“Zero-waste” Shopping at Conventional Stores

In the ideal zero-waste world, stores would be package free and sell things in bulk. Unfortunately, package-free shops are not the norm so I still end up shopping at places like Safeway and Target. In addition to the obvious (bringing reusable bags) here are some of the tricks I use to minimize my waste at…

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Embracing Hygge

One of the qualities I associate with environmentalism is slowness. Foregoing conveniences, such as K-Cups, fast food, and driving everywhere in favor of those extra steps that are more sustainable are simple changes we can make in our daily lives. I believe that embracing slowness, the process of brewing a pot of coffee in the…

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Five Ways I Suck at Low-Waste Living

I’ve been writing about living more sustainably for just over a month now. In that time, I’ve been testing out new products, switched to a vegetarian diet (though the jury’s still out on fish), and have noticed a change in my shopping habits and overall temptation to buy stuff. However, I have a long way…

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Sustainable Design

One of the things I’ve liked most about the transition from living in college dorms to apartments has been the opportunity to more fully develop my taste in interior decor. College housing was all about what was cheap and easy to move. I had to pack and unpack my belongings frequently. I lived in six…

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