Megean Weldon@zerowastenerd

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Megean Weldon

My makeup routine isn't zero waste.

But I'd say it's definitely way lower than it was.

I'll be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with zero waste/homemade makeup. I've tried A LOT of different recipes and brands none of which ever seemed to work.

I'd say this part of my life was the last to get overhauled because ugh it was just too hard. And you know what, I'm still learning and finding options that are sustainable for me. I want something that will stick and become part of my routine because it works.

I finally just decided that maybe less is more for me at this point in my life. Rather than cover my skin up, I've been working on making it healthier. Seriously, exfoliating is a game changer. And a kickass moisturizer. Check out @stevieyaaaay and her miracle face lotion.

My routine now is perfectly imperfect just like my bamboo compact. And I've paired down what I use by, I'd say 80%. Not saying this is what you should do by any means. This is just what works for me.

What does your makeup 💄routine look like?


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Take your shoes off at the door. 👞👟🥾🥿👠👡👢. Yep, I'm one of those people who always politely ask visitors to take their shoes off when they come into my home.

The dirt and excess grime is my primary reason for doing so because I find that I need to clean way less often now that dirty shoes aren't traipsing through my home.

Dirt and debris can also cause unnecessary wear and tear on surfaces resulting in maintenance and replacement more often.

Then there's all of the other nasty stuff that gets tracked inside from our shoes, things you don't even want to know. Yuck.

Now, the likelihood you will get sick from wearing your shoes in the house is pretty uncommon but if you live with someone with a compromised immune system, this is a practice you'll want to adopt if you don't already.

This also benefits people in the home who have allergies, because pollen can be transferred to floors, especially to carpets.

This can even help save you time hunting down shoes since they'll all be in one place. Yay!

What do you think? Is removing our shoes at the door a good, environmental habit?
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Cold, rainy Autumn days get me motivated.

I don't know what it is about dreary overcast that sparks my productivity but I love it.

I'm planning to make my biweekly almond milk, deep clean my kitchen and bathrooms, bathe the dog, and hopefully drop off my compost.

Oh and I still need to figure out how to turn my son's wagon into a burning building with recycled materials for Halloween. 🤔 Seriously, help me if you have ideas lol.

What is your favorite things to do on chilly, Fall days?
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Protect Our Parks!

Humans have caused quite the devastation to our planet. With the rise in pollution, depletion of natural resources, and deforestation, our parks play such an important role in fighting our destruction.

The total area protected by national parks is approximately 52.2 million acres in the United States, not including our State parks.

I was fortunate to grow up in a State park and I attribute that to my undeniable passion for protecting our amazing planet.

Our parks need us and we need our parks.

The Organic Act 1916 created the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." How do we support our parks?

1. Donate
2. Volunteer
3. Simply visit a park, responsibly!

What is your favorite park memory?

Tag a friend who needs to go to a park with you right now! 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

Weston Bend State Park
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CHOOSE A BROOM OVER THE VACUUM

When you can of course. Sweep your tile and hardwoods with a broom to save energy and the use of more precious resources.

Sweeping is a great mindfulness activity to help unwind from a busy day. It's also a good way to get your body moving and it saves money on top of it. Or just force your kids to do it (obviously joking)

Vacuums are expensive so any way to reduce their usage to increase the longevity is good.

Of course, if your vacuum does wear out, look for ways to repair it or recycle it. When replacing any appliance do your research for the most sustainable brand and buy it secondhand. Buying new is always a last resort.

Brooms aren't all created equal either. Most are completely made from plastic. If you already have one, keep it, use it. Take care of it so it's the last one you'll ever buy. My grandparents still use, to this day, a broom they got when they were married 60 years ago. I know, right?! If you don't already have a broom, look for ones made from natural components. Most hardware stores carry them.

Do you find peace and mindfulness while sweeping?


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Non of us have the ability to be perfect.

All we can do is our best and sometimes that means choosing the best option you have available.

I am fortunate to have access to package free rice but when I was on vacation, there was only one grocery store with limited package free food.

Rather than plastic, I opted for the cardboard box of rice so that I could compost or recycle it when I was finished. I'm very concerned with what happens to the packaging I use after its usefulness.

Packaging waste is responsible for about 1/3 of the municipal waste in the US.

I've always believed that we as consumers have an important role when it comes to the packaging manufacturers use for their products. They cater to our needs and redesign based on demand.

If we demand better, we will get better. Ideally. That's not the only solution, however. Manufacturers need to take ownership of their impacts regardless of what we demand, too.

So, be gentle with yourself. Do the best you can and know that perfection is unrealistic. **side note** I contacted Minute about their sustainable practices. Will report back.

Kansas City, Missouri
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I decorate with jars. Who's with me?

Purchased jars, secondhand jars, upcycled, free. They ALL join the party. I love them.

I'm kind of like a cat lady but for jars. #jarlady Is that a thing?

They have so many purposes aside from just food storage, too. They can double as a glass, store leftovers, be a takeout container, organize odds and ends in your home, and more.

What's your favorite jar you've acquired? Mine is definitely that blue mason jar keeping my pasta safe. ❤🌎❤🌎


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Wear clothing multiple times before washing.

Unless clothing is dirty, there is no reason to wash it.

We need to change this mindset that we can't be seen in the same outfit. I used to obsess about my outfits and their uniqueness until I realized the detrimental effects clothing had on the planet. I also realized that looking back, I never remember the clothing, only the experiences.

Washing clothing unnecessarily will reduce its life, and cause it to wear out sooner.

And let's not forget the resources that are involved in washing and drying clothing. Water, electricity, gas, money, and TIME.

Rather than wash: 🍁Let clothing air out 🍁Spot treat 🍁Choose better fabrics 🍁Wear protection, like an apron.

What's your favorite "less laundry" tip?


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Do you find cleaning therapeutic?

Or overwhelming?

I used to find it incredibly overwhelming and time consuming but have figured out a solution to maintain the chaos on top of my 9-5 and mom duties.

A cleaning schedule. Plain and simple. I pick one area of my house each day of the week to focus on and thoroughly clean while still (trying) to maintain daily tasks like dishes. But let's be honest, there's a huge emphasis on "try". I use VERY basic cleaning ingredient all of which are homemade. Vinegar, water, and soap with the assistance of citric acid and baking soda.

There's nothing like stepping back and staring at a clean space, amirite?

What is your least favorite thing to clean? What is your favorite? If that's even a thing? 🤣


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WEEKLY ZERO WASTE MEAL PLAN

This week from the farmer's market, I got fresh, local produce to complete my meal plan. •Tomatoes
•Zucchini
•Spaghetti Squash
•Kale
•Romaine
•Peppers
•Broccoli
•Butternut Squash
•Bitter Melon - given to me for free when I inquired about what it was.
•Pecan Tart - #treatyoself

For the meal plan:

Monday: Ceasar Salads
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Spaghetti squash bolognese
Thursday: Zucchini boats
Friday: Quiche
Saturday: soup

What yummy meals are you having this week?

The City Market - Kansas City
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DON'T WASTE YOUR PUMPKINS

Of course they are easily composted but that's a waste when there's so much you can get out of a pumpkin.

Pies, cookies, dips, soups, toasted seeds - YUM!

They aren't just decorations, they are food. And when almost 40% of the food we produce goes to waste, it's important we reduce everywhere we can, including with our Halloween decor.

You could also refrain from buying any this year if you don't need to. Save the resources. 😊

If you'd like to know how to make homemade pumpkin puree, head on over to the blog: https://zerowastenerd.com/homemade-pumpkin-puree/

What's your favorite pumpkin recipe?


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HEALTH > WASTE

Many times I get messages from you admitting frustration and guilt when it comes to medical waste. DON'T.

Never, ever sacrifice your health or wellbeing for a few pieces of trash.

I still need medication, my child needs occasional medication, and my poor old puppy who had exploratory surgery yesterday, needs medication. That's life.

Of course I do try to find ways to avoid throwing the waste in the bin and have a few tricks up my sleeve. ✅ Give pill bottles back to the vet for reuse. ✅ Donate pill bottles to local, low income health services. Ours reuses pill bottles to cut costs. ✅ Save old medications for drug take back events to avoid contamination caused from improper disposal of medications. ✅ Contact local organizations like Hospice or Medshare for used medical equipment. ✅ Contact your local municipality or hospitals for recommendations. They are both great sources! ✅ If the packaging is recyclable, recycle it. ❤❤❤❤


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💥BIG NEWS💥

A BOOK IS ON THE WAY!

Oh, my goodness you all, I’m so very, VERY excited to finally tell you about a little (huge) thing I’ve been working on. This has been one of the reasons for my quietness on social media.

My whole platform has been based on the simplest, most realistic ways to reduce waste. I’m a mom with a 9-5 so time has NEVER been anything I’ve had extra of as I’m sure many of you can relate. At least the time part, right?

I’ve been living low waste since 2015 and have written hundreds of articles on how to reduce not only waste but money as well. I’m a firm believer that we can benefit ourselves while benefiting the planet. Sure, there are some sacrifices, but the rewards are far greater.

This book is FULL of my tips, recipes for everything you could imagine including makeup, food, and cleaning products, and laced with bad jokes and nerdy references. Hopefully you’ll laugh and feel empowered at the same time. This should all be fun, never stressful.

My goal is for this book to bring you joy and simplify the waste chaos. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and we don’t have to be perfect, either.

Let's learn how to embrace less to live more.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
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Kansas City, Missouri
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PACKING A LUNCH IS GREEN!

Over 49% of litter is from fast food packaging from places like McDonald's and Burger King.

Habitually eating out every day can add to an individual's waste output by a boatload! And considering the average person makes almost 5 lbs. of waste per day, it makes sense.

Packing a lunch has so many benefits including:

Waste 🗑 reduction, especially when using reusables like real cutlery, a water bottle, and a cloth napkin.

Food waste 🍲 can be avoided if leftovers are packed.

We typically eat 🥗 healthier when we pack our own food.

We save a TON of 💰💰 money!

Kick up your green lunch by opting for more plants and shopping local if you can. 🙌🏼💪🏼 What's your favorite leftover to pack for lunch the next day?


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🍌FOOD WASTE 🍅 is a HUGE problem.

Every single year an estimated 30% of the food we produce goes to waste! That nearly equals 20 whole pounds of food per person in the US.

From the farm to our kitchen table, food waste happens at all layers. Sadly, a lot of the food waste we create decays in landfills causing so much methane that if it was its own country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas producer, behind China and the United States.

With a little determination, and a few small steps we can all reduce our food waste and make a habit for good! All of our little steps equal one giant leap to positive change.

Meal Plan 🥗 - I can't stress enough how important this is!

Treat those "Best If Used By Dates" 📆 as guidelines

Shop 🥫Your Fridge and Pantry - Use up what you have first before buying a lot of new food.

Store Your Food Properly. 🥦🍅🍌 - it'll last longer!

Eat What You Take - Don't let your eyes 👀 be bigger than your stomach.

Cook With Scraps - Find creative ways to eat everything from the root to the 🌱 shoot.

Please, join me and @BurtsBees in making a #changefornature by pledging to make one small change to reduce our 🌎 impact at http://brtsbe.es/zerowastenerd . For each pledge, Burt's Bees 🐝🐝🐝 is donating $10 💵 to the National Geographic Society. Yay!

I'm pledging to reduce my food waste even more. What's your pledge? #ad #sponsored


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🌎SUSTAINABLE UNDERWEAR🌎

I don't buy everything I need second hand. Until I can figure out how to sew my own bras and underwear, I will buy them.

Underwear, like many other types of clothing is notorious for ending up in landfills after they wear out.

The environmental impact of our clothing choices doesnt stop at the disposable fast fashion society is so obsessed with.

I use to buy my underwear at a famous lingerie store who is now avowed to use child labor like so many other fast fashion brands who value profit over people.

As my old underwear wear out, I've started replacing them with sustainable options that will last longer and are not made at the expense of the workers or planet. And let me tell you, I've tried many sustainable brands and this one is a match made in heaven. I've found my one true underwear love. 😍

Not only are the SO FREAKING COMFY, @organicbasics assesses the impact of their products at many layers including waste, emissions, water usage, and chemicals. And of course holding the factories that they use accountable to the same environmental and ethical standards as they believe in.

They are also made with organic cotton and recycled content. So yes, ❤❤❤❤. If you are ready to replace some of your old underwear, you can use my discount code MEGEANOB for 10% off!

#sponsored #ethicalclothing #ethicalfashion #sustainableunderwear #sustainablefashion


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REPURPOSE OLD JARS

or any container for that matter. Use what you have or what you acquire from life. Avoid buying new if you can.
New glass still has an environmental impact. Fossil fuels are used to melt and transport heavy glass and virgin glass is made from sand which is the second most used resource next to water. Sadly, that resource is running low to the increasing demand. Sand is used in A LOT of things.

With plastic free living increasing in popularity, we need to be extra diligent to not demand new glass if we can.

Use what we have, buy second hand, support companies who make products with recycled content, and RECYCLE THAT GLASS. ❤❤


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Imagine if for the next year, the only food you can eat is either grown by you or foraged.
You might be thinking that, yea I could do it if I lived in the country, on a farm, with a nice garden. But what if you lived in the city? Could you still do it? Is that just insane?

@robjgreenfield is doing just that. Eating only food he can grow in gardens he’s started in neighboring yards in Orlando, Florida and what he can find in nature. He is literally eating nothing that doesn’t fall into those two categories meaning no take out, no food from friends, no free food, not even medicine from a pharmacy. It’s truly amazing.

Like all of Rob’s awe inspiring projects, he brings awareness to important issues and challenges our ideas on sustainability. Like the issues associated with our global food system and the disconnects we have with how our food gets to us and to what cost.

Rob has been a role model and a humbling inspiration to me for many years. I’ve learned a great deal from him and admire the work he does every day.

If you don’t already follow his journey, I encourage you to as his wisdom and vast knowledge around sustainability is important.

@robjgreenfield


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Raise your hand if you love carbs but hate the packaging they all come in! 🙋‍♀️ I'm lucky to have a few stores near me that sell some foods in bulk aka package free.

I've made note of the options I have available to me and that's what I plan my menus around. Stir fry, pasta dishes, veggie bowls, soups, tacos, you name it, I am fortunate enough to make it with very little packaging thanks to access.

But don't think for one flippin moment that your trash reducing efforts stop if you don't have bulk options because there are SO many things you can do!

For my suggestions on how to reduce waste without access to bulk, check out my post below! 👇🏻 https://zerowastenerd.com/ways-to-reduce-waste-without-access-to-bulk-food/


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Billions of toothbrushes are made every year from plastic that takes 1000 years to break down.

Many times we are instructed to only use our toothbrushes for 3 months then told to toss them and repurchase. Nonsense.

If the bristles are frayed, yes it's time for a new one but if not, keep using it. If you're worried about germs, soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes.

I'm not a dentist so what do I know, I just think we can take care of and use our toothbrushes a little longer, I mean, I do.

However, for when they do wear out, tossing them doesn't have to be the next destination. Toothbrushes make great tools around the house!

Do you use old toothbrushes as tools?


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When you have an "Oh, crap" moment then you realize you use a bidet and everything will be alllll right. 😂😎


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Leftover spaghetti...AAHHHH!

We've all been there. Made too much pasta that no one could eat.

Before you chuck that tangly noodle mass into the compost, head over to the blog for 5 awesome ways you can use up those leftovers.
Another meal in the making? Absolutely!

Link in profile!! Or copy and paste the link below into your browser. 👇🏻👇🏻🍝 https://zerowastenerd.com/5-awesome-ways-to-use-up-leftover-spaghetti/


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We waste millions of pounds of apples 🍎🍎 each year.

They account for one of the most wasted fruit in America along side 🍌🍌 bananas.

We already know at least 30% of the food we produce goes to 🗑 waste gobbling up unnecessary resources and creating methane.

Here are some tips to reduce apple waste! 🍎Turn bruised apples into apple sauce
🍎cut around the bruise and eat the apple
🍎turn apple skins and cores into vinegar
🍎saute bruised apples with brown sugar and vanilla and put on top of desserts
🍎bake them into a pie or bread
🍎make apple skin chips and dust with cinnamon and sugar

What are your ideas to avoid apple waste? Share below! 👇🏻👇🏻


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Do you make your own cleaning products?

I don't DIY a bunch of things but when it comes to cleaning I just get a humungous sense of accomplishment when I do. And I'm telling you what, when I made my shower and tub sparkle today with my homemade tub cleaner, I felt like Martha freaking Stewart.

My methods are completely about simplifying life. So I don't believe in making anything with dozens of weird and proprietary stuff. I clean my entire home with soap, water, baking soda, and vinegar. Things I can get package free, in cardboard, or in glass.

My tub gets grimy fast because of a dirty 3 year old. I mean, the kid stashes mulch in his pants for later. This paste, combined with some good ole fashioned elbow grease will get the yuckiest stuff off.

Homemade Tub/Shower Paste

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Castile soap
1/4 cup water

Mix into a paste and slather onto yuck spots or pour onto scrub brush.


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It's been one rainy, cold weekend keeping me in sweats and a hoodie.

I basically become a proud couch potato 🥔 who sips on loose leaf teas ☕, writes✒, and watches and rewatches episodes of @queereye 🌈 until my mascara runs down my face.

Rainy weekends slow me down. They help me reflect on personal and professional goals and force me to get super creative when it comes to entertaining my 3 year old🥰. As much as I hate rainy days, I need them as much as the Earth does 🌎. What are your rainy day rituals? 🌧🌧


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Use your plastic!

Living sustainable doesn't mean throwing away your existing plastic. That would completely negate the mission.

Use it!

I use a few plastic containers to transport goodies from the market to my home where I then transfer it to non plastic for long term storage. I honestly don't like shopping with glass. It's heavy and frankly causes me anxiety especially with a 3 year old in tow.

Find creative ways to use your plastic or just continue to use it until it wears out. Then replace with a better option.

I know the urge to replace right out of the gate is strong but fight it knowing that you are making the more environmental choice.

Are you using up your existing plastic?


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Don't buy a fountain pen.

With back to school 🏫 in full swing, many of you are eager to hunt down eco friendly alternatives for your new school year supplies arsenal.

But let's be real.

A. Nearly every single person reading this right now has a junk drawer full of pencils and pens.

B. You don't? I bet you know someone who does.

C. What about those pens and pencils you purchased last year? They still work.

I'm about 100% sure all of you can start the year off paying $0 for writing utensils.

Option Z. Buy a fountain pen. Like seriously, as a last resort.

Consumption, in my opinion, is the primary cause to our environmental problems. So I'm here to encourage you to SAVE your money to SAVE the 🌎. ❤❤❤❤❤❤


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No matter how small you feel sometimes, remember, you can make a difference.

I understand how our environmental issues can lead to a feeling of anxiety and like nothing we do really matters. I feel it too.

Then I take a step back.

What we do does matter. Every action we make adds up. Our positive example inspires those around us and it grows.

Someone at the table next to you saw you bring your own container for leftovers and now they are inspired to do the same. The person behind you at the grocery store saw your cloth bags full of rice and beans and that sparked a curiosity that led to sustainable change within their life.

Remain the positive catalyst for eco good. YOU are making a difference.

Planet Earth
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Stop flying if you want to be zero waste.

Clearly, I'm not being serious. I'm not going to point my finger at anyone who travels. I'd be a hypocrite if I did.

I have to travel for work as I'm sure many of you do, too. I don't love it but that's part of my responsibility to keep a presence with my remote team.

I have a huge amount of guilt every time I step on a plane. How do I deserve this amazing platform when I am one of the many who are contributing to the mind boggling amount of climate warming carbon dioxide entering the atmos every year despite the offsets I purchase.

Flying has become increasingly more devastating. At any given time, there could be anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 planes mid-flight depending on the time of day. Those planes, collectively burn billions of gallons of jet fuel each year.

I'm not saying to stop flying. I'm merely asking all of us, myself included, to be mindful of all of the ways we can make a difference.

1. Fly less
2. Travel lighter
3. Bring your own refreshments in reusable containers
4. Choose non stop flights
5. Buy carbon offsets
6. Support airlines who are more sustainable

And many more.

How do you travel more sustainable?

Minneapolis Int'l Airport
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Here's to farmer's markets, secondhand outfits, and in season sweet corn!

Shopping local has so many benefits aside from waste reduction 🗑 which yes, is a pretty big flipping deal to me.

1. Food miles 🚛 are reduced considerably. When food is grown locally instead of halfway across the planet 🌎, fuel is reduced by quite a bit.

2. In season produce 🌽🍑🍅 is environmentally superior. Especially if the produce is keen to the area. This all means fewer resources go into growing.

3. You're supporting your community. Keeping your 💰money local strengthens the very place you call 🏠 home.

4. You're immersed in your community. You are ☀️ out and away from screens. You have the opportunity to get to know your makers 👨‍🌾 and growers. It's reinvigorating and recharging.

What in season goodness is at your local farmer's market?

The City Market - Kansas City
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