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

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. Sometimes it just feels like…

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. Get your equipment ready. I mostly clean with wooden brushes and kitchen towels. It has been a year since I moved to our current apartment. It…

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…

Zero waste on the budget: 20 tips to save money without the trash

Everyone seems to be claiming that zero waste will save you money. Running off to buy fair trade bulk foods, organic veggies at the farmers market and neat reusables, you may soon realise you cannot afford this lifestyle. Bulk is supposed to avoid the packaging costs, but the food is usually of higher quality and…

5 tips for successfully switching to reusables

Quitting the disposable products is the backbone of a zero waste lifestyle. Zero waste alternatives are not hard to find, but years of partaking in the throw-away culture of convenience have formed habits that can be harder to break than one might imagine. Here are some tips I gathered after I successfully tackled the basics. I….

Guide to trash free bathroom and zero waste essentials

The bathroom has been my favourite room to simplify and I have been using these bathroom essentials since the beginning of mine zero waste attempts. I would recommend zero waste alternatives to anyone, even those who are not striving to reduce waste but want to live naturally, save money, travel light or organise their bathroom space. Here’s…

Transition to zero waste with these 10 basic steps

 1. Eat fresh produce Eat mostly fresh produce and skip the plastic bag. Pick veggies and fruits without packaging and just put them in the cart or bring a small cotton bag with you. If you have to weigh the produce yourself then put the sticker gently on one of the pieces of produce. The…