Zero Waste Bachelorette Party

When I think bachelorette I think…

  • Strippers
  • Vomiting
  • Girls Kissing Bartenders and other girls?
  • Shots, Shots, Shots and LOTS of alcohol
  • WASTE (and wasted)

… and so when I was tasked with being the Maid of Honor for my cousin’s wedding, it meant that I had to be involved with planning the bachelorette party. I had a moment of panic (refer to above bullet points) So HTF do you plan a bachelorette party without waste? Here’s how.

I did a few things to ensure that the festivities were sustainable for our beach weekend bachelorette getaway and it basically all came down to planning. The three main topics I will focus on are bridesmaids goodies, food, and alcohol.

Bridesmaids Goodies:

I made bags of zero waste gifts from Package Free Shop for all of the women that were on the trip to ensure that they had all of the sustainable tools that they needed. I included a tote bag filled with:

  • Stainless Steel Straws 
  • Mason Jars
  • Plastic Free Sunscreen from Raw Elements
    • For 15% off use code ‘trashisfortossers15
  • Sustainable Condoms from Sustain
    • For 40% off use code ‘trashisfortossers
  • Pain Killers
  • Bag to put everything in

I also went around Brooklyn and bought a bunch of secondhand sun hats that I put out on the table and had all of the girls pick their favorites and then they took them home.

For decorations, one of the other bridesmaids made a super cute DIY Instagram Picture Window that is 100% paper and can be recycled and/or composted.

Food:

For food we shopped ahead and got lots of greens and prepared food to cook at home. It is important to compost and recycle to prevent waste. We also went to restaurants that served local and organic food.

Alcohol:

  • At the house
    • Focus on alcohol that comes in cans in boxes for beer (they don’t have the plastic rings) and aluminum is very recyclable.
    • If you are going to get wine or champagne, try to look for bottles that have glass corks (they are 100% recyclable) or natural corks (you can recycle them at Whole Foods).
    • Be sure to create a recycling section
  • At bars or restaurants:
    • Ask for your cocktails without straws or skewers
    • If you are ordering beer, always opt for draft
    • If the bar only has plastic cups, be sure to bring your mason jar or stainless steel cup with you (the stainless steel cup is also beach friendly for resorts that don’t allow glass)
  • For Hangovers 
    • I gave all of the girls little pouches of painkillers that I took from a 100% recyclable bottle.
    • Coffee is King (I buy bulk coffee, but if you are going out for coffee, be sure to have your mason jar)!
    • To get some throw up stains out of sheets or clothing or towels (don’t pretend you haven’t been there) use The Simply Co. to pretreat stains and then wash.

Ultimately, bachelorette parties are absolutely shit-shows so taking a few precautions before the alcohol starts flowing is always a good idea because the parties are always better when you are getting wasted as opposed to making a ton of waste.

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How to have a Zero Waste Valentines Day

Some people want to puke pink when they think of Valentines Day… and I get it, it’s a little desperate… but it is also really sweet to take a moment to do a small gesture to show people that you care about them, whether intimately or not.

But Valentines day can be full or junk. Trash. Garbage. Which to me is the real depressing part. This is why I’m teaming up with Sustain Natural to show give you some ideas on how to have a Zero Waste Valentines Day.

Wait, but aren’t condoms trash? Yes. They are. But I have talked about this before. While condoms produce garbage, they are a much better option that having unprotected sex and risking getting an STD or having an unplanned pregnancy which will result in bigger issues than just trash. Since I haven’t found an option for a waste free way to safely have sex, Sustain is my favorite next best thing.  While you can’t recycle their packaging (I haven’t found a condom company with recyclable packaging) you could technically burn the used condom since they are made from natural materials. Extreme, but if you’re into it… I’m into it.

What’s so special about Sustain that I want to partner with them? Well, their condoms are made from fair trade rubber and are free of nitrosamenes, a naturally occurring chemical in the latex manufacturing process that is carcinogenic (cancer-causing). They are currently one of the only manufacturers removing this chemical from condoms and I sure as hell don’t want carcinogens in my vag, thanks.

OKAY back to our regularly scheduled post… Here are a few ideas for how to have a Zero Waste valentines day with your lover, or just with someone you love.

EXPERIENCE 

This is my favorite. What is more lovely than creating memories with someone that you care about? Here are some ideas I love:

  • Buy tickets to a movie or a show (make sure to get a PDF instead of printed)
  • Take a long walk and pack a Zero Waste picnic
  • Book a massage and bring your own oil (lots of places use a petroleum based oil) I love to bring my own sweet almond or coconut oil in a jar for them to use
  • Go to a museum

PLANTS VS. FLOWERS

I hate cut flowers because they are grown far away and sprayed with pesticides which is no bueno. Instead, you have choices. Last year my dad planted 50 trees for me for valentines day. He is amazing and it was the best present I have ever received for valentines day. Also, you could buy them a plant that grows like a succulent or a bulb, that way your loved one can be constantly reminded of you when they see the plant, plus they will help to filter the air!

DIY 
Something that you make yourself is always an amazing gift. If you can knit, knit your heart out. If you can draw, draw. I love a DIY beauty product because it is something usable and you can package it sustainably. Need some ideas? Try my zero waste body lotion and package it in a beautiful glass jar (preferably upcycled)!

Once it’s made, you can wrap using this napkin folding technique!

A LOVE LETTER 
I keep notes and letters forever. Whether your loved one is far or near, a note on a piece of handmade or upcycled paper is something that they can hold onto forever.

COOK
Staying in is always a great option. Head to the farmers market and stock up on some Zero Waste eats and cook a meal for your lover. Dessert… let’s just say coconut oil isn’t just for the kitchen.

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Zero Waste Shopping: A How To Guide

One of the most common questions I get is how to shop in bulk or package free. In this series of videos you will learn how to tare your jars to buy bulk, how to buy liquids in bulk, and how to buy solids in bulk so that you can be prepared to shop Zero Waste anywhere that offers bulk!

IMPORTANT: very often I hear that people feel uncomfortable trying to buy things package free because they are afraid the people will look at them like they are weird, or challenge them. Well, guess what, Zero Waste is NOT the norm and it is likely that people might not know what you are doing.

EMBRACE IT! If someone looks at you when you try to shop Zero Waste, it is most likely because you are the first person that they have ever seen shopping that way and they don’t know what you are doing, it’s not that they think you are weird! Take this as an opportunity to educate someone or reach out to them and explain what you are doing in a positive way. Remember, the more you shop package free, the more common it will become for stores and other shoppers and the more comfortable others will feel doing it. I believe in living my values, and so I am never afraid of looking different from others, I embrace it!

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Zero Waste Toothbrushes

In this video I’m talking about living a zero waste lifestyle but also keeping your teeth nice and healthy by choosing a better brush. Check out the video to learn more and to purchase one of these awesome toothbrushes click the link HERE and use code ‘TRASHISFORTOSSERS’ for 10% off!

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Zero Waste Deodorant

Smelly armpits are pretty unanimously unsexy. I hear people saying all the time that they cannot find deodorant that is sustainable or “eco” that keeps their armpits scent free and they go back to plastic packaged, chemical laden store bought deodorant.

That was me BUT NOT ANYMORE because I created a recipe for deodorant that kept me smelling fresh and clean even when working out. Check out how I keep stinkiness at bay in this video.

To make your own DIY deodorant, check out this video below:

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