Plastic Free July : week 1

Week 1 of the Plastic Free July Challenge has come to an end … and surprise surprise, I didn’t exactly eliminate plastic from my life. I’ve caved a few times and gotten some plastic items that I know aren’t exactly on the “acceptable” list. I used a plastic fork at a restaurant; one of my coworkers gave me a granola bar in a plastic wrapper; I bought a bottle of face moisturizer in a plastic bottle; I used plastic dental floss; I had tofu that came wrapped in a plastic container. There have been mishaps in this challenge, however I don’t want them to overshadow the successes! I haven’t gotten a single plastic water bottle, or bought a bag of chips, I haven’t used a single plastic straw, and I’ve avoided (most) foods wrapped in single use plastic.

The challenge continues into Week 2, and there have been things I’ve learned that I think will make the rest of the month easier. Here are some of my plastic free favorites that I’ve been using almost everyday:

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metal water bottle : metal thermos : metal straw : plastic container : reusable produce bag : cutlery set : reusable tote bag

Sure, some of these items are plastic. However, this is what I had on hand and I am using and reusing them them, while reducing my single plastic usage. I’m not going to allow myself to feel guilty about using what I have, and going forward when it’s time to replace these items I know I will go for more durable and plastic free options.

How’s your Plastic Free July going? I’d love to know!

Cheers!

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DIY Gifts : a roundup of simple + thoughtful gift

I’m a big fan of making gifts, and I love making things that not only look beautiful but are functional. Gift giving doesn’t need to be expensive or flashy; sometimes the small, thoughtful gifts are the most meaningful ones. And as I look to live a more eco conscious and minimal lifestyle, I think that making something that serves as both art and as a functional item is a beautiful thing.

1. DIY Magnets

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These magnets are lovely + easy to make. They can be used to stick up to do lists, photos, or just put them up on a fridge and they’re an art piece in and of themselves!

2. Home Scent

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Who doesn’t want their space to smell nice and relaxing? These little gifts will do just that, plus look lovely when not in use.

3. Pretty Plant

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I’m currently loving how trendy plants are right now, and these are some nice ways to a gift a bit of the leafy goodness.

What gifts do you like to make? I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers!

 

July Vibes

I’m finding a lot that inspires me this month, not least is the Plastic Free July challenge. I’m looking at where I produce plastic trash in my daily life, and let me tell you that it’s kind of everywhere. It’s food packaging, plastic shipping envelopes, the bottle my sunscreen comes in, the fabric my clothes are made of … it seems that everywhere I look in my life, plastic has made it’s way in. I don’t think that I will be able to eliminate all plastic from my life this month (and indeed that’s not the point of the challenge), but I am looking to reduce my plastic waste and recycle when I can.

This month I really want to tackle a lot of the DIY projects that I’ve been meaning to do and write about + make videos on. There’s a pile of clothes waiting to be upcycled  as well as a number of plant-related DIY’s I’ve been meaning to do. Stay tuned for more this month!

Cheers!

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Plastic Free July : A Zero Waste Challenge

With the start of July comes the start of a month long challenge to reduce, refuse, and avoid single-use plastic and other forms of plastic trash. Plastic Free July is a challenge to not only reduce  plastic litter consumption, but to raise awareness on the issue itself.

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Photographer Justin Hofman, Photo via National Geographic

Plastic trash is perhaps one of the more visible and unsightly issues imposed on our environment; it seems you can’t walk down a sidewalk or beach without seeing a cigarette butt, a plastic spoon, or an empty chip bag.

The biggest source of plastic pollution come from “single use” or “disposable” plastic, with the top 6 sources of plastic waste being:

  1. food wrappers and container (31.14%)
  2. bottle caps (15.5%)
  3. plastic bags (11.18%)
  4. straws and drink stirrers (8.13%)
  5. bottles (7.27%)
  6. takeout containers (6.27%)

I really hate the terms “single use” and “disposable” because it helps to perpetuate our use-once-then-throw-away mentality. But there is no such things as “away”, and every piece of plastic that has EVER been produced still exists somewhere. Plastic is so pervasive and insidious, and seem to have made its way into every part of our daily lives, from microbeads in face wash to plastic lined cardboard to shrink wrapped produce.

This challenge isn’t about being “perfect” and it’s not one you can fail at. Plastic Free July is about creating awareness, and to help you form new habits. Habits take time to form and there will be times when you simply cannot avoid using plastic. But that’s ok! Take those experiences and use them as a learning tool to try and avoid that situation in the future.

I know that I’m going to struggle with this challenge and that there will be times I have felt like I’ve messed up. But remember that you cannot fail at something if you learn from it and try to do better in the future. That’s what this challenge is all about.

I’ll be making weekly updates on my plastic free journey where I’ll share my tips, advice, blunders (which I’m sure there will be plenty), and insights on this challenge. There are a few good reads here, here, and here in the meantime. Will you take on the challenge with me?

Good Luck on your plastic free journey!! Let me know if you have any tips or insights on the challenge.

Cheers!

 

Vegan Matcha Latte + A New Year 2018

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Anyone else not a fan of coffee? The taste, the smell, I’m just not crazy about it.

However, I AM a big fan of matcha lattes. This recipe is super easy + super tasty, using vegan creamer instead of traditional milk.

Matcha is the whole ground leaf of young green tea, which means it has the highest caffeine content of any tea. It’s also rich in antioxidants and has a lovely, earthy flavor. But honestly, the best part about matcha is the COLOR. Green is my favorite color, so sipping on a cup of green goodness just makes me really happy.

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With the new year upon us, I’m thinking of the things I want to accomplish/work on/do in 2018. They’re not exactly resolutions, but they are things I am striving for.

  1. Move out : I’m fortunate enough that my parents were able to support me while I went to college, but now that I am officially done as of December, it’s time to save up and leave the nest.
  2. Work on my online presence : Everything is online nowadays, and building your presence online is so crucial. I personally want to work creating cool, fun content on my blog, YouTube channel, and Instagram.
  3. Have more fun with my wardrobe : Be bold, be colorful, be fun. This is the year to experiment.
  4. Go on more dates : Jose and I are such homebodies, but we both need to get out of the house more.
  5. Be more environmentally conscious : Shopping second hand, carrying around my reusable cutlery set + metal straws, reducing my meat consumption + eating produce in season…this is the year to take stock of my impact on the environment as a whole. I can’t change the world overnight, but small changes can lead to big things.

Do you have any goals/mantras/resolutions for the new year? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy New Year, everyone ✨

4 DIY (Crazy Easy) Modern Plant Stands

I don’t want to say I’m a lazy DIY-er, but I believe you shouldn’t need a lot of complicated tools and steps (or spend a lot of cash) to make beautiful DIY’s. I’m definitely one for shortcuts and easy steps. Minimum effort, maximum impact is my M.O.

Plant stands are an easy way to elevate your plants, literally AND figuratively. These plant stands look pretty easy to make, however they can be made even easier with the right know-how, which totally works for me!

Make this Mid Century inspired plant stand to show off the houseplants you haven't killed!
via A Beautiful Mess

This side table/plant stand is just amazing. But you’ve got to be committed and stocked with the right tools (in this case a jig saw) if you wants to copy this tutorial to a T (and yes, this is the correct way to spell this idiom, I checked). This tutorial can be made even easier by buying pre-cut wood circles  instead of trying to cut them out yourselves. Check our your local craft store or even Home Depot for wood circles.

 

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This little guy has got to be the simplest plant stand, but it still packs a visual punch. A Beautiful Mess sure do like using their jig saw, but buying a pre-cut circle and a square dowel will save you a lot of effort and hassle.

 

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Would you believe this plant stand is made from picture frames?? It’s quite brilliant actually! 4 wood frames, some wood glue, and a few clamps is really all you need to make this nifty square plant stand.

I know I’ll have to try my hand at making some of these soon for my indoor plant collection (which is growing slowly, but surely). #plantparenthood

Let me know which one is your favorite, or if there are any other easy plant DIY’s floating around.

Wall Hanging DIY Inspo

Wall hangings are such a popular trend right now, and I’m not mad about it. You could absolutely buy one from Urban Outfitter or Etsy, but you could just as easily make your own! I am all about that DIY mindset.

Here’s a handful of some beautiful and inspiring DIY’s that caught my eye. Which one is your favorite?

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