The Four Explore: ZERO WASTE

The Four Explore: ZERO WASTE

  60 Days Waste Free Living I’m an environmental enthusiast, always have been. When I was in first grade I wrote a letter to former president bill Clinton explaining my outrage for clear cutting in the rain forest. Before that I was a self proclaimed vegetarian. There has always been a big part of me that wants to break out and make meaningful change that directly benefits the environment. I just can’t stand the excessive waste issues that plague the USofA. Approximately 4.3lbs of waste is accumulated per American per day. What makes up all of this household waste? Plastic, packaging and food waste are the culprits here, and there isn’t much we have done in the past 40 years to change the embarrassingly low recycle rates when it comes to plastic (~7-8% of plastic is a actually recycled). Gregg and I decided to do something crazy. Inspired by a BuzzFeed video where an employee went 30 days of waste free living. I decided we should do the same. Waste free living or zero waste means you aren’t contributing to the purchase or disposal of one time use plastic and/or municipal waste. Instead of throwing away our food waste we are composting. Instead of using plastic bags for bulk items we bring our own jars. Instead of buying packaged goods we seek out sticker-less produce and fruit from farmers markets and seek out local shops who are cool with us bringing our own containers for bread, cheese, chips, etc. instead of using disposable wipes and diapers for Griffin we opted for cloth and reusable fleece wipes. Is it easy?...
How to Travel Like an Eco-Warrior

How to Travel Like an Eco-Warrior

How to Travel Like an Eco-Warrior I recently graduated from University of Phoenix with a degree in Environmental Science. It was a long time coming for me and although I was on the 4+ year plan I smashed my goal while we were living temporarily in Barcelona, Spain. At the time we had just begun traveling full time, making our way through Europe by plane, train and automobile. One of my final projects for my degree was to evaluate my own carbon footprint and compare the generated number to the suggested individual number to see just how much energy we truly use. I’ll go ahead and shamefully tell you that my carbon footprint was 3-4x larger than the suggested average and as a prospective environmental scientist I felt like I wasn’t being as authentic as I should be. How can I claim to serve and protect the environment when the flights from our travels alone put me in environmental detention (at best)? Luckily I stumbled across a fantastic blog post from Girl Vs Globe where the author and owner of the site Sabina talks about changing her traveling perspective from globetrotting to eco-conscious exploration. Sabina’s writing was truly inspirational to me, especially since I: 1) have an unwavering thirst for travel and 2) have vowed to become as sustainable as possible. So the question is, where do I start becoming a more eco-conscious explorer? I’ve developed a short list below that are both goals for my own future travels and suggestions that can help the weary traveler who wants to keep exploring but also wants to keep the planet...