How to Grow an Edible Windowsill Garden

Now that I live in a home with windows, I’ve become the plant lady I’ve always dreamed about being.

I spend my weekends collecting new plant babes, watering them, and watching them flourish in our well lit, sunny home.

For those of you not understanding my references to natural light and windows, check out my failed tiny home living experiment. We only had three windows so plant babes were not able to survive.

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Not having plants was really making me sad. When we moved, I actually threw a House Greening Party.

A House Greening Party is when you ask all of your guests to bring you a new house plant to christen your new place. You can read more about my zero waste house warming/greening party. It’s full of zero waste party tips!

In addition to all of my new plant friends, which I most definitely name, I bought several herbs from the local nursery.

It’s super cool because the plants come in compostable pots! They’re not the traditional plastic pots.

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However, if you wind up with some of the plastic pots, you can always return them to the nursery where they’ll typically reuse them.

Some of my herbs survived and some did not. To be honest, I don’t have a green thumb. This is my third time delving into the world of edible gardens and I have to say - third time is the charm!

I say this because no matter how you feel about your gardening skills, I want you to give it a try. You don’t have to be perfect. You might kill some plants but having an edible windowsill garden is awesome for several reasons.

  1. You no longer have to buy expensive plastic clamshells full of herbs.

  2. You can save money by eating food you’ve grown!

  3. You can save carbon miles by eating what’s in your backyard.

  4. It’s so tasty, rewarding, and makes you happy!

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So, it’s better for the planet, better for the tastebuds, better for the wallet, and better for your mental and emotional well-being.

I’d say that’s a win-win-win-win-win. Probably, the biggest string of wins on this blog.

Now, I’ve picked up herbs, and I’ve also completely regrown my food scraps! Yes, you can regrow your food scraps.

Check out my story highlight called lettuce and you can watch how I go from inedible lettuce stalks to having lettuce on tap forever in just 28 days.

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planting herbs:

Here’s some herbs that do really well on the windowsill.

  1. basil

  2. lavender

  3. mint

  4. parsley

  5. rosemary

  6. thyme

Notice there are several herbs not on this list like cilantro and oregano. I have tried to go several of these on my windowsill and failed. They don’t do super will in small pots indoors.

Plants like basil will let you know when they’re thirsty. They start to wilt, then you water and they perk right back up! The pots don’t need to be too big, just make sure that they have drainage.

I’ve found that my herbs like to be watered much more frequently than my house plants just make sure that they’re not sitting in water.

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regrowing scraps:

  1. lettuce

  2. celery

  3. green onions

You can regrow a lot of other scraps, but I find that these work best for the windowsill! I’ve heard that you can grow lemons from lemon seeds, but I’m not sure if the fruit. I know that growing a plant from the avocado plant is popular, but I’ve heard that they won’t bear fruit.

When regrowing scraps, you need to first start them in a cup of water. Make sure that the cup of water is changed every day or every other day.

The cup doesn’t have to be completely full. You just need enough water for the base of the plant to be in about an inch.

The scraps will start to regrow and once the roots sprout, you can transfer to a pot of soil. Just make sure the pot has drainage! If it doesn’t, you’re plants will probably die. I learned this the hard way….

additions to my garden:

The one thing that I’d really like to add to my windowsill garden is a big ol’ pot of spinach! It’s pretty easy to grow indoors with a shallow and wide pot.

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I will keep you up-to-date on my windowsill garden progress, and I really, really hope that you feel empowered to give one a try too!

If you do, please let me know. You can tag me @going.zero.waste on instagram.

If you’re killing it at windowsill gardening let me know in the comments down below. I would love any sage advice and I’m sure others will love helpful tips to get them started too.

17 Sustainable and Eco Friendly Bedding Brands

If you follow me on Instagram and follow along regularly, you might know of the great sheet demise. 

It was a bright sunny day. I went out to grab some dinner with my sweet husband and whence I returned I noticed one very, very adorable doggie had managed to slash my favorite linen sheets. 

She felt no regret. She felt no remorse.

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So I decided it was time to look into eco-friendly and sustainable bedding options. The silver lining out of all of this is that I get to share all of my discoveries with you! 

Hopefully, the next time you need new sheets this guide will make it a little easier. 

If you're also in the market for a new mattress, mine is from the Futon Shop and I cannot recommend highly enough!! I LOVE them as a company and the product is brilliant. Read more about the organic and zero waste mattress I have. 

Here are a few of the certifications you'll see popping up down below and what they mean: 

CERTIFIED B CORP:

A Certified B Corporation is a company that has passed B Lab’s certification process. There are five significant conditions to a Certified B Corporation which are:

  • Accountability: Directors are mandated to consider the company’s impact on all shareholders

  • Transparency: Certified B Corporations must publish and make public a report of their social and environmental performance; this report is assessed by a neutral, third-party standard.

  • Performance: Corporations much attain a minimum score on the B Impact Assessment test & re-certify every two years

  • Availability: Any business can become a Certified B Corporation, no matter what type of business entity it is or in which country/state it is incorporated

  • Cost: Certification fees vary, based on revenues

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GOTS CERTIFIED:

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define globally recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labeling in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers should be able to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.

OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100:

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. Examples of articles that can be certified: raw and dyed/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, sewing threads or labels, ready-made articles of various types (garments of all types, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry products and much more). 

GREEN BUSINESS CERTIFICATION:

Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses. Green businesses adopt principles, policies and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, employees, communities, and the planet. The members of the Green Business Network are changing the way America does business.

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Grund:

Grund is the brand that I went with! I got a basic queen set in white. Grund sells bath mats, towels, rugs and blankets. 

After sleeping on linen for a while I really wanted to give classic sheets a try, but with out all of the nasty pesticides that go into growing conventional cotton.

It's a family run operation and they control the entire production process down to the yarn. The cotton they use is 100% GOTS certified organic, and Grund has gone the extra mile to be OEKO-TEX Standards & Green Business Certified. 

They are made from 100% Organic material, zero use of bleach, formaldehyde or any other toxic substances or dyes, and the sheets were shipped without any plastic which was awesome! 

I've slept on them for a couple of months now and I really like them. They remind me a lot of hotel sheets. They're cool and crisp. I've also been really impressed with the quality, I highly recommend. 

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Biome:

The last sheet set I had was from Biome. It was my first time sleeping on linen sheets and I really loved it. I was drawn to linen for a couple of reasons.

Linen is a very sustainable fabric and it's naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Since I deal with acne I really wanted to find a bedding that would aid in my skin care routine and it did.  

Linen is breathable and enhances comfort by keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. 

Biome is a zero waste, plastic free store that does the homework for you. Biome is a certified B Corporation. Any of the brands in the shop have to meet a strict criteria to be sold: 

  • Honesty in labelling.

  • Meets our strict standards.

  • Zero harm to people or animals.

  • Brands with passion and ethics.

  • Good from the maker to the end.

  • Performs better than unsafe alternatives.

They have organic cotton sheets, linen, and hemp. 

Holy Lamb Organics:

When ever I'm in the market for a new comforter, Holy Lamb Organics will be my first stop. They are a completely zero waste company. No waste - ever! 

I'm very impressed to their zero waste commitment and no plastic packaging policy.  Their company is rooted in permaculture philosophy and sustainability. 

They make mattresses, comforters, sheets, pillows, etc. My friend has one of their comforters and absolutely loves it. 

Their sheets are outsourced and made by another company, but their comforters are made in the U.S. by them. 

Holy Lamb Organics is 100% GOTS certified organic, OEKO-TEX Standards, and Green Business Certified among several others. 

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Coyuchi:

Coyuchi has you covered on a number of fronts from towels, duvets, shower curtains, table cloths, even bath robes! 

Something I find to be really intriguing is their rental option. You can rent sheets and towels for certain periods of time and then send them back to the company where they will take responsibility for recycling, upcycling, or renewing them, and then sending them on to a new life.

This whole process very much mimics corporate responsibility in a circular economy. Read this blog post for more information on what is a circular economy. 

Coyuchi is committed to minimally processed fibers and adhere to strict manufacturing processes such as GOTS and Fair Trade USA standards.

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Anchal: 

I fell in love with Anchal after writing my Eco-Friendly Dorm Room post. I picked out one of their throws or quilts for every profile in the post. 

I fell in love so much that I had to get one for my own bed. In orange... of course! They're soft, cozy, and I love the colors! This is from their collection made from vintage saris. 

Anchal is a non-profit 501c(3) social enterprise that addresses the exploitation of women around the world. Through their artisan program, Anchal provides alternative careers in textile design and production to exploited and marginalized women in India.

Anchal works directly with female commercial sex workers who are seeking a way out of the trade.

They have organic cotton quilts as well as their upcycled sari quilts. 

Other: 

I wanted to mention a few other places to pick up sustainable linens. Similar to my sustainable undies post, I talked in depth about the brands that I had personal experience with either first hand or through a good friend. 

But, I also want to mention several other brands I've heard of in case you'd like to do some more research. Let me know in the comments section if there's a brand you love that I've missed! 

Organic, Morning Skin Care Routine

I have had SUCH a tumultuous relationship with my skin. I've talked about it in depth on one of my DIY zero waste face mask posts. 

I experienced full blown cystic acne all over my face which later I found out was linked to hormonal issues. You can read more about my hormonal imbalance and the ways I'm working to rebalance them. 

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I've managed to get rid of 99% my cystic hormonal acne. Now, my struggles are all under the skin. It's all of these little tiny bumps that will just NOT go away. It makes my skin look very textured.

Last year, almost a year ago to the day, I went back home to visit Arkansas, and boy was it humid. Every single under-the-skin bump was surfacing due to the humidity.

I realized not only were my skin issues hormonal it also had to do with the weather! 

I originally thought the hard water in California was responsible for all of my under-the-skin bumps, and I'm sure that plays a part too... but I think the main problem is dry air vs. humid air. 

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If I lived in humidity now, my skin would be clear and smooth. Unfortunately, there's no way I'll ever be able to experience Arkansas humidity here, but a girl can dream. 

I'm also pretty positive 90% of the Bay Area would riot if Arkansas style humidity rolled into the bay... 

Anyways, I have tried a number of plastic free skin care routines that have been nice, but just haven't worked for me.

 In April of this year, I had my face examined by Marie Veronique and had products selected specifically for my problems. It’s a free service they offer just use the contact form on their website.

I was also given this book Acne Answer which helped me understand the nuance of skin care a little better. 

To be frank, the book is a bit hokey, but they delivered a lot of in depth scientific information in an easy to understand way. It definitely helped when it came to understanding acne especially adult acne a little better. 

I also found out that several of my problems were from internal inflammation which can't be healed from topical products on the skin.

To try and combat the problems I've been eating a diet high in good fats and reducing my gluten and legume intake. I've known that soy is a trigger for me, so I've completely cut all soy products. I've also known that caffeine is a trigger for me so I've cut out coffee and matcha. 

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I will occasionally have a cup of black tea, but try to stick to herbal. Every now and then I'll also treat myself to a matcha which doesn't affect my face as much as coffee, but coffee is a no-go right now. 

I'm working on a blog post all about how i quit coffee. I went from drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day to being almost completely caffeine free! 

My skin was looking really amazing about a month ago, and I decided to try a new product but it triggered a major breakout and my skin looks just like it did before starting the line…

But, at least, no I know what I need to do so I’m going back to strictly Marie Veronique.

Morning Skin Care Routine: 

  1. I start the morning off by rinsing my face with water

  2. I use the Balancing HypoTonic* which uses a blend of humectants to hydrate and prep the top skin layer for the serums. AHAs rebalance pH, pre/probiotics rebalance skin microbiome.

  3. Soothing B3 Serum* which calms inflammation, reduces redness/blotchiness.

  4. Barrier Restore Serum which Balances moisture levels and corrects inflammation, including acne, dermatitis and even aging.

  5. Treatment Oil which penetrates clogged pores, and breaks up congestion and calms inflammation.

  6. Finish with my fav tinted sunscreen* which I use as my foundation!

If you liked this post be sure to read more about eco friendly hair care and 10 organic makeup brands

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