In the zero waste world, one of the most talked about items is the safety razor. DIY toothpaste, bamboo toothbrushes, and safety razors are probably the go-to swaps for their disposable counterparts. So I jumped on the bandwagon and bought one.
It was a little scary at first, I won't lie. Unscrewing the top flap and slotting in a double edged, sharp as crap razor blade into this antiquated looking tool, I wondered if I was about to tear my legs to shreds. It's much heavier in your hands than the disposable you're used to, and can feel a little unwieldy at first. But I would argue that the shave is actually better, closer. I've had to shave less frequently since I started using it, and I've yet to cut myself (knock on wood).
I got one for Mat too, and he agreed that it's a little awkward at first, but so far the results are pretty good.
So what do you do with the blades after they've dulled? Buy a blade bank to keep them in, like this one, and then take them to your local recycling center when it's full. You can also make your own out of a soup can like this one (though I'd skip the spray-painting part) and recycle it along with your other metals.
No more plastic in a landfill, and no recycling workers getting their hands cut to shreds.
So, your Plastic Free July is off to a great start, and you’ve already tackled the “big 4” single-use plastics. Where do you go from there? The truth is, plastic is everywhere in our lives, and there are loads of opportunities to cut back. Here four more ways you can ditch plastics this month.
Since I started working from home, I've started making single-servings of coffee for myself, so I've fine tuned the art of making coffee for one with the French press. I love the French press because it makes great, strong coffee completely waste free. Here's how it's done.
With three simple substitutions I vegan-ized one of my favorite dishes, and I'd be willing to bet that in a blind taste test, you could hardly tell the difference. This bolognese sauce is hearty, flavorful, and soul warming - the perfect dish for a cold winter evening.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there are zillions of plant-based milk products on the market, to take the place of your standard cow's milk in your morning coffee or on your granola. And while at first glance they may seem like the healthiest option, a closer look at the carton may reveal hidden sugars, stabilisers, emulsifiers, and other mystery ingredients. The solution? Make your own!
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.
Since Mat and I are giving veganism a try, we've had to get a little creative about what we cook at home. I want to make sure we're getting a nice variety of foods, so that we don't get bored with a vegan diet, and so that we get a good balance of nutrients.
A few weeks ago, I was at the market and saw some beautiful avocados, known locally as butterfruit, and brought them home for a snack.
How much water does the dishwasher actually use?