The Start of Sustainable + Simple
For the past few months, I’d see someone post about living zero-waste or I’d see products marketed towards sustainable living and I’d think, “I should really start doing that”. But then I’d walk into my kitchen, pull out some overly-processed snack, + toss the package into the trashcan. What’s really holding me back? Lack of knowledge? Laziness?
I’d say a pretty big mixture of excuses. After coming across some really inspiring Instagrammers and Pinterest boards, I finally got a surge of motivation to just start now.
My main reasons for wanting to go sustainable is to:
- help declutter my home + brain.
- reduce the waste that we’re producing daily.
- create a home that I adore even behind closed doors
- hopefully help us financially
So here we are. I’m making my first few steps and I’m bringing you along with me every step of the way. I took a hard look at our home and daily lives and made mental notes of the things we could make a change with. The first obvious thing that comes to mind is our kitchen. It needs a LOT of work. There’s more plastic coming in and out of our kitchen than there ever should be and that just hurts me. I also made note of some smaller things that’d love to jump into such as homemade cleansers + makeup. And also making more of an effort to minimize our closets and focus a lot more on thrifting for vintage goodies.
The First Steps:
So here it goes. I’ve laid out my first initial plans which I suspect will take some time to complete and to get used to. I’ve broken it down into each category and even linked some products to help get started!
These links are all affiliated through Amazon!
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Zip-lock bags, plastic wrap, shopping bags, paper towels - we’re saying goodbye to these things that we use quite a bit and have no reason to continue. There are so many reusable alternatives for these products that I’m actually excited to get started with.
Something to note; we’ve been using a french press for our coffee and that’s a super good alternative to constantly buying coffee filters. We also grind our own beans and use an electric kettle. If you haven’t tried a french press, I highly recommend it. Dylan can’t go back to the typical coffee makers anymore!
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groceries + storage
One of the things I’m most excited about: bulk-buying. I absolutely love the look of shelves stacked with glass canisters full of food + ingredients. I plan to restock my shelving (see above) with lots of dried pastas, homemade snacks, and bulk ingredients. As you can see, we use a lot of bread in this house (we love carbs ok?). I think it’d be so fun + beneficial to start making our own bread! All of this also translates into our refrigerator. We have a bad habit of storing our fresh veggies in the plastic bags that they have at the store and I plan to use reusable produce bags while shopping and then coming home to prep + store the veggies in glass containers - I’m excited to replace our gross, stained plastic tupperware!
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The hardest thing for me to say goodbye to: Clorox wipes. I’m a sucker for that quick and easy clean but I’m not in love with the unknowns and waste. I found a homemade, reusable “Clorox” wipe recipe on Pinterest so I’m definitely going to give that a try. I’ll let you know if it works out! I’m also jumping back into making homemade cleaning solutions and storing them all in glass spray bottles (extra aesthetic points, hellooo). We’re currently using a plastic broom and a swiffer mop - those are being replaced with bamboo!
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Beauty + Cosmetics
I’m circling back to some old times I had. I used to make my own foundation, shampoo, and so much more so I’m ready to revisit that hobby. I’m also a big user of the Neutrogena Eye-makeup Remover Pads. So I’m replacing those with some washable, reusable pads and I’ll make up a remover solution. I’m also excited to replace our toothbrushes with bamboo ones! Do you know how easy it is to make dry shampoo? Why am I even still buying that stuff?! Literally just cornstarch does wonders and if you want to use it on dark hair, add some natural cocoa powder to it and bam, you’re set!
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clothing + fashion
Plastic hangers? Goodbye. Tide pods? Lata.
I’m donating all of my plastic hangers to goodwill, using up our harsh detergent, and then replacing it with a homemade laundry detergent made from natural washing soda and castille soap (I’ll make a post on that as well). We’ve already been using wool dryer balls for a while now and I love to put a few drops of essential oils on them before tossing them in the dryer. I’d also love to start using a drying rack for some of our more delicate items and reduce the amount of dryer time we use.
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I’m also starting a new seasonally recycled closet! Right now I’m culling through the three closets of clothes (yes, three) and slimming it all down to a single half closet worth of clothes. All of my clothes are being listed for sale on:
You can follow along on Instagram over at @adriannexo.closet
SOME LISTINGS ON VINTED
do you live zero-waste?
Or do you plan to?! If you do, I’d love to learn some more tips + tricks and follow along your journey! I’d also love to know if plan to make any of these changes as well! Let’s make the earth greener together!
I hope you follow along! I’ll be blogging a ton about diys, recipes, and simple ways for us to reduce, reuse + recycle in our lives! I’m so so happy you’re here reading this and I’m so excited for what’s to come!