February 2017 archive

Make your own DIY reusable cloth produce bags


More and more cities are banning plastic bags at grocery and other stores. But if you’re avoiding plastic and buy bulk, loose veg, rice, coffee, nuts, potatoes, lentils you can’t just drop them in your general shopping bag. So why not make your own reusable drawstring (easiest closure!) cloth produce bags? If you tend to use 10 plastic produce bags a week to house your shopping, you’ll save 500 plastic bags this year!


Non-chemical DIY household products


We live in the countryside, have 9 (of which 8 rescue) dogs, so when the weather is awful we often bring mud from the fields inside, whether we try to avoid it or not. So yes, cleaning happens here a lot, hence loads of cleaning products! We’re not the magazine white impeccable household, we have a home where we live and thrive. I do want to make important non-chemical, preferably zero waste changes, but I need changes that work and are doable!


Soap the fewer ingredients the better


My immersion into the Zero Waste lifestyle included deciding to make my own body wash based on bar of soaps, I read everywhere that Castile soap was the best. So I ordered two bars of soap (Brand: Dr Bronner) online only to find out that I should have taken a closer look at its ingredients (it contained palm oil which I do NOT want to use in any of my household products as it causes orangutans to go extinct), so I started to look up info about soaps. Moreover, I discovered a local new shop selling homemade soaps where I would love to go and buy my soap instead of ordering it online. OMG what did I learn about soaps!


Make a difference: Zero waste effort


The picture of an ice bear on the last small piece of floating ice in the ocean, might be something we can block out and pretend it isn’t real, but we all know that our earth is in trouble and that this is our last warning to turn the tide. But how come that people just stubbornly refuse to do so, although they have children, grandchildren and wish them all the best…. A world to live in, clean air and water seems to be the most important gift one can give to one’s children so I’m trying to make every effort to make a difference on my way to going zero waste!