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TIPS, TRAVELLING

Let’s reduce the use of plastic: What’s in my ECO bag

This article is my version of a "what's in my bag" video/article that most bloggers do, but make it ECO! Alternative title : What's in my ECO bag. Really, what do you need to carry in your bag for a sustainable lifestyle away from home or on a trip? Ecology and caring for the environment, require organization and dedication. If you're organized enough, you can take care of the environment and your health at the same time. In my constant efforts to live sustainably, I noticed that my bag always carries some staple items. I also noticed that, many of my friends...

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REVAMP

How to dye a cotton rope using avocado seeds

The heavenly pink dye that avocado seeds and peels bear, can dye anything cotton, wood or silk. This time, I attempted to paint a cotton rope I wanted to use in one of my constructions. I had tried to paint a white string a few months ago, but it didn't very well. It seems that the rope I had wasn't 100% cotton. This time, I searched and found a Greek craftsmanship that produces 100% cotton and linen ropes and yarns. The difference was noticeable, since the rope absorbed the avocado pink dye in no time. If you're new on A Shiny...

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STYLE

Naturally dyed net bags

Net bags are an easy and stylish way to avoid plastic bags while shopping. You can always carry them with you since they don't take up space and fill them with fruits and vegetables. In summer they can turn into the perfect bag since they are light and cool. Net bags are even more special when dyed with natural colors. By utilizing the colors that some plants and foods lavishly offer us, we can give character to any net bag. Did you know that net bags are also called mesh bags? That's what our grandmothers called them.   I tried to dye...

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CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, CRAFTS, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ECOLOGY

Notebooks from 100% reusable materials

A crucial part in trying to reduce our ecological footprint is reusing. Meaning that, when it comes to an objects we no longer need to find ways to reuse it. Thus, the environment is saved from one piece of garbage and recycling machines (if this item is recyclable) save a lot of energy. Eco-living : What do we do with paper? In my quest to live a greener life, my commitment and my dedication make me experiment a lot. Lately, in fact, I have been experimenting with paper. I've been looking for ways to reuse paper, that is useless in its...

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Uncategorized

Natural dye from black beans

Here we are again! I'm back to the pots that produce the most magnificent colors of nature and this timeI'm exploring the natural dye of black beans. The backstory : Some time ago, I paid a visit to the store where I buy legumes and cereals in bulk. There, Mr. Panagiotis showed me his new arrival : black beans, rich in iron, he said. Of course, I bought them to try at home, and put them in water to soak overnight. The next morning, I woke up and saw that the beans have given off a wonderful violet color in...

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CRAFTS, SEWING

How to make fabric pouches

By using fabric pouches while shopping, we can greatly reduce the waste we create. A fabric pouch is vital in our effort to reduce our ecological footprint, and what's even better? We can make it ourselves! Ways we can use fabric pouches : To buy bread and other pastries Nuts (in bulk) Rice, legumes, cereals (in bulk) Fruits and veggies To store food on the go (e.g. a cereal bar) I now have so many fabric pouches that I don't have to use any sort of disposable packaging ever again. I use my fabric pouches at the farmer's market, for nuts,...

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DECOR, UPCYCLE, UPCYCLE, UPCYCLE

Flower vase from reusable materials

In this article, I share with you a cheap and easy way to take advantage of two things you most likely have at home: A plastic bottle that you are about to throw in the trash and a piece of fabric. This is the optimal way to spend your time creatively, make something useful for your home and do something good for the environment. All in one! The backstory : At the moment, I really enjoy crafting. It isn't only the peace of the house that allows me to, but also that I am challenged to make the most out of the...

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PETS, SEWING

Eco-friendly cat toy

Is there a way to make a pyramid shaped toy for your cat, and do a good deed for the environment, at the same time? In this article, we will make an eco-friendly cat toy, utilizing the plastic pieces of trash that we came across and don’t know how to get rid of.  The idea for this craft came from the Big Green Challenge I accepted on my online Ding Dong journey. It seems that my cats are quite fond of these cute pyramid shaped toys, as well as YOUR furry friends! After uploading the IGTV tutorial I did on...

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LOW WASTE, LOW WASTE, LOW WASTE, STORIES

What’s the cost of saving the planet?

In this article, we are talking numbers and logic, in an attempt to convince you that living low waste and actively loving our planet isn't expensive at all. Note : None of the products I mention are sponsored. I'm just talking about what I personally use, after many years of trial and error. The backstory : A while ago, a girl sent me a message, expressing her concern about the financial cost of a low waste lifestyle. Of course, this is something I hear very often from people who want to take responsibility for the environment, but are hesitant because of...

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DECOR, HOLIDAYS, NATURAL DYES, NATURAL DYES, NATURAL DYES, NATURAL DYES

Naturally dyed Christmas pillow

On the day of the annual Christmas cocooning that me and my friends have, while sipping on our melomakarono beverage (a traditional Greek honey flavoured dessert but made into a drink), we also made a pillow using eco colors. All we needed was a white pillowcase, a potato and my trusted non-toxic Fusion colors (I swear by them!) and... we got started on printing! Before that, we taught ourselves the iconic Mean Girls Jingle Bell Rock choreography. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that, but it’s the truth, OKAY?? Sidenote: The day I discovered that potatoes and apples can be used...

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