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Living the Zero-Waste Lifestyle

By Eva Pollard on Mar 29, 2016 10:00 AM

Meet Eva, she lives a zero-waste lifestyle. You might be thinking, “Zero-waste—that's impossible” and you're right! Humans need resources to survive and therefore make waste. For some, zero-waste means not creating any trash or adding any new plastics into the waste cycle.

Before going zero-waste, Eva considered herself an advocate for the environment; she lived on an organic farm, grew and ate organic food, spent time outdoors, and volunteered to clean up trash on highways and beaches. Because her upbringing cultivated a loving relationship with nature, she thought she was environmentally conscious—and was not significantly contributing to pollution and the expansion of landfill sites.

In March of 2015, Eva had a moment where she realized that she was not living up to her environmental values. She cared about the planet, but her actions did not reflect that sentiment. She saw that the only way she could live in alignment with her beliefs was to stop making trash and stop supporting the plastic industry. She examined her garbage to see what it was made of so that she could work towards reducing it. It turned out that it was mainly comprised of food scraps and single use disposable conveniences: chip bags, plastic forks, napkins, coffee cups, straws, and plastic packaging that couldn't be recycled.

The change started with composting and swapping the single-use items out for zero-waste and plastic-free alternatives. Things such as carrying reusable bamboo utensils as opposed to disposable plastic utensils or bring a reusable water bottle everywhere, instead of buying bottled water. Eva even stopped buying anything that was packaged in plastic but then realized, she’d have to make her own body care and cleaning products, because their aren't plastic-free alternatives. Find some of these recipes and more on Eva’s website, thekindplanet.com.

Living a zero-waste lifestyle isn't about not consuming, but rather about making choices that do not produce trash as an end product. When she goes grocery shopping here at New Leaf, she brings her own cloth drawstring bags for bulk food and produce instead of using disposable plastic ones. She brings her own coffee cup instead of using a paper one. These changes may seem small, but they add up to big changes that have a long term positive impact on the health of our planet.

With a little bit of forethought and mindfulness, we can all succeed at reducing our trash footprint. Living zero-waste teaches you a way of being in the world that supports the health of people, animals, and this KIND PLANET!

If you're interested in learning more about how to live a zero-waste lifestyle, please join New Leaf’s own Eva on April 15th from 6pm-7pm in the New Leaf Community Classroom on the Westside for her Zero-Waste Lifestyle class. Eva will also be giving an introduction to zero-waste living at New Leaf in Half Moon Bay on April 30th, from 11am-12pm, to be followed by a course on composting by New Leaf's own Sonya Ondish. 



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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look! 

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Every New Leaf Community Market has a Wellness Department chockfull of tried-and-true products to nourish you inside and out. You’ll find supplements, skincare, cosmetics, fragrances, yoga accessories and more. ​Take a look!