Zero Waste Master Class

Hey Guys!

Yes, my first master class. (Side note: It’s driving me nuts that I can’t find online whether “master class” is one word, or two. Bear with me.) I am so cussing nervous, but also excited. I am walking this weird internal line of “Only 7 spots!? That’s gonna sell out too quick and people are going to be so mad at you.” but also, “7 whole spots!? Are you nuts! How are you going to fill that?!”

I’ve been wanting to host a class for awhile now. When I started this zero waste journey, a lot of people had a lot of the same questions. Even though I love talking about zero waste and love answering anyone’s questions, I thought that a class would be a great alternative.

I am so looking forward to having a room full of like-minded people, all eager to make a change.

I am also very excited to shutdown stereotypes and bring a whole new outlook into the mainstream daily life. I get teased a lot at work and most people that are from the south call me granola and ask me if I shave my legs. Which is fine. I know most of the time it’s all in good fun. What upsets me more is that there’s this assumption that if you care about the earth, you also don’t bathe, don’t shave, and spend all your free time inside a drum circle. If that sounds like you, carry on with your bad self, but that’s not me.

If I can help change the public’s view about people who are “green”, I’ve succeeded. Nashville is such a growing, contemporary city and I am so excited to potentially be a part of that change and growth.

The class is going to be an hour long, and I will also be giving everyone a “Zero Waste Starter kit” at the end of the class. It will go over what zero waste is, why it’s important, and how to start on the journey yourself. I hope to focus on the very important fact that the goal for everyone may not be zero waste, but less waste. I really hope that when everyone leaves my class they understand that by simply bringing a reusable water bottle, rather than a plastic bottle, they’re a superhero. I don’t want to bring on any guilt or any paranoia that they all have to be zero waste or they fail.

Baby steps, guys.

If you’re reading this, live in or around Nashville and are thinking you might want one of those 7 spots, click here.

If you don’t live in Nashville, but know someone who does – feel free to spread the word like wild fire.

The community I’ve fallen into and the friendships I’ve made on Instagram have really helped me throughout this journey. They answer all the questions and encourage me during those little victories. I really, really hope to create that same camaraderie here, in person, in Nashville.

Talk soon,

PS: Special shoutout to Lauren Singer and Andrea Sanders for really inspiring me to go through with this class. They’re awesome and their websites are super helpful. 🙂

My First Month Counting My Trash

I DID IT! I MADE IT! One month of trash was able to fit into a mason jar. I was nervous that I wasn’t aware of how much trash I was actually making and that my jar would fill up after, hmmm – a week. For anyone who thinks this is impossible, it’s not. If I can do it, you can do it.



Most of my trash was plastic. Obviously. I had a couple large items like the cheese plastic bag, the plastic that the cauliflower was wrapped in and I bought some brussel sprouts that just had to come in a mesh bag. Also that super gross looking tissue at the bottom is the wax paper that came under some fries I ordered. Doesn’t smell good. [see above] Medium items were all the produce wrappers. So dumb. [see below]

produce wrappers

These made me the most mad because – WHY? Why?! Drove me nuts that carrots are wrapped twice and every produce item had a sticker on it. I started only taking fruit that the sticker had fallen off, and then just writing down the SKU number to tell the person at checkout. I am going to try and avoid these stickers and wrappers by shopping at a farmer’s market.

Small items included the plastic seals on kombucha bottles, the wrappers from nyquil and dayquil, a couple straws and random plastic wrappers on things I didn’t even realize I was buying.


One million tissues from when I was sick. I only have a couple cloth napkins at this point and with the amount of yuck I was producing, those towels wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Anything to do with my lady bits. Because I’m not switching over to anything zero waste at this point and also why would I collect that? Gross.
Anything I owned before my zero waste journey. I haven’t counted anything I owned before because purposely using those items to get rid of them so that one day I can be completely waste free. *I’m looking at you, old make up and face wash*


Q-tips: I know everyone says they’re bad for you and you shouldn’t be using them to clean your ears in the first place – but I think visible wax in your ear is disgusting. I’m not down to walk around with that. Sorry landfills.
How I plan to make this zero waste: No idea.

Personal flossers: I would use normal floss that you wrap around your fingers and such, but that never seems to go well.
How I plan to make this zero waste: There is that machine that uses water to floss, rather than actual floss. It’s about $35.00 so it’s definitely affordable – just have to save up for it.

Oxyclean: I know some people use a mixture of dawn and peroxide or any other combination of things – but those definitely dont get out the stains well enough. (I’m looking at you, turmeric…)
How I plan to make this zero waste: If anyone knows of a really good homemade stain remover, let me know. I want to be able to get out everything. EVER-Y-THING.

I was making trash that I didn’t consider trash. For instance, when I’m in a public restroom, I’m not going to take in my linen napkin to wipe my hands. Nasty. So now I swing my hands around like a crazy person and then wipe my hands on my pants, or use the air dryer if they have them. I know a lot of people say those blowers are like a bacteria breeding ground, so I’m hoping I don’t die. Shout-out to the bulk hand sanitizer we have at work.

Trash from eating out is something I kind of ignored until this month. I didn’t count the straws I was served, or the napkins that were brought to me. That’s the restaurant’s trash – not mine, right? How about wrong. The struggle here is I’m brought the napkin and the water before I am even asked. So a lot of times it’s a losing battle. I’m going to make “no straws” one of my top priorities. But I’m already the weird jar lady and I don’t want to add the “picky bitch who says no straws in her whiskey” at the bar to my list of nicknames. :/

Most places are nice, some are – less nice. I usually only encounter problems with newer employees. I do feel like crawling inside my own skin whenever I hand the employee my jar and they say they can’t accept it, or they don’t know and then run and get a manager. I know I’m doing a good thing, but when there is a line of people behind me and they’re now having to wait for this weird hippie to see if her stupid jar is okay to be used – that’s when I want to just take the trash and cut my losses. So embarrassing. So awkward. But like I said, it’s usually only new employees that don’t know me yet.

I did try and order Starbucks for the first time since going zero waste. Although I worked at Starbucks for about 3 years, I still wasn’t on my game enough to make no waste. I started saying my order and held up my jar, but they started writing my order on the cup before I could say I brought a jar. Also, I know a lot of the time Starbucks employees use a cup because they need the lines to measure the drink. So a part of me wants to say it doesn’t have to exact, please don’t use a plastic up. But that’s also super embarrassing and I’d feel like an asshole. The struggle is real.

The impact I’m having on my coworkers seriously makes my day, everyday. One of my managers bought me a huge recycle bin and that made me so cussing happy. Even though I’m the weird jar lady, everyone has been so supportive. Zero waste at work has been a breeze with these awesome coworkers.

Thanks to everyone that has liked or commented on here or instagram. It makes me feel like I’m not doing it alone. And shoutout to my boyfriend for still wanting to be seen with the lady who brings 10 containers to Whole Foods and needs them all separately weighed. You’re cool.

Talk soon,

I’m Not a Millionaire

Hey Guys!
I’ve been meeting so many amazing and helpful people on instagram and I love seeing all of their zero waste journeys. What I have noticed is that every has mason jars, and a bamboo toothbrush and metal straws and the special mason jars with the lids that have a straw hole and cloth bags for produce and farmer’s markets that are fully stocked.

So frustrating.

My Container Store items alone were over $40. I don’t have an extra $40 to spend every week to become waste-free. So I binge read a lot of blogs and looked at the beginning of a lot of peoples’ waste free lives. None of them started with buying everything at the get go. I’ve watched some YouTube videos that kind of tell you “everything you’ll need” and I think being trash responsible isn’t a cake recipe. I can’t go out and buy all these materials in one store trip.

I have been calling around to thrift shops and places like that for mason jars – no one has any. So I guess I will be going to Walmart to buy some, prepackaged in plastic. -____- So defeats the point. As far as cloth bags for trail mix and produce, I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on how to make your own. I’m going to gather up some old pillow cases and see how that goes. Although, I don’t have a sewing machine and can’t sew at all. I’m going to assume that my lack of skills is going to make everything harder.

With all the fancy stuff, like bamboo toothbrushes and stainless steel straws, they’re going to have to come with time. Like I keep saying with the bathroom purge or with your kitchen, don’t go through and throw everything away and buy all new eco-friendly stuff. You’re wasting money with the stuff you currently have and it’ll be too overwhelming. I had to keep telling myself that today and I was shopping on No, I can’t afford to buy 10 toothbrushes for $60. That’s insane to me at this moment. I can however look and see what they offer and maybe save for one item. Step by step.

BUT! I did sign up for Nashville’s compost service! So cussing pumped. As I’ve said, at least half of my waste comes from food. I’m so excited to be able to put that in a proper location and have it be reused for something positive. On a selfish note, very excited to also maybe have the trash can smelling better. I’m assuming that’s where all the lovely smells come from and I’m really looking forward to not having to fight that smell battle.

Speaking of trash, we ran out of trash bags and needed to buy more. It made me so defeated having to buy them, even though I know they’re a necessity at this point in my zero waste life. I’m really, really, hoping it’s the last box of trash bags we will ever use. Granted, I don’t think I’ll be completely trash free like Lauren Singer, so we will need trash bags here and there. Especially because this is my journey and I’m not going to force my boyfriend to brush his teeth with baking soda or stop buying fruity pebbles. But I think I definitely produce the majority of trash in our relationship, so my goal is that by the end of this new box of trash bags we will only need the small size. Hey, maybe by then I’ll be eco-savvy enough to find a better way to line a trash can than with a plastic trash bag. Ooooh! Or maybe because all our food waste will be in the compost, we won’t even need to line the bin. Who knows.

Talk soon,

The Struggle Is Real

Hey Guys!

So I thought I would catch up with you about how this journey is going so far. I am absolutely IN LOVE with how many people have replied to my Facebook posts or texted me saying that my blog has made an impact on them. I think I’m addicted to hearing how all of you are making little changes in your life, just because you read one of my posts. But hey, there are worse things I could be addicted to – you’re welcome mom.

First things first, the issues.

Obviously most of my waste is in the kitchen, so naturally most of my problems revolved around food. Over the past couple weeks I have found myself trying to buy zero waste food while out of the house. Many times I end up waiting until I get home because I don’t want to pay for a $15 burger and/or ain’t nobody got time for that. Also, the burden of being allergic to practically everything makes it that much harder to find little zero waste snacks. (Shoutout to everyone else who is celiac/GF.) I didn’t really succeed at all with finding on-the-go food.


I did have a GF chocolate chip cookie once, but I had to awkwardly just sit in the cafe for a whole 10 minutes to eat it. I don’t know why I think that’s so weird, to just sit for a short period of time. Maybe because most people get everything to go and are living a fast-paced life? Maybe because if you get something ‘for here’, you have a laptop, a medical journal or are editing a lot of B-roll for your YouTube channel? Whatever it is, I felt very uncomfortable getting something for here and then staring out the window for 10 minutes, then leaving. But hey! If that 10 minutes saves some trash, I can get over my weird complex.

[GF Chocolate Chip Cookie and Blueberry oolong tea (don’t worry, I recycled the cup) from Dose Coffee & Tea]

In the next coming weeks I am going to try and solve my food problems. I have decided to start carrying a backpack, rather than a purse. That way I can store some reusable sandwich bags, a mason jar and everything else I usually carry, without having to bring like five purses.

It was my birthday this past weekend and my boyfriend won at life and bought all my presents at the container store. We are going on a date night later this week to drink wine and paint, but I’m honestly so excited for my container store presents. 🙂

Container Store
[(L to R) 30oz mason jar, reusable spoon/fork/knife utensil, reusable/washable sandwich bag, stainless steel lunchbox.]

Hoping this will help with my starvation throughout the day.

Next issue I am having is produce. As you saw in my grocery store haul post, almost all the produce I wanted was wrapped in plastic somehow. I didn’t think much on it, because I was at Kroger, and not Whole Foods, and I also hadn’t tried the Farmer’s Market. Now I have…

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

It was a big failure. Although all the produce looks nice and I would have loved to support local farming, there wasn’t much option and the produce that was there wasn’t anything I was interested in buying. I did grab a bag of peaches from The Peach Truck for my boyfriend, and he said they are delicious. It’s been in the 90’s the past couple weeks here and the produce definitely looked sad. The only leafy green options was kale. I know I should want to eat kale but I do not want to eat kale.

Now that I have a sense of what the Farmer’s Market will offer, I plan to go there when I need those specific produce items they sell, but there’s no way it will be able to replace my grocery store produce shopping. It’s just hard to justify the drive all the way out there for 2 tomatoes and a couple ears of corn. I plan to go on a Whole Foods shopping trip and will let you know how that goes. I’m hoping I will also be able to find more bulk food options, like pasta and olive oil, to reduce on my container trash. Please pray for my bank account.

Last but not least, what is trash? I am getting most of my information from Lauren Singer and she defines trash as anything she can’t recycle or reuse in some way. But honestly, that means a plastic water bottle is totally fine to buy everyday and recycle at night. It’s recyclable. It’s not trash. So I am slowly learning what is actually harmful vs trash. Yes, that water bottle could be recycled, and therefore can’t exactly be considered “waste”, but it’s wasteful. Using a mason jar or any sort of sustainable water bottle just makes more sense. It made me realize that maybe this journey isn’t about going zero waste, but zero plastic. Right now all my tupperware is plastic ziplock containers. Is that wasteful? I’ve reused them for years, but when I’m done with them – can I recycle them? When I’m done with my glass or metal containers, do I recycle those? For now I’m not going to feel bad or beat myself up over a plastic based container if I’m using it over and over, but I also won’t be purchasing them anymore.

Now for the positives! Woo!

Asking Starbucks or Smoothie King to put my beverage in my mason jar is proving not awkward at all. Starbucks also gives a 10 cent discount if you bring your own cup and I’m assuming I’ll find more businesses along the way that do the same.

Smoothie King
[My last Smoothie King in their styrofoam cups and the mason jar that I will use instead. ]

I know in California it is now illegal for companies to use plastic bags, so everyone brings their own canvas bags, which is awesome. I definitely try and use my canvas bags as much as possible, but there are those days where I forget and don’t want to drive back home. I mean, I’m already at the market. Good thing is, most grocery stores have trash cans outside that are solely for plastic bags. So even when I feel like a failure at life when I forget my bag, I know that I can at least recycle the ones that I will be taking home with me.

Finally, eating homemade meals is making me feel really good. Yes, I feel super cool, but more importantly I feel healthier. I don’t have worry about if there’s secretly gluten in what I’m eating and I also don’t have to worry about packaging or wasting anything. I’ve also had a lot of weight gain from my birth control and thought that was inevitable. My doctor told me it was going to happen and I thought I was eating super healthy – so I didn’t know what else I could do to combat the weight gain. But honestly, my clothes are already starting to fit again because I am eating more “clean”, as some people would say. Plus, I’m learning new recipes and eliminating a lot of chemicals and extra fats and oils by knowing exactly what I am putting on my plate. I still want to make zoodles, but don’t want to have to buy the machine to make zoodles. Have you made zoodles?

Hope you made it to the end of this post! haha. I know it’s long. Thank you again so so much to everyone that has commented on my blog. I love you so much. It honestly makes my whole day when someone asks me about it or texts me and says they never realized how much plastic was in their life. I’d love to go on this adventure together with all of you rather than alone, so keep letting me know what you are up to.

Talk soon,

Lush Haul

Hey Guys!

One of the biggest areas, besides the kitchen, where I realized there was the most plastic in my life, was the bathroom. Although I don’t really mind it because most of the products that come in plastic containers are recyclable. Nashville accepts all 7 types of plastic, but I am currently doing more research to figure out what weird plastics I can and can’t put into my recycle bin, like my toothbrush and shampoo bottle. In any case, my friend Katie said I had to go checkout Lush, so we adventured.


shelf 2

The store is so cussing cute!

shelf 3

The main reason I wanted to venture into Lush and find more sustainable beauty products was because of chemicals. In all my sustainability research, I am learning about so many more forms of pollutants besides plastic – chemicals, being one of them. Before, I never cared about what was actually in my beauty products. Now, I am trying to be more aware.

The most shocking thing I have come across is microbeads. Here I am, trying to reduce my plastic waste, and the whole time I’m flushing plastic down my drains every night. Microbeads are most commonly found in body scrubs and facial scrubs.

Those little beads that I thought were just dissolving and creating the suds, are actually microplastics that I am then rinsing down my drain – out into the ocean.

I feel like such a hypocrite. Like I said in my previous post, I don’t want to throw anything away. So right now I am just crying, washing my face with this microplastic sadness, until I am done with the bottle. My face washes at the moment are Aveeno positively radiant skin brightening daily scrub and Neutrogena oil-free acne wash in pink grapefruit. I know that they are microplastics because they have “polyethylene” in them. Shoutout to those of you on Facebook who checked their scrubs and face washes for me! None of you had polyethylene in your products, so that made me happy. I will head on over to CVS or Target and let you know what I find. I wanted to buy Lush’s facial wash/scrub but I used up all my budget by the time I got all my hair products. Whoops! I also have bad acne and am scared if I don’t use harsh products on my face, it’ll come back.

Now, for the haul.

(L to R) Curly Wurly shampoo, R&B deep conditioner, T’eo deodorant, Dirty toothy tabs, Veganese conditioner.

Curly Wurly is a coconut based shampoo that has the consistency of a thick paste. They told me at the store to only use a nickel sized amount. I have been using a little bit more since I have so much hair, but it still definitely doesn’t feel like the shampoo I am used to. Although, once I’m out of the shower it feels completely normal. So far it’s weird, but I love it.

R&B deep conditioner is literally the greatest smelling thing. Seriously. Guys. Just buy this and stick your nose in it. It’s made with Jasmine and I am absolutely in love with this product. It goes on your wet hair after the shower and I even put it in my dry hair before I go out somewhere just so I can smell it. I bought the smallest size and use about a dime sized amount and still find that might be too much – and I have a lot of hair. Definitely worth the money for the amount, also the smell. Have I told you about the smell?

T’eo deodorant is…. interesting. First of all, I’ve never used a deodorant. I’ve always used an antiperspirant. Adjusting to sweating is… odd. Also, when I was researching Lush online, I assumed T’eo would be the same consistency as a solid deodorant stick. I was wrong. It’s made with sodium bicarbnate which feels like if flour and sugar had a lovechild. Applying this to my underarms feels like I’m just wiping dust under there and it’s just falling off. Surprisingly though, it works really well. Like I said, even though I’m now sweating more, it doesn’t smell. Also, if we’re being real – I had to start using a natural option. Without getting too gross and personal I was using my boyfriend’s leftover Axe deodorant that he hated because he said it burned. Thinking he was just exaggerating, I used it. Not only did my underarms break out in bright red hives, they were rubbed raw and layers of skin were peeling off. I had to stay inside for a whole day and just apply neosporin. How is that legal? Terrifying. Also, please tell anyone using Axe deodorant that they are making bad life choices and that they can borrow my neosporin if they need. Ugh.

Dirty Toothy Tabs was a last minute register purchase. One of the major advertising topics for Lauren Singer’s zero trash life is her making toothpaste with every reporter that’s interviewing her. Made me realize that yeah, that tube my toothpaste comes in isn’t recyclable and that sucks. Making my own toothpaste or buying a natural alternative would be a better idea. But listen, I don’t want to have to sacrifice my white teeth and fresh breath (most times) in order to save the ocean. If I have to choose one plastic to keep in my waste footprint, it will be my toothpaste tube.


As you can see, it wasn’t exactly enjoyable, but also not horrendous. You take the little tab, chew it to break it up and immeditaely start brushing your teeth with your wet tooth brush. I got the spearmint flavor because it smelled the best and most like toothpaste. Gotta ease into this situation… Chewing on it was definitely the worst part. So bad. The brushing wasn’t that bad and it foams up just like normal toothpaste. Overall I don’t know if I’ll be able to transition. It’s only $5 for 40 tabs, so I’m assuming that evens out with my current toothpaste, and the box it comes in is recyclable. I am worried about the effects of just using a product that basically is just baking soda and spearmint. I don’t want any cavities people! I will say though, my teeth feel more clean than usual and I’m assuming that’s because of the coarse texture of the baking soda vs the gel texture of my current toothpaste. (My boyfriend also tried it and was glad it left his mouth, but could get used to it.)

Finally, Veganese conditioner. I bought this because although I literally want to swim in the R&B deep conditioner, it’s just for after the shower and I needed something for in the shower. Very skeptical about this product as well. I have hair for days and usually go through a Costco sized conditioner in a month and now I am going to try and make a $25 8oz bottle last me the same? Yeah right. But as with all Lush products, you only need a small amount. I have only been using Veganese for 3 showers and so far it’s completely effective. Smells so good, it’s main scent is lemon and that makes me really happy. Currently, I am using about a half dollar sized dollop. Don’t know if I’ll purchase this again just because of the price and the fact that I am rocking a mane of hair. But it’s definitely a great product and if I had less hair, I would definitely fork over the dollars for it.


They also gave me a sample of Retread, another conditioner. I haven’t used this yet, but will keep you posted. I just thought it was so cool they gave both Katie and I a sample for the road.

The customer service was so on point. I was sat down and each product was massaged onto my forearm and washed off so I could feel and understand the benefits of each product.

lush arm

I definitely will go back to Lush. I had such a great experience and am in love with the way my hair smells. Everything was very pricey, but I understand that when things are natural and handmade, it’s going to cost more. Plus, the company is so sustainable and so eco-friendly. Visit Lush Cosmetics to read about everything they do and stand for. I almost don’t even care I’m spending an arm and a leg for something I can get for $3 at Target because the company is so awesome and I smell so awesome and the skin on my armpits isn’t falling off. So many positives.

Talk soon,

Cleaning Supplies

Hey Guys!

Let me just start off by saying I am very skeptical about going waste free when it comes to cleaning our apartment. One time I saw this DIY microwave cleaning video on YouTube that said to put a bowl of half water, half vinegar into the microwave and cook it for about 5 minutes. I really don’t think I am exaggerating when I say it was one of the worst smells that has ever happened, ever. Not only was the smell very offensive, but it didn’t even clean my microwave any better than just a clorox wipe.

But now that I really want to commit to going trash free, most importantly, plastic free – vinegar and I need to start getting reacquainted. I found the video below and will be using it as my guide as I try and clean my apartment with vinegar.

While researching a zero waste life, a lot of people have said don’t go into it immediately and throw everything away. I am definitely taking that route into my new trash free life. I don’t want to waste money by throwing away everything just because it’s plastic. Below are all of my cleaning products I currently have under my sink.

Cleaning Supplies

I don’t even know where half this stuff even came from, but I will wait to go through all them before I start making my own cleaning products. Might be a couple months, but I am excited to start making them and choosing my own scents.


Crepe a Diem, Seize the Crepe!

So yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting in on a ‘Sustainability in Small Business’ discussion at Jackalope Brewery, put on by Urban Green Lab. The speakers were Brittney Blackshear and Chris DiNello, the business partners behind the foodtruck, Crepe a Diem.

Crepe a Diem

Listening to them was really inspirational. They are about 90% waste free, which is so impressive from a mobile restaurant. They use recycled plant based utensils, recyclable boats, napkins, and cups (without the lids or straw). Yes, it’s more expensive, but Brittney says she sleeps better at night knowing she might be making a difference in this generation’s plastic waste footprint. Chris made it clear that even though being green is more expensive, you can’t then turn around and upcharge your product. From a business standpoint it’s hard to justify buying a plant based fork, when the people next to you are using plastic forks for over half as cheap. That’s personally, why I think they are so amazing. They are sacrificing the money, for the cause.

The benefit comes down to relationships with vendors and customers, and knowing you’re putting out great quality, sustainable food. Crepe a Diem uses local ingredients whenever possible. Building up a trust and respect between vendor and restaurant has proved to be an asset that Brittney and Chris value and plan to keep around.

Crepe a Diem

I am so glad I got to meet them and talk to them about my personal sustainability goals and share thoughts about where this plastic pollution is going. I loved their spirit and enthusiasm toward going green and holding themselves responsible. They said sometimes it’s awkward telling a customer they don’t have a lid for their beverage, but for every person that asks why they don’t – that’s another person educated on plastic waste. To combat any products they don’t make in house, ie: canned sodas, Crepe a Diem has recycle bins placed outside their food truck.

Brittney and Chris go the extra step, and it makes me so excited for the future when I know people like this exist in the world. If you want to support Crepe a Diem please visit here for their schedule and menu. So if you’re in Nashville, I’ll see you at Sevier Park on Sunday!

Grocery Store Haul

Hey Guys!
Today was the first time I went to the grocery store and tried to buy items that were sustainable. I bought a lot of fresh veggies, but it was really hard to find vegetables that weren’t wrapped in plastic.



I usually buy bags of shredded lettuce, shredded carrots, etc. So this trip I was planning on buying a head of lettuce to cut myself. I was really upset that the lettuce heads were wrapped in plastic. Meanwhile each kind of cabbage, romaine lettuce, and a variety of other salad basics were not wrapped in any plastic.

The bananas drove me insane. I wanted to buy organic, but if I bought organic it came with a plastic wrap around tag. No idea why that’s necessary, seeing as it’s in a different section of the store. Maybe theft prevention, for people who put organic in their cart and ring up regular? Either way, so annoyed with that plastic.

My next confusion is cheese.

bags of cheese

blocks of cheese

So if I want to buy sustainable, non plastic cheese – where does that happen? I even wandered over by the deli where you can get fresh cut cheese off a wheel or block. All of those were wrapped in plastic as well. I am really confused about cheese now. Really confused.

I totally understand that I can go to the farmer’s market to get veggies without plastic, but where do you get cheese? I don’t remember seeing cheese at farmer’s markets, at least not blocks that were just open and had no wrapper.

This was also the first time I didn’t buy one prepackaged food item. No power bars, no frozen foods or dinners, no chips, no cereal. It was really weird over thinking everything I buy, especially because after I wrote down my grocery list and deleted all prepackaged foods, I was left with just ingredients to make enchiladas (ignoring the ever so illusive cheese). So what the cuss can I buy? I don’t want to eat eggs every morning. Yogurt’s containers are recyclable, but the foil or plastic seal isn’t. Every waffle or bread item for the morning is wrapped in plastic. At the moment I have oatmeal and egg whites for my “quick breakfast” items now – which still take longer than popping a waffle in the toaster while I put on my makeup.

The lesson I learned today, was I didn’t realize how much plastic I was actually buying. The most impact I made today was not putting anything in the plastic bags at the produce department, and not buying any prepackaged foods. I still had to buy items with plastic, though. I think it will get easier with time – but at the moment I am not looking forward to the fact that all the food I eat is going to take longer to prepare. I am, however, looking forward to less chemicals and teaching myself new tricks in the kitchen.

Talk soon,

Making This Professional

Hey guys!
I have joined Tennessee Women in Green, or TWIG, a sustainability nonprofit for women here in Nashville. So pumped! My first meeting was yesterday, the 10th, and it was so refreshing to be in a room full of women who also were just as passionate, if not more, about sustainability and helping out Nashville in general. I met with so many strong, smart, dedicated women and I can’t wait to see what I can bring to this group to further the cause.

Becoming a part of this group has just refueled the fire inside me to make a difference. Below is a video I loved watching and it gave me that extra boost of inspiration.

Now it’s just a matter of trying to adapt some of Lauren’s daily habits. I definitely won’t be making my own beauty products/toiletries, but maybe an alternative is figuring out if anything I do normally buy is recyclable or if there is an organic alternative. The most I contribute to plastic waste is definitely by food. Everything I buy is wrapped in plastic it feels like. Especially when I buy anything frozen, or powerbars and quick snacks for work. I will definitely keep you posted on my journey goes into trying to become less wasteful. Also, I am looking into where my recyclables go once I put them in the toter out front.

Talk soon,

PS: special shoutout to Hawaii, (click here), for eliminating most plastic bags!

Wait – What?

I get a lot of people who look at me like a crazy person when I store the recyclables in a pile at work, (there’s a bin on my walk home, so I can recycle them) or tell me they don’t really care and that 5 water bottles are not going to make a difference.

True. Collecting a couple water bottles and soda cans at the end of my day isn’t going to solve the problem, nor are those saved bottles going to make an impact on the greater issue. I do it to start a change in the everyday pace. If I start collecting bottles and one person I come into contact with changes their daily habits to incorporate recycling – I have succeeded.

Below is part III of a documentary from 2007 filmed by Vice. I highly recommend watching the whole thing, but the end result is the part with the most impact.

I hope I can persuade a few of you to understand how important a clean ocean is. In the documentary, they say every women tested has had a positive result for the plastic chemical inside them. Every. One. Our whole ecosystem depends on water, and all our water is polluted. Yes, you may not get cancer, you may not swallow a piece of plastic and die, but you are effected and infected by plastic.

The Captain of the ship says to the producer of the documentary that it’s impossible to clean up. Since this was shot in 2007, it’s thankfully out dated and a superhero has come through and discovered a way to help. Below is the TEDx talk from Boyan Slat discussing how he plans to/is cleaning our big blue ocean.

I apologize if my soap box attitude is being shoved down your throat, but I can’t say it enough that we need to do something about this on a day-to-day personal level. We are all responsible and we all can step up and make a change. Start with those 5 water bottles and let me know how it goes! 🙂