Category Archives: Zero Waste

When Is A Plastic-Free Aisle Not Plastic-Free?

When Is A Plastic-Free Aisle Not Plastic-Free?

A supermarket aisle in the Netherlands made headlines last month, because it was the “world’s first plastic-free aisle”. I saw the headline, but I didn’t bother to read much further, expecting to see the kind of thing so many times before – neatly laid out rows of bulk bins, where customers can use paper bags… Continue Reading

Is There a “Best” Kind of Reusable Bag?

Is There a “Best” Kind of Reusable Bag?

With more and more councils, states and countries around the world introducing plastic bag bans, the conversation is finally moving towards reusable bag options. Not a moment too soon, either! Yet as with all things, there’s plenty of different options out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. Different people have different opinions about what’s… Continue Reading

Biodegradable Plastic: Is It REALLY Eco-Friendly?

Biodegradable Plastic: Is It REALLY Eco-Friendly?

If there’s one environmental claim that makes me nervous when I see it printed on plastic-like products and packaging, it’s “biodegradable”. Why? Because without context, this label is vague and potentially misleading. A one-word label like this tells us nothing about the true biodegradability of a product. What does it biodegrade into? Toxic or non-toxic?… Continue Reading

Is “Zero Waste” Even Real?

Is “Zero Waste” Even Real?

For me, living zero waste means trying to create as little waste (and that includes recycling) as possible. Refusing single-use items, avoiding plastic, reducing what I purchase, and choosing items that are well made and designed to last. For bigger, one-off purchases I try to find what I want second-hand. For the regular, consumable things… Continue Reading

Spilling the Truth About the “Perfect” Zero Waste Image

Spilling the Truth About the “Perfect” Zero Waste Image

I’ll admit it. I do like a stylish, carefully curated zero waste image. I’m prone to double-tapping “like” when a snap of a beautiful pantry with whole foods stacked neatly in glass jars appears on my social media feed. I think that pictures of products made of stainless steel and glass are much more visually… Continue Reading

Reducing Food Waste with Worm Farms: Trialing the Hungry Bin

Reducing Food Waste with Worm Farms: Trialing the Hungry Bin

Zero waste is all about circular living. It’s often talked about in terms of the circular economy (which is the ideal and the one we want to work towards) as opposed to the linear economy (which is the one we have now). The idea is that materials and resources should cycle, being reused or repurposed… Continue Reading

The Illusion of Being Perfectly Zero Waste (or Perfectly Plastic-Free)

The Illusion of Being Perfectly Zero Waste (or Perfectly Plastic-Free)

A few years ago, I wandered into a second-hand bag outlet in a pop-up shop that sold handbags. One bag caught my eye – it was in excellent condition and very inexpensive (it was $28 AUD). The lady explained that she had purchased it thinking it was leather, but then realised it wasn’t leather at… Continue Reading

A First-Timer’s Guide to Shopping at Bulk Stores

A First-Timer’s Guide to Shopping at Bulk Stores

Bulk stores make shopping plastic-free and zero waste so much easier. They allow us to avoid unnecessary packaging, and buy only what we need (no unnecessary food waste). But they operate quite differently to regular stores and supermarkets, and if you haven’t shopped at one before, the idea can be a little intimidating. If you’re… Continue Reading