Zero Waste 2015

zero waste shopping materials

 

Over the past several months, I have expressed my desire toward different homesteading ventures. Gardening, raising meat chickens, preserving and building have been on my radar for quite some time now. It’s just been over the last year or so that I’ve begun to execute those goals. Yet it still seemed a bit scattered, in my head. It didn’t seem like the articles I read or people I followed espoused all the different facets of “going green” that I was interested in. Then I found out about the Zero Waste movement. Have you heard of it? It’s fantastic! I purchased Zero Waste Home on my eReader, and encourage everyone to check it out as well. Basically the author strives for a zero waste lifestyle, which means eliminating all packaging like single-use plastics and not buying into the consumerism of today’s society.

 

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I was so inspired by Bea’s writing that I decided we were going to do it. How could we not? We’re already halfway there! I’ve been cloth diapering for almost two years now, and we haven’t had paper towels since we moved to our new home. I feel like I’ve been slowly making my way over to Zero Waste before I even knew there was a name for it. So, what does this mean for the blog? Well, the focus will basically stay the same. I’m still going to build and write about our projects. Because of course building your own furniture is economical and ecological. I also plan to write more about our self-sufficient adventures, like gardening (that’s my garden diagram above, with over 50 varieties!). And the new aquaponics setup we are currently building. We’re paving the way to providing most of the food we require ourselves, and I think that’s a great journey to chronicle. But it’s not necessarily one everyone can feasibly do, so I want to cover other things. Things like…

 

fabric scrap rag dolls

 

Making holiday gifts out of scrap materials. These rag dolls are gifts for Caroline’s first birthday, and I used fabric remnants along with some new, made in the USA eco-friendly felt and stuffed them with tiny scraps of fabric and all those unmatched baby socks that seem to multiply. I’m really excited to share about these!

 

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Making my own pantry staples that used to be all store-bought and full of preservatives. Like this stevia extract I’m steeping with my home-grown organic stevia plant and local vodka. I have several great recipes and tricks I’ve found online, so I think a regular round-up post would be beneficial.

 

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Freezer cooking, and making my own “ingredients” like enchilada sauce and tomato paste. And of course the hardest part, Zero Waste Shopping. I’ve been hitting up the bulk aisles and toting my recycled jars to and from the grocery store long enough now that I feel I can share my methods.

 

So, there you have it! A new, bright focus for Killer b. Designs that truly has me fired up again. I have been struggling for a while with the consumerism of DIY blogging, as well as sponsor partnerships that didn’t seem to mesh with my new personal goals. I’m very excited about the months to come.

 

 

 




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9 thoughts on “Zero Waste 2015

  1. While I’m not really in a position to do all that you are, I am very interested in seeing just what I can do to lower my footprint. 🙂 Can’t wait to see where you go!

  2. A good read. Taking small manageable steps and making them good habits goes a long way towards righting our wrongs. In the meantime, I hope other bloggers can help change the world for the better, especially with all the harsh chemicals used in furniture restoration.

    1. YES! Oh, I hopped on the “let’s paint ALL the vintage furniture!” train early in my blogging career. I can’t express enough how much I regret it. I painted my husband’s grandmother’s gorgeous wood vanity. I still have it, and I’m hoping to be able to bring it back to it’s original glory without poisoning the earth in the process. Fingers crossed!

  3. Love your ideas, I may not be able to use them all, but even one or two will help with stopping waste and needless spending.

    1. Thank you Sharon! I’m planning to post about my more easy methods that are more accessible to folks not in the country. Things like how to reduce package consumption at the grocery store, and tips on reducing single-use plastics in the home. We’ve had a fun journey so far and I’m excited to push it even further!

  4. So excited to hear more! Would also love to hear more about your freezer cooking….I lwould over to do more but hate all the preservatives many meals call for!

    1. That’s great Jamie! I’m surprised to hear about preservatives. I haven’t done much researching into the big freezer meal focused websites. Really I just make a bunch of my favorite recipes and freeze them in individual portions. But I have a post about it coming up soon!

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