All posts tagged: minimalism

have yourself a sustainable Christmas

As a minimalist amidst this now very commercial holiday called Christmas, your values get well and truly tested. Consumerism takes itself to the next level, offering isles of decorations and nick-nacks that ultimately end up as landfill. Over the years, my eyes have been opened to the harmful and polluting industry of Christmas decoration production. Workers in third-world countries creating endless spray painted santa boots, polystyrene stars covered in glitter, plastic baubles hung from plastic twine. Despite these stories, I don’t like to be the anti-consumer grinch that doesn’t get into to the spirit, so here is a way to be festive without creating waste. How to make a natural wreath: You will need: secateurs, natural twine, scissors and flora 1 / Collect your flora Using secateurs, collect some plant cuttings. Luckily I have a backyard where lots of my neighbours trees and shrubs grow over the fence from which I could collect some good cuttings. I also took a walk to find some trees and shrubs on the street. You can also visit a …

minimalism and cooking – a super easy packaging free vegan lemon cake

This lemony treat serves as a quick and easy dinner party dessert. You can whip it up within the hour, using minimal utensils and all the packaging is recyclable or compostable. No eggs, no milk, this cake truly keeps everyone happy. Vegan Lemon Cake Ingredients 275g Self Raising Flour (buy in a paper bag) 200g Caster Sugar (buy in a paper bag) 1tsp Baking Powder (buy in a cardboard box or tin) Zest of 1 Lemon 100ml coconut oil (buy in a glass jar) 170ml cold water Juice of 1 Lemon Optional Icing 115g Icing Sugar (buy in a paper bag) Zest of 1 Lemon Juice of 1 Lemon Directions Preheat oven to 180C (not fan forced) Line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper. note; this can be recycled afterward Sift flour into a bowl Add sugar, Baking Powder, zest, coconut oil, cold water and lemon juice. Mix together thoroughly. note; heat coconut oil to a liquid if needed so that it mixes in evenly. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin and place in the …

my week of food shopping packaging free

So this week, I decided to see if I could complete the challenge of shopping packaging free for one whole week! One week may seem like a small feat, but I was astonished at how much of our food consumption is wrapped in plastic, how easy it is to actually avoid it and discovered which industries are notorious for packaged produce. *A note before I begin. During this week, I considered glass, metal and paper to be ‘package free’ as these can be 100% recycled, reused or composted. And so we began.. Planning is Key. Convenience is a killer. I am a routine shopper. I set aside one day on the weekend to buy all of our food for the week. This works to my advantage as pre planning all my meals creates a comprehensive list of items that I will need to buy. Using this list, you can spot items that you know are packaged in plastic, and try and find alternatives to the produce itself, or find other places you can get it unpackaged. Without this pre planning, you’re more …

3 tips for a more sustainable Easter

It’s here again. Easter. Since February, pallet-loads of impulse-buy Hot cross buns have been placed near entrances of supermarkets; chocolate eggs and bunnies in awkwardly placed piles near the fridge section reminding you of the impending commercial frenzy. For months supermarkets wear you down until you finally cave and buy Easter goods for everyone you could possibly encounter over the break.