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CRAFTS, ECOLOGY, NATURAL DYES

Natural watercolor paint from…flowers!

Natural watercolor paint from...flowers! Yes, you  read right! Today is World Art Day and here at A Shiny Day we celebrate it in a handmade and completely naturalistic way! Would you believe me if I told you that you can make the most beautiful red-orange natural watercolor paint at home only from flowers? It's true, and in this article I will show you how! The backstory  Oh how much I love the colors that nature so generously gives us! The more I experiment, the more colors I add to my plant palette. So, the idea for this article didn't require much thought! On...

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ECOLOGY, LOW WASTE

Low waste kitchen : Easy swaps I’ve made

Have you ever wondered if our habits in the kitchen can become low waste? Of course they can! In this article I show you how I do it, but also how to do it yourself. From paper towels to cleaning equipment, the kitchen is one of the largest sources of waste in most homes. But who said that should be the rule? By redefining our habits, we can very easily swap conventional convenience products with more sustainable options. Swapping may cost a little more at first, but repeated use of viable options will save you time and money in the long...

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ECOLOGY, LOW WASTE, TIPS

5+1 alternatives to plastic wrap

This article doesn't promise anything improbable, it won't answer all your environmental questions, but it will show you 5+alternatives to plastic wrap in food storage. I once read that a Harvard professor, in order to find an alternative plastic packaging in food, decided to find a way to make all packaging edible. However, this probably didn't go very well, the idea was never implemented and in this article, I won't be recommending a protective wrap that after using, you can snack on. On the other hand, if this discovery were successful, you wouldn't be reading this article right now! Can we...

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CRAFTS, DECOR, ECOLOGY, NATURAL DYES

Avocado dyed pink pillows

I dyed two decorative pillows using an avocado. No, you didn't read that wrong. I actually dyed two decorative pillows using an avocado. In fact, I decorated them with small tassels made of thread that I had also dyed with avocado too. Those of you that have been in the company of A Shiny Day, you may have realized that avocados are a part of my life. I love them very much because they are an important element of my vegetarian diet and after enjoying one, I can give the most beautiful pink dye to any fabric, using only its peels...

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BEAUTY, ECOLOGY, LIFESTYLE, LOW WASTE, TIPS, WELLNESS

Eco-friendly and non-toxic body care routine

I have wanted to write this article for a long time and I think now is the perfect time to share with you my eco-friendly and less toxic body care routine. The backstory : In my overall effort for a more sustainable and non-toxic lifestyle, I notice that the first changes I made were in the way I take care of my body. Mainly because I quickly realized the direct impact that cosmetics have on our health. Of course, my sensitive skin helped a lot in this, because somewhat reflexively, it reacts to anything toxic. Therefore, my first doubts were formed when...

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ECOLOGY, LOW WASTE

DIY Beeswax Food Wraps

There is a way to replace plastic wrap once and for all : Beeswax Food Wraps. And it's super easy to make them yourself! What are Beeswax Wraps? First of all, it's a perfect solution to get rid of plastic wraps. They are made from fabric and beeswax, plus other vegetable oils. You can shape them easily by using the warmth of your hands and use them to cover a utensil or wrap a snack. Once cold, they stay firm and protect our food. You can wash them with cold water and keep on using them again and again! Why Beeswax...

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CRAFTS, DECOR, ECOLOGY, PLANTS, REVAMP, UPCYCLE

How to decorate a plastic flower pot using a cotton rope

There's an easy way to turn a boring plastic flower pot into a beautiful home pot using a cotton rope! I'm sure you know all about the love I have for plants by now, and you certainly know that I take care of a lot, here at home. Many plants mean many transplants and many transplants mean many plastic pots. When it comes to plants and home decor, I'm always looking for a beautiful pot, a clay pot, a knitted basket in which I can put the plants. At some point, I exhausted all of my options. Concrete pot, clay pot,...

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ECOLOGY, LOW WASTE, TIPS

Let’s reduce the use of plastic while shopping : 7 simple ways

When I decided to share with you the changes I have made in my daily life to reduce my ecological footprint, I thought that it must been done in an organized manner. Changing our habits by taking care of the environment (and of course our own body) requires organization. It's not hard. We just need to be organized. So in this sense of organization, I decided to divide my habits into categories. In this previous article, I shared with you the changes I have made in my daily life in relation to the use of plastic at home. In...

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ECOLOGY, LOW WASTE, TIPS

Let’s reduce the use of plastic at home : 10 simple ways

As you may have read in thisarticle, I have found several ways to avoid using plastic in my life. In this article, I want to share with you 10 things I do to reduce the use of plastic at home. For the past year, I've been making a great effort to live a less toxic life. What does this mean for you? For me it means more creation, more beautiful people around me, more love for nature, less negativity, less toxins in food, less plastic. In addition to recycling, we need to embrace some new habits in relation to the materials we...

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ECOLOGY, LOW WASTE, TIPS, TRAVELLING

Low waste travel : It’s possible!

As time goes on, I face more and more challenges in trying to be faithful to my love and care for the environment. From the moment I decided I was going to do it right, so it happened. And there were no exceptions. But sometimes, things get a little bit harder and that's where I need to be even more focused and organized. I believe that there's always a way to stay true to our principles, in order to protect the environment and our health. A person who cares about the environment, is/ needs to be organized. They have habits...

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