Cakes4Apes Success

We have been fundraising in Kirkcudbright today. All the funds go towards International Animal Rescue and are specifically intended for our critically endangered cousins the Orang Utans (Man of the Forest in Malay  - and no gender bias here, it includes the females too, don't worry 😉 I sold all my home-made cakes and raised …

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Just a piece of cake?

Spending the Saturday before Easter sitting in front of a friend's shop in a small town in south-west Scotland isn't going to rock the world. It is going to be very low-key. I have spent Wednesday morning baking three cakes (all Fair Trade, organic and one gluten free) to do some fundraising for International Animal …

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Simple Steps to a Shampoo-free Hair Care

Some time ago, I wrote about making your bathroom more eco-friendly. Apart from our kitchen and food preparation this is where we encounter plastics and especially single use plastic most frequently. Most of the products we use for our daily personal care contain lots of other ingredients or components that are either plastic or palm-oil …

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A fresh breeze without Febreze

There are very good reasons why you should ditch that stuff along with most of the chemicals we commonly keep in our homes these days. We tend not to think that much about breathing as it comes so automatically to us. And yet, it is such a vital and basic function of our body which …

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New Resources Green Living @ Home

Hello everyone! Please check out today's launch of my new resources. This is only the start of something which I hope is going to lead us all towards a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. I want to share this with you and hope the charts and recipe lists I have created will be of some …

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6 steps to a more eco-friendly bathroom

While I was trying to minimize the waste in my kitchen by cutting down on single use plastic and reduce the amount of chemicals for cleaning purposes, I was on the lookout for other potential sources. Not surprisingly, the bathroom scored quite high. In this post, I'm only going to explore the first few steps …

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14 uses of bicarbonate soda as a cleaning agent

... or travelling up and down the pH-scale. Well, obviously it is also edible. You can add it to your baking and it is even supposed to help with reflux or heartburn. It is possible to use it as a water softener, odour remover, scrubbing agent and/or mild abrasive. You can use it in the …

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5 ways to reduce your palm oil consumption

... at least sometimes! As I have outlined in my previous post, the ubiquitous usage of palm oil as a cheap ingredient causes utter devastation in rainforests, esp. in Indonesia on the island of Borneo and Sumatra where it drove the Orang Utan, the Sumatran tiger and elephant to near extinction. Only recently, it was …

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Eco-friendly cleaning on a budget

In one of my previous posts, I outlined briefly what products I had found in my kitchen cupboard. In the meantime, these have all been replaced with just 5-6 ingredients with an average cost of about £2 per pack, all of which can then be used as versatile ingredients to make laundry liquid, washing up …

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Homemade multipurpose spray

For this one, you'll need the peel of citrus fruit, white vinegar and a storage glass. I found this recipe on a brilliant site called smarticular which contains a lot of similar resources and I am going to try every one of those that will help me replace and/or reduce the aggressive chemicals in my household …

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