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Conscious Consumerism & Zero Waste: When organic consumerism comes plastic-wrapped.

In 2011, I committed to buying organic groceries and petrochemical-free personal care products. While I assumed that my consumption of organic goods constituted a clear win for environmental conservation, I had overlooked the reality that conventional and organic products alike are often sold in unsustainable plastic packaging. While I attempted to shop sustainably by focusing on organic goods, I continued...

How It All Started

Bulk foods at 12 Monkeys in Hamburg, Germany.

I don’t quite remember how it started, actually. There was one day when the ziplock bags and the cling film standing in the drawer simply became offensive to me. I started to re-use and then re-re-use that one ziplock bag and to cover plates of leftovers with upended dishes in the fridge. It began to become more real when the...

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