While I'm on assignment in India, my company is putting my husband and me up in a service apartment (read:hotel). It's very comfortable, but something that's been bothering me is that we get liter bottles of water delivered to our apartment daily. Since India's drinking water is not safe straight out of the tap, most apartment dwellers have reverse osmosis water filters hooked up to their water supply for drinking, washing vegetables, etc.
Since we don't live in a proper apartment, we are limited in how much we can alter it. We can't really change furniture, decor, etc., and we can't install stuff. So I did a little google searching today to find an alternative to a reverse osmosis filter, and I found this: a gravity based filter that holds over 10 liters of water in its lower chamber, and you just have to refill it when the water level gets low. Thanks, Amazon.in! So I ordered a filter with two backup "candles" or cartridges, which should last us for the next six months. I'm thrilled not to have to recycle so many plastic water bottles anymore!
Today I also picked up a Laken BPA-free, wide mouthed aluminum water bottle, so when I'm on the go I can just fill it with my gravity-filtered water, and I'm set. I'm hoping this will eliminate the need to buy plastic water bottles when I'm traveling (airports, train stations) which I hate to admit I'm terribly guilty of. Baby steps!
I've often despaired that every morning when I wake up, the first thing that I do is start opening apps on my phone, before I've even gotten out of bed, sometimes before I've even turned on any lights. What if, I thought, I came up with an alternative way to begin each morning, a simple series of healthy activities that would put me in the right frame of mind to have a satisfying and productive day?
After dragging my feet for a long time, I finally made the switch to 100% natural skincare products. The transition process was not easy, but I ended up finding some natural products that my skin loves and that are environmentally friendly in both their ingredients and their packaging.
On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, I had a chance to catch up with my friend Cory, a former house mate from my New York City days. He's now the co-owner of Hi-Fi Mycology, a commercial scale mushroom farming operation, supplying fungi to distributors and restaurants all over Austin.
Anyone who suffers dry skin like mine will understand - when your skin is dry, cracked, and red in the cold winter months, you’re willing to use anything that works.
When I first decided that I wanted to start working towards zero waste, one of the first things I did was to swap my plastic toothbrush for a natural, compostable, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. An easy swap, and I don't think anyone will argue that bamboo toothbrushes are just better looking than their plastic counterparts. Double win.
The only downside to buying second-hand is that you aren’t necessarily guaranteed of the condition of the various components (parts) of the bicycle. However, by asking a few questions and giving the bike a good once-over, you can ensure that you’re buying a quality machine.
Since my recent move to the UK and my subsequent endurance of the perpetually dreary weather here, I've noticed a significant increase in my desire for three things: sleep, baths, and soup. I've never been too mad about soups in general, and have rarely ever made them at home, but they are the perfect comfort food for a rainy weekday evening.