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Why Not Green Holiday Gifts?
Still looking for gifts? Go green! Below are several gift ideas that are eco-friendly.
Green Gift-Giving Ideas
I love Lee Valley. If I need something for my home or if I want to get a gift, this is always my first stop (of course, after checking out some vintage shops first). They sell neat and useful gadgets that are eco-friendly and made to last (quality!). They also sell many plastic-free games and toys that teach problem-solving skills and non-violence (unlike most video games and toys out there today).
My Favourite Vintage Shops
The holidays are just around the corner. Why not choose vintage goods? Buying second-hand is eco-friendly in that you are not using new resources and energy to produce a new item. In addition, I find that vintage items were made to last - therefore they are better quality. Finally, the items may be more unique because they are not mass-produced.
Masala Chickpeas & Roasted Veggies
An easy and healthy vegan, gluten-free, soy-free meal with some spice.
REVIEW – Brush with Bamboo
I’ve never really thought about my toothbrush, even though it’s made from plastic. Sure, I’ve seen those alternative toothbrushes at the store but never made the switch. According to Brush with Bamboo, over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes end up in oceans and landfills every year.
This mild curry is inspired by my mom’s “Chinese-style” cooking when I was growing up. It is packed with flavour and protein. Try it out:)
Recycling vs. Reusing
Recycling is good because it avoids creating new products from raw materials. However, it is even better to reuse items like glass jars because it still requires a lot of energy to take an old glass container and convert it into a new product. In order for a product like glass to be recycled, it must be rinsed and it must not break when it is in transit; if the glass breaks, most of it goes to the landfill.
Why Essential Oils are Good for You
Contrary to popular belief, oil as a moisturizer is good for you in many ways. Most people – myself included – have been brought up to believe that oil is bad for your skin because it makes you breakout; hence, most mainstream commercial skin care products are oil-free. However, like dissolves like; therefore, oil dissolves oil.
Lionheads’ Jerk Pasta
This dish was partly inspired by my mom’s cooking. She used to make something like this when I was a child. Cremini and onions are meant to be together! The jerk sauce gives it a kick, while the basil and hoisin sauce give the dish a unique flavour, while keeping the spice in check (well, kind of!). Most importantly, it’s an easy and fast recipe. I hope you like it.
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