7 Ways to Reduce Waste When Packing & Moving

For many, this year has forced a decision to move homes—a need to downsize, a desire to escape from cities to the suburbs, or a yearning to move closer to family. As a newly minted college graduate, I recently decided to move out of my tiny Boston apar…

For many, this year has forced a decision to move homes—a need to downsize, a desire to escape from cities to the suburbs, or a yearning to move closer to family. As a newly minted college graduate, I recently decided to move out of my tiny Boston apartment back home to South Florida. It wasn’t until I actually began packing up that I realized I’ve never moved out of a fully stocked apartment before.

Standard practices of packing and moving have traditionally involved a slew of eco-unfriendly purchases. According to the EPA, paper and cardboard—trusty helpers during a move—were the largest component of municipal solid waste in 2017, while 69.9 percent of plastic containers and packaging in the same period were landfilled. Knowing what I did, one of my first questions to myself was: How can I make this move both efficient and more sustainable?

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7 Ways to Make Your Laundry Routine More Eco-Friendly

Our partner Dropps is reinventing cleaning for good, so we’re teaming up with them to share totally doable way you can make your laundry routine a bit more green. One of our top tips: Opt for an eco-conscious detergent, like their laundry detergent pod…

Our partner Dropps is reinventing cleaning for good, so we're teaming up with them to share totally doable way you can make your laundry routine a bit more green. One of our top tips: Opt for an eco-conscious detergent, like their laundry detergent pods, which are naturally formulated, free of unnecessary chemicals (like chlorine and phosphates), and safe for delicates.


For a lot of people (myself included), more time spent at home this year has also meant more time spent cleaning. All of a sudden, the whole family is eating three meals a day in the kitchen and I’m going through dishwasher detergent pods (like these citrus-scented ones from Dropps) nonstop.

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Our Home Editor Is Making Her New Kitchen More Sustainable—Here’s How

We’ve partnered with Lifestraw to share totally doable ways to make your home more sustainable. Here, Senior Editor Arati Menon highlights six simple ways she’s preventing waste in her new kitchen space.

Just like my family’s kitchen in my childhood…

We’ve partnered with Lifestraw to share totally doable ways to make your home more sustainable. Here, Senior Editor Arati Menon highlights six simple ways she’s preventing waste in her new kitchen space.


Just like my family's kitchen in my childhood, my kitchen now is the beating heart of my home, fostering all the joy that comes from the eating and togetherness that occurs around food. As an adult, I've also become increasingly aware of the role of my kitchen in consuming material resources and producing waste. Between the shopping, meal prep, cooking, and cleaning, there’s a lot that’s either lost or wasted in there.

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A Simple French Tradition for Ditching Paper Napkins

Wave hello to the brand-new Five Two Everyday Napkins!

Five Two director Kristina Wasserman was struck by inspiration for these cotton beauties in none other than…you guessed it, France. While in the French town of Cholet—historically, a center for …

Wave hello to the brand-new Five Two Everyday Napkins!

Five Two director Kristina Wasserman was struck by inspiration for these cotton beauties in none other than...you guessed it, France. While in the French town of Cholet—historically, a center for textiles, dish towels, and napkins—she came upon an interesting dining tradition. "Members of a family each had their own cloth napkin assigned to them for meals through the day, or even across a few days," she says. Well, she brought the idea home, and soon began developing, along with our community, the latest in Five Two's line of eco-friendly home goods.

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The Material of Your Sponge Matters More Than You Think

You likely already know that your sponge is a reservoir of all sorts of contamination, and that letting one linger for too long by the kitchen sink can do more harm than good. If you’re like many, you’ve found a solution in tossing your sponges on a re…

You likely already know that your sponge is a reservoir of all sorts of contamination, and that letting one linger for too long by the kitchen sink can do more harm than good. If you’re like many, you’ve found a solution in tossing your sponges on a regular basis—even as often as once a week. Alternately, you may be sanitizing them with visits to the microwave, and parting ways every month or two.

If you’re like most, you probably haven’t taken the time to consider the material of your sponge, because let’s be honest—it’s a sponge. But the reality is that regularly disposing of synthetic sponges can do a real number on the environment, clogging landfills, even releasing harmful chemicals. Of course, this goes for any kitchen product, but there are few we replace as frequently as that less-than-trusty sponge.

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21 Ways We’re Creatively Repurposing What We Have

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


One week into the lockdown in New York City, my husband and I moved apartments. To say that it was stressful is just hindsight being kind—but it's a story best saved for another day.

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It’s Earth Day, Let’s Celebrate.

Today’s the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! To celebrate, we wanted to let you know how we’re making eco-friendlier choices all around. Now that we’re spending more time at home, our daily habits look a little different—cooking more, ordering out less, …

Today's the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! To celebrate, we wanted to let you know how we're making eco-friendlier choices all around. Now that we’re spending more time at home, our daily habits look a little different—cooking more, ordering out less, trying to keep waste to a minimum. But we're going further, too:

10 Household Products You Never Knew You Could Recycle

Because of our respective interests (and absolute pet peeves), my roommate aka partner and I have fallen, mostly comfortably, into our respective jobs: I cook. He washes the dishes. I scrub and tidy things. He takes out the trash and recycling—which ne…

Because of our respective interests (and absolute pet peeves), my roommate aka partner and I have fallen, mostly comfortably, into our respective jobs: I cook. He washes the dishes. I scrub and tidy things. He takes out the trash and recycling—which necessarily also means sorting our trash and recycling.

“I’m happy you’re doing this story,” he said to me the other day, mid-sort. “You have no system.”

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11 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tools Your Home Will Thank You For

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Like most people, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and disinfecting lately (yes, there’s a difference between the two). Aside from copious handwashing, the daily routine in my household now involves wiping down phone screens, laptop keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, and car steering wheels on a regular basis. We also disinfect any packages, grocery cart handlebars, and, on occasion, even the bottom of our shoes.

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The Do-Anything, Umami-Packed Oil You’re Probably Throwing Away

Look, we get it. The world is divided over how they like their sun-dried tomatoes—dehydrated or oil-packed.

Turns out our team is also split down the middle. Senior Editor Eric Kim, for instance, prefers them dry. “I love rehydrating them myself in a …

Look, we get it. The world is divided over how they like their sun-dried tomatoes—dehydrated or oil-packed.

Turns out our team is also split down the middle. Senior Editor Eric Kim, for instance, prefers them dry. “I love rehydrating them myself in a broth or pasta," he tells me, "or just eating them like candy."

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