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In Sustainable Living, we share tips, trick, and ideas on:

  • what it means to be sustainable, ethical.
  • why we decided to support fair trade companies and brands.
  • how to be sustainable without being an aggressive eco-warrior
  • how to start incorporating zero-waste ideas in your life.
  • we also cover topics such as living sustainably as a family
  • how to shop in zero-waste stores
  • zero-waste products once should get as a beginner
  • zero-waste lifestyle
  • what is slow living?

I share our experience as a family, what products I found helpful when our daughter was growing up. We also talk about other, family-related content.

In this category, we also talk about motherhood:

  • I share my experience with motherhood, post-natal depression, pregnancy,
  • and other motherhood-related topics.

You can find out more about how you can improve your life and be more sustainable.

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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 …

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 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 …

A Quick, Online Survey On Sustainable and Zero-Waste Living – Your Successes and Challenges

Hi everyone,

Today, I would like to ask you a favor. I created an online survey on sustainable and zero-waste living. Could you please take it?

It is anonymous and it will take you about 20 minutes to complete. Just follow this link: https://mirihenderson.typeform.com/to/KJfW0ovf

I want to better understand how you feel about living more sustainably. What are your struggles and challenges? Or is living more eco-consciously easy for you? Let me know in the survey.

Thank you in advance.

XOXO

Miri

What Is The Environmental Impact Of A Toilet Paper Roll? How to Clean Your Butt More Sustainably

Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of toilet paper? I didn’t until I read this report.

But before we get to that, let me tell you a bit about my relationship with toilet paper. I grew up in a communist country where we used to use harsh, one-ply, recycled toilet paper. It felt like sandpaper and gave us hemorrhoids.

I discovered soft, crisp white, flower-scented, four-ply, extra-soft toilet paper in my twenties when I studied abroad. And wet wipes through a friend who worked for P&G. It was such a huge …

How to Become Carbon Neutral Human? Visit Mindful Mission

A few weeks ago I discovered an amazing platform that helps you calculate your carbon footprint and become carbon neutral human.

How?

By offsetting your carbon emissions through a monthly subscription.

The monthly contribution that you make supports three climate protection projects (in India, Bangladesh, and Peru).

It is a simple process. Al you need to do is undertake a 10-minute questionnaire, wait for the results and offset your carbon emissions via monthly subscription.

My carbon footprint in August 2020

Firstly, I was shocked by how high …

Do You Know How to Keep Your Mental Health in Check? 3 Tips That Keep Me Sane

CATEGORY: WELLNESS

How to keep your mental health in check? As a part of sustainable living, taking care of your mental health is essential. Here are some tips on how I keep my mental state at bay:

LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT

The Power of Now changed my life. I read it the first time in 2011 when I was going through a divorce. In fact, the book found me. I was in New York with a girlfriend and ended up going to a bookstore. I was aimlessly walking around until I stopped in front of a stand …

Have Fun and Enjoy Lugano in 2020: Places That You Need to Know

CATEGORY: TRAVEL

A few weeks ago, we went to Lugano for a long weekend. Both Alex and I love this region of Switzerland. The people, the food, and the atmosphere – everyone feels welcome. We make sure to go at least once a year to catch up with our friends and relax. In this article, I want to share with you how to enjoy Lugano if you are planning to visit it.

ACCOMMODATION:

Firstly, you have to choose the right accommodation. I have experience with the following hotels:

Hotel Splendide Royal …

The Shocking Effect of Climate Change and Global Warming on Glaciers

Climate change / Global Warming / Greenhouse Gasses. We hear and read about it with an increasing frequency. But until you see the effect of climate change and global warming on Swiss glaciers, it is hard to imagine what it really means. Last week we decided to go to the mountains. As Chloe-Sofia will start school soon, and Alex is looking for a new job, we felt we needed a break before we dive into this new school year in full force.

Zermatt is a popular and famous Swiss ski destination. It is a beautiful, stylish village which …

SWISS ZERO-WASTE BEAUTY BRANDS

In this article, I share my favorite Swiss zero-waste beauty brands. Some of the products I tried, some I keep using, and others are made by brands that my friends recommended.

Some of the products are totally packaged free, some are packaged in paper and others in reusable glass jars that you can refill or reuse.

There is a huge difference between the brands that you can find on the market. Some companies offer fresh, self-preserving products that contain ingredients that may contain irritants (for example essential oils) or synthetic ingredients. It really depends on you, …

ZERO-WASTE STORES IN SWITZERLAND

CATEGORY: ZERO-WASTE

In this article, I share a list of zero-waste stores in Switzerland that we like to visit. We have been on a zero-waste journey for 3 years now. In the beginning, we would visit a bulk store every week because we didn’t how much we needed to buy. But with practice, we got more organized and now we go to a bulk store once a month.

Il Bio Locale, Rolle

What do we get there? Everything that would be packaged in plastic in a grocery store (nuts, dry fruits, some cheese, pulses, polenta flour, etc.) or …

Black-Owned Businesses in Geneva

MO12 Retouches

In this post, I share my favorite black-owned businesses in Geneva. It includes only businesses I am supporting and I have good experience with.

There are more black-owned businesses in Geneva but as I do not know the people behind them personally , I don’t feel comfortable promoting them here.

FASHION

MO12 Retouches ( Rue de Montbrillant 12, 1201 Genève, 022 733 50 55)
– great quality tailoring services. I have been using MO12 Retouches for years because I like the quality of work and it is situated on …

ZERO WASTE PERIOD products that I recommend right now

CATEGORY: ZERO-WASTE

In this video, I am sharing ZERO WASTE PERIOD products that I recommend: period sea sponges, period cup, reusable period pads, and period underwear.

In the beginning, it can seem weird to use zero-waste period products instead of single-use ones but once you find your favorite, you will never go back. But using zero-waste period products is better for you and for the environment.

How do you deal with period pains?

Is there a way to deal with period pains naturally? Among zero waste period products that I like to use are …