We are all guilty of buying or making our beloved reusable bags, and then at one point or another, we go into the store, and forget them.
If you're anything like me, you feel so incredibly guilty about this, that you've had them put YOUR ENTIRE GROCERY CART FULL back into the cart for you to take out to your car, sans bags. This might have happened so many times you don't even mind the looks anymore.
Okay, if you're trying to morph into a zero-waste kitchen, it takes a lot of work to get there. The first step is to reduce the food waste you are creating & try to incorporate more whole foods. Once you have a good selection of whole-food-based recipes, you can work diligently to reduce your packaged food consumption. This is the best method for incorporating the zero waste lifestyle into busy families.
So I've crafted these 5 easy and applicable tips using food scraps you would normally compost or toss.
Some time not so long ago, horrible news broke out about dog treats from China killing dogs. It became such a problem that Petco, one of the major pet supply stores in the U.S. pulled anything on their shelf that came from China.
I've got two dogs. They are my family. I would be devastated if this happened to them, or any of the dogs in families I know for that matter.
But, luckily, I make all my dogs treats, and it's incredibly easy so I'm going to share the secret:
St. Jude's Ranch for Children takes your old holiday cards (any type of card) and has a youth camp where the kids turn them into new cards to be sold. It's a win win win :)
Check it out here
Some may be wondering why we sell so many biodegradable options and less recyclable, reusable options. We're looking into a lot of reusable (non-biodegradable) products, but have yet to find the ones we really love which encompass all the facets of sustainability we prefer.
But here's the thing. If something is reusable, fantastic, but it still has an end of life somewhere. This is why even reusable plastic bottles are not really that sustainable, because most likely they'll still end up thrown away once their usefulness runs out or they get moldy. Some may be recyclable but plastic recycling is generally "downcycling" as once it's remelted it's of lesser quality. At some point it's no longer recyclable.
If something comes in a refillable container, that's wonderful as well! But one of the things we think about is what kind of packaging the refills come in. If we find a great glass or metal container and the refills come in a biodegradable paper tube, we will be so excited we'll be all over that with a quickness.
For now, we will continue to provide awesome biodegradable options, and hopefully some sustainable reusable options in the future!
Tell us what you would like to see us carry in the comments below! We want to provide the products you want and while we get super excited about the things we carry, we are honored to have your input!
I'm always looking for ways to create less food waste. Sometimes it's as easy consuming less and others are more tricky. For instance, when I make homemade tomato sauce, the first step is to basically blanch and peel the tomatoes. Sure, you can compost the skins, but what if you could do more with it? Well turns out you can! I recently found this recipe for dried tomato skin salt. I'm super excited because I also just happen to have made tomato sauce in the toaster oven, and had all the skins leftover! Sometimes, until I can figure out what to do with something, I freeze it, which is exactly what I did here. I've got a bunch of tomato skins in the freezer, that I'm taking out to make this tomato skin salt.
When it comes to saving leftovers, there are many things that are overlooked. For example, the last random ounce of coffee from the pot that never seems to make it into someone's mug in the morning. That last bit of coffee is usable! So here's what you can do instead of pouring it down the sink.
1) Remember to turn the pot off, or set it aside so the remaining coffee doesn't burn
2) Once the pot is cooled, pour the remaining coffee into an ice cube tray
3) Put it in the freezer
4) Now any day, any time you can enjoy an iced coffee ready to go!
Did you know that putting used coffee grounds into your soil helps replenish nitrates and other minerals? Take those grounds right out back and nourish the dirt! Here's a great link explaining it!