6 Awesome Things Happening this Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! I wanted to write up a quick blog post about some awesome things happening today.

Of course, it’s important to remember that every day should be Earth Day! Our world deserves to be taken care of and thought about every day of the year because she only provides us with water, air, food and all of that essential stuff we need to live, ya know?

Be sure to check out this post 50 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Even After It’s Over!

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arbor teas:

Y’all know this is my favorite tea brand of choice! Their one and only sale of the year happens today!

“Celebrate Earth Day with the Arbor Teas Annual Earth Day Sale. For one day only (or two days if Earth Day falls on a weekend), we offer 15% off everything in our inventory - our largest sale of the year! To take advantage of the Earth Day Sale, place your order on the Arbor Teas website (www.arborteas.com) and input the following coupon code during checkout: EarthDay2019.”

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tentree:

You know tentree sells my favorite tee of all time! They’re running an awesome campaign this Earth Day. All you have to do is like the photo below!

They have a goal to plant 500,000 trees, and you can make it happen by liking this photo and then sharing it with friends and family!

Also, if you’re interested in picking up any pieces you can use my code ‘GOINGZEROWASTE20’ for 20% off.

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cnn:

CNN just launched a separate IG account called @CNNClimate. I was featured with some friends like Zero Waste Daniel and Sustainably_Vegan.

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pela case:

Did you know I work for Pela full time? They make compostable, plastic-free phone cases which are adorable, protective and give back to environmental causes like Oceana, Save the Waves, Surfrider, Global Penguin Society and more!

I’m super excited that any purchases made today, we’re donating 50% of the proceeds to our partners which are focused on clean water projects like saving the ocean.

thredup:

Y’all know that I love a good thrift haul and have been a big fan of thredUP for years. I worked with them last week on their choose used campaign.

It’s a campaign to bring more awareness around second hand shopping and to say, “Secondhand is COOL!” Which I totally think that it is.

You can learn more about their #ChooseUsed campaign and how they’re celebrating by screen printing secondhand tees infusing some much needed life into old pieces is one of my favorite ways of creating a sustainable wardrobe.

And, on Instagram for every public post that uses the #ChooseUsed hashtag, thredUP will donate $1 to their Circular Fashion Fund. So, next time you’re wearing a secondhand piece an snap a selfie on the gram, don’t forget to use the #ChooseUsed hashtag!

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google:

Google just launched a sustainable initiative to help educate others on creating a circular economy! It’s a fun interactive quiz where you can learn more about reducing your waste and creating a circular economy.

I highly recommend that you take it and share it with your friends and family. It’s a really fun way to educate without preaching to them.

Check out the quiz!

If you’re living with friend, family, or a S.O. that doesn’t seem to get what you’re doing/why you’re going zero waste then be sure to check out my blog post Going Zero Waste When your Partner Doesn’t Want to, Zero Waste with Roommates, and Zero Waste When You Still Live with Your Parents.

 
 

And, don’t forget to check out my post 50 ways to celebrate Earth Day Even After It’s Over. Do you have any insight on cool things happening today?

How to Take Care of Your Sweaters

Oof. Is winter finally over? Is it finally starting to get warm? We FINALLY had a warm day in the bay area. It was in the high 60s the sun came out, and I didn’t have to wear a jacket! Yay!!

Now, if only I could wear a short sleeve shirt AND shorts. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Gosh. What I wouldn’t give to wear a sundress.

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So, while I may not be able to pack up all of my knits over here… it is definitely time to pack up some of the chunkier ones! Goodbye cashmere turtlenecks - till we meet again - I will remember you fondly.

I’d like to take this time to thank my sweaters and all of the chilly winter days they got me through so figured it’d be a good time to go over some sweater care principles to keep your sweaters in tip-top shape throughout the year.

Mending, maintaining, and giving my clothing a little TLC goes such a long way in stretching my wardrobe.

I want to make sure the investment pieces I buy either from ethical retailers or secondhand shops will be with me for a long time.

One of the reasons I justify making spendy ethical purchases is because I know they will be in my wardrobe for a long time, and I’ll be able to wear them for years to come.

I like classic pieces because they’re versatile and have longevity. On the flip side, having a high quality basic means that you have to take care of it!

I would be so bummed if the perfect cream, cashmere turtleneck of my dreams started to look lackluster because I didn’t care for it in the proper way.

So, I’ve rounded up all the ways that I take care of my sweaters to make sure they look brand spanking new year after year! And, the maroon sweater photographed below is a piece I’ve had in my closet for the LONGEST. It’s going on 14 years old and it still looks great thanks to these tips.

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1. avoid the wash:

I don’t wash my clothes super often. I only wash them once they’re stinky which can take up to 10+ wears. Wool is a naturally anti-microbial so it’s a great fabric choice! Not only is it warm, but it’s breathable, regulates body temperature and won’t cling onto odor like polyester and acrylic.

The less frequently you wash your clothes - the longer they’ll last!

2. spray it down!

I make homemade, all-natural febreze and I LOVE it. After most wears, I spritz my clothes down with it before letting them air out.

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3. air it out:

After I take a sweater off and spray it down, I let it air out. This means I let it breathe by itself openly before I place it folded back with another pile of sweaters. I typically lay my sweater flat over a chair to let it breathe and let air circulate around the fibers.

You’d be amazed if you did this for all of your clothes how much longer you could stretch between washes.

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4. de-fuzz:

I’m slowly transitioning black out of my wardrobe… mostly because I have a white husky and seem to always have husky hair everywhere. I invested in a nice wooden lint brush that has done wonders for keeping my sweaters in shape as well as a wooden comb to de-pill my sweaters.

The wooden lint brush did come packaged in plastic, but it’s really sturdy and think it will last a long time. Plus, the little bit of plastic packaging far outweighs the disposable lint rollers.

I picked up a gorgeous cable knit cashmere mock neck sweater that was just starting to look gray and dull after two seasons. Once I took this little wooden comb to it, the sweater came back looking good as new!

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5. but wash at the end of the season:

At the end of sweater season, you’re going to want to wash all of your sweaters. Your bodies natural oils will attract moths and critters and the last thing you want is for them to start feasting on your precious sweaters! I lost my favorite sweater to moth holes a few years back and It was such a sad day.

You can “wash” you nice sweaters in a number of ways like taking them to an eco-friendly dry cleaner - just don’t forget to bring your reusable garment bag!

You can steam them! I have a steamer and it’s great for sanitizing clothes and stretching washes.

Of course, you can hand wash them in your bathtub or sink, or throw them in a lingerie bag and throw them in your washing machine on a gentle cycle.

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6. store them well:

The way that my current closet is structured, I have to have my sweaters out on an open shelf, but if you can store them in a closed bin or a cedar chest, that’s recommended! No matter where you’re storing them maybe try to grab a piece of cedar wood from your local home improvement store to dissuade the moths.

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7. homemade sweater spray:

I occasionally like to go into my closet and spray the sweaters down with homemade sweater spray.

sweater spray:

  1. fill your spray bottle up a quarter of the way with vodka

  2. fill the rest of the spray bottle with water

  3. add a few drops of cedar oil until it’s pungent but not overwhelming

  4. shake well and spray down your sweaters

I make a little bottle 2 oz and only put in about 3 drops of essential oil and use it to spray down my sweaters on a regular basis to ward off pests!

Is taking care of your sweaters part of your spring cleaning ritual?

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5 Easy Swaps for a Zero Waste Kitchen

This is going to be a pretty short blog post! I just wanted to share five easy zero waste kitchen swaps - ones that are great for beginners.

I’m trying to write short blog posts to accompany all of my YouTube video. Assuming I don’t already have an existing blog post for the YouTube video to go into, you can find these posts on Wednesday.

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Without further ado here are five things that I use in my kitchen ALL the time!

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1. french press:

It should come as no surprise that I LOVE my french press. I use it every single day. I use it to make tea, but if my husband wants coffee we can make that too.

And, spoiler alert… you can actually use your french press to strain your nut milk. Say goodbye to messy nut milk bags and HELLO to your french press.

I have a Bodum french press with a glass base and couldn’t be happier.

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2. snapware:

It should also come as no surprise to you that I LOVE my snapware. This was a zero waste swap that I wish I had made sooner.

I waited about a year before getting my glass snapware and it has revolutionized leftover food storage.

It’s so much easier to heat up and eat leftovers from snapware than in mason jars.

I use them to freeze leftovers, or pre-make things like casseroles that can be heated up at a later time. They’re also great to carry lunches to work.

The snapware containers can even be put in the oven, so it’s really a multifunctional addition to my kitchen that I couldn’t imagine not having.

I know that the lids are plastic, but I’ve had my snapware set for three years now, and I haven’t had an issue with the lids breaking. I do handwash my lids though and try avoid putting them in the dishwasher.

Check out this post if you’re looking for Zero Waste Dishwashing Tips.

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3. mason jars:

Alright, I mean do I love mason jars more than snapware? I don’t know…. I do know that while I don’t love storing all my leftovers and lunch in mason jars I do love it for the pantry!

Of course, they’re also the ideal form of liquid storage i.e. nut milk, smoothies (did you know you can freeze smoothies?)

Having a clear, glass, non-branded container in my pantry allows me to see what foods need to be eaten and which ones I need to buy more of. It makes cooking meals faster, simpler, and most importantly PRETTIER. I mean there’s a reason everyone loves a pinterest perfect pantry!

Of course, you don’t have to go out and buy mason jars, you can upcycle them from many of the jars you already own like mustard jars, jam jars, pasta sauce etc.

And, I promise your pantry will look just as beautiful even if the jars don’t match!

4. compostable dish scrubs:

Did you know you’re supposed to toss your sponges after only two weeks! That adds up to a lot of unnecessary waste. It can also be pretty spendy.

Instead, why not opt for something like a compostable dish scrub? These bamboo scrubs can be composted at the end of their lives and last for years. My bamboo dish scrubs last on average 1.5 years, and i think that’s awesome.

5. beeswax wraps:

The last item in our quick rundown of easy zero waste swaps… the beeswax wraps. As a fair warning: Nala LOVES to eat beeswax wraps. She has eaten every set I’ve ever owned… except one!

I do love them to wrap up sandwiches and to wrap up plates/bowls of leftovers.

I have these organic cotton wraps from bumblebee wrap and I really like them!

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What are your favorite zero waste swaps you’ve made in your kitchen?

 
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