Perthites! @zerostore.au is giving away the most amazing zero waste kit this Christmas and I know you don't want to miss out. Head over to the @zerostore.au for details . And if you haven't visited the Zero Store before it is well worth the trip!
Until recently, I never thought twice about my waste... where it went or what other people had to do to prepare it for landfill (or recycling)
Then I found @biomestores which opened my eyes to a whole new world of living with intention and giving a sh*t about the planet
That carried over to eliminating plastics in our home, recycling what soft plastics we did come across and composting with the help of @sharewaste
I’ve been giving second life to my veggie cut offs before sending them to the compost bin by making homemade veggie stock. It takes minutes and is so easy you could probably do it blindfolded. Added bonus, it’s tastes better than store bought stock and it is free of preservatives, additives, added sugar and stabilisers
🌏 || Homemade Vegetable Stock ||
✖️Add all your clean veggie scraps (see photo 👆🏻) to a large pot
✖️Top everything with filtered water
✖️Add 2-3 bay leaves and salt and pepper
✖️Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer for 15 mins
✖️ Allow it to cool down and then place it in ice cube trays, baby food moulds or in glass jars (leave room for the expansion of the fluid) in the freezer and pop out as needed.
Gonna give it a go?!?
These granola bars are already individually packaged and then they are put in bags in groups of 2 or 3 just for fun. This is unnecessary and so inefficient!
How will you reduce your plastic intake this week? Start by avoiding things with unnecessary packaging like these bars. Then, think through what snacks produce less waste (they’re usually a lot healthier too)! Maybe you could even make some of your own snacks?
Keep an eye out for my Low Waste granola bar recipes coming out soon. 🤗
It's all heads down bottom up here at the moment as we try to get everyone's orders out as quickly as possible. It looks like lots it's all about the bamboo facial wipes and unpaper towels this year and I have a feeling there will be quite a few people joining the reusable revolution thanks to gifts they receive.
Provavelmente não estavam à espera que eu vos dissesse que comprar umas meias pode salvar o nosso planeta 🧦 e a verdade é que também não é isso que vou dizer 😂 maaaaas... mal não faz! 🌍
Felizmente a maiorias das pessoas a ler isto vivem em Portugal, o que significa que (salvo no interior do país) não é nada frequente as temperaturas atingirem menos de 0°C, e a maioria das nossas casas (salvo no Algarve... 😒) tem um isolamento suficientemente bom para não ser necessário ligar qualquer tipo de aquecimento mesmo durante a maior parte do Inverno! No entanto a maioria da Europa não pode dizer o mesmo 🥶 e o consumo energético para alimentar o aquecimento dos países mais frios, e mesmo de Portugal nas semanas mais frias, ultrapassa largamente os recursos sustentáveis do nosso planeta 😕 porque embora o nosso país seja o 7° país da Europa que mais produz energia a partir de fontes renováveis, estas não chegam nem sequer a 30% da energia que consumimos anualmente!
Por isso, o meu conselho para a próxima vez que se lembrarem de ligar o aquecimento porque está muito frio em casa... é que façam um chá, cozinhem um bolo vegan de chocolate (o forno aquece a cozinha e pelo menos estão a utilizar a energia para algo delicioso 🙄), vistam mais um casaco e calcem umas meias com bom isolamento térmico! O planeta agradece ❤️
Today's zero waste GIVEAWAY is the last day of our 10 Days of Giveaways! We're sad to see it end, but excited to pick winners and send out all these amazing goodies! Today, enter to win this stellar zero waste starter kit by following @hydawaybottle, @thehumble.co, @softystraws, @shopetee, and @upcyclelifestyle. Then click on the link in our bio and sign up for our newsletter if you haven't already! For extra entries, tag friends in the comments! Giveaway ends 12/10 at 11:59pm PST. Open to residents of the US and Canada. All winners announced tomorrow, 12/11!
I have made my own deodorant! *jumps for joy and fist pumps at the sky* .
For the past month or so, I’ve really been having trouble with finding the right kind to use. There have been several studies about how awful it is to have aluminum in deodorant so I decided that it was time for a change. Did you know that aluminum in deodorant can be blamed for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, hormone disruption and can even prevent carcinogens from exiting the body? Your body is SUPPOSED to sweat, not clog up the toxins that are trying to leave the body. At the same time, no one wants to smell unclean. Thanks to @kiss_the_earth_amber , I now have a cheap and easy solution that is healthier for me while also keeping me comfortable and without odor. .
For this deodorant, you will need coconut oil, arrowroot powder or corn starch, baking soda and an essential oil of your choice (I used peppermint and I adore it). Coconut oil is an awesome base because it’s anti-fungal. Baking soda neutralizes the odor while the arrow root or corn starch keeps you dry by absorbing the moisture. The essential oils are a great final touch as they give it the scent you want while typically having antibacterial properties. I hope you can give it a try! I’ve used it all week and I’ll never go back. Swipe left for the recipe. 💕
I also want to let you guys know a mistake I made with it so you avoid the same outcome! I guess I was used to natural deodorants failing me at this point and REALLY didn’t want to smell bad at work. I was in a rush that morning as usual and basically scrubbed this deodorant into my skin rapidly thinking it would make it work better. 😂 PLEASE avoid that! I gave myself so many small scratches that I had to bandage my arm pits for 2-3 days. It was extremely painful! This deodorant has a fine grit to it that you want to apply gently. I’ve been doing that ever since with no issues. Moral of the story: don’t grind deodorant into your skin because it works wonders all on its own. 🙌🏼💕
The world is a big place and there are many things that could be fixed, rewound and done differently.
We are the first to admit that we are not the poster family for zero-waste. What we are is an everyday family, witnessing the toll that our choices are making in the world we are leaving to our kids.
Maybe, just like you the thought of changing the way we do everything seems a little (ok a lot) massive all at once. But we are committed to doing ‘Better’.
Our theory is, if we can all just do a little better our impact will be significant.
That’s why our brand is focused on you. We get that you’re not a environmental crusader, we aren’t either (although we dream of such things). Instead our mission is to make the switch to practical solutions more accessible for the everyday human in us all. So you too can do ‘Better’.
Want to know a bit more about us? Our website is now in our bio. We look forward to launching our first product set in February 2019!
Découvrez notre collection de langes en coton bio et bambou. Toutes les couleurs sont naturelles, non toxiques. Et d’une douceur incroyable!
Discover our swaddle cloth collection, made from organic cotton and bamboo. Naturally dyed and so soft you will not believe it!
I’d like to welcome Ozzy to the plant fam. Members of my family gifted me this plant for the holiday season! I’m a huge plant fanatic so this really warms my heart 😍
I can’t wait to have a jungle in my bedroom 😆
Do you have any recommendations for some seedlings that I should start?
THIS is why I do what I do. This is our youngest KyMia gal. I want to teach her to use her strong willed personality to make changes in the world. We are trying to lead by example and show our girls how to take care of the world we live in.
Did you all see my gift guide yesterday? I wasn't going to do one, but discovered too many lovely little goodies this year and really wanted to share 💛 Plus it includes gifts that cost little to no money, too! You can find it in my highlights 😊
One fun gift I chose are these @tradlands bandanas, designed in collaboration with @jordangraceowens (which you'll see me styling later this month) - aren't they so darn cute?! My favourite thing about this as a gift idea is that they're not only fun to style, but they can do double-duty as zero-waste gift wrap 😉👌🏼
Check out my stories for this and more! #partner
Yesterday I threw a party for my roommate. I provided snacks, mostly which weren’t packaged in plastic. We had broccoli, cucumbers, carrots (loose bulk carrots cut up), celery, and I made my own pico.
Then, my week got super busy and I ended up buying cupcakes in all single-use sleeves and a big plastic container. I should have made them from scratch to avoid this, but it just didn’t happen. I was reminded that it really is about progress, not perfection. I tell people that all the time when encouraging them in their Low Waste journey so this was a great reminder to myself this week!
Our recent vacation was no where near zero waste, and that's totally OK because no one can be really perfect and it's all about doing your best!
To start with, we took a flight to Hubli to get to our destination with convenience. Then on, we hired a car to Badami and had it at our disposal for 3 days until we reached Hampi. On return, we took a AC train from Hospete to Hubli to catch our flight home.
At Badami, we met with terrible tasting water at our hotel and though we refilled at a different restaurant, we ended up buying a large 2L bottle of water. One big bonus was to find a RO water facility in a residential area where we topped up, but that was only one opportunity.
We ended up using 3 more smaller bottles at Hampi due to a couple different reasons. Hampi being a tourism based town, keeps up its business by offering as many little luxuries as they can. This means all cool drinks come with a straw unless you remind them ahead. And because I forgot, we were given 2 straws with our buttermilk once.
It happens to the best of us.! And though I was upset about it then, I've accepted it now. Because I have these two wonderful pictures of my parents drinking tender coconut water #strawless for the very first time and I'm sooo proud.!! 😍🙌 #kissthecoconut .!
Overall, I'm happy that some of the tourist spots were plastic free zones and most restaurants serve in reusables and happily fill up your bottle. It's not that hard travelling plastic free if you're as vigilante as the parent of a toddler.! 😁
“We are the first generation to know we are destroying the planet and the last one that can do anything about it” -Tanya Steele, Chief Executive of WWF
Last month the WWF declared a state of emergency for the natural world and reported that global wildlife populations have fallen 60% since 1970💔
The fate of our planet is up to us and if you’re not worried, you’re not paying attention. 🌎
Pledge to make a difference and take simple steps in your life to minimize the impact you have on the planet. Start with passing on single use plastics such as plastics bags, coffee cups, and straws. Make the one time purchase and invest in reusable products instead, your simple steps matter.👣♻️
Treat our planet with care, it’s the only home we have👐🏽✨🌊
Photo by ~ @inthesoulshine
I’m slowly amassing an essential oils collection. I revisited them as I used them in 2 different recipes today: chapstick and hand sanitizer. See my 2 previous posts from today if you’re interested in the details.🍊🍋 The citrus scents are my favorite and I keep going back to anything with grapefruit. 🌱 So far I have the 3 shown which, which I originally bought for candle-making 🕯, peppermint for chapstick and toothpaste, and multiple bottles of eucalyptus as my mother-in-law buys some whenever she’s here because she says it’s good to sniff when your sick 🤧 Not sure if this is true, but I hate them 😝. I also now have Vitamin E, almond oil, and tea tree oil for skincare. Growing up in the 🇺🇸 USA in the 80s and 90s in a typical middle class family I knew nothing about these products, but now I can’t imagine NOT using the last 3. Everything came from a plastic bottle when I was young. Everything was pre-made and had un-pronounceable ingredients. When I have children they will definitely be growing up with a very different version of the normal I knew 💚😀😍🌱
ZERO WASTE GIFTING IDEAS (PART 1)
PRINTED WRAPPING PAPER-
So much paper is wasted at Christmas each year as it’s eagerly torn off and put straight into the bin .Reduce the waste this year by creating your own using recycled or scrap paper.(pics in stories)
Save newspaper throughout by reusing and wrapping and print it yourself.(pics in stories). Let's go back to school and try vegetable printing. Carve designs on potatoes,paint them and press them onto paper, be as creative as possible.Let it dry. Wrap the paper.
To avoid sticky tape, tie the present up with string and add some foraged sprigs and berries for an extra festive touch.
Get in touch with the local NGO or charity organizations with autistic children around, provide them with recycled paper and paint and they would give you beautiful colours and textures.
Lastly, most of us shop on Amazon and we get the boxes delivered to our home. Those boxes can be reused and covered in recycled paper and gifted to others. I do it all the time and I never throw my boxes.(pics in stories)
⛄⛄💚Be responsible. Be conscious.⛄⛄💚
When you start off a new week with fresh Montreal bagels 👌
My parents occasionally bring me fresh bagels in a paper bag (kept and reused). I cut them all in half and store them in the freezer in a cotton bread bag. They keep nicely for about a week, but often get gobbled up way before then. The toasted sesame seeds from the paper bag and on the cutting board get stored in the fridge, which make a delicious addition to many dishes.
Although I don't buy all our bread package-free, I am actively trying to make better choices. Ideally I would get unpackaged bakery bread more often, but there are still many kinds we enjoy that are only accessible packaged in plastic bags.
To that I say: enjoy the bread, reuse the bags and remind yourself that small changes are better than none at all!
My #zerowaste outing essentials. For the past year I’ve been focusing on reducing my waste. I used to just use disposable cutlery because it was there and it was easy. I wasn’t educated then and I didn’t know how harmful single use plastics were to the environment. Now I bring my own utensils and I feel good knowing I’m not sending any plastic to the landfill 😛🌍💗 #lowwasteliving
I think I’ve finally found the solution to cats chomping on my succulents! Here’s hoping this little guy does better in a #belljar ! Also, for any of my Instagram pals looking to #reducewaste , check out my new #zerowastelifestyle account, @usefulbeautifulco!