zero waste energy bites

the first rule of the zero waste club: be prepared.

just like you bring your produce bags and totes to the farmer’s market, you should always be prepared so that you don’t have to rely on one-time use items.

one of our favorite ways to stay waste free throughout the day is by having some homemade snacks on hand. it can be something as simple as a piece of fruit, but at the zero waste daniel make/shop, we love sharing one recipe that’s easy to make with bulk ingredients. these zero waste energy bites are emelie, our zwd textile artist's take on a recipe from the back of a flaxseed meal product. oh and did we mention they are 100% vegan!

try it out for yourself – we promise you’ll love it. 

zero waste energy bites:

ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1tsp vanilla extract
coconut shavings (optional) 

method:
1. in order to be the most zero waste emelie brought bulk peanuts at whole foods and processed them into peanut butter using a food processor. we find that making your own peanut butter not only is more zero waste but also tastes ten times better! 

2. she then did the same with the ground flaxseed meal by buying bulk flax seeds and processing them into flaxseed meal using a food processor.  (hint hint: investing in a food processor will save you money and tons of waste!)

3. mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.

4. throw it all back into the food processor to break down the oats and create more of a paste that will make for easier rolling. 

5. make one inch balls and roll them in coconut shavings

6. for best results refrigerate over night and enjoy the next day! 

 

getting the ingredients package-free:

the best part about using simple ingredients is that you can easily find them in bulk stores. the nuts, oatmeal, and flaxseeds we used can all be found at a local natural store. emelie loves visiting the bulk section of whole foods for all her ingredients. if you’re unable to find these specific ingredients, you can just as easily swap them out for different ones, like pumpkin seeds instead of nuts, chocolate chips instead of coconut shavings, and dates instead of honey or maple syrup. you can also check out package free shop for our favorite reusable bags and containers, perfect for grabbing ingredients for this recipe.

recipe by zwd team member emelie bergh. blog post contributed by sabrina katz. 

zero waste, it's all about the "gift with purchase"

In order to live a more streamlined, waste free life, I don't need to run out and buy things or change how I do stuff.

Finding re-usable solutions from your favorite existing brands works like a charm. Just remember, what most people call trash, I like to think of as a gift with purchase!

Take ZWD for example. With every purchase, you receive a business card, a hair tie, a safety pin, a reusable jar, and a cardboard box. All of our packaging is reusable and/or recyclable. 

Use your ZWD jars at the bulk section in the grocery store, pot a plant in it, or use it for storage at your tool bench! Other ideas? Comment below! 

And now, if you no longer need your box, your jar, your hair tie, safety pin or business card, send them back! 

Introducing: ZERO WASTE SHIPPING!
Select this option at checkout, and for an extra $3, you will receive a return shipping label so you can ship any and all of your un-wanted packaging back to us! 

So, treat yourself, zero waste style...and enjoy your gifts with purchase!

 

why, yes we can make that!

meet JJ. he is the genius behind 1926, an adorable brand celebrating the glamour of the 20's, and the style of the city!

jj fondrisi, founder of 1926 in custom ZWD joggers

jj fondrisi, founder of 1926 in custom ZWD joggers

1926 is inspired by the fashion illustrations of JJ's grandfather, Joe Fondrisi. his sketches adorn the tee-shirts, notecards, pins and other assorted goodies you can find at 1926 just a few feet away from Zero Waste Daniel in the Broadway Market!

as a thrifty designer, and style icon in his own right, JJ saw a brilliant opportunity to upcycle his old 1926 stock in to an epic ensemble fit for an icon. 

the question: can you make me custom joggers out of 1926 tee-shirts?

the answer: why, yes we can make that!

using 4 tee's, we were able to take the material apart, and ReRoll them into brand new yardage to make THESE:

Now you can get your ZWD customized too for just 50 bucks! Add your desired product to the cart, and then click the link on the product page and fill out the form describing your desired customizations from length, to color to necklines and more, we've got you covered! Then just add your $50 customization to the cart and checkout! Please allow up to 3 weeks for you custom order to ship.

Give it a try today, and you could be looking as fly as JJ in a few days! Click here to explore your own custom ZWD!

how to wash zwd... and what to do with the container

now available at Zero Waste Daniel in the Broadway Market \ 483 Broadway, NYC

You don't buy your clothes at a grocery store...why buy your detergent there? Thanks to Lauren Singer, we now have the perfect detergent for you, and now you can buy it at our retail location at the Broadway Market in Soho!

Using the recommended amount of detergent for your machine and laundry needs, flip your zwd pieces inside out, and wash on cold with your regular load. Hang, or lay flat to dry. Never use machine heat, and do not bleach.  

Lauren Singer, founder of The Simply Co. and Trash is for Tossers, created the perfect detergent to wash zwd. Lauren lives a zero waste life, and as such, her detergent reflets the core principals of ZWD. Made from just 3 ingredients, and packaged with zero waste, the detergent is strong enough to clean zwd thoroughly right along with your other laundry in a conventional washing machine, and keep your pieces looking and smelling fresh. 

Lauren Singer, founder of The Simply Co. and Trash is for Tossers, created the perfect detergent to wash zwd. Lauren lives a zero waste life, and as such, her detergent reflets the core principals of ZWD.

Made from just 3 ingredients, and packaged with zero waste, the detergent is strong enough to clean zwd thoroughly right along with your other laundry in a conventional washing machine, and keep your pieces looking and smelling fresh. 

The Simply Co. jars are the PERFECT size for a huge cup of hydrating, immune system boosting, cayenne infused cup of spicy tea ideal for the first days of fall. I like to prepare my tea the night before I make it, then let it steep while I get ready for work, and enjoy on my commute! For my recipe and tips, check below, and for The Simply Co. Laundry powder in Lavender or Unscented  for $18, come to Zero Waste Daniel at Broadway Market.

The Simply Co. jars are the PERFECT size for a huge cup of hydrating, immune system boosting, cayenne infused cup of spicy tea ideal for the first days of fall. I like to prepare my tea the night before I make it, then let it steep while I get ready for work, and enjoy on my commute!

For my recipe and tips, check below, and for The Simply Co. Laundry powder in Lavender or Unscented  for $18, come to Zero Waste Daniel at Broadway Market.

spicy giner-peach tea

*remember to wash the container thoroughly before      using!

*remember to wash the container thoroughly before      using!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger root, sliced into rounds

  • 1/4 peach, sliced (see below for when the last peaches of summer are gone!)

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

Instructions

  1. Start by slicing up your peach/s (you can easily do a few days worth of peaches in advance) and put the pieces in a reusable, air-tight container. Freeze overnight. 
  2. In your The Simply Co. mason jar, combine the ginger, honey, cayenne, and lemon juice. Put the lid on the jar, and refrigerate overnight. 
  3. In the morning, bring 3 cups of water to a boil, and pour over your prepared refrigerated ingredients. Let steep while you go about your morning (about 15 minutes.)
  4. When you are ready to enjoy, pop in the frozen peaches to bring the tea to the perfect drinking temperature. 

note: this stuff gets better with time, so if you decide to take a break, try putting a lid on it and putting it in the refrigerator. Later, you can transfer to a microwave safe mug, or enjoy over-ice; try adding with a splash of ginger beer or club soda for an extra kick.

seasonal adaptation: when the last peaches of summer are gone, use orange juice to make an ice cube in your regular ice trays, and add 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground cloves to the mix.

investment shopping 101

make your wardrobe work overtime: back to basics.

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what are basics anyway? is it a staple color? is it a shape? is it that person who drank too much, and is being super predictable? STOP SCREAMING AND CRYING, WE'RE IN PUBLIC.  you're so basic!

if you want to be zero waste, you can't need new stuff all the time, because buying more stuff requires a lot of resources and most people don't make stuff without making more waste. think about buying investment pieces that will enhance your wardrobe and can be worn multiple ways. 

here is a perfect example of how our zero waste black raglan from the zwd collection can take you from work to the weekend and through the summer, boy, girl, or in between. 

werk, werk, werk, werk, werk

show your american pride with made in america products like this classic AMERICAN APPAREL button down shirt, hold credit cards in the ultra cool, truly magic MAGIC INDUSTRIE recycled vintage book wallet, up the bling ring game with  MADE IN EARTH high quality stones that each have a unique story and layer your look with ZWD to beat the over air-conditioned office.   

show your american pride with made in america products like this classic AMERICAN APPAREL button down shirt, hold credit cards in the ultra cool, truly magic MAGIC INDUSTRIE recycled vintage book wallet, up the bling ring game with  MADE IN EARTH high quality stones that each have a unique story and layer your look with ZWD to beat the over air-conditioned office. 
 

balance out your Alexander Wang work shorts (not eco, but are easily revived from the fashion wasteland when thrifted from CROSSROADS) with your ZWD long sleeve raglan, and a HAWKS AND DOVES sexy recycled statement bag, read WEAR NO EVIL by Greata Eagan during your morning commute, while sipping your coffee in a BALL mason jar, this pocket guide to sustainable dressing is a quick easy summer read that will change your life. seriously. you're welcome. 

balance out your Alexander Wang work shorts (not eco, but are easily revived from the fashion wasteland when thrifted from CROSSROADS) with your ZWD long sleeve raglan, and a HAWKS AND DOVES sexy recycled statement bag, read WEAR NO EVIL by Greata Eagan during your morning commute, while sipping your coffee in a BALL mason jar, this pocket guide to sustainable dressing is a quick easy summer read that will change your life. seriously. you're welcome. 

friday got me feelin' like... 

L TRAIN VINTAGE in nyc literally has dream denim shorts in every shade and second hand fashion is here at better prices, same designers, less waste. your raglan is the ultimate accessory tied around your waste or covering up when a summer breeze strikes. use tote bags to carry your weekend groceries at the farmers market, and school yourself on the history of fashion's relationship with the environment with SUSTAINABLE FASHION by Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley Gordon.

L TRAIN VINTAGE in nyc literally has dream denim shorts in every shade and second hand fashion is here at better prices, same designers, less waste. your raglan is the ultimate accessory tied around your waste or covering up when a summer breeze strikes. use tote bags to carry your weekend groceries at the farmers market, and school yourself on the history of fashion's relationship with the environment with SUSTAINABLE FASHION by Colleen Hill and Jennifer Farley Gordon.

did you know DR MARTEN makes vegan leather sandals? they can be found on PLANETSHOES and they pick up our ZWD faux leather tiles perfectly, get inspired by the freedom, the weekend brings with GREEN-INSPIRED eco-friendly notebooks, and send me your thoughts and doodles @zerowastedaniel on twitter and instagram!  

did you know DR MARTEN makes vegan leather sandals? they can be found on PLANETSHOES and they pick up our ZWD faux leather tiles perfectly, get inspired by the freedom, the weekend brings with GREEN-INSPIRED eco-friendly notebooks, and send me your thoughts and doodles @zerowastedaniel on twitter and instagram!
 

sun's out, buns out

work that summer bod, any shape and size, in VITAMIN A black high-waisted swim bottoms, and look smart for the cute life guard reading OVERDRESSED by Elizabeth Cline. your ZWD raglan is the perfect cover up at the pool bar or under your beach cabana!

work that summer bod, any shape and size, in VITAMIN A black high-waisted swim bottoms, and look smart for the cute life guard reading OVERDRESSED by Elizabeth Cline. your ZWD raglan is the perfect cover up at the pool bar or under your beach cabana!

take a dip in swim shorts from PATAGONIA leaders in the sustainability game, and do that whole...i'm not trying "athleasure" thing with ZWD on top, get your diy fix with REFASHIONED by Sass Brown, and store cash for frozen margaritas in HAWKS AND DOVES recycled leather wallet.  

take a dip in swim shorts from PATAGONIA leaders in the sustainability game, and do that whole...i'm not trying "athleasure" thing with ZWD on top, get your diy fix with REFASHIONED by Sass Brown, and store cash for frozen margaritas in HAWKS AND DOVES recycled leather wallet.
 

one piece, 6 ways. crack the whip, and make that basic WEEERRK!

 
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beyond zwd, urban punk pride.

i am head over heels (literally!!!) in love with beyond skin. this amazing vegan and vegetarian shoe brand out of the UK, is serving up fashionable footwear without hurting our furry friends. I love the style combo they included ZWD in! we are the urban punks. get your zwd, beyond skin and more cruelty-free fashion on www.beyondskin.co.uk

zwd daniel silverstein in beyond skins urban punk set

Urban Punk

  1. Long Sleeve Raglan Print, Daniel Silverstein, $88. This jumper has the saturation levels turned up on full, injecting instant colour and energy into this look. This designer’s latest collection is called ZWD, standing for Zero Waste Daniel. No prizes for guessing that it’s comprised of 100% pre-consumer cutting room waste (it does what it says on the tin). What you might not have guessed is how each of these fragmented collages of textile waste could become such slick, razor-sharp pieces, ideal for turning heads and standing out from the crowd.
  2. Lila Jeansrock, ArmedAngels, £58.47. This clean and simple denim skirt is made using 94.4% GOTS certified organic cotton and 5.6% spandex. Throughout their designs, they use modal and tencel, that we’ve mentioned before on our blog for having sterling sustainable credentials. They’re currently working with the Fair Wear Foundation and Fairtrade to implement their high standards throughout their supply chain at every level. This denim skirt is a classic piece, and would benefit your summer wardrobe and the people who made it.
  3. Stud Earrings Geometric Triangle in ZigZag, Lucie Ellen. We spotted Lucie Ellen’s sweet little jewellery designs in the tail end of last year when the Observer Ethical Awards 2015 were announced, and Here Today Here Tomorrow was a runner up, and they stocked Lucie Ellen. They’re made using just wood, varnish, glue, paper, and silver-plated steel, and they come in an entire rainbow of colours, and then some. She’s currently on her holidays so isn’t taking orders, but do add her page to your bookmarks all the same.
  4. Maggie Rose Gold Flatform, Beyond Skin, £120. Following on from the urban vibe of the jumper, it felt only right to choose flatforms to go with it. And our Maggie sandals are the (rose) gold standard in sustainable shoes. They’re fitted with padded insoles and flexi soles and are super comfy, fit for wearing for weeks at a time (excluding sleeping and showering, of course). Don’t forget, you can get £10 off these sandals at the moment with code kittens10, so snap up your pair post haste!

does 'zero waste' really matter?

when i am out and about sporting zwd, i get stopped a lot! people say things like
     "that's a really cool shirt!" 
or
     "you're a designer, did you make that?" 
and when i explain that yes, i did...or mia, krystyna, julia, and i did, they say "i love the concept!"

but every now and then, since we are in new york, i get a sceptic. someone who asks the question, yea, but does being "zero waste" really matter, or is that just a niche market or a pr stunt?

and my answer is this:

daniel on a pile of scraps, brooklyn 2015

daniel on a pile of scraps, brooklyn 2015

is THIS really the world we want to be living in? is this worth having cheap clothes? is it?

this is a real factory in brooklyn that carts 15 cubic yards of waste to landfill each week, but the volume at which they produce cuttings is too fast, they can not afford to keep up with carting it away, so they let it pile up inside their factory. 

now, this is bad for a number of reasons. 

  1. it is totally a fire hazard
  2. having it carted away creates a huge operating expense for the business
  3. the fabric hoard takes up space that they have to pay rent for

...just to name a few. and here are some of the beautiful zero waste fashion that were created out of this very pile:

the fashion industry is huge. it touches all of us pretty-much every day of our lives. everything that you are wearing while you read this was likely made in a factory where this fabric hoard and waste are a daily reality. 

the guardian claimed that one fast fashion brand could produce 1,000 tons of fabric waste in 48 hours! thats enough to make 2 MILLION pieces of zwd.  and they do, every day. 

so, i guess i would have to ask you, what you think?

does "zero waste" matter?

if you think it does, tell me. leave a comment, tweet about it. share these photos, and help #keepapoundoutoftheground with your own zwd. 

the things i make.

i make things.
i make them for all kinds of people.
i make them for myself.
i make dresses.
i make pants.
i make jumpsuits.
i make tops.
i make skirts.
i make shorts.

i make them zero waste.
i make them how i like them. 
i make them how you like them.
i make them to order.

i make them because i have to.
i make them because i want to.
i make them because i love to.

 

daniel in mto zero waste daniel silverstein