Monday, 8 January 2018

My Zero Waste Food Starter Kit! [1/4] ☆


My Zero Waste Starter Kit
Hey folks! Today I'm sharing what my zero waste starter kit for food consists of. These are all eco-friendly and sustainable ways to avoid plastic, save money, conserve food and hacks to save food as well. The next three posts will all be dedicated to zero waste food. From market hauls, how to shop zero waste at the grocery store, ways to save money and ways to implement zero waste changes into your daily life, I've got you covered.


Food Huggers
 The first item are these silicone food 'containers'. They are different sized silicone molds to store various foods after they've been cut up. For example, there are molds for halves of avocados, kiwis, bananas, apples etc. This helps the food to last longer as it keeps the produce fresh for a longer time and means I don't have to throw anything away.


Bamboo Cutlery Set

 The second item is a bamboo cutlery kit, designed for traveling. As someone who travels often, I know how easy it is to give in to disposable cutlery - use once and throw away, that's basically the motto when it comes to plastic knives and forks. However, this has a major impact on our planet, so I wanted a sustainable alternative. I wash these in cold water to preserve the bamboo and rinse the cloth in which it is packaged as it served as a napkin, too.


Cotton Produce Bags

By now it's no secret that I love the farmer's market. I do hate the plastic that comes with it, though, so I purchased a set of these cotton produce bags to store my fruits and veggies in. I have two sets of the produce bags; one I purchased myself and one that I was recently gifted. The one I was gifted, I use to store items such as potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and sweet potato in and I keep those in my cupboards. The ones I purchased I use to keep fresh produce like avocados, tomatoes, carrots and herbs in my fridge. This is a great way for me to reduce my plastic consumption and the produce bags come in various sizes, too!

Storing red onions in my produce bag

A Bamboo Cup

I love my bamboo cup, it's great for on the go. I use it for coffee or tea when I'm at university and I take it with me when I go out if there are no glass options for liquids. For cold drinks, I just take the silicone lid off. I wash it in cold water to preserve the bamboo while cleansing it thoroughly. My bamboo cup is a gift from my wonderful Lily.


Stainless Steel Straw & Cleaner

 Best for last - my stainless steel straw. I love this as I no longer use plastic straws and I'm so proud because I used to love them, especially the swirly ones or the ones that were bendy. They are terrible for our planet and so incredibly wasteful as they go straight into landfill. Instead, I now use my beloved stainless steel straw with the cute little cleaner it came with.

Sites I Purchased Items From:

Travel Cutlery Kit and Stainless Steel Straw - Etsy (Search Zero Waste Travel)
Silicone Food Huggers, Silicone Container, Produce Bags - LevenZonderAfval
Bamboo Cup - Gifted To Me

 







All my love,


M I A H

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Why Zero Waste Is Important To Me

You might be wondering where this idea came from and it's all thanks to a truly inspiring woman named Bea Johnson, or as you may already know, the creator of Zero Waste Home. I discovered her Youtube Channel about two years ago after a trip to Costa Rica where I learned about sustainability within the Leatherback Sea Turtle population and after that trip, I wanted to be more sustainable in my every day life. After finding Bea, I came across the zero waste community and was so  moved after watching a TED talk given by Lauren Singer from Trash Is For Tossers. I did everything I could to understand the lifestyle.

 

I have a lot of shit I don't need - that's a given. Upon discovering all of this information regarding zero waste, I realized just how much I didn't need. I started selling, donating, repairing. Writing a grocery list to avoid impulse purchases. Becoming aware of my plastic consumption; using tote bags for grocery shopping, recycling cardboard and the some plastic wrapping that came along with  items when I ordered online,  buying a stainless steel straw to avoid using one plastic straw and then throwing it away after I'm done, purchasing a bamboo travel cutlery kit so I avoid single use disposable plastic forks, knives and spoons. It sounds extreme, and it probably sounds expensive. I won't lie, sometimes it is an investment, but it's definitely saving me loads of cash in the long run. 

My overall goal is essentially to live a sustainable lifestyle where I don't have to worry about running out of important resources such as water, food and clean air. All basic needs and rights, but ones we are running out of due to pollution, droughts and other natural disasters. I can prevent some of that, or at least the impact by being more careful with my purchases, as every purchase is a vote to a company to produce more or less as the reaction of the customers determines whether or not a product is continued.

Living a zero waste lifestyle doesn't mean you don't produce any waste. In fact, you still produce waste indirectly but it does mean you're trying to reduce the amount of waste you create; food, plastic, cardboard etc. You do this through means of recycling, switching to energy saving light-bulbs, shopping at your local farmers market for fruits, bread, flowers and vegetables. I promise, they're so much cheaper and fresher, too! Additional eco-friendly swaps include repairing clothes, getting a compostable toothbrush instead of repurchasing plastic ones, donating or selling items, buying only what you need, making simple swaps such as stainless steel straws instead of plastic ones, buying canvas bags to last you longer than your plastic bags do - especially since they all end up in one big ball in your kitchen cupboard and you end up having to buy new ones which inevitably is such as waste of money and takes up huge spaces in landfill! 


In many ways, when transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle, you are becoming a minimalist. In doing so you're not only saving tons of water, electricity, reducing air pollution, reducing plastic, reducing transport costs etc but you're also saving money in the long run. To see what I mean, watch Lauren Singer's TED Talk here

I'm nowhere near zero waste. Far from it, actually. There are loads of days when I have zero waste fails such as forgetting my canvas bag so I'm forced to get a plastic one when grocery shopping. I also still have a lot of hair and skin products in plastic packaging that I have to finish before I create my own products to further my zero waste lifestyle. This is, however, my start and it is definitely not where I plan to stop. I want to get to the point where I have less plastic packaging and more items in packaging I can recycle properly such as stainless steel containers for lunch / leftover foods, glass containers containing a variety of products and items such as cleaning products, foods (pasta, rice, quinoa, dried nuts and fruit, chocolate) and teas from bulk stores. I want to keep my bread in fabric bags instead of the silly packaging they come in that has one function for one time only.  It's ridiculous how conditioned we are to spend money, so every day I am doing my bit to be more sustainable, trying to reduce my carbon footprint, aiming to be eco-conscious and try to take care of the earth. Do I get a lot of shit for it? Absolutely. In a society that encourages consumerism, how can I not? But this doesn't stop me from trying to be sustainable. I respect those who don't want to give up what they're used to as I agree, it is a big change but it's not difficult at all. Small changes always matter, big changes need them to create a ripple effect, an impact, a revolution. 

All my love,



M I A H



Sunday, 5 November 2017

☆ The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution: Hit or Miss?

I've been on the hunt for a daily serum that will not only hydrate my skin but also help combat problems. I was looking for something to help with redness, oiliness and to clean my skin after I've cleansed and toned. A few days ago, I popped into The Body Shop. While I was tempted to purchase the tea tree oil, especially since so many bloggers are raving about how oils are clearing up their skin, I decided to buy the Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution instead because I wanted to try something new. It contains purified tea tree oil (a key ingredient aside from aloe vera, caffeine and chamomile) in my skincare routine and it's suitable for blemished skin.

The Body Shop's Anti Imperfection Daily Solution





The packaging is very clean cut and I love that everything is recyclable. The solution is packed in a small white cardboard box. I personally love this as it goes well with the colour scheme of my room (as I like to keep some items on display and not in my bathroom, given I share with my roommates). Additionally, the glass bottle inside is a dark green and contains a dropper from which the solution is released. I apply this every morning after my shower and some evenings after I've washed my face.


The packaging of the solution


The pros and cons of this were fairly easy to spot within the first week of using the product. Pros include the price as it is great for 50ml (14) and is sure to last you a while. The packaging is recyclable and the product is cruelty-free, two pros which mean a lot to me personally. The product definitely seeps into your skin and gets rid of any impurities within the first month of using, but it is also a con as within the first two weeks, I experienced a breakout. My skin is oily, but I barely have breakouts. After the first two weeks, my skin went back to normal but I noticed it was a bit dehydrated and that is probably because the product also contains alcohol, something I totally forgot to check. I think there's not enough tea tree oil in here, so currently this product is unfortunately a miss for me.



Overall, I'll probably continue using the product throughout the month of November as it might just be my skin clearing itself out. Though it does dry my skin out sometimes, I've noticed that darker marks have faded so perhaps it is helping somehow. I'm not totally going to discard the product nor quit using it just yet as I want to see if there will be any positive changes. Have you tried this product before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments down below!



M I A H