Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Trimming my waste: Week 20 Giveaway!




Goals - Week 20:

  • Reduce reliance on paper towel 
  • Spread the love and help you do the same
  • Tell you about a company I really like

In January, I committed to Be Zero's #MakeLessTrash2016 challenge. I'm 20 weeks in and I find that I've joined an amazing community. People all over the planet who get up every day and try. Try to do a little better. Try to resist convenience. Try to live mindfully. People who remind me every day that "zero-waste" is not about showing off how you crammed a year's worth of trash into a mason jar. It's about living mindfully. Here's something BeZeroWasteGirl posted to Instagram this week:




In this post, she says: "don't get stuck on the word 'zero'. Remember it's referring to a circular-based economy - which we are not experiencing yet. The zero waste lifestyle is about embracing and generating resourcefulness, community, and simplicity. A zero waste economy is what our future needs, but we won't get there until collectively we make changes to our lifestyle. So whatever you do, however far you take it, understand that your actions really do matter."

I'm an avid follower of everything around the circular economy. It's the only approach to the future that makes sense to me, and I think the likes of Ellen McArthur are quietly changing the world. 

While they get on with that, I'm going to introduce you to Full Circle Home, one of 26 B Corps on the Inc 5000 list. What's a B Corp? B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Find out more here

I have a roll of paper towel in my home because sometimes I have to use it. I buy Seventh Generation and one roll lasts about 6 months. Mostly, I use cotton cloths and cellulose sponges. And for some reason, this perfectly sums up what BeZero says about mindfulness. It's not perfect. I generate some paper waste that I'm not yet composting. But I think hard before ripping off a piece of paper towel. 

So the giveaway...

There are cloths and there are these cloths. I have plenty of rags and reusable cloths in my home. Here's what makes these different: they're both tough enough to scrub a counter top and soft enough that 6-yr-old Ms R uses them (dampened) as napkins. Actually, she asks for "a cloth". She never uses paper "napkins" at home. In addition, they somehow don't stain (and I'm talking creamy tomato sauce, chocolate and cheese grease). And they don't smell. Clearly, I'm impressed by these humble cloths. So I want to give you some. And some cellulose sponges because they're lovely too! 

There are lots of ways to enter (through the secure Rafflecopter widget below), including some you can do every day. So come back tomorrow and enter again! 

Giveaway opens midnight CST, Tuesday 5/24 and ends midnight CST Wednesday, 6/1. Open to US residents, 18 and older. Exact prize: These cloths and these sponges - retail value plus shipping: $15

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Psst: Full Circle is running a big giveaway right now. So if you like what you see, enter that too


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