Here’s a peek inside my low-waste kitchen sink + cleaning tools. (I figured that since I cleaned my sink I’d might as well show it off!)
These are uncertain and challenging times. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are finding themselves without childcare, working from home and homeschooling at the same time. It’s no easy feat. I’ve been brainstorming some activities for myself and my son while we’re isolating at home. For myself, I’m trying to balance my natural urge to “be productive” with some more calming and grounding activities that I know I need for my mental health.
I hope these ideas spark some inspiration for you too!
Introducing: 60 simple ways to go Zero Waste in 2020! Huge disclaimer: I’m very, very far from perfect. Some of these resolutions I have yet to figure out. And of course the huge elephant in the (plastic-free) room is that we need a heck of a lot more than individual swaps to get ourselves out of this environmental mess we’re in.
“Waste is a product of negligence,” explains Ubuntu Canteen’s Executive Chef, Dave Gunawan, when I ask about his restaurant’s low-waste practices. “There’s no waste in nature, and it’s not in our vernacular either.”
But he’s talking about more than scrapping plastic water bottles and single-use coffee pods. “We need to take a multifaceted approach. We can see it through the lens of ‘Zero Waste,’ but it’s more holistic.”
Recently I was invited to dine at Ubuntu Canteen, and of course my husband and I leapt at the chance. We were thrilled to have a night out and experience the restaurant we had heard so much about. Transparency: this dinner was gifted.
What if you don’t have a bulk or refill store near you? It’s a common question when trying to go zero waste and such an important topic to explore. For those in certain areas, refill stores are nowhere to be found. I get it!