Waste Free Tennessee

Helping you make the transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, one step at a time. Reducing waste, choosing sustainability, and giving back to the environment to stop climate change and take care of this shared planet on which we live.

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Can Dog Poop Be Composted and If So How?

Can You Compost Dog Poop? Having a pet means cleaning up waste. Since your goal is to reduce waste, you’re likely wondering what is the best way to dispose of dog poop. If you’re a gardener, you may be wondering if it is safe to add scooped dog droppings to your compost pile. The answer is maybe. Let’s take a look at the yes and no of composting dog poop. Keeping Pet Waste out of Plastic Bags in LandfillsThe average dog excretes about a...

How to Compost to Reduce Waste in Landfills and Fertilize Your Garden

Why would you want to learn how to compost? There are so many reasons and I’ll list them for you below. Some call compost black gold, and you can even buy compost under that brand name. But why buy it when you are probably throwing away everything you need to make your own compost?  According to a paper by the National Resources Defence Council, 40% of food produced in the United States is wasted. The author notes that Americans end up...

How to Do a Waste Audit

Before starting a zero-waste lifestyle, it can be helpful to learn how to do a waste audit at home. To manage your waste, first, you will need to measure it. Knowing what is in your trash will help you make better choices and divert some landfill waste. The waste audit may reveal items that can be recycled, composted, or otherwise kept out of the landfill. Auditing the amount of trash and types of waste you currently produce will give you a...

Understanding the Difference Between Compostable and Biodegradable

Have you ever been confused by the terms of product packaging? If you answered yes, you are not alone. The terms are often used incorrectly, exacerbating the problem till consumers get frustrated. Especially when it comes to these three terms it is incredibly easy to be confused.  In an effort to replace conventional plastic, many alternative products have come on the market. You may see “compostable” and “biodegradable” used...

Gift Ideas That Are Experiences for Waste Free Giving

What are you giving your loved ones for Christmas (or birthday?) When gift-giving is on your to-do list are you overwhelmed? Especially when it comes to that person who has it all or is hard to buy for, experience gifts can be a huge problem solver. Another challenge is actually going out and finding those unique or special gifts takes time. The biggest drawback of gift-giving is when you end up buying anything just to cross off a name on your...

My Personal Journey with Waste Reduction

For years, I’ve been on a journey towards waste reduction. One year, we moved from the city to the countryside. I was a little excited to find out that trash services were not available at our new house. Sounds crazy, I know. Reducing household waste is one of the goals that I am continually working on, and knowing that my family had to deal with every piece of trash that left our house seemed like a fair way to gauge how much progress we’d...

6 Free Ways to Reduce the Amount of Waste You Send to Landfills

Totally Free Ways to Reduce Waste Reducing waste is for everyone. You don’t have to “go zero waste” to reap the benefits of reducing waste. Our combined efforts impact climate change. The average American recycles only 1.5 pounds of the 4.40 pounds of waste they generate on a daily basis, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Here are six ways to start reducing that number at your house. 1 – Eliminate Food Waste How many...

There Are So Many Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2020 at Home

How do you celebrate Earth Day? Please allow me to preface my earth day post by noting if you are able to be at home with any size yard, you have reason to be thankful. If you are planting a garden, toasting marshmallows for s’mores, or sending your kids out to jump on the trampoline, give thanks! There are many people across the globe who live in a place where nature is not even visible.  For the last seven years, our family has...

The Solution to Toilet Paper Shortages

Now is the best time ever to start reducing waste and a simple to install bidet is the answer to the toilet paper shortages. When the United States Government started suggesting folks stay at home and toilet paper started flying off the shelf, I received a text on WeChat from one of my Chinese friends. She wanted to know why some westerners store so much toilet paper. My response to her was that I had no idea. I still don’t know why. I...

Jelt is Turning Water Bottles Into Ethical Clothing – Belt Review

Since Bea Johnson popularized the idea of a Zero Waste Home, Americans have been joining in on the quest to reduce, reuse, recycle, and look for package-free products in a quest to achieve zero waste. There are many things you can do to reduce waste! Especially when it comes to eliminating single-use plastics! One of the most impactful steps you can take is to start buying reusable water bottles and stop buying your water in...