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Be part of the plastic pollution solution! It gets easier every year, there are now so many new products that are eliminating plastic and offering an awesome plastic free alternative.
When it comes to eliminating plastic, we recommend you tackle it in four steps.
First, overhaul your on-the-go items
The basic list is:
🌸 Carry reusable shopping bags;
🌸 Set yourself up with a stainless-steel drink bottle, lunch box, and keep cup;
🌸 Have a designated container for takeouts and utensils + a straw to eat on-the-go;
🌸 Beeswrap on hand to wrap your sandwiches; and
🌸 A snack box in your bag to keep you boosted mid-afternoon.
Second, overhaul your bathroom
Third, overhaul your laundry
Stainless-steelpegs for the washing line are not only gorgeous, they are also brilliant to use. Swap laundry liquid in plastic to powder in a box.
When it come to cleaning cloths, either knit your own from cotton or cut up old towels into squares. Both clean so much better then synthetic cloths.
Fourth, overhaul your kitchen
Soap in a cage and handknitted cloths are a fun place to start, but the magic happens when you start filling your pantry jars at a Refillery and avoid all those little plastic bags.
When you have your pantry topped up with waste-free ingredients, here are our top three recipes for reducing the plastic even more.
🌸 Gael's Muesli Slice
1c rolled oats
1.5c chopped nuts and seeds
1c dried fruit, chop big pieces
1/2c brown sugar
Line a small slice tin with baking paper.
Heat butter, brown sugar, and honey. Bring to the boil, turn down and gently boil 7-10 minutes (until soft toffee stage - golden not brown).
While butter mixture is boiling, mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the butter mixture, stir quickly to combine, and press into tin.
Cool before slicing. Enjoy!
🌸 Flax Seed Crackers
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup flaxseeds (linseeds)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of garlic flakes
1 cup of water
Heat oven to 170 degrees celsius.
Mix all the seeds and seasonings together in a large bowl. Add the water and stir to combine. Leave to stand for 15 minutes.
Cover a baking tray with a large piece of baking paper. Spoon the mixture onto it and spread out thinly with a spatula. Try to spread it evenly, avoid leaving holes, and make the thickness less than 4mm if possible.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn upside down on the tray. Peel the baking paper off and return to the oven for another 20-30 minutes. You want it crisp but not burnt.🤣
When done, cool on an biscuit rack, then break up into cracker size pieces and place in a tin to store.
🌸 Nice Ice Cream
Peel and freeze overnight ripe bananas (the riper the sweeter).
Break three bananas into chucks and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy.
If you want a chocolate flavour add 2 tablespoons of cocoa or for a minty delight add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint essence. You can add other berries or mango ... the sky's the limit!
Hope our thoughts provide some plastic free inspiration. If you only make one swap this year ... please make it lip balm! Did you know that annually 200 million plastic lip balm tubes go to landfill across the globe. Making this little switch can make a huge difference.
As always, please reach out and share your top tips, I love hearing from you. We're so much better together!
In her pre-mum life Amanda-Jane was an environmental lawyer. When her children were little she and her family moved to the country in a market gardening area, where they experienced first-hand the toxic impact of conventional horticulture on groundwater, land and personal health. This experience launched her on a journey to restore her family's health and find practical, truly natural solutions for everyday needs. Amanda-Jane became the founder and creator of Everkind - a body care brand strongly committed to providing body kind, people kind, planet kind essentials that work.
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