Repost: Zero Waste Alternatives

I keep coming back to this post on the zero waste website Trash is for Tossers, out of NYC. It provides graphics comparing the status quo product (Palmolive for your dishes, for example) and the less- or zero-waste, sustainable alternative to that product (64 oz jug of Dr. Bronners, for example). I keep referring to it because it is so practical and there are so many helpful suggestions. The fact is, we buy a lot of products out of habit when a simple change in our consumer choice would make a world of difference in the amount of trash we produce (and money we spend, actually). That is what this post illustrates. So check it out!! Here’s the link! Here is a sneak peak:

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Screenshot via http://www.trashisfortossers.com/2013/08/zero-waste-alternatives-ultimate-list.html

Keep Clothes Out of Landfills

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If you have to shop for clothes, the most zero waste thing to do is buy thrift. There are millions of articles of clothing sitting in thrift store floors and warehouses. Besides that, Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to the landfill each year.  (Also read this article if you’re interested in learning more about clothing recycling. I’ll post on that topic later.) The concept of buying thrift rather than new is our zero waste principal of recycling. Some of the best clothes I have are thrift store finds–I’ve been a believer since around the age of 12!

I just found this website through Pinterest, and WOW I am so stoked! I have always wanted to find a site like this. This woman takes tacky thrift store clothes and turns them into cute and stylish outfits. She includes before and after pictures, as well as sewing instructions and steps for transforming the outfit she features. Go take a look! Just to entice you, below is the picture that drew me in. I thought: how in the WORLD could she turn that into something cute, that is so weird! But she TOTALLY did, people. She totally did.

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Eliminating Plastic from Grocery Shopping


This is a snapshot of my cart at one point during Saturday’s grocery trip. I have been collecting fabric bags from various products over the last several months. Here I have bulk black beans in a drawstring pouch, formerly flip flop packaging. My apples and potatoes are in smaller fabric pouches with Velcro, formerly bed sheet packaging. I also brought a pillow case, but didn’t end up using it.

Pairing these things with my reusable Reasor’s bags, I got out of Sprout’s without using any plastic bags. I’m on the lookout for more fabric bags for purposes like the ones described here. Some zero-wasters use mason jars for bulk items. I’m not sure I’m ready to lug a bunch of glass jars to the store just yet. I’m still experimenting with my grocery store waste-elimination plan, but am pretty happy with Saturday’s results.