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Zero Waste Christmas Ornaments


Zero Waste Christmas Ornaments

Have you ever tried making your own zero waste Christmas ornaments? They're a lot of fun to make, and they produce little to no waste! Or, at least, the waste they produce can be composted. If you're looking to have a zero waste Christmas or holiday season, you're likely to have a Christmas tree. But Christmas decorations can get a little wasteful. If you walk around shopping malls and spot Christmas decor, you'll likely find TONS of plastic ornaments and tree decorations. The worst part? So many people purchase ornaments and decorations they'll use only once. Just once. Isn't that insane? It's also incredibly wasteful. Instead, how about we choose some plastic free, DIY ornaments instead? These ornaments are cheap, easy to make (with a little patience), and you'll likely have the ingredients to make them already on hand. Also - fun fact - all of them are compostable at the end of their life. In fact, most of them are made from food items. So cool, right? And that only adds to their charm, in my book. Though, if you wanted to store these for another Christmas, you probably could (if done carefully enough). If not, no worries - you just toss it into the compost bin and next year you make more. Definitely beats buying a bunch of new ornaments and sending them to landfill after one use. Without further ado, here's how to make some amazing, zero waste ornaments.

Zero Waste Chocolate Bark


Zero Waste Chocolate Bark

Zero waste chocolate bark is enough to get me drooling. The best part? It's stupid-simple to make. Seriously. You only need a few ingredients to make it - four to be exact. The great thing is you can adjust the recipe to whatever ingredients you like best. Personally, I used whatever I had easy access to in bulk. My health food store has a bulk bin section I'm in love with. I can use my own containers to get a bunch of dry goods, including all the ingredients for this chocolate bark. It was such a no brainer for me. But you can also look and see what you already have in your kitchen as is - got some pumpkin seeds you need to use up? How about some sad looking dried apricots? Use it up in this recipe! It's super customizable, which is probably what makes it so super amazing and great.

25 Zero Waste Stocking Stuffers


25 Zero Waste Stocking Stuffers

Looking for some zero waste stocking stuffers? I hear you: Every year my family puts out the same stockings we've been using forever. And I'm always left scratching my head wondering what I should fill them with. Especially since going zero waste: I cannot tell you how many plastic items there are in this world that fit inside Christmas stockings. It's incredibly annoying, considering the smaller the plastic item, the less likely it'll actually get recycled (and only 9 percent of plastic ever gets recycled anyway). That's because small plastic items are so much easier to lose in the recycling system. 

How to Shop Without Bulk Options


How to Shop Without Bulk Options

What happens when you don't have access to bulk bins or bulk food stores? Can you still live a zero waste life? Can you still go zero waste food shopping? This topic is actually really important to me, considering I don't (technically) have a bulk food store where I live. I have a health food store that has a bulk bin section, which I'm very grateful for. But what if I didn't have that? What if that health food store decided it was going to shut its doors (hopefully it never will, oh my god)? Does that mean I can no longer live a zero waste life? No. It's not the end of the world, actually. You can still be zero waste with no access to a bulk food store. There are ways to purchase food and shop without bulk options that are still very low waste.