A Zero Waste Christmas… sort of.

Hey guys!

I’ve seen so many great zero waste christmas ideas, from DIY soaps and scrubs to wrapping all your gifts in scarves. They all look so cussing awesome and I planned to participate this year.

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I’m not.

I realized those gifts and that type of wrapping is great for local gifts, but not for shipping. Having family on opposite sides of the country makes present giving a little harder. Although I consider myself someone who is organized, I really dropped the ball on Christmas this year.

Next year, I will definitely start buying the presents for everyone is September. haha. I realized that if I wanted to zero waste wrap all the presents I bought, I would have to have the presents shipped to me, then wrap them in a zero waste manner, then ship them to my family members. Totally doable, just not at the last minute.

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I would also like to point out that my family members like to send “Santa letters” to each other with links on where to buy them, to make everything super simple and easy. Next year, I plan on hunting down the items instead of purchasing them online so I can avoid all that packing waste.

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The other reason why I felt kind of weird going completely zero waste this year because I had so many bags and boxes and wrapping paper left over to go through. I really wanted to clear out all of those items before I started replacing them. I know I could have donated or recycled the items, but I’m way too into the mindset of “I bought it, that’s my money, I need to use it.”

Let me know if you guys have made any zero waste adjustments to your holiday traditions and if they went smoothly or not.

** All these images are borrowed with permission from @rocket_science on instagam. She has such an awesome zero waste account and if you need any inspiration on zero waste wrapping, definitely check her out. **

Talk soon,
Audrey

Zero Waste Flying

Hey guys!

I have to admit, I dropped the ball a bit on this post. I was planning on taking pictures of everything and making this super cute post about how easy my zero waste flying experience was – but life and my nerves got the best of me. I took no pictures, played Adele’s new album on repeat, and tried not to barf during take off and landing. (just FYI, proud to report, no barfing. Thanks Adele. You’re the real MVP)

First thing I did was google what I could bring through TSA, surprisingly it was a lot. They basically hate liquids, jellies, and spreads, but are totally cool with everything else. What IĀ ended up bringing was 3 12oz mason jars full of trail mix I made, some apples, and a sandwich. I also brought my empty Brita filtered water bottle and had them fill it up once I was at the gate.

I was so excited to go through security and have them not even care. It was so nice knowing I wasn’t creating any waste while flying and the best part is I didn’t have to pay a million dollars for a water and a sandwich once I was at the airport.

That’s about where the happiness ended. I totally forgot about cabin pressure and science and everything that comes along with that. On our first flight out, I wasn’t too hungry and didn’t open any of my food. I did have a full water bottle with me, that decided to literally fountain out of the mouth spout once we hit cruising altitude. It went all over my sweatshirt, my pillow, and I had the pleasure of sitting in water for the whole flight.

When our connecting flight took off, I was wiser and wetter (:/), and decided to loosen the top off of the water bottle and open the mouth spout so there wouldn’t be any way for any pressure to build up. I was on top of it and watched it the whole time. No water was spilled, but by this time, I was hungry.

I reached down for one of my mason jars, went to screw off the top, and it popped off and made this loud gun shot noise. The top of the jar flew off and separated about 3-5 rows in front of my seat. As you can imagine, that is basically the worst sound to hear on a full plane. People passed back my lid and top to the jar, and I think everyone was a little shaken the rest of the flight. The trail mix tasted a bit bitter after that.

Sorry guys, I was hungry. Lesson learned.

In conclusion, zero waste travel is definitely possible – but should come with warnings. Watch a Bill Nye episode about pressure and then fly with your zero waste supplies. TSA was super easy to get through and no one questioned my jars or stainless steel lunchbox. I’m happy to say it was a success, albeit an enteratining success.

Talk soon,

Audrey