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!

6 Best Sustainable Denim Brands making ethical jeans

Wearing denim jeans from the traditional denim and fashion industry is not just very toxic to your skin and the environment, but can also cause a terrible environmental footprint. Here’s why your next pair of jeans should definitely be fair-trade and sustainable and which brands you should consider to look after, when buying a pair of jeans.

It’s not a secret that the denim industry is toxic. The conventional production of a pair of jeans often involves the use of a lot of toxins and chemicals – and an extreme amount of water in the dyeing. It also pollutes the groundwater with dangerous chemicals and toxic heavy metals.

And while we wash this garment far too often and put it in the trash too quickly, according to the WHO, around 20,000 people die every year at the other end of the clothing chain due to the devastating conditions in the denim industry.

But don’t worry there are already many great, ethical and sustainable brands that make their jeans production comprehensively fair and environmentally friendly and that expand your wardrobe with new fair fashion jeans.

1. ARMEDANGELS

Instead of toxic chlorine and harmful potassium permanganate they use modern techniques like laser or ozone treatment. At Armedangels you will not just find fair and detox jeans but also timeless and casual products for your everyday fair-denim look.

Ethics: 100% certifies organic cotton, GOTS-certified partners (Global organic textil standards), no usage of toxins and chemicals, less water while producing.

Price Range: $$ – $$$

2. ABLE

ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. They are deeply devoted to quality – both in the products and the quality of life they aim to provide. ABLE invests in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive. In the denim design process, ABLE has selected fabrics with mills that are developing different sustainable denims.

Ethics: Sustainable opportunities for women, ethically-made, transparent production.

Price Range: §§

3. BOYISH

Boyish jeans are inspired by classic vintage jeans that last for decades without losing their great fit and style. The  jeans are cruelty-free and PETA approved. They source eco-friendly fabrics to reduce waste and eliminate synthetics. Non-toxic dyes and gentle processes protect water, keeping it safe for people and the environment.

Ethics: 100% certifies organic cotton, recyclable denim, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 approved, water protection, vegan denim.

Price Range: $$ – $$$

4. WARP + WEFT

WARP + WEFT is made ethically and eco-friendly create high quality denim that’s good for you, the environment, and your wallet. A traditional pair of jeans consumes 1,500 gallons of H2O, but a pair of Warps requires less than 10 gallons, and WARP + WEFT is recycling and treating 98% of the water they use. Also cutting-edge Dry Ozone technology is an alternate to chemical bleach — also helps them to do better for the planet. 

Ethics: Cloth in every sizes, eco-friendly and sustainable practices, fair labor standards.

Price Range: §§

5. DL1961

DL1962 is a family-owned company that’s been in the denim business for decades. Also creating the most optimized facility possible for water, energy, and dye use. Their eco-friendly mill is one of the leading denim manufacturers, which means that they can create the highest quality denim that’s good for you and for the planet.

Ethics: premium cotton, water preservation, clean indigo for perfect blues, no chemicals, no pesticides.

Price Range: $$ – $$$

6. NUDIE JEANS

Nudie Jeans is characterized by timeless design. The Table wants to create cloths you want to wear every day and keep over time, garments that last, and garments that can live through repairs. Also 93,8% of all the fibers used in their garments is cotton. They only work with Organic, Fairtrade or Recycled cotton, as the largest environmental impact of our products is from growing the raw material.

Ethics: Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), organic cotton, recycled and reused denim.

Price Range: §§-§§§

As consumers we need to become more concerned about how the products we buy, possibly could effect the environment. We need to find new ways to make denim more sustainably. The first step starts with you.

Let’s support Fair Solution – Fairlution.

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:

WHAT IS FUTURE FASHION MADE OF?

SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION

Sustainability is not only become a buzzword. Clothing brands, retailers and innovative companies are looking for a eco-friendly future and develop to become more sustainable. For years, consumers demand for sustainable, eco-friendly fashion has increased and every season we are seeing more and more new sustainable materials.

What is future fashion made of and what can we expect from the fashion industry?

Desserto

Desserto is the innovative new leather alternative made from nopal, a variety of prickly pear cactus. The cacti are grown sustainably and environmental friendly in Mexico. While 72 BILLION ANIMALS ARE SLAUGHTERED EVERY YEAR, Desserto can exceed the demands of an ever-evolving industry. It only takes 200 liters to grow one kilogram of cactus biomass which water is absorbed by the plant itself from humidity present in the atmosphere, compared to 1000 liters (on average) to grow the same kilogram from other crops. 

SeaCell

The Smartfiber AG stands out for SeaCell made from cellulose and seaweed. Plus, the raw, organic seaweed is harvested using a method that only removes algae that is able to regenerate. According to Smartfiber AG, the seaweed – which is rich in vitamins, trace elements, amino acids, and minerals – also helps protect the skin against harmful environmental factors even once it’s incorporated into the SeaCell fiber.

Piñatex

Ananas Anam’s leather alternative is a modern update of a traditional cloth made from waste pineapple leaf fiber. It’s been used in dozens of collections by brands like H&M and Hugo Boss, with which it has a recurrent shoe collection. The latest collaboration with Paul Smith features men’s and women’s sneakers with 100 percent Piñatex.

Desserto, Piñatex and SeaCell are providing a nature-based solution which is driving positive and significant change within the social, economic and fashion industries – let’s support fair solutions – fairlution