Zero waste essentials in my bag

The first thing that pops into my head when I think of “zero waste essentials” is a reusable coffee mug. But I actually don’t own one! Coffee to go is not my thing, because what’s the rush? If I am having coffee I might as well sit down and drink it from a proper mug,…

My minimalist approach to work out

I am not a big fan of fitness studios, those places actually seem like a nightmare to me: artificial, alienating and energy draining. Also, I don’t want to pay. 🙂 However, working out is important, and if you are the type that likes going to the gym then more power to you! But if you…

My zero waste food shopping routine

After a long break, I am back in Berlin and trying to make the most out of the remaining summer season. That mostly means going to a lake, open air cinema, free concerts at a park, as well as the afternoon ice cream dates.  I am also happy to return to my zero waste food shopping routine….

Zero waste while visiting family in the countryside

I have been lucky enough to be able to visit my family in Slovenia a couple of times a year. It’s great to wake up to the sight of mountains. My urban lifestyle routines, however, are usually out of order. This is not traveling, which I consider hard to keep without waste due to unpredictability….

How to throw a simple zero waste picnic

What is summer without eating outside? If you are like me and live in an apartment, then the park is your garden. Zero waste inspired folks are well trained in preparing simple meals that can be transported easily. Like always, though, plan in advance. Here are some steps to think about: 1. Pick the food…

Why you should consider thrift shopping

I have been keeping a list of everything I buy new instead of second-hand. Its purpose is not to showcase it on the fridge at the end of the year, but to give myself a reminder that for everything I need there is probably a perfectly fine product already made. I like to have fewer…

Simple zero waste ideas: cold beverages

I’m curious: what are your go to zero waste cold drinks? Water with a twist You can just drink tap water of course, which I do. Or sparkling water, if you are in Germany since everyone seems to have soda machine here. Soda bottles are refilled at a local drug store so it’s a zero waste option!…

All natural spring cleaning zero waste style

I find the idea of spring cleaning very old-school, but then the first sun comes out after a long German winter and I immediately notice how dirty the windows are. It has been a year since I moved to our current apartment. It is not easy to find a flat in Berlin these days, but we…

I have been washing my hair with water only. Here’s what happened

A year ago I’ve quit shampoo and never looked back. It was my first zero waste experiment and mostly a failure, but it made me realised there is a life beyond shampoo. I have tried plenty of “no -poo” methods as well as conditioner-only washing before I could comprehend that maybe I just do not need…

Eco-friendly laundry washing: 3 cheap, zero waste alternatives

Maybe it’s Sunday and you run out of laundry detergent. Or maybe you want to save money, avoid waste and stop polluting water with weird ingredients. Whatever it is, zero waste laundry isn’t that complicated. I have 3 eco-friendly alternatives at hand, and they are all cheap, simple and efficient. Ain’t no better time to…