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we fall down, but we get up

we fall down, but we get up

i think i've talked much about the nuisances of the 'start' of the 21st century zero waste scene, that i will not use this post to cry over spilled milk. however, i am in a space to share about my recent battle with maintaining the rigidness of zero waste. the radical idea that you can fail in this zero waste practice, get back up, and charge forward in a rubbish-free fiery. this picture explains it all. by day i write scholarly articles on the geographies of waste and by night i slang menstrual pads (and other reusable alternatives). all along...

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don't miss bEARTHday Fest 2019

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don't miss bEARTHday Fest 2019

The third annual bEARTHday Fest is on April 13 in collaboration with two of Atlanta’s favorites West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) and Red Bike and Green Atlanta (RBG ATL) for a 3-in-1 Earth celebration

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the five Rs of zero waste

the five Rs of zero waste

refuse. reduce. reuse. recycle. rot. refusethe first R is the most difficult, and that is REFUSE. like saying no to birthday cake or a second helping of food, refusing more belongings tends to be difficult. when considering a purchase, i always categorize purchases in four categories; 1) will i die without this? in most cases the answer is no. 2) will this improve my essential quality of life? for instance, i purchased a used bike last year, because my old bike was bad for my knees. 3) will this thing make my life easier? these things will save you time...

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how to use your reusable menstrual pad

how to use your reusable menstrual pad

here’s the basics on how to use reusable menstrual pads. for pre-usewash newly purchased pads. you can wash them normally in a regular wash, or if you like you can place them in a mesh bag before washing to keep lint and hair from sticking to your pads. no specific detergent is necessary for the main wash, however, borax is preferred for the soak. during your cycle watch closely to monitor leaks ((especially when u first use them). how well does your pad absorb your blood and for how many hours? this will give you an idea of when it time...

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i am not a zero waster and other misconceptions about zero waste

i am not a zero waster and other misconceptions about zero waste

misconception # 1: i am a zero wasterwhile i do like my food without disposable ware, always carry a reusable bottle, and deliberately request drinks without the straw, i wouldn’t call myself a zero waster and that is because of the elitism that comes with that label. the online zero waste community is very white, especially when i first started blogging about zero waste in 2014. i felt that there wasn't space for both my blackness and my deep relationship with the earth online, and instead of choosing between the two i opted out, and for a long time i...

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