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The 5 R’s of Zero Waste

Zero Waste Lifestyle

Last Updated on January 23, 2024

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I am very excited to announce that I’ve finished working on a brief 14 page eBook all about the five R’s of zero waste. 

I’ve mentioned them in passing and have short descriptions on my About the Lingo page, but I really wanted to go in depth about what they mean and how you can implement them. 

I flirted with the idea of doing a blog post series, but thought it would be much more digestible in an eBook format. I’m pretty excited about this little project I’ve been working on. I really hope that you’ll check the book out. 

It’s not a super long book, but it puts it in a great format for each R. It’s a great place to start for beginners and a lot of the principles I talk about have their own blog posts like composting, easy swaps, and saying no

To get a copy of the eBook head on over to my Subscribe page and enter your email address. After you enter your email address, you’ll receive an email asking if you really want to subscribe. Once you agree, that you really meant it, you’ll receive a thank you email.

In the thank you email there will be a link to download the eBook.

If you are already subscribed to my weekly newsletter, go ahead and respond to the weekly email I send out. Ask, if you can get a copy and I’ll directly email it to you. 

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rot, Recycle

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My favorite R is tied between reduce and reuse. What’s your favorite R on the zero waste food chain? 

I like reduce because I feel like it’s the most zen, but on the other hand reuse has got those vintage vibes. I think vintage zen might perfectly describe my aesthetic. 😉 

I would love to get your thoughts on the little eBook, so please let me know what you think. 

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  1. Hi Kathryn!
    I would love to tell you a little bit about “my journey” before I get into the e-book. About a year and a half ago, I decided to take a step back from my ten year job as an export Supervisor in a shipping company, to see what else was out there, and graduated from a postgraduate course in Fashion buying & Merchandising from the London College of Fashion. When I stopped working, I decided for obvious reasons, to use up absolutely everything I had in my bathroom for years, and not purchase new versions. That is, all sorts of samples accumulated, a few make up bottles half used, eye shadows, body creams, etc. On the same journey, I decided to do a clear out of the clothes I truly didn’t wear any longer, and other girls could enjoy. Doing some research and found a fab app to sell my clothes, and the satisfaction of getting a notification from someone that loves your previously own dress It was such a warm feeling! On the same journey, I found an app that digitalises your wardrobe, which a massive success amongst my friends, to be able to see what you already have in your closet, and how to combine the pieces. This discovery went hand to hand with identifying what more clothes I wanted to either sell, or give away to my local charities. On the same journey, my super green friend Virginia, introduced me to the book “Gorgeously Green” and then I purchase “Do It Gorgeously” from the same author, I was actually tired of spending good money in expensive face cream, and lotions to big brands over the past years, and thanks to the book, I made the fabulous face cream in the book (I have been using already my own night beauty oil for about ten years now). On the same journey, my fashion course was very honest, and it made us understand the no so pretty side of things, however the hope how sourcing is evolving and changing. This, to an admitted shopaholic, who changed her wardrobe depending on season trends, was quite a shock, and I started to buy less and less clothes, and actually make a proper use of the gorgeous clothes I already have. The more I bought, the less I wanted to buy. On the same journey, I started to read Marie Kondo and the happiness after order. So even more clear out in the house.
    And through my friend Virginia I “met” you.
    I have just read your e-book, as clear and helpful as to how do I carry on with this “switch”. It dawn on me: I have finished up most of the items I set out to use in my bathroom about a year and a half ago, I have switch to a natural replacement on the ones I needed, and purchased much less in the past year and a half, and felt that “freedom” you talked about when getting rid of stuff.

    So I want to thank you, for your blog, the e-book, and your intentions.

  2. I’m already a suscriber and have been waiting to receive an email about your ebook, but have not received one. When did you send it? I actually resuscribed and that didn’t appear to work for me either. Anyway, excited to read it when I can! 🙂