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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Eco-friendly cleaning: start-up

On the quest towards a more eco-friendly life, it is easy to despair once you realise how much plastic is part of our everyday life, along with multiple ingredients in cleaning products and skin care products etc. that are anything but eco-friendly. So where should we start? I decided to begin with my kitchen cupboard. …

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What makes cheap vegetable oil unaffordable

Look at this picture to see how the rainforest on the tropical island of Borneo a disappearing at a staggering rate as this picture from rainforestsos.com shows: What might be the reason for this? If you have watched the recent BBC programme Red Ape: Saving the Orang Utan the chilling truth becomes very clear. Our cousins …

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Plastic-free Life – Taking Action

It's not enough to moan and then shrug your shoulders thinking: "Poor little me, what can I do?" In response to the rather bleak outlook in one of my earlier posts, I thought about alternatives and how we can take positive action instead of scapegoating and always relying on somebody else to do it. Please …

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Green politics and their promises…

Do we still believe in them? In this current day and age we are saddled with a nagging distrust of ourselves and of others, and certainly, it is the politicians we very often trust least of all. They are not able to stand for the ideals which seemed self-evident just a few generations ago, and yet, …

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Coffee cups and waste reduction

When we think about waste reduction, disposable coffee cups are maybe not the first thing that springs to mind. But then the coffee outlets such as Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Cafe Nero etc.  became well established one after the other throughout the 1990's and early 2000's and the "paper" cups and little plastic lids to avoid …

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