Photo by  Sam Cheng

Photo by Sam Cheng

How To Cook And Bake With Common Kitchen Waste Items

Outlet: Trash is for Tossers

Editor + Art Director: Molly Longest

Recipes + Content: Gabriella Vigoreaux

Photos: Sam Cheng

Excerpt:

“The simplest way to make food scraps into a full meal, or leftovers into an entirely new one, is to add an egg. Have half an onion lying around in your fridge? Cook it on a cast iron skillet until soft and crack an egg over top for a diner-esque meal. Make a kitchen sink omelette with leftover vegetables or greens, or use up leftover rice or quinoa by adding a fried egg and your favorite sauces, dressings or spices on top.”

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Photo by Molly Longest

Photo by Molly Longest

4 Ingredient Homemade Zero Waste Dog Treats

Outlet: Trash is for Tossers

Editor, Art Director + Writer: Molly Longest

Recipes: Gabriella Vigoreaux

Cooking Photos: Sam Cheng

Excerpt:

“When my friend Gabriella – the head baker at the soon to be completely single-use plastic free Smith Canteen– shared with me that she cooks up homemade dog biscuits for customers who bring their pets into the coffee shop, I knew I had to get the recipe. Lots of dog treats and biscuits I came across at the pet store came packaged in plastic, and were also packed with wacky ingredients and preservatives. These biscuits are made from just four wholesome ingredients (they’re safe for humans to eat too!) so I can feel good about feeding them to her.”

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Photo by Molly Longest

Photo by Molly Longest

Compost: Let’s Break It Down (Literally)

Outlet: Trash is for Tossers

Excerpt:

“Just because something is biodegradable, doesn’t mean it will properly break down when thrown in the garbage. In order for an organic item to decompose properly, it needs oxygen. But because most landfills are so tightly packed to get in as much trash as they can, they squeeze out all the oxygen, making it nearly impossible for something like an orange peel, apple core, or piece of paper to decompose.

So what’s the solution?

You have two options A) eat your banana peel or B) compost that sucker! 

If you’re not too jazzed about eating seeds, stems, pits and peels (it’s cool, not many people are), compost is your best bet.”

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Photo by  Sam Cheng

Photo by Sam Cheng

How To Travel Without Waste: Tips For The Eco-conscious Traveler

Outlet: Trash is for Tossers

Excerpt:

“In my perfect #zerowaste, zero pollutants world, airplanes would emit nothing but good vibes into the air. But in reality, you gotta get to where you’re going somehow, and for many, flying is the best option.

Living your best zero waste life is about realizing that not every industry is perfect, but it’s about doing what you can within restrictions to lessen your environmental impact.

When it comes to flying, there are so many conscious decisions and steps you can take to be as kind to the earth as possible.”

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How To Recycle Old Clothing (Even Ratty Ass Old Underwear)

Outlet: Trash is for Tossers

Excerpt:

“Did you know that the EPA estimates that textiles make up 5% of all landfills in the US?

Or that only 15% of unwanted clothing is actually recycled?

Or that the average US citizen throws away an estimated 70 lbs worth of textile waste annually?

When we think of waste, we often envision things like crushed up plastic water bottles, soiled food wrappers and dirty diapers – not a perfectly wearable pair of jeans that got thrown away just because they don’t fit anymore (raise your hand if you’re guilty).

Even in the case of an old stained t-shirt or pair of shredded underwear (like waaaay past the emergency-laundry-day underwear stage) there are plenty of textile recycling programs to keep even the most unwearable items out of landfills.”

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Photo by  Amelia Kramer

Photo by Amelia Kramer

Stop Comparing Yourself: How To Live Life By Your Own Timeline

Outlet: the Lala

Excerpt:

“Here’s where my 26 year-old self isn’t going to give you some epiphanic answer to this internal youth-focused battle I’m fighting. I think it’s just a daily practice of making a conscious decision to wake up and just. stop. caring. Stop paying attention to that number we call age. 

Don’t care about how young someone is. Don’t care about how old you are. Throw out your ‘by (x) age I want to achieve (y)’ because I’m here to tell you that 9 times out 10 life will not abide by your neatly crafted calendar. ”

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How A Former Lala Writer Worked Her Way To Running Social Media At Vogue (In Under 2.5 Years)

Outlet: the Lala

Excerpt:

“To call her a ‘modern day Carrie Bradshaw’ feels a bit trite as pretty much all of us aspire to be the Carries of our friend group. But in Alyssa Fiorentino’s case, she is the living, breathing, Insta-storying embodiment of the fictional character we love. 

It should’ve been obvious to us that Alyssa was going places fast when as one of our very first editorial contributors, she never missed a deadline. Never. And every piece she wrote was that perfect mix of relatable, witty, aspirational and encouraging. Like a little internet hug from your BFF.”

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Photo by  Anna Schultz

Photo by Anna Schultz

The Importance Of Having Hobbies You’re Bad At

Outlet: the Lala

Excerpt:

“We’ve become so obsessed with defining what we ‘are’ and what we ‘do’ by our careers or area of study. It makes sense, right? Most of us spend the majority of our time in our jobs, so it only feels natural to define yourself by what you spend most of your time doing. 

That leads to our identities being tied to our professions.  The thing that pays our bills. That for most people, isn’t their end-all-be-all passion in life. This can then lead to an internal guilt-trip that you’ve chosen the wrong career-path if you don’t jump out of bed every day, headed to work to pursue your life’s calling.”

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The Problem With Complimenting Weight Loss

Outlet: the Lala

Excerpt:

“Our minds are ingrained with before and after makeover images. From Revenge Body (so many things wrong with that show) to People Magazine covers of people becoming ‘half their size’, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the ‘befores’ of ourselves are lesser beings. 

But just as bodies lose weight, they gain it. Weight fluctuates, yet we’re stuck in the same bodies our whole lives. It’s hard enough to make peace with your own body in all its life stages, but even harder when the outside world is telling you at what stage or size your body looks the ‘best’.”

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A Gift Guide For The Friend Who Literally Has Everything

Outlet: the Lala

Excerpt:

“The new ‘it girl’ brand, Pop & Suki was started by two IRL BFFs (Pop and Suki… duh) who met at a night club. No, really.

The newly launched brand boasts sleek, cool-girl accessories like personalized leather purses and keychains in a neapolitan ice cream color palette, that are high quality, without totally breaking the bank. Get at em’ before T Swift’s squad scoops everything up.”

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