Category: MISC

Zero Waste Tag | Tea With Shia

Grab a nice, hot, yummy cup of tea, and let’s talk trash 😁! My favorite kind of talk LOL.

I have recently started to dip my toes into the big youtube lake. And there, the Zero Waste Tag has being going around youtube like lice in a pre-school, which, unlike, lice, is a good thing though 😝. Fellow zero waster Christine from Snapshots of Simplicity (blog | youtube) kicked off the tag last October.

In light of all the zero waste bloggers out there, I thought it would be great to start a zero waste tag — we all have different stories, motivations, favorites, and perspectives, but we all come together and unite in our passion for reducing waste!

When Christine told me about the Zero Waste Tag, I loved it and instantly decided I would also film a Zero Waste Tag video. Of course I started out by watching all the other Zero Waste Tag videos aka procrastinating LOL, but in a very inspiring way 💚.

A big shoutout to Christine for starting the tag!
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3 Truly Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

We can probably all agree that 2016 was quite the 💩  year with a disturbing amount of major political #facepalm moments, which were and still are hard to shake off. I actually made the mistake of starting this article with a recap instead of just the resolutions. I basically ended up showing 2016 the finger🖕 in only 600+ lengthy words, talking about Brexit, Trump, this year’s oh-nevermind-Trump-just-got-elected-let’s-just-binge-eat-ice-cream-instead UN Climate Change Conference, terrorism, out-of-the-closet xenophobes, homophobes, and of course racists, war in Syria, Fortress Europe, and twisted American bathroom bill discussions. Aaaanyway, I decided to not bore all of you with these old news in order to end this disturbing year on a more positive note: What can we do to make 2017 a better year – for the planet, the animals, everyone around us 💚  and most importantly our own sanity, because I know I for one cannot bear another year like this one. So pour yourself some numbing substance (or a stimulant – your choice) and let’s roll up our sleeves and get this mess cleaned up 💪! Read More

8 quick and easy hacks for a plastic-free July – or any other time of the year ;)

July 3rd is the International Plastic Bag Free Day. If that’s too boring schmoring or too amateur level for you, I dare you to go plastic-free (single-use plastic) for the entire month of July! What? Don’t chicken out now!

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©Plastic Free July – click on it to get the large picture (get it 😉?)

Here are some quick hacks on how to reduce your single-use plastic consumption drastically without breaking a sweat. Read More

12 Practical Green New Year’s Resolutions #GoGreenOrGoHome

1 Ditch bottled water

This is actually a super easy one. Just stop buying bottled water, duh! It will save you a lot of trouble. No spending money on this madness, no driving gallons and gallons of water home, no carrying all these heavy bottles into your kitchen anymore.

Did you know that the water quality of tab water is generally more strictly regulated than bottled water? In Germany where we live, tab water is the best controlled food. Nevertheless, most people here are concerned and convinced that the tab water in their area is somehow not drinkable because it’s “hard water”. Guess what? “Hard water” is admittedly bad for your electric appliances – but it’s actually good for YOU! By definition, hard water is water with a high mineral content! Yes, the expensive mineral water you buy is hard water!

2 Swap disposables for reusables, packaged items for unpackaged

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Meeting Béa Johnson, Best-Selling Author of “Zero Waste Home”

If you are reading this article, it’s probably because you have been inspired by Béa Johnson or by Lauren Singer. And as far as I know even Lauren Singer was inspired by Béa Johnson! Still, if you happen to not know Béa Johnson – shame on you! LOL, just kidding 😉 ! She is the very first person to prevent waste up to cutting the waste her family of four generates to only a quart sized jar full of waste per year!

She started to share her experience and many useful tips 2010 on her blog Zero Waste Home. In 2013, she published the bestselling book Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste. Only five years later, Zero Waste has become a movement, and Béa the spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle.

Right now she is on her second international speaking tour covering Canada, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and of course, her native country France. We went to her only stop in Germany on November 19, 2015, in Kiel (aaaaall the way up north) in Germany.


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