Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

With a little pre-planning, zero waste grocery shopping is possible and can actually make shopping on a budget easier. When you go to the grocery store with a list, you’re less likely to make impulse purchases, and by buying in bulk, you can buy exactly how much you need. It’s best to make a listContinue reading “Zero Waste Grocery Shopping”

Zero Waste Practices That’ll Help You Achieve Your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is a time of reflection—both on the past and into the future. What served us in the past year and what didn’t? What habits do we want to cultivate and carry into the new year and what do we want to leave behind? Many of the most common new year’s resolutions canContinue reading “Zero Waste Practices That’ll Help You Achieve Your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions”

How to Sustainably Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

In the US, 50 million Christmas trees are purchased every year, and of those, 30 million go to the landfill after the holidays are over. There are many ways, however, to avoid the landfill and give your tree another life. Most cities have Christmas tree recycling programs and will grind Christmas Trees into mulch toContinue reading “How to Sustainably Dispose of Your Christmas Tree”

Zero Waste Gift Wrapping

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the amount of trash Americans produce increases 25%—amounting to one million extra tons of garbage each week! Raise your hand if you knew that most wrapping paper wasn’t recyclable. Bummer, right???? Shiny, laminated wrapping paper is actually a recycling contaminate—if you include it in your recycling bin with otherContinue reading “Zero Waste Gift Wrapping”

How Do I Recycle <Insert Hard-to-Recycle Item Here>?

  What if you have items that aren’t recyclable in your curbside recycling program, but you really want to recycle them? In Nashville, you have a few options! First consider selling, trading, or giving away your unwanted items. Places like Turnip Green Creative Reuse accept lots of hard-to-recycle odds and ends, including half-melted candles, bottleContinue reading “How Do I Recycle <Insert Hard-to-Recycle Item Here>?”

15 Zero Waste Actions for Beginners

Want to reduce your waste but don’t know where to start? Here is a list of zero-waste swaps to get you going (and save you money!) Bring your own bag(s) to the store and refuse plastic bags. Ask for ‘No straw please’ when you go out to eat/drink—and if you’re a straw person, bring yourContinue reading “15 Zero Waste Actions for Beginners”

What Is Zero Waste?

Here’s the thing, Zero Waste is one giant misnomer. There’s really no way to live a truly Zero Waste lifestyle in Nashville, or anywhere for that matter—you’re bound to send something (probably many somethings) to the landfill. To be “Zero Waste” in our present society means to re-evaluate what we think we need, reuse whatContinue reading “What Is Zero Waste?”