main cleaning supplies were vinegar and baking soda and after washing dishes we used the waste water to help water the plants in the garden. Grandma saved everything; pie pans, paper bags, and glass jars. Old clothes were used for rags or for making quilts.

I like to think if Grandma were still alive I could learn and share zero waste tips with her. Thanks Grandma feel being a strong role model!