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Zero Waste Laundry Detergent: DIY Liquefying Lavender Gel

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I've made zero waste laundry detergent before, but in powder form. I really love that recipe, but I've been wanting to broaden my horizons and expand a bit, try new things. Thus, this DIY liquefying lavender gel was born! One batch of this gel can make 3 and a half jars full of liquid detergent, if not more. And it works like a charm on your clothes. Not only did it clean my clothes, but it also made them smell like a lavender field. Who wouldn't want that? You can use this in your washing machine, or use it to hand wash your items. It's HE and standard safe, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Here's how to make this unique zero waste laundry detergent.

3 Reasons to Reduce Food Waste

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Have you ever opened your fridge to find the strawberries you bought two weeks ago molding in the back? Sadly, most Americans can relate: 40 percent of food in America goes to waste. There's a number of reasons for this, like improper storage or meal planning, but I won't talk about that too much today. My main point of discussion today is...why should we care? Sure, food waste isn't a nice or pleasant thing, but why is it so important? Isn't the main goal to reduce single use disposable waste? Well, yes and no. As a zero waster, you start out focusing on reducing your consumption of disposables, but you quickly realize there's so much more to zero waste than just refusing plastic straws. It's important to look at waste from all angles, if we really want to call ourselves zero wasters. That's why today's post focuses on three reasons to reduce food waste: I want to show you why reducing food waste is so important and broaden your horizons a bit.

5 Zero Waste Alternatives to Plastic Wrap

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Looking for some zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap? Can't say I blame you: Plastic wrap is such a huge money drainer and terrible for the environment. Plus, it's super annoying. Way before I went zero waste, I always hated plastic wrap. It never cooperated with me when I went to rip a piece off. I always ended up using more than I cared for because it would stick together. Ugh. I'm so glad there are zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap. In fact, there are so many options to choose from it can get a little overwhelming. That's why I decided I'd show you guys my favorite plastic wrap alternatives so you can decide for yourself which is right for you. There's no right or wrong necessarily, it's just a matter of your own personal preference. That said, it's imperative you make the switch away from plastic wrap - if not for the sake of the planet, then for your own health. Plastic leeches into everything it touches: Is that really something you want sitting on your food? Worse yet, plastic wrap tends to be made from PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride), which contains a number of toxic chemicals that releases into the surrounding environment. Doesn't exactly sound appetizing, does it? Instead, give one of these zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap a try. You won't regret it!

The Ultimate Guide to Composting in an Apartment

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As a fellow apartment dweller, I get it: You want to start composting in your apartment but don't have a lot of space. That hasn't stopped me though! When I first went zero waste, one of the very first things I did was compost. I took an old Chinese food container and stuffed my food scraps into it, then put it in the back of my fridge. It totally worked too! But then I noticed my mom adding some of her food scraps to it and it became very evident we needed a better solution. Now, I use a compost pail which has been one of the best investments ever. But more on that later. I guess what I'm really trying to say is, you have more options than you may think in regards to composting in an apartment. In this blog post, I'll cover four of my favorite ways to compost indoors, and why you should start right now. Without further ado, here's the ultimate guide to composting in an apartment!