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Fight Climate Change With Diet Change

I felt challenged as an environmentalist when I watched the 2014 Netflix documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”. One of the experts from the film, Howard Lyman says, “You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products—period.”   Mr. Lyman came into the public eye on a 1996 taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show titled “Dangerous Food.” At that time, he was …

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Recycling Ink Cartridges and Water Filters: What’s Good, What’s Bad, and How To Do It Properly

The good news is that more and more things can be recycled. The bad news here is that, with some products, if the process is not streamlined or consistent, it becomes harder or impossible to recycle appropriately. Thankfully, there is a path to recycling ink cartridges and water filters. How To Recycle Ink CartridgesOffice Depot  Recycle your ink cartridges from …

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Wet Wipes are a Big Problem. Let’s Talk About Them.

Wet wipes are convenient and can be used for an endless list. I used them the most when my kids were babies and needed diaper changes.   But what are the economic, environmental, and ethical problems with wet wipes? How do they negatively impact our environment and what can be used instead? This blog will focus on three key problems of …

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Why is Recycling So Complicated? An Educator’s Informed Perspective on Today’s Recycling Habits, Programs, and Issues

One of the most common questions I am asked as a Zero Waste educator is, “Why is recycling so complicated? It is so confusing!” Each city, town, and municipality seems to have its own recycling system and rules. For instance, if you live in an apartment building and the owner does not pay for recycling services, you are forced to …

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Walking My Talk: My Commitment to Zero Waste

In July of 2019, I presented Zero Waste initiatives and recommendations to a recycling advocacy group from Dyer County, Tennessee. As I asked the audience to choose one activity to reduce and reuse, I thought to myself, “I need to do better. I need to walk my talk.” What does it mean to walk my talk? To do as you …

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6 International Zero Waste Instagram Accounts to Inform and Inspire

Now that I have covered Tennessee’s innovative Zero Waste Instagram accounts, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share these practical and useful international Zero Waste accounts as well. Great ideas come from all different places, I enjoy recognizing and sharing innovations from all corners of the world. Our global community is doing great things to create a …

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The 7 Best Tennessee Zero Waste Instagram Accounts to Follow

There are quite a few Zero Waste resources out there. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming. One place I discover helpful, everyday tips to sustainability? Instagram. It can be tough to find Zero Waste resources on social media offering clear, simple, and focused content about Zero Waste. You deserve the best Zero Waste resources without bias. That is why I found …

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6 Tennessee Sustainability Blogs You Need to Read

The new buzzwords are circular economy, closed-loop, sustainability, Zero Waste, and resiliency. If you search for any of those words, you will reach a great number of bloggers to follow for day-to-day instruction on living a Zero Waste lifestyle. It can be stressful searching for resources on Zero Waste and sustainability. Where exactly should you begin? I put together a …

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How to Go Zero Waste: Tips and Insight for Going Green and Staying Green

Whenever someone asks me about traditional recycling, I switch the conversation to Zero Waste. Why do I see this opportunity as an educational moment? For starters, recycling has several problematic issues: Local politics Changing markets for recycled materials Infrastructure challenges Contamination Recycling is a global effort, and we have failed to do our part. It is time to rethink our …