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Kathryn Kellogg, the founder of Going Zero Waste, spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic, and forthcoming author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste.

Amour Vert has partnered with Kathryn to host store events and speak at  the Amour Vert headquarters to share pointers on sustainable living.

Today, Kathryn shares a few small, actionable tips to make the world a greener place 

On going zero waste

I kept all of my trash for two years in a 16 oz mason jar to go "zero-waste." 

I  did it to be aware of the kind of trash I was creating and the trash that’s unavoidable. We don’t live in a perfect zero waste world, so it’s impossible not to create some trash.

For me, going 95% zero waste took no time at all, but that last 5% was incredibly time-consuming. It was a lot of tedious things that I had to keep doing every. Single. Week. It wasn’t worth it.

I have now decided to use the time I was using to do those more tedious tasks and work towards systematic changes instead. I'm focusing that energy on emailing companies, volunteering with my local government, and hosting clean-ups.

Practical tips to live a more sustainable lifestyle

1. Say no to straws. If you need straws opt for a reusable one.

2. Ditch plastic water bottles. If you have access to safe, clean drinking water get a reusable water bottle. If you don't like the taste, get a filter!

3. Bring your own bags to the store. If you tend to forget, get a couple that folds up really small and attaches to your key ring. 

4. Avoid coffee cups which are actually lined with plastic and unrecyclable in most places. The lids aren't recyclable either.

Sustainable fashion 

I’m starting a project called "The Wardrobe Project," where I really examine what belongs in a closet. I’m examining the science behind dressing, looking, and feeling good to see if that can be replicated.

I always look for natural fibers. I actively avoid synthetics like polyester and acrylic which shed micro-plastics every time they’re washed in the washing machine. I also prioritize sustainable textiles, and ethical production erring on the side of made in the USA.  

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