About No Trace…

Thanks for checking us out!

I’m Liz, founder of No Trace and designer and maker of all these awesome bags and wraps for zero waste living.

We all have our reasons to strive for zero waste including:

-fighting plastic pollution

-reducing waste

-simplifying our own home and life

-reducing the plastics in our lives and bodies

-shrinking our carbon footprint

-making the world a more beautiful place

-preserving the planet for generations to come

When I started reducing my waste, I noticed that the bags and wraps for sale in my town were poor quality and made overseas in unknown working conditions.  Some of them were even synthetic – so I’d be replacing plastic for a different form of plastic!

I figured I could offer something better, more sustainable, and more beautiful.  So I started No Trace to make stylish, sustainable and handmade tools to support zero waste living.  The best way to support our planet is by using sustainable products that are also made in a sustainable way.  

What makes No Trace products sustainable?

Three major components make up No Trace’s sustainable practices:

  1. Where raw materials come from.
  2. How No Trace products are made
  3. The life cycle of No Trace products

Let’s dig in!

  1. About our raw materials…

No Trace materials are sourced from sustainable and organic suppliers.  All No Trace Fabrics are either GOTS certified organic cotton or recycled fabric.  Our recycled fabrics come from fabric recyclers like FabScrap and local thrift stores and barns.

All raw materials are ordered with minimal packaging and plastic free whenever possible.  Plastic packaging is avoided as much as possible – including using thread on cardboard bobbins and more.

All materials are 100% natural, free of synthetics, free of toxic chemicals, and compostable in your own home compost.  Even the fabric paint used is 100% compostable (I make it myself!).

The use of sustainable materials is super key to No Trace products.

  1.  How No Trace products are made.

All pieces are designed in a way to minimize waste and maximize the available resources.  And zero waste is made in the production of bags and wraps. Scraps are repurposed into more designs.  Paper is recycled into handmade paper. Shipping supplies for raw materials are reused.

And no waste has been sent to the landfill since the start of No Trace in 2016.  We have some stickers in a pint sized jar that are slowly building up, but that’s about it.

  1.  The lifecycle of No Trace products

All bags and wraps are designed to be used again and again.  They are reusable, washable alternatives to their evil disposable twins.  For example, we make dish towels that you can sub in for paper towels. Our beeswax wraps are a perfect substitute for plastic wrap and even plastic baggies.  Our veggie and bulk bags are a great, sustainable alternative to plastic bags at the store.

And for anyone who doesn’t have fabric recycling available in their communities (like me!), the bags and wraps can be composted at the end of their lifecycle – once they are totally worn out and used up, of course.  Turn it into a rag before you compost it! Squeeze every last bit of life out of it before you compost it!

Okay, enough about the business!  In case you’re curious, here are 13 fun facts about me:

13 Fun Facts about Liz.

  1. I have two amazing daughters who inspire me everyday to do something for the planet!
  2. I know way too many lines from The Office.  Say it. Ask me. 😉
  3. I love working at home with my two dogs at my feet.
  4. I’m a vegetarian and sometimes vegan – good cheese is one of my weaknesses.  
  5. I love a good dirty martini.
  6. Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home and Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers who cut their waste down to less than a jar in a year were the original inspirations for No Trace.
  7. I’ve done two sprint triathlons.
  8. I feel super grateful to live in a super beautiful place with loads of outdoor funtivities.
  9. I love plants but am a horrible plant mom.
  10. I get up super early a few days a week to exercise.  BTW, I don’t think I’ve ever regretted getting up super early to exercise.  
  11. I LOVE to dance and if you peeked in our living room window on a Friday night, you might see a family dance party.
  12. I love searching thrift stores for fabrics to use for No Trace.  
  13. I love long bike rides and have done a few different bike tours in Iowa (RAGBRAI, anyone??) and California.
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Thanks for having a read!  I’m super honored to help you whereever you are in your journey to cut your waste.  We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. You can contact us on the Contact page.

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Take care,

Liz

P.s. – follow us on Instagram @no_trace_shop!