Posts in Zero waste
Zero waste kitchen - the essentials to get you started on the zero waste lifestyle journey

These are my zero waste kitchen essentials. Of course, there are nice to have products, many more must-have products, and even more lust-after products. But just remember, this is a journey and Rome wasn’t built in a day. So take it slow, change where you can and as you go along, and in a while when you look back you will be so impressed to see how far you have come.

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Zero waste bathroom- the simple guide to an easy, toxin free and low waste bathroom make-under

If you have been playing around with the idea of going zero waste (or at least low waste) with your beauty routine, I am here to tell you that it is possible to do it with minimal issues. If you just get your mindset right you have already won half the battle. Instead of thinking you need to stop using certain products, or doing certain things, which can make you feel deprived, rather focus on the excitement of trying something new, saving some money, and streamlining not only your life but the planet as well.

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Zero waste celebrations - Greening Christmas - How to cloth wrap using the Japanese art of Furoshiki [Christmas series]

As part of our drive to waste less, I have decided to try my hand at cloth wrapping. A Japanese tradition used for over 1200 years, cloth wrapping is referred to as Furoshiki, and it is traditionally used to transport clothes, fresh produce, gifts or other goods. The word translates to “bath spread”, referring to the historical use of carrying dirty clothes to the bathhouses in these cloth ‘bags’. The whole practice is an embodiment of Japanese beliefs in beauty, versatility, practicality and thoughtfulness. Furoshiki “bags” used to be used instead of plastic bags. What makes it great is that you can adjust the size of the bag depending on how you fold it, and even a big bag folded from a big cloth can still be folded small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag when it is not used. It can also be used to carry different sized objects, even those with funny or difficult forms.

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Zero waste kitchen: Never buy imported fruits and vegetables - seasonal is better! [Nifty seasonal chart]

Growing up, I remember waiting anxiously for the summer to arrive, because as the weather got warmer, so did the fruit offering increase. The hot months were the months that you could buy peaches and grapes and watermelon and berries. During the cold months, in winter, all my least-favourite fruit was available – oranges, naartjies, all the citrus fruit. The only fruits that you could get year-round were apples and bananas (although some months dirt cheap and others not so much). The rest were seasonally available. No imported fruit, or greenhouses that grew the fruit year round, and definitely no cold rooms to keep fruit fresh for the next offseason. You ate what could be grown and harvested in that season.

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