Category Archives: Zero Waste Living

Different Ways I Use Soapberries For A Natural Clean

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I was thrilled to find a soapberry tree growing in our NE Texas property. I found it far back in a remote pasture. The berries on the tree had already turned yellow in those cool autumn days.

As a matter of fact, it was the yellow orbs that attracted my attention to the three. So I took photos of the tree, leaves, bark and the berries and sent them to my extension agent for proper identification.

She reported back that the tree was a Western Soapberry Tree (or Sapindus saponaria ssp. drummondii) 

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Zero-Waste Hygiene: Using A Safety Razor

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I’ve been on a journey toward zero waste for years. Will I ever be truly zero waste? Probably not. But I know each step I take is just that much more waste diverted. One place I was bothered mightily was the sheer waste of disposable razors.

Buy – Use – Throw Away – REPEAT… 

PLUS not remembering which replacement heads fit the particular brand of disposable razor I’d purchased weeks before meant I was replacing the whole shebangie every time. More plastic, more money, even more waste!

I wanted to try a safety razor but I was nervous. Aren’t they dangerous? Maybe I’ll cut myself?

As it turns out, all those fears were unfounded. A safety razor has been one of the most awesome (and frankly luxurious) zero-waste steps I’d taken so far.

A Safety Razor is a great zero-waste option! We've been using vintage safety razors for years with nary a cut. Don't be afraid - they take a little getting used to but they're easy to use! #TexasHomesteader

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How We Reduced Our Household Trash

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Recycling, it’s quite the catch-phrase these days and of course it’s an important way to help protect the environment. But what about PREcycling?

Precycling can be defined as making purchasing decisions that will delay or reduce the need to recycle or dispose of waste. 

Repurposing items to another use is a good example of precycling. I’ve been able to reduce all kinds of landfill-bound trash by repurposing items.

For instance, I’ve eliminated spray bottles previously filled with cleaners going to the landfill by refilling those spray bottles with my own homemade cleaners.

These cleaners are typically made from a mix of either soap/water or vinegar/water. Come see the other simple steps we made to slash our landfill-bound trash.

By PRE-Cycling we've reduced our landfill-bound trash & collection fees. The result is positive for our budget & the environment. #TexasHomesteader

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