Cell phone overload

I was listening to an NPR show last week that said that the typical person looks at their smartphone 100 times for a total of three hours every day. I found that number to be shocking, disgusting really. Smart phones have done a lot to improve our productivity, but on...
Knowing when to speak up (or keep silent)

Knowing when to speak up (or keep silent)

As I settle in to my zero waste, plant-based lifestyle, I find myself still struggling to find balance. Yes, even after years of being an environmentalist, two years of being as close to zero waste as possible, and about 1.5 years as a mostly plant-based diet, I am...
Conscious consumerism is NOT a lie

Conscious consumerism is NOT a lie

My response to Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world, by Alden Wicker, for Quartz.   I like much of what Alden had to say, but not all of it. As I read through her blog post, I couldn’t help but feel like she was...
Zero Waste Travel Guide – Iceland

Zero Waste Travel Guide – Iceland

There were so many lessons learned from my journey to Iceland. I found an abundance of information online, detailing sights to see and stuff to do, but I found no information on how to make this journey as sustainable as possible. Fortunately, I have created the Zero...
Why did you throw away my fork?

Why did you throw away my fork?

That fork will finish out its utility, useless, buried in a landfill. Whereas, I could have used it forever.   As I go back and read this it feels like a bit of rant, but it isn’t intended to be. I hope you glean from it the importance of taking responsibility...
Tip of the Wasteberg

Tip of the Wasteberg

Many of us zero waste lifestylists focus on direct waste; the materials that we interact with daily. As it turns out, though, these direct materials are just the tip of the wasteberg… The beginning My zero waste journey started with packaging…too much packaging. I...
Near perfect is perfect enough

Near perfect is perfect enough

Zero waste is not a literal translation, but a lifestyle. Strive for your best, but forgive your missteps. It all started last Thursday. I was desperately in need of clean clothes and realized it was time to do the laundry. I typically reach that point when I start...
Ten Reasons to Ban the Plastic Bag for Good

Ten Reasons to Ban the Plastic Bag for Good

Let’s start with you are what you eat… Who’s hungry for plastic?   Update November 1, 2016: I forgot to mention that I emailed the Yes on 65 people on October 24th but have not heard back. On September 30th, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown...

Reduce packaging and save money with this one tip

Separating our wants from our needs is the first step. A photo posted by Jonathan Levy (@zerowasteguy) on Jun 23, 2016 at 1:49pm PDT I recently toured the city of Burbank’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). MRFs are processing centers that take mixed curbside...