January 21, 2015

Win a Mason Tap by Cuppow!

I buy lots of liquids in bulk and therefore have lots of things that need pourin' in my house. Salad dressing, olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar... the list goes on and on. Unfortunately pourable items often need pour spouts or you get way more pour than you need and that stinks. I definitely don't want to use a plastic spout so where does that leave me? Until recently I was using a secondhand pour spout that had a plastic base and stainless steel top. I would funnel my bulk liquids into glass jars from my mason jar that I bought them in and then put the pour spout on top. It got messy and I had to do dishes (thumbs down). Now I don't have to do that anymore. When I get home after shopping I can now bring my liquids from store to shelf without having to funnel a thing just by switching the cap on my mason jar from a regular canning lid to a mason tap by Cuppow.

The Mason Tap is a unique pour spout that fits any regular mouth mason jar. It is made in the USA from high quality stainless steel and finished with a handcrafted flip cap. It can handle anything from salad dressing to infused waters, oils, or spirits. So, cool

Three readers will win a mason tap. All you have to do is enter below and comment on this page about something that you find difficult to find a zero waste alternative to!
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182 comments:

  1. I normally use handkerchiefs to blow my nose but when I have a bad cold (like I do right now) I go through all of my handkerchiefs and a few makeshift handkerchiefs and have to end up using paper tissues. I do end up composting the tissues at least.

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    1. I would recommend checking out hanky book its a handkerchief that is basically 10 in one, I use mine all the time.

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    2. when I'm home I blow my nose at the wash basin with tap water oder under the tap. I do this because the skin around my nose seems to be very sensitive and doesn't react well to handkerchiefs. So I can recommend it for sensitive skin and for using less handkerchiefs. Before you dismiss it as weird, please try it!

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    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOHPJoGWD6g

      Video for hankybook!

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  2. Dog pick up bags. I hate using them, but when out & about on a walk, I can't allow my dog to "decorate" a neighbors lawn. Biodegradable ones just make smaller pieces of plastic... I wish there were a better solution.

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    1. Check out cloth diapering supplies. You may find a solution among them. Not saying diaper your dog, but the accessories for clean up may come in handy.

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  3. I have a hard time finding glass food storage containers for items that won't fit in a mason jar

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    1. Look at LifeWithoutPlastic.com's selection of square and rectangular glass containers:
      http://www.lifewithoutplastic.com/store/kitchen/food-storage.html?color=163
      They're pricey, but well-made, and they stack nicely in the pantry, fridge, or freezer. I use the larger, rectangular one for soups and other leftovers.

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  4. I can't find an alternative for adult diapers.
    I live with an elderly person who unfortunately needs 2-3 diapers a day. I feel the guilt every time I change her knowing it how much it contaminates but she can't get up anymore and every other alternative I've tried didn't work out.

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    1. we use this service for our child: http://www.tideedidee.com/

      it's really awesome and cheaper than disposable

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    2. I'm not sure what methods you've tried, but maybe check out reusable after birth supplies? I don't have any links or reccomendations, but I'm sure a little research will lead you to some ideas.

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  5. I'm having a hard time transforming my makeup collection into a zero waste one. But I really think that it is doable and it's one of my goals this year!

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    1. The zero was home has some awesome makeup advice. Personally I don't wear it, but on special occasions when I need it I follow her recipes /ideas.

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    2. rogue ginger is another blogger that has zero waste makeup ideas.

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  6. Hmmm various things... Condoms, medication, milk and yogurt (although you can buy bottled milk and reuse the bottles, of course), mascara and probably some more! Would love to win this!

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  7. I would say in my case are cans! My rubbish bags are full of milk cans, coconut milk cans, tuna cans, tomato cans, sweet corn cans, beans cans, they are endless!
    I would love to use a mason tap for creating my own vinaigrettes and flavored olive oil :)

    •The Health Blog for the Lazy Girl•

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    1. Do you recycle your cans? The good thing about tin is it can be melted down and used again completely. Obviously buying less/none is ideal because of the amount of water and things used by recycle plants, but at least youd know the tin itself is being 100% recycled (in theory anyway it should be 100% recycled, I'm not CERTAIN).

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  8. For now, eating meat, because it generally comes wrapped, even if you buy it directly at the butcher's, and I haven't found out yet what to do with the remains, as I don't make my own stock, and I don't believe you can compost them, right?

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    1. Making your own stock is so easy! As a fellow environmentally-conscious meat-eater, I've realized lately how crucial it is to get as many meals out of these animals as possible. Just boil your bones for a few hours, then pick the extra-softened meat off the bones. What's looks good, save for another meal. I give the more sinew-y bits to my cat. She loves stock day.
      Rinse the bones with hot water and a little soap, and they're good to go in the compost.

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  10. Time, in my day to day life I waste a huge a amount of time. Some days I waste a lot, other days very little. It almost seems out of my hands and no matter where I look I just can't find an alternative... it feels like it's constant. I asked my friend Albert about this and he told me that light is actually the constant and time is simply relative. Have you got any suggestions for me? :D

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  11. Soup, during the winter my lunch is soup, usually I buy a carton from Trader Joe's or Pacific of Tomato Pepper, or Roasted Corn or whatnot. Its smallish, can last unopened in my cubicle shelf, and lasts almost a week in the office fridge when opened. My co-op has powdered split pea soup in bulk. I tried it, but it was gross. Their website advertises other options but I've never seen them. The ideal situation would be to make my own, really I'd love too buy rice noodles in bulk and make a mix of spices to add flavor and create a broth, but no luck on the rice noodles.




















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  12. I'm new-ish to the zero waste philosophy, and right now I'm in the "awareness" phase--and quickly realizing how much unnecessary trash I generate! Food product wrappers/containers are a struggle for me. Many of the foods I regularly buy--Ezekial tortillas, brown rice cakes, frozen berries and edamame, cereal--come prepackaged, usually with plastic of some kind. I know I could omit these things from my diet, but I wish they came in bulk/with less packaging!

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  13. Paper towels! I try to use dish cloths as much as I can but it's so tempting to grab one to use for a quick spill. I'm more aware of it than I used to be but it's still a challenge not to use them! I'm going to avoid buying them altogether soon.

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    1. I found that's the best idea to just not buy them in the first place. I know when I was down to my last roll of paper towel I was so hesitant to use them because I knew it was the last and it actually took my close to a year to actually use it up that way! I had a dedicated set of 'cleaning' cloths that helped replace them.

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  14. I haven't found any bulk stores yet here in the Netherlands, so I am also having trouble finding liquid bulk!

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  15. I have a had a hard time finding a ZW alternative to cat litter/waste - I looked into flushable litter, but really haven't found any options. So, for now I am just resorting to using paper or plastic bags I have around the house (even though I refuse most of them, my husband doesn't always).

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    1. beware of flushable litter, i had a nightmare with that once!

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  16. I'm having a hard time finding a zero waste alternative to pads. I'm not really into tampons, so I'm still trying to figure that one out!

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    1. Have you tried Etsy?
      https://www.etsy.com/listing/191925564/your-choice-of-size-of-reusable-cloth?ref=favs_view_13
      Or looked into the Diva cup?

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    2. http://www.newmoonpads.com/home.html, my favorite! They're awesome products!

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  17. I have trouble finding zero waste and affordable makeup products. Does anyone have suggestions?

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  18. Makeup and soy milk. I need help with a good foundation!

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    1. I have also trouble finding not only soy milk, but also any zero waste lactose free products...

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    2. If you are ok with nuts, I suggest making almond or cashew milk. It takes very little time and tastes better than any store bought nut milk.

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  19. I have trouble finding zero waste dental floss!

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  20. I've been researching menstrual cups but there are so many types. It seems difficult to know the best fit individually.

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    1. I tried the Diva cup and unfortunately, it was too uncomfortable for me. So for years now, I've used Sea Pearl menstrual sponges. Yes, they are literally small sea sponges. I can get several months use out of each one, and then they can be composted! Very comfortable and work well with a reusable cotton pantyliner (I like Lunapads).

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  21. I've been researching menstrual cups but there are so many types. It seems difficult to know the best fit individually.

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  22. Hair products. I have lots of hair that needs to be tamed and it's hard finding things I need in bulk.

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  23. I'm having trouble replacing tin foil in my life and have been researching options; specifically I'm looking for a way to wrap your awesome no-bake energy bars that will keep them cold!

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    1. How about a reusable insulated "sandwich bag"? At least one Etsy storefront sells nylon +wool "zip insulated sandwich bags".

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  24. I'm having trouble finding bulk shampoo and conditionner as well as bulk oils, vinegars and sauce :( Unfortunately, our options are very limited in terms of liquid bulk products. The only store that offers bulk oils doesnt not allow to bring your own container :( It would also be nice to find package free products such as edamame, a staple for a vegan diet !

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  25. I love mason jar attachments. the fact that these are made in USA is a big bonus!

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  26. Pets present an interesting waste challenge. I make my own cat food, but litter and its disposal... haven't solved that one yet!

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  27. Paper towels! I am about 75% paper towel-less but find I still resort to them at some point in the month, especially when cleaning. I have reduced from 1 roll a week to less than a roll a month so progress is being made

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  28. I have a hard time finding solutions for cleaning up dog and cat waste. I have three animals and a lot of waste is accumulated. I always hate using plastic bags, but need a good alternative.

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  29. Our major issue is medical waste. With type 1 diabetes, it get pretty wasteful when we take insulin and check out blood sugar. Hopefully there will be lower waste solutions for durable medical supplies in the future. Right now, we just make sure to reduce our waste and plastic usage as much as possible in every other way we can :)

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    1. I just read and interesting article about people that developed a sticker tatoo that changes with your blood sugar levels. They are working to make it last more than a day and give actual numerical read outs. Pretty cool though.

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  30. I find it hard to find alternatives to medicine and vitamin supplements!

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  31. REusable zero-plastic coffee cups with zero-plastic lids.

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  32. Recycling styrofoam is something I've been working on for years. I usually have a pile growing in my basement, waiting on the next municipal collection. But if I'm away the weekend they are collecting, I usually have to wait 6 months to a year! I really wish this was easier to dispose of since I can't bring myself to toss it knowing how terrible it is.

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  33. Crisps! I love crisps but where do you get one's without packaging? I don't have time to make my own.

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  34. It is not easy to live a zero waste life, I am just at the beginning of my journey hahaha, I have researched so much so my next step is making my body butters, hand soaps, tooth paste and laundry detergent so I am placing a bulk order this weekend and I am so excited! I already do the best I can like I cloth diaper my daughter but I am having a hard time with the one plastic diaper that I use at night everyday, but on the other hand I feel so good using cloth diapers...I wash them by hand first, yeah I deal with poop a lot but I don't mind...I don't use make up but some natural blush or mascara on special occasions which are few haha....The hardest part is to share it with my few friends, no body seems to get it, no body cares about waste...no body cares about the world. I feel left out most of the time..I wish I knew some of the people that comment in here, like-minded ppl...cheers

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    1. You are not alone! Glad to also have a forum like this where people like us can share ideas and encouragement in a non-judgemental way. Often in our daily lives it can seem that no one else cares about our world. Look at the way our dysfunctional government is dealing with climate change...

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  35. Coconut oil is hard for me to find zero-waste. The cap, jar, and (I think) label are recylable, but it always comes with plastic around the outside of the lid. Haven't been able to find it in bulk yet...

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  36. I have trouble finding a cat litter alternative.

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  37. Dealing with kitty litter...ugh! We mostly just use old bread bags and such right now, but since I've begun baking bread on a regular basis, we're running out of those! Our weekly trash is minimal, but it's difficult getting around the litter issue.

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    1. Some of the new types are bio-degradable and flushable, even safe for septic tanks. I'm a little hesitant to try it but, like you, I hate disposing of it in plastic bags.

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    2. Yep...I've checked these out, but I'm a little concerned about flushing it into our septic tank. New tank systems cost thousands of dollars and we just can't gamble with it. You'd almost need a separate, smaller septic system just for pet waste (tried one of those once for dog waste, but it didn't work in our clay soils). Here's an opportunity for someone to improve upon the current system!

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    3. Bokashi for pets??

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    4. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=570&cmpid=01cseYY&ref=XXXX&subref=AA&catargetid=530005150000154641&cadevice=m

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  38. I have a really hard time to find liquid items in bulk anywhere around me, most even bulk stores do not carry any liquids in bulk so I am forced to just buy big containers of it.

    Justin

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  39. alternative to rx bottles. like meds you cannot go without

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  40. Beautiful product containers, like makeup and face wash. Don't know how to find an alternative :(

    -- Darya

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  41. My cats don't like the eco-friendly alternatives to regular litter. Also, disposing it is a chore and I have to use plastic bags.

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  42. Hey,
    I don't know where to buy sunscreen. Since I'm a vegan it's even harder plus I need a very high spf because my skin is really pale.

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  43. I find it difficult to find a zero waste alternative for contact solutions!

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  44. I find it difficult to find clothing alternatives. Although you have posted a few great individuals trying to make this change, this still creates a limited amount of options, especially for a fashion lover such as myself.

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  45. Paper towels and toilet paper. Would love to make towels to reuse but not sure how, toilet paper, just no getting around that one lol!

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    1. Toilet paper is a tough one for when you are travelling or when not at home. Otherwise, I think using absorbent fabric that you can wash and reuse is a good alternative.

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  46. I've been slowly but steadily moving towards a zero waste lifestyle, but I still can't find an alternative for q-tips! I use these not for the ears, but to remove any makeup mistakes. I can't use a cloth towel/round because it doesn't have the same precision, and using my fingers doesn't wipe away the mistake; it just spreads it. So if you have any suggestions, I would LOVE to hear it! Thanks for the giveaway! I just bought some balsamic at the farmer's market but it comes with such a wide mouth opening and gets everywhere!

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  47. Milk comes in a plastic bag. The only other option is in a cardboard/plastic box but that's when you want a small quantity. Cheese and meat also come all wrapped up. Not many bulk option here :-(

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  48. I have a hard time finding items for my pets (especially dog waste bags) that I feel comfortable using

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  49. I find it easier to use cloth bags for bulk items at the store rather than carting glass jars back and forth, but I haven't figured out how to mark the bulk item code on the bag in a non-permanent way so the bag can be reused for a different item next trip.

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    1. Try a washable marker if you have any already laying around, it works well on my cotton bags and fades away pretty readily if it doesn't wash out.

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  50. My husband was so excited the other day. We've started composting our food scraps and have replaced paper towels about 98% of the time with rags. He opened the trash can and was so excited that we hadn't taken a single trash bag out to the dumpster this week! Baby steps.

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  51. Non-plastic containers to use in the freezer.

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    1. I *love* the Wean Green from mightynest.com
      http://mightynest.com/shop/reusable-gear/food-containers/glasslock-glass-square-meal-cube-4-colors

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    2. Although the lids are plastic, you might not like that.

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    3. I use glass containers in the freezer, mostly re-used jars, but also some great stackable pyrex-type ones with steel and silicone lids I purchased from LifeWithoutPlastic.com (http://www.lifewithoutplastic.com/store/rectangular-large-airtight-watertight-glass-container-with-stainless-steel-lid.html) Just be sure to leave some space at the top for liquids to have room to expand. I have jars of homemade tomato sauce and puree, broths, and chopped up veggies stored in my freezer in jars.

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    4. Pint and pint and a half size mason jars are freezer safe.

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    5. Mine always break, even if I leave the lids off. What gives?!?!

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    6. Kayla when freezing in glass jars, make sure you are using Freezer Jars, they have no shoulders (that curve inward toward the jar opening.) When your liquids freeze they expand or move upward in the jar. The top portion of the food becomes solid before the center does. As is expands and moves upward it comes in contact with the shoulder of the jar and has nowhere to go, and the glass breaks. If you don't have Freezer Jars you can just not fill the jar. Leave a good inch to inch and a half head space, so there will be room to expand. I don't believe leaving the lids on or off will matter. I just fill my freezer jars with one inch head space and seal them up. I've never had a jar break in the freezer. I also make sure my food is completely cool in the jars (I put them in the fridge) before putting them into the freezer.

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  52. I think that the most difficult thing to do for me is to make my parents and the people that surround me zero wasters because they won't say no to their favorite products. Some things my mom would say are that it is necessary for cleaning the house or to cook or to do some other things. I do the best I can and I try to inspire more people because I think this is amazing and I am trully passionate about it.

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  53. I have trouble finding a natural hair conditioner that can be purchased in bulk without creating waste. I know many people use an ACV rinse instead but I can't since I have kinky/curly hair. I need something that will make my hair slippery so I can detangle it. I've tried homemade conditioner but they usually fail and spoil quickly. The best DIY one I've tried has been coconut milk however I'm allergic to coconuts and got sick afterwards. If anyone knows any trash/plastic-free alternatives to traditional hair conditioner please let me know.

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  54. I am brand new to Zero Waste and have started in the kitchen, but I'm already thinking a lot about the bathroom, and what about... dental floss?

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  55. Dental floss and a good way to store meat. We raised and butchered two pigs last year and we couldn't find a no plastic solution for freezing 265 lbs of meat (so it would last a year)

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  56. Plastic freezer bags to preserve vegetables I grow in the summer and berries I pick from local farms. This stuff sustains us in the winter but we can only reuse the freezer bags so many times...

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  57. Dog food and waste bags are my biggest hurdle right now. I see someone else commented on the bags earlier and I can't agree more that it's not just an option to refrain from using them in most situations! I cannot get any type of bulk dog food in my smaller town and my larger dog goes through a 30 lb bag every other month or so and since all the bags are plastic based to keep the food fresh it's hard to deal with.

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  58. I agree with Christopher Herrick and Anonymous above--finding a wide-mouthed plastic-free container to take to the butcher/fishmonger has been a challenge, and trying to figure out plastic-free and zero waste alternatives to contact lens storage container and solution bottles seems pretty much impossible. Anyone know of stainless steel or glass contact lens containers out there?

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    1. Some folks suggest using a stainless steel counter top compost pail w/lid for meat or fish. There are also several potential (not cheap) ss options at LifeWithoutPlastic.com

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  59. I would love to find an option for creating lotion. I use lotion A LOT and waste so much plastic buying the bottles. Any good recipes for lotion?

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    1. I use coconut oil and it's awesome. I find that it takes a little while to sink in, but it is totally worth it, plus it smells better than most lotions.

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  60. Bulk nuts that aren't twice the price of a bag of nuts, it's hard to pass up a $5 bag of nuts from trader joes when I see bulk nuts for twice the price.

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  61. I find cat and dog waste difficult to deal with, without using a plastic bag. I'm able to compost the waste from my rabbits, hamsters and doves. Would love an alternative for the others.

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    1. If you have private property, there are composters (ex: "Doggie Dooley"), as well as an adapter ("Doggie Doo Drain") that you attach to your sewer/septic clean out -works!.

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  62. Having a hard time figuring out what to do with scrap fabric. I try tying it into knots and using to clean things, as stuffing for crafts, etc. But when it's worn out I trash it because I don't know where or how to recycle it.

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    1. Elora, maybe consider advocating in your area for fabric/clothing recycling? I'm sure you have LOTS of free time. :)

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    2. US Again.com. they list where recycle bins are located. They turn unable textiles into insulation and couch stuffing

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  63. I can not figure out how to buy stuff that I need without packaging. For example, school supplies here in Israel often come wrapped in plastic. Much produce comes wrapped in plastic. Toys (which I rarely buy). Periodicals will come in a plastic bag. In the meantime, though, I am AM successfully reducing!!! Next up is sewing some fabric bags for bulk foods!

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  64. chips. haha. Most of the times I dont struggle too much. But sometimes I want chips (crisps I guess you'd say), now. And I don't have time to make them! to be fair this is not a regular occurrence. So it's not actually bothersome, thank goodness!

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  65. Dog poop bags. We do use our newspaper and bread bags but with two dogs we are throwing away a number of bags each day.

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  66. Working in a restaurant, there is so much waste. I feel guilty packing up leftovers in plastic, but i refuse to use the styrofoam containers. I just hope the customer reuses them or recycles /:

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  67. Cheese! Even purchasing cheese at the deli, it comes wrapped in plastic and deli paper. I am learning to make my own ricotta and mozzarella but anything else is not feasible.

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    1. I bring a container to the deli and most of the time they put my products in there with little questioning.

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  68. What do you use for a zero-waste alternative to dental floss? I haven't figured out one for that yet.

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    1. I use a biodegradable organic silk floss but perhaps a miswak stick might be a better alternative altogether.

      http://www.miswakstick.com/miswak.html

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  69. I'm lucky that I live near a co-p that has a ton of both liquid and dry-goods bulk, but I still haven't figured out a sunscreen alternative or a face lotion that won't make me break out. Obviously long sleeves and a big ass floppy hat would be the answer here, but I'm going to try to ration my two bottles of sunscreen through this year and start researching where to get bulk or in glass.

    As for the cat poop, we switched over to "The World's Best Cat Litter" which they sell at Target, Petco, and natural pet stores and lives up to it's name. We originally got it because we live in a tiny house and this stuff doesn't get tracked over all our belongings but it has the added bonus of being made of ground up corn so it's 100% compostable. We just scoop out the poop into an old cottage cheese container and then take it outside to our designated kitty manure spot. Zero plastic bags, zero nasty trashcan smell, and nutrition for my garden. Meow.

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  70. I think it's difficult where I live to find everything in bulk. I would love to just buy bulk, but here in Norway the options are very limited. Also when I'm trying to host a party of some sort, people bring in so much plastic! Even when asking if we could try not to bring any disposables into the house :( Sometimes zero waste can get a bit frustrating!

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  71. Frozen fish and certain cheese and meats.

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  72. I find it hard to find a good alternative for eyeliner. Maybe I should just stop using it...

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  73. Some stores don't even allow you to bring your own container for bulk products due to health concerns. How does that get resolved?

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    1. This drives me nuts! I love in Chicago and its actually a LAW They you cannot fill your own containers. My store lets me get away with it but I'm afraid they will call me on it some day. There is a store here that only does byoc and the city is trying to shut it down. So sad.

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  74. Online order packaging. You never know what you're gonna get. Packing peanuts? Ugh.

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  75. I am a teacher and unfortunately guilty of using lots of paper to run off copies of work for my students. My district doesn't have the tech or resources to get all of the kids laptops or tablets plus many of them require physical material or things they can manipulate as I teach kids with special needs. I do offer parents the option to return work they are planning to get rid of for me to recycle.

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  76. My children. As much as I keep trying to get them to use things more than once, they tend to bring in more garbage than I can recycle.

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  77. Hair bands, particularly for athletes!

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  78. I haven't found many good sources for bulk foods in my area.

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  79. Something difficult for me is when I need to order something online and it comes with packing peanuts or excessive amounts of tape or inflated plastic padding. I don't know what to do with all of it besides for try to reuse it somehow...

    Also, doggie waste bags are tough, too!

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  80. This is super cool! :) I'm an international student, so I do my fair share of flying throughout the year... But I always forget to bring my own pillow + blanket, and although I bring a mason jar with me on to the plane, I can never really use it because all water on the plane is packaged in bottles!

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    1. I always bring my Sigg bottle with me during travel. I fill it with water from a water fountain once I'm through security.

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  81. I'm just beginning, so everything come gradually.

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  82. Where can I find spray bottles without plastic? Is it possible? :)

    And it's hard to find an alternative to toilet paper!

    I really love your ideas, I'm learning a lot! Thank you! :D

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    1. I saw some blue glass spray bottles in Vitamin shoppe

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  83. Toiletpaper :) impossible to find here without plastic wrapping.

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  84. I live in an area with very little options for bulk purchasing. So my answer is pretty much everything.

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  85. Therre are quite a few things I have trouble finding zero waste alternatives for. I do recycle absolutely everything I can...but things like milk, in my area there is no option like glass bottles for milk.... Also makeup. I don't use much and am constantly trying to figure out things to reuse the containers and such for....and pet products is a big one. There are a lot of thngs I need for the dogs that are not zero waste. I commend anyone who can do zero waste and I recycle everything my area will do..... I love these cuppow things, they would be awesome to have. Thanks for the Chsnce to win

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  86. It always very hard to find a zero waste alternative for all the pens and drawing stuff that I use.

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  87. So far I'm still learning and looking for things I don't need, and more things I can recycle.

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  88. So far I'm still learning and looking for things I don't need, and more things I can recycle.

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  89. I have had trouble finding toilet paper that doesn't come wrapped in plastic.

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  90. This is awesome! It would make a great gift.

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  91. This is a great alternative that I haven't started using yet.

    The thing I've been struggling with in terms of zero waste has to do with my job, there's no real work around, but there are ways to make it better. I'm a designer and I have to order samples of materials and products galore to see what they look like in real life and together. I order them in quantities, and as options, so I don't use half of what I get shipped to me. Also, I'm usually on a tight deadline so things are shipped 2-day on average (even without me asking), and sometimes over night. Then if something is chosen, I need to get more quantities of it shipped to me and to clients. I can't stop thinking about how much energy usage and waste that is resulting from this shipping process-- not to mention packing peanuts and plastic packaging. I'm going to start requesting that I'm only sent recyclable packaging. There are a few companies which purchase carbon offset credits per shipment, but, not many.

    Also I would love to try out one of the cuppows, given that my name is Masincupp :)

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  92. Bulk cat and dog food that has meat as the first ingredient and the contains other ingredients that I would feed my animals.

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  93. Probably bulk liquids... There use to be wineries at my neighbohood in Barcelona when I was a child where you could go with your empty bottle and they filled it up. I could probably find a place like thid where I live now and get wine, but impossible with any other kind of drink such as beer, milk, soja milk, sodas,...
    I love your blog!
    Ada

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  94. I live in Denmark, and here we have NO bulk-supermarkeds. And if I find something i can purchase by weight, it almost never organic.
    And I'm absolutely in love with your blog! so very inspirering. :)

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  95. Personal hygiene products like shampoo and conditioner (I'm a black woman so lots of DIY products don't work for my hair) and products for children (we use boogie wipes because they are gentler than tissues and hankies).
    - Gee

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  96. Q-tips, cat food and litter, bulk liquids (I live in DC if anyone knows of a supplier), and something to replace my tape lint roller. Maybe a really good brush?

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    1. Kent and Redecker make fantastic brushes. Expensive but will last [almost] forever.
      For suppliers of bulk in your area, try the smartphone app "Bulk"

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  97. Would love to find makeup in compostable packaging. Everything is in plastic now - even organic skincare lines.

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    1. Lush has a lot of glass options. Definitely reusable.

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  98. Q-tips are hard to find an alternative to.

    www.etsy.com/shop/LemonLeigh

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  99. A common gripe but the bulk food selection in my area is so lacking. Thankfully I won't live here forever, so for the moment when I do find myself near a good bulk section I really stock up.

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  101. Zero waste alternative to contact solution? I don't like wearing my glasses 24/7 especially if I'm working out or just want to dress up on certain occasions. Also a lot of produce in my area comes in plastic bags or containers :/

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  102. Still didn't figure out kitty litter and food. When I was a kid and my mom took care of our cat she cooked for it, but I don't like smell of fish or meat, touching it makes me sick. Also stores don't carry bulk liquids around here. But the biggest waste I feel like we all contribute to is exhaust fumes from our cars. It pollutes everything around us, but car is something so essential we don't even think about it. Eco-friendly alternative exists, but it is way more expensive than regular car.

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    1. Cats pride had a litter that is made from 100% recycled paper. It comes in a plastic bag, but I emailed them and it is bio plastic. Not a perfect solution, but better I think.

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    2. Thank you for advice! I'll definitely check it out

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  103. Sorry if I published this comment twice. It is difficult to find good paper bags that can be reusable if they didn't leak so badly. When I fill them with sugar or rice, the baggers or cashiers at the register would bag the leaky one in another one, sometimes with a third bag.

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  104. what do you do with your dogs poop? most bags are plastic, and then we just throw them away. are there compostable doggy bags out there?

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    1. Check Reusit.com. They carry compostable animal refuse bags. You can always bury the poo.

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  105. dog food is a difficult one to avoid as well. i don't have time right now in my life to make my dog two meals everyday, and as far as i know there are not any bagless options. we basically buy in "bulk" in that we by one large bag and it lasts a couple months, but that is still at least 6-7 of these bags that we will be throwing out.

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  106. also for meat eaters, what do you do with the bones of an animal if they technically cannot be composted?

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    1. Bones can be composted! If need be, try using a Bokashi bin first, to break them down a bit.

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  107. I am new to the Zero Wast Lifestyle! I cant find an alternative to contact solution (or the contact packaging). I am not physically able to wear my glasses all the time but I try to wear them more and more so I dont have to use as many contacts./

    I also cant find bulk shampoo, but once my current bottle is used up I am just going to go back to a pixie cut. For some reason AVC rinse keeps pixie hair looking clean and neat but longer hair it leaves looking greasy. :/ No biggie. I prefer pixie hair.

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    1. Try lush beauty products! They have great shampoo and conditioning bars. They also refill bulk shampoo and conditioner in liquid form

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    2. Also, there are many extremely popular options for shampoo bars, etc. at Etsy

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  108. I live in the middle of nowhere and have to drive over an hour to buy in bulk. :(

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  109. i need these in my life! contact lens solution not packaged in plastic is something i have to find. also bulk diet coke?? i wish i were joking. i might cave!

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  110. Coconut oil, contact solution, and -most importantly- ice cream!

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  111. Sunscreen. I am fair skinned and I burn within 45 minutes of Sun exposure. I want to make my own, but I cannot find zinc oxide in a glass just
    jar or in compostable packaging. I know raspberry seed oil has an spf of 35 but I don't trust just that to fully protect me.

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  112. Another thing I realized is not waste-free is vacuum cleaner. I need to replace the filter every 6-8 months. Living in apartment with all carpet except kitchen and bathroom needs constant vacuuming. Does anybody know how to recycle those filters?

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  113. I love the Best Vacuum Sealer I half wish my old one would quit working so I could buy this new model, but I guess it would be a bit silly to buy it when mine works fine.
    Sarah, I'd call FoodSaver and return it if it doesn't work. I had one that quit working once (after years!) and they sent me a new one just for the cost of shipping

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  114. I love my Best Vacuum Sealer; when I asked for it for Christmas a few years ago, my husband thought I was setting some kind on sinister trap, where I would then freak out because he bought me an appliance for Christmas, wah! Instead, I was thrilled and immediately got up from under the tree to go plug it in.
    Best Vacuum Sealer

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  115. Mason's jar keeps liquid safe for very long time. Better if you have these jars in your kitnchen, keep liquid like honey or other syrup safe.

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  116. I will be sure to let you all know in a future blog post. Goods for vacuum sealer.

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  117. Thank you for visiting. I enjoyed your vacuum sealer blogs.

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