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Why recycling isn’t going to save the planet

Why recycling isn’t going to save the planet

8 Minute Read. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.   We’ve all heard this phrase before, but why is it that we’ve only ever put the last step into action? Probably because recycling is easier than actually changing our habits. I’ve been recycling ever since I moved to […]

Everlane: A True Leader in Sustainable Fashion

Everlane: A True Leader in Sustainable Fashion

7 Minute Read. Have you ever thought of asking: Who made my clothes? Were they paid well enough to support their family? Are there any sustainable fashion brands out there? It’s not often that great fashion is paired with ethical standards (or comfort for that […]

3 Kitchen Must-Haves for Zero-Waste Living

3 Kitchen Must-Haves for Zero-Waste Living

5 Minute Read. Having to cook for yourself every day can be a total pain in the arrssss, especially when trying to avoid items that come in excessive and unnecessary packaging that we all know is bad for the environment. So wouldn’t it be great […]

5 Tips for Thrifting: Sustainable Shopping 101

5 Tips for Thrifting: Sustainable Shopping 101

7 Minute Read. Thrifting. It’s never been my cup of tea. In fact, it can be freakin’ exhausting with all those racks and the overwhelming abundance of styles. Not to mention the suspect idea of knowing nothing about the former life of your clothes. I […]

Is this Compostable? A Guide to Understanding Compostable Products

Is this Compostable? A Guide to Understanding Compostable Products

  10 Minute Read. Have you ever seen those products that have the word ‘compostable’ written on them, like disposable forks, knives, or food containers? These compostable products often look like plastic and feel like plastic, but are actually made from plants. Now, getting away […]

Plastic Free July – Don’t Overthink it

Plastic Free July – Don’t Overthink it

a great way to start is by not using these ⬆ 8 minute Read Plastic Free July is upon us!   And if you’re not familiar with Plastic Free July: it’s a challenge to refuse single-use plastic during the month of July. You can pledge to […]

How to Pack Everything You Need into a Carry-on Bag

How to Pack Everything You Need into a Carry-on Bag

5 Minute Read. 3. 2. 1. 3 Weeks. 2 Countries. 1 Bag. I’m heading to Spain and Germany, and I’ll be traveling with nothing more than a carry-on bag. Every time I do this, I’m reminded that I really don’t need as much as I […]

Zero Waste Travel Kit: How to Reduce Waste on Vacation

Zero Waste Travel Kit: How to Reduce Waste on Vacation

8 Minute Read. On last week’s post, I talked about my Zero Waste Toiletry Kit, which eliminates waste while keepin’ it fresh and clean on vacay. But what about when we’re hangry after a day tour, checking out local street vendors, or face deep in […]

Zero Waste Toiletries – What Do I Pack?

Zero Waste Toiletries – What Do I Pack?

8 Minute Read. This summer, I’m taking (2x) three-week trips abroad, and will be packing everything I need into one carry-on bag. Yes! You heard right: 1 bag for THREE WEEKS! I’ve always hated checking luggage on a plane for fear of having to wait […]

5 Ways to Use your ecoffee cup

5 Ways to Use your ecoffee cup

3 Minute Read. Multifunctionality. It’s one of the key principles of sustainability. However, we are often trained by excellent marketing ads to think we need the perfect tool for every job. To clean the house, we NEED: Windex for our windows, Lysol for our counter […]

A Plant-Based Diet: the Solution to … well, a lot of things

A Plant-Based Diet: the Solution to … well, a lot of things

11 Minute Read. In 2013, a friend lent me the book Eating Animals. It gave me a new perspective about the human-animal dynamic we are all a part of without imposing its beliefs on me. The book allowed me to process the information without graphic imagery or […]

Makeup, Insecurity & Sustainability

Makeup, Insecurity & Sustainability

7 Minute Read. What’s in your makeup bag?   Aside from an array of powders and creams, I guarantee the most common item found in your makeup is plastic, since the majority of it is packaged in just that. With this in mind, I recently […]

3 Ingredient Tooth Powder

3 Ingredient Tooth Powder

6 Minute Read. “What’s in my toothpaste?” Survey Says! A TON! Additives such as sorbitol (sweetener), sodium laurel sulfate (skin irritant), and cellulose gum (filler) are prevalent in all of the major brands. And most of them aren’t even needed to clean your teeth, so why are […]

Zero Waste (One-Ingredient) Nut Milk

Zero Waste (One-Ingredient) Nut Milk

4 Minute Read. ‘Nut Milk’. It has a certain Je Ne Sais Quoi . . . Don’t You Think? Even better is the term: ‘Nut Bag’, which in actuality, has the ability to do so much more than squeeze the juice out of your nuts. […]

What about the Broccoli Stalks?

What about the Broccoli Stalks?

2 Minute Read. Did you know that Americans throw out approximately 40% of their food every year? That’s not only a ton of money going down the drain (about $2,275 for every household of 4), but its also the largest contributor of waste in our […]

Is this Recyclable? A Beginner’s Guide to Waste Disposal & Recycling

Is this Recyclable? A Beginner’s Guide to Waste Disposal & Recycling

7 Minute Read. Most of us know that glass, metal, and paper are recyclable, but what about toothbrushes, rubber bands, and old computers? These items don’t really fall into standard recycling categories, so what do we do with them? The truth is: there’s no one-size-fits-all […]

How to Save the World Without Lifting a Finger

How to Save the World Without Lifting a Finger

4 Minute Read. Ok maybe you have to lift a finger, but literally, only one finger . . . How many times a day (or week) do you Google something?   Do you know that Google performs approximately 40,000 search queries every single second (InternetLiveStats)? This means […]

My Top 10 Food Storage Faves

My Top 10 Food Storage Faves

6 Minute Read. Who’s hungry? Oh wait…that’s me! But seriously, let’s talk about food ‘cus I’ve got some goodies for you. One of the biggest sources of household waste comes from the kitchen: Ziploc bags, Glad Tupperware, and dare I say it . . . […]

Picking Up 1 Piece of Trash a Day could Change the World

Picking Up 1 Piece of Trash a Day could Change the World

 5 Minute Read. “More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year” (Plastic Oceans Foundation), and that number is expected to increase tenfold in the next decade. If this doesn’t put your radars on high alert, let’s take a look […]

Sustainable Periods . . . they exist!

Sustainable Periods . . . they exist!

7 Minute Read. Women have been socialized to be discrete about something that happens to them every month, but today I am bringing it front and center. Yup! We’re gonna talk about women’s periods. Men, this ain’t your blog post (unless you’re just curious . […]

Eco Kits Starting at Just $25

Eco Kits Starting at Just $25

2 Minute Read. The thought of Climate Change can feel overwhelming at times. Am I right? Raise your hand if you’ve ever said this to yourself: How can I make a difference if I’m only one person? But “never doubt that a small group of […]

Reduce your Amazon Packaging in 10 Seconds

Reduce your Amazon Packaging in 10 Seconds

6 Minute Read. You know that feeling —> You just got home and your Amazon package has arrived! You slice open the box with burning excitement to get your product, and you see a mass of plastic air pillows engulfing your itty-bitty product. We all love […]

Detergent-Free Laundry…oh yeah, its a thing

Detergent-Free Laundry…oh yeah, its a thing

5 Minute Read. What would you say if I told you that laundry could be done without detergent? You’d probably be skeptical…right? (**Don’t worry, I’ll help you pick your jaw off the floor after reading this.**) Last year, I went to the Green Expo in […]

5 Bathroom Swaps for Aspiring Zero-Wasters

5 Bathroom Swaps for Aspiring Zero-Wasters

4 Minute Read. The Average American goes through 656 bars of soap, 198 bottles of shampoo, and 156 toothbrushes in a lifetime (National Geographic).   The way I see it, we have 2 clear options here….either stop being so damn clean 😉 or switch out […]

Confused about what Zero Waste actually means?

Confused about what Zero Waste actually means?

5 Minute Read. Don’t worry, I was too…But after tons of research and almost a year of focusing on reducing my waste, I finally understand it. “At its most basic, zero waste is about significantly reducing, and eventually completely eliminating, the amount of stuff that we send […]

My New Year’s Resolution: #DitchThePlastic

My New Year’s Resolution: #DitchThePlastic

2 Minute Read. Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared different ideas about lowering your waste. Today, I’m going to make a pledge of my own: Starting January 1st, I will track every plastic bottle, bag, straw and utensil I use for the entire year.  My goal is […]

B.Y.O.B.B. – 2 EASY Ways to Lower Your Waste

B.Y.O.B.B. – 2 EASY Ways to Lower Your Waste

4 Minute Read. [Not so] Fun Fact:  “In 2007, US consumers purchased more than 33 billion liters of bottled water …. The total energy required to produce [such a large amount] is equivalent to 32-54 million barrels of oil.” To break it down further, each bottle of water requires […]

The 5 Best Reusable Straws

The 5 Best Reusable Straws

3 Minute Read. Every bit of plastic ever created still exists. You can’t change this fact, but you can change how much plastic is produced from this day forward by exercising your power as a consumer. In the US alone: 500 MILLION straws are used EVERYDAY. […]

Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Sponges

Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Sponges

3 Minute Read. Hey, when’s the last time you threw out your sponge? **SPOILER ALERT: probably not recent enough**   A recent study published on Scientific reports proved that your kitchen sponge contains more bacteria than your toilet. And what do you do with that bacteria-infested sponge? You […]

Sustainable Living is about Progress not Perfection

Sustainable Living is about Progress not Perfection

5 Minute Read. Be advised: this blog post contains Mature Content not intended for young audiences. I was taught from a young age to strive for perfection. And although I now understand how detrimental that mindset can be, it still whispers unwanted judgment and criticism […]

Where it all started

Where it all started

2 Minute Read. It all started with the desire to create something while making a difference. I started Mama Eco two years ago with the goal of making a living doing what I loved. In the first iteration, I made wooden planters out of reclaimed […]