Category Archives: Zero Waste
- Good Guide allows for you to find out important health, green, and ethical info on your favorite food or lifestyle products and whether you should consider alternate products. Allows you to scan barcodes to find products efficiently.
- inBloom assists in looking for sustainable and local foods in your area. You easily can find organic, local, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo friendly, raw, and environmentally friendly at restaurants and grocery stores in your neighborhood.
- Locavore is similar to inBloom but focuses on primarily helping you locate food originating locally. This app helps you find what’s currently in season and available at your local farmer’s markets and farms
- Meter Readings is not quite US measurement friendly just yet, but it helps you track your energy usage. Look for the US conversions to be available soon.
- Carticipate helps you find fellow carpoolers. This app connects you with those who have free seats in their car or helps you to fill those extra seats. A great way to cut back on traffic and pollution.
- iRecycle helps you locate where in your neighborhood you can recycle some of those old products that you know you can’t just throw in the recycling bin and trust to be taken care of appropriately. Great for finding out where to drop off your batteries and old electronics!
- iViro is just like Meter Readings but very US friendly. Cut back on your utility usage every month!
- MyFitnessPal is on this list because it helps you with your daily diet and calorie intake. Food waste is becoming more and more problematic and this app will help you eat within your means and cut back on how much food you waste.
- Green Outlet will tell you the green performance of your electronics around your home so that you can cut back on your energy usage and also your energy costs.
We recommend all of these apps to help you improve your daily green lifestyle without very much effort.
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Technology reinvents itself daily. It seems that every day a smarter phone, or a faster computer, or a sleeker car, or a more interactive toy is released and scooped up by the masses. Product’s are releasing so fast, our current technology becomes old instantly and then we are stuck with a not so exciting product that we no longer want. Many of us throw it all away. In the past three years alone, we at Lydony have had 4-5 cell phones. We’ve held onto them, but they are wasting away in a drawer. We can cut back on this waste by donating these unwanted items. Thrift stores, Craigslist, Salvation Army, and many many mobile apps now let us connect our used goods to other. So what are the best things to donate?
- DECOR: We all have ideas to make our houses stand out and look different. Clocks, paintings, art, souvenirs, holiday decorations.. but our tastes change quickly. Colors, shapes, and sizes go in and out of fashion. When you fall out of love with your interior design touches, why not offer them up to others?
- MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: The gift of music is one of the most wonderful gifts you could give another person. A new instrument such as a piano, a guitar, or a saxophone can cost upwards to $1,000 and more. Many of us run out of time as we grow older to play and enjoy our instruments that we once adored, so why not donate them? Yes, you may run downstairs to the basement to play the instrument once every couple of years, but it’s not likely.
- BOOKS: Kindles are great and cut back on trees needing to be chopped down for paper. But so do used books. When you’re done with a book, does it really need to sit on your bookshelf? Donate your book to others to cut back on paper and to also give the gift of a great story to someone else.
- FASHION: everyone donates their clothes. But not all of us donate our clean and new clothes we never wear. We wear our clothes once and then wash them… but sometimes we make a bigger offense and we wear our clothes once and then toss them! Remember to donate your unwanted shoes, shirts, suits, purses, wallets, pants. Vintage clothing never goes out of style.
- CARS: Cars may grow to have a lot of problems, but throwing out a car is one of the most damaging things you can do to the earth. Many of us keep cars for only 2-5 years, when we should be aiming to keep our cars for 10-15 years. Yes, it’s tempting with amazing new models that come out every year, but it’s best for the environment (and your wallet) to buy used.
- BABY FASHION: Even though when you are waking up every morning at the crack of down, childhood feels like it takes forever, it really doesn’t! While your newborn is inching through the months and eventually years, they are tearing through lots of clothes that really are not worn for that long or for that many times. Pass your baby clothes (and maternity clothes) to your family members and friends. This goes for toys as well.
- FURNITURE: although I don’t think we’d ever buy a used bed or couch, we love walking into restaurants and bars and people’s homes with vintage reused furniture. Just like clothing, furniture tastes and styles are constantly changing but vintage always adds a bit of character to an otherwise bland room.
- EVERYTHING: Really, anything you own can be sold on Craigslist or donated to a thrift store. Rather than sending your unwanted goods to a landfill, if you don’t want to hold onto it and try to go on Antiques Roadshow or Pawn Stars some day, you might as well donate it to those who might be interested
It’s not always easy to let go of our belongings and favorite collectibles, so if you’re not willing to let go then you’ll need to figure out where you can put them. For the latest in eco storage, check out Way Basics. The company offers storage cubes, shelving, book cases, benches, tables, and stools. All of these products are incredibly green and have a very sleek design.
What makes these products green? They are made with a very strong and durable recycled paper that acts like a card board. All of the products are sustainable. And because they are paper, when you are done with the products you can simply recycle them like regular paper.
The furniture delivers in eco friendly shipping boxes, and is put together sort of like Ikea furniture using a very easy to use tape that is water based and not harmful to the environment. No screws, no messes, just simple storage options.
Everyone loves getting gifts, but gift wrapping can be such a mess and isn’t exactly environmental friendly. It is always a great idea to reuse paper and even get creative with what is around your house for wrapping. One great option we like to use is Little Kay Gardens Gift Wrap That Grows.
Little Kay gift wrap is seeded and made from 100% recycled paper. After you open your present, instead of throwing out the wrapping you can plant the wrapping paper and plants will grow. Little Kay is almost like receiving two gifts in one. It is a great idea for a way to cut back not only on wasting paper, but also helps the environment at the same time.
Our Dad was kind enough to send us a post card from Boulder, CO while he was visiting during Earth Day. The post card was of green activities happening in and around Boulder for Earth Day. One of the sponsoring companies that caught our eye was Eco-Cycle.
Eco-Cycle was founded in 1976 because of concerns of the amount of trash headed towards landfills. Today, Eco-Cycle works with schools, businesses, and communities to help them achieve 100% zero waste during their operation. They also spread the word about cutting back on junk mail, stopping people from using single use plastic bags, and how to appropriately discard hazardous waste. They also provide a guide for a greener lifestyle through. And Eco-Cycle also has an online store for your basic green needs. What don’t they do??
As of now, Eco-Cycle is only based in Boulder, but we hope every community in the US has a company that follows the Eco-Cycle model and pushes for zero waste lifestyles.