Reduce your waste: 10 Plastic items you can quit

how to reduce your waste to landfill and live a zero waste lifestyleQuitting these 10 plastic items will make a significant difference whether you are trying to achieve a zero waste lifestyle or simply reduce the waste you send to the landfill. The key is to avoid single-use plastic items altogether. You will be surprised at how much of your waste is reduced if you can manage to avoid these ten plastic products. After all, every little bit helps.

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6 Eco-friendly Ways To Wrap Gifts

glass-jarsWhile we show our appreciation for our loved ones this festive season, we should also show our appreciation for our planet by giving a little more thought into how we wrap our gifts this year. Let’s try to adopt a zero waste approach.  Glossy and generic wrapping paper is so last season! So here are some eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas: Continue reading

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10 Simple Swaps to Go Green

simple swapsI understand that not everyone can fully commit to making all of their products like I do. So I’ve made a list of simple ways you can live a greener life without the process that DIY recipes require. All you need to do is simply swap a synthetic product for a natural ingredient. It doesn’t get easier than this folks! Replace these products and start living a more eco-friendly and non-toxic lifestyle.

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11 Must-Have Ingredients for DIY Products

body wash ingredientsMaking your own natural beauty products is more affordable than buying the retail equivalents, since many homemade recipes call for the same ingredients. Add these 11 essential items to your shopping list, and you will be stocked up and ready to start making your own eco-friendly products. You will spend approximately R700-R800 initially, but you will have enough ingredients to make everything you need for a few months.

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How to make liquid soap

how to make castile liquid soap from barNatural liquid soap is incredibly versatile, to say the least. You can use it around the home to wash dishes, laundry, floors, windows and toilets; or you can use it as part of your skincare regime as body wash, shampoo, face wash, shaving cream and even bubble bath! This is a MUST-DO on anyone’s natural DIY list, especially because this one recipe can replace the multiple toxic cleaners in your home. You no longer have to fork out the cash for Handy Andy, Sunlight, Pantene, Jik, Domestos et cetera et cetera.

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How to make essential oils

how to make infused essential oilsLet’s face it, essential oils are expensive! I use them every day, and when I make soap…heck, I need to throw in an entire bottle just to achieve that oh-so-heavenly fragrance. Talk about throwing money down the (shower) drain, literally. So I searched for cheaper way (other than fragrance-free soap). After all, essential oils are just herbs and flowers right? Surely I could just crush some of my garden greens?..Turns out I was right. Well…kind of. You can make infused oils, and although they might not be as potent as the fancy schmancy distilled essential oils we buy, they do work well in homemade soaps and creams.

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How to make raw apple cider vinegar

raw apple cider vinegar recipeRaw and organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) is incredibly easy to make at home. The only downside is the time it takes to ferment (2-3 months). ACV has many benefits for digestive health, skin and hair and I personally use it in my toner recipe for an even complexion, and in my mouthwash recipe.

You can buy the clear, processed ACV at most grocery stores. However, raw ACV is best because it contains all the beneficial nutrients that are otherwise destroyed once processed (buy the good stuff here). Continue reading

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How to use essential oils safely

how to use essential oils safelyJust because something is natural does NOT make it safe.

As I browse online, it seems that essential oils are part of some “natural-cure-for-all” hype. We have a flurry of misinformed people recommending natural “cures” to thousands of more misinformed people, and the vicious cycle continues. I think this is very dangerous.

Since many of my recipes contain essential oils, I think it’s responsible to inform you about the risks of using essential oils improperly, and to share some basic safety guidelines. Continue reading

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