A girl's quest to live on the greener side.

5 Zero Waste Fall Activities to Do This Season

zero waste fall activities

As someone who lives in tune with the seasons, I get excited whenever a new one approaches. Summer is by far my favorite season (all the fresh produce at the farmers market gets me pumped), but I have a soft spot for fall. That's probably because I was born in fall (November 18 to be exact - in case you want to get me a gift 🤣), but there are other reasons too. Fall brings to mind crisp air, changing leaves, fall produce, and warm chai tea. There's something about fall that just feels so cozy and invokes this slower paced way of living. Its also a time of harvest: Enjoying all of the autumn bounty before winter's sharp chill freezes over the land. I absolutely adore fall produce and will definitely be talking about it later on in the post (aside from pumpkins and apples, there are a lot of other fruit and vegetables in season right now too). So, if you want to get into the fall spirit, reduce your waste and live seasonally, you're in the right place. Here are 5 zero waste fall activities to do before the season ends!

Zero Waste Tomato Sauce

zero waste tomato sauce

This past weekend my family got together to make one thing: Homemade tomato sauce! I won't lie: The process was very tedious, labor intensive, and NOT waste free. There was a lot of plastic I couldn't necessarily avoid (gloves, bags, etc.), and food scrap waste. However, it was at my aunt's house so it was not within my control (I don't have the means or the equipment to can at home). None the less, I plan on providing my aunt with some suggstions for next year: This year was the first time we've done it as a group and we plan to make it an annual thing (yay). I've already thought of several zero waste solutions to combat the waste problems I spotted while making the sauce. So today, along with providing the recipe we used to make our sauce, I'll also be providing ways to counteract waste. I plan on pitching these simple zero waste fixes to my family next year to make the process a lot more eco-friendly. Hopefully, with this in mind, we can create some amazing zero waste tomato sauce next year! Until then, I hope it helps you make your own zero waste tomato sauce - now excuse me as I go devour some pasta. 

Zero Waste Beet Pickles: No Canning, Roasting or Waste

zero waste beet pickles

Zero waste beet pickles taste just as good, if not better, than store-bought pickled beets. They're also ridiculously easy to make. All you need is some vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to taste and you're good to go. Pickling is also a great way to reduce food waste, especially when you have an over-abundance of food. Too many beets? Pickle them. Too many carrots? Pickles to the rescue. Too many cucumbers? You get the drill. The method I use to make these zero waste pickles is called refrigerator pickles, and they do not involve canning. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or equipment to can, so refrigerator pickles are the next best thing. Refrigerator pickles are an easy way to preserve vegetables but not the same as canning, which requires sterilizing the jars and much more processing. All that's required of refrigerator pickles is that you keep them in the fridge: No heat or sterilization required. It's much more do-able, especially when you're a busy body like me. 

Zero Waste Tea: How to Avoid Plastic Tea Bags

zero waste tea

Confession time: I've never been a coffee drinker. I don't prefer the taste (though I do admit I like the smell when my dad brews it). However, I am an avid tea drinker. I have a nice cup of green tea every morning to get my mojo going. There are three ways to get zero waste tea: Grow it yourself (I'm currently growing mint), buy it in bulk (I do that for raspberry leaf, chamomile and hibiscus tea), and/or buy it in sustainable, compostable packaging (Yogi tea for the win!). I clearly do a mix of all three. My reason? Most tea bags are made from plastic. It's a sad truth for someone like me. This means any tea bags that are made from plastic will not biodegrade at all - though the tea leaves inside the bag will. Plastic tea bags are also bad for your health: When placed in hot water for your tea, the plastic leaches harmful, toxic chemicals straight into your drink. Yuck, no thanks. If you're like me (and want to keep plastic as far away from your tea as possible) you're in luck. Here's how to avoid plastic tea bags and brew a nice cup of zero waste tea.