Zero Waste Habits Challenge 2018

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We have spent a lifetime immersed in waste that we already see as something “normal”, and to change a whole life you need mates, good vibes and a lot of enthusiasm and, yes! 52 weeks of detoxification of garbage, yeiiih.

Here we will be 24/7 learning how the only thing that is needed for a clean world is will, information and organization.

We started this Zero Waste lifestyle more than 2 years ago. Our first homemade deodorant was in 2015. Uff time flyes! Let us share with you this path and transmit our experience.

The year starts in the best way on Monday! So there is no excuse to start on Monday or the 1st. Time is now!

Do you join the challenge?

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January week 1

What I like most is they waste so much less.

  • They do not use light. 99% of these markets are very early in the morning and at most until 5pm in the afternoon. It is great to live with sunlight.
  • Do not use a fridge. 90% of what they sell is local. This means that the products do not travel around the world refrigerated and in the stands they have it at room temperature. So less electricity and fuel.

We spent last winter without fridge, so everything that has to do with dispensing with this appliance we love it.

  • Do not use plastic. Yes, there are some who, because they want to sell you more, make packages with “discounts”, but it is our money, we decide. If this happens in your local market, talk to the person in charge and explain those plastic bags will be for ever and ever and it affects us all. In general, they do not do it on purpose, but for lack of information. So share with them and I assure you stop doing it and if not change the stand. We do not have to evangelize those who do not want to.

Do not use thermal paper receives. Yes, that “harmless” paper where the amounts you have bought and paid come from have Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS). These endocrine disruptors to which we flee so much in plastic boxes. 

  • Do not use carts. All those metal carts or baskets in which dumpster all end up? At local markets you put everything directly to your own cart or bag.

Still have not convinced yourself to visit your local market?

NOTE: Remember to take your reusable produce bags.

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Bulk bar soaps, are not they amazing? They smell very good, visually they invite you to take a shower at that time, especially those that do not come wrapped in plastic.

We are also the ones who prefer to reuse the last bottles of shampoo we buy and fill them in specific stores or make our own shampoo at home.

January week 2

Another advantage of local markets is the proximity, so you can go by walk or by bike, while you doing some exercise.

Many sellers are also producers. Talking with them makes us more aware of the origin and process of our food.

Also, when they already know you, they take better care of you giving you pylons or discounts. They know what you are up to and even provide you with better quality because they know you will return thanking you for your trust as a loyal customer.

In the markets they even rejoice when you carry your bags of fabric and not like in the supermarket that they see you with the face of a “green” bug and sometimes they even deny it for “company policies”

Did you know that at least 26% of our income is spent in food?

This includes the OXXO, seven eleven and the like.

The importance of local establishments is that money stays in the country. Of course, at some point foreign products are needed and it is ok; we live in society and we have to accept that we need others.

Remember that most of the multinationals bill in other countries and governments forgive them even taxes. Yes, they generate jobs, but what if we grow those local businesses in a way that generates a lot of jobs?

We invite you again to the corner store, to the cart markets, to the spicy store, to the greengrocer, until it gives satisfaction to shake off that “comfort” by giving direct income to our country.

Consume-local

It is not necessary to go to a fancy store to buy in bulk, surely in your nearest market they sell seeds, grains, vegetables and everything.

January week 3

Let’s talk about karma … do you believe in karma?

Surely 99% of those who read this blog are as deadly as we are and work to pay the bills and some treats.

How many times have we said? “Oh, but how expensive this is.”

And how many times?: “Do you think he did not want to pay me because it was expensive? He does not know I am not earning anything.”

If you sell or have sold a product or service you know how much it costs to get it to the market no matter how homemade, it means an investment.

Example theme zero waste. If you want some straws (steel straws), you know that your neighbor sells them but mmm … “they are expensive” and the transport also contaminates because they are from overseas. So you decide to go to the supermarket and buy 1 package with 10 steel straws, at last the big warehouse will do the transport anyways.

If you think it in a zero waste / minimalist way, no family needs 10 straws, no matter how many cousins do you have, and even less because the package just brings one cleaning brush.

By the way, if you buy the 10 straws pack, it brings plastic and cardboard too. Do you still want it?

What I want to say is: if you enter the circle of paying a fair price – what is really worth -, it will return to you, your mind turns to positive, and people start to value your work.

However, in the supermarket you will never meet the owner, at most the manager and sure it will not be for a pleasant subject.

Contributing to your community / locality you create a strong core with people with whom you share the day to day, which will generate positive energy in your daily life.

Please, buy from local businesses and do not bargain, we all deserve a fair payment.

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We went to a “small” supermarket because it does not have branches, to check the ridiculous amount of plastic bags they give. With the reusable bags approximately 10 – 15 plastic bags have been avoided.

January week 4

Consumerism is not only about overcrowding, it is also related to what we consume. Let me explain.

Many times they ask us, how cannot we go to the supermarket? The answer is super simple, we just stopped looking where there is not.

Do not ask for pears to elms, Coca Cola in bulk or sushi in a Mexican restaurant.

Just as we think about Planet’s health and we do not want to produce garbage, let’s stop giving rubbish to our body.

Of course you will not find “branded” cereals or bulk junk food. However, I recently saw frozen food in bulk in a Spanish supermarket, really?

We need to think about nourishing ourselves and not just being satisfied with food that will last a minute in our mouth and a life our hips. There are many products which are proven to cause diseases.

We can think of all the resources that are needed for its elaboration, for example:

For every liter of milk produced, a cow needs to drink at least three liters of water. For high performance cows this is 150 liters of water every day. Reducing the amount of water reduces the amount of milk a cow produces.

Therefore, progress is made because no garbage is produced, but we are going back wasting resources.

Sometimes we can get overwhelmed by habits, culture or maybe we can just think that we are right.
It is no secret that a place is known by its food. That is why going to the local markets we find healthy things which did not require great processes or strange ingredients.

What are those products with unnecessary packaging?

  • Legumes, cereals and grains: Buy them in bulk. We carry our own jars in which we are going to store them at home. However, if they seem too heavy or you are afraid of breaking them, you can carry cloth bags.
  • Fruit and vegetables: This topic gives me a bit of sadness just thinking about how many tons of fruit are thrown because they do not meet margins of “quality” because they are fat, skinny, big or small.

At the supermarket we used to buy, they sold them cheaper in plastic boxes/bags. They could be cheaper without the plastic, right? Above all, as consumers, we are also selecting among those already selected.

We invite you to buy your fruits and vegetables without judging their shape, which are equally rich and nutritious, equally in your reusable bags.

  • Bread: It is a delirium, there is so much bread so rich. We do not buy bread for home. Sometimes, when we go out for lunch or dinner we have it, but always trying to avoid gluten.
    It is very important to buy it in your own reusable bags or cookies in glass containers. This is how we avoid paper bags and plastic wraps.

Is it true that, “if you want something to be well done, do it by yourself”?


Well it happens to us with food and especially the one we cannot find in bulk. This also saves us the degree on reading labels.

  • Frozen food: we do not consume it. You can buy fresh food and freeze it if you want to keep it for longer or dehydrate it.
  • Milk: If you have a milk vending machine in a market or a dairy near your home, please let us know.

We have already seen how much is needed to produce milk, so let’s make our own vegetable milk. There are endless options: hemp, almond, cashew, macadamia, birdseed and our favorite hazelnut, you can add cacao and dates.

  • Juices: Green juices are an extraordinary option. Sadly, cold pressed and organic ones usually come in plastic containers, so making them at home is even cheaper.
  • Beers: Making kombucha at home is a great experience.
  • Yogurt: Mother Nature gives us everything and more than necessary. If you get kefir and grow it, then you will have yogurt to give and sell.

Making housemade coconut yogurt is the most delicious thing; especially with fruit in it.

  • Dressings: The one that does not fail is salt and lemon and / or the king smashed avocado.


If you are like Alvaro who loves mayonnaise, but commercials have more sugar than anything else, make your own at home, or pesto, aioli, tomato sauce, etc.

Well with this we finish the month of January. We hope you have already fired your supermarket.

Let us know how is your habits change towards zero waste going.

[1] Water footprint of dairy cows

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This blog is written based on our experiences and knowledge we have got through the years.

Remember each body and home is unique and requires different times and solutions.

Beat the waste is a path of holistic transformation towards a minimalist and healthy life.