What About Hunting?

Call it lack of ambition, but meat hasn’t been a huge part of my diet this summer. Not only is it a pain to find without plastic wrapping, but the truth of the matter is that I just don’t eat that much meat. I’ve had moral problems with it for years, but the kind of…

Buying New

Dated June 27th, 2016. I looked everywhere. Everywhere. I couldn’t find a used kayak that was small enough for me to carry, but big enough to be a stable multi-purpose watercraft (I want to be able to at least do overnight trips, aka bungee straps on the front/back and a watertight compartment). So I just…

Dirt vs. Dirt

Okay, so I’ve talked on and on about food. While I’m aware that I have a slight obsession with food at this point, I have noticed another wasteful trend. It would seem to me our culture has a little bit of a germ phobia. Look under your sink. One time use wipes, kleenex in all…

Update: Personal Change Matters

About two weeks ago, thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I found myself face to face with a widely circulated article that genuinely shook my otherwise solid grounding in zero waste. Forget Shorter Showers is an essay by Derrick Jensen. The thesis goes as follows: Personal change does not equal social change. I know…

Groceries: Sore Shoulders & Simple Living

Okay, so maybe grabbing the 36oz glass jar of Adam’s All Natural Peanut Butter wasn’t such a good idea after walking to the grocery and gathering bulk goods to make granola bars. But at the expense of my shoulders, the entire escapade left me with a week’s supply of fruit and no waste to show…

The Horse Before the Cart

After traveling with such a small bag and even smaller wardrobe, my outlook on material excess has shrunk- literally. Cleaning out my closet was one of the first things I did when I returned, and I didn’t just stop at clothing, donating several additional boxes of items and objects that were just collecting dust on…

How To: Scrap Paper Keepsake

Save your ticket stubs, your receipts, your stickers and your stamps! You can’t always control where and when you pick up a bit of un-recyclable trash, but you can choose how to use it. Rather than scrolling through hundreds of photos from my three month journey in southeast Asia, I’ve managed to fit all the…

Small Town Zero: Here Goes Nothing

Zero waste: a beautiful practice of existence that emphasizes sustainability and environmental concern. Participants of this culture pose in pictures holding small mason jars of garbage- their yearly (and sometimes years, multiple) worth of trash. Of course, that’s not all they do. It’s amazing, it’s mind-boggling, and as many of the articles I’ve read point out,…