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5 Zero Waste Spring Activities to Do This Season


zero waste spring activities


Can you believe spring is finally here? Well, almost here. It officially begins March 20th, but still! So exciting. I love living in tune with the seasons, and spring is definitely one of my favorites. Summer will always be my favorite season (warm days and delicious fruits abound), but spring is always a welcome change of pace. After a long, cold winter, I can look forward to longer days filled with more sunlight, strawberries making their appearance at the farmers market, and flowers and trees bursting to life. Spring brings to mind tulips and daffodils, fragrant cherry blossom trees, fresh leafy greens, and chirping robins. There's something about spring that makes you feel renewed and full of vigor. It conjures up feelings of new beginnings, inspiring us to start fresh. It's also a time when more produce starts to come into abundance: I absolutely love seeing strawberries and asparagus appear at my farmers market, which I will definitely be talking about later on in this post. So, if you want to celebrate spring, reduce your waste and live seasonally, you're in the right place. Here are 5 zero waste spring activities to do before the season ends!

10 Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps

 zero waste kitchen swaps
 
Having a zero waste kitchen isn't impossible, but it can be a little tricky. The kitchen is honestly one of the most wasteful areas in the home, along with the bathroom. I will admit there are still some single use items that sneak their way into my kitchen (mainly because I live with my folks and I cannot control what they buy). That being said, we've managed to cut down on so much waste in the kitchen that I can't really get mad. And not just plastic waste either, food waste too. I've cut back on so much waste simply from composting my food scraps, or saving my veggie peels to make zero waste broth (yup, that's a thing). You would not believe how many times I've saved food odds and ends from heading to the landfill in my house. Sometimes my dad will still throw egg shells into the trash and I will snatch them up and put them in the compost pail. Sorry, not sorry. I don't want more methane in the atmosphere, thanks dad (I love him though, I promise). Now, without further ado, here are my favorite zero waste kitchen swaps.

Zero Waste Snacks: 33 Plastic Free Snack Ideas

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Yes, zero waste snacks exist. No, they aren't hard to make. It just takes a bit of prep and planning ahead. I totally love snacking - it's definitely my weakness - so having a bunch of zero waste snacks prepared is key to my success. That is, assuming my parents don't get to them first. Can't tell you how many times I've cut up veggies to snack on and found their stash depleted in the morning. I'm looking at you dad (he's a midnight snacker). That aside, there are some zero waste snacks that require a lot less prep, while others require a lot more. It all depends on your own preferences and how much time you have. In this post, I give you not only alist of zero waste snacks to consider, but also waste free ways to store them (and take them with you to work or school). Without further ado, here are 33 plastic free snack ideas and how to store them.

Zero Waste Tub + Sink Cleaner: Orange Soft Scrub

zero waste tub and sink cleaner

 This zero waste tub and sink cleaner is such a star cleaning agent. I can use it to clean my kitchen sink and scrub my tub clean, without holding my breath. Not sure about you, but most conventional cleaners always make the bathroom and kitchen smell like a hazard zone. I always feel like I have to hold my breath while using them. Not with this stuff: It smells like oranges, and there's no harmful, questionable ingredients to fret over. I don't have to worry about breathing in toxic fumes, wearing gloves - none of that. This orange soft scrub is tough enough to eliminate grime, but also gentle enough not to trigger your allergies. Plus it's waste free. What could be better?

10 Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

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 Having a zero waste bathroom isn't so hard, if you have the right tools for the job. I firmly believe you should use up whatever you have in your bathroom already before purchasing a zero waste option. This way, you're not wasting a product just because it's packaged in plastic. That being said, when you are ready to make a swap, by all means go for it! These are my personal favorite zero waste bathroom swaps, but they are highly recommended. You really don't need that many products to have a functional bathroom. I've cut down on so many products it's not even funny. I'm sure I could cut down on even more, but it's harder to do that while living with other people. Sometimes my folks still buy conventional toothpaste or mouthwash for example, while I stick to my guns and use my DIY options. That said, I've definitely rubbed off on them in the best way possible and because of that, our bathroom is a lot less wasteful now.

Zero Waste Valentine's Day

zero waste valentine's day

Having a zero waste Valentine's Day can be a little tricky. After all, pop culture would have you convinced you need a stuffed animal and a box of chocolates to participate. But you know what? I say that's bogus. You can totally enjoy Valentine's Day without the conventional stuff that winds up becoming junk. This holiday celebrates love, right? So all you have to do is spread love to those you care about! I've listed a bunch of fun, ethical, zero waste ways to celebrate the holiday. I cover everything from baking treats to lingerie to intimate time. It's all there. Even if you don't have a special sweetheart, you can still bake something for your friends (or yourself) and enjoy the day. Use it as an excuse to show those around you how much you care. Without further ado, here's how to have a zero waste Valentine's Day.


Zero Waste Dishwasher Detergent

zero waste dishwasher detergent

I've been meaning to make some zero waste dishwasher detergent for a while now. Whenever my mom loaded up the dishwasher, I  always cringed at the detergent she used. It was full of questionable ingredients and costed a lot of money, not to mention packaged in plastic. Surely, there had to be a better way. I combed the internet for an efficient option that didn't hurt the environment, our health, or our wallets. And then it hit me: DIY Dishwasher powder! This powder is so easy to make, it's full proof. Plus, it's an all natural dishwasher detergent that only consists of ingredients I trust and can source plastic free. 

Zero Waste Air Freshener: Citrus Room Spray

zero waste air freshener

Zero waste air freshener is so easy to make. It will literally take you not even 5 minutes to whip up. Plus, it smells so nice. I personally love the smell of citrus - it boosts my energy and is powerful enough to override icky smells. That's why I decided to make this citrus room spray. This DIY air freshener will brighten any room, without causing a coughing or sneezing fit. 

Zero Waste Almond Pulp Hummus

Zero Waste Almond Pulp Hummus

Who's up for some zero waste almond pulp hummus? Me! *both hands shoot up*. Seriously, this stuff is delicious and helps prevent a lot of waste. If you've ever made homemade almond milk before, you already know about the leftover pulp. Instead of just tossing it away, why not turn it into hummus? It's garlicky goodness makes the most satisfying snack, plus it's healthy! I love dunking some sliced carrots into it. Yum. 

Zero Waste Toilet Cleaner: Citrus Toilet Fizzies

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I've been on the hunt for a zero waste toilet cleaner that was both easy and fun to make. Because, lets face it, who likes cleaning toilets? Well, I finally found a recipe I can wholeheartedly enjoy: Citrus toilet fizzies. They're so simple to make, easy to use and leave behind such a nice smell in the bathroom. Plus, it's really fun to watch them fizz up when you plop them in the toilet. If you love bath bombs, you'll love using these. 

Zero Waste Almond Milk + 5 Ways to Use Almond Pulp

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I finally decided to give in and make some zero waste almond milk. Normally, I stick to making cashew milk (it's quicker and doesn't require any straining), but I wanted to switch things up. So, I went to the bulk food store, grabbed some raw almonds, and got busy. This is my first time making almond milk, and I think it turned out pretty good. It does require a lot of patience and straining, but once you taste that almond milk it's like "oh, right, that's why people do this." It's just so good. The only problem is figuring out what to do with the leftover nut pulp. Thankfully, that stuff is pretty useful and there are a bunch of recipes you can use it in, believe it or not. I'm planning on turning mine into almond flour, or turning it into almond pulp hummus. At the end of the article, I talk about more ways to use almond pulp so be sure to check that out. You don't want to go wasting it - it's very useful!