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.

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...

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...

When recycling seems like too much work, consider this

Recycling isn’t a new concept, yet only 34% of all waste is recycled. “It can be difficult for consumers to understand what materials can be recycled, how materials can be recycled, and where to recycle different materials. This confusion often leads to placing recyclables in the trash or throwing trash in the recycling bin or cart.” Education is crucial as this problem impacts many people across the globe, and it’s one that we will...

Compost Alternative for Those Who Can’t Compost Food Waste

After moving from the countryside to an apartment, I was distressed by not having a place to dispose of my food scraps. I started doing research looking for solutions. That is when I discovered Foodcycler! So, I reached out to the team at the Foodcycler company for information and received one to test out and am happy to report that it is the answer I was looking for! My friends who have been to my place have seen...

Top 4 Benefits to Reducing Food Waste

Americans toss more than 133 billion pounds of food into the landfill yearly. Estimates say around one-third of all food produced is wasted. The financial cost of food waste is about $218 billion, according to ReFED.com. Reducing food waste by just one-third would be enough to feed all of the 42 million Americans who face food insecurity. If America went grocery shopping, we would leave the store with five bags and drop...

The Environmental Impact of Single Use Cleaning Products

We are all aware of the drain on earth’s resources but maybe we don’t see it in relation to our everyday activities. Take cleaning for example. How often do we consider the environmental impact of single use cleaning products? Our forests are in crisis. Nearly half of all global forests are under threat of deforestation and forest degradation, which represents a major risk to global climate, biodiversity, water, people, and businesses...

46 Ideas for Reducing Waste and a Greener Lifestyle

Get to a greener lifestyle while reducing waste. Ideas for change Maybe you can’t do everything on this list, perhaps you could pick one or two suggestions to work on every season change? Know the R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse, and Rot 1. In the case of rot – compost your banana peels, avocado pits, eggshells, and coffee grounds. Composting can be an exciting and educational family project that will reward you with...