Did you know that the average sanitary pad is made from 90% plastic? This is the equivalent of 4 single use grocery bags! Shocking right? Imagine how many you use in one cycle. And, they cannot be recycled! Then there are all the toxic chemicals to bleach them white and to give them a fragrance to smell fresher or to deodorise them. A woman's menstrual cycle is a sensitive and often a taboo topic. With so little education on this topic, alot of people are unaware that there are other sustainable options that have in fact been around for many many years. Some alternatives (that will also save you alot of money) are: MENSTRUAL CUP - this is a reusable silicon menstrual cup that collects fluid and can be emptied and washed as required. Not only is it environmentally friendly but can save a lot of money. I use the #divacup and highly recommend it. WASHABLE PADS - just like a disposable pad but washable. They stay in the same place and absorb just as well. I am trying #rosepads and so far so good. PERIOD UNDERWEAR - These are great reusable underwear that can be worn during your cycle or any time and last about 2 years. I am using #modibodi and they are great. Try making one small change and see how it goes. At first you might feel its unsanitary or unhygienic as you have to be more aware of your body. Take your time and allowing 2 or 3 cycles to get used to it. If you have any questions or need help sourcing these items in the UAE, please send me a message and I can help out. #unwrappeduae#zerowasteuae#periodswithoutplastic#reusablepads#menstrualcup#menstrualunderwear#periodpants#breakfreefromplastic#zerowastejourney#plasticfreeseas#plasticfreejuly2019#makesustainablechoices#nomoreplastic#wehavedoneenoughdamage#youcanmakeadifference#thereisnoplanetb
Worst zero waste day ever 😱😭 and #plasticfreejuly2019 failure!!! I am traveling alone with my kids and carried the essentials - reusable water bottles, reusable coffee mug and cutlery. - We checked in online and I have the boarding passes on my phone. All we had to do was drop the bags. I still got issued 4 new printed boarding passes plus the bag receipt. What is the point of on online boarding pass then? - Things went ok from there and we stopped at #costacoffee for coffee and croissant. We used mugs and plates and no need for any #singleuseplastic. I support Costa as they offer AED 2 off your coffee if you bring a reusable cup. - Then we refilled our water bottles before boarding the plane. At the same time a lady was arguing with the staff about the high price of water (in a plastic bottle) at the airport while standing right next to a free water station. I did have to tell her in a very nice way that the water was free just a few metres away and next time she should carry a water bottle with her. And, she appreciated the advice! - But we got on the plane and disaster struck! We refused the coloring books and activities as they were all wrapped individually in plastic, as well as the small water cups. I knew the food would be an issue but I never expected every item to be single use aside from the tray. What happened to metal cutlery and bread rolls from the basket (at the very least)??? Really disappointed with @etihadairways given that not so long ago they heavily advertised their first and only plastic free long haul flight to Australia. And yet all their other flights are 100% single use! #unwrappeduae#abudhabi#uae#noneed#saynotosingleuseplastic#plasticfreeforthesea#thereisnoplanetb#greenwashing#breakfreefromplastic#minimalist#zerowastejourney#momof3#raisingawareness#refillablebottles#freewater#summertravels#makesustainablechoices#nomoreplastic#bethechange#lifewithoutplastic
Just 5 days to go until #plasticfreejuly! Are you ready to take the challenge? Sign up here https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/ Do not feel intimidated - learning to make more sustainable choices is a journey and every step you take is helping - no matter how small it may seem to you! I will be sharing 5 easy swaps with you tomorrow to help you get ready! I think that most of these will be achievable especially bearing in mind that most families are traveling outside of the UAE during the month of July which makes it a little harder. Do what you can and what feels right! All our ways of making a difference matter! Let me know if you have signed up!
So proud of @elenikottaslt and @sushi_counter for making #sustainablechoices. It was an impromptu decision but the containers were in the car so why not give it a try??? And look at that - all those smiley faces, so helpful and accommodating! A win win for all 🙌 - Can I really make a difference? Said 7.6 billion people! YES, you can!
Coffee ... nothing better than a good cup of coffee to start the day! I mean the good stuff that you brew in a coffee machine! Try some of these options before you throw your used coffee grounds into the trash (or compost): - Coffee Body Scrub: Just mix 1 cup coffee grounds and 1/2 cup coconut oil or olive oil. Mix well and keep in a jar with a lid and work onto wet skin and then rinse. It also makes a great lip exfoliator. - Fertiliser: Spinkle some coffee grounds around your plants to improve drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil. The grounds will also attract earthworms which is great for your garden. - Pot scourer: Since all my cleaning products are made at home I am yet to find an equivalent to Jif (in UAE) / Handy Andy (in South Africa). However the gentle abrasive of coffee grounds has helped to remove stubborn caked-on food from your pots and pans. - Snail, slug, and cat repellent: Just make a small barrier of coffee grounds in your garden around around the plants which slugs and cats are attracted to and it will keep them away! AND ... if you don't compost or have a garden and have already made enough coffee body scrub - give it to someone who has a garden. They will gladly take it off you!
Who is ready for #plasticfreejuly? Lets focus a little on PAPER today! Most #paper can be #recycled but not all! Coloured and white paper, greetings cards, magazines, newspapers, flyers, cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, etc. However, "paper" coffee cups cannot as they have a thin layer of plastic on the inside. Same applies to frozen food boxes, juice boxes, milk cartons (like the long life organic / soy / almond kinds). Pizza boxes cannot be recycled as once the oil touches the cardboard it contaminates the cardboard and can no longer be recycled. Same applies for kitchen towel or napkins - once they are spoiled they cannot be recycled. This is why separating garbage is so important. However all it takes for someone to throw in a half cup of coffee into that paper recycling bin to spoil the whole recycling process. Interesting facts: - If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you'd get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket using paper bags could use all of them in under an hour! So bring your reusable shopping bags! - Recycling paper reduces pollution by 95% when used paper is manufactured into new sheets. - Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water! #unwrappeduae#abudhabi#paper#recycle#reducereuserecycle#zerowastejourney#zerowastelifestyle#plasticfreeforthesea#fortheloveofnature#saveouroceans#makesustainablechoices#noexcuseforsingleuse#noneed#bethechange#goingzerowaste#freefromplastic#timeforchange#thereisnoplanetb#ecofriendlyhome