Journey to Zero Waste

I have been following a Zero-Waster, Lauren Singer at her blog Trash is for Tossers.  I was inspired by knowing that I have an option to use products that are non toxic.  I have for a long time bought good beauty products like Dr Bonner’s soaps and Beauty Without Cruelty shampoos.  But I didn’t realize you have another option.  Homemade beauty products.  Being less toxic is not the only reason I am researching and learning more about being zero-waste.  I don’t like throwing things away either.  I get a ping of guilt when I find I don’t have any option but taking something that is individually wrapped or I have to take my produce home in a plastic bag because it’s more sanitary.  By making smart choices in your shopping you can reduce your waste too.  I plan to document things I am doing by going waste free so hopefully I can inspire you as well.

My husband and I don’t produce much waste as it is.  Honestly, my 3 cats produce more waste than both of us combined.  Having three cats makes it more difficult to go completely waste free.  I definitely don’t plan on toilet training then, but we can still try our best to reduce our what goes to the landfill.

Another blog that inspires me is Zero Waste Home.  I love how assertive she is in maintaining her goal of being a waste free home.  Something she says that I will never forget is, “shopping is voting,” and that couldn’t be more true. What we buy creates demand for more products.  I don’t want to buy individually wrapped products enclosed in shopping.   Unfortunately, I live in a place that doesn’t have lots of bulk options.  One of our local grocery store did however add more bulk bins recently, but they could definitely improve their selection even more.

A couple of things I plan to do to improve my waste production:

  1.  Sew produce and bulk bags to bring with me to the grocery store.
  2. Learn to make more homemade products.  I currently have made my own toothpaste and have used it a few months now.  I have made my own laundry soap.   I have bought ingredients to make my own dish detergent and shampoo.
  3. Become more conscience about my purchase decisions.

I would love to hear how you reduce your waste.  Please leave me a comment below.

DIY Linen Spray

Every time I buy cleaners at the store I always have to buy them with the spray contraption.  I wish there were more cleaners that would allow you to buy in bulk and you can reuse the spray bottle.  Instead of throwing away my latest spray bottle, I decided to reuse it to make some linen spray.

I really love aromatherapy and it may be the one type of scent that doesn’t drive my sinuses batty.  I have several scents that I have purchased from our local vitamin store that I will use for this project.

This is what you will need:

One spray bottle

1 tsp essential oil (any scent)

1/4 cup unflavored vodka

3 1/2 cups filtered water

I was inspired by One Good Thing to make this recipe.  There are other great recipes for household needs on that website.

Instructions:  Mix vodka and oil in spray bottle.  Then add the water and shake or stir.  Before using it make sure to shake it well so the oils disperse throughout mixture.

I plan on using this specifically in my bed before I make it each morning.  I will spray some on so when I go to bed, the lavender (which I plan on using) will relax us into a sweet slumber.

*Disclaimer – After mixing this and spraying it on my couch and on my bed my house I could smell vodka immediately.  I suggest using only 1/8 cup of vodka instead or none at all.  Make sure to mix it well before you spray each time.  The vodka is added to help it dry faster.