TRENDY AND ECO-FRIENDLY KITCHEN ORGANIZATION IDEAS, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS

Minimalism and Sustainability in the Kitchen gained a lot of importance in the last two years. Since so much of our household waste came from food, it seemed a good place to start. To begin, you need to create a simple and minimalistic space that would help you to create less waste by consuming less.

Before you go low waste in your kitchen, think about your grandparent’s habits around buying and storing food. Specifically find ways to refuse what you don’t need and reduce what you use and reuse what you had for multiple purposes.

A mason jar, for example, can serve a drinking glass or a aluminium foil or plastic wrap are practical, but not particularly environmentally friendly.

Although there are alternative products to organize the kitchen, that can be used several times and are even better and just as practical.

Here are a few eco-friendly kitchen ideas to help organize your kitchen more zero waste.

As a rule, it ends up in the trash after a single, short use and is usually not recycled either.

Transferring into reusable glas containers

It is often more easy to transfer food and leftovers to a reusable containers instead of covering them with a plastic film. Whether it’s a screw-top jar, an iron jar or a storage keeps raw and cooked foods safe, clean and waste-free.

REUSABLE FABRIC OR CLOTH CONTAINER COVERS

As an alternative to plastic wrap, aluminium foil, cloth or fabric container covers keeps goods protected and clean.

Olivia Von Owl Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers – 5 pcs set – Stretch Fabric, Waterproof, and Washable Covers for Bowls, Containers and Jars – Colorful and Practical Design – Storing Cylinder Included

SEW HOMEMADE INDIVIDUAL COVERS

To sew individual fabric container covers, you can recycle pieces from a T-shirt, an old curtain, or any other fabric scraps. You can make them in different sizes- small ones make great mason jar covers, while large ones can be used to cover bowls.

MATERIALS:

  • A piece of fabric about ten centimeters longer and wider than the item to be covered and a piece of coated fabric of the same size
  • A piece of laundry elastic
  • Sewing machine
  • Bowl or jar
  • safety pin
  • Marking pencil
  • 100% cotton fabric

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash, dry and iron the fabric. Lay the fabric on a flat table.
  2. Place the jar for which you want to make cover for and lay it upside down on the the uncoated fabric and trace the outline with the pencil about one centimeter away from the jar. Then draw a second, larger shape about two to three inches apart around the first line.
  3. Cut out the circle.
  4. With about half a centimeter from the edge, sew the fabric together with a sewing machine until a small opening of a few centimeters.
  5. Turn the fabric “right side out” through the opening.
  6. Sew the fabric together all around along the drawn inner circle.
  7. By using a safety pin, place a linen elastic through the tunnel between the two fabric. Pull the ends together and sew or knot so that the edge of the hood curls.

REUSABLE BAGS FOR GROCERY SHOPPING

Grocery shopping presents a significant opportunity for reducing plastic bags and waste. You can replace single-use plastic produce bags with reusable ones when you go grocery shopping.

The Original Eco Friendly See Through Washable and Reusable Produce Bags Premium

ALTERNATIVES TO PAPER TOWELS AND NAPKINS

Miw Piw Unpaper Towels Set 10, Reusable Paper Towels Highly Absorbent Washable Paperless Recycled Organic Cotton Bamboo Napkins Kitchen Roll Cleaning Cloths Eco Friendly Zero Waste.
  • 🌿 SUSTAINABLE & ECO-FRIENDLY: A set 10 pcs of reusable paper towels can replace up to 100 papertowel rolls – A very economical alternative choice of disposable wipes and reduce waste. It’s truly a win-win for your pocket and the environment.
  • 🌿 HIGH-QUALITY AND DURABLE: The newest version of absorbency upgraded unbleached cotton & bamboo fabric is premium quality, super absorbent, dry fast, no sticky feel, lint free. The more it is used, the better it absorbs. Size 13×11 inch fits your hand to clean easily and the loop is for hanging dry after every used and washed.
  • 🌿 VERSATILE AND EASY TO USE: The tight Waffle weave gives a super strong thick lumpy surface that maximizes friction and scrubs hard without any scratch, works best as wet towels. The paperless towels help you cleaning bar, counter, table, glass in kitchen or bathroom.

IN CONCLUSION

Everything is packed for convenience – even vegetables can be found chopped and packed in plastic bags. In conclusion you can’t achieve zero waste, with a bit of preparation, planning and organization.

“We must rediscover our links with the natural environment if we are to tread more lightly on the world.”

Craig Simmons, co-founder best food forward

6 Vegan and Plastic Free Shampoo-Bars for Your Precious Hair

Common cosmetic products consist largely of water and, due to their liquid, creamy or gel-like consistency, usually require heavy packaging. Shampoos, lotions and creams therefore generate a lot of unnecessary plastic waste. Many hair-care products also contain microplastics in a wide variety of forms that people would rather not smear on their skin or hair.

The zero-waste alternative to conventional hair care products are hair soaps and shampoo bars that are easy to make yourself. If you want to buy the sustainable hair care ready-made, you can find plastic-free products in many unpackaged stores and online stores. Here are some natural shampoo bars.

Let’s have a look!

1. Stop The Water While Using Me 
Waterless Shampoo Bar

Ethics: The Shampoo Bar from “Stop The Water While Using Me”, is protecting our precious resource and completely producing it without water. Instead, the company rely on high-quality and 100% natural ingredients in the production of the soap-free piece of shampoo.

Effect: Cleansing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Paraffin Free, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Silicone Free

2. Sante 
Organic-Mango & Aloe Vera Shampoo Bar

Ethics: “Care for you and the World”. Sante is committed to the environment, the planet and the well-being of animals. The products, as well as shampoo bars are made with natural ingredients and certified quality standards.

Effect: mild and moisturizing

Hair Type: For dry hair

Features: Plant based, cruelty free, vegan, silicone Free, sustainable packaging.

3. Lamazuna Shampoo Bar

Ethics: “Lamazuna, avant-gardiste par nature”. The French company is producing innovative, natural cosmetics that combine quality, people and nature. All of their cosmetics are organic, fairly produced, vegan and plastic-free!

Effect: mild and moisturizing

Hair Type: For dry hair

Features: Vegan, Palm oil free, produced in france, organic.

4. BadeFee 
Shampoo Bar, Flower Garden

Ethics: “Bathe yourself beautifully”. Selected, natural ingredients, loving and an eye for details. Almost all products are made in their own small manufactory. Under strict German quality standards. BadeFee has the mission to produce without animal testing using natural, predominantly vegan ingredients.

Effect: Cleansing and moisturizing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Aluminum Salt Free, Animal Test Free, Vegan, Paraben Free.

5. Meina 
Shampoo Bar, lavender and Ylan-Ylang

Ethics: Meina is offering you high quality, handmade natural cosmetics with 100% natural ingredients. They achieve this through their unique manufacturing processes, long-tested formulas (of course free of animal testing), carefully selected ingredients, and with a lot of love and passion.

Effect: Moisturizing

Hair Type: Normal and dry hair

Features: Free from silicones, parabens, sulfates, microplastics, artificial fragrances and dyes. Handmade and Palm oil free.

6. Valloloko 
Shampoo Bar, “Pure” plant based oil

Ethics: Valloloko soap bars are handmade in Germany. The oils, clays, charcoal and other ingredients come from local suppliers. The company can’t stand plastic, neither inside their company or outside: Their packaging is made of paper or sugar cane.

Effect: Cleansing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Paraffin Free, Animal Test Free, Sulfate Free, Vegan, Preservative Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free

You can reduce packaging waste and other plastic products by reading the ultimate guide for a ZERO WASTE HOME:

Do you already have experience with Shampoo Bars? We are looking forward to your tips and recommendations in a comment below!

Self-made hair conditioners for a healthy shine

General hair conditioners are connected with creamy and sweet-smelling hair care products that nurture the scalp and hair in a simple and quick way after shampooing them, smoothing them and helping them to shine more.

Conventional conditioners, however, usually contain synthetic ingredients such as micro plastic and silicones. They rarely support a healing or even renewal of hair and scalp.

Yet there are a number of ways to care for hair without chemical additives using simple, natural ingredients. In this Blog post we will introduce you to simple, effective, homemade DIY- conditioners, which are healthier for the hair and less harmful to the environment.

Flaxseeds

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You probably know flaxseed as a healthy ingredient in baked goods and muesli or as a vegetable egg substitute. In addition to its use in cooking, the flaxseed gel can also be used for hair care. Flaxseed gel contains numerous nutrients that also keep hair healthy and strong – including magnesium, selenium, copper and omega-3 fatty acids. Using a leave-in conditioner with flaxseed gel, the active ingredients can have a particularly intensive effect on the hair.

Following ingredients are needed:

-35-40 g flaxseed (-> International shipping)

-500 ml tap or distilled water 1-2 tbsp.

-hair-conditioning vegetable oil optional, essential oil for even more care – for example, lavender, peppermint or rosemary

-optional a few drops of vitamin E oil to protect the ingredients from oxidation

Apple cider vinegar

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For those who use hair care alternatives such as hair soap, an acid rinse is an ideal addition to smooth the outer layer of the hair, which has been roughened by the alkaline effect of the soap. It removes soap and lime residues from the hair, providing shine and a stronger (natural) hair color, making conventional conditioners unnecessary.

Following ingredients are needed:

-2 tsp. apple cider vinegar (contains especially many vitamins and minerals that additionally nourish the hair), raspberry vinegar or wine vinegar

-500 ml tap or distilled water (as needed)

-optional 5 drops of essential oil for even more care – for example lavender, peppermint, rosemary.

Herbal nutrition for your hair

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Various herbs and their care properties These herbs are particularly suitable for the preparation of a herbal vinegar as a hair rinse:

Nettle gives hair more shine, helps against slightly greasy hair, itchy scalp, dandruff and hair loss; has a slightly darkening effect (not suitable for blond hair)

Chamomile helps against greasy and inflamed scalp; brightens blond and white hair Nasturtium promotes hair growth; acts against dandruff and hair loss

Lavender soothes irritated and dry scalp; helps with damaged hair; acts against dandruff (not suitable for blond hair) Peppermint has a refreshing effect; helps against irritated, itchy scalp and against dandruff

Rosemary helps with hair loss and oily scalp; makes blond hair look slightly reddish

Sage has a soothing effect on itchy or oily scalp, is effective against greasy hair, is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and strengthens the hair

For a hair rinse with herbal vinegar or just herbs:

-1 handful of herbs of your choice, dried or fresh

-250 ml apple cider vinegar, you can fill the ingredients into a jar with a capacity of 300-500 ml

If you liked the recipes and want to try it yourself, we are of course very happy. We’re excited to hear about your experiences with the new homemade DIY-conditioner, share them with us and other readers below in the comments.

Which hair conditioner works best for your hair? Feel free to share your experience in a comment below!

Break the shampoo habit – this is how the switch to natural hair care works!

Anyone who has recently turned their attention to the incomprehensible ingredients of their hair-care products has certainly landed informative websites and found skin-irritating, allergenic or even carcinogenic substances in body and hair care products.

The use of microplastics (hidden behind cryptic names), silicones or anionic surfactants also makes you think and leads many to the decision to fall back on natural products. But especially when switching to mild shampoos and cleansing methods, the oil release regulates only slowly.

Legacy silicone, polyquaternium or related substances with word syllables of “quat” are washed out only slowly.

In this article you’ll learn how a switch to natural hair shampoos is more enjoyable, prevents dehydration, and how the individual care you need gets to where it’s needed.

FIRST STEP: Removal of chemical reSIDUES!

In order for the changeover to the new cleansers or alternative methods, it is good to remove any remaining chemical residues from the old shampoos and conditioners.

As a quick method, three to five hair washes with sodium bicarbonate (e.g. Natron -> US shipping) with a wash interval of four days have proven to be effective.

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This sodium bicarbonate deep cleansing is applied as follows:

  • Dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda (US shipping) in 100 ml of lukewarm water (up to three times this amount is needed for longer hair). Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of baking soda (EU shipping) to two tablespoons of lukewarm water to form a paste. Wet the hair with warm water before applying so that the cuticle opens and the silicone stored in it is also washed out.
  • Gently massage the mixture on the scalp. In the process, the mass becomes slippery and can cause color changes even in uncolored hair. Chemically dyed hair may lose color with each wash of baking soda.

SECOND STEP: To neutralize the sodium hydroxide, an acidic rinse should follow each soda wash!

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Mix either one to three tablespoons of wine vinegar (-> EU-shipping), the juice of one lemon with one liter of cold water or prepare a tea extract from hibiscus flowers (-> US-shipping) (reddish coloring). This rinse is distributed cold over the scalp and hair lengths and can be left in the hair as a leave-in. However, a very cold final rinse is also beneficial, as the increasing cold ensures that the skin and hair scales, which were opened by the warm cleansing process, are securely attached.

A less drastic, but also much more tedious method is the prolonged use of a silicone-free or quaternium-free shampoo. Hair conditioner, hair treatment and care products should also be free of these substances.

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Selfmade Face Scrub made Out of coffee grounds

There is always coffee grounds left over from your morning coffee – instead of throwing them away, you can use them to make a refreshing and moisturizing facial scrub! Unlike many commercial scrubs, the coffee scrub does not contain harmful microplastics and consists only of natural ingredients.

Here are inexpensive facial & body scrub recipes made with coffee grounds – pure or with a few other ingredients.

Coffee scrub is as invigorating as it is effective, but also has a stimulating effect on the skin.

Using organic homemade coffee scrub will help firm your skin, remove dead skin cells, and encourage healthy circulation all at once. The circulation-promoting effect of the caffeine helps to better supply the skin with nutrients. As a result, the skin looks fresher and firmer.

For Clear Skin: Brown Sugar, Honey and Coffee grounds

Mix a portion of coffee grounds with brown sugar, honey and a little water in your hand and spread the final paste on your face in circular motions. Then wash off the paste with warm water and care for the face as usual.

Additionally, brown sugar as a scrub will help for skin to remove dead skin cells even more. Honey is naturally antibacterial and is great for acne treatment, moisturizing the skin and boosting the skin complexion.

Ingredients:

For Smooth Skin: Plant based oil (coconut oil), Brown sugar and Coffee grounds

Plant based oil, coconut oil is antibacterial. It is used in many beauty products and helps to clean the face. High-quality plant oils help to provide additional care, because they contain valuable components such as unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and phenols, which also help to keep the skin healthy and firm from the outside.

Ingredients:

Time required: 20 minutes.

Process: Add each ingredient into a bowl and mix throughly into a homogenous mixture. If you’re using grounded coffee let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Before applying, clean your face with warm water, gently massage the coffee into your face. Spread the paste with circular movements into your skin. It is not necessary to rub strongly, because the coffee grounds effectively remove dead skin particles even without pressure. Leave the scrub on for about ten minutes.

The coffee grounds scrub is easy to rinse off with warm water. To allow the nourishing oil to continue to work, do not rub the skin dry, just pat it dry.

Advice: Peelings are best used twice a week, but not more often so that the skin is not too stressed. Listen and start du understand your own skin.

Vegan treasure for your fingertips

Having a manicure and pedicure is one of many peoples favorite self-care practices. But finding a nail salon that uses nontoxic and natural products isn’t always easy. 

Nail polish is a component of cosmetics that will certainly never go out of fashion. New trend colors come every season on the nails, usually they are oriented to de current catwalk looks. Unluckily, many of the ingredients include chemicals and toxins that can potentially damage the skin and the nail. But don’t worry, we found 6 non-toxic nail polish and lacquer brands that are vegan and natural you can use within your nail routine at home.

Let’s get started!

6 Vegan nail-polish brands for Your Nail Routine at home

1. Gitti

Vegan & animal-free: By producing Gitti’s vegan nail polishes and nail care, no animal is ever harmed.

Natural base: The nail polishes and care contain selected and innovative ingredients. Gitti’s claim is to use as many natural ingredients as possible.

Responsible: All gitti products are manufactured in an environmentally friendly way by certified partner laboratory in France.

2. Kia Charlotta

All Kia Charlotta nail polishes are vegan, animal-free and 15 Free.

This means that Kia C. don’t use the following 15 of the most commonly used harmful ingredients in their nail polishes: Phthalates (including dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP)), toluene (aka: methylbenzene), xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, ethyl tosylamide, styrene/acrylates copolymer, triphenyl phosphate, rosin, benzophenones, parabens, silicone, fragrances, animal ingredients. In addition, their nail polish colors do not contain Acrylates Copolymer or any other liquid or solid microplastics* or gluten.

3. ncLA

NCLA Beauty debuted in 2010 with a small collection of products that developed into an award-winning, cult favorite beauty line of lip care, nail care, body care, and more. The cruelty-free line is always made in the USA with clean, vegan ingredients.

4. Côte

Côte founders Mary Lennon and Leah Yari created côte to provide a safe, transparent, quality product and an elegant nail care experience that could be shared with their families and friends without worry. They set out to take the “toxins” out of the nail treatment experience

5. AILA

Gorgeous Color Without Common Ingredients. AILA, provides healthy alternatives to traditional nail products. All nail lacquers are Vegan, Cruelty-free, and Gluten-free.

6. Priti NYC

PRITI NYC  Nail Polishes are Vegan, Cruelty Free and Gluten Free. 
The polishes are free of Toxins and Parabens. All known to be harmful to human health. These luxury polishes are fast drying, chip resistant, contain a UV inhibitor, and are extremely durable and glossy. Available in over 80 different shades including metallics, mattes, bright neons, rich darks, classic nudes, and everything in between. 

Here are some of our favorite products you can use for your nail routine: