Package Free - Lets Talk Trash

I recently took a trip to NYC to get some much needed "Me Time". One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Package Free, a Zero-Waste Store in Brooklyn. I describe the Zero Waste movement,  as an attempt reduce the waste you generate as much as possible and in turn promote a circular economy where less trash ends up in landfills and more items are re-used or composted.

I first heard about Package Free from a friend who tagged me in a post from Lauren of Trash is For Tossers. She makes living trash free look so easy. Seriously, there is no way you can leave her blog or Facebook Page without being inspired! An entire 5 years of trash in a mason jar?  I knew I just HAD to visit the store!

 

 

 

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First off, the entire area is amazing lined with thrift stores, tiny eateries and trendy shoppers. I took a short walk from a Thrift Store to Package Free and immediately knew I was home!

Greeted with a demand and call to action, they had me at: #GiveAShit

 

 

 #GiveAShit

#GiveAShit

Don't let the casual atmosphere fool you, the statement walls show Lauren & Daniel (co-owners of Package Free) mean business. Some how they have mastered the right combination of art, trend and info that invites every customer to Think Outside The Box, which isn't difficult when most of their products don't actually come in a box, and the ones that do are either compostable or Lauren & Daniel very kindly offer to dispose of for you!

 Think Outside The Box

Think Outside The Box

 

There were so many products to purchase, refillable soaps, deodorants, water bottles, compostable toothbrushes... I circled the store over and over! In the end I decided on Meow Meow Tweet's deodorant, some Organic green tea, refillable Dental Lace and a Zero Waste Daniel Shirt.

 

 

 Goodies!

Goodies!

Meow Meow Tweet's deodorant is 100% vegan, contains no baking soda or aluminum, rubs on easily and best of all leaves NO deodorant marks on clothing which is so important for those of us that love to go all monochrome with the clothing!

I also purchased refillable floss aka Dental Lace (because I was out) and a Zero Waste Daniel "ZWD" shirt made of scraps from the cutting room floor (#NotSoTrashy!). ZWD has though of everything, the shirt's tag doubles as a business card with all his contact details and is attached to the shirt using a hair tie.

I could've spend all day in there amongst the happy buzz and good vibe atmosphere but decided to snap a pic with Lauren & Daniel before heading out and grabbing some Black Coconut Ash Icecream from Morgenstern's.

 

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 Black Coconut Ash Icecream

Black Coconut Ash Icecream

Seriously, if you haven't checked out the Zero Waste Lifestyle, but want to show you #GiveAShit about the environment, follow Trash for Tossers and Zero Waste Daniel.

If you're Bermudian, and don't currently you should give a shit about the oceans, since, you know, we are an island and are surrounded by them. I picked up so much trash off Shelley Bay Beach beach last week, it was sad. Not only does it harm the oceans, little Reesey kept picking up the garbage and trying to put it in her mouth!

 Believe it or not, every little bit does help. Find some simple switches at packagefreeshop.com, shop SARRA K, don't take plastics to the beach, clean up after yourself. Whatever it is, do something and help contribute to cleaner, safer,  ocean and sustainable environment.

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