Amy Lincoln Nowak

Amy Lincoln Nowak @lesswasted

Can anyone really be zero waste-d?
https://m.youtube.com/user/msamylincoln

No, no, no. There's something about this image of a tree "holding" a coffee cup that perfectly describes the state of the environment right now. Mother Earth shouldn't have to clean up our mess. Take some fucking responsibility for your own trash. ESPECIALLY if it's motherfuckin' styrofoam like this one. Better yet, don't use the styrofoam in the first place! It will literally never break down and though it may be labeled "recyclable", it's rarely accepted, because recycling companies can't resell it. And don't even get me started on the pollutants and toxic waste created while producing styrofoam. So ya, if you've got some trash, don't be a lazy shit bag, and please carry it to its proper bin. But, on your way to that bin, consider where it came from and where it will end up (forever). We can do better. #rant #styrofoam #trash #litterbug #climatechange #zerowaste #iquitplastics #eco #recycle
When you successfully order no straw and #bringyourown but they still give you a tiny plastic sword....πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ had a nice convo with the manager about #zerowaste and how he was hoping to rid the whole bar of #plastic straws. He told me I was "ahead of the movement". Little does he know. #iquitplastics #plasticfree #zerowastefail #zerowastelife #cocktail #eco #boston
Can't make it to the farmer's market this week so I'm feelin pretty lucky to have a store like Monterey Market. I can't sing their praises enough!! The most diverse selection of unpackaged produce, both organic and not at reasonable prices. C'mon now. And the owners are pretty awesome too. Support #local markets if you can. Also, tomatoes in cardboard boxes? #YAS #summer #produce #packagefree #iquitplastics #zerowaste #zerowastegroceries #groceryhaul #berkeley #eco #greenlife #plasticfreejuly
When your girlfriend insists you keep the fridge stocked with #pesto, nothing is better than homemade! Pesto is one of the easiest things to make completely #zerowaste. This #plasticfreejuly, challenge yourself: find something in the fridge that you purchase regularly and attempt to make it package free. #vegan #zerowastelife #zerowastecooking #iquitplastics #packagefree #reducewaste #bulkisbeautiful #greens #eco #oakland
When you order a used kettle off eBay to #reducewaste and they send it with a bunch a packing peanuts πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ still learning. #oops #zerowastefail #zerowaste #tea #coffee #oakland #iquitplastics #greenshipping #eco
When your girlfriend surprises you with the stainless steel ice cube tray you've been lusting after AND wider metal straws you can use to drink #boba. That's #romance πŸ’• Happy #plasticfreejuly everyone! Challenge yourselves to refuse a couple single use plastics this month and create new habits. #zerowaste #zerowastehome #iquitplastics #refusethestraw #sustainable #zerowasteoakland #ecofriendly #plasticisforever #reducewaste
Here's my #zerowaste grocery haul for the week! From my faves, Monterey Market and @berkeleybowl. Had to stock up on some pantry items like #chiaseeds, #nutritionalyeast and #hempseeds. Will never get over how much cheaper they are to buy in bulk. And as usual, some #lonelybananas. I use the little wire ties to train plants and hold up my πŸ… plant. Anyone else have a use for these things? #bulkisbeautiful #zerowastelife #groceryhaul #iquitplastics #vegan #fruit #veggies #pasta
Celebrated #worldoceansday by continuing to refuse single use plastics. With over 157 tons of plastic already floating around in the ocean I feel no need to contribute there. Imagine if everyone used a couple less coffee cups a month?? Less plastic, more fishes πŸ πŸ¦ˆπŸ‹πŸŸπŸ‘πŸ¦‘ #iquitplastics #zerowaste #zerowastelife #bringyourown #sustainable #toplessforthesea #oakland #almondmilk #latte #coffee #vegan @kleankanteen
Pipette and her #farmersmarket haul. Does anyone else have to hide strawberries from their #cat cus they think they're toys? Here's our #zerowaste produce shop for the week. *Always bring your πŸ“ baskets and egg cartons back to farmer for refilling-they'll love you. Shout out to Temescal farmers market! #zerowastelife #sustainable #local #oakland #bringyourown #fresh #fruit #greens #summer
When you're a BEAST at guesstimating bag to jar amounts. SO. SATIFYING. #spacialreasoning πŸ‘πŸ»Also, made that bulk bag out of an old tank. πŸ‘ŒπŸ»Tutorial link in bio. #zerowaste #zerowastelife #zerowastehome #goingzerowaste #zerowasteoakland #bulkisbeautiful #bulk #redlentils #sustainable #diy #sproutsfarmersmarket #iquitplastics #greenlife #vegan
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