Amy Lincoln Nowak

Amy Lincoln Nowak @lesswasted

https://m.youtube.com/user/msamylincoln

When you forget your #togo mug the least you can do is go #topless. Those pesky plastic tops are rarely recycled and do they really keep the heat in? How much plastic did you avoid today? Thanks @plasticfreemermaid for starting the #toplessforthesea campaign. If thinking about #boobs makes people waste less, I'm all about it. #iquitplastics #zerowaste #sustainable #oakland #coffee #recycle
Tiny #zerowaste win in #vegas, the land of single use shit. They ran outta wrist bands so we got stamps. Cus what even are those things made out of? Also, #drag brunch. Yes. #iquitplastics #lesswasted
#zerowaste road trip essentials. Headed to #Vegas this weekend (my biggest zero waste challenge yet?!?) gotta come prepared. #snack #iquitplastics #packagefree #desert #bringyourown #bulkisbeautiful
When I first started this project I was anxious to ask places to use my own containers. But sure enough, no one gives a fuck! It takes half a second of extra planning and it's so satisfying to avoid the unnecessary plastic. Try it. Side a cream cheese please. Thanks @beautysbagel. #zerowaste #bagel #iquitplastics #zerowastebreakfast #bringyourown #sustainable #oakland
I've been buying this @100percentpure #mascara for a couple years now, but only this week did I learn about their recycling program. Thanks @thewildminimalist !! If you bring back your empty products they will recycle them properly and give you a punch on this reward card. With enough punches you get some free shit!! Sign me up! I love the idea of companies taking responsibility for their customers waste. And yes, my mascara is made outta #chocolate πŸ«πŸ’πŸΌ #zerowaste #sustainable #vegan #veganbeauty #crueltyfree #iquitplastics #recycle #berkeley
3 years ago I bought recycled wooden boxes off Craigslist to use as planters. For like 20 bucks! By now, the bottoms have gone pretty rotten 😬But, it's still not time to say good bye. With a lil supplemental #pallet wood, I was able to make fresh boxes for the year. It's crazy to think about how much we can actually get out of resources if we put in a little extra work! This wood will live to see another day. And many more #tomatoes πŸ… 🌱 #usewhatyouhave #free99 #sustainable #reuse #recycle #diy #zerowaste #zerowastegarden #planter #greenthumb #oakland #california
Sometimes ya just wanna make it through the week without washing your hair. No? Just me? It's a #dryshampoo kinda day. But fuck #aerosol cans. Just grab some #bakingsoda and #arrowroot powder (cocoa if you've got darker hair) and have a powder party! You'll have clean-ish, floofy hair in no time! #zerowaste #zerowastebeauty #zerowastelife #diy #diybeauty #makeyourown #sustainable #sustainablebeauty #greenbeauty #whogonnacheckmeboo
Last week I was able to watch "Plastic China" at #sfgreenfest. And jeez. Did you know #china receives 10 million tons of plastic waste from developed countries each year? I did not. It is sent to plastic recycling workshops like the one Yi-Jie and her family live in. Unfortunately, there are no signs of health codes or regulations for these factories/homes, so we watch the family eat, sleep, breath and play in piles of our plastic waste. The movie was incredibly difficult to watch as you may imagine. But then again, no, I'm sure you can't actually imagine it. So I urge everyone to catch this film or at least research a bit about where your plastic waste ends up. We may pat ourselves on the back about separating and sorting our waste but that's not the end of it. Next time you buy a coffee or do a grocery shop consider the amount of packaging you are taking in and funneling through to workshops like Yi-Jie's. For me, it's been about 4 months since #iquitplastics and though at times it makes things more difficult, there are some things you can't un-learn. #plasticisforever #recyclingisntenough #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #goingzerowaste #saynotoplastic #refusethestraw #documentary #bringyourown #sustainable
Finally checked out @curbsidecreamery in oakland's "hipster alley". Vegan, cashew based ice cream βœ”οΈ compostable cups βœ”οΈ wooden spoonsβœ”οΈ it's a #zerowaste dream! Fuck single use plastics! #oakland #sustainable #icecream #succulents #cashews #iquitplastics
Been saving up my #coffee grounds and #eggshells for when I plant my #tomatoes next week. I'm no scientist, but I heard they're great sources of #calcium #nitrogen and #acid. They also keep the #slugs away like tiny little egg swords. #gardening #zerowaste #compost #greenthumb #nutrients #sustainable
Does anyone else find that when you try to #bringyourown people often do strange things to accommodate or make it easier for you? Like the bakery sticking the price sticker on a piece of parchment and not right on my tin. I guess they're trying to be considerate but now I've used this completely unnecessary piece of paper that I have to throw away! I've also had baristas say they'll pour something into a plastic cup and THEN into my mug...but why? Attempting #zerowaste really makes you think about the strange habits and comforts that exist in our world. Now I know for next time to catch the price sticker before it's stuck? #lesswasted #zerowastestruggles #iquitplastics #plasticfree #eco #wholefoods #cupcakes
Posted a new video about how much money you can save by shopping zero waste. Spoiler alert...it's a lot! Check it out- Link in my bio. #lesswasted #zerowaste #zerowasteshopping #iquitplastics #bulk #bringyourown #sustainable #berkeley #safeway #goldfish
My haul from a visit to @berkeleybowl today! Planning to shoot a video about price comparisons when it comes to packaged vs. bulk. Which do you think will be cheaper?? πŸ€” Stay tuned for the run down. Also, does anyone know if it's bad for cats to eat straight up flour?....asking for a friend. 😽 #lesswasted #zerowaste #bulkshopping #sustainableliving #masonjar #glass #sustainablepackaging #berkeley #beigefood #catsofinstagram
Did you know that lonely bananas often get tossed at the grocery store cus they're "undesirable"? It's pretty ridiculous when you think about it. I love that Monterey Market is selling these organic beauties at HALF the price to encourage sales AND reduce unnecessary food waste. Don't mind if I do! #buysinglebananas #lesswasted #zerowaste #foodwaste #berkeley #sustainableliving
Spotted at Machu Picchu Sanctuario: #zerowaste shower products!! I used to love taking the stuff from hotel bathrooms cus who doesn't like free shit? But now, I avoid them all together cus it's unnecessary waste. BYO products! But how clever are these guys. I assume they refill them from larger containers. And they look mad luxurious too. #lesswasted #iquitplastics #zerowastetravel #peru #machupicchu
After 2 weeks traveling in South America(and one more to go!) we've certainly made use of our @thegrayl filtering water bottle. Can't drink the tap water, so imagine how many plastic water bottles we would go through in that time (100?!) That's not the kinda thing I wanna leave behind. It's been hard and we've certainly confused people by refusing the bottles everywhere we go, but there's so much other waste involved in travel that we can't really avoid, this makes me feel a little better? #lesswasted #iquitplastics #filterwateranywhere #zerowaste #zerowastetravel #sustainabletravel #ecuador #peru #bolivia
The average American produces 4.3 pounds of waste per day! After 6 weeks in our house this bag weighs about 1.4 pounds. #itsastart #lesswasted #zerowaste #zerowasteoakland #iquitplastics #socanyou #trash
When was the last time you paid 52 cents for a jar of spice?? Buying spices in bulk is secretly wayyy cheaper AND you can control how much you buy. No more worrying about how you never use that full size Hungarian Paprika you bought that one time for a recipe....😬 #buyonlywhatyouneed #stickittotheman #zerowaste #iquitplastics #youcantoo #zerowasteberkeley #curry