5 Easy Zero-Waste Swaps

5 Easy Zero-Waste Swaps

The impact each human has on the environment is huge. And using some simple swaps and new habits can make a massive difference in the world, for the better.

Reduce Waste Now took to Instagram to share some powerful and simple “before and after” lifestyle swaps for going green.

Check out 5 below:

1. Use what you have

It can be easy to get caught up in buying new “eco friendly” products. But what happens to the less eco-friendly products you’re replacing? Chances are, they’ll end up in land fill. So, the most environmentally friendly thing to do is use what you have until it’s no longer useable. And then replace it with the better option.

2. Progress > Perfection

It’s better to make sustainable, practical choices for the long-term than try and be “perfect” and give up.

3. Eat what you have and proper food storage

There are a lot of ways to reduce food waste, and some are as simple as eating what you have instead of throwing it away. Using some tips mentioned below can also help food last better and be enjoyable for longer.

4. Ditch the plastic toothbrush

Toothbrushes have to be replaced every few months. And they take hundreds of years to break down in landfills. But using a biodegradable toothbrush, like a bamboo toothbrush, can greatly reduce this environmental burden.

5. Replace liquid soap with bar soap

Bar soap, like this, can easily be found with minimal packaging and sustainable ingredients.

What are your favorite zero-waste swaps?

People are Getting Succulent Christmas Trees this Winter

People are Getting Succulent Christmas Trees this Winter

With October approaching, the Holiday Season is almost upon us. First, there’s Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and finally Christmas. Since COVID-19 has changed things up this year, a lot of people have been looking forward to the coming of Fall and Winter – and the new hope of a new year.

Well, Fall is finally here, so that means it’s socially acceptable to start thinking of winter and all that it brings – like Christmas. And it’s never too early to plan for Christmas.

Moving into Christmas of this year, a lot of people are looking to change things up when it comes to holiday decor. Perhaps it’s the unique year, but many are second-guessing getting a full-sized, real tree this year. And that’s where these succulent trees come in.

Photo: Etsy

There are actually a lot of reasons you may want to get a succulent tree to decorate for Christmas.

For starters, they save a lot of space. While there are some giant succulent trees, many are small, measuring just a foot in height. They’re perfect for tiny home or RV life. They could even fit into the van life scene if need be.

But beyond the handy size, succulent trees are also much more environmentally friendly. You don’t have to throw it out once the new year arrives and the tree can actually be taken apart to allow the succulents to be replanted individually. So, you get a cute Christmas tree for the holidays and some gorgeous succulent plants for months (or years) to come!

It’s a win-win and the animals and earth will be grateful.

Check out some of our favorites:

What do you think of these succulent trees? Would you try one out in your own home?

You Can Stay In A Vintage Camper At A Scenic Vineyard

You Can Stay In A Vintage Camper At A Scenic Vineyard

If quarantine has you dreaming about a unique vacation with a mix of flash-to-the-past and scenic beauty, The Trailer Pond may be a fun option for your next getaway. You’ll be free to drink wine, relax, enjoy California’s wine country to the fullest – all while enjoying the quaint accommodations of a vintage camper.

The Trailer Pond houses 5 vintage campers that line the edge of a pond, situated in the heart of the 130 acre Alta Colina Winery in Paso Robles, California.

Check out this view of the accomdations! Pretty gorgeous, right?

Each trailer sleeps two, with one double bed. The 1950s-1960s restored campers don’t have bathrooms or showers, but there are shared options on the property. The campers also have mini-kitchens, though you’re not allowed to cook inside them – there’s a shared kitchen space on the property as well!

Each trailer is priced at $250/night, or $3000/weekend for all 5. Additional accommodations may be brought in if you’d like to stay with more than 10 people.

The vineyard also offers a more inclusive package, costing $600/person. This package includes fresh meals, happy hour, and optional activities (like a movie at sunset and wine blending classes!).

Check out these adorable photos of the campers’ interiors!

Just as adorable as the inside (or maybe more so) is the outside aesthetic of these vintage campers.

Each one brings reminiscence of the 50s-60s!

The Trailer Pond has drawn the attention of some celebrities as well. Who doesn’t want to be situated on a 130-acre vineyard, in an adorable vintage camper? Miranda Lampert seemed to enjoy her visit.

How To Start A Mason Jar Herb Garden

How To Start A Mason Jar Herb Garden

Nothing jazzes up a meal quite like fresh herbs. I often long for cilantro, basil, oregano, and parsley to enhance a meal and add healthy, satisfying flavor. Without a green thumb, I’ve struggled to keep even succulents alive (I even managed to kill a cactus that was sold to me as “you literally don’t have to do anything to it!”) So, I leave the gardening up to my partner. But, he doesn’t want to trek out to the planter boxes or the garden year-round. It’s just not super realistic to plant herbs we use daily out, away from the house. Plus, the winter weather and frost makes it harder to keep herbs alive outside – even with modest coverings.

Thankfully, growing herbs indoors is easy! With past ventures to keep indoor plants, we’ve had to scramble to find enough little pots and small containers. But, with this herb garden, you simply need mason jars! If you’re anything like us, you’ve got loads on hand from the past decade of canning. It’s 2020 – despite the craziness, this year has been so far, it’s time to embrace the convenience, aesthetic, and ease of mason jar gardening.

Regardless of if you’ve canned in the past, Mason jars are easily and readily available. Additionally, they’re inexpensive and have a timeless, almost rustic style. But the best part? They make for a no-fuss, mess-free herb garden. Simply follow the steps below to get started!

You’ll Need…

  • Quart Mason jars
  • Small rocks or gravel
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds (or herb plants – ready to transplant!)
  • Supplies to make labels!

Fill Jars with Rocks

The small rocks or gravel are key to drainage. Since jars don’t have a system for drainage, laying ~ 2 inches of rocks, gravel, or even marbles will ensure the roots are protected from excess water damage.

Add Potting Mix

It’s important to use potting mix – not potting soil. Potting mix allows for excellent moisture retention and works best for container (i.e., jar) gardening. Fill jars with potting mix to 1-2 inches below the jar rim.

Add Seeds/Plants

If transplanting, carefully dig up the herb plant(s) (being mindful of the roots). Gently shake off excess dirt and place into the potting mix in the Mason jar. Gently cover the roots with potting mix and ensure the transplant is firmly situated. Water immediately after re-planting.

If planting from seed, follow directions on seed packet. In most cases, you can simply sow seeds directly on top of the potting mix and cover with around an inch of potting mix – lightly water.

Label Jars

If you want your kitchen windowsill to be beautifully lined with your Mason jar herb garden, having cute labels are key. Of course, their main purpose is so you can easily identify the herb in question (I’ve definitely thought “oh, I’ll remember” and I NEVER do – don’t be me!).

Label ideas:

  • A popsicle stick with hand lettering placed directly into the potting mix.
  • A piece of paper with a written label taped or glued around the jar.
  • An ID card around the neck of the jar with cute lettering and maybe a ribbon.
  • A sticker with the herb’s name.

Having a cute jar garden can actually really spruce up a space, so make sure they’re fun to look at!

What Now?

Keep your Mason jars in a location that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight (like a windowsill). Thankfully, they can be easily moved – so you can move them to a sunny location for part of the day and they can be housed more “permanently” elsewhere, the rest of the time.

Make sure to water your herbs, but be mindful not to overwater. Harvest when ready and add to your favorite kitchen dishes as you go!

Couple Recreates Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatians’ For Engagement Shoot

Couple Recreates Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatians’ For Engagement Shoot

Disney’s 101 Dalmations is a story in which the world roots for the animals for a change. The underlying message is very pro-veganism and pro-animal welfare – no one wants the puppies to be turned into a coat for Curela Devil!

Corinne Jones and Tony Collier recreate the movie’s moment where Anita and Roger first meet in an adorable photo shoot.

The Classic Disney Moment

Izabelle, a mastiff mix, and Mookie, a black lab mix stood in for Perdita and Pongo (the original Disney dalmatians). Although not true dalmatians, the pair did a wonderful job posing for the camera and acting their part.

Cornnie and Tony took their first vacation together to Walt Disney World – it was only fitting their milestone moments continued with the theme.

101 Dalmatians Engagement Photos

Click through the slideshow above to view all the photos!

The two completed the look with Anita’s book, Roger’s hat, and the soggy hankerchief.

The photoshoot was done around 5 years ago, though the photos are just as adorable today as they were then! Since then, it seems Cornnie has gone onto partner with Walt Disney World and do work with them.

Drone Video Shows San Francisco’s Deserted Tourist District

Drone Video Shows San Francisco’s Deserted Tourist District

San Fransisco is under a shelter-in-place order and one videographer captured the hauntingly still drone footage of the cities once bustling streets. The drone flies through tourist-heavy areas, including North Beach, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf, and showcases nearly empty scenes – a ghost town.

Photo: YouTube/Space Race Studio

Over 200 people took to the comments, sharing mixed feelings about San Fransisco’s current situation.

One person wrote, “this looks like a futuristic movie. creepy sad and overwhelming. Thanks for the drone footage”

Another commented, “Very powerful, and moving. Also reassuring that citizens are taking this threat seriously.
Great technical skills too!”

Many seemed to agree the footage was eerie, haunting, and beautiful. Several people were commending the citizens of San Fransisco for following the shelter-in-place order and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Photo: YouTube/Space Race Studio

Watch the video for yourself and see how eerie the city is when everything is closed and everyone is home.