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I Failed at The Trash Jar (+ Why That's Okay)


I Failed at The Trash Jar (+ Why That's Okay)

A lot of zero wasters are familiar with the term "trash jar." When you go zero waste, one of the goals is to be able to fit all your trash into a tiny little mason jar. Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer can do it, and that's where the trash jar aesthetic started. But...is it really attainable? And even if it is, is it worth it? I tried to have my own trash jar in the beginning of my journey, but...I'm not afraid to admit this: I failed at the trash jar (and that's okay). Here's why.

11 Zero Waste Skincare Products + DIYs

 
11 Zero Waste Skincare Products + DIYs


What does your skincare regimen look like? For many people, it involves commercially advertised products that are filled with chemicals harmful for not only your body, but the environment as well. Being zero waste doesn’t only have to involve metal straws and reusable grocery bags, it also means using products that are made up of completely sustainable and organic ingredients. Using zero waste skincare products is a surefire way to do that. This post is dedicated to the top 11 zero waste skincare products and DIYs that will enhance your everyday skincare routine. Some items are pricey, while others are cheaper, but one thing I can promise you is that each and every one of these products is zero waste, natural, and none of them are packaged in plastic. 

Zero Waste Deodorant Without Baking Soda



Zero Waste Deodorant Without Baking Soda

It's really not hard to make your own zero waste deodorant, but lots of recipes call for baking soda. While I'm personally not sensitive to baking soda, there are many who are. Because of that, I thought it would be great to whip up a recipe that doesn't require any baking soda at all. It's baking soda free, but just as effective. Honestly, I love it just as much, if not more, than my original zero waste deodorant (with baking soda). It glides on so smoothly and leaves absolutely no smelly odors behind - only the pleasant orange scent I chose to make it with. With it being summer now, it's a much welcome DIY. It won't stop you from sweating (it's not an anti-perspirant), but it will stop you from smelling. Here's how to whip up some for yourself and stop wasting money on store bought brands.

What is Food Justice + Why Is It Important?


What is Food Justice + Why Is It Important?

What is food justice and why is it important? How does it connect to environmental racism and race in general? I feel within the zero waste community, this isn't a topic that's often talked about enough. We're often encouraged to shop for our groceries plastic-free, which while a nice ideal, isn't possible for everyone for varying reasons. So many people do not have access to bulk food stores, farmers markets, or fresh produce in general, let alone plastic-free produce. How can we expect to make the zero waste movement more inclusive if we cannot see and address these problems? We can start by examining food justice, and how it correlates to race and the environment.