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How To Make Zero-Waste Beeswax Wrap

As promised in this article where I shared my favorite alternatives to cling wrap, here is a simple tutorial on making zero-waste beeswax wrap.

You may be surprised to find out that making zero-waste beeswax wrap is easier and cheaper than you think.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Piece of old linen or cotton fabric.
  • Beeswax granulate – I got mine from greenshop.ch. It is from La droguerie écologique for about CHF45.
  • Baking paper.
  • Scissors. …

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The Best Zero-Waste Food Wraps

What do you use to cover leftovers? Do you store them in Tupperware or put them in a bowl and cover them with cling wrap? When I was growing up in the Communist Czech Republic, my mom used to put leftovers on a plate and cover it with another one. In this article, I will show you some zero-waste food wraps that you can replace kitchen foil.

Reusable Silicone Food Covers

Zero-waste flexible reusable lids made of silicone- blue from Eco Inova and transparent from Lékué.

They are affordable, …

Happy Digital Detox – Say Goodbye to Social Media

CATEGORY: WELLNESS

A few weeks ago, I listened to a podcast about digital minimalism. It was the first time that I heard the term, but it resonated with me so much that I ordered the book by the end of the episode. This post will share my thoughts on why I recommend doing digital detox and why you have to start using social media intentionally.

I have a retiring friend, and one of her goals is to learn to use social media. I can imagine that she will find my advice strange since everyone tells her that every business has …

How to Have Fun Dressing Up in February

Well, Hello, February! I can’t believe that the second month of 2021 is already here! Doesn’t time fly? Several of my friends have birthday this month, one of them retiring, and it’s going to be one year since Alex lost his job. At least, we live in a country with a great social care system. I don’t know how people do it in the countries where unemployment benefits don’t exist. In Switzerland, you get up to 18 months of 80% of your last salary (if you have a child). And due to the sanitary situation, they …

How to choose a sustainable and eco-friendly tea?

CATEGORY: ZERO-WASTE

When I published my “baked tea” recipe, I realized that I did not explain what makes it zero-waste and eco-friendly. First, I used fruits that were past their best and would otherwise end up in a compost bin. Secondly, I bought the fruits at our local farm and the raw sugar at a bulk store. And thirdly, the jar that I stored it in was recycled – from our favorite marmalade brand. But if you are not into baked fruit teas, here are tips on how to choose sustainable and eco-friendly tea (and tea bags). …

How to make the best zero-waste fruit tea at home

In this article, I want to share with you my favorite fruit tea recipe. A Czech friend living in Lausanne introduced me to “baked fruit tea” when I visited her at Christmas. When I mentioned it to my Czech friends, all of them knew about it. It is trendy over there. And I am not surprised because it tastes, smells amazing, and warms you up. Which is all one needs in winter, isn’t it? So if you want to learn how to make the best zero-waste fruit tea at home, continue reading.

Easy Fruit Tea Recipe …

How to look sustainably chic? Blue jeans and non-mulesed rollneck

HI everyone,

This is one of my favorite winter looks – it keeps me warm and helps me feel in my skin. If you wonder how to look sustainably chic in winter, this article is for you.

SUSTAINABLE CHIC

What does it mean? A look put together from pre-loved (= second-hand or gifted), sustainably sourced, and/or ethically made clothes.

My white rollneck is made of non-mulesed wool. Even though wool is a natural material, its production is not always ethically kosher. There is a controversy …

Veganuary and Dry January Challenge. How To Make This January Stand Out

What do you think about the Veganuary and Dry January challenge? A quick look at social media shows how popular both challenges are. While the #veganuary hashtag has over 1,2 million posts on Instagram, #dryjanuary has about 276,000 posts.

What is Veganuary?

Veganuary is a combination of “vegan” and “January.” The idea is to follow a plant-based diet for one month. Vegans avoid animal-based products (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk products) and animal-derived substances. They also stay clear from honey and don’t use beauty or body-care products tested on animals.

How To Feel Warm When It’s Freezing – Sustainably Chic

How to feel warm when it is freezing? That is the question.

Today, I am sharing my favorite look for winter. Would you believe that this dark blue beanie is made of upcycled cashmere? It is by ethical Swiss brand Tallis – I have several pieces from her last year collection. Their beanies, sweaters, and berets are elegant, chic, and sustainable. The bag is by the Swiss brand Noleti. All their bags are handmade in Switzerland.

My coat is made of 100% wool …

How To Celebrate Christmas Sustainably?

In this post, I will share a few tips on how to celebrate Christmas sustainably. I am publishing this after Christmas so that I can share what works and what did not.

1. GET A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS TREE

Let’s start with the Christmas tree. We did not want to get a cut tree because it feels like wasting precious resources. Trees turn CO2 into oxygen thus help reduce the speed with which the atmosphere is warming up. Cutting them down and exposing them for a few weeks at our home did not …

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That You’ll Keep?

Have you ever met someone who has kept her New Year’s resolution? Until recently, I would have said: “No! Are you kidding? No one keeps their New Year’s resolutions!” I would mean it because I used to be one of those people. But, as you probably guess, I found a way how to make New Year’s resolutions that I will keep. And I will share my recipe with you. In order to make New Year’s resolutions that you’ll keep, you have to:

1. BE REALISTIC

In essence, we don’t keep New Year’s resolutions for one simple …

Our Unique Christmas Guide Featuring Swiss Black-Owned Businesses

In this article, I want to share with you some Swiss brands and companies that are owned by black women (and one by a man). This Christmas guide featuring Swiss black-owned businesses includes only the brands that I tried or that were recommended to me. If you know a brand that should be on the list, leave me a comment below.

After I published my list of sustainable Christmas gift ideas for 2020, I realized that none of the brands was owned by a woman (or a man) of color. Black-owned businesses are …

Where to Buy Affordable and Sustainable Christmas Gifts in Switzerland?

In this article, I share some of my favorite Swiss companies, brands, and businesses that are making sustainable products. Some tips include foreign brands that I use and that you can find in Switzerland too. So where to buy affordable and sustainable Christmas gifts in Switzerland?

50-180 $/CHF

A GIFT VOUCHER from Farmy.ch / espace-terroir.ch / – online shops featuring local and organic products. From CHF50/CHF85 respectively.

WOODEN TRAIN from Swiss company Oi-Blocks.com. It is handmade in …

How To Shop Environmentally-Friendly This Black Friday

Black Friday is around the corner. For a long time, I did not understand the concept of people queuing in front of the store overnight and fighting over plasma TVs. We did not “celebrate” Black Friday in the Czech Republic. At least not thirty years ago. And when I moved to Switzerland, it was not common here either. But during the last few years, things changed. Whether it’s due to globalization, consumers, or brands, Black Friday sales are everywhere. So in this article, I want to show you how to shop environmentally-friendly this black Friday.

The Black Friday …

How To Choose Sustainable Jeans in 2020?

Where to find sustainable jeans? What makes a pair of jeans sustainable? Today, I will give you a few tips and tricks on how to choose sustainable jeans without breaking your budget.

Why am I talking about sustainable jeans? Does it mean that your favorite Levi’s are not sustainable?

Did you know that it takes 10,000 liters of water to make a single pair of jeans? Denim is cotton, which is a thirsty crop that requires a lot of water and pesticides to grow. In order to get the right color, the jeans are …