Fave new ceramicist.
Excited to read this book I picked up the other day. No, I’m not pregnant. Just interested.
WHEN WILL WE WAKE UP AND REALIZE WE NEED GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION?? THIS MUST END.
Fave new ceramicist.
Excited to read this book I picked up the other day. No, I’m not pregnant. Just interested.
WHEN WILL WE WAKE UP AND REALIZE WE NEED GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION?? THIS MUST END.
Finally a magazine about cannabis for women, made by women.
Just signed up for this 7-day The Authentic Heart online meditation workshop.
Most inspiring Instagram post I saw all week.
2018 priorities, by the zodiac….
The 17 biggest trends of 2018. I’m definitely on board with a lot of these…
It really is.
For me, January is all about turning inward, focusing on myself, setting intentions and goals for the coming year and practicing daily self-care. I’m so excited to collaborate with Anthropologie on this month’s #ABetterYou campaign. You can read some more of my thoughts over on their blog. This campaign is all about creating daily healthy habits that will hopefully inspire you to be the best version of yourself in 2018. Below, I’m sharing 3 recipes that I hope you will try at home this month. I encourage you to be gentle and treat yourself with love and care over the next couple weeks. Whatever that means to you. Maybe you take a couple days off social media, maybe you take a relaxing bath 3 days a week, maybe you start that meditation practice you’ve been thinking about, maybe you commit to exercising more consistently, maybe you cook vegan or vegetarian one day a week. This is a potent time of year for setting intentions, creating habits and getting clear on what you want and need. As always, I’m here to support and encourage you. I’d love to see how you’re showing yourself love and extra care this month and what healthy habits you’re working on. Tag your photos with #ABetterYou on Instagram and/or comment below.
[This post is sponsored by Anthropologie. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
1 bunch eucalyptus, organic and/or local if possible
2 organic lemons, sliced into rounds
1-2 handfuls eucalyptus bath salts
1.) Tie bunches of eucalyptus around the faucet handles in your tub.
2.) Fill bath with hot water.
3.) While bath is filling, place candles, crystals and anything else you’d like around the tub.
4.) Once the bath is mostly full, with the water running, add a couple handfuls of bath salts.
5.) Turn off the water. Float the lemon slices in the water.
6.) Light the candles. Grab a cup of tea or water and a book if desired. Turn on relaxing playlist.
7.) Soak, relax, rejuvenate, enjoy.
Find my favorite matcha recipe, here.
Spiced Goji-Cacao Smoothie Bowl
For the smoothie base:
1 cup zucchini, steamed then frozen or chilled in refrigerator
2 scoops protein powder or collagen peptides
2 Tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons lingonberry powder
1/2 cup nut milk of choice
1.) Blend all the ingredients for the base on high in a high-speed blender until very smooth. Pour into a bowl.
2.) Top with some of the topping and fresh or frozen berries if desired.
Rebekka Seale’s paintings give me all the feels…
My fave new Insta follow. Just so dreamy…
I just ordered this new floor cushion for our living room. I’m in love.
So inspired by this woman, her story and her work.
Already dreaming of all the things I want to buy from this shop for the new Wu Haus kitchen…
I keep coming back to these words. Gratitude for the not-yet-manifested.
I decided kind of last minute and on a whim that I wanted to do some sort of cleanse post holidays and Mexico travel. I looked into Whole30‘s basic rules, and decided to follow similar guidelines. For the month of January, I’m eliminating sugar, grains, diary, legumes, eggs and alcohol. I’m not a huge fan of some of the language and “rules” of Whole30, but I like the basic guidelines of their cleanse. I created the #Wu30 hashtag to build a community of my followers who are cleansing for the month of January. I’ve opened up this group to people strictly following Whole30, vegetarians and vegans and anyone else who may be following a modified version of the cleanse. Most importantly, I want to encourage you to do what is best for you. I’ve chosen to eliminate eggs because they don’t agree with me. I’ve also chosen not to take a hard stance on some of the rules and mentality behind the Whole30 plan. Ultimately, you do you! You are the only person who knows what is best for your body, what foods you may use as crutches and what kind of cleanse is right for you. Trust yourself and what your body (not your mind) is telling you.
This week’s meal prep includes roasted chicken, lamb meatballs (literally just local grass-fed ground lamb, chopped dill, basil and S&P rolled into balls, browned in a skillet on the stovetop and then finished in a 350° oven for a few minutes), roasted delicata squash and rainbow carrots, homemade bone (or veggie) broth (recipe here), romesco sauce, purple sweet potato and zucchini noodles, my go-to mustard salad dressing, mixed lettuce and radicchio, homemade almond butter and cauliflower rice. Also prepped, but not pictured: homemade coconut and Brazil nut mylks. These are just the items I’ve prepped ahead of time (or made from scratch) to make it quick and easy to create meals for the workweek. Of course, I’m supplementing this with other fresh veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts and fresh seafood.
My protein breakdown for the week is as follows: Chicken 5 meals a week, seafood 3 meals a week, lamb 2 meals a week and the rest plant-based options. Of course, if you’re not eliminating eggs, you could certainly add those in as a protein source. If you are doing the cleanse vegan or vegetarian and aren’t eliminating legumes, you could prep some roasted garbanzo beans, as well as making a big pot of whatever your favorite bean is. I’ve been doing smoothies as my breakfast everyday, and I’m happy with how I feel so far. On the weekends, I might switch it up and do a sweet potato hash or chia pudding.
A few recipe ideas using the meal prepped items this week:
You could add a pesto and a few other sauces to your meal prep mix to have some variety to play with. I’m planning to make a few pesto variations that I hope to share in the coming weeks. I also have 2 new recipes planned for the blog for next week, so stay tuned for those! Also planning to share my weekly meal prep on Instagram for the remainder of the cleanse to give you guys an idea of what I’m eating week to week.
My Top Tips for Success on a Cleanse:
Be compassionate with yourself. And take it easy!
Remember you are cleansing. It’s not necessarily going to be all good all the time. It can be frustrating. Emotions can come out. You may feel like you don’t have the energy you normally have. And that’s all okay. Notice how you’re feeling, what emotions come up and how you respond to the cleanse overall. All of these things can teach us a lot about who we are as people. Take it all in, be easy on yourself and remember how amazing and brave you are for even getting this far.
Meal prep and plan.
This helps take the guess work out of what you are going to eat from meal to meal. When you’re cleansing or eliminating certain foods and are eating a diet that is different from what you normally eat, the last thing you want to be is starving when you’re trying to figure out what to make for lunch everyday. I don’t plan out exactly what I’m going to eat for every meal, but the meal prepped items help and then I have about 3-5 meal ideas beyond the meal prepped items that I want to make that week.
Movement + meditation.
This is key for me. If you’re feeling lower energy, try a restorative or yin yoga class (remember tip #1!). If you are feeling more energetic, feel free to go for your normal workout routine. I’ve done so many cleanses over the years that I’m at a point where for the most part I can go about my typical routine, but of course I have days where I need to be way more gentle with myself and not workout at all. I think committing to a 5-10 minute meditation practice everyday (preferably in the morning to start your day) is a great tool for success. Meditation allows me to ground and center. After meditating I feel way more in my body and ready to take on whatever comes my way. If you’re looking for an at-home movement + meditation, try the video Kait and I just released.
Hydrate! Water and herbal tea.
Drink more water than you normally do. I also love to drink more herbal tea than I normally do. I usually have 3-4 cups a day when I’m cleansing. It can be great to incorporate teas with herbs for liver detoxing as well as herbs that aid in digestion. Traditional Medicinals, Mountain Rose Herbs and Pukka both make great blends.
Seriously. Self care like never before. I already have plans to soak and sauna both days this weekend. If you have the means, soaking, saunaing, acupuncture, cupping and massage are all great to do while cleansing. All promote relaxation while helping the body release toxins. At home, I’m dry brushing everyday and taking baths 2-3 times a week. Overall, try to give your body some extra love. Whatever that means for you.
Ease off the cleanse. Don’t just dive right back into old habits.
Tendencies are to jump right back into old eating habits immediately following the cleanse. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take it slow. Give your body a chance to process the new things you are throwing at it. Slowly start to reintroduce foods, one at a time. This will also be helpful in finding out which foods, if any, trigger digestive upset or any other symptoms in the body.
[Makes about 4 cups]
5 roasted red peppers
1 1/2 cups slivered blanched almonds
1 large shallot, chopped
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
Juice from 1 lemon
1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon urfa pepper (or black pepper if you can’t find urfa)
1.) Pulse all ingredients in a food processor to desired consistency (should be chunky and crunchy still).
My Go-To Salad Dressing
[Makes 1 1/2 cups]
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 2 small lemons
1/4 cup mustard (I use stone ground or dijon)
1 teaspoon (or more) sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1.) Whisk all ingredients together. Store in an airtight jar on the counter for up to 3 days.
[Note: Be sure to use a whisk, not a fork, especially if you’re using dijon. This will help emulsify the dressing making it more even and smooth.]
2 bone-in breasts (skin on)
4 thighs (skin on)
1.) Allow chicken to come to room temperature before cooking – leave out on counter for 30-45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 250°.
2.) Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Using a knife, make a slit on one edge of the skin. Peel open skin (but do not remove) and generously sprinkle and work salt onto the meat under the skin before covering the meat again with the skin as it was.
3.) Roast chicken pieces on a rimmed baking sheet for about 2 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before shredding meat. Discard skin. Save bones for bone broth. Store chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the chicken by placing the meat in a container with bone broth. Chicken and broth are safe in the freezer for up to 9 months.
You guys!!! I’m beyond excited to release this movement + meditation video that I’ve partnered with the talented Kait Hurley on. In this video you will find Kait leading me through about 30-minutes of a booty kicking working with a 5-minute guided loving kindness meditation at the end. Kait is a brilliant teacher who focuses on how movement and meditation can transform your life, especially when dealing with stress and anxiety. I’m so inspired by Kait and the work she is doing, and this 35-minute video will give you a little peek into all that Kait has to offer. My hope is that you will use this as a tool to workout at home and maybe even feel inspired to start a more regular home practice.
Right now, you can sign up for a 21-day free trial on Kait’s site. This will give you access to all her online movement + meditation videos, plus her 15-day Challenge that starts on January 8th. The Challenge includes:
1.) 15-days of online workouts and meditations to tone your body, find your calm, and feel amazing. Workouts that meet you where you are—whether you are craving something restorative or turbo, Kait has something to give your body what it needs. Meditations are designed to help you ground down, find deep rest, reduce stress and gain clarity. Join the Challenge for free by signing up for your free trial here.
2.) Each day of The Challenge, you will:
Special shoutout to Outdoor Voices for providing us with the beautiful threads we’re wearing in the video.
After shooting our video, Kait and I sat down together for a little interview. We talk working out, meditation, where I draw inspiration from and more.
2018! I’m so ready and excited for you. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been working on a list of intentions and goals for this year. I’m sharing some of those below. Instead of just sharing what my intentions are, I decided I wanted to list the goals I have that will help me be successful. The goals are more actionable items while the intentions are the overarching idea I want to bring into my life. I hope this list inspires you to set some intentions for the coming year. Your intentions and goals don’t need to be crazy, unachievable items. They can be as simple as going on a walk once a week, or calling your mom every Thursday. Overall, intentions remind me to keep pushing and keep reaching to be better, to be the best version of myself that I can be. Happy New Year and Full Moon in Cancer!
Intention: Disconnect in order to reconnect with nature, family, friends and the inspiration that exists all around me. Goal: 2 days off social media per month (ideally 2 days in a row)
This one is so important for me this year. After spending a couple days off the grid in early December, I was reminded how beneficial and necessary it is to disconnect and take a break from social media (and email). To reconnect to my inner teacher and to the rhythms of nature. To more strongly connect with the most special and important people in my life. I’m aiming for 2-days-off in a row unless something that month prohibits me from doing so, in which case I’ll still take 2 days off just not consecutively.
Intention: Less scrolling, more page turning. Goal: Read 1 new book per month
My girlfriends and I started a book club in 2017, so this definitely helps motivate me towards my goal of one book per month. Really one book per month isn’t much at all, and I hope to increase that number with time. I’m starting a list of books I want to read, so if you have any favorites I should add to my list, please leave a comment on this post with the title and author.
Intention: Give my body and digestive system a reset after the holiday season and traveling to Mexico. Goal: #Wu30 cleanse for January.
Giving up sugar, grains, legumes, dairy and alcohol for 30 days in January. Ideally I would like to do some sort of cleanse 2-3 times a year. I used to do juice cleanses, but I haven’t done one in a couple years. For the warmer months, I might consider doing another one, or doing another #Wu30 later in the year. For me, it’s so important to give my digestive system a break and after a month of indulging and eating foods that don’t make me feel the best (usually when I’m traveling or around the holidays) doing a cleanse is the best reset.
Intention: Consistent full and/or new moon ceremonies. Goal: Host at least 3 ceremonies, and write in Many Moons workbook every month.
In 2017, I participated in several full moon ceremonies, but I want to be more consistent about it this year. I hosted one last year, but my goal is to host 3 in 2018. I also want to practice ceremonies on my own for new and full moons when I don’t have a group of women to participate. I’m using the Many Moons workbook this year to help keep me consistent. This moon journal is a great guide if you are interested in this sort of ritual or ceremony. I’m also working on a blog post that teaches you how to create your own monthly moon ceremonies, so stay tuned for that!
Intention: Approach conversations, confrontations, situations with patience, respect and love. Goal: Less defensive. Less reactionary. Take a few deep breaths or step away before responding/reacting.
I went a bit into this in my Instagram post, but overall I want to work on improving the way I respond to the circumstances in my life. I want to take notice when I get defensive or when anger arises from a conversation or confrontation. My goal is to learn to take a step back, to disassociate my reactions from my being, to be able to calm down before I respond or react.
Intention: Strength long-distance relationships. Goal: Call and FaceTime with family and friends 1 time a week.
I’ve noticed I use text as the main way to correspond with my friends and loved ones who live far away from me. I want to strengthen these relationships by committing to more conversations via phone and FaceTime.
Intention: Continue to embrace and accept my changing physical body. Goal: Self-care practice 3-4 times per week.
This intention will be one I have year after year. Aging gracefully is a challenge. I feel so grateful that I have so many amazing women in my life to look up to and learn from in this regard. I’ve found I feel the best and am able to honor and love my body where it’s at when I practice weekly self-care. Having a network of strong, supportive women helps, as does physical exercise, meditation and repeating daily loving mantras to myself.
Intention: Buy locally as much as possible. Goal: Limit Amazon orders to 1 time a month.
I’m SO sick of all the packaging and waste that comes from ordering online and receiving shipments. Unfortunately, some of it goes along with my job as a blogger, but I want to make strides to order less online and only accept free product from brands that I love. It’s so easy to just order things on Amazon when you’re in a pinch, but I want to limit to ordering only once a month (less if possible). I’m going to make a running list of things I need to order and place one order at the beginning or end of the month instead of several times throughout. And of course, if I can get it locally, that is my first choice.
Dry shampoo is a staple in my beauty cabinet. I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week, so dry shampoo is a savior on days in between washing. My hair is naturally very straight, smooth and overall pretty oily at the roots. For this reason, dry shampoo works wonders for me. Not only does it soak up excess oil, but it also gives my hair some texture and much needed body. I highly recommend it for people like me with very straight and smooth hair. I’m super excited to be partnering with one of my favorite brands, Mountain Rose Herbs, on this post. MRH is an amazing resource for all things natural beauty, as well as bulk herbs and spices.
This DIY Dry Shampoo recipe includes nourishing herbs to sooth your scalp and enhance your hair. I’ve included a variation for dry/sensitive/dandruff-prone scalps and one for more oily scalps. If you are brunette, or have darker roots/hair, I recommend adding cacao powder for a darker colored hair powder that will blend in with the natural tones of your hair. I’ve specially crafted 2 scent options for this recipe, but I also encourage you to play around with mixing scents or if you have a blend you love to use that. These powder containers from MRH are great for storing your finished dry shampoo, and can be customized with personal labels for the perfect holiday gift idea. You can also use small mason jars if you prefer.
Here are some of the ingredients featured in the recipe and their benefits:
Arrowroot Powder: Soaks up excess oil on scalp and hair without over drying. Used over cornstarch because arrowroot is harvested without the use of harsh chemicals or high heat. It is also loaded with beneficial nutrients for the skin.
Fuller’s Earth Clay: Fuller’s earth also absorbs excess oil and has astringent properties. It helps to regulate the production of oil and sebum by the hair follicles. Rich in minerals calcium, silica, iron, quartz and magnesium.
Yarrow Leaf & Flower Powder: Yarrow is a nourishing herb with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties. It’s a great herbal remedy for treating scalp conditions that may stunt hair growth. It leaves hair feeling soft and manageable.
Horsetail Powder: Promotes hair growth. Works especially well for scalp conditions such as dandruff, sensitive skin, inflammation, itchiness and dermatitis.
Oatstraw Powder: A good source of silica and magnesium which promote scalp health and hair growth.
[This post is sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Wu Haus Dry Shampoo
[Makes 4 bottles]
2 cups arrowroot powder
2 cups Fuller’s earth clay
1/4 cup yarrow leaf & flower OR horsetail powder
2 Tablespoons oatstraw powder
Optional: For dark colored hair or roots, add 1/2 cup cacao powder.
[Note: Use Yarrow leaf for oily scalp, and use horsetail for dry, itchy or sensitive scalp.]
2 Scent Options-
1.) In a large mixing bowl, whisk all powders for the base together. In a separate small bowl, mix together essential oils. Add essential oils to powder, and whisk well to remove any clumps.
[GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!! Thank you to everyone who entered, and congrats to Kelly Rose Heath for winning!]
I’m SO excited to be partnering with one of my favorite people on this post and giveaway. Max of Roots & Crowns is literally one of the kindest, most warm-hearted people I know. She’s wildly talented and her line of herbal apothecary goods is one of my absolute favorites. We teamed up this holiday season to bring you all an amazing Douglas Fir Chai recipe, a DIY Immune-Supporting Bath Salt recipe and an AMAZING giveaway. One lucky person will win the Ultimate Winter Self-Care Kit that includes:
Contest closes on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Adaptogenic Douglas Fir Chai
[Makes 2 16 oz chai lattes]
32 oz (4 cups) of hot water
1 1/2 Tablespoons Roots & Crowns Doug Fir Chai
3 Tablespoons coconut butter
1 Tablespoon tocos
1 teaspoon reishi
1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha
Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey
1.) Using a tea strainer and jar, or just a large mason jar and mesh sieve, steep chai covered for 10 minutes. [Covering while steeping allows for a deeper, richer flavor.] Strain out tea and reserve liquid.
2.) In a high-speed blender, blend chai liquid and all other ingredients on high for 1-2 minutes.
3.) Pour into mugs, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Winter is the season of going inward. Of short days and long nights. It’s a time when comfort and warmth are necessary elements of self-care. Here are some of my favorite winter self-care tips:
1.) Bring the Heat: Whether it’s fires in the fireplace, lighting lots of candles, warm baths, going to the sauna, drinking warm beverages, or cooking with warmer/spicier ingredients – follow your body’s wisdom when it comes to telling you what you can do to nurture the warmth during the cold season.
2.) Mind Your Body: It’s easy to become a little more physically stagnant during the winter months because there’s more of a lethargic energy surrounding daylight and the liveliness of the natural world, but keep moving. Bundle up and get some fresh air. Sweat it out.
3.) But Also, Embrace Rest: Winter is definitely a time for being more introspective and reflective. It’s ok not to feel as social and extend yourself as much as you would do in the lighter months. Just as we see the animals getting quieter and going into hibernation, our spirits crave that slower living during this time as well!
Baths with mineral salts are an age-old remedy for soothing sore muscles, healing skin conditions, improving circulation, and speeding up recovery from illnesses. This bath salt recipe is extra warming and immune-supporting. The oils included will help uplift the spirits, open airways for deeper breathing, and also add an anti-microbial, anti-viral aspect of protection for you against seasonal germs.
DIY Warming, Immune-Supporting Bath Salts
[Makes an 8 oz jar]
4 oz epsom salts
4 oz Dead Sea salts*
Essential oils of Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Clove, Lemon
1/2 Tablespoon oil (such as Jojoba, Coconut or Sweet Almond)
8 oz glass jar or metal tin
1.) In a large mixing bowl, add the two different salts.
2.) In a separate small bowl, mix jojoba, coconut or sweet almond oil, then add one drop at a time of the essential oils as follows: 2 drops Eucalyptus, 1 drop Rosemary, 1 drop Clove, 1 drop lemon. Mix well.
3.) Combine oils with salts and mix well so that the oils disperse appropriately.
[Note: I recommend a full 8 oz. of salts for a nice bath, and even sometimes indulge in a double recipe with 16 oz. of salts for an even more luxurious bath. When running the bath, pour the salts through the running water and let them dissolve.]
*Dead Sea salts have over 21 minerals in them and are extra yummy for your skin, but if you can’t find Dead Sea salts, you can use 8 oz of epsom salts instead.
This post is a long time coming. And here it finally is! I was inspired when I was planning out my holiday content calendar a month or two ago, thinking about gift wrapping and how much general waste we produce around the holidays. I am by no means perfect, or even close to it, but I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for reducing waste and plastic use. We can always strive to be better and even just adopting one of these tips into your routine and consciousness is a great step in the right direction.
If you’re interested in learning more about the zero-waste movement, here are some of my favorite bloggers + resources:
Without further ado, here are my top 10 tips for reducing waste and plastic use:
Become aware of your habits
By starting to become aware of what and how much plastic and waste you are producing each day/week/month is a great first step in working towards changing your habits. Try to pay attention to any patterns that result in unnecessary waste, areas that you want to work on improving and think of ways that you might be able to cut back. Becoming aware is a powerful first step in any practice. Remember not to be too hard on yourself. You can’t completely change overnight. But if you focus your attention on being better, each day/week/month your old habits will start to change.
Jars for bulk items
Rather than using the plastic bags at the grocery store for your bulk items, use glass jars (bonus points if you use reusable ones like cleaned out marinara or apple sauce jars). I like to keep my bulk foods in large mason jars at home. This way, it’s easy for me to take the jars with me to the grocery store to refill. I can see how much of each pantry item I have and when they’re getting low I pop them in my market basket to take with me to the grocery store. When you get to the bulk aisle, you first need to find the tare weight of your jars, which just means using the scale to write down the amount they weigh before you’ve filled them with food. Mark this weight on top of your jar with a marker or write it in a note on your phone. If there’s no scale available, tell an employee that you want to fill your containers from home and ask if they can tare them for you. Next, fill your containers and record the PLU code for each type of food so the cashier can easily ring you up.
Reusable drink containers
Using a reusable coffee mug and water bottle are two of the easiest ways to cut down your waste. If you buy a cup of coffee every day in a disposable cup, you’ll create about 23 pounds of waste in just one year. Using a reusable glass or stainless steel water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles is also an easy switch to make. I’m obsessed with my 1-liter BKR bottle. Unfortunately only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled, and recycled plastic water bottles can take between 400 to 1,000 years to decompose. Try to always remember to bring a reusable mug and water bottle with you when you’re traveling. If you like to use straws with your beverages, buy a reusable stainless steel straw and bring that with you too.
Cloth bags for grocery shopping
Instead of using paper or plastic bags at grocery stores, bring your own reusable cloth bags with you to the store. I like to keep mine both in my kitchen and back ups in my car so I always remember to bring them to the store with me. Invest in a pack of mesh produce bags, which you can also purchase at your local grocery store, Target or Whole Foods. You’ll be surprised by how much using these will cut down on your plastic bag use at the grocery store!
Using a compost bin is a great way to reduce food waste on a daily basis. I keep my compost bin under my sink so that’s it convenient to use and doesn’t smell up the kitchen. If your city doesn’t collect compost like Portland does (Yay Portland!), see if there are people in your community that would want your compost, such a local farm or urban garden. Many large cities also have composting services that will pick up your compost for you and provide you with a compost bin, such as Vokashi in New York City.
Purchasing from local stores is a great way to reduce waste. It reduces packaging, since shipping often wastes a lot of unnecessary plastic, packing peanuts, cardboard, etc., etc.. On a side note, buying locally also fuels and supports your local community. If you can only get certain products online, try to be conscious about who you’re buying from and try to support companies that are using conscious packaging practices if there’s a choice.
Bathroom products tend to be a big source of waste. Use recycled and unbleached toilet paper, recyclable plastic or bamboo toothbrushes and use cloth towels instead of paper towels (a great tip for the kitchen too). If you do need to use paper towels, always purchase the recycled and unbleached versions and compost them with your food scraps. When possible, buy your bath products in glass bottles and if you can try refilling your shampoo, conditioner and soap in bulk at your local grocery store or coop. If this isn’t an option, try to buy the biggest size bottle of whatever product you need in order to reduce your plastic waste.
Reducing waste around the holidays
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about how we can reduce waste when giving gifts. Instead of using paper when wrapping presents, try turning any brown paper grocery bags you have lying around inside out, use fabric or cloth wrapping bags, or wrap your gifts in cute tea towels (bonus the tea towel is a gift too!). If you choose to using paper wrapping, try to save after opening and reuse the paper for next year and/or buy recyclable wrapping paper. Reusing ribbons and gift tags are also easy ways to reduce your waste this holiday season. Another great way to alleviate holiday waste is by giving your friends and loved ones experience gifts. Take them to a musical or concert, make them an extra fancy dinner, treat them to a deep tissue massage or buy them a package of yoga classes.
I try to not only use glass tupperware at home for storing food and leftovers, but also when I’m at a grocery store or restaurant. I try to leave clean glass tupperware in my car for those situations. This way you can use your own glass containers for deli items at grocery store and for leftovers when eating out. If you’re at a grocery store deli bar and are eating in the store, opt for a reusable ceramic plate instead of the plastic to go containers. Using glass tupperware also helps eliminate saran wrap in the kitchen. I also love using these silicon airtight bowl toppers for leftovers instead of plastic wrap or foil.
When you can, make it yourself
Making your own broths, nut milks and nut butters saves on wasted Tetra Pak and plastic containers. If you do purchase nut butters from the store, opt for brands that use glass containers over plastic. That way you can reuse the jars for your bulk food items. Cooking your own food is a fun, healthy and sustainable way to consciously reduce your waste.
More gift ideas, HERE!