Brushing your teeth usually goes hand in hand with a toothbrush made from thick plastic and a plastic tube of toothpaste (maybe with some microplastics tucked inside). A little over a year ago, these were also the tools I used to get the job done (in my defence, I did use vegan products). Since getting more interested in zero waste, I switched up what I had for some more ecological tools.
These days, a skincare product needs to tick a lot of boxes for me to buy it. First of al, I will only buy it if I have used up everything that falls into the same category, I really don’t want two of almost the same thing. My second demand is that it needs to be either zero waste, or have minimal packaging (preferably no plastic). My last demand is that it needs to be vegan. I am beginning to feel like a bit of a snob here :D. Anyway, I found this multipurpose solid butter by Lamazuna, and it had everything I was looking for.
You may have noticed that I have been dipping my toes in the zero waste movement. I am not sure how far I am going to go with this, but for now I am happy with every zero waste switch I make. Since my interest in decreasing my trash is rapidly growing, I decided to read the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, the woman who put zero waste on the map.
2016 was a strange year for me. So many good things happened, it was my first year having a job, I bought a house, went back to blogging and started my path towards minimalism and zero waste. While all this was going on, I was struggling with health problems. I’ve been beaten down by constant nausea lately and am not feeling my best right now. I really, really hope that it gets better in 2017. I am trying to keep my thoughts away from my physical discomfort by focussing on positive things. Like my new years resolutions for example.
I’ve been a fan of Isa Chandra Moskowitz for years. Isa Does It is my favorite cookbook, but I basically like everything she touches. Needles to say I had been looking forward to her new cookbook for months and months. The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook offers, as the title suggest, a bunch of recipes to make for different holidays, ranging from appetizers to deserts.
In the search of a way to deal with being a chronically ill person, I stumbled upon this book: How To Be Sick by Toni Bernhard. It had very good reviews on Goodreads, so I decided to give it a go. This book is aimed at offering strategies to deal with the things most people with chronic illness deal with, like physical suffering, the ups and downs of being sick, communication with others about the illness,… These strategies are Buddhist-inspired, though you don’t have to be a buddhist to give her advice a go.
Minimalist Baker was one of the first food-blogs I got into when I first delved into vegan baking. I’ve been following the blog ever since and have made a ton of recipes from it. Needles to say that I got pretty excited about them bringing out their first printed cookbook.
For my latest YouTube video, I decided to make a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks: Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon. Since I had never made a soup from the book before, I chose the ‘Cream of tomato soup with roasted Italian chickpea croutons.