2016

 

This year was all about refining my zero waste habits, educating myself, and finding a balance in my continuing journey towards sustainability.

 
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More Plants
 

Natural air filters, beautiful decoration...I added more plants to my life this year and was happy for it. 

Scraps Reuse
 

I designed and built a kitchen in my new apartment (it didn't have one) using mostly secondhand materials and appliances from craigslist and sustainably sourced items from IKEA. Faced with leftover scraps of various building materials, I repurposed them into marble trivets, candle holders, and cutting boards.

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Touring
 

I put my zero-waste planning skills to the test during several tours this year, learning how to tackle air travel while minimizing trash and staying in a hotel without falling prey to tiny toiletries and the mini bar.

All the trash I produced on a three week tour.

All the trash I produced on a three week tour.

Clockwise from upper left: sticker backing from a wristband, checked bag stickers (had to check my keyboard), plastic produce stickers, plastic tags from a thrift-store purchase, non-recyclable wrist band.

Clockwise from upper left: sticker backing from a wristband, checked bag stickers (had to check my keyboard), plastic produce stickers, plastic tags from a thrift-store purchase, non-recyclable wrist band.

MUJI recycled cardboard notebook and eraser, Kitaboshi wood & metal mechanical pencil and 2mm lead (in a cardboard sleeve), brown craft tape.

MUJI recycled cardboard notebook and eraser, Kitaboshi wood & metal mechanical pencil and 2mm lead (in a cardboard sleeve), brown craft tape.

Office Supplies
 

I began digitizing my archives for a paperless office and used up old scrap paper for crafts or as wrapping paper. I opted-out of physical mailers and discovered a few great brands for refillable & sustainable office supplies where they're still needed (which is not very much). I also researched options for plastic-free tape and was reminded that with a little effort it's easy to find zero waste alternatives, like this biodegradable brown craft tape.

Which one looks better?

Which one looks better?

Wardrobe Upkeep Tools

I spent some time learning new skills for the upkeep of my clothing: I dyed a bunch of sheets, shirts, and jeans with natural indigo (to help hide stains & freshen up the color), improved my ability to fix tears, hems, and to top it all off my partner found an antique metal thimble for me while on a trip to Vienna (pictured next to a plastic thimble I'd been using that came in a free sewing kit).


 Next Year
 

- Floss
- Rechargeable batteries
- Natural medicinal remedies
- Accessories: fountain pen, refillable lighter
- Recipes: glue, witch hazel, rosewater, infusions
- Merchandise & marketing (bringing zero waste to my work)