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Get Scrappy in the Kitchen

Zero Waste Lifestyle Tips: 7 Clever Ways to Use Food Scraps

Did you know that 30 to 40 percent of the food produced to be eaten in the U.S. is thrown away? With a few smart changes, you can reduce your food waste. Put every scrap to good use with these tips!

7 Clever Uses for Used Coffee Grounds

After brewing a pot of coffee, think twice before tossing used grounds in the trash! Here are seven ways you can reuse them around your home and in your beauty routine.

How to Grow Your Own Veggies, Reduce Food Waste & Save Money

Growing veggies is easier than you think. Plus, you’ll reduce food waste and save money while you’re at it! No garden? No problem! If you have a decently-lit windowsill, you’re good to go. Here’s how to get started.

6 Food Waste Solutions for Summer

Buying more in-season fruit, hosting backyard gatherings, being too “lazy” to cook with the heat: Summer brings many ways to waste food. Use these tips to cut back and make the most of the season’s bounty.

What is Upcycled Food? Learn About the Latest Trend in Reducing Food Waste

Food waste is a vast problem, and food upcycling is one way to attack it. In short, upcycling converts otherwise wasted food into usable products. And companies are figuring out ways to make it work. Learn more.

4 Big Myths About Composting (Plus, How to Get Started – Easily)

In 2015, Americans produced 262.4 million tons of garbage. Only about one-fourth of it was recycled. Even less — almost 9 percent — was composted. Why are we hesitant to compost? Once you get past these misconceptions, you’ll be ready to get started!

Low-Waste Solutions for Your Living Space

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9 Shockingly Simple Ways to Reduce Your Reliance on Plastics

Americans generated more than 262 million tons of trash in 2015, including nearly 35 million tons of plastics. Of all of that trash, only about one-fourth was recycled. And plastics made up only about 5 percent of the recycled trash. To help reduce plastic waste, consider adopting these simple practices into your everyday life.

How to Green Your Personal Care Routine

Collecting empty makeup and cosmetic containers underneath your bathroom vanity (or worse, mindlessly tossing them into the wastebasket)? You’ve got greener options! Familiarize yourself with these guidelines for recycling health and beauty products. Click here to learn more.

Eco-Friendly Food for Thought

Sustainable Food Storage & Kitchen Essentials

Musings by Mitra

Musings by Mitra

Meet Mitra Malek, a contributing author to The Upside blog. She often writes about sustainability, yoga and other wellness-related content. “Low-waste living is surprisingly less complex (and more fun) than you think,” she says. Here’s what Mitra has learned over the years from navigating this lifestyle. Plus, find out when less is not best.