Category: GUIDES

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WINTER COMPOSTING

What you need to know about winter composting

It’s January in Minnesota. I trudge up the snow covered (and slippery) hill in the backyard. In one mittened hand, I hold the handle of a bucket full of kitchen waste – carrot peels, orange skins, coffee grounds, and the like. Halfway up the hill I reach the plateau where our chicken coop and compost bins are located.

I open the hinged door of one of the compost bins and upturn the bucket onto a very frozen pile of older kitchen scraps and the straw that was cleaned out of the chicken coop last week. It’s below zero (F) and the pile is very, very frozen. Not a whole lot of actual composting going in this very cold compost pile. What I’ve just added on the top will be frozen solid in a matter of hours in these cold conditions.

So, just how are you supposed to compost year round in places with extremely cold winters?

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HOW TO SHOP ZERO WASTE WITH YOUR KIDS IN TOW AND SANITY INTACT

How to shop zero waste with your kids in tow and sanity intact

Prepping for my first zero waste grocery trip felt like planning a journey to a far-off country. And not in a good way.

What do I pack? What’s a tare? I don’t speak the language. Everyone’s going to stare at me!

Selecting our food felt hard enough. Throw in a toddler meltdown on aisle three, and zero waste grocery shopping seemed downright impossible.  

The first several times I shopped zero waste, I left the kids at home. But kid-free shopping is a luxury, and I knew I’d eventually have to figure out how to get groceries with my crew in tow. (Especially if we wanted to, you know, eat on a regular basis.)

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ZERO WASTE TRAVEL: HOW TO PLAN A TRIP THAT’S FUN, EASY, AND SUSTAINABLE

Zero Waste Travel: How to Plan a Trip That's Fun, Easy, and Sustainable

Travel and zero waste aren’t always natural bedfellows. If you frequently travel by air, your travel likely makes up a significant portion of the emissions you generate each year. Sometimes there are greener alternatives to air travel – trains, ferries, even long-haul bike rides. But, in many cases, especially in the U.S., these alternatives are not practical, or even present.

There are people who choose to give up air travel all together out of concern for their environmental impact. But, most people, including myself, aren’t willing to give up flying entirely. For me, one of the greatest things about the time in which we are living is the ease and speed with which we can traverse the globe. It is absolutely amazing to me that someone can wake up in France and be in New York by afternoon. Journeys that used to take weeks can be undertaken in a single day. Travel freshens our perspective, gives us a chance to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, try new things, and speak new languages.

So, when we are traveling, how can we make our travel more zero waste?

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