We Aren’t Zealots Here

Zero Waste is hard.

Really hard.

I’ve got a budget to follow and I bet you do too. Fair-trade, organic shampoo in a compostable bottle for $25? Yikes. Not for me.

I’m pretty busy and I bet you are too. Driving across town with two kids in tow to that one store that has bulk almonds on sale for less than $15 a pound? Not on today’s agenda.

But, I still think it’s important to try. Just because I can’t see my trash anymore after it leaves the curb in front of my house, doesn’t mean it disappears.

Sooo….at Zero Waste Mommy, I try Zero Waste initiatives so you don’t have to.

Sometimes it works. Like giving up paper tissues.
Sometimes it doesn’t. Like cloth diapers.
Sometimes it’s worth the extra effort. Like bringing reusable containers to the store.
Sometimes it’s not. Like cloth diapers.

Can you tell I’m not a fan of cloth diapers?


How to Use ZWM


Want help “zero-wasting” a part of your life? Check out Topics. You’ll find everything from granola to Girl Scout Cookies

Recycle or Not

Another facet of Zero Waste Mommy is Recycle Or Not?. This page is a pictorial on what you can recycle and what you can’t. Sure you can recycle plastic bottles and aluminum foil, but what about the caps, the foil you used to defrost a (bloody) steak or your child’s art work? Obviously my kid’s no Matisse if I’m going there.


And finally, to keep me honest, there is the Zero Waste Tally. Another pictorial to show you which Zero Waste practices we’ve incorporated into our lives and which became Zero Waste FAILs – too expensive, too time consuming.

About Kelly

I’ve been passionate about combatting blind consumerism since 2008 and joined the Zero Waste movement by starting this blog in 2013, soon after my second child was born. I think it might have been trying to unwrap a toy or someone’s attempt to sell me a butt-wipe warmer that put me over the edge…

I’m no zealot, here. I’m just a busy mom and full-time student trying to find affordable and practical ways to reduce my waste. I hope I can help inspire you to give a few of these ideas a go. -k