DIY | Eco-Friendly Air-Fresheners

Let’s face it, sometimes (not pointing fingers) things around the house can get a little smelly. Places like the kitchen, bathroom and even our closets may develop a malodour that is none too pleasing. In this case, our first impulse is to reach for store bought air-fresheners and spray the place down until it smells like a veritable Peach Paradise or Green Apple Orchard.

Although this may be an easy solution, many fresheners (this includes scented candles) found on the shelf are laden with harsh chemicals. The EPA lists formaldehyde, petrochemicals and other airborne toxins as some of the most harmful and common ingredients found in many air fresheners and household cleaners. Continue reading DIY | Eco-Friendly Air-Fresheners

Kitchen Composting 101 (Updated!)

Here is an updated version of this post with a few more pieces of advice from what I’ve learned since this article first went live. I hope it helps! Would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Way back when, I used to think everything I didn’t want, need or knew what to do with, went straight into the garbage. That was then and this is now: I have a love for composting like no other. It is super impactful and surprisingly simple.

So, why all the love for composting? To put it simply,  it’s a fantastic way to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. When garbage gets taken to landfills, the contents often sit there unable to properly break down due to lack of oxygen. When this happens it goes through a detrimental process called anaerobic decomposition that produces methane (the greenhouse gas we were talking about) and prevents nature from doing the work it needs to do!
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3 Air-Purifying House Plants

Years ago in Vancouver, BC, I stumbled into a mystical-looking floral shop with a jaw-dropping display of plants of all different colors, textures, shapes and sizes. The sheer beauty and creativity of the wall blew me away and being the eager, ambitious young woman that I am I marched straight up to the counter with a hundred questions — the most important was, “how can I do THIS?!”.

The florist was kind enough to educate me on the plants and their benefits and assured me that there was more to them than just how pretty they looked. Since then, I have been a stalwart champion of house plants. This is not to say I am a particularly gifted gardner but I do believe that they are important to keep in your home. Continue reading 3 Air-Purifying House Plants

Everyday BeWILDerment: Why Finding Awe and a Connection to Nature is the Greatest Source of Wellness

As humans we are incredibly smart, calculating and savvy creatures; traits that in my mind, seem to work both to our benefit and detriment. These days, the thought of that leaves me with the leery feeling that those efforts and energy might be slightly misplaced. This came to the forefront of my mind not too long ago when I found myself nauseated by yet another internet blurb telling me to chase after the life of my dreams. It was annoying because I didn’t know what that life was and felt immense pressure to somehow figure it out and make it snappy, or else.

A topic that has always fascinated me is our own cultural fascination with obtaining happiness, contentment, and complete and utter bliss. To be honest, it doesn’t so much annoy but interest me because I do think that the overarching message of this concept is really well-intentioned and inherently good, however, in our wired and disjointed world that goal just doesn’t seem real. Continue reading Everyday BeWILDerment: Why Finding Awe and a Connection to Nature is the Greatest Source of Wellness

Redefining Green Home Design

If your perception of eco-friendly homes conjures images of elaborate tree houses, mud huts, or dilapidated cabins in the woods, then you are waaaaay off. The evolution of green home design, both interior and exterior, has become an innovative landscape rich with fresh ideas and beautiful architecture that has sustainability and mindfulness at its very core.

I’ll admit, this style is extremely modern but whether or not it appeals to you in its entirety, there are some pretty genius ideas that challenges the average homeowner to redefine the concept of what is green design. As someone who is more interested in carving out a niche within the crossover of uber-modern sustainability and everyday living I picked a few design ideas from these dreamy digs that could be adapted and applied to your home, too. Continue reading Redefining Green Home Design

How to Throw a Stylish and Sustainable Holiday Party

No matter which way you spin it, the holidays generate much more waste than any other time of year. The EPA estimates it’s about 25% more which is about an extra 1 million tons per week. YIKES, YOU GUYS. As a lover of get togethers and holiday parties myself, I thought it would be helpful for all of us to consider effective ways to cut back and be more mindful about the waste our festive bash is likely to create.  The good news is that sustainability practices don’t need to sacrifice style — in fact, your décor and materials will likely make it even more beautiful.  So after doing some digging I found some really great tips on how to throw a stylish and sustainable holiday party. Enjoy!

Fotograf: Lina Östling +46 70 405 42 07 Stylist: Mari Strenghielm Nord Jul-Mode-jobb 2015 för bilagan Äntligen jul

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DIY Tin Can Candle Votive

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not typically a DIY-er. My fingers are more buttery than they are nimble but the more projects I try the more enjoyable and (I think) the better I get. Case in point, this tin can candle votive is the type of craft that you see in magazines and on blogs all the time, why? Because it’s pretty simple and almost fool-proof — not to mention almost everyone has an empty tin can they can pluck out of the recyclables. So after finding my can and giving it a thorough cleaning (it formerly contained spaghetti sauce) I gave it my best shot and am happy to say it TOTALLY WORKED. This is a great little DIY to do on your own for yourself or to give as a gift.

I’ve outlined the project in a few simple steps  below, so give it a try and let me know how it goes!  Continue reading DIY Tin Can Candle Votive

TBG Sustainable Living Guide: Disposable Plastics Pt. II

Read part one, here.

I am such a firm believer that the biggest and best way to implement change is to start small. When I interviewed Nomadix co-founder Chace Petersen, a fledgling business from Southern California creating sustainable gear for avid travelers and adventurers, in a piece for Pure Green Magazine, he talked about his strong, ethical conviction that in these modern times, we should be using alternative and moreover, sustainable materials to make our products:

We don’t see any other option for any product or business that’s starting these days. Why would you ever use virgin materials?”

What is cool about Nomadix (and many other companies) is that they used strictly renewable resources that are made out of, you guessed it, plastic. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates that only 34.3% of recycled and/or compostable materials are disposed of properly while a staggering 52.8% is simply tossed in the can. So, it’s pretty mind blowing to consider the amount of plastic products we use on the whole that provides enough materials for companies to create new items out of just the 34% of what is recycled.  Continue reading TBG Sustainable Living Guide: Disposable Plastics Pt. II