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.

2 thoughts on “My Zero Waste Day”

  1. If you’ve got time for yogurt, you’ve got time for homemade no-knead sourdough bread! Seriously, it takes me a total of about 15 mins of hands-on time to make a delicious loaf of sourdough. Here’s the recipe: http://breadtopia.com/sourdough-no-knead-bread/ (I don’t have a “proper” baking device so I just use a casserole dish and it works fine).

    Also for all the extra sourdough starter, here’s my fave cracker recipe: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/sourdough-crackers-recipe

    Not ready for sourdough? Breadtopia has a similar low-effort recipe using conventional dry yeast: http://breadtopia.com/no-knead-bread/

    1. I need to get back into making bread. I had made a loaf of sourdough last year and it was great. Thanks for these!

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