Picking the Zero Waste Shampoo That’s Right for Your Hair

You’ve spent your whole life buying shampoo from the drug store around the corner and picking the brand that promises all those hair features you’ve always wanted. Now you’re ready to ditch the plastic bottle, and you want to make sure that whatever swap you’re choosing leaves your hair clean and healthy. The problem is … More Picking the Zero Waste Shampoo That’s Right for Your Hair

What is Localism and Why Does It Matter?

You may have heard of localism or brands promoting “shopping local,” which means prioritizing one’s own local area or region, typically doing so by patronizing locally sourced goods and locally owned businesses. With the rise of online shopping and subsequent struggle for brick and mortar retailers to stay in business, of course local companies want … More What is Localism and Why Does It Matter?

9 Plastic-Free Ways to Freshen a Room

250 million Americans used air freshener sprays and room deodorizers in 2018. While we don’t know what percentage of Americans are using waste-intensive versions, one can infer. A quick online search for air fresheners yields a long list of plastic-packaged products with few exceptions. But we know there’s nothing inherent to air fresheners and room … More 9 Plastic-Free Ways to Freshen a Room

DIY Lotion Bars: All the Smooth Skin, None of the Packaging Waste

Bars are, like, pretty great. Oh wait, we’re not talking about that place you go to knock back an IPA (although those bars are pretty great too), we’re talking about shampoo bars, soap bars, laundry stain bars, and lotion bars — those bars that eliminate the need for so many plastic bottles that would otherwise … More DIY Lotion Bars: All the Smooth Skin, None of the Packaging Waste

34 Ways to Reduce Waste Without Spending Any Money

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of discovering reusable alternatives to single-use plastic, but for those who are on a budget, looking for a place to kick off your low waste journey, or just want to brush up on fundamentals, we’ve come up with 34 ways to reduce waste without spending any … More 34 Ways to Reduce Waste Without Spending Any Money

Animal-Based vs. Petroleum-Based: The Leather Dilemma

The market for vegan leather seems to be, well, booming. As a dietary vegan, I’m pretty pleased about this. But as a plastic-avoider, I’m torn (most vegan leathers are made from plastic). Given a choice between real and vegan leather, which is more ethical, and which is more sustainable? I’d be skeptical of anyone who … More Animal-Based vs. Petroleum-Based: The Leather Dilemma

19 Low Waste Sun Care Products (‘Cause the Beach Doesn’t Need More Plastic)

If you’ve heard the recent news about potentially toxic chemicals leeching into our bloodstreams through sunscreen, perhaps you’re on the prowl for a nontoxic mineral alternative. Or perhaps you’re like us and find the idea of using plastic for a product meant specifically to be used in nature to be painfully ironic. If there’s no … More 19 Low Waste Sun Care Products (‘Cause the Beach Doesn’t Need More Plastic)

Why Banking Matters

When we think about ways to be more conscious consumers, our focus tends to be on how we actively spend our money — like supporting brands that keep plastic out of their supply chains. However, our dollars have an impact even when we’re not the ones spending them — like when they’re sitting in our … More Why Banking Matters