5 Simple swaps to reduce your daily waste!

March 14, 2018

There are two things you need to know about our zero waste lifestyle. The first is that we love stainless steel things because they are durable, clean, and can be reused even after it breaks!

The second thing you need to know is that we are not zero waste. It's impossible! I mean, we try really hard to reduce our waste but we still put a bag out every other week for the loyal garbage man but we have found that using the items listed below, greatly reduces the amount of trash we create and they are such simple and small swaps, anyone can reduce their waste!

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Reusable Straws

America throws away 500 million plastic straws every day so picking up some reusable metal straws and keeping one stashed in your bag will eliminate this trash from your life! We have these ones, and I love that they come with a little scrubber brush for the inside!

Water Bottle

Did you know there are 50 billion bottles of water bought each year and 80% of them end up in a landfill. When we head out on an adventure, we always all bring our own stainless steel water bottle, it is the simplest way to reduce your trash consumption!

Although there are the new cool, double walled, stylish models, we prefer the classic Coleman bottles because it is so durable and will last us a lifetime. We have used the new stylish double walled ones, similar to these, but the bottoms or lids have all cracked over time, it's heavier, and even though it is made with a recyclable material, it still makes me feel guilty to toss them because they have broken. The classic Coleman water bottle is the way to go!

Reusable Shopping Bags

1 trillion disposable shopping bags are used and thrown away every year. A TRILLION! We do our very best to bring all our own shopping bags when we head out for the day to run our errands. We try to buy ours from local shops to support our local small businesses but these are also a great option and come in a set of 4 cotton totes bags! The cotton bags are great because cotton is sustainable and when they get dirty you can throw them in the wash.

Zero Waste Coffee

We used to be the k-cup people but it didn't feel right! They were so cool when they first came out, everyone needed a convenient machine, and now we have an epidemic of k-cups on our hands with 9 billion k-cups making their way to the landfills last year.

There are a couple simple solutions for zero waste coffee making. This french press was our first solution, we loved making coffee at home with this french press but after breaking, and replacing, two of these french coffee presses, we discovered pour over coffee drippers and we love it! I suppose you could use a stainless steel coffee press like this one.

We now use this stainless steel pour over coffee reusable dripper. Because it is made from stainless steel and has a micro-mesh inside, we can make our coffee without a paper filter and it's so durable, we will never have to replace it! It even comes with a handy scoop!

Multi Use Food Storage

If you read my tiny kitchen must haves, you already know how much I love my Pyrex bakeware sets! They fit in my toaster oven to bake with, and are great for storing food in the fridge without using plastic! They have a rectangle set and a round set, we have both and use them everyday! Hubs packs his lunch in them everyday!


500 million straws per day: https://www.nps.gov/commercialservices/greenline_straw_free.htm
50 Billion water bottles per year: https://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/the-us-consumes-1500-plastic-water-bottles-every-second-a-fact-by-watershed.html
1 Trillion shopping bags per year: http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/campaigns/plastic-bag-facts.html
9 billion k-cups last year: https://mashable.com/2015/03/07/k-cups-landfill/

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