Zero Waste

No Foolin’—March Garbage Review

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / April 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

How fitting was it that April Fools Day was the day to review our March 2019 garbage and recycling? As you now, we’ve decided to track all of our garbage this year, which includes recycling, as it is really garbage too. This post chronicles the third month of our project (here’s January and February’s trash).…

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I Bastardized Our Soap—Make Your Own Liquid Castile (Bastille) Soap

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

We use liquid castile soap for lots of things around our house—dishwashing liquid (we dilute 1:10), in our counter spray, in exterior window washing solution, hand and body soap, shampoo, etc. You can use it for washing your dog, veggie wash, and even toothpaste! I’ve been buying it in bulk, filling my own jars, but…

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Oh Those Nooks and Crannies! Vegan Zero Waste Sourdough English Muffins

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / March 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

My partner Alan’s favorite thing is a sourdough English muffin. He used to buy huge plastic sleeves of them at our local grocery store. Even then, it was often hard to find vegan or oil-free options. We live in a small town east of Seattle, and when we went zero waste, I could find bread,…

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What’s in Your Garbage? A Follow Up

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / March 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Yesterday’s post introduced the concept of Deming’s Model of Continuous Improvement and showed the garbage and recycling we had accumulated for the month of January. Today I want to share how going through that process decreased our waste stream! Review of Deming’s Model of Continuous Improvement If you recall, Deming’s model is a repeating cycle…

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What’s in Your Garbage?

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / March 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

People ask all the time in person and on social media “How do I get started on Zero Waste?” I see others usually respond with advice to add something, like get a reusable coffee cup or buy mesh produce bags or start storing your food in canning jars. But I think that’s slicing the bread before it’s baked.…

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Plastic-Free Tortilla Chips and Nacho Mama’s Layered Dip Recipe

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / February 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

We don’t eat tortilla chips very often, but for special occasions, like the Super Bowl, we’ll splurge! Tortilla chips have been a difficult thing for us to find plastic-free and zero waste. The last time we wanted some, we perused the chip aisle at the grocery store and finally found paper bags of commercially made…

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Be Your Own Hero 72-Hour Emergency Kit Challenge

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / February 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

I had a whole different post all ready to go for today, with a plant-based recipe and zero waste tips (awwww, I know), but you’ll get it next week instead! In light of the past two weeks of the Seattle Snowpocalypse, I really want to talk about Emergency Preparedness for weather events and disasters instead,…

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DIY Vegan Suet Bird Feeder

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / December 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Years ago, back when I was first vegan, I went to buy some suet feeders as we had a cold snap coming. As I grabbed them off the shelf at the bird store, I suddenly realized that they were made from animal products—suet is made from rendered animal fat. Birds do eat insects and worms…

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January 2019 Classes!

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / December 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

It’s been busy around Trimazing! HQ as I’ve been working on several new classes that start this winter, after the first of the year: A Clean Start to the Year: Green Housekeeping Workshop for a Naturally Non-Toxic Clean Home – January 12, 2019, 1-2 PM Are you concerned about the chemicals in your cleaning supplies?…

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Eating Brussels Sprouts Stalks—Really!

By Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Vegan Lifestyle & Health Coaching / November 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colorful leaves, wearing jeans and sweaters, crisp, sunny days, and fall veggies. Brussels sprouts are some of my favorite and I love buying them still on the stalk. They look like some medieval weapon! I don’t buy them on the stalk to beat anyone with or just…

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