Zero Waste Wisdom

@zerowastewisdom

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Zero Waste Educator 🌎 Climate Activist 🌿🌳 Speech Language Pathologist 🗣 Multilingual - español, ASL, and learning Tagalog! 📚
Anyone else enjoying fresh basil pesto? The heat wave caused by the  #climatecrisis two weeks ago sent my basil plants into overdrive here in Seattle. 

But just to be clear, I’d trade hot weather that my plants love for a stable, safe planet any day. I’m taking advantage of it now but I’d eat canned pesto all year long if it meant no more global warming. So let this fresh basil pesto fuel my action towards climate justice!

How do you like your basil and climate action mixed together? 😉 

 #homemadepesto  #freshbasil  #homegrownbasil  #cityfarming  #heatwave  #globalwarming  #climateaction  #foodsovereignty  #sharethewealth

Anyone else enjoying fresh basil pesto? The heat wave caused by the #climatecrisis two weeks ago sent my basil plants into overdrive here in Seattle. But just to be clear, I’d trade hot weather that my plants love for a stable, safe planet any day. I’m taking advantage of it now but I’d eat canned pesto all year long if it meant no more global warming. So let this fresh basil pesto fuel my action towards climate justice! How do you like your basil and climate action mixed together? 😉 #homemadepesto #freshbasil #homegrownbasil #cityfarming #heatwave #globalwarming #climateaction #foodsovereignty #sharethewealth

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2 months ago
I've been using @olio.app to share food in my neighborhood for a while now and always post things to my Buy Nothing Group as well. But I've just discovered @toogoodtogo.usa  and it's taken it up a notch! Although not free, I can buy SUPER discounted meals from local restaurants that otherwise would become food waste. Saves me money and gives the businesses a reason to not just dump it in the trash!

This inspired me to create a blog post with all the food waste apps I could find worldwide (can you guess how many there are for getting/giving meals?).

ID: First two photos are of white hands holding a smart phone with pictures of takeout food and food scraps on the screen against plain backgrounds. Third photo has the words 8 Apps for Fighting Food Waste from Restaurants overtop a compilation of pictures representing apps and takeout meals.

 #nofoodwaste  #foodwaste  #nowastedfood  #wastedfood  #foodwasteapps  #FoodWasteApp  #reducefoodwaste  #fightfoodwaste

I've been using @olio.app to share food in my neighborhood for a while now and always post things to my Buy Nothing Group as well. But I've just discovered @toogoodtogo.usa and it's taken it up a notch! Although not free, I can buy SUPER discounted meals from local restaurants that otherwise would become food waste. Saves me money and gives the businesses a reason to not just dump it in the trash! This inspired me to create a blog post with all the food waste apps I could find worldwide (can you guess how many there are for getting/giving meals?). ID: First two photos are of white hands holding a smart phone with pictures of takeout food and food scraps on the screen against plain backgrounds. Third photo has the words 8 Apps for Fighting Food Waste from Restaurants overtop a compilation of pictures representing apps and takeout meals. #nofoodwaste #foodwaste #nowastedfood #wastedfood #foodwasteapps #FoodWasteApp #reducefoodwaste #fightfoodwaste

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2 months ago
Who here thinks we should ALWAYS get to pick which dress we wear as bridesmaids?? I had a blast at my sister's wedding but I absolutely never planned on wearing my dress again. I know the other three bridesmaids sold theirs right away afterwards, too. 

It's a waste to buy a piece of clothing that will only be worn once and that is, honestly, made probably by exploited workers. The wedding industry has become an INDUSTRY that is out to spend our money and make us think that everything has to be bought new for it to be beautiful.

For my wedding, I've picked a color palette (sage green!) and a few requirements (floor length) but am letting my bridesmaids get whatever style they want. I even compiled a list of online places selling secondhand dresses to see if I could convince them to get it used ;)

 #secondhanddress  #zerowastewedding  #sustainablewedding  #secondhandbridesmaiddress  #secondhandweddingdress  #greenwedding  #buysecondhand  #secondhandonlineshopping 

ID: Four women stand arms linked together in a park. Three women are dressed in identical blue bridesmaid dresses and one woman wears a princess gown style wedding dress. All four are holding flowers and laughing.

Who here thinks we should ALWAYS get to pick which dress we wear as bridesmaids?? I had a blast at my sister's wedding but I absolutely never planned on wearing my dress again. I know the other three bridesmaids sold theirs right away afterwards, too. It's a waste to buy a piece of clothing that will only be worn once and that is, honestly, made probably by exploited workers. The wedding industry has become an INDUSTRY that is out to spend our money and make us think that everything has to be bought new for it to be beautiful. For my wedding, I've picked a color palette (sage green!) and a few requirements (floor length) but am letting my bridesmaids get whatever style they want. I even compiled a list of online places selling secondhand dresses to see if I could convince them to get it used ;) #secondhanddress #zerowastewedding #sustainablewedding #secondhandbridesmaiddress #secondhandweddingdress #greenwedding #buysecondhand #secondhandonlineshopping ID: Four women stand arms linked together in a park. Three women are dressed in identical blue bridesmaid dresses and one woman wears a princess gown style wedding dress. All four are holding flowers and laughing.

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2 months ago
Eggshells have a wonderful purpose - tomato fertilizer! Tomatoes often need extra calcium otherwise they end up with funny brown areas on them. You don’t have to buy fancy fertilizer though! Simply save your eggshells and make some homemade tomato fertilizer!

 #tomato  #tomatocare  #citygarden  #diyfertilizer  #nofoodwaste  #nokitchenwaste  #zerowaste

Eggshells have a wonderful purpose - tomato fertilizer! Tomatoes often need extra calcium otherwise they end up with funny brown areas on them. You don’t have to buy fancy fertilizer though! Simply save your eggshells and make some homemade tomato fertilizer! #tomato #tomatocare #citygarden #diyfertilizer #nofoodwaste #nokitchenwaste #zerowaste

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2 months ago
You'll know that I try to buy almost everything secondhand - but one of the few things I buy new are shoes. With size 11 feet, Goodwill simply isn't cutting it for me. Allbirds on the other hand? My new favorite!

[Full disclosure, I'm an affiliate for the company now so if you purchase their products through the link in my profile, you'll earn me a small commission. This is not a paid ad however.]

I started wearing Allbirds last year and now have three pairs of shoes, their bras, and their socks! Seriously folks, if you haven't fallen in love with this company yet...they're B-Corp Certified and use natural materials like wool, eucalyptus fibers, wood, natural glues, and recycled plastic (their shoeslaces are made from this!) to make their shoes. 

As an extra sign that they're really quite natural, both my rabbits have tried to eat them...

ID: Three pictures of Allbirds shoes on the beach. First picture shoes all grey shoes that are squeaky clean and the other two shoes grey and white shoes that have been getting a little dirty while playing.

You'll know that I try to buy almost everything secondhand - but one of the few things I buy new are shoes. With size 11 feet, Goodwill simply isn't cutting it for me. Allbirds on the other hand? My new favorite! [Full disclosure, I'm an affiliate for the company now so if you purchase their products through the link in my profile, you'll earn me a small commission. This is not a paid ad however.] I started wearing Allbirds last year and now have three pairs of shoes, their bras, and their socks! Seriously folks, if you haven't fallen in love with this company yet...they're B-Corp Certified and use natural materials like wool, eucalyptus fibers, wood, natural glues, and recycled plastic (their shoeslaces are made from this!) to make their shoes. As an extra sign that they're really quite natural, both my rabbits have tried to eat them... ID: Three pictures of Allbirds shoes on the beach. First picture shoes all grey shoes that are squeaky clean and the other two shoes grey and white shoes that have been getting a little dirty while playing.

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2 months ago
I don't believe that everyone has to pick up their garbage. I mean, it would be great if we could always put it in the bin! But let's face it, for so many people that just isn't an option. Overflowing public bins (or a lack of them all together) leave people that are houseless or unable to pay for garbage pickup with little choice but to throw it on the street. 

Honestly, it makes sense to me and I don't mind. 

A few weeks ago a gentleman camped out in our backyard under a tree for a few nights and then left. He left a lot of clothes, blankets, and empty food containers. I left it all there for a month to see if he would come back for it. When he didn't, I bagged it all up and threw it away in my bin (beyond donating it at that point). Simple as that. I didn't blame him or get upset that a pile of trash was in my yard. After all, I have plenty of time to pick it up - my privilege here - and it costs me nothing to add it to my bin.

If you're upset at people leaving trash on the streets or in your yard, advocate for system change. Promote affordable housing and houseless shelters. Advocate for greater funding for Parks and community spaces so they can actually pay for people to take out the garbage. Vote for legislatures that will keep rent low so tenants don't have to worry about paying a garbage bill.

 #garbage  #littercleanup  #shareyourgarbage  #trash

ID: Three images of Jenica, a white woman, smiling at the camera in each shot holding up different bags of trash she picked up from her block.

I don't believe that everyone has to pick up their garbage. I mean, it would be great if we could always put it in the bin! But let's face it, for so many people that just isn't an option. Overflowing public bins (or a lack of them all together) leave people that are houseless or unable to pay for garbage pickup with little choice but to throw it on the street. Honestly, it makes sense to me and I don't mind. A few weeks ago a gentleman camped out in our backyard under a tree for a few nights and then left. He left a lot of clothes, blankets, and empty food containers. I left it all there for a month to see if he would come back for it. When he didn't, I bagged it all up and threw it away in my bin (beyond donating it at that point). Simple as that. I didn't blame him or get upset that a pile of trash was in my yard. After all, I have plenty of time to pick it up - my privilege here - and it costs me nothing to add it to my bin. If you're upset at people leaving trash on the streets or in your yard, advocate for system change. Promote affordable housing and houseless shelters. Advocate for greater funding for Parks and community spaces so they can actually pay for people to take out the garbage. Vote for legislatures that will keep rent low so tenants don't have to worry about paying a garbage bill. #garbage #littercleanup #shareyourgarbage #trash ID: Three images of Jenica, a white woman, smiling at the camera in each shot holding up different bags of trash she picked up from her block.

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2 months ago
Who here makes their own bread? I'm honestly curious! I've never gotten into bread making. I make muffins, zucchini/carrot/bread bread, cookies, brownies, cakes, energy bites, yogurt, and obviously lots of actual meals. But I never have had the patience for bread rising or for the fact that I have to think about making it BEFORE wanting to eat it. If you make bread, how have you built it into your routine?

ID: Two loaves of @grandcentralbakery bread sit on a whale shaped cutting board on a black kitchen table. One loaf has a single slice of bread cut off it.

Who here makes their own bread? I'm honestly curious! I've never gotten into bread making. I make muffins, zucchini/carrot/bread bread, cookies, brownies, cakes, energy bites, yogurt, and obviously lots of actual meals. But I never have had the patience for bread rising or for the fact that I have to think about making it BEFORE wanting to eat it. If you make bread, how have you built it into your routine? ID: Two loaves of @grandcentralbakery bread sit on a whale shaped cutting board on a black kitchen table. One loaf has a single slice of bread cut off it.

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2 months ago
This year I’ve been gardening with a lot of foraged materials and secondhand tools. In this video I show you how to grow potatoes in old buckets (like those from kitty litter or bird seed) after they’ve been washed. Enjoy your potato harvest!

 #growfood  #growfoodnotlawns  #growpotatoes  #potatoesinbuckets  #diygarden  #citygardening

This year I’ve been gardening with a lot of foraged materials and secondhand tools. In this video I show you how to grow potatoes in old buckets (like those from kitty litter or bird seed) after they’ve been washed. Enjoy your potato harvest! #growfood #growfoodnotlawns #growpotatoes #potatoesinbuckets #diygarden #citygardening

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2 months ago
Keeping my kitchen sustainable and zero waste means I buy/get almost everything secondhand whenever possible. By looking for things secondhand, I’m extending the life of a product, avoiding virgin materials, and saving myself a lot of money! Here’s the appliances in my kitchen that I’ve acquired secondhand over the years!

 #zerowastekitchen  #greenkitchen  #secondhandkitchen  #secondhandscore  #thriftshopping  #sustainablekitchen

Keeping my kitchen sustainable and zero waste means I buy/get almost everything secondhand whenever possible. By looking for things secondhand, I’m extending the life of a product, avoiding virgin materials, and saving myself a lot of money! Here’s the appliances in my kitchen that I’ve acquired secondhand over the years! #zerowastekitchen #greenkitchen #secondhandkitchen #secondhandscore #thriftshopping #sustainablekitchen

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4 months ago
What kind of toothbrush do you use? I need an extra soft or at least soft toothbrush which most bamboo toothbrushes simply don’t provide. My sensitive gums can’t take the hard bristles! I love @preserveproducts because they have soft bristles - and also focus on sustainability! Their toothbrushes are either made from collected ocean plastic or recycled yogurt cups! They have a take back program too where everything except the bristles are recycled back into MORE toothbrushes! And besides, the coral colored one perfectly matches my shirt 😉 

Oh! And this isn’t a sponsored ad. I just was so excited to open up my box of toothbrushes that I had to share 😂 

 #lowwaste  #recycledplastic  #lessplastic  #oceanplastic  #recyclingprograms

What kind of toothbrush do you use? I need an extra soft or at least soft toothbrush which most bamboo toothbrushes simply don’t provide. My sensitive gums can’t take the hard bristles! I love @preserveproducts because they have soft bristles - and also focus on sustainability! Their toothbrushes are either made from collected ocean plastic or recycled yogurt cups! They have a take back program too where everything except the bristles are recycled back into MORE toothbrushes! And besides, the coral colored one perfectly matches my shirt 😉 Oh! And this isn’t a sponsored ad. I just was so excited to open up my box of toothbrushes that I had to share 😂 #lowwaste #recycledplastic #lessplastic #oceanplastic #recyclingprograms

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5 months ago
It’s time to start planting seeds inside! These little basil seeds can be planted 8 weeks before the last frost inside (which is now in Seattle!). I’ve created seed containers out of milk jugs - zero waste, zero buying, zero new things! I’ll move them outside after April 20th into our garden beds.

Have you repurposed old plastic containers, egg cartons, boxes, etc. to start seeds in?

 #zerowaste  #DIY

It’s time to start planting seeds inside! These little basil seeds can be planted 8 weeks before the last frost inside (which is now in Seattle!). I’ve created seed containers out of milk jugs - zero waste, zero buying, zero new things! I’ll move them outside after April 20th into our garden beds. Have you repurposed old plastic containers, egg cartons, boxes, etc. to start seeds in? #zerowaste #diy

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6 months ago
We're gearing up to get starts going inside to they're happy and ready to be moved outside once the last frost hits in April. One of the ways I'm getting seeds this year is through little seed exchanges like this one! It's simply placed in someone's yard with instructions for picking out seeds and leaving seeds.⁣
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Have you participated in a seed exchange before? You can learn more about the benefits of seed exchanges and saving seeds at @seed_savers_exchange 🌱⁣
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 #seedexchange  #community  #share  #sharingeconomy  #giftingeconomy  #seedsavers  #gardening

We're gearing up to get starts going inside to they're happy and ready to be moved outside once the last frost hits in April. One of the ways I'm getting seeds this year is through little seed exchanges like this one! It's simply placed in someone's yard with instructions for picking out seeds and leaving seeds.⁣ ⁣ Have you participated in a seed exchange before? You can learn more about the benefits of seed exchanges and saving seeds at @seed_savers_exchange 🌱⁣ ⁣ #seedexchange #community #share #SharingEconomy #giftingeconomy #seedsavers #gardening

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6 months ago