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Hits and misses of a low-waste life

Since we’ve been trying to reduce our waste, we’ve also tested lots of recipes and tips to lower our waste. Some of them were great and have become parts of our routine, and others, were, well, not so great. Keep in mind that it’s only our experience, and that you might end up loving what we hate and vice-versa!! The best way to know is to try and see what works for you!!

Hits and Misses of the Zero Waste Lifestyle
The amount of trash we produce is horrific, let’s face it. Photo by Bas Emmen on Unsplash

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Of winter and the wonders of layering

It’s December, and it’s cold here near Paris, which is quite normal and even a bit reassuring, if I’m honest. I cover my car in the evenings to be spared the tedious task of scraping off ice in the mornings, I watch my favourite shows buried under a plaid and make my family hot cocoa on Sunday afternoons. I rather like winter, in fact (I like all 4 seasons if I’m honest, although summer is a bit of a bother when you don’t tan). But as someone who tries to have a rather minimalist and most of all sustainable wardrobe, it can be a challenge to dress at this period of the year.

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On how to ace no-gift Christmas

I love Christmas. Yule time is a great time. The promise of more light to come, the cycle of life, all that. The lights on the tree. The good, homemade food and the (hopefully fight-less) meals with extented family.

What I do not love is all the gift-giving obligation. It’s nice for children to discover some gifts under the tree (some, I said. Not fifty, that’s ridiculous), but we adults? Come on. Most of us have too much stuff already and will have no use for half of the things we’re given. We feel like we have to buy everyone a gift and, frankly, it ruins the weeks before the holidays for me with headaches and stressful runs in crowded and overheated stores.

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Guide to a low-waste, cheap and long-lasting wardrobe

Clothes have always played a big role in societies throughout the ages. They used to tell what you were doing for a living, how well off you were, if you were married or a widow, and so on. Today they have lost a bit of their most specific meanings, but they still say something about you, whether you want it or not. They’re ‘our chosen skin’ as Safia Minney from People Tree would say. And today’s clothes are very different from what our ancestors used to know: once expensive and well-cared for, they are now cheap and disposable. Fashion trends don’t last more than a few weeks – as does most of what the fast fashion industry produce. It’s an ecological and social disaster on all levels. So, how can we do different? Here’s what I have done.

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Easy chair upcycling!


We are in the process of redecorating our dining room – we take all our meals there, and we like to have family and friends over to share good food,  it’s a very important place in our appartment, and we would like for it to be a bit nicer. But instead of running to Ikea to buy new stuff -which is often our first impulse, let’s be honest- we’re trying to do it in a frugal, low-waste way!

Our 4 chairs are about 13 years old and in good condition, except for the seat cover: it’s straw, and with 2 children and a cat at home, it’s definitely seen better days. We’ve decided to see what we could do to make it look nicer, and comfier!


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Homemade low-waste bronzing powder

Hey everyone!

Despite not using a lot of makeup – none at all most of the time in fact – there are two things that I use from time to time: mascara, and blush or bronzing powder. During winter I use a light peach pressed blush, and during the warmer months, some bronzing powder. Being very fair skinned, it’s nice to get some color on my skin even if I don’t tan – at least it enhances my freckles and makes me look less like a vampire.

It’s the second year that I make my homemade bronze powder, and not only it’s easy, cheap, and low waste, but it allows you to get the exact shade of brown you want.

Let’s get to the recipe!

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Upcycling Christmas cards!

A quick post to complete my entry about Christmas wrapping! I’ve seen it here and there and wanted to test it with a few Christmas cards salvaged from work – we receive a few every year and they always end up in the trash bin, so no one fought me for them!

The idea is to keep only the decorated part, that’s not written on! You’ll need a few cards, a rotary cutter and a mat (or a good pair of scissors!) and a ruler. That’s it!


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Being totally zero-waste isn’t possible for most of us – and it’s okay

There are plenty of things that I do that aren’t zero waste – or even, let’s say, low waste, which I find a more realistic goal. There is something disturbing behind the perfect zero waste pictures you see on Instagram, or the perfect zero waste lives you spy on YouTube: they ignore that the real world isn’t zero waste friendly for the most part, and that sometimes you haven’t a choice.

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Pretty, pretty, pretty… isn’t it? Not very life like though.

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Pain perdu, or the real French toast

In French, the famous French toast is called ‘pain perdu’, or lost bread, because it is a cheap mean of saving bread that is several days old and has become too hard to eat. It’s the French equivalent of the English pudding – we all used to use everything, and throwing away food was unheard of.

Our family eats a lot of bread, and it generally hasn’t the time to get bad. But there are times when I miscalculate how many baguettes we will eat, and the holidays usually are one of those times. When that happens, I gather what’s left of the bread and prepare  what’s both a treat and a perfect way to avoid wasting food.

French toast ingredients
What you’ll need!

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Zero-waste Christmas wrapping

Christmas is almost there, and with it, a few – or more – Christmas presents to wrap. Wrapping paper is nice and colorful, but it’s also not environmentally friendly at all. Not only we buy it and use it only once before it’s thrown away, but it often contains harmful colorants and plastic particules, making it non recyclable.

Plain brown paper is one option (you can make it more festive by tying it with a pretty ribbon for example) and another great option is the Japanese furoshiki. It’s a piece of fabric (usually kimono fabric, like coton or silk) that you tie around the present. You can reuse it as much as you want. You can of course buy them, or you can make them.

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