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My zip-lock bag trick…analysed

Posted on November 5th, 2014

I’m obsessively practical with eating and cooking. A huge part of my eating plans (on both the online 8-Week Program and in my books) includes pre-cooking and freezing meals, or ingredients to turn into meals, in ziplock or sandwich baggies. My trick – which can stop barbeques – is this bit. Ready? I wash them out after use. Yep, revolutionary.

Drip-drying ziplock bags on my windows

To be fair, the bit that gets people falling off stools is the drying technique I invented, ‘cos that’s the bit we all find annoying right? This is how it goes:

With my hand slipped into the inside of the wet bag, I slap it on my kitchen window or splash-back.

It sticks, drys, and then…

Falls off when ready to store/use again. Ingenius!

OK, but the question is, does it make a damn bit of eco difference? Read more

How you should drink your coffee (and it’s not about butter!)

Posted on October 29th, 2014

I drink coffee. I love the stuff. But I have to say I’ve been wondering how mindful I’ve been about it lately. I decided to dig around a bit and get informed. I’ve adjusted my habit accordingly. Feel free to do so too because every little bit of care counts.

We have more than one kilo of undigested plastic in our systems from ingesting our foods via bourgeois accoutrements...

We have more than one kilo of undigested plastic in our systems from ingesting our foods via bourgeois accoutrements…

1. Piff the coffee pods

These things – despite George Clooney’s mug being attached to them – are ghastly suckers. Thanks to George’s thumb’s up (in part) billions of coffee pods are ending up in landfill each year. Last year, Choice reported Nespresso alone had sold 28 billion such pods worldwide – about 28 million kilograms of aluminium. Sure, they’re recycle. But in practice they rarely are, particularly the plastic ones, which are the more common, cheaper version. Plus this: hot water passing through the pod essentially “cooks” the plastic and the substances in the pod’s lining is leaked into your coffee. This may or may not bother you.

2. Give up your takeaway cup habit…the lids are poisoning you

Disposable cups are a travesty. When the hot liquid passes through the plastic lid as you drink your coffee, it has been shown BPA is drawn out of the plastic by the acidity levels and the heat. BPA is a known thyroid/endocrine disruptor, a tedious Read more

What to look for in your cleaning products. Plus a giveaway!

Posted on August 19th, 2014

If you’ve been following the My Simple Home series, you’ll know I’m really rather committed to keeping my home ecologically and ergonomically minimal and sustainable. I’ve shared on toxic hazards you should avoid and how to detox your kitchen. Oh, and how to buy a sustainable couch. Which I did finally do!

Banksy image

Banksy image

Today, I’ll touch on a few tips for cleaning up your cleaning products… for toxicity and environmental purposes. Plus, the kind folk at ENJO (a planet-friendly cleaning product company that makes microfibre products requiring only water) are kicking in to give away

an ENJO Essential Pack of cleaning gloves, cloths, paste, detergents and floor cleaners – everything you need to clean your floors, bathroom and living areas – valued at $950 

Keen? See the details below.

And just so you know, this is a sponsored post, but as always views are all my own. You’ll find my very particular position on sponsored posts and advertising here and further thoughts below.*

How to clean up your cleaning habits

1. Check for eco labels by independent accreditors.  Try  programs like Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), Planet Ark, Australian Certified Organics and National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice. You can read more at Green Lifestyle Mag.

2. Read your labels. Detergents have two major ingredient categories: “builders” to reduce water hardness and “surfactants” to lower the surface tension of water.

  • Avoid the bad “builders”, namely any kind of phosphates, which contribute to the deoxygenation of marine environments, and EDTA, (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), which can bind to heavy metals and cause damage to both people and aquatic animals.
  • Instead, go for products that use safe builders such as sodium citrate or sodium bicarbonate.
  • Avoid these “surfactants”: butyl or 2-butoxyethanol, which are toxic when inhaled, and oxalates, which can interfere with hormonal regulation above certain concentrations.
  • Instead, choose surfactants like alkyl polyglycoside, isopropanol and glycerol.

Here’s more on how to know if your green cleaner is really eco-friendly.

3. Use cleaning cloths that go straight in the wash. I’m not a fan of wastage. Disposal Chux wipes drive me mental. And don’t get me started on paper towels! I’ve found this clever all-purpose cloth that does the day-to-day work, and this Kitchen Glove designed with two different sides to remove grease, grime and food residue from your rangehood, bench-tops, splash back area, tiles, stove top, inside your oven and microwave. Once you’ve finished, just pop in the wash. I’ve come across ENJO a few times in my quest for toxin-free cleaning products. Founder and CEO Barb had a son who was struggling Read more