My Zero Waste Shopping Kit

As many of you know, a few months ago A and I took a big leap and moved to Austin, Texas from Columbus, Ohio. We knew one person here, and had no real idea what we were getting ourselves into….mostly we were just eternal summer children chasing the sun. Truth be told, I think moving here was the second best decision of my entire life (next to marrying A…cue cheesy “awww’s”). Austin is the most unique place I have ever lived (and that includes Santa Cruz, San Francisco AND New York) because it is filled with a plethora of interesting…

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D.I.Y. Your Own Recycling Station

When it comes to recycling, I can be a bit of a control freak. Like yelling at strangers in public to pick up their recyclables kind of control freak….it is seriously bad. I don’t know, I just can’t just handle the fact that people are too lazy to do one little thing that takes two seconds, when the impacts are so serious. I am however, a little more lenient in my understanding of why people fail to recycle complicated things such as light bulbs and ink cartridges. Now I am by no means saying that recycling those items is not…

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Change One Thing // Show the Bees Some Love

Image via Hello friends and happy Friyay!!! Whoo-hoo we made it (why is it that short work weeks sometimes feel the longest?)! This week has been absolutely nuts for me, but equally awesome! I got to participate in a letter writing campaign for Planned Parenthood, a tree planting with Keep Austin Beautiful, and I got to do some awesome environmental grant research for the National Wildlife Federation. Plus we have so many exciting things happening right here at Something Swell Media, but we will get to those later (seeecretsss *insert winky face emoji here*). Anyways, today we are talking about…

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16 Vegan Pantry Staples

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful President’s Day weekend, we had a great time here in Austin. It was our first day to reach over 90 in 2017 and it was stunning. We spent this weekend doing a tree planting with Keep Austin Beautiful, catching a show at Independence Brewing, and eating some incredible vegan grilled “cheese” sandwiches at Bouldin Creek Cafe. It was magical. Anyways, back to work right? Today we are talking about the vegan staples everyone aspiring to be vegan should keep in their pantry! A few months ago I watched the documentary Food Inc.…

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Change One Thing // Cancel Your Junkmail

Image via OK, real talk time. Show of hands, who else is so incredibly sick of getting a thousand credit card offers, loan pre-approvals, and random take out menus in their mailbox everyday? Well, I cannot see your hands, but I am guessing that everyone else is over it too. Not only is junk mail a total nuisance to receive, it is also incredibly wasteful.  According to www.41pounds.org, the average person receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year! Additionally, to produce and process 4 million tons of junk mail a year over 100 million trees are destroyed, not to…

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