Low Waste Spring Ideas, In Drawings.

2021 Low waste spring Mangomini

Simple Ways To Reduce Waste And Save Energy This Spring.

Every new season is a chance for a fresh start. In this illustration I’ve summed up some of the things that I will be doing to reduce waste and save energy this spring. Today also happens to be Global Recycling Day, that’s why I thought this would be a good day to share this drawing.

Going completely zero waste can be hard, but by making little changes reducing waste and saving energy is actually quite simple. It doesn’t have to be perfect to make a difference.

Want More Zero- Or Low Waste Swap Inspiration?

I’ve been drastically trying to reduce waste for a while now, especially my plastic waste. I have a whole series of illustrations with zero- and low wast swap ideas and about sustainability in general. Take a look here and here for examples, or follow me on Instagram for more regular updates. I also have a postcard available on Etsy filled with ways to reduce waste.

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Low Waste Holiday Gift Ideas, In Drawings.

Affordable Sustainable Gift Guide.

If you’ve followed my illustration work over the last years, you may have noticed that I’m trying to reduce my waste and live a more minimalistic life.⁠ My goal: less stuff, less waste, more quality, more adventure! ⁠

This has totally changed the way I shop. I like to call it “consciously unshopping” haha.⁠ I still shop a little bit of course, but only things that I need or know I will love and use for a long time.⁠

Buy less, but better.

Hopefully this illustration will inspire you to also “shop less, but better”, starting this Holiday season. I really hope you will choose to support small and local businesses, because we need it more than ever this year!⁠ My own Etsy shop ships worldwide and is filled with cute hand drawn illustrated cards, prints and calendars.💚

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Low Waste Summer

Here are some low waste ideas, especially for summer. Enjoy the sunny weather!

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Super Easy Zero Waste Swaps #2

Simple zero waste swap Number 2: Carry your own zero waste kit with you.⁠
I usually have mine in a little separate bag in my backpack or bag. I have a cloth napkin and handkerchief in there, a reusable straw & spork, ánd a tiny fork because I love to get French fries. 🍟The coffee cup and stirrer I only take when I plan to get coffee, because I’m not really a big coffee drinker.⁠
I do often get some very surprised looks (and laughs) when I take my own napkin or straw out of my bag. But I don’t mind and when I explain why I do it, usually people agree that it actually makes a lot of sense. ⁠
This is just one of the many small things you can do to start reducing your waste. If everyone tries a little bit, together we can accomplish a lot! ⁠ ⁠💚

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Super Easy Zero Waste Swaps #1

Going completely zero waste can be challenging, but there are so many little things that can already make a difference. Inspired by #plasticfreejuly, I’m going to be sharing some super simple zero (or low) waste swaps on here. Like choosing an ice cream cone over a cup. It saves a single use cup and a (plastic) spoon. Extra points for bringing your own cloth napkin! Come on, you can do this! ⁠💚🍦

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Plastic Free Bathroom & HappySoaps Giveaway!

One of the easiest places to start going plastic free (or zero waste) is your bathroom. It’s really not that hard to find good plastic free alternatives for most bathroom basics and #plasticfreejuly is the perfect time to start!⁠

I really love my solid shampoos and (shower) soaps (I also use them for shaving). I’ve switched to a bamboo toothbrush and cotton buds, natural deodorant and a safety razor. I also love to mix my own products using multi-purpose natural products like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera and jojoba oil. ⁠

If you live in the Netherlands you’re in luck because this week HAPPY SOAPS is letting me GIVE AWAY this fantastic, colourful, selection of 9 of their products. ⁠

HappySoaps is a Dutch brand that is passionate about creating plastic free cosmetics. Not only are their products 100% plastic free, they’re also cruelty free, vegan, palm oil free and handmade from natural ingredients. Oh, and they smell absolutely DELICIOUS! Check out my post on Instagram for all the info and make sure you follow me and HappySoaps for a chance to win! Competitions closes July 4th. Good luck! ⁠💚

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Simple Ways To Reduce Waste, An Illustrated Guide.

Celebrate World Environment Day with these simple zero waste swaps.

Today is World Environment Day, a day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This hand drawn infographic shows some the ways I’ve been trying to reduce my waste, especially plastic waste.⁠💚💚💚💚

Steps towards a plastic-free life

One of the main ways I’m reducing my waste, is by buying less plastic, especially single-use plastic. These are a few steps I’m taking.

First, I use up everything I have . Once something is used up I ask myself if I really need to replace the product. If I feel I need it I look for a plastic-free alternative and make sure I recycle the old packaging. If I don’t find the product completely plastic-free (often there’s a plastic cap even on a glass jar or bottle) I go for the most sustainable option and a product made with natural ingredients.

To avoid single use plastic I make sure I always carry a reusable handkerchief, napkin, spork and straw. For grocery shopping I bring my backpack, an extra tote bag and my own little produce bags to the shop.

The illustration above shows even more things I do to reduce ways. I hope you find them useful. If you do, I have them available on a postcard on Etsy, to keep as positive inspiration. You can also follow me on Instagram for more regular updates on my low waste journey.

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Happy Earth Day!

Low waste swaps 1 2 3 4 combined Mangomini

Happy Earth Day! Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. That’s why I’m sharing another update about my journey towards low waste living, in illustrated form, of course. These are changes that I’ve personally made over the last few years to reduce my waste, especially plastic. It’s still not perfect by far but we all have to start somewhere. If everyone tries a little, together we can accomplish a lot!⁠

It also doesn’t have to be expensive. I actually buy much less now. I’m using up all old products and replacing only what I need. When I do decide to buy something I try to find high quality products that are eco-friendly and/or fair-trade, that I can really enjoy for a long time. I also love to shop vintage. ⁠
What are you doing to reduce your waste? New ideas are always welcome! Stay safe, stay positive and go green! 💚

 

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Simple Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps, In Drawings.

Low waste swaps prt4 Bathroom Mangomini

Simple Ways To Reduce Waste In Your Bathroom.

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. What better day to think about small changes we all can make to help save the planet?⁠
This illustration is part 4 in my zero/low waste infographic series about the changes that I’ve personally made to help reduce my waste, especially plastic. This one is all about zero- or low waste bathroom swaps. I’m still not zero waste by far, but I’m constantly trying to improve. My absolute favorite low waste bathroom products are multi-purpose products, like coconut oil, jojoba oil & aloe vera gel. I also like to mix more and more products myself. More tips and ideas are always welcome.⁠💚

Want to see even more easy ways to reduce waste?

You can see more simple ways to reduce waste and save energy in this older hand drawn infographic. I also have a zero waste inspiration postcard available on Etsy.

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Super Easy Zero Waste Swaps, Illustrated.

How To Reduce Waste And Save Energy, In Drawings.

Today is World Environment Day. The perfect day to share part 3 of my personal journey to a “low waste’ life. These are the changes that I have personally made. I completely understand that not every option is available to everyone. But even if you can only make a few of these changes, you can make a difference. And if everyone tries a little bit, together we can accomplish a lot! If you find these drawings useful, I have it available on a postcard on Etsy, to keep as positive inspiration. You can also follow me on Instagram for more regular updates on my low waste journey.

How I Started My Low Waste Journey

In the illustration above I have combined (almost) all of the changes that I have made over the last year(s). Below you see part 1, 2 and 3 of my “journey to zero waste”. Starting with the latest one, Part 3.

Part 3Part 2Part 1

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