Living with Zero Waste

TIGER HI-LINE STAFF MEMBER EXPLORES A “NO TRASH” LIFESTYLE FOR ONE WEEK

THE BASICS
While going Zero Waste is great for the environment, it does not come easy or quick. Don’t get frustrated. The environment knows that you are trying. Take a look at these tips and tricks to help make the transition easier.

WHY GO ZERO WASTE ”
Not being a vegan, I decided that I could combine both worlds for a start and see how it would not only benefit me but also the earth. In doing so, I limited my waste and felt better. Zero Waste living is great for anyone trying to better themselves and the world.

INGREDIENTS
Sweet Potato Dinner (Vegan)

Ingredients

1 baked sweet potato

½ cup cooked brown rice 

(or quinoa)

½ avocado

Roasted/Grilled corn to taste  

DIRECTIONS
1. Scrub potato and dry well. Poke with fork and microwave up to 10 minutes, checking occasionally for firmness. (Or bake in oven with foil)

2. While potato is cooking, prepare the grains

3. Grill/roast corn for several minutes, can leave or remove husks

4. Assemble, keeping any vegetable peels/waste to be composted

TIP- If your diet allows, add a pat of butter or a honey and water mixture for more moisture. Use the avocado to add a creamy element.

COMPOSTING
Composting is very easy. Collect your kitchen scraps, keep them in a container or in the ground, add dirt and ground material frequently, and treat your garden. Whatever scraps can’t be composted can be made into new plants.

RECYCLING
Most containers can be avoided, but ones that need to be used can easily be turned into pots, planters, storage or decorations. Get creative!

SHOPPING SECRETS
1. Bring your own containers to the store. This way, you can control not only what you are using, but also how it is bagged.

2. Check out the bulk section. By bringing your own containers, you can fill them up with whatever you need and not waste a bag.

3. When in doubt, stick to glass. If you aren’t ready to forgo all containers, glass is easy to repurpose and recycle.

4. Pick produce without stickers. Simply write down the codes of fruits and veggies and leave the sticker at the store.

5. Skip the receipt. Many stores now have the option on whether or not to print your receipt. Skip the paper and get it emailed instead.

COOKING SHORTCUTS
1. Meal plan. Think about the best ways to use your ingredients and how you can use them later in the week.

2. Don’t throw away scraps. Most vegetable scraps can be composted, and seeds can be planted for a frugal garden.

3. One pot meals are a great way to save on energy and water, and make for less mess in the kitchen.

 

 

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