February 15, 2015

Giveaway: Sustainable Toothbrush from Brush with Bamboo

It is recommended that we replace our toothbrushes every three months. When you are using a plastic, single use toothbrush the garbage begins to pile up. In fact, over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced worldwide every year. That's a LOT of plastic waste.

Is there anything we can do about this? Yes.

One of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact is to switch from a single use plastic toothbrush to a compostable bamboo toothbrush, and now you have the opportunity to win some from Brush with Bamboo.

They manufacture eco-friendly toothbrushes using minimal plastic. Unfortunately the bristles are still made of certified BPA-free nylon, but they can be recycled. The handle is made of pure bamboo and can be composted, the wrapper is made from plants and is commercially compostable, and the box folds together without using glue. The entire product is verified to be Non-Toxic and USDA Certified Biobased.

All in all, it is a much better alliterative to conventional plastic toothbrushes. I have been using mine for years. You can see it in my Zero Waste Toothpaste video here:

Win one by liking Trash is for Tossers and Brush with Bamboo on Facebook and commenting below with a pledge on how you will reduce your waste this week. a Rafflecopter giveaway The best part? You can upcycle them as well like they did as these awesome plant markers!

February 13, 2015

Valentines Day.

Tomorrow is Valentines day. 

A day of EPIC consumerism. But my dad just did the most incredible thing for me. Instead of buying me cut flowers, he planted 50 trees in my honor. 

It is the most thoughtful valentines day gift I have ever received and totally Zero Waste. 

If you have a lover or friend that you are wanting to celebrate tomorrow - think - is there any way of doing something for them that shows you love them without having to purchase something or without purchasing something that will just be thrown away? Think about how much packaging comes around a box of chocolates. 

Could you buy them flowers that grow instead of cut ones? Succulents? Or even some seeds instead of cut flowers. 

Or better yet- could you do something together? Like cook dinner or plan activities?

My last boyfriend stopped buying me flowers early on in our relationship because he knew I got sad when they died. I have always preferred something that could grow instead of wilt away. 

These types of "non-conventional" Valentines Day gifts, in my opinion, mean so much more than a stock card or box of chocolate because they require forethought, effort, and planning. 

Does anyone else have ideas for Zero Waste alternatives to conventional Valentines Day gifts? 

January 30, 2015

Zero Waste Toothpaste: On YouTube!

My YouTube channel has officially launched and I'm kickin' it off with a video on how to make one of my favorite products, Zero Waste toothpaste!

This toothpaste is super quick and easy to make and is an awesome way to transition away from toothpaste tubes that end up in a landfill after using them. 

I want to hear from you! What how-to video would you like to see next?

For more tips on how to make Zero Waste toothpaste- check out this post! 

January 27, 2015

How to Make a Zero Waste Smoothie Bowl

Last week I spent the day with Lee Tilghman, the badass babe behind #leefromamerica, and made smoothie bowls!

I met Lee through some friends in the clean food movement and was instantly drawn to her energy. She is passionate, focused, and super driven. Her goal? To be a part of changing the way people eat. Well, she's doing a pretty damn good job. Her most recent claim to fame was an awesome feature by Free People where they referred to her as "The Smoothie Bowl Queen".

I challenged Lee to see if she could make a totally Zero Waste smoothie bowl and she absolutely delivered. Not only is this bowl incredibly tasty and healthy, it's completely waste free!

We started our day by heading to Integral Yoga natural foods to stock up on bulk ingredients. It was Lee's first time to Integral and I think she was pretty amazed at how many ingredients came in bulk!
We used Organic cotton drawstring bags to stock up on all of the supplies we needed. I also brought mason jars in case we needed to buy any liquids like maple syrup or honey. We grabbed almonds, spinach, coconut, flax seeds, and fresh turmeric.
After we bought everything we needed, we went back to her house to start prepping.
We chopped 3 bananas that were peeled and then frozen and added some ice.
Then we added spinach, avocado, turmeric, dates, and homemade almond milk.
We couldn't forget the compost! We composted the ends of the spinach, the avocado pit and peel, and some other veggie scraps and fruit peels in one of my mason jars that I brought home. Later I put it all into the compost bowl in my freezer. 
After everything was combined in the blender we let it do its thang and ended up with a super smooth green mixture. At this point I was starving and ready to eat, but Lee told me that we weren't done yet. It was time to decorate.
Lee is honestly an artist and her smoothie bowl game is on fleck. I just stood there, mouth agape, as she started to decorate. With perfect precision she added blood orange, buckwheat granola (or as Lee calls it, her buckini)...
... she also added homemade rawnola, coconut shreds, flax seeds, and pomegranate seeds.
Lee is the smoothie bowl master, and while I was totally intimidated, she let me take a stab at making my own designs. I opted for flax seed and coconut stripes! 
Besides being totally delicious, the finished product was incredibly beautiful and highly Instagramable. 
I was amazed by how easy it was to pack so much nutrition into one delicious bowl. It was honestly dessert. I would eat it every day! 

Want to try to make your own smoothie bowl? Here's how we did it...

Recipe (Makes 2 Servings) 
  • 3 previously peeled and frozen bananas
  • 1 cup almond milk (recipe here) 
  • 1/8 cup fresh turmeric (save the peels and put in hot water for turmeric tea!) 
  • 1/4 ripe avocado 
  • 3 cups of organic loose spinach (you can add other greens depending on preference)
  • 3 medjool dates (compost the pits!) 
Put everything into the blender to combine. Pour into bowls and decorate with any toppings you want. 

I'm so inspired by her and totally start to drool anytime she talks about her daily meals with me. Lucky for me and anyone else interested her recipes she has a gorgeous website where she posts her creations!  So much to makkkkeeee!
Photography: Keith Morrison
Lee's Website: Lee From America