Zero Waste Kitchen With ZustainaBox

The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day, 10 times the amount a century ago, according to World Bank researchers. Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution, roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled. Shocking right? Luckily, due to the popular zero-waste movement companies are rethinking the materials, packaging and how to reduce waste.

This time I want to show you a replaceable head washing brush from the brand The Zero Waste Club. The brush is made from sustainable bamboo. It has two pieces. The handle and the head. Once the head is worn out, it can be easily replaced. The handle can still be used for a long time. The bristles are made from 100% natural sisal plant. Besides for the dishes the brush can be used to clean all kind of things. The brush is completely biodegradable.

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The bamboo dish brush I got from the ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
– The week of 21st October
– The week of 16th December
– The week of 24th February
If you want to give it a try and join the club use my code ‘AS15’ to get 15% discount!
Read more information here.

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Alisson

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Zero Waste Bathroom With Holland & Barrett

Having a zero-waste bathroom is now easier with the new collection of Holland & Barrett. I have listed my favorite zero waste must-haves that you can start replacing now.

1. Reusable cotton pads

Washable cotton pads are made from organic cotton and are suitable for all skin types. They are an environmentally friendly alternative to throwaway cotton pads and wipes. The cotton pads from Holland and Barrett comes in a small bag perfect for traveling and keeping together when you throw in the wash. These cotton pads can be used solely with micellar water or facial cleansers to completely remove your makeup.

2. Reusable cotton cloth

Muslin cloths are an environmentally friendly alternative to wipes. Apply your favorite cleanser all over your face and down your neck. Rinse the cloth under warm water and squeeze out any excess water. Hold the cloth over your face for 5 seconds, then in gentle circular motions start to remove the cleanser.

3. Exfoliate mitt

The exfoliating hand glove from Holland & Barret is made from ramie. Ramie is a natural fiber from a plant in China know as a Chinese nettle. The fiber is naturally resistant to bacteria and mildew. Wet with warm water, apply your favorite shower gel or soap and massage in circular motions over the body for a light exfoliation. Once finished rinse and air dry.

4. Double-sided face cloth

Unbleached cotton towel on one side for gentle exfoliating. Unbleached muslin on the reverse for light cleansing. This cloth is an environmentally friendly alternative to wipes and exfoliator. Use warm water with a face wash or cleanser to gently clean and exfoliate the face. Use the smooth side for light cleansing and removing the product from the face. The textured side gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin leaving a radiant, clean and healthy face.

5. Bamboo toothbrush

A bamboo toothbrush lasts just as long as an ordinary plastic toothbrush. The handle is made from sustainable bamboo, the bristles are made from Nylon 6 and all the packaging is recyclable. The bamboo is biodegradable.

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Alisson

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Reusable Coffee Cup Made From Bamboo

We all love coffee in the morning and even better if it’s to-go. While some people have reusable coffee cups, the majority of coffee drinkers opt for the fast and easy disposable coffee cup to hold their favorite drink. While this is good for both the local economy and our mental well-being, there are some negative side effects to that morning coffee-to-go.

Most of the disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled due to their plastic lining. While the paper part of the cup will break down quickly, it will take it over 30 years for the plastic lining to fragment and close to 100 years to break down completely.

Luckily there are now a lot of companies producing environmentally friendly products. This time I want to show you the reusable coffee cup that I use from the Dutch company Zuperzozial.

The coffee cup is made from bamboo and corn. The lid and grip are made from eco-friendly silicon. The cup is light in weight, which makes it handy to bring it in any bag. The cup is suited for hot and cold. And it’s dishwasher proof. I have the mini cruiser model in the color willow green.

 

As people begin to refuse single-use coffee cups, companies will adapt and adopt the same ideals and will be forced to change for good. Making a difference, one coffee at a time.

The mini cruiser reusable coffee cup, I got from the ZustainaBox. If you still don’t know, ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. Use my code to sign in ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.

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Alisson

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Washable And Reusable Products: ImseVimse

ImseVimse is a Swedish brand of reusable textile products. It started as a cloth diaper brand but it has expanded and now they make washable products for women as well.
In order to protect the environment, for all of their products ImseVimse uses cotton that is organically cultivated. Like this, they can be certain to offer clean and good products.

The production takes place mainly in Europe, primarily in Latvia and in Turkey. They impose strict demands on suppliers and manufacturers. And carry out annual checks on the working conditions in their factories. All of their products meet the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for textiles. Which means they are sustainably produced and have been tested for harmful substances.

The motto of the company is to create good products that matter and make a difference in the world. ImseVimse’s head office is based in the Swedish city Visby, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From their collection I got the following products:

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Pantyliners, baby bibs, washable wipes, and cleansing pads
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These cleansing pads are washable, ideal for makeup removing.
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The pantyliners are made of 100% organic cotton. These pads are perfect to combine with a menstrual cup.

From the baby collection, I use the all-in-one cloth diaper.

I hope you like this brand and give it a try.  In The Netherlands, you can buy ImseVimse at the webshop www.GreenJump.nl

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Alisson

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30 Really Easy Ways To Reduce Plastic Waste

Plastic is a big problem for the environment. It ends up in landfills and it’s regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals, to fatal consequences. It does not biodegrade. Ever. It just sits and accumulates in landfills and in the oceans forever.
It might be difficult to stop using plastic from one day to the other, but little by little it is possible. You don’t have to do them all every day, but every little effort makes a difference. Here are my tips:

  1. Use cotton swabs made from paper.
  2. Use a menstrual cup or reusable cloth menstrual pads. Instead of disposable tampons and pads.
  3. Use a safety razor instead of disposable razors. This is a little investment (around €30) but it will last a long time.
  4. Use soap bars for your body and hair that is sold without packaging. The shop Lush is a great place to get all your beauty goodies package-free. Even shower gel!
  5. Use body scrubs made from natural ingredients. Some scrubs are made with tiny synthetic particles called microbeads.
  6. Use make-up products that come in sustainable packagings. For example check the brand Lush or Boho.
  7. Use cloth cleansing pads instead of the disposable pads made from cotton.
  8. Use a bamboo toothbrush.
  9. Brush your teeth with toothy tabs instead of regular pasta from a tube.
  10. Use a deodorant that comes in a carton package.
  11. Wrap your food in beeswax instead of plastic food wrap.
  12. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters. Or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
  13. Pack your lunch in reusable containers or invest in a set of metal Tupperware.
  14. Make your own cleaning products. I clean a lot with vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
  15. Use a soap bar to wash the dishes instead of liquid soap.
  16. Buy cleaning brushes from metal and natural fibers.
  17. Avoid getting a receipt as much as possible. Some receipts are coated in a thin layer of plastic that makes them unrecyclable.
  18. Use reusable cotton bags when you do the groceries. Make sure you always have a bag with you.
  19. Don’t use plastic bags for your fruits out of the supermarket. Pack them loose in your shopping car.
  20. Pack loose vegetables like green beans, tomatoes or champignons in paper bags. Most of the supermarkets have them. But, more ideally it would be if you bring your own veggie cotton bag.
  21. Buy pasta, rice and some other dry foods in a carton box instead of a plastic package. Or buy them in a bulk store and bring your own containers.
  22. If you commute to go to work or school and can’t function without coffee, get a reusable coffee cup and use it.
  23. Get a glass or a stainless steel water bottle and take it with you everywhere you go.
  24. Buy laundry detergent in a cardboard box instead of a plastic bottle.
  25. Buy clothes from natural fabrics instead of synthetic fabrics. Every time a garment made of a synthetic fabric is washed, it releases tiny particles that end in our oceans. Threatening the animals and plants.
  26. Order your drinks without plastic straws.
  27. Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.
  28. Use reusable cloth diapers, baby wipes, and bibs.
  29. If you are breastfeeding use reusable nursing pads.
  30. Use wooden toys instead of plastic toys. Wood is a more sustainable material and lasts long.
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I hope you get inspired and see how easy it is to make little changes that have a big impact on our environment.

Interesting documentaries about these topics:
A Plastic Ocean – Watch on Netflix
Plasticized – Watch Here
Garbage Island: An Ocean of Plastic – Watch Here
Chasing Coral – Watch on Netflix

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Alisson

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Favorite Eco Products From January

Since I started to invest more in the eco-products I use, I have been collecting different brands and trying them out. Every month on this new blog series, I will show you my favorite products. It’s time to promote the best eco-friendly products which are encouraging us to think a little greener about our consumption and to protect the environment. Here they are:

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On the rocks ‘first times diary’. I am a big fan of writing a diary. I got this book as a Christmas present and fell in love right away. The specialty of this book is that the sheets are made from stone paper instead of normal paper. The stones they used for the paper come from mines. The color of the stones is the color that the paper will take on. Don’t be discouraged when the sheets don’t look crispy white. What I love about this: there is no water needed in the production of this paper. Cool right? 😉
Read more about these amazing books here: https://paperontherocks.com/shop/

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Dr. Bronner’s all-one toothpaste. Made with organic ingredients. This paste is the most natural I have tried. It has no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners. The tube where it comes is made from 100% recyclable materials. I like the taste and how fresh and clean it leaves my breath.
Read more about Dr. Bronner’s here: https://www.biggreensmile.nl

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Naif face cleanser. I am a big fan of products that are as natural as possible. I even use often fruits and veggies from the kitchen to clean my skin. While searching for baby skin care products I discovered Naif. They make products with no-nonsense ingredients for babies and for babes! I felt curious to try their products out and got the cleanser. The ingredients are mostly natural oils. Which make the skin very soft. I like the light smell and the fact that I can feel that it has no harsh chemicals in it. I’m very happy with this cleanser and I’m looking forward to starting using their baby products!
Read more about Naif and their babies and babes products here: https://naifcare.com/product-categorie/baby-care/

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Seepje washing nuts. These nuts are an all-natural product to wash your clothes with. I started using them last year, and still, I’m a big fan. I like to use natural products and soaps without SLS as much as possible. These nuts are just perfect. You can reuse them three times and afterward, you can throw them away in the green container. If washing your clothes with nuts feels too crazy for you, Seepje has normal washing liquid for the clothes as well. The liquid comes in a recycled bottle and is also SLS-free and is made with natural ingredients.
Read more about Seepje here: https://www.seepje.nl

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Dentatabs for brushing my teeth. I discovered this tabs last year while I was doing a plastic diet. They come in a paper bag but I store them in a mason jar. To use the tabs, you need to put one in your mouth and chew on them a little bit and start brushing your teeth. The tabs are made in Germany with all-natural ingredients. You can find them with and without flour. Read more about the tabs here:  https://www.bag-again.nl/product/denttabs-tand-tabletjes/?v=796834e7a283

I added two different toothpaste on my list because I use them both. I mostly use the tabs, but when I want a stronger fresh feeling, I use the toothpaste of Dr. Bronner’s.

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I hope you enjoy my list and would like to try some of the products I mentioned. Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Alisson

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I STARTED THIS DIET. DO YOU DARE TO START IT TOO?

Diets have always been in the back of my head. I had done some but never succeeded in keeping up… After watching the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” I decided that it was time for me to start dieting again. This time I need to go on a Plastic Diet. I am committed doing my best to keep it up because I´m not only helping myself but the environment as well. Here are some facts for you to see what I am talking about:

– Plastic is the number one source of pollution in the ocean. It is harmful to the environment because it does not degrade; instead, it breaks down into smaller pieces called microplastic and they never disappear. It poses a significant health threat to the various creatures, and to the entire marine ecosystem.

– Over one million seabirds and one hundred thousand sea mammals are killed by ocean pollution each year. Three hundred thousand dolphins die each year as a result of becoming entangled in discarded fishing nets, among other items.

– Even though the trash and waste dumped into the ocean are released hundreds of miles away from land, it still washes up on beaches and coastal areas and affects everything in between.

– Plastic debris can absorb toxic chemicals from ocean pollution. Small animals at the bottom of food chain absorb the chemicals as part of their food. Then these are eaten by larger animals that again increases the concentration of chemicals. Animals at the top of the hierarchy of food chain have contamination levels millions of times higher than the water in which they live. Therefore people get contaminated by eating fish and seafood.

– There is an island full of garbage inside the Pacific Ocean: The North Pacific Gyre. This is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one.

The more I read about it, the more I got convinced to reducing my use of plastic. In my research, I found some bloggers that already promote a life without plastic. I am lucky enough to live in the same city as Nicky and Jessie; zero-waste bloggers from the blog ‘Het Zero Waste Project’. I visited Jessie in her zero-waste office to ask her for some tips. To my surprise, she in combination with her organization ‘Opgemärkt’, is hosting a plastic diet event during the whole month of July. They are going to give tips, host talks, and different kind of events where we can learn more about a low to zero waste lifestyle.

To prepare for the diet, Jessie gave me tips and showed me some products that I can get in order to get started. I have listed them out for you:

1. Bamboo toothbrush

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This toothbrush is made out of bamboo and the brush is BPA-free. The package is made out of recycled cardboard. This brush is vegan, cruelty-free, and fairly produced. The price is €3,99.

2. Toothpaste

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Dental tablets are meant to wash your teeth the same way toothpaste does. They are free of preservatives, aluminum, and micro-plastics. Available with and without fluoride. How to use it? Chew a tablet and wet your toothbrush well. Brush your teeth as usual. The 100 grams package has 300 pieces and it last around 3 months. The price is €12,95

3. Bread bag

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This bag is made out of 100% organic cotton. The dimensions are 31 × 47 cm and it´s suitable to store any kind of bread (also good to freeze it). Price per piece: €5.95 or 3 for €16.95

4. Washable make-up pads

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These pads are made of biological cotton with a GOTS certification (which means that this product is fairly made and the cultivation and production of the cotton are made without pesticides). The pads have two sides: a smooth side and a side with more structure to clean up your face better. These makeup pads are washable. The price for 5 pieces is €11,95 and it comes in a cotton bag that you can reuse as a laundry bag. 🙂

5. Reusable coffee cup

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Every year, 100 billion coffee cups are thrown away. You can reduce that number by getting your own to-go coffee cup. Every time you buy coffee on-the-go you can kindly give your cup instead of the to-go ones. The cup is made out of bamboo and the lid is made out of non-toxic food-grade silicone. The price is €10,99

6. Menstrual cup

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If you still don´t use it I encourage you to order one now! Read all about it and my experience with it HERE.

 

Follow Nicky and Jessie from ‘Het Zero Waste Project’ to get even more tips from their experienced zero waste lifestyle.

Are you brave enough to join me? Let me know in comments below,

With love

Alisson