10  Essential Zero Waste Items for Baby

10 Essential Zero Waste Items for Baby

10 Essential Zero Waste Items for Baby We are continuing with our zero waste lifestyle, and as we approach day 44 (say whaaat?) I wanted to share some of our favorite ways to stay zero waste with our almost 18 month old. Zero waste integration into our family was done with minimal planning. I don’t consider myself much of a prepper in my own life, but as soon as motherhood hit I was forced into a planning, preparing and executing lifestyle that has served me (and my family) well. There are days that a soccer ball or perhaps even a shoe gets left behind, but such is life…amiright?   Blog meet Griffin — Griffin meet blog. If you follow us on Instagram you know a little bit about baby G. He is an active toddler with a deep love for his brother, snacks, slides, balls and emptying out my diaper bag / purse / wallet. He is an excellent helper and is frequently seen wearing mismatched pajamas and Freshly Picked moccasins. Now that we have salutations out of the way, lets get started on our top 10 essential zero waste baby items … 1. Cloth diapers If you don’t use anything on this list except for switching from disposable diapers to cloth, I can guarantee you will see at least 50% reduction in your household waste. We use the brand Smart Bottoms because they are organic cotton with an all in one feature that makes spraying a piece of cake. I also talked with the company and they encourage sending the packaging back (which is recycled cardboard) for reuse....

Savory meets Sustainability : Cooking zero waste

Savory meets Sustainability : Cooking Zero Waste     Reducing our household waste has changed our lives in more ways than one. As a Mom, personal chef to my tiny humans & husband I was afraid cooking zero waste would be restrictive and difficult. I was happy to find that it really wasn’t, not at all! Cooking zero waste is different, not difficult. Some of the best recipes I have made are completely 100% zero waste. From the produce we grabbed at POWWOW and Market on the Move to bulk section goodies cooking in the kitchen has been as rewarding on the sustainable side as it has been delicious. Here are some of my favorite recipes below.   Zucchini / yellow squash meat-less balls   Ingredients: Grated zucchini (3) , egg (1) , bread crumbs (1 1/2 cups) , hearty punch of salt, pepper, garlic salt, dried basil, Italian seasoning & coconut oil Method: Grate zucchini & wring out excess water with a cheese cloth. Mix in remaining ingredients, blend, form into balls. Add coconut oil over medium heat, press down slightly on the veggie balls and fry to golden deliciousness. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (if you have it!) and ENJOY. Mushroom stroganoff Ingredients: Egg noodles ( 3 cups) , portobello or cremini mushrooms (5 cups) , vegetable broth ( 2 cups), yellow onion ( entire – chopped) , garlic (2 cloves minced), ketchup (3 tbsp) , salt (pinch), pepper (pinch) , paprika (pinch) , parsley (chopped garnish) Method: Can you believe this is a zero waste meal? Slow cooker … check, egg noodles … check, ketchup, herbs and...
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?...