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Michele

2019/12/28

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The Best Instagram Accounts Dedicated to Zero Waste Living

Have you decided to try zero waste living? Great!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or someone who’s got plenty of experience under her belt, it always helps to fulfill your mission knowing that you’re not alone in it.

Enter the zero waste community, particularly the zero waste practitioners who are openly sharing their sustainable-living journey on platforms like Instagram and blogs, where you can connect with them.

Finding them is easy; try using hashtags like #zerowaste, #goingzerowaste or #zerowasteliving to find Instagram accounts that are dedicated to zero waste.

Alternatively, you can just follow our favourite people on the list we’re about to share with you for your zero waste inspiration.

You’re welcome 😉

1. Kathryn Kellogg

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Kathryn had a breast cancer scare when she was in college, which got her thinking about what she put in her body. As a result, she started her blog on going zero waste and healthy living.

Kathryn is now one of National Geographic’s spokespeople for plastic-free living, and also the author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste.  

On her Instagram account, you’ll find tips on how to go zero waste and Kathryn’s real life struggles with going zero waste. You’ll also see educational posts about what you’re putting into your body, and how litter and plastic impact the earth.

A must-follow if you’re serious about going zero waste.

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HELP! Which outfit should I wear!? I’m headed to Crissy Field this afternoon to meet long-distance swimming LEGEND Ben Lecomte @thevortexswim as he completes his FINAL stretch of swimming through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch AKA The Plastic Vortex.⁠ ⁠ He swam (YES. SWAM!) 300 nautical miles from Hawaii to San Francisco documenting the plastic problem and collecting microplastic samples for research. ⁠ ⁠ And, I get to bring you LIVE coverage as he completes⁠ the final stretch under the Golden Gate Bridge today! I am SO, SO excited. 🤩 ⁠ If you have any questions for Ben leave them in a comment below and I'll try to get an answer for you!⁠ ⁠ The Vortex Swim was sponsored by @icebreakernz to shine awareness on the dangers of microplastics in our oceans. A study done by Plymouth University found that a single load of laundry can release up to 700,000 microplastic particles! ⁠ ⁠ Many of our clothes are made of plastic! Fabrics like acrylic and polyester shed plastic fibers so small they wind up in our oceans. ⁠ ⁠ The majority of @Icebreakernz's clothing is made from natural fibers that won't shed microplastics when washed, and they're working to completely remove synthetics and plastic from their manufacturing in⁠ both fabric composition and shipping!⁠ ⁠ I cannot wait to share Ben's story with you! I’ll be wearing the outfit that gets the most votes so don’t forget to vote, and to tune into my stories later today to learn more about this AMAZING feat. ❤️❤️⁠ ⁠ Wide-leg pants, t-shirt dress, and white tee kindly gifted from @icebreakernz.⁣⁠ #GoingZeroWaste #TeesforGood #MovetoNatural *SPONSORED*⠀⁠ .⁣⁠ .⁣⁠ .⁣⁠ .⁣⁠ .⁣⁠ #zerowaste #sf #sanfrancisco #ecofriendly⁠ #sustainability #sustainableliving #gogreen #lovetheearth #motherearth #ethicalfashion #savetheplanet #begreen #climatechange #environment #everydayisearthday #reducereuserecycle #zerowasteliving⁠ #eco#sustainablefashion #vortexswim #thegreatpacificgarbagepatch

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2. Jess with Less

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If you think going zero waste means being less fashionable, think again.

And you will when you see Jess’s Instagram feed.

Her minimalist way of dressing that calls for recycling the same few outfits is not only stylish, but makes you think twice about shopping for new clothes you don’t need: Seriously, does every #OOTD need new clothes? 

We’re pretty sure Jess would be shaking her head.

3. Anita Vandyke

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Need realistic hacks and advice on how to live a zero waste life?

Anita, author of A Zero Waste Life, is your to-go person.

She regularly posts tips about her daily zero waste rituals and hacks and provides both budgeting solutions for cutting out waste in your life.

Why budget? Because let’s be real: Going zero waste can sometimes cost more cash than not opting to go down that route, which is a shame.

4. Manuela Baron

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Manuela tries to live a zero waste, minimal and plant-based life, and it shows in her Instagram posts, where she encourages everyone to live a more sustainable lifestyle with her zero waste tips and observations.

The artwork and outfits she makes from is particularly impressive.

5. Heather White

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Heather is a mum with a family of four who strives to live intentionally, and this includes the foods she eats as well as the products she uses.

We’re particularly impressed with how she and her family grow their own food, which include figs, berries, herbs, okra and flowers, which she uses in her meals.

Heather’s Instagram posts also includes zero waste hacks, like using parchment paper to store shampoo bars, keep them from disintegrating into a soggy mess.

6. Megean Weldon

Megean from Kansas City is on a journey to make her lifestyle as zero waste as possible.

In her posts, she acknowledges that being zero waste is a constant effort, and that every little bit helps. Not surprisingly, she puts out posts that shares plenty of useful, real-life tips that are bound to help you make zero waste living a part of your life.

For more zero waste tips on Instagram, Megean is your girl.

7. Anne-Marie Bonneau

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Love to cook and want to do it in a purposeful, zero waste way without involving excess packaging and processed foods? Then you’ll love Anne-Marie, also known as @zerowastechef.

She shops at farmers markets to reduce chances of buying foods that have plastic packaging, then shares her recipes and food prepping tips food for the week ahead using these same ingredients.

Not only are her methods zero waste, they’re also healthier since she doesn’t use processed food.

Win-win for Mother Nature and you!

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Time to do the math! . Last week, I took the @natgeo Planet or Plastic pledge, saying I would continue to stop using a variety of single-use plastic items. NatGeo calculated that I would reduce my single-use plastic by 1,820 pieces every year. A friend of mine asked me where that number came from. I had pledged to continue to stop using 5 items per day x 7 days/week x 52 weeks = 1,820. I figured if I consumed plastic like the average consumer, that’s probably a conservative estimate of single-use items I’d go through in a year. . Then I thought I’d make some more calculations. I sewed my first plastic produce bags in 2011 and have used them religiously ever since. Let’s say I use six a week like you see here in this week’s farmers’ market haul (I actually use more because I buy certain bulk items in these bags also). That’s 6 x 52 weeks x 8 years = 2,496 plastic produce bags I’ve kept from the waste stream. I bought my first cloth shopping bags in 1988 (not a typo) and still have one of them! My shopping bags have likely reduced 5 bags/week x 52 weeks x 31 years = 8,060 bags out of the waste stream. . And I’m just one person. There are millions of us doing the same thing. We are literally helping to prevent millions and millions if not billions of plastic bags, bottles, straws, utensils, cups and lids from reaching the oceans where they harm wildlife and fragile ecosystems. . Our math class has ended! For your homework, please take the pledge to reduce your consumption of single-use plastic and then share your pledge on social media to inspire your peers to do the same. Awareness is key to addressing the plastic pollution crisis. Link in profile for the pledge. . #planetorplastic #sponsored #plasticfree #plasticpollution

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8. Bea Johnson

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CNN calls her the mother of the zero waste lifestyle movement, and for good reason: She’s been striving to live a zero waste lifestyle with her family for over 10 years now.

Thanks to her zero waste cred, it’s safe to say that Bea knows what she’s talking about.

She’s also the author of Zero Waste Home, in which she shares her tried and tested advice for simplifying your life to get rid of earth-clogging excess.

Needless to say, we consider it a must to follow Bea for her experienced and candid insights into zero waste living.

9. Daniel Silverstein

Daniel is a New York-based clothing designer and zero waste pioneer who’s on a mission to end waste in the fashion industry one of the biggest industries to contribute to our bursting landfills.

Daniel turns fashion scraps into new clothes, making it a popular practice in the process and helping us get a step closer to making fashion waste is a thing of the past.

Following Daniel is proof that just because you’re going zero waste, it doesn’t mean you have to be leave your love for fashion behind.

Planning to make zero waste habits a part of your daily routine? Start by ditching the plastic shopping bags and paper napkins in your life and swapping them with reusable ones. Make your own easily with our DIY bento bag and napkin tutorials here: