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29 April 2016 @ 10:58 pm
Dry shampoo is a dry substance that comes in spray or powder form. It cleans your hair without the use of water by absorbing oil from your scalp and hair, and making it look and feel freshly washed again. I have tried a few brands and here is what I didn't like about them:

  • heavy fragrance

  • ingredients like isobutane, butane, propane, petroleum and alcohol

  • aerosol package

Homemade dry shampoo is easy to make. I tried this recipe from zoya.bg and I am very satisfied with the results - it works! Also, it's cheap, zero waste and smells so good.

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Ingredients
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
1 Tbsp corn flour

5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tsp natural cocoa (optional, for dark hair - you can experiment with the quantity)
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old make-up (powder) brush
small glass jar


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Instructions
Mix all the ingredients in the jar. Use on dry hair - apply with the brush
to the roots or oily parts of your hair. Wait a couple of minutes, comb your hair and style as usual.
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25 March 2016 @ 12:41 am
People are often pessimistic when the topic of ecology is brought up. Some agree that the pollution is a problem but also think that they cannot do anything about it. Others don't even care about all the eco-hippie-gibberish and live their happy consumer lives. However, there are also people who understand that it's important to make a change and live cosciously. And I choose the side of the latter.



Probably the first "green" habit I embraced was using a cloth shpping bag, many years ago. It's one of the easiest changes and I'm seeing more and more people do that.

A couple of years ago I came across the book "Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days" by Vanessa Farquharson. The author finds one way to make her life more "green" every day for 365 days. Some of things she tries are trivial ("Switch to recycled paper towels" or "No more electric heating pad") and might not reduce your own impact on the planet but still the book is a good start.

I never liked plastic dishes, cups and cutlery but my intolerance has grown exponentially since I started working and eating out every day, facing the piles of disposable plastic thrown away every day. Me and my colleagues usually take food from the nearby luncheonette and eat it in the office. Since every dish is put in a disposable box, the trash bin is overflowing each time. I hated it so I started using reusable glass/plastic boxes and some of my colleagues approved my idea and joined.

Some of my most precious childhood memories are the carefree summer days at the countryside with my grandparents. We didn't have a trash bin because we didn't produce trash. Me and my grandparents were minimal waste without even knowing about "zero waste" or trying too hard. We grew vegetables and fruits in our garden and composted the leftovers. We bought dairy products from the neighbours so there weren't any packages. We bought bread from the bakery (still no packages). The only waste was some broken glass and a few plastic bags (from sugar, salt, etc.) which were collected and thrown in the city trash bin once or twice a month. The amount was less than what a regular family produces for 2 days in the city.

Zero waste is self-explanatory but just in case you haven't heard about it, here's a quote from Wikipedia:




Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills and incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.




Do you want to be green and zero (or at least minimal) waste? Here are some starting points:

  • food - buy food from bulk shops and farmers markets. If you don't have a bulk shop nearby, choose products with less packages.

  • home and personal hygiene - try making your own cleaning products! Some are very easy to make and will save you money (see the links below)

  • clothes - reuse your old clothes (see links below) and buy "new" from thrift stores.

  • recycling - you have no excuse for not doing that!

  • transport - when possible use the public transport or ride a bike.

  • share - tell your friends


Cool links:
The Clear Bin Project
30 Days to Zero Waste
The Bulk Shopping Guide
100 ways to upcycle your clothing
Zero waste solutions for your personal care routine
 
 
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29 February 2016 @ 11:39 pm
This type of recipes is the reason behind "etc." in my "Baking, etc." posts. There are many recipes for healthy truffles and once you learn the basics it's easy to experiment. They don't contain sugar, they are easily made in a blender or by hand and taste really good.


Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites
the awesome chocolate and peanut butter combo

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Tahini truffles with coconut
the healthy tahini version of Raffaello



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Pistachio and Matcha Truffles
green tastes wonderful

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