Five easy zero waste kitchen swaps

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Read for even more ways to get your home zero waste? Check out my zero waste bathroom post! Is it just me or is the kitchen the biggest waste-generator of all, no matter how low waste you get? From food waste to packaging to water waste, the kitchen is a minefield of potential trash. Here are five easy zero waste kitchen swaps you can make with minimal pain and big payoff! Excess food.  Roughly 50% of all produce in the USA is THROWN AWAY. That’s about 60 million tons of food heading to the landfill each year; or $160 billion. …

How to get (near) zero waste groceries without bulk

How to get zero waste groceries without bulk - Green Indy Blog

Getting (near) zero waste groceries without bulk options is incredibly difficult. I’m pretty lucky to live near some decent bulk options – if I’m not fussed at stopping by several different places, I can get pretty much anything I need in bulk. That being said, sometimes we don’t have the budget for bulk or hyper-local, organic good from our farmers market. Compare some of our staples at a bulk store and Save-a-Lot, a super cheap discount store: Rice: $4.99/lb for bulk vs. $5.99 for a 10 lb bag Tomatoes: $3.99/lb at the farmers market vs. $.99/lb at the store Chickpeas: not …

Two DIY zero waste cleaning products

Two DIY zero waste cleaning products - Green Indy Blog

Walk through any major store and you’ll see an overwhelming amount of cleaning products available. Laden with toxic chemicals, they do the job but send terrible things down our drain and into our air. Even before zero waste, creating zero waste cleaning products was a no-brainer. I use two for all of my needs: from bathtubs to sinks to counters to floors, these two items are multi-purpose to the extreme. The benefits are kind of ridiculous: zero waste cleaners are much cheaper than store bought, they’re less harmful to you and the environment, and – frankly – if you pick …

Urban foraging: the real local eating

Urban foraging: the real local eating - Green Indy Blog

As I was biking home from work a few weeks ago, I noticed the tell-tale purple-stained sidewalk up ahead. It instantly transported me to my childhood home, where I’d stand barefoot on the hot driveway under a massive mulberry tree. I’d get on tiptoe to stuff as many sweet, purple berries as I could into my mouth. Rather than just pass by, enjoying the nostalgia in my head, I pulled over and grabbed a bag. (Thanks zero waste kit – I was prepared!) I began to pick what I could reach, filling up my bag with about a pound of super-ripe, …

How to brew zero waste coffee or tea

Zero waste coffee - Green Indy Blog

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through them, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you.  I love coffee. When we’ve had absolutely zero disposable income, I didn’t miss shopping for clothes or having cocktails or weekend trips… it was being able to go out and buy a coffee whenever I wanted. Granted, I don’t buy coffee out much, but I like having the option. And when I don’t… I’m a sad, sad girl. Luckily, though, an at-home cup is always on the table and since going zero waste I’ve tried to minimize the …