When I started dehydrating food, one of the main benefits for me — as a single household — was the opportunity to avoid waste. How many times has my enthusiasm over finding a great price on local produce led me to purchase more than I could use before it spoiled? More times than I care to admit. So now, in addition to freezing and canning when the beets or tomatoes are ripening faster than I can eat them, I dehydrate some of the food to keep it for a later date but not take up much space.
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When people hear of the conservationist lifestyle, it sounds idealistic and undesirable—a life spent sacrificing conveniences and laboring over smelly compost. Not quite so, according to stylish lifestyle expert, social influencer, and qualified rocket scientist Anita Vandyke, whose popular Instagram (@Rocket_Science) documenting her hip, conservationist lifestyle has amassed more than 82,000 followers, and who is the author of the upcoming, much anticipated, beautifully illustrated, and highly readable guidebook: A Zero Waste Life in Thirty Days (Apollo Publishers; April 22, 2020; Paperback: $17.99/ISBN: 978-1-9480-6260-2).
A Zero Waste Life in Thirty Days makes it easy—even convenient, fun, and envy producing!—to become a conservationist. Inside, Vandyke elegantly and encouragingly invites readers to follow a simple, manageable plan that will incorporate sustainable techniques into their lives one day at a time over a 30-day period, and leave them with a more intentional, fulfilling, and Earth-friendly lifestyle.
Vandyke focuses on incorporating practical ways to reduce waste, such as with:
- food and shopping (become a better cook, reduce costs from packaging, and spend less eating out);
- beauty and cleaning (DIY organic beauty and cleaning products to avoid toxins);
- and recycling and composting (the basics and why it isn’t as daunting (or smelly!) as it seems).
Vandyke says quitting her corporate job helped her find her path, and that her financial savviness during her “funemployment” is what led to a zero waste lifestyle. “I don’t have all the answers to living a 100% zero waste life,” she says. “It’s a goal, nothing more. I believe we can all be everyday activists and take little steps to reduce our waste.
ANITA VANDYKE, born in China, raised in Australia, and now splits her time between San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and young daughter, and Sydney, where she is finishing medical school. To learn more about her mission, visit www.anitavandyke.com and follow her Instagram @rocket_science.
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