In the age of internet and food delivery, there are no shortage of ways to get food delivered to your home. Some of these services, like meal kits, are (in my ever so humble opinion) wasteful and only good for reinforcing general attitudes of excess, busyness, and laziness, but others are based on the principle of getting fresh food into the hands of consumers. Over the summer, I got the occasional CSA box from Terra Organics. I loved that the service was local, but it didn’t deliver directly to my home and the box was only offered for a short season. Then, I learned about Imperfect Produce. Imperfect Produce is a food delivery business that sources produce that doesn’t meet grocery standards and sells it to consumers at a discount. American consumers have been trained to have ridiculous standards when it comes to produce, meaning farmers have little incentive to harvest produce that is the wrong size or shape according to grocery stores. As a result, resources are poured into growing food that is destined to rot in the field.
One of my last swaps in moving towards a zero waste bathroom has been changing over from a plastic razor with disposable razor cartridges to a safety razor. I’ve been shaving my legs for a decade, meaning I’ve gone through hundreds of razor blades that have all ended up in the trash. Not only that, but women’s razor blades are ridiculously overpriced, with a 4-pack of my old razor blades running $16. Obviously, the most zero waste approach to shaving would be to forego shaving entirely, but that just isn’t my thing. So in an effort to shave money and reduce my waste, I ordered safety razor from Wowe. I ordered a razor with a bamboo handle that is both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. I was particularly impressed with Wowe when my package arrived because everything was packaged in cardboard, proving their commitment to sustainability.
Today’s post come as requested by my best friend and her little sister. To be honest, I still consider myself a beginner in the zero waste world. I am by no means perfect (by which I don’t mean I accidentally use a straw every now and then, frankly, I sometimes just decide that the temporary pleasure of soda from a fast food chain or prime rib for Christmas dinner is worth a lapse in my morals). Despite my lapses, I’m still pretty proud of the changes I’ve made in my life over the past few months, so if going zero waste (or at least reducing your waste) is one of your goals for the new year, here are my recommendations for how to start.
Like most people, as the year draws to a close I am reflecting on 2017 and thinking of the things I’d like to change and accomplish in the coming year. Some of my goals for 2018 are personal, others are professional, but most of them are geared specifically towards my zero waste lifestyle. I want to delve even deeper into the zero waste lifestyle next year, here’s how I plan to do so:
I had originally planned to post a review about my new safety razor today, but being home for the holidays has gotten me into the sentimental spirit and so instead I thought I’d reflect a bit on the last few months.
A lot of my zero waste posts have focused on things to buy to make a zero waste lifestyle easier, the main R of the zero waste life is to refuse, meaning giving up buying things. Even if you aren’t ready to fully embrace the zero waste lifestyle, just a few simple changes in habit can be a meaningful way to reduce waste and save money. Here are some things I no longer buy.
Maintaining a clean, zero waste home is a pretty easy thing to do. If you are shopping for cleaning supplies, it seems like there is a different product for every surface and room imaginable, resulting in a cluttered mess of plastic bottles. I’m still making my way through some of my Swifter cleaning products, but in the meantime, I have streamlined the products I need to use to clean my apartment. You’ll notice that I don’t use any specific measurements for these recipes, but there are plenty of YouTube videos and recipes on the web if you want a little more guidance.