Support local businesses

Support local businesses

Support local businesses because it is a very effective way you can be sustainable. Smaller companies also tend to produce less waste. Since they responsibly source their materials and pay more attention to what they package their products in. Some of the best products to find locally are;

Fresh produce

Buying your fresh produce at local farmer’s markets is a great alternative to buying them at your local grocery store. It reduces the carbon footprint of your shopping trip since the fruits, vegetables, or even flowers have to travel significantly less of a distance to get to the market as well as avoiding or lessening the time it needs to be stored in a fridge. Plus the fruits, vegetables, and flowers are usually freshly picked for the market.

Restaurants

Locally owned restaurants are often the person who started its passion and is something they truly care about. The owners not only care about their restaurant and clients tremendously but they also mostly employ locals which helps the local economy.

Service providers

Some service provides to try and find locally are lawyers, accountants, veterinarians, tutors, and many others.

Local retailers

Lots of the time local retailers support local businesses by purchasing their stock, packaging, raw materials, and any other business supplies locally. Where many big chain stores tend to make use of non-local service and retailer providers.

By supporting local businesses you are also supporting the growth of your local economy and being sustainable at the same time, there is truly no reason not to support local businesses.

 

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Sustainable essentials to bring with you on the go

Sustainable essentials to bring with you on the go

Sustainable essentials to bring with you on the go since the hardest place to avoid single-use plastic is when you are out and about. If you want a cup of coffee, some water, or even a quick snack everything is wrapped in plastic! Here are some things you can bring with you when you are on the move to reduce your plastic consumption.

A reusable water bottle

It is always a good idea to have some water with you where ever you are. However, bringing your own water bottle is an easy way you can help the environment. Together we can reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in our landfills and oceans.

A reusable tumbler

Most tumblers fit your average size take away coffee or tea and are double-wall insulated, unlike some reusable water bottles. This makes them perfect for keeping your hot beverages nice and warm and even your cold beverages nice and cool. These are perfect for your coffee or tea on the go.

Reusable straws

This one might seem obvious by now, but reusable straws are compact and easy to bring with you on the go. However, since straws aren’t necessary for a lot of drinks, you can refuse them if you forget to bring your reusable ones along.

Reusable shopping bags

You never know when you might need to run into the shops and buy some last minutes groceries or even some more low-waste essentials. It is always a good idea to keep a reusable grocery bag on you at all times.

Tupperware

Bringing Tupperware with you when you are out and about is a great idea if you are planning on eating out. They are a great alternative to the polystyrene and plastic takeaway containers most restaurants have.

A cutlery set

Having a cutlery set with you, whether it is just some cutlery from home or a bamboo set is always a good idea. It helps you avoid the single-use plastic cutlery most takeaway restaurants give you.

Living sustainably isn’t always easy, it is completely understandable to forget any of the above-mentioned items at home.  Hopefully, with a bit of practice, these will become items you can bring with you when you leave the house to reduce plastic consumption. I hope you found this blog on sustainable essentials to bring with you on the go helpful.

 

 

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How to clean reusable menstrual products

How to clean reusable menstrual products

One of the biggest concerns for people before they switch to reusable menstrual products is how they are going the clean them. I think people would be surprised to find out that reusable menstrual products are easy to clean and cleaning them does not require to you sit by the sink and scrub them.

How to clean your reusable cloth pads
  1. Rinse used pad under cold water to get out as much discharge as possible.
  2. Rub laundry detergent onto the pad until it lathers. Do not rise the pad.
  3. Allow the pad to soak in warm water for 6 to 48 hours. Change water every 12 hours.
  4. Hand wash or machine wash the pad.
  5. Hang the pad to dry.

This washing process might seem tedious but the benefits of reusable cloth pads definitely outweigh the cons. Some of the benefits of cloth pads include reduced chances of skin infections and rashes, they contain no harmful chemicals, they save you money, they help the environment and they come in beautiful patterns and designs! If you are interested in purchasing reusable cloth pads you can buy them on our website here.

How to clean menstrual cups
During your period
  1. Remove the cup and empty the blood into the toilet.
  2. Rinse it out with clean water, and use a mild, oil-free, fragrance-free soap to clean it.
  3. The cup can now be reinserted.
After your period
  1. Rinse it.
  2. Boil the cup for a few minutes
  3. Allow the cup to cool down and dry off.

Menstrual cups are probably one of the easiest reusable menstrual products to clean which makes them perfect for anyone that wouldn’t want to use reusable menstrual products because they take time to clean.

 

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How to compost at home

How to compost at home

Ever wondered how to compost at home? Composting is easy, cheap, and great for the environment and your garden. Many people think composting is going to create smells and invite unwanted pests, but when done right composting is odorless and pest-free!

1.Pick a composting bin.

You can choose from a wide variety of containers some containers that are good for composting you might even already have at home. These include garbage cans and wooden planks. If you don’t have any of these lying around you can buy a composting bin.

2.Choose where you will keep your bin.

You can keep your composting bin in your garden or in your house. But if you choose to keep it outside you need to make sure it is not exposed to high heat, winds, and/or animals.

3.Gather materials.

What can you even compost? You can compost almost everything that comes from nature, but here are items you can compost that mostly come out of your home. Food scraps (vegetable peels, fruit cores, eggshells, etc), grass clippings, newspaper (or most types of shredded paper), sawdust in a healthy ratio, hair (and even nail clippings), and coffee grounds.

But there are a few things you should never compost because it will attract unwanted critters. Cooked or raw meat, dairy products, citrus, animal feces, diseased or insect-infested plants, and plants that have been sprayed with chemicals.

4.Break materials into smaller pieces.

Help your material break down easier by shredding it into smaller pieces.

5.Keep compost moist.

Your mixture needs to contain moisture in order to be composted. But make sure you don’t add too much water or the mixture or it will rot. Too little will lead the mixture to dry out.

6.Wait for the magic to happen.

Allow the process to happen, your mixture will only be ready in a few months but make sure to turn and mix up your mixture every few days.

Composting is beneficial because it reduces your waste, enriches your soil. I hope this article inspired you to start composting if you don’t already!

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How to be an ethical shopper

How to be an ethical shopper

What is an ethical shopper? An ethical shopper is someone who looks at how their shopping affects the environment in order to minimize their impact on the environment. They tend to buy from brands and companies that are organic, sustainable, fair-trade, local and make use of worker-friendly factories. Here are a few ways you can begin your journey to becoming a more ethical shopper.

Shop used

Shopping second-hand is a great way to help the environment by promoting the shift to a circular economy. Second-hand shopping is more accessible than you think. For example, you can find second-hand items at thrift stores, second-hand markets, car boot sales, Facebook marketplace, and countless other online platforms.  A few of my favorite online second-hand stores can be found on Instagram, @secondhand_pretoria, and @coveredtitles.

Less is more        

Reducing your consumption might be one of the easiest, yet effective ways to be an ethical shopper. In modern-day society, we are told that we need to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends, brands, and technology. Overconsumption is glamorized in modern-day society. Buying less is the perfect way to help fix that and reduce unnecessary expenditure and negative environmental impacts.

Reuse

Reusing items you intend to recycle or throw away is a great way to reduce your waste. For instance, you could repurpose jars into cups and/or storage or saving some boxes for future use. There is always a way to repurpose your waste into something practical.

Shop local

Shopping locally has plenty of advantages. Local businesses generally source workers locally and treat workers much better as it is more of a personal relationship. Local businesses provide the most jobs in a local area and are generally more friendly and have superior personal interaction between customers. In other words, you are likely to create a personal connection with the store’s employees.

Make your items last

Whether you refurbish furniture occasionally, recover pillows and couches, or take a few extra minutes to clean and look after shoes, any extra care for your items will extend their lifespan. This will save you money, reduce the number of items thrown away that just needs some repairs, and perhaps bring you satisfaction from cleaning and restoring something to its former glory. There are no drawbacks to it!

I hope this blog was informative and gave you something to think about! Simply changing one aspect of your everyday lifestyle can make a big difference in the long-term. If you would like me to write about any other topics, or have any questions please leave a comment below and we can chat about it.

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Sustainable kitchen swaps

Sustainable kitchen swaps

Sustainable kitchen swaps, kitchens are some of the most wasteful places in a household, but that does not have to be the case for everyone. With these simple additions to your kitchen, you can play your part to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Remember every small step helps!

1.Bamboo pot brushes

Firstly replace your plastic dishwashing brush or sponge, with a plastic-free pot brush made of bamboo and natural fiber bristles. These brushes are designed to be long-lasting but after their lifespan, you can easily dispose of them by composting them.

2. Reusable produce bags

Reusable produce bags are not used in the kitchen, but they are a great starting point in creating a low waste kitchen. Using reusable produce bags can help you start your journey to reducing your plastic consumption in your kitchen. These bags are great for carrying and after that storing your fruits, vegetables, dry produce, and bread.

3. Eco-friendly laundry detergent

You have most likely never considered the environmental impact of your laundry routine but many of us use laundry detergents that contains harmful chemicals. These chemicals are being flushed into our environment and therefore harming marine life. Switching to a natural laundry detergent that even acts as a fabric softener such as EcoEgg is great for the environment.

4. Bee’s wax wraps

Plastic wrap harms the environment greatly and replacing it with bee’s wax wraps is the best sustainable substitute. Bee’s wax wraps can easily be used by molding the wraps around food and storage containers using the heat of your palms. After use, they can easily be cleaned by rinsing under cool water.

5. Bamboo kitchen towels

Bamboo kitchen towels are a fantastic alternative to paper towels. Each sheet of the bamboo towel can be reused up to 85 times simply by washing them. This means that each roll has 1700 uses. These towels greatly reduce the volume of non-recyclable paper towels you throw away.

All the products mentioned above can be purchased on the Honey Lemon website, to help you become more sustainable and reduce the damage already done to our planet. To sum up every small change you make to your everyday lifestyle can make a huge difference.

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