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GOING ZERO WASTE with Celia Ristow of Litterless: WHERE DO I START & HOW CAN I HELP?

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Happy Monday but more importantly, Happy Earth Day! We’ve had this special post in the works for a bit and today is the perfect day to share. But to be honest, ourselves, many of you and others alike think about Mother Earth every day. If you’re not someone who currently pays homage to our planet, but is interested in learning more, read on! I also share the small but impactful choices we make in our home for our environment. We hope you enjoy this post.

Caring about our Earth is extremely important. And you may have heard this before: recycling is helpful but not enough. Reusable bags are a good start but have you thought about ditching those thin plastic bags when you collect your produce? How can we make an impact in our everyday lives? Insert the zero-waste movement.

You many have thought about breaking out your mason jars and join the mission to reduce landfill waste but “the word “zero” can feel so intimidating,” says Celia Ristow, the zero waste expert (we think!) behind one of my favorite blogs, Litterless. So first, “zero” is almost impossible in a culture that thrives on convenience and single-use products so when we say, “zero waste” here in this post, we’re really talking more like low waste. Participating in the movement means doing whatever we can do minimize your trash and recycling on a daily basis. We can be more conscious of the lifecycle of the things that we pick up, purchase and consume.

You can go deeper about What is zero waste here.

Living a more sustainable lifestyle can take many different forms and you can “practice” along a broad spectrum. The shift can feel daunting or maybe you don’t know where to start. The truth is that you can start today by making small, thoughtful, conscious choices and investments that will make a big impact.

I asked Celia how she thinks about this choice, the best way to get started, and how to maintain it.

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Celia Ristow, Litterless

At what point did you realize you wanted to make the lifestyle change towards zero-waste and why?

I first learned about zero-waste when I was in college; it resonated with me as a way to take my environmentalism further, beyond just signing petitions and attending marches. At the time, I was living in a dorm room and eating in the cafeteria, and so starting a journey toward zero-waste seemed out of my reach, as so many of my daily choices were being made for me. But when I graduated, suddenly I was making all of these choices for the first time: how to clean my house, how to grocery shop, how to develop a cooking routine. To me, it made sense to try to make those choices zero waste from the very beginning.

How does going zero-waste impact your lifestyle?

It’s such a cliché, but in a busy world, we’re always trying to simplify our home and routines to spend less time shopping, cleaning, and cooking, and more time riding our bikes, taking evening walks, and reading in bed. 

Zero-waste has reduced many of our chores and inputs. We never have to go to the store for tissues / paper towels / Ziploc bags / trash bags. We don’t need to keep eight different types of household cleaners under our sink; two different homemade sprays work for everything we need. Instead of having to replace plastic razors frequently, we bought a big box of safety razor replacement blades that will probably last us for the next five years, if not more. It may seem hard to believe, but to us practicing zero-waste is easier and less time-consuming than how we used to live.

What's the biggest misconception about going “zero-waste”?

The word “zero” can feel so intimidating. I try to refer to it as “low-waste” or “zero-ish waste.” Nobody can really get to zero - I sure don’t, and zero-waste is my job! I think of “zero-waste” as less of a literal phrase and more of a guiding principle. If you’re trying, if you’re making any changes at all, then to me you’re participating in the movement.

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What are three ways to start the lifestyle change at home?

When you start composting, you’ll immediately notice your trash output plummet. I also recommend printing your city’s recycling guidelines and taping them up in your kitchen or above your recycling bin, to help make sure you’re not “wishcycling” - throwing non-recyclable items in the recycling bin out of purely wishful thinking. Doing so clogs up recycling machines and makes the whole system less efficient.

Once you’ve got your compost and recycling system in place, I think it makes sense to start by swapping out the next item you run out of for its lower-waste alternative. Used up your cotton rounds in the bathroom? Instead of buying a new pack of disposable ones wrapped in plastic, spend the money on a stack of washable cloth cotton rounds instead. Out of olive oil? See if a local grocery store or food co-op sells it in bulk instead of buying it in a new glass or plastic bottle.

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What are your three recommended zero waste products/tools/hacks for someone just getting starting?

  1. CLOTH NAPKINS! It’s so easy to make the jump from paper to cloth napkins, and cloth is much lovelier. I like to let my Everyday Co. napkins get rumpled and stained rather than making a Sisyphean effort to keep them pristine.

  2. BYO THERMOS. Paper cups aren’t typically recyclable; they’re lined with plastic to make them waterproof, and recycling machines can’t separate the two materials. But it’s easy to keep those cups out of the landfill: drink your coffee at home, grab it to-go in a reusable thermos, or drink it at the coffee shop in a mug “for here.”

  3. INVEST IN TWO SHEETS OF BEE’S WRAP. It’s a reusable fabric food wrap that’s coated in beeswax, and it replaces plastic wrap, which isn’t recyclable. A sheet will last you six months to a year, and you can wash it gently by hand with a bit of dish soap to use it again and again.

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Litterless

What are some unconventional ways to practice zero-waste?

Lately, I’ve been working on decreasing the amount of food I waste, before it even hits the compost bin. This is made even more fun with friends! Get together for a canning party, offer your neighbors your extra produce before you leave for vacation, or swap some of your garden bounty for a friend’s. Zero-waste is better with community, and food is an easy way to start building those easy, back-and-forth swapping and sharing relationships.

ALSO, CHECK OUT 1. how Celia gift wraps and 2. how you can repurpose our Dinner Napkins as Furoshikis!

How do you maintain the zero-waste mentality?

The way I think about going zero-waste is that I try to stay as low-waste as possible while also staying as happy and healthy as possible. We live in a society built on convenience and throwaway, which makes achieving absolute zero impossible when it comes to waste. I don’t stress about times when I do have to make trash - instead, I focus on building small habits that make staying zero-waste most of the time automatic. And then when I’m traveling, at a friend’s party, or moving to a new apartment and waste feels inevitable, I try to let it go rather than feeling guilty. I want to be mostly zero-waste for the rest of my life, not perfectly zero-waste for the next month before giving up on it entirely. Developing an attitude of grace and flexibility has been, for me, essential.

Thank you so much, Celia!

He’re what we do in our home:

  1. We stopped buying paper towels. We have designated older rags and dish towels that we use for cleaning up spills. Many who visit us are surprised by this when they are looking for paper towels (cleaning lady especially) but I just refuse.

  2. We started getting our food scraps picked up by City Compost who will pick up our food waste and turn it into usable soil. Look for a local compost co. to pick up your food scraps.

  3. We use our Everyday cloth napkins every day for not only meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) but snacks, cleaning an apples, on-the-go, and teaching Nikko & Paloma to be kinder to our Earth (Bonus!).

  4. We use canteens for drinking water on the go. I especially like my Corkcicle Tumbler which I use with their metal straw.

  5. We bring canvas totes to the grocery store and try not to use the plastic bags in the produce section.

  6. We also opt out of the shopping/handle bag when we purchase things at stores.

  7. We refill our detergents, hand soaps, dish soaps and other liquids that we can purchase in bulk. We also buy unwrapped soap (popular at Wholefoods) when we can.

  8. We’re mindful of the energy we use in our home. We limit our use of heat, ac, and use the windows a lot for fresh air. Our Nest Thermostat report and Temperature Sensors are helpful to understand how much we are using and saving. We also wash more dishes by hand vs. running the dish washer and we only do full loads of laundry never small ones.

  9. We donate a lot: clothes, toys, shoes, etc. Donating not only helps people who are in need but also cut down on consumption of new goods.

  10. I’ve been shopping more frequently at second hand stores for seasonal things like cold-weather gear for the kids. Again, no need to buy new (and all the freight, energy, resources associated with buying new) for something that the kids will only wear for a single season! Win, win!

It may not be much but it’s a start and I’m inspired to do more. Here are some other ways you can do your part.

WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO ZERO WASTE?

Share your next steps, goals and ideas in our comments below!

*Non of the brand names mentioned above are sponsored or endorsed.

Our First Podcast with Influencer Girl Lifestyle Podcast

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Like many of you, I enjoy listening to Podcasts especially while working in the studio. There are thousands out there but I’ve found that I stick with the ones that share a wide range of perspectives, thoughts, stories of success and failure. They keep me motivated, inspired, and updated on current events. ‘How I Built This’ is one of my favorites, but my podcast of choice right now is ‘The Dave Chang Show’ hosted by Momofuku and Netflix’s ‘Ugly Delicious’ creator Dave Chang. Dave is interesting, honest, a great story teller (the kind that makes you feel like you’re the only one in the room with him) and well, Asian. So, I feel like I can relate to some of the things he discusses about Asian upbringing and culture. In his podcast, he interviews a wide range of personalities and perspectives that are all raw, provoking and inspiring. Check it out.

Well earlier this Summer I got invited to share our story on Monica Woodman’s, founder of Confessions Media, ‘Influencer Girl Lifestyle Podcast’. Monica shares the stories of influential women and entrepreneurs so I was super flatter to be invited. We chatted about how we got started, my favorite products, and the most innovative aspect of our business. Warning: my public speaking weak point is “…um”s. But I’ll say this: If I can inspire someone out there the way these Podcasts have inspired me, I’m glad I had my first experience. And I had a lot of fun doing it! Thank you, Monica!

Without further ado, check out my first podcast interview here and enjoy a 20% discount just for listening and being a fan! Discount code revealed at the end of the episode.

Exclusive Napkin Sets with Oh Joy!

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Oh, yes! We're with Oh Joy!

We are so so excited to share that we have four exclusive napkins sets with the new Oh Joy! shop! Blogger and entrepreneur, Joy Cho (with product in Target and collaborations with Band-aid, Calpak, Maptote, and many more design focused brands—no biggie!), has designed 4 simple, fun, colorful Everyday napkin sets with our fabrics and edge colors—two Signature napkins sets and two Dinner napkins sets.

Excited? We are! Perfect for Summer entertaining with friends, family, or a simple dinner al fresco after a hard days work! 

... please meet Joy!

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Joy's LA-based team has launched all four exclusive napkin sets in our white linen and classic Navy Windowpane linen! Shop them here!

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EXCLUSIVE OH JOY DINNER SETS

WINDOWPANE DINNER SET   | CLICK TO SHOP

WINDOWPANE DINNER SET  | CLICK TO SHOP

LUXE WHITE DINNER SET  | CLICK TO SHOP

LUXE WHITE DINNER SET | CLICK TO SHOP

A big thank you to Joy, Nicole and the entire Oh Joy team for being fans and bringing our linen goods into the new Oh Joy shop. Together we can build a more beautiful, less wasteful home.

xo

NEW LINENS inspired by Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

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Violet.

I'll be honest, purple hasn't ever been a favorite color of mine. Well, until recently. I'm seeing it everywhere. Not only is it on the runway but it's showing up on walls, in bedding, in recipes and in your kitchen—and we hope ours do too! How pretty are those Pergot Salt & Pepper shakers and that Carole Hannah gown? I have to say, purple growing on me. With just the right shade of light, bright lilac or dusty purples you can fit the Pantone of the year into your wardrobe (maybe?) and home.

We've truly been inspired and finished a few of our favorite fabrics and styles in our very own shades of violet. Take a look at what we've put together and we hope they find their way into your home or life in a beautiful way!

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SHOP THE NEW COLLECTION

NAVY WINDOWPANE Linen DINNER Napkins in ORCHID

BLUE YARN-DYED SIGNATURE NAPKINs IN ORCHID

Camo Linen Signature napkins in Lilac

18" LAVENDER LINEN HAND TOWEL

We're Hiring!

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Hello! We're looking to grow our small but mighty and passionate team here at The Everyday Co.

When I built this company three years ago, I knew I always wanted to keep production in-house for as long as I could help it. No factories. Made locally. We work hard and are extremely precise, but having production happen right here in our studio allows us to make product that we are proud of and can stay by. Every detail is accounted for. From our Signature Napkin to our beautiful Throw Pillows and custom Wedding Invitations, the variety keeps us on our toes. Everything we make shows our handmade process and becomes a part of someone's less-wasteful home.

We are aggressively looking for a hard-working, talented and passionate, part-time production sewer to join our team starting this May/June.

Please review the job description below. You can apply below or email kathryn@theeveryday.co if you think you have what it takes to join a small business. If you are contacted for an interview, please bring sample garments, quilts, and projects that exemplify your craft, skill set, and style.

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WHO WE ARE

The Everyday Co. is a small-batch, cloth-goods company based upon the idea of simple living. Each of our products is meant to be used and loved every day. Our current line-up includes: napkins, hand towels, zippered throw pillows, coasters, monogrammed handkerchiefs, and baby burpies. Each product is made from linen and cotton fabrics, and cut, sewn, and finished by hand in our small studio. 

WE’RE LOOKING FOR...

Intermediate to Advanced Stitcher/Sewer
Part-time (2-3 days a week) in our studio
Start: May/June 2018

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JOB EXPECTATIONS & Responsibilities

Production

  • Follow construction specifications outlined in our Standards Handbook 
  • Wash and iron fabric yardage, and cut on grain into standard sizes for our various products.
  • Create a variety of cloth products using both a serger and a standard sewing machine. 
  • Hand finish products with consistency (will be taught)
  • Finish projects and meet deadlines on time, including rush projects for partners and publications
  • Strong attention to detail, including ability to recognize inconsistent stitching or poor thread tension and cut fabrics on grain.
  • Hand embroider custom products, including handkerchiefs and baby burpies
  • Quality control

Inventory

  • Manage product inventory, including updating our online store, maintaining stock minimums, and reporting when stock is low
  • Do monthly inventory check of our fabrics and report yardage amounts remaining on the bolts.
  • Collaborate with our Creative Director to prototype new products

FULFILL Orders

  • Process, package, ship, and complete orders from our website and partners

Studio

  •  Maintain an organized and clean studio
  • Organize and monitor studio and shipping supplies, and reorder when necessary
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Qualifications & skillset

TECHNICAL

  • Passionate, enthusiastic, consistent in quality
  • Strong machine sewing and serger skills including, but not limited, to:
  • How to thread, operate, and troubleshoot a standard sewing machine (straight and zig zag stitch)
  • How to thread, operate, and troubleshoot a serger (preferred, but can train the right person)
  • Learn to adjust thread tension for individual products, based on fabric type and thread being used
  • How to wind a bobbin; sew/install a zipper
  • General knowledge of fabrics, including linen, cotton, double gauze, and more.
  • Basic knowledge of hand embroidery for handkerchiefs and special projects, including split stitch and backstitch.
  • Able to perform repetitive tasks with consistency

FIT

  • Inspired to contribute new ideas and make our products better
  • Follows color trends
  • Pulse on lifestyle, home decor, and interior trends
  • Some knowledge of our brand, history, and mission
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Works well with a small team; flexible; hands-on
  • Self-motivated with strong problem-solving skills
  • Punctual; reliable

DETAILS & NOTES

Off I-93 South in Dorchester, about 15 mins from downtown Boston and within walking distance of the MBTA Red Line (Fields Corner) with plenty of available free street parking

If contacted for an interview, please bring samples of your sewing which demonstrate your craftsmanship and skill. 

Compensation: hourly plus studio privileges and perks

The hired candidate will under go training with lead stitcher and owner.

Scroll down to apply.

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APPLY BY EMAIL OR APPLY HERE...

We will contact you if we'd like to speak with you further. If you are contacted for an interview, be prepared to bring samples of your sewing which best demonstrate your craftsmanship and skill. Thank you!

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Beautiful photography by Lindsay Hite

Join Us for A Wedding Affair this Saturday

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Please join us Saturday for a special event I'm co-hosting with Angela Liguori of Studio Carta!

We're creating a styled wedding event with some of our favorite creatives to help inspire you from the bridal shower to the details of the big day. Browse their collections, shop new products and services, and get inspired with a few styled vignettes we're going to put together on the fly that you can snap, shop, and take with you.

Did I mention cake too? You won't want to miss it. It's free and we just want to share, embrace, and celebrate our small community of creatives right here in Boston.

Scroll down for vendors. xx

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Gabby, Gabriella Riggieri | photographer

Roberta, The Romanticist | details + props

Kathryn, The Everyday Co. | linens, handkerchiefs, linen invitations

Katelyn, Rose Paperie | albums

Shaneligh, August & Osceola | invitations & stamps

Angela, Studio Carta | ribbon, accessories

Gayoung, Soul Cake | cake, sweets

Orly, Orly Khon Floral | florals, centerpiece

Our Less is More Holiday Gift Guide

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GIVE MORE BY GIVING LESS. AND PERHAPS INSPIRE A HABIT SHIFT. choosing more wisely.

Gift giving any time of the year can be challenging, never mind the pressure of the holidays and the never-ending sales and promotions overflowing your inbox. There is a lot of noise out there and sometimes it's difficult to find or know where the goods stuff lies. And by good, I mean meaningful. In previous years, I use to always go overboard. I showered everyone close to me with an unnecessary amount of gifts. I thought more gifts meant more thought and more thought = more love. But it didn't take me very long to shift gears and appreciate the gesture behind one really thoughtful, more meaningful gift.

And a lot of times those deals and sales influence what we buy, but what matters most is that you do want it to be thoughtful, something they might not already have, and maybe handmade or local (bonus!). When I opened our first Holiday Pop-up at The Innovation & Design Building in Boston's Seaport district in early November, I aimed to bring in product that was all of the above and more. Keeping our goods the focus, I wanted everything around it to feel complimentary not only in look and feel but where they came from, who made them and how they would be used. Whether it be our Keap candles from Brooklyn that support the distribution of solar lamps (available in-shop only and made with coconut wax for a slower, cleaner burn) or our Mulxiply felted animals handmade by indigenous fairtrade artisans in Nepal . . . or our new Waxed Canvas Lunch Bags that encourage the use of less plastic and paper, you won't have to think twice about a gift from our shop. 

So if you want to give less, but a lot more meaningful (perhaps functional, sustainable and beautiful too), our 2017 gift resource is below. Not to mention everything here is handmade in small batches (because that's just how makers work). I stand by all of these goods and by discovering something here for that last person on your list, you support a small (but mighty) business too.

So the deal here, less is always more.

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Encourage bringing lunch and the use of less plastic and paper
Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag 3 Colors: Camel, Navy, Chartreuse $24

Stop with the paper napkins and give a set of Everyday Signature Napkins
Blue Yarn-Dyed with Moss starting at $8.50ea

Handmade by indigenous fairtrade artisan in Nepal, Mulxiply Felted Animals provide opportunity and interrupt poverty. Babies $20–$24; Large $36–$42

4 Traditional napkins are cumbersome, use a lot of material.
Our  Gold Windowpane Dinner Napkins are great for everyday use, not just holidays. Set of 4 $56

5 Sometimes that oversixed cutting board just isn't necessary, not to mention where does it get stored?  Maple Hexagon Serving Board $38

6 Our handtowels are found in kitchens and bathrooms with our brightly-colored hooks.  Green Chambray Hand Towel with Navy Hook $20 (more styles and scents available at our pop-up shop)

7 Customize and keep close to your heart. Carry with you and use often.  Custom Handkerchiefs

8 Not just decorative but functional. Unzip our exposed brass zipper and toss in the wash when necessary! 24" Throw Pillow $148 down/feather insert included

9 Preservative-free and made with 100% soy wax derived from American-grown soy beans for an eco-friendly, clean burn . . . And lead-free cotton core wicks primed with vegetable based wax, essential oils, and phthalate-free perfume oils. Brooklyn Candle Studio Gold Travel Candle Scents: Sweet Fig, Fern + Moss, Japanese Citrus,Tobacco $14 (more styles and scents available at our pop-up shop)

10 Doubles as a cutting board, serving board, and small plate.  Red Oak Serving Board with Handle $22; with wood conditioner $27

+ Bonus! Don't forget about your little furry friend. Handmade by self-taught ceramicist in Portland, Oregon.  Sandbox Ceramics Pet Bowl $30 (mugs and ramekins available at our pop-up shop)

HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP REMINDER: OUR FINAL HOURS ARE NEXT WEEK

Monday, Dec 18   10–4p
Tuesday, Dec 19   10–7p open late!
Wednesday, Dec 20   10–4p
Thursday, Dec 21   10–4p our last day!

The Improper Bostonian Holiday Gift Guide by Sarah Hagman

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Our new Windowpane Linen Throw Pillow gets cozy with The Improper Bostonian's 12 Days of Giving!

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Grab your free copy of The Improper and flip right to page 41 for the full holiday gift guide with thoughtful finds from our friends: Boston General Store, Hudson, Flock, SAULT, Olives & Grace, Follain, Neatly Nested, Jeremy Ogusky, Paper Mouse, Salt & Grove, and December Thieves—now that's a local gift guide that will not steer you wrong!

Thank you Improper Bostonian for this surprise feature along side of our favorite local shops, thoughtful gifts, and handmade goods for this giving season!