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Going Zero Waste

The majority of industrialized societies in the world indulge in extreme levels of consumption. Many of the products that we consume are designed with single-use intention. After being used, the majority of our materials find their way into a landfill or perpetually trapped in one of the oceans' gyres. Going Zero Waste is about reducing your impact on the world by finding alternatives to single-use consumption, and by understanding the inputs and outputs (human, natural, and otherwise) that are involved in everything that we consume. On this page, the Office of Sustainability has put together a series of resources to help you go Zero Waste.

How Can I be Zero Waste

Below you will find the Office of Sustainability's Zero Waste Kit Guide. Inside are general tips and tricks on how to reduce your impact through reusable alternatives to some of the most commonly used items in day-to-day life. Putting together your own Zero Waste Kit will allow you to quickly cut out a great portion of the single-use materials that you send to the landfill, and is a great way to get started with becoming Zero Waste. Click here to learn more.  

Do It Yourself

Developing self-sustaining systems is an instrumental part of creating a sustainable society. The best way to create these systems is by first making ourselves as self-sustaining as we can be. In this section you will find a series of video guides on how to make common household cleaners and toiletries. Many of these items contain harmful chemicals and microbeads that contaminate our waterways and oceans. Avoid the harmful effects that these have by making your own with the instructions below. 

Toothpaste | Facewash | Body Scrub | Cleaning Wipes | Laundry Detergent

Toothpaste

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Baking Soda
  • Essential Peppermint Oil

Steps:

  • Step 1: In a small jar, add 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Step 2: Mix in 2 Tablespoons of baking soda
  • Step 3: Add 5-10 drops of Essential Peppermint Oil
  • Step 4: Mix
  • Step 5: Enjoy


















Facewash

Ingredients:

  • Castille Soap
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey
  • Essential Lemon Oil
  • Essential Lavender Oil
  • Essential Tea Tree Oil

Steps:

  • Step 1: In a container, add 7 Tablespoons of Castille Soap
  • Step 2: Add 1.5 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • Step 3: Next add in 1.5 Tablespoons of Honey
  • Step 4: After that, add in 3-4 drops of Essential Lemon Oil
  • Step 5: Then add 3-4 drops of Essential Lavender Oil
  • Step 6: Lastly, add in 3-4 drops of Essential Tea Tree Oil
  • Step 7: Mix and transfer contents to your container of choice
  • Step 8: Enjoy



























Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Epsom Salt
  • Essential Lavender Oil

Steps:

  • Step 1: Start by putting 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil in the container of your choice
  • Step 2: Next add 4 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt
  • Step 3: Lastly, add 5-6 drops of Essential Lavender Oil
  • Step 4: Mix contents thoroughly
  • Step 5: Enjoy


















Cleaning Wipes

Ingredients:

  • An Old T-Shirt
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Essential Lemon Oil
  • Essential Tea Tree Oil

Steps:

  • Step 1: Obtain an old t-shirt
  • Step 2: Cut along the side of the t-shirt
  • Step 3: Use a jar to measure the length of the fabric
  • Step 4: Cut along the shirt at the jar's length
  • Step 5: Cut across to make a square of fabric
  • Step 6: Cut the square of fabric into smaller sections to your size preference
  • Step 7: Repeat steps 3-6 until you have a desirable amount of wipes
  • Step 8: Roll up your wipes and insert them in the jar
  • Step 9: Add 1.5 cups of water
  • Step 10: Add 1/3 cups of vinegar
  • Step 11: Add 8-10 drops of Essential Lemon Oil
  • Step 12: Add 5-7 drops of Essential Tea Tree Oil
  • Step 13: Enjoy































Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:

  • Soap Nuts
  • Muslin Bag

Steps:

  • Step 1: Put 3-4 Soap Nuts in a Muslin Bag
  • Step 2: Use directly in your laundry for up to 10 loads
  • Step 3: Enjoy