Fire cider 101: an herbal remedy for winter colds

I’m someone who gets miserably sick at least twice each winter. I suppose it’s a combination of having a so-so immune system as well as working with lots of kids. My body really has no chance. I’m also someone with a track record of reacting badly to medications. Some medications lower my blood pressure to the point I pass out. Others make me feel worse – in various tortured ways – than my original symptoms presented as.

Also, as someone interested in zero waste, the amount of packaging (necessary, but frustrating) is something to take into consideration. read more

A 3-minute zero waste deodorant recipe

Do you ever get so busy you just tune out the simple, but very important things? When you tune back in there’s a massive pile of laundry, a distinct lack of food, or nothing prepared for the next few days?

That happened to me this week. I realized I was out of deodorant as my finger hit the bottom of the little glass jar.

(As a side note, I can’t recommend Schmidt’s deodorant in a glass jar more highly – it worked really well and lasted forever. I’ve also had great luck in the past with Fat and the Moon’s deodorant – also in a glass jar – but I couldn’t consistently source it locally so I gave it up.) read more

Make zero waste ginger beer with a ginger bug

I love having a cocktail at the end of a long day. I also love a good mimosa for a weekend brunch. I don’t want to give you the impression I’m out here drink all the time, but I am a big believer that a drink can complement just about any event or meal.

Having got that out of the way, let’s talk zero waste alcohol. Alcohol, by nature, is fairly low-waste on the consumer end: glass bottles and metal caps make for easy reuse or recycling. That being said, the production of alcohol itself is not particularly low impact. As the site Dramming summarizes: read more

A stupidly simple one-ingredient beeswax wrap DIY

One of the handy little things I carry in my everyday zero waste essentials kit is a reusable food wrap. It’s basically a little handkerchief with a wax cover.

Not only is it functional, but it always garners a lot of interest from people, making it a great way to start a conversation with folks in coffee shops about good zero waste practices.

Curious about how to make one of these beeswax wraps (or their vegan counterparts)? Read on.

What’s the point of a beeswax wrap?

Essentially, it’s meant to replace plastic wrap or even small ziploc baggies in your everyday life. read more