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Zero waste confetti

Ever wonder if making a real difference could be easy ? Well you'll be happy to know that it really can be !! Making simple, effective and conscious decisions can have a big impact. Today I'm sharing my first eco friendly tip for nature loving photographers. Let's make some zero waste confetti ! 1. Fallen leaf & hole punch I can't take credit for this idea, it comes from a photo I found on Pinterest. It's so simple I'm actually mad I didn't think of it myself. Leaves that have been sitting a while and have a bit of crunch make for better confetti than the fresh ones.  2. Dandelions Brilliant yellow just pops in a photo & the white puff...

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Paper

This one is for my paper lovers. The ones who live for the sound of pencil scratching across a blank page. You do not have to give up your paper for the greater good. Paper can be made from alternative fibers. Some of these materials include hemp, cotton, bamboo and recycled fabrics. The best alternative fibers are crop residue plant fibers. Rice straw, banana plant, wheat straw, corn stalks, sugar cane waste and cotton linters are all crop residue that can be made into paper. These tree fiber paper alternatives create a secondary income for farmers and give a use to the percentage of crop residue fibers that can go to waste if not needed for the soil to optimise...

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Let's Talk Plastic

It's your first day at a new job. Your ecstatic to start making a difference in your community. Your supervisor walks you to your new corner office at the end of the hallway. You open the door and it's your worst nightmare. Plastic everywhere you look 👀 . How could this happen? Aren't desks supposed to be wood? What do you do ? You should be thinking about what can you do & what can't you do ? You can't throw everything in your new office in the garbage. That's not only illogical but would also get you fired. You CAN work on a green initiative to propose to your supervisor. This scenario is obviously not real, it illustrates a...

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Taking the leap

There is plastic everywhere and as much as I'd like to never have to look at plastic again it's just not going to happen anytime soon.The first step to living a disposable plastic free life is to decide to stop buying it. That's all it takes . Keep reading to see the first steps i took to get rid of disposable plastic in my life 1. Clearing out all the food that uses plastic wrappers.  Shop at the co-op, farmers market and plant your own garden. There are several great tutorials on indoor gardens on Pinterest that you can try out. ( Look forward to my indoor garden tutorial coming this spring )    2. No more Garbage Bags.  Recycle everything you...

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The Cabin

In the coming days I will be packing up and shipping out. Ive accepted a position that will require me to move back to my hometown. It has been 6 years almost since I've lived there and if I'm being honest I never thought I would again. Somewhere deep down, even though i didn't want to see it, I knew I would end up back there one day. There is a log cabin by the river that was built by my grandpa , my mom and her siblings. It has been waiting for someone to love it and I'm just the person. It needs a lot of TLC , electricity and pluming . Its a perfect off-grid capable blank slate. Im...

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