Zero Waste

  • Zero Waste Cleaning Products I Quit

    Recently, I talked about my pared down cleaning supplies. And while some of the items on there are low waste, I’ve definitely introduced some “traditional” (aka non zero waste) products to the mix. Specifically, there are a few zero waste cleaning related products that I quit (I KNOW) but you gotta do what works best for your household! First up, we had the wooden toilet brush. RIP. I found most toilet brushes (wood or not) kind of gross and dreaded cleaning the toilet. Also, it was really slow to compost in my backyard pile. On top of that, I still needed some kind of toilet bowl cleaner to use with…

  • Zero Waste Dallas-Area Resources

    I will keep this list updated as I explore and learn more. Please let me know if you’ve found any other places that aid in a lower waste lifestyle. Last updated: September 2022 Bulk Buying: Groceries, Home Care, Personal Care Products NEW! Usefull: Love this little booth that pops up across different markets in the Dallas area throughout the month! Bring your own container to refill hair/body care and home care products! (I love their shea butter body cream.)  NEW! Volleman’s: You can buy these glass packaged dairy products in stores and for home delivery. With home delivery, your “milk man” will pick up your old bottles and drop off new…

  • The Current State… of Waste

    It’s been a while! I, like so many others in the blogging space, have been at a loss for words in general… with all that’s been going on in the world over the past 3 years… and also just the general switch over to TikTok/short form videos for content. However, I’m still old school… I like writing down my thoughts on all the random things. I enjoy being able to go back to old writings to think about and laugh at. I’m definitely due to update the monster zero waste list, the Dallas-area resources list, and my do not buy list. I think with the past almost 3(!!!) years of…

  • Plastic Free July Tips for 2021

    It’s that time again — Plastic Free July! While every day should involve doing your best to save our planet, Plastic Free July is a great time to explore even more ways to reduce plastic waste. At this point, reusable bags/straws/water bottles are becoming a bit more mainstream… so let’s talk about some other ways to challenge yourself to go plastic free. Hair/body care products: This month, make it a goal to replace at least one of your plastic shampoo/conditioner/body wash bottles with a package free, bar soap option. (I’d say the easiest one to replace is body wash as there are so many bar soap options from both small,…

  • Eco-Friendly Finds: Target Edition

    In the past, it’s definitely felt like being eco-friendly also meant paying a lot of money (or having to get things shipped from far off zero waste stores) to get things like bar shampoos, refillable deodorant, cleaning supplies, etc. At times, it has seemed like being eco-friendly just wasn’t for the normal person who buys most of their necessities at the local grocery store/Walmart/Target/etc. (Big Target fan here!) BUT — good news ahead. It seems like a lot of the big box stores are now carrying eco-friendly products (because, surprise, there’s a demand for it!). Sure, is some of it imperfect? Yeah. But is it still a big step up.…

  • Zero Waste + Eco-Friendly New Year?s Resolutions (for 2021)

    First off, I’m using the word ‘resolutions’ very loosely here… if 2020 taught us anything… it’s that plans/goals/resolutions can very, very easily go down the drain. So. Be kind to yourself. For me, these are aspirations… goals… a few things I hope to try out this year. There’s a new refill store in Dallas! Yay! It seems they have a booth at the Dallas Farmer’s Market every Saturday + Sunday for a few toiletry + home essentials. I’m so excited to try them out once I run out of some current stuff. I definitely want to try out their liquid dish soap, laundry detergent, and body cream! Keep an eye…

  • Make Your Clothes Last

    A huge part of both the zero waste and minimalist lifestyles involve taking care of what you already own so that you aren’t buying things unnecessarily. This is incredibly important especially when it comes to clothing. A few simple steps can help prolong the life of your clothes and prevent items from inevitably ending up in the landfill or getting downcycled. Wash your clothes gently/per label instructions. I almost always wash my clothes with cold water and on a gentle or “casual” cycle. I then dry my clothing on the low setting (or hang to dry in my closet). It takes a bit longer but my clothes take less of…