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How to Celebrate Plastic Free July

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If you're a zero waster, chances are you've heard of Plastic Free July already. Several times, in fact. It's pretty much all over my Instagram feed right now, and for good reason! It gives people the chance to really make a commitment to going zero waste. Plastic Free July is essentially a campaign that started in 2011 to get people thinking about plastic pollution, and ways to solve it. The goal of Plastic Free July is to avoid disposables the month of July (and hopefully every day afterward). The cool part about this challenge is that you can pick one disposable to avoid (like plastic packaging), the big four (like plastic bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups), or go all out and go completely plastic free. The commitment level is totally up to you, and since the commitment is only a month long, it's a good way to get a taste for the zero waste lifestyle and see if it's for you. The cool part is, by the end of the month, it'll feel so natural and second nature to you (after all, it takes about 21 days to form good habits). 😉 Ready to get started? Head on over to Plastic Free July and make the pledge on what you're going to give up this July. Encourage your friends and family to enter too! They'll soon find out how easy and fun it is to go plastic free, and you can make it a joined effort. Now, without further ado, here's how to celebrate Plastic Free July.

Zero Waste Morning Routine + Giveaway

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My zero waste morning routine is a stabilizing part of my day. I do my best to keep my mornings as simple, healthy and waste free as possible. Since I'm a full-time freelancer and blogger, I'm on the computer for a majority of the day. This obviously doesn't allow for much physical activity, or socialization. For this reason, I've crafted a morning routine that will center me, get my creative juices flowing and put me in a happy state. I do my best to keep my mornings as waste-free as possible too, and I hope it inspires you to do the same. To help you get started, I've partnered up with Brush with Bamboo to giveaway a 4 pack of organic toothbrushes, an adult travel case and a tongue cleaner. Check out the bottom of the post for details on how to win! It's an Instagram and national giveaway only (sorry international followers), but it's super easy to enter! Now without further ado, here's my zero waste morning routine.

6 Zero Waste Health Tips to Keep You Healthy Year Round

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Want to stay healthy and zero waste at the same time? The two are actually quite interconnected. Giving up all that plastic exposes you to less toxins, that's for sure. And when you stop buying food packaged in plastic, you force yourself to give up a lot of processed junk, opting for real food instead. So, being zero waste on its own already gives you a much needed boost in health. Here's how to take it to the next level with 6 of my favorite zero waste health tips.

Zero Waste Lunch Essentials (+ Zero Waste Salad Recipe)

As a freelance writer and blogger, I pretty much work out of home. That said, I still make and pack a zero waste lunch for myself, usually at night for the next day. Very rarely am I scrambling to make an impromptu lunch last minute. I tend to use fresh, locally grown produce to make my meals. My mom and I go every Saturday to the farmers market to stock up on food we mainly use for our lunches. We're salad addicts, so most of the produce we buy gets used to make that. We always buy everything plastic-free too, thanks to our handy tote bags and produce bags. We tend to make our salads the night before, that way my mom can wake up and take hers to work hassle free and I can eat mine whenever I get hungry. In order to keep my lunch as waste free as possible, I'm also very conscious about what I store it in and how I eat it. Here are my favorite zero waste lunch essentials. As a bonus, I've also included a zero waste salad recipe I have been loving lately. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

How to Care For + Clean Cast Iron

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Are you curious about how to care for and clean cast iron? Many people are, but believe it's too much work and upkeep. The honest truth is cast iron skillets require very minimal care, are pretty cheap, and can last a lifetime. All you have to do is know the basics to caring for them and they'll become your most prized kitchen tools. I would know: My trusty Lodge 8-inch cast iron skillet is pretty much my go-to in the kitchen now. I use it to make everything from omelets to stir fries. It's super easy to clean, low fuss, and practically unbreakable. What's not to love?