New Minimalism review: on zero waste and minimalism

Trying to fit a zero waste and minimalist lifestyle together can seem to be impossible.

As someone living a zero waste and minimal life as best I can, I absolutely disagree. After all, isn’t the first R of zero waste refuse? And one of the main tenets of a circular mindset simplicity?

The opposition of zero waste and minimalism seems true at first. That is, if you subscribe to the type of minimalism that encourages a willy-nilly discard of everything non-essential. But in fact there are ways to gracefully, non-wastefully give away your items… and after that, use zero waste practices to reduce your consumption. read more

The big list of zero waste cleaning recipes

People can make zero waste cleaning more difficult than it needs to be. After all, the whole concept of zero waste is to stop consuming unnecessary, unsustainable items. Do yourself a favor and simplify.

Plus, take it from a lazy person: the fewer cleaning products you have to choose from, the less overwhelming it feels to actually clean your house.

(Or at least that’s what I tell myself.)

The best part of wholly embracing zero waste cleaning supplies is that you can pretty much use the same four or five different ingredients in any number of useful ways. Read on to find out about the cleaning supplies I use when I’m not feeling too lazy to clean. read more

On buying stuff, prioritizing, and making ethical decisions

Alternatively titled, Hierarchy of ethical decisions as an environmentalist; or, stop judging other people.

I’m sure we’ve all been there. You need to purchase something, but you’re paralyzed by indecision. Maybe you need a new pair of rain boots, but do you choose the ones you can afford, the vegan ones, or the ones from the super-sustainable brand?

Making ethical decisions is never easy.

Making ethical decisions is even harder when we know others will judge us for our decisions. Value judgements are distinctly personal, yet most people feel they have the right to weigh in on them. read more

Tips for hosting or attending a zero waste party

Ready to host or attend a party but not sure how to deal from a zero waste perspective? I’ve put together this zero waste party guide with a few ideas to get you started.

The one thing you’re always going to need, though? More than any physical item, you’ll need to have the confidence in your zero waste practices to be the odd one out. I know it can be awkward to be the only one using real silverware at a picnic, but it’s less awkward than the slow demise of our planet… read more

The 10-step zero waste beginner guide

Starting a journey towards zero waste can seem overwhelming at the beginning! Rather than tackling the concept as a whole, I found it helpful to break zero waste down into little chunks.

Zero waste for beginners doesn’t have to be information overload. Enter this zero waste beginner guide.

I’ve compiled the ten most helpful steps for beginners to get a handle on their zero waste practices. Try one or two each week until you feel comfortable with that step – then move on to the next. Along the way you’ll find other questions or practices you want to explore too! read more