10 things to do; Half way there

Day 5: 3.5 billion tooth brushes are sold world wide every year and lets say each toothbrush represents 2 plastic box of dental floss. 7 billion plastic dental floss boxes go along with those 3.5 billion toothbrushes. That is a whole lot of plastic trash that isn’t recyclable, burnable or compostable. These things sometimes end up in the water ways and oceans adding to the giant plastic geyers  in the Pacific Ocean.

Solution: Change to a compostable bamboo toothbrush and dental floss that comes in paper or glass. When the toothbrush is worn out you pull out the bristles (those go in the trash) and the handle goes into the compost. That dental floss box into the recycle. Done!

This is a really easy replacement, we all use a toothbrush and floss.

Here are some resources for purchasing:

Toothbrushes adult

Toothbrush Kids

Dental Floss




10 Things To Do; a day at a time Zero Waster

Over the last 6 plus years my family has reduced our garbage by 85%. I really enjoy spreading the Zero Waste lifestyle in a way that is easy and accessible to everyone. By listing some typical and non-typical 10 Things To Do, you can start the process of becoming a Zero Waster. I will be listing daily bits of information about waste, consumerism and environment with a Zero Waste option. So, here we go!

Day 1: According to Pristineplanet.com 50 million plastic water bottles are thrown away each day and thebetacup.com says, 58 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away each year. 10 billion trees are used each year to feed our disposable coffee cup addiction word wide. And that is just the vessels not even the lids. That is a ridiculous amount of preventable waste.

Solution: Keep a refillable metal or glass water bottle with you (learn to love tap water) and get yourself a reusable insulated coffee cup. These are solutions we hear of everyday but how many of us actually implement these simple things? Not as many people as one would hope.  This an affordable change you can make especially if you buy second hand. For just a few dollars you can stop these two prolific pollutants.


“Be the change you want to see in the world”  Mahatma Gandhi



The Purchase Process of a new pen

I know it doesn’t seem very exciting but, I got a new pen to try out before I buy them for the whole family. Plastic single use pens are a struggle to replace. I can’t write checks with a pencil,  nor can I fill out forms that aren’t online and are necessary. So, what to do? I started my Purchase Process to get a ink drawing refillable fountain pen.  Like many of the things I choose to purchase at our house, I have to look much further into the lifecycle of that product, I call it our Purchase Process. This is an example of my Purchase Process of my new pen; Do I need this? Yes, I have no more disposable pens. Can I buy it used? Tried, but often they don’t work right. Can I buy it local? Nope. How and what is this made with? Made with Bamboo a renewable and sustainable grass. How do I dispose of the majority or all of the product when it comes to the end of its lifecycle? I can compost the bamboo shell of the pen, recycle the metal fittings and bits of the plastic mechanism, part of it will need to go into the garbage.  Do I like the pens style (just a bit vain but, for me important)? Yes,  it is cool looking. Sometimes I add in the mix, where is it made? Unfortunately, in China. Can’t always score 100%.  This is an example of how my Purchase Process goes. How does your Purchase Process go? Think about it if you haven’t.


“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi


Welcome to One Glass Jar Blog. My name is Siobhan McComb, I am an entrepreneur, community educator-presenter, wife and mother of two with a passion for the environment.  For the past 9+ years our family has been transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle.  Along the way I have been presenting about zero waste at locations around the beautiful Puget Sound. I have taught classes and presented at;  Amazon, 21 Acres, Sustainamania Fair, The Recology Store and Sno-Isle Natural Food Coop to name a few.  I created this blog to show how we live and to help anyone who wants to transition to a zero waste lifestyle





“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi