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, Γ‘nd 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! ⁠ β πŸ’š

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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! β πŸ’šπŸ¦

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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!⁠
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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! β πŸ’š

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World Environment Day

 

Today is World Environment Day, a day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. These are some of the ways I’ve been trying to reduce my waste.β πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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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!⁠
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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! πŸ’š

 

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Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

Low waste swaps prt4 Bathroom Mangomini

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. What better day to think about some small changes we all can make to help save the planet?⁠
This is part 4 in my zero/low waste 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 favorites 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. Stay safe & stay positive! β πŸ’š

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World Environment Day

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! β €

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.

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Low-waste swaps, part 2

Low waste swaps part2 Cindy Mangomini

As promised a while ago, here’s a small update on what I’m doing to live a more low-waste and minimal life. This past year I’ve slowly been using up all the products I already own and when I finish a product I first ask myself: do I really need it? If I feel I do, I try to look for a natural DIY recipe online. If that’s not available I try to buy a plastic free version of the product that I’m replacing. It’s not perfect and not always possible, but it feels good to try.Β I think if everyone tries a little, together we can achieve a lot. Hopefully another update soon!

You can find my original post here.

World Environment Day

World Environmental Day Cindy Mangomini

Today is World Environment Day and this year’s theme is Beat Plastic Pollution. That’s why I thought I’d share some of the small changes that I’ve recently made to reduce my waste, especially my plastic waste. It’s not perfect by far, but I’m trying to be more mindful about it. If everyone does a little bit, together we can accomplish a lot! The small changes that I’ve illustrated here are sΓ³ easy to make, I feel that anyone can make them.

  • Switch to a bamboo toothbrush
  • Use washable face cleaning pads
  • Use fabric napkins
  • Carry a (fabric) napkin, spork and reusable coffee cup with me
  • Buying fruit and vegetables at the local market in (very cute) reusable cotton bags to avoid plastic-wrapped supermarket products.
  • Always choose a non-plastic packaging option for everything I buy. (If there is one.)
  • Make some products myself from all natural ingredients. (Sea salt spray, dry shampoo and face toner for example are all very easy (and fun) to make. You can find many tutorials on how to do this on YouTube and Pinterest.

These are just some of the things that I’ve personally started doing. If you want more tips on how to reduce your waste there are tons of YouTube videos you can watch on this topic. I like watching these because I keep finding new ideas on how to improve my waste reduction. Hopefully soon I can make a new illustration with the next “green” steps that I’ve taken. πŸ˜‰