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Zero Waste Household Guide: Kitchen Solutions

by Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller Welcome to our Zero Waste Household Guide – Today’s subject: The Kitchen These are the solutions we’ve come up with for our own families over the past few years. We’re working our way around a typical house, room-by-room. You can see our list of basic zero waste living first […]

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Zero Waste Household Guide: 12 First Steps

by Rebecca Rockefeller Welcome to 12 First Steps from the Trash Backwards Zero Waste Household Guide. We’ve compiled solutions we’ve put into practice in our own homes over the past three years.  Today we’ll share some basics that address household waste in general; future installments will cover a typical home, room-by-room. Moving to a lower […]

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Plastic Mesh Produce Baskets

by Liesl Clark It’s strawberry season, so what are we to do about the plastic berry basket? You know which berry containers I’m talking about: The plastic mesh variety, pint-size and usually green in color that cherry tomatoes and strawberries come in. They come under the following names: Berry baskets, berry boxes, strawberry baskets, pint […]

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Zero Waste Bathroom: Dental Floss

by Rebecca Rockefeller, orginally published at Rock Farmer REDUCE YOUR USE – An alternative to synthetic floss in plastic packaging During my search for low impact dental floss during our most recent Month Less Plastic, I had a few simple requirements: no virgin petroleum plastic packaging; no plastic or petroleum-derived components in the floss itself; […]

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Straws

by Rebecca Rockefeller We’re not against straws; it’s undeniably fun to drink through a straw, they’re useful for bedridden people, and there are all sorts of projects and reuses for straws. So why a week focused on straws? Because single use plastic straws are one of the most common plastic items we find on our […]

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The Bread Clip

by Liesl Clark Much of our store-bought bread comes in a plastic bag (recyclable at most grocery stores, if clean) with a hard plastic clip to keep it shut. These clips also make their appearance occasionally on produce bags. Some call them bag clips, others bag tags. They’re made of hard plastic and as of […]

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The Toothbrush

by Liesl Clark Free Giveaway This Week! Read on, and if you can provide an innovative use for a worn out toothbrush or a waste-free alternative, we’ll send you a special gift, revealed below. REDUCE YOUR USE: OK, we’re not going to try to wean you from using toothbrushes…um… sort of. Although most toothbrushes of […]

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DIY Busters: Incandescent Light Bulb Vase = Worth It!

by Rebecca Rockefeller I’ve been seeing photos of beautiful vases made of burnt-out incandescent bulbs, and I wanted to see if I could make one for myself. It was hard to believe that my rather gray frosted bulb could become a thing of beauty; I was worried it would become a pile of glass shards […]

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Pens

by Rebecca Rockefeller Writing is one of those Big Events in human history – our ability to write things down allowed for a new depth and breadth of communication. The single-use plastic pen is a far cry from the original stones, reeds, sticks, quills, and then metal tools people used. I’m hoping this post will inspire you […]

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Trash Hacker: Plastic Bread Clip to Earbud Tamer

We’d like to introduce Jake Ducey, our first guest blogger here at Trash Backwards. Here’s his offering for Trash Hacker week: We are nothing if not consumers.  While a certain level of consumption is unavoidable, most of us are pushing the envelope.  We need to embrace the concept of a more circular economy and begin […]

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