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Making a Zero Waste Kit With Things You Already Have

Hey friends! Zero waste and low waste living has had a lot of buzz lately, which is overall an amazing thing! Yay for sustainable habits! But I want to debunk the idea that you have to go out and spend a ton of money on zero waste items in order to start cutting down on single-use waste. Truth: you can create a little zero waste kit for little to no money! Here’s how: Step One:…

5 Reasons To Visit a Farmers Market In Your Area

Longer days, warm weather (unless you’re also in the northeast) and lots of sunshine aren’t the only things to love about this time of year. In cities across the country, late May and early June brings the return of farmers market season. Many rural and urban areas offer the ability to open-air shop the spring, summer and fall harvests — in addition to other handcrafted foods and goods. In celebration of the recent reopening of…

10 Ways To Have An Eco-Friendly + Sustainable Summer

Certain sustainable habits can be practiced year round, but each season also has its own set of unique opportunities for intentionality and sustainability. This weekend we had our first pair of sunny and warm days, and with Memorial Day approaching I figured it might be the perfect time to share a few intentional activities for having a more sustainable summer! Some of these practices might be familiar to you, but I hope that maybe you…

Put Your Veggie Scraps To Use + Make This Easy Veggie Broth.

Ever find yourself with a giant pile of veggie “ends” when you’re done prepping a recipe? If you’re able to compost them, great! If not, you can at least put them to use before throwing them away by making a delicious veggie broth! You don’t need to make a pot of broth every time you have leftovers. Keep a designated bag or container in the freezer for saving the ends until you have enough to…

Kombucha Tutorial Part Two: Bottling, Flavoring + Second Fermentation

Your kombucha has fermented for roughly 2 weeks and it’s the perfect amount of sweet and tart. You observe a nice healthy culture growing on top. So now what? It’s time to bottle up your kombucha and add flavoring agents for its second fermentation! But What Is The Second Fermentation? Technically, there is nothing wrong with drinking your kombucha immediately after the first phase ferment, but there won’t be any carbonation since it was brewed…

8 Ways To Reduce Food Waste At Home and On-The-Go

Food waste makes up a staggering amount of the trash in our landfills. It’s easy to assume that since it’s food, it would simply decompose in a landfill. But the lack of oxygen in trash bags and landfills actually prevents microorganisms from carrying out the decomposition process. Thus, the food waste in landfills sits there for a very long time. But there are many things we can do to lessen the amount of food waste…

Kombucha Brewing Part One: Setting up The First Fermentation

I’m going to be trying something new around here… video tutorials! Yes, I have tried a couple of video tutorials before, but the first few tries were a struggle. Something felt different this time, so I’m planning to make it a more regular thing! For this first DIY with Megan video, I’m taking you through part one of the Kombucha Brewing Process! Kombucha is a delightfully bubbly fermented tea full of probiotics and enzymes. If…

Sustainable Living: A Journey, Not an Overhaul.

Despite what you might assume, sustainable living is still relatively new to me. I remember when I decided it was time to make changes. We we’re standing in line at the grocery store, and I was watching the cashier place only two items into a bag, doubling it and moving on. “We really should start using our reusable bags.” I said to my then fiancé, with a strange feeling inside. Around this time, I had…

Sustainable Living DIY: Make Your Own Chamomile + Rosewater Toner

Rosewater toner (or hydrosol) is all the rage right now — and for good reason! Rose is an astringent herb, meaning it has a naturally tightening effect on tissues. Conventional toners are also astringent, but the tightening is via alcohol and other chemicals. My face is becoming increasingly sensitive as I get older; and in the last couple years, I’ve become more aware of the harmful chemicals in conventional skin care products. Slowly adopting a…

How To Make Homemade Almond Milk

I know, I know. The universe probably wasn’t looking for another recipe on homemade almond milk. But in the spirit of wanting to be a one-stop wellness and sustainability shop, here we are! It’s been about 2 years since I first made homemade almond milk and, if I’m being honest, I haven’t made it all too often since. Not because it isn’t incredibly simple, but because it’s really easy to put a carton of store…