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Non-Paper towels

Posted by Laura Porter on

We get a lot of questions about paper towels. When we go through our kitchen and try to remove waste, it's virtually inevitable that we see paper towels. Americans have an obsession with this disposable product, but more and more people are making the shift away from them. Non-paper towels are becoming increasingly common - just like they used to be, and we're excited to stock them now. When we received a cold call to buy them from a wholesaler in Florida, we knew we could do better. So we reached out to Mishka Hands and asked for non-paper towels... and she was...

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Zero Waste Bubble Party!

Posted by Laura Porter on

As the weather got warmer and the kids were going outside, we did a Giant Bubble Challenge in the backyard. Part entertainment, part science experiment, we set out to see how best to make giant bubbles... the zero waste way! The kids grabbed a few kitchen items that we had lying around, and tried different configurations of bubble wands. They tried bending a coat hanger, using chopsticks and twine in various shapes, using straws and string, and even pipe cleaners. We then mixed up a few different solutions to see what worked best. Of course, we started with the old tried-and-true dish...

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Our Favorite Eco Documentaries

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Tapped: The high cost -- to both the environment and our health -- of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activist, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. (Amazon) Minimalism: People dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness are interviewed in this documentary showing less is more. Biggest Little Farm: Chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade life in LA for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the...

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Shelter-In-Place musings

Posted by Laura Porter on

During this time of shelter in place, the increase in garbage for a family who strives for zero waste is frustrating. Bulk food bins are closed, Instacart shoppers put our produce in plastic bags, and groceries are also delivered in new plastic bags. California has spent years getting shoppers habituated to carrying our own bags, and we suddenly were asked to go back to generating garbage. Republic Services, the second largest garbage and recycling hauler in North America, has laid out major disrupting factors to their business – including an expected 30% increase to residential waste volumes as people stay...

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Supply Chains & COVID-19

Posted by Laura Porter on

These last 6 weeks have been a wild ride on the business front. If you're on this page, you're probably curious about how these supply chains may or may not be impacting our business, and what to expect in the future. The current issue in the supply chain is - Packaging! No joking - all of our distributors and backup distributors are out of stock with spray nozzles, pumps, and even glass bottles of packaging. We're stocked now, but still monitoring our suppliers to ensure we don't run out of these key items. Luckily, our entire business model is structured to help you get these items only...

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