Friday, 13 April 2018

Friday Favourites (Eco-Friendly Edition)




This week's Friday Favourite's post is all about my number-one natural and zero-waste resources (as of this moment, because the list is always growing). 

I have always felt the works of environmentalists to be important. In high school I was fortunate enough to listen to David Sazuki give a speech at St. Lawrence College. I couldn't take my eyes of the screen when I watched An Inconvenient Truth, and last year when I watched Netflix's Cowspiracy. 

When I became vegetarian the first time, back around 2013, I learned about the environmental impact of the western diet, which consumes a lot of animal products. If your interested in learning more about how our eating habits contributes to global warming check out the book Diet For A Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis At The End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappe. 

Now scientists, environmentalists, animal activists and celebrities are shedding light on the harmful consequences of our plastic consumption. 




So it has become ever so important to talk about this issue and educate people on ways they can be more eco-friendly. We only have one planet right? One planet and one future. 

I am constantly learning and incorporating new methods into my life and the resources listed below are some of my favourite ways. 




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Favourite Zero-Waste Produce Bags 

100% Cotton Produce Bags





These 100% natural cotton, washable and reusable produce bags from Steward Bags have completely replaced plastic produce bags. I have two small ones and one large one which is usually enough when I go to the grocery store. If it isn't I just choose not to bag it.

Favourite Natural Deodorant 

Routine Deodorant




If you have been following me on Instagram then you probably know I recently (like two days ago) switched over to a natural deodorant from the Canadian brand Routine. This deodorant is stored in a glass jar and if you live near Calgary, Alberta, you can return the jars and get it refilled. So eco-friendly! The deodorants are also made with natural ingredients such as beeswax, baking soda, oils and butters. They have vegan options as well.

Favourite Natural Toothpaste 

Green Beaver Toothpaste




Green Beaver is a Canadian company that makes natural self-care products such as toothpastes, deodorants, soaps, hair care and more. I have only tried their toothpastes which are baking soda based and don't contain the harmful chemicals such as SLS found in regular brands. I have tried many of there flavours and so far the Spearmint, Frosty Mint, and Green Apple are my favourite.

Favourite Zero-Waste Grocery Store  

Nu Grocery


Photograph Source: The Fulcrum

Nu Grocery is a zero-waste grocery store located in Ottawa, Ontario. They opened last year and have become a huge resource for environmentally conscious residents of the city. As the first and only zero-waste store in Ottawa it was much needed! They carry everything from fresh local produce, bulk food, eggs, milk, self-care products, and zero-waste resources. The staff is amazing and friendly and you should definitely stop by if your in the area. If not check Google to see if there are any zero-waste grocery stores nearby. As the movement catches momentum more and more will be popping up, I'm sure of it.


Favourite Zero-Waste Coffee Method

Bodum French Press




If you have not made coffee in a french press before they work by pushing the grinds down to the bottom of the canister so you can brew and pour your coffee without the use of a filter. They take a little bit getting used to. You have to let the coffee sit in hot water for three or four minutes before pressing the grinds down and the coffee is usually a bit stronger than other methods. Bodum is probably one of the more well known brands that produces presses for both coffee and tea. I own one in orange and like how I can make coffee without creating any waste besides the coffee grounds (which can be composted or used as a scrub).



So there you have it, five of my favourite eco-friendly resources I personally use. There are obviously many more I want to get and try out. Bulk bags, menstrual cup and safety razor will probably be my next purchase.

If your new to the idea of zero-waste living check out Zero Waste Nerd's '30 Days to Zero Zero Waste Challenge'. She has broken down different ways you can reduce or eliminate waste as a monthly challenge, but you don't have to do it in 30 days, you can try one and move on to the next when your ready or just pick and choose what works for you and your lifestyle. 

What are your favourite natural or zero-waste resources at this moment? Share in the comments section below!

4 comments:

  1. I love the post and fantastic to try out NU Grocery

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  2. So many zero-waste favourites! I really love the calibri lunch and snack bags, my bamboo toothbrush, and diva cup. :)

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    1. Yes! I tried a bamboo toothbrush but wasn't happy with how soft the bristles so still shopping for the right one.

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  3. My husband and I work from home and share a car and try to bike anywhere we can and we take the train as well. We also walk my son to school or bike. It's been great!

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