How to thrift like a pro


Or: How to be a Thrifty Thrifter

Can I even be considered a pro? Who decides when somebody is a pro? Can you deem yourself a pro? Oh well.

Thrifting is one of my favorite pastimes, and I’ve come to enjoy finding me some great wardrobe pieces or household items for a couple of bucks. Aaaand it’s great for the environment! Thrifting is a form of recycling. Think about it: Buying that white button-up at Goodwill means one less new one has to be produced. Clothing production is costly to the environment. If you’re interested in reading more, here’s a good article that breaks it down.

So many of my friends tell me they try to go thrifting but either a.) can’t find anything or b.) don’t even know where to start. Here are some tips to help you get started! Continue reading “How to thrift like a pro”


Have you ever started a project you just couldn’t get passionate about? For me that was lowwastelivingblog. Don’t get me wrong—I love trying to reduce my waste. But I just don’t think I was ever meant to create a blog about just that. I felt limited on what I could write about, post about. That’s where each little leaf comes in. I’m more interested in broadening my horizons: learning about, writing about, sharing about living a greener lifestyle overall. Will this mean I won’t write about living waste free anymore? Absolutely not! This gives me the opportunity to explore new topics related to living an environmentally responsible life. If you followed me solely for my low waste lifestyle recommendations, I’m sorry. I hope you’ll stick around and see what else I’ve got up my sleeve as I move on to each little leaf. I’m excited for what’s in store 🍃

Low waste lunch ideas

IMG_9451If there’s one thing I’ve learned about going low/zero waste, it’s that it’s a pretty big time commitment. My work isn’t too far from some pretty great food…but all of that food creates countless bits of trash. So I have to make my food every day before going to work…which means waking up earlier (yuck)–but that’s an entirely different subject. While I’m not perfect, I’ve come up with a few different options that I like to use for my work meals. Continue reading “Low waste lunch ideas”

But how will I buy my food?

IMG_9152Food is perhaps one of the biggest things to tackle when going zero waste, so why not start with that? As someone with a picky appetite and too many food allergies to count, I knew this would be a challenge. But it helps that a great bulk foods store opened right down the street from me a few weeks ago. And that I have an obsession with mason jars (seriously, my toothbrush is sitting in a mason jar..why? because it looks cute). Continue reading “But how will I buy my food?”

What is zero waste, anyway?

IMG_8651To break down the concept of zero waste, there’s only one person we can REALLY learn from. If you have any familiarity at all with the waste-less lifestyle, surely you know of Bea Johnson, the goddess of the movement. She has had a huge influence on my desire to embrace the zero waste movement. I’ve religiously watched her Youtube videos, over and over and over again. Because who wouldn’t want to live like Bea? In one of her videos, she explained what zero waste wasn’t. So let’s start there, shall we?

“Zero waste does not promote recycling.”

-Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Home

Continue reading “What is zero waste, anyway?”

Zero Waste: my story

FullSizeRender (5)For me, zero waste all started when I spent a semester in Washington. The newspaper I interned for wanted to cover a man named Rob Greenfield. Let’s just call him the guru of all things environmental. He was on a nationwide dumpster-diving adventure, showing Americans how much waste they produce–namely food waste. I walked up to a giddy man who looked like he hadn’t taken a shower in a week, sitting in the middle of a massive pile of food on the National Mall. What kind of crazy guy did my internship just set me up with? Oh man, this was going to be interesting. Continue reading “Zero Waste: my story”

Welcome to Low Waste Living!

Photo credit: The Society Co.

Hey blog world! You’re either here because you know me and want to support my countless random ventures, because you’re trying to lessen your carbon footprint, or because you ended up in a weird void that somehow led you here. Whatever brings you here, welcome! I do hope you’ll stay.

I’m a writer with a passion for caring for the earth. I want my kids and their kids to still have a green earth to walk on, don’t you? Living zero waste is not easy, but I hope to do the best I can. I’ll take you along on this journey as I work to better the planet.

I have some exciting things planned, so stay tuned!