Sustainable Alternatives: Utensil Edition

A lot of places we end up eating don’t give you real utensils. These include a myriad of takeout places, lectures and meetings with lunch, and family picnics. I’ve brought my own stainless steel cutlery in to work- in addition to my own mug and bowl- so it’s the in-between places, neither home nor work, where I get tripped up with single-use utensils.

I was recently at Picnic on Walnut Street and they sell AMAZING To-Go Ware reusable bamboo utensils in a nice pouch (made of recycled plastic bottles) with a sweet carabiner attached. How pretty are they?

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Sustainable Alternatives: Water Bottle Edition

Do you know how hard it is to find a plastic-free water bottle? Ok…not that hard, but they’re not that readily available, either. It took a simple Google search, admittedly, to learn that Kleen Kanteen makes a water bottle made with a stainless steel body and lid topped with bamboo and framed with a silicone gasket (no plastic, yay!). Tt’s not usually sold in stores, but the lovely proprietor of Fireside Camp Supply in my neighborhood ordered mine for me. Isn’t this just the prettiest thing you ever did see?

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DIY Fail: Makeup Edition

Have you seen those Pinterest fail photos where people try to recreate swanky cakes or fancy nail art or precarious updos, only to have the venture end in utter disaster? Well if you haven’t, you can check out some good examples here.

Last night, I became one of those people. In my quet for zero waste, and
after my somewhat terrifying romp through the EWG’s website checking out my previous makeup collection, I thought that making my own makeup was the perfect solution. All I needed was arrowroot powder, coconut oil, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa powder. All you have to do is mix the ingredients until you get something close to your skin tone. You then add some oil until you reach a foundation-esque consistency and apply it. Voila! DIY makeup. I’m a great baker, a decent cook, and can follow directions when I feel like it, so this should be a piece of cake. Right?

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