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Author: Anja Leuenberger
The world produces a 2.3 billions of waste each year. Much of that trash contributes to the harmful pollution of our oceans and lands. Scary fact; Americans produce three times more than the global average.
2020 was the rise of zero waste living. The name itself can be intimidating for some. And some may shy away completely because it sounds challenging. So what exactly does zero waste living mean?
Zero-waste living means reducing your waste to a minimum. Or waste as little as possible. Plastic is mother nature’s non-renewable resource, and the biggest problem right now.
The zero waste movement started with the known fact that global warming is a huge threat to the planet and humanity. Though most contribution to global warming comes from massive companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron, we as one person can still have an impact. Treat the world with love and respect and work on our karma.
The other reason is that recycling isn’t the solution. Recycling plastic is actually a misconception. Plastic is not recycled, it is downcycled. This means it gets downcycled to poorer forms of plastic until it can’t be downcycled any further and sits in landfills. Of the 78 billion kilograms plastic packaging material produced in 2013, only 14% were collected for recycling and just 2 percent efficiently recycled.
Recycling should be the last option. The best option is to lower your waste and avoid plastic packaging altogether.
Here are some easy eco friendly swaps to make at home to start with:
- Replace plastic garbage bags with biodegradable ones.
- Replace your disposables, like paper napkins, with reusables, like cloth napkins.
- Make secondhand your first choice.
- Swap plastic bags for snack containers or washable baggies.
- Swap plastic wrap for beeswax wrap or reusable lids
- Swap your to-go coffee cup with one you bring from home. They are fun and come in many colors and materials
- Swap single use cleaners for refillable, eco-friendly products. Like these ones from Blueland or grove.
- Swap plastic straws for a stainless steel straw you can always bring with you.
- Swap plastic water bottles and refill a reusable one.
- Swap plastic bags at the grocery store for reusable totes & produce bags.
- Swap cotton balls for washable rounds to remove makeup.
- Swap your plastic razor for a steel razor
- Swap your regular toilet paper with bamboo ones.
- Swap your plastic dish brush with coconut brushes or bamboo ones
- If you have a dog, swap their poop bags with biodegradable ones made out of plant based starch blend.
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 6 tbsp white rice flour
- 3 tbsp oat milk
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 3/4 cup raw cashew butter
- 2 ish tbsp canned coconut milk
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 large sheet pans with parchment paper
- To a large bowl, add the oats, white rice flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and stir well
- Pour molasses syrup and cashew butter over the dry ingredients and stir until it all comes together into a very sticky batter
- Drop about 2 tbsp onto the sheet
- Space them out enough, they will spread
- With damp fingers, press the cookies down and form a round shape
- Bake on the center rack for 12 minutes
- Let them cool off
- For the icing add the powdered sugar and milk to a small bowl and whisk until completely smooth
- It should become thick and white
- Ice the cookies quickly as it does start to dry out fairly quickly
- Add the icing to a baggie, cut a small tip off the corner and drizzle it on.
- 3 slices of Toast
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup oat milk
- 1 tbsp chickpea flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- some coconut oil
- Maple syrup to serve
- Mash the banana and combine with the milk, flour, salt and cinnamon
- Soak the Toast in it with both sides for 30 seconds
- Heat up the oil in a frying pan, when hot add toast and cook both sides until gold brown
- Serve with fruits and sweetener of your choice