Visit Blog
Explore Tumblr blogs with no restrictions, modern design and the best experience.
#zero waste
wastelesscrafts · 2 days ago
Your fidget quilt recommendation inspired me! I have a new baby and had already been planning to make them a sensory board from hardware store parts when they're older - any other suggestions for sewing sensory toys out of things that might otherwise go to waste? The sliding rings/buttons on the quilt are are a great example
Congratulations on your new baby!
Sensory toys are a great tool to help children explore their senses.
On top of that, a lot of autistic/ADHD people (regardless of age) stim/fidget to regulate their emotions, to deal with over- or under-stimulation, to help them concentrate, or just because it's fun. It's a normal part of our daily life, and a lot of us find stimtoys useful in this regard.
DIY sensory toys:
I assume you're referring to the fidget quilt by Pinterest-user Margaret Staron in my "Fixing up a fidget hoodie" post in your ask?
Fidget quilts are a good example of DIY sensory toys that can be made out of upcycled materials. Let's take a look at few options.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: a green fidget quilt with various notions sewn onto it such as buckles, buttons, and a zipper.]
Fidget quilts:
A fidget quilt is a quilt with added-on fidget parts. These quilts are usually small enough to fit on someone's lap. They're a great stash buster for random bits and bobs.
Some ideas of things you could add to a fidget quilt:
Velcro
A patch of textured fabric
A dangling metal ring
A cord
A zipper that doesn’t open but still zips up and down
Buttons or studs to run your fingers over
A fabric fringe
Beads
A sliding buckle
A clip buckle
Tassels
Ribbons and ribbon loops
Lace to rub your fingers over
Flaps that can be opened to reveal something
Hair ties that can be stretched
Pockets with small surprises sewn inside
Pompoms
Fake fur
Fabric flowers
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: two flaps on a fabric quilt that can be opened to reveal an embroidery of a cat, and can be closed again with a piece of velcro.]
Weighted items:
Weighted items such as weighted toys, vests, or blankets make for great pressure stims.
Pretty Sick Supply has several tutorials on how to make a weighted blanket. This could be a good stash buster if you're going the patchwork route.
If you're more of a knitter, check out Knitboyknit's knitted weighted blanket tutorial, or knit/crochet a blanket out of heavy bulky yarn.
As a general rule, a full body weighted blanket should weigh about 10% of the body weight of the person who's going to use it. Stick to this rule for both comfort and safety reasons. For example: if someone weighs 80kg, they need an 8kg weighted blanket.
Don't know what to use as filling? Keep an eye on freecycle groups for unused hama beads to fill your weighted items with.
Whatever you end up choosing, go for a filling that's easy to wash, and don't skimp on the sewing for your weighted projects. You wouldn't want them to start leaking beads all of a sudden.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: a large patchwork weighted blanket consisting of squares of various fabrics, mostly in shades of blue, white, purple, and green.]
Marble mazes:
Another fidget toy that's easy to make with scrap material is a fidget maze.
Get two pieces of fabric, turn them wrong sides together, sew along the edge leaving a small gap, then turn them inside out. Sew a maze pattern through both layers, and add in a marble or two. You'll end up with fabric tunnels to push marbles through.
A marble maze is great to keep your hands occupied during Zoom meetings or car rides and such.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: a purple fabric maze with white thread and a bulge where a marble sits between the two layers of fabric.]
Fidget jewellery:
If you need something subtle to fidget with, fidget jewellery's a pretty good option. This type of accessory has loose parts or sensory elements you can play around with.
Some ideas are zipper bracelets, fidget rings, beaded bracelets (can also be made into necklaces or key chains), and tassel necklaces.
In need of chewlery (chewable jewellery)? Some baby teething rings look really nice if you take them apart and hang them on a chain. Dress them up right, and nobody will know the origins of your fancy new pendant. They also make for cool key chains if necklaces aren't your thing.
If you don't feel comfortable using teething toys as your base material, try to look for something made out of food-grade silicon or other non-toxic materials, and use items that are big enough to not pose a choking hazard and soft enough so they won't damage your teeth.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: three chewlery necklaces in purple, gray, and cyan made out of teething toys.]
Key chains:
Key chains are a convenient way to remember to always carry a stimtoy with you, and can be as bold or as subtle as you like.
If you're into beading, check out this beaded fidget toy tutorial by Super Mom Hacks. Too difficult? A few beads on a ring, a piece of metal wire, or some string can also make for a decent fidget.
You could also find some nicely textured fabric or fake fur, cut out a square, finish off the edges, sew on a ribbon loop, then put it on a clasp or a ring to hang from your keys.
Cut out two squares and sew them together with the wrong sides facing each other if the back of your scrap fabric isn't sensory friendly. Add stuffing, a marble, or a ring in between your two pieces of fabric for an extra fidget element.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: a rainbow-coloured fidget key chain made out of beads, black cording, and a clasp.]
Plushies:
Scrap fabric makes a good start for fidget plushies to squeeze in when you're anxious. Pick a fabric with a nice texture, cut out two pieces in whatever shape you like, sew them together, then fill it up with fabric scraps.
Customise them however you want: you could sew or embroider a face on them, for example.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: five round squishy plushies sit in a row: a leopard print plushie with green eyes, a white fuzzy plushie with green eyes, a brown fluffy plushie with brown eyes, a green soft plushie with brown eyes, and a pink soft plushie with brown eyes. Text: "Worry Pets. Fairfield Pieces".]
Scented sachets:
Scented sachets are easy to make out of scrap fabric. Carry them with you to keep the scent around, or put them in your wardrobe to make your clothes smell nice.
Cut out two layers of fabric in any shape you want and sew them together, leaving a small gap, then fill your sachet with whatever dried herb you like and sew it shut. Lavender's a popular choice, but thyme, mint, rose petals, or lemon balm are also good herb options, depending on your taste.
Once your sachet starts losing its smell, open up the seam with a seam ripper, compost the old herbs, give the sachet a good wash, then fill it up with new herbs and sew the gap shut again.
You could also make a small draw-string bag with a separate insert for the herbs, or use a fillable tea bag (preferably bio-degradable) as an insert.
Whatever you pick, just make sure your herbs are completely dry before you put them in. If they weren't dried properly, they might start to mould after a while. If you're making one of these as a gift, first ask your giftee about potential allergies before picking a herb.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: a heart-shaped sachet made out of blue and brown flannel and white thread lying on top of a pile of dried lavender buds.]
Notes:
A lot of the projects I mentioned contain small parts that could pose a choking hazard. If you're making something for young children who're still at that age where they put everything in their mouth, or for someone who does a lot of oral stimming, please keep this in mind.
Please remember that people who stim often have sensory issues. If you're making one of these projects as a gift, be mindful of the materials you use, and ask the giftee's opinion on fabrics before you settle on a final design. It's better to spoil the surprise than to surprise them with something they can't use because it hurts to touch.
(If you're making something for yourself, just stick to fabrics that feel nice. Don't be tempted by pretty fabrics if you can't stand touching them.)
Conclusion:
There are many ways to craft your own sensory toys, and a lot of them can be made out of leftovers from other projects. Be creative and have fun with it!
This post is not exhaustive, just a few ideas to get you started.
Have any of you ever made your own sensory toys before? Feel free to share them in your reblogs!
522 notes · View notes
itsplantbased · a year ago
Text
PLANT INSIDERS
Plants love starch, so if u have cooked pasta or boiled potatoes save the water, let it cool and give it to ur plants. DO NOT GIVE THEM BOILING WATER THEY WILL DIE, I REPEAT THEY WILL DIE. I add a bowl under the pot with the holes (I forgot the name of it but you know what i mean). Then I put it in the refrigerator to cool and water my plants with it once its cold.
Plants loves coffee grounds. My friend gave her aloe plant coffee grounds and it grew like crazy.
Eggshells are a natural fertilizer. Wash out the slimy stuff from the eggshell and then ground it up into a fine powder, you'll know its ready when it look like fresh crack you can snort (please dont snort the eggshells). You can use a food processor if that helps. Sprinkle the powder on the soil.
Banana peels are a natural fertilizer too. Sun dry the banana peel, you can cut it up into smaller pieces for it to dry quicker. Its ready when its looks like bethany's heat damaged hair: crunchy. When the peels are crunchy, crush it up into a powder. Sprinkle the powder on your soil.
Talk to your plants. It actually helps them grow. Talk to them bout random shit, my plants are literally my therapist.
10K notes · View notes
toadstoolgardens · 3 months ago
Photo
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
What is Permaculture & The 12 Principles of Permaculture
Graphics by Mirranda Burton, Information from Milkwood’s Online Permaculture Living Course
948 notes · View notes
the-illuminated-witch · 11 months ago
Text
Earth-Friendly Witchcraft
Tumblr media
Whatever religious or spiritual tradition they identify with, most witches agree that there is something sacred about the natural world. We draw our power from the earth beneath our feet, the sky over our heads, and the air in our lungs.
And yet, many of us live in societies that are actively contributing to the destruction of the natural world. Most developed nations have a linear economy, which means resources are extracted and then sent on a one-way trip to consumers who will use them and then throw them away. This leads to overflowing landfills, air and water pollution, and quickly disappearing resources. The World Economic Forum predicts that, if our habits don’t change, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. And I dearly hope that by now we’re all familiar with the reality of climate change and its devastating impact on global ecosystems.
I’m not trying to scare you, but I do want to point out the hypocrisy of drawing power from the Earth in our magic while simultaneously contributing to her destruction. If we truly want to consider ourselves spiritual allies of the planet, we need to make an effort to live our lives — and practice our magic — in ways that are less harmful to her.
You don’t have to become an environmentalist or switch to a zero waste lifestyle, but we can all make little changes for a more sustainable life. There’s lots of information out there about how to live a more Earth-friendly lifestyle, so in this post I’ll be focusing on how to apply that same philosophy to your witchcraft.
Steps to a more Earth-Friendly Practice:
Limiting your consumption will automatically lower your negative impact on the planet. Follow my previous guidelines for avoiding consumerism to start shrinking your carbon footprint.
Avoid plastic as much as possible. According to the WEF, 70% of our plastic ends up in a landfill or in the world’s waterways, and according to Julia Watkins, author of Simply Living Well, only 9% of household plastics get recycled. Plastic (unlike glass and metal) cannot be recycled indefinitely — it can only be recycled a handful of times before it becomes too degraded to be repurposed any further. There really is no way to make plastic safer for the planet, so it’s best to just avoid it altogether. Look for tools made of metal, wood, or glass instead of plastics, and try to order things shipped in paper and cardboard when possible.
Create spells that won’t leave leftovers. One of the big contributing factors to our current environmental crisis is that we just produce too much waste. You can avoid this in your magical practice by crafting spells that won’t leave you throwing away a big ball of candle wax, herbs, and paper. Kitchen magic is a no-brainer for this, since kitchen spells are meant to be eaten. If you want to do a candle spell, use small candles that will burn up completely — I find larger candles are more likely to leave leftover wax. Making magical bath salts is another great option for leftover-free spells — just make sure everything you include is safe to go down the drain and won’t contribute to water pollution!
Forage for your own spell materials. One of the best ways to avoid plastic packaging and cut down on emissions from shipping is to use materials from your backyard! Learn about the plants, animals, and minerals native to your area, and take regular nature walks where you can gather what you need. Remember to only take as much as you need and to be careful never to damage the plants you harvest from. Make sure to carefully disinfect any animals bits you pick up — you can do this by burying them in salt for a full moon cycle and/or setting them in the sun/under a UV light for several days. If you find a dead animal and want to strip and clean its bones for use in ritual, this is a much more involved process and will require special research, equipment, and lots of time. And, of course, never eat anything you have foraged unless you happen to have an advanced degree in botany.
Keep a magical garden. Another great way to connect with the planet and shrink your carbon footprint is to grow your own herbs, vegetables, and fruits. You can, of course, grow food for your kitchen if you have space, but even if you live in a tiny apartment you can grow a handful of magical herbs in pots. For a list of common houseplants and their magical associations, check out this post.
Shop for spell materials at a local farmer’s market. Buying local is a great way to avoid the environmental impact of shipping produce, and it allows you to support small farms. Farmer’s markets also typically carry seasonal produce, which can help you align your magical practice with the cycles of nature. Farmer’s markets are a great way to find seasonal fruits and vegetables for kitchen magic, but you can use the produce you find there for other types of spells as well.
Trade paraffin wax candles for beeswax or soy wax. Paraffin, the material used for most cheap candles, is a by-product of crude oil, which is not only highly unsustainable but contains carcinogens (chemicals that may cause cancer). Beeswax is a sustainable alternative, and beeswax candles produce a “clean” burn, meaning it does not negatively affect air quality. Soy wax is a slightly pricier, vegan-friendly sustainable option that also produces a clean burn.
Use undyed, unbleached paper for your written spells. The bleaches and dyes used in most commercially available paper have a toxic effect on the environment. Colored paper cannot be recycled or composted because it will contaminate everything it touches. Use plain, unbleached paper for your written spells, especially if you plan to bury them in the ground or dispose of them outside.
Make sure your essential oils are ethically harvested. Essential oils are tricky — although they are marketed as natural, many of them are produced through unsustainable methods. Because essential oils are concentrated, it may take thousands of pounds of plants to produce a single pound of oil. This can have a devastating impact, especially for endangered plants like white sage or palo santo. Look for ethically-sourced, wild-harvested essential oils — these are oils that are gathered from the wild in ways that don’t hurt the local ecosystem. Mountain Rose Herbs and Eden’s Garden are two brands that are committed to sustainable essential oil production.
Instead of burying a spell in a jar, bury it in a hollowed-out fruit or vegetable. Many traditions call for spells to be buried in the ground. Items like jar spells and witch bottles are traditionally buried on the witch’s property. The problem with this is that plastic and glass bottles do not biodegrade, and will remain in the ground for years. Instead of putting these materials in the ground, bury your spells in a hollowed-out fruit or vegetable. As a bonus, you can choose this item to support your intention. For example, you might use an apple for a love spell or a spicy pepper for protection. Just make sure everything inside the spell is also biodegradable!
Keep a compost pile as an offering to your local land spirits. Compost is an easy way to reduce food waste, and it gives your garden a boost! Even if you don’t have your own garden, you can give your compost to a fiend who does or look into donating it to a community garden. When composting, it’s important to maintain a balance between carbon-rich “brown” ingredients (leaves, undyed paper, cardboard, etc.) and nitrogen-rich “greens” (fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc.) — you want about four times as much brown as green in your compost. Start your compost with a layer of brown — preferably twigs or straw to allow good airflow. Alternate layers of green and brown materials as you add to the pile. Every time you add to your compost, verbally express your gratitude to the land spirits. Your compost should be moist, but not soggy — you’ll know it’s ready when it’s dark and crumbly and smells like soil.
Make your own tea blends with loose herbs and a reusable tea strainer instead of buying teabags. Witches and tea go together like peanut butter and chocolate, but the individual wrappers on teabags create a lot of waste. On top of that, since many of these wrappers are dyed, they may not even be recyclable. Keep your teas earth-friendly by buying dried herbs in bulk and blending your own teas. Making your own blends is not only better for the planet, but also allows you to choose each ingredient for a specific magical intention.
Find ways to use your trash in your craft. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Instead of throwing things away, find ways to use them in your magic! Use food scraps from cooking, like carrot greens and potato peels, in spells. Turn an old shoe box into a travel altar. Add your coffee grounds to spells to ground them and manifest results in the physical world. You get the idea. Be creative!
Research different models for Earth-friendly living, like the zero waste/low waste lifestyle, sustainability, and the solarpunk movement. This will give you more ideas for a sustainable lifestyle, as well as a sustainable magical practice.
The funny thing about Earth-friendly living is that, the more time you spend taking care of the planet, the more connected you feel to it. I encourage you to try some of the ideas on this list — you’ll be amazed by how quickly you develop a deeper relationship with the Earth and all her creatures.
Resources:
Of Blood and Bones by Kate Freuler
Simply Living Well by Julia Watkins
“By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says” from The Washington Post
A Sustainable Mind podcast
Practical(ly) Zero Waste podcast
5K notes · View notes
lets-close-the-loop · a year ago
Text
Why do I have a plastic hairbrush?
My friend was visiting me the other day and as she sat in my living room she noticed my plastic hairbrush on the table.
"Why do you have a plastic hairbrush I thought you care about nature and you try to avoid plastic!"
Why? Because I can still use it. I have had this brush for cca 12 years. It is not broken. It's fine. And I will have it for as long as it works and then buy a good alternative. We don't throw away things that work perfectly fine just to prove to other people, that we care. We use the things we have FIRST!
There is no need for buying a stainless steel lunch box if you can still use an old plastic one. It's fine.
USE WHAT YOU HAVE FIRST and when it no longer works like it should, dispose of it responsibly and then get a good alternative. You don't have to prove anything to anyone.
Love
K.
48K notes · View notes
unfauxgiven · a month ago
Text
woke up thinking about "i'd make my own clothes but it's so expensive". the amount of times i've heard this without the person saying it putting 2 & 2 together is wild. so you know the cost of making a garment, how do you think fast fashion companies are selling them for so cheap? that's right, they don't pay their workers fairly. even the best company discounts on fabric & other supplies can't bring the cost of a garment down that astronomically if they're paying their workers a living wage. let's also not forget the low quality, unsustainable materials they're most likely using to reduce cost further to lure in consumers. fast fashion is cruel & a scam and i'm so tired of it.
197 notes · View notes
lovely-low-waster · 2 months ago
Text
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
If you’ve been trying to go plastic free for awhile you’ve probably accumulated quite a few jars some way or another. I often buy in jars and will keep them for upcycling, but sometimes I run out of ideas on how to reuse them. These are some good ways to repurpose those jars. In addition to these some zero waste stores will take cleaned jars for people who don’t have containers but are looking for a refill. While some of these are exclusively for glass, some of these ideas work for plastic containers too! Happy upcycling!
photo credit to zerowastenerd on instagram
189 notes · View notes
elaboratepuppet · a year ago
Text
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
first garden haul of 2020! this year’s highlights include carrots, beets, onions, and blackberries. the kale kinda got picked apart by caterpillars and the squashes are not all quite ready for harvest yet
4K notes · View notes
wastelesscrafts · 20 hours ago
tip for anyone who wants to start knitting but crafting shit is expensive/you want to get started NOW: the standard chopstick (like the kind you get in takeout) is about the same size as a US 10 knitting needle, work great with most worsted yarns, and you can sharpen them to a better point using scissors or sandpaper! make sure you have the rounded kind with smooth sides and ends, as the type with a break apart end will splinter in your yarn. if you point them the right way you can also use them as DPNS (they only need to be sharp on one end). here's a few of my own chopneedles:
Tumblr media
the ends arent sharp enough to hurt anyone, just shaved down to a narrower point to work yarn better. my only issue is the two grooves at the bottom end, where yarn sometimes catches, but its not enough to be too much of a bother. also, theyre bamboo/wood, so the more you use em, the smoother they get!
[ID: a hand holding four sharpened bamboo chopsticks. Three of them have two parallel grooves at the blunt end.]
Knitting with chopsticks
Thank you for your submission. That's a great idea to both save money and upcycle chopsticks!
I can vouch for this idea because I've tried knitting with chopsticks in the past. Millenniumbreak's tips are solid!
Do note that most knitting needles have caps at the blunt end to stop stitches from slipping off your needle, something which chopsticks usually don't have. If you plan on knitting with chopsticks, either DIY your own caps, use them as double-pointed needles, or stick to projects with small amounts of stitches so your project doesn't reach the end of the chopneedle.
You could also try using needle caps if you happen to have them lying around, or plain old corks.
Tumblr media
(Image source) [ID: a pair of metal knitting needles in progress of flat-knitting a project with white and yellow yarn. A pair of corks sit at the end of the needles, and three corks and a ball of yellow of yarn lie next to the needles.]
For more cheap knitting hacks, check out these 20 knitting hacks to save you money by Knitfarious.
316 notes · View notes
cupidsgore · 10 months ago
Text
Tumblr media
oh to live in a cottage on the french countryside
1K notes · View notes
upcycleability · 2 months ago
Text
Recycling Books, What to do with Old or Damaged Magazines, Textbooks, Etc
Tumblr media
Some of us love to get new books and be transported into a new magical realm. Some of us don't enjoy books at all, and prefer to get our information in other ways. Either way, you are likely to have a lot of books, magazines, and textbooks that you may not want. What should you do with these? Let's look at some ways to reuse or recycle them!
Resell them
Selling your excess is always the best way to give your stuff a new life. This is because, unless someone specifically asks you if they can have or borrow a book, people tend to care more about something if they have to spend money on it.
reselling used books is also a good thing to do if you are given a lot of books, or you find a fair amount of them when dumpster diving. I know I find my fair share of them, and selling them helps me to pay bills or rent.
Give them away
Tumblr media
YThis may sound odd given what I just said above, but giving them away can be beneficial as well. If someone asks you for a certain book, or you have family or friends that you know may want to read a particular book you have, then giving away your copy might be the best bet.
Also, you can have a small library if you have the ability to put one up where you life. These are small outdoor pantries that hold books that people can put in, or take out.
Cut them up and recycle them!
You cannot recycle books whole due to the covers and glue, but you CAN tear out all of the pages and recycle the pages instead. This can be great if you are recycling a workbook, if the book is otherwise heavily written in it, or if the book is damaged.
Also, some books are filled with hateful or harmful rhetoric. Giving them away or reselling them might just propagate the harmful ideas, so this is another way to give the pages a new life!
Use them for craft projects!
Tumblr media
People have been able to take old books and turn them into beautiful works of art! This is a great way to reuse an old worn or vintage book while also stretching your creative muscles! Cutting up magazines for scrapbooking, or making paper beads, is always a fun thing to do as well!
So maybe see what you can make! Or you can try any of the other tips, and more, to make sure that books and magazines get reused or recycled instead of trashed.
***
If you like what you have read and want to support me, you can by using the shop links below! But only buy if you need new supplies, clothes, etc. Don't buy just for the sake of buying.
Upcycleability- My Etsy shop where I sell my upcycled crafts and craft supplies:
UpcycledLucy– My Poshmark to buy used clothing that I salvage from being thrown out
UpcycledLucy– My Mercari where I also sell used clothing, but cheaper
Lucienes– My eBay shop where I sell everything else that I salvage, such as books, games, boxes, and more
5-10% of all sales from the above links go towards 350 dot org, an intersectional activist organization working to fight climate change and get climate justice.
163 notes · View notes
mauricesmall · 2 months ago
Text
Tumblr media
Two of my favorite farm inputs: coffee grounds and brew waste. Both add micro nutrients, moisture, bulk and food for the soil critters large and small. An additional plus is every 7 days, 2,500 pounds of these materials don’t end up in the trash (landfill)!
128 notes · View notes
roberts-island · 26 days ago
Text
To all my neurodivergent and disabled people out there with eco anxiety
It’s ok if you need a straw for your drink. It’s ok if you can only manage to eat or afford fast food and microwaved meals that produce waste and aren’t vegan or local or organic. It’s ok if you made a really big mess and ruined something by not cleaning for too long and the only way you can manage to deal with it is by throwing it in the garbage. You’re doing your best and while small actions are important, you are not singlehandedly harming the planet by not living in a perfectly sustainable way. It’s more important that you’re able to preserve your spoons so that you can fight the bigger battles in your life
93 notes · View notes
galadhir · 7 months ago
Text
One of the bonuses of trying to cut down on the amount of plastic waste you generate is that you suddenly realize how much amazingly useful stuff society showers on you in the form of containers.
Like, when I first started buying rice/oats/muesli/pasta etc loose, I thought I had to go out and buy my own cotton bags to carry them home in. Now if I need a new bag I buy a carton of breakfast cereal - eat the cereal, put the cardboard box in recycling, and use the insert bag for my own shopping.
If I want to make jam, I don’t buy jam jars, I collect my glass peanut-butter jars for a few weeks and re-use those instead.
Passata, which is the basis of most of my soups and stews, comes in these great wide-mouthed glass bottles which are perfect for storing and freezing the soups and stews in. But they’re also great to store my home-made yogurt in. No need to worry about tupperware breaking when it falls out of the freezer, and then having to buy more of it. Even though these glass bottles also break when they fall out of the freezer, I’ll be getting new ones next time I buy passata anyway.
You know? When you re-tune your brain to actually see the stuff you’re putting in the bin, it’s an unexpected little joy to find that so much of it is so useful. Instead of feeling like you’re nothing but a rubbish producing machine, you start feeling grateful for the useful things you’re constantly being bombarded with for (functionally) free.
You always think that going zero waste (or at least, reduced waste) is going to be an exercise in denying yourself things, but in my experience it leaves you feeling like you’ve got more. I have much more delight in the things I surround myself with now - even if they’re just repurposed jam jars.
356 notes · View notes
unfauxgiven · 2 months ago
Text
guys i was doom scrolling on Instagram and came across a post about shein and the comments were mostly "so what if they use child labor? all companies do that" and it's like... no... they don't. people were recommending more expensive fast fashion (think urban outfitters and H&M), and so many of them were greenwashed by the recyclable packaging that the unsustainable clothes come in.
this is why we NEED to keep spreading awareness.
a lot people genuinely think that sustainable clothing/fashion is unattainable. we all know that the answer is to consume less (no you don't need $200 worth of $5/piece clothes from shein, if that's the shopping habit you're used to i'm not surprised that you think sustainable fashion is only for the rich), but until we can change this mass over-consumption, "need to be new" mentality, things will stay the same.
we need to make it easier for people to find the sustainable brands, because a lot of people won't take the time to search "sustainable clothing brands" and read through an article. we need them to not see a $40 shirt and immediately close the page, wondering why it's so expensive. instead they should wonder why fast fashion is so cheap. we need to inform people of greenwashing, and that a company with recyclable packaging doesn't necessarily always have eco friendly products or use anything close to ethical practices. that more expensive doesn't always equal better practices or quality.
we need to keep fighting for our future, guys. there are still so many people who don't even know what they don't know - please keep raising awareness.
334 notes · View notes
lovely-low-waster · 2 months ago
Text
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
Eco friendly spaces often are closed off and cater to primarily to affluent white folks. In looking to change policy and social norms make sure to listen to disabled voices. If they’re not included in your discussions then you’re not making environmentalism accessible to everyone!
photo credit to queerbrownvegan on instagram 
179 notes · View notes
write-the-night · 12 days ago
Text
Tumblr media
Tumblr media
I FINISHED IT!!!
Both the vest and shorts are now complete 🥳
It was really complicated (I started sewing around a month and a half/two months ago) but it's one step closer to making jackets and long pants!!
Not sure what my next project will be but I'm excited for what's to come 🤩
55 notes · View notes