Zero-waste kit ensures reusable essentials are always nearby

December 13, 2018 by  
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The zero-waste movement has consistently gained momentum over the past ten years with many millennials focusing on minimalist lifestyles and conservation of natural resources. More than any generation in nearly a century, attitudes towards lower consumption, conscientious purchasing and limited waste are a big part of societal discussion and awareness. One advocate who has practiced a zero-waste lifestyle for several years has taken the next step in helping others do the same. Marina Qutab, a San Diego-based entrepreneur, decided to kick start the waste-free idea in her area and across the country with the creation of the Zero Waste Kit. Speaking of kick starting, the  Kickstarter campaign  reached it’s $10,000 goal in the first 24 hours and has continued to gain support (Kickstarter campaign closes Dec. 15, 2018). Related: 10 ideas for zero-waste gift wrapping The Zero Waste kit makes using and transporting commonly-used daily essentials easy and convenient. Neatly packed into a portable multi-purpose glass jar, the kit includes reusable items such as a bamboo utensil that is half spoon and half fork and two reusable produce bags to have at the ready when you swing by the farmer’s market. There is also a stainless steel straw, which is convenient with so many areas jumping onto the #nostraw wagon. The included napkin is sourced from fabric recovered from the manufacturing scrap floor and includes a pouch that holds all the contents of the kit when you need the jar for something else. Not only is each item aimed at eliminating waste, but the products are manufactured with sustainability in mind. Locally-sourced materials and labor exemplify Marina’s overarching goal “to make healthier, more compassionate lifestyle choices that are in alignment with our mother earth.” Equally important, at the end of the life cycle, each of the primary ingredients in the kit can either be recycled or composted so that no part in the process produces more waste. When asked about her inspiration for her zero-waste lifestyle and subsequent efforts to encourage others, Marina replied, “My life changed at the age of 10 when I traveled to my father’s homeland of Pakistan, and was exposed to pollution like I had never seen before. It was one night when I blew my nose and found black soot in my tissue that I made the simple realization that our actions impact our environment. I traveled home to America with a newfound sense of purpose and motivation for being the change I wished to see in the world.” Related: Cities around the world lay the groundwork for a zero-waste future She went on to explain that converting to the zero-waste lifestyle offered many challenges, the main one being that her best intentions were not always in alignment with her end goal. She often found herself wanting to pull out her reusable shopping bag, only to realize it was at home. At the smoothie shop, she wanted to decline the single-use cup, but didn’t have an alternative. Finding that people in her community also struggled to make the zero-waste lifestyle more convenient was the motivation she internalized to create an essentials kit she and others could always have nearby. + {Zero} Waste Kit Photography by Alex Mortenson via {Zero} Waste Kit

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Survey Results: How Much for a Zero-Emission Vehicle?

December 12, 2018 by  
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Earthling Survey: How Much for a Zero-Emission Vehicle?

December 5, 2018 by  
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What could have prevented the Cape Town water crisis

February 28, 2018 by  
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It’s better than your usual cost-benefit analysis, and other water-stressed parts of the world should pay attention before they also near Day Zero.

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Create Your Own Zero Waste Starter Kit

August 2, 2016 by  
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When I began my zero waste week, I quickly realized that being prepared was half the battle.  Living a virtually waste-free life was easy when I had the supplies necessary to do so – my containers and utensils, my bags and my bottles….

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Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

May 12, 2014 by  
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FILTER is an Elegant Zero-Waste, Flat-Pack Lamp by Bijl Architecture

October 8, 2012 by  
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Bijl Architecture Studio’s FILTER light is an intelligent flat-pack lamp design developed with the use of advanced modelling techniques. The holistic light fitting is constructed entirely from its own compact flat-pack packaging, creating a product that—even after shipping—leaves zero waste . With a delicate pre-cut tab construction, the FILTER lamp is a simple, elegant and highly versatile lighting solution. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Click here to view the embedded video. The prototype for the FILTER lamp was created by Bijl Architecture from cardboard and acrylic, though the studio notes that the design is thoroughly adaptable to a wood and metal structure which would enable the pendant lamp to be assembled as a floor-standing light . The simple design comes in the form of a series of pre-cut tabs which are assembled by the user, with the outer packaging to function as the shade of the lamp, which can be positioned to allow the desired amount of light. The architecture studio notes that “[b]y integrating product and packaging, the design filters out of the excesses associated with consumables, creating a quintessentially sustainable product.” + Bijl Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Andrew MacNair’s Egg Chapel Was Handrafted by Shipbuilders and Assembled by a Local Family in South Korea

October 8, 2012 by  
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This is What Zero-Carbon Flying Looks Like (Video)

January 18, 2011 by  
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Nice Vertical Take Off! Maybe someday we’ll have large-scale commercial flight that is al… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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