Is it Possible to Live 100% Plastic-Free?

Knowing all the downsides to plastic and its impact on the environment, you're probably thinking about decreasing your plastic usage. Maybe even trying to live completely zero-waste as well. Still, what would it take to live completely plastic-free? And would it be doable for a regular human being?Decreasing your plastic usageIt will be hard to quit cold-turkey, so most people start by reducing their plastic usage. This can be done in multiple ways. For this article, we will look at the 5-step guide towards living zero-waste.RefuseStop buying plastic-packaged products like vegetables and fruits. Buy from a farmer's market instead and...

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Bamboo VS. Cotton: An Environmental Comparison

If you've been following the latest sustainable trends, you've probably noticed that there are more bamboo items being produced than ever before. Not only can bamboo be used as a substitute for wood and plastic, but it can also be made into fabrics as well. Today we're going to answer the question of which fabric is the most sustainable to use in your daily life; cotton or bamboo? CottonThe benefits of cottonEveryone knows cotton and knows it's one of the staple fabrics in our closet, but non-organic cotton isn't as sustainable as organic cotton. Therefore, for this article, we will...

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How Bad is Shampoo for the Environment?

Growing up, you've probably learned that you need to wash your hair with shampoo for a variety of reasons — the main reason being that your hair won't get clean otherwise. More and more companies have started to promote their shampoo's as being without any harmful ingredients. That raises the question: what's so harmful about shampoo?Why do we use shampoo?One of the most common reasons to use shampoo is because it removes any build-up of sebum from your scalp. Sebum is an oily or waxy excretion made by tiny glands in your skin. Its primary purpose is to make the...

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A Beginners Guide: Zero-Waste Menstruation Using Cloth Pads

Approximately half of the earth's population (give or take a few percent) will experience menstruation throughout their lifetime. While this, in itself, is a very natural process, the materials most commonly used during this time are anything but natural. There are, of course, menstrual cups available, but not everyone enjoys using them as they can be a bit hard to position properly. That's why the use of reusable period pads is an excellent alternative to disposable pads and tampons, as well as menstrual cups! What are reusable menstrual pads?Most people know what a menstrual pad is. Bluntly said, it's a...

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How Bad is Toothpaste for the Environment?

  Starting at a young age, we are taught that we need to brush our teeth every day using a toothbrush and toothpaste. However, since the uprising of protests in the name of climate change, people's views of toothpaste have changed as well. Why is toothpaste targeted, and how bad is it really for the environment?   What's in toothpaste? Now, different brands of toothpaste have different ingredients. Some of these ingredients seem logical, like cellulose gum to make it a gummy substance. Others, like copolymers and titanium dioxides, seem very threatening and don't ring any bells with us. If...

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