Zero waste budget: money spent and trash made in January 2018

Sometimes I look at our finances and wonder what’s going on. From freelancing to hourly work to variable expenses as we get settled in our house, every month is a bit of a guessing game as to where we’ll end up. Luckily, we manage to save and thrive as a small zero waste budget household. We practice the first R of zero waste – refuse – heavily and that’s really helped us manage a small budget.

I almost didn’t post the promised January zero waste budget overview simply because the month was so different than usual. We both brought in and spent way more money than we usually do; and basically broke even. But I figured a strange month is a month of budgeting after all, so have a look. read more

My (mostly) zero waste bathroom tour

Welcome to my (mostly) zero waste bathroom tour, kindly sponsored by The Green Root.

You might not think it, but the bathroom is a great place for anyone to jump start their zero waste journey. It’s a space of our house we often tuck away and forget about, despite using it for some of the – ahem – most vital functions. In fact, the bathroom is full of many items we can choose to not repurchase, DIY, or find non-disposable alternatives for.

Trust me when I say there’s definitely plenty of room for our collective improvement. To the tune of two billion disposable razors and one billion toothbrushes thrown away per year. Luckily, easy, low-cost investments can drastically reduce that number without much of an effect on your daily routine. read more

Creating a zero waste house: zero waste laundry

I’m moving into a 1000 square foot, 130-year-old house with nothing but the absolute basics. “Creating a zero waste house” is an ongoing series which will address different parts of the house and the best tips/DIYs/products for going zero waste. This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through them, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. 

Laundry is an inevitable fact of life, particularly if – like my husband and I – you have a very limited capsule wardrobe which requires frequent washing with lots of care. read more

Creating a zero waste house: easy composting

I’m moving into a 1000 square foot, 130-year-old house with nothing but the absolute basics. “Creating a zero waste house” is an ongoing series which will address different parts of the house and the best tips/DIYs/products for going zero waste. 

While it seems like there’s nothing wrong with tossing food waste into the trash – it’ll decompose, right? – there’s a case to be made for everyone composting. Especially when you find out how easy composting can actually be. read more

Zero waste housewarming gifts I wish I’d gotten

I’m moving into a 1000 square foot, 130-year-old house with nothing but the absolute basics. “How to create a zero waste house” is an ongoing series which will address different parts of the house and the best tips/DIYs/products for going zero waste. This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through them, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. 

We recently moved into a new home and I’ve had several people express interest in sending me a housewarming gift. read more