Posts Tagged ‘zero waste’

9 Minimal Waste Ways to Read a Book

Hey everyone,
this one goes out to all the book lovers. I have tried to create an extensive list of resources to satisfy your cravings for reading material. I am personally a big fan of bookstagram. Bloggers who are part of this movement post beautiful shelfies and give great reading recommendations. My problem with this: the temptation to buy the prettiest books immediately and shiny new is immense. So regardless, if you are a book worm that reads hundreds of books a year but also are a minimalist or you are somewhat of a collector and are working on establishing your library, there are options out there for you, that don’t use up too many resources like trees and water.

Temporary / digital books

  1. The public library: This is the best solution in my opinion. You’re supporting the local sharing community and you’re not spending any money. Familiarize yourself with what your library has to offer. Besides the physical books and CDs and DVDs, lots of libraries have an online presence, where you can check out ebooks, audiobooks, and eMagazine. Chances are, the selection is even better than the physical selection and you don’t even have to go to the actual library.
  2. Your friends: I love talking about books with my friends. Find out what they are reading, share your recommendations, and lend each other your books. Depending on your devices and formats, this is even possible with ebooks.
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Sustainability: My first 5 zero-waste swaps

My first five zero-waste swaps

Hi everyone,
I’m so excited to share my first “minimal waste” post with you. I want to address a few things before we get started, though: I am in no way a perfect “zero waster” of even “minimal waster”. I just recently started this journey and thought it would be fun to take you along with me. There are so many awesome zero waste blogs out there that have way more extensive and detailed advice for you than I will ever have. However, I found that these blogs can be overwhelming, especially in the beginning. That’s why I thought, my first baby steps might be interesting for you. Also, these five swaps might not be the first swaps that come to mind. Everyone starts these lists with reusable shopping bags but I wanted to share with you the swaps that came easiest to me maybe even before I really thought in terms of minimal or zero waste. Enjoy!

Swap 1: Bar soap

  • Why is this swap a good idea? First of all, you can avoid the big plastic containers – bar soap can be purchased wrapped in paper or even better, completely unpackaged. Check Lush, Whole Foods, or your local health food store. Secondly, liquid soaps contain a large percentage water but you’re going to add water when you wash your hands anyway. So why do we need water in our soap? Additionally, you have the chance to shop local and be picky when it comes to the ingredients.
  • How did I make the swap? My dad actually initiated this zero waste swap long before I moved out. He was annoyed by the moisturizing effect of liquid soaps and prefers the really clean feeling of bar soaps. So he did his research and started buying bar soaps from a local soap maker. They had so many different ones for different purposes. My mum would always store them in our closets to make our clothes smell nice and fresh.
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