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Buy handmade!

Buy Handmade.org

I’m not big on gifts, as I’m not much of a stuff person. But when it comes to Christmas I do enjoy baking and creating gifts for family and friends. Last year I made an apron, some fabric picture frames and some other crafty things for family members. So this Christmas I’m continuing my handmade gift tradition.  I promise you, it’s so much more fun than shopping and it’s way more cost effective. Join me in taking the handmade pledge!

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from Art.com

from Art.com

As I’ve written about in recent posts, I’m trying to replace items in my home and wardrobe as they wear out with things that are made locally and with sustainable practices. I have a few pieces in my wardrobe that are organic cotton/bamboo blends and oh my, are they heavenly soft. I’ve recently run low on underwear, thanks to a certain doggie who tends to shred laundry, and am trying to find some that are bamboo or similar fabric. I’m trying to find some that aren’t: A) wildly expensive or B) granny-ish in any sense of the word.

Anyone seen anything like that anywhere??

(Edit: I did find one style I liked, and they’re even made locally here in Victoria, BC. They’re just so darned expensive…$45 USD for three pairs? Not on my budget.  Also by this same seller, I want these pants!)

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All things green.

from Stopping at the Green Light

from Stopping at the Green Light

When it comes to the environment and all topics of discussion related to it, I am a bit of a maniac. If there’s a greener way to do something, I’ll do it that way every time. When Nick and I moved out into our first apartment, it was my mission (more like obsession if you ask any of my friends and family) to get things such as furniture second-hand, which also fit nicely into our student budgets. I think almost all of our furniture was found on craiglist or UsedVictoria ,and when we grow out of it we’ll just put it all back on there for another person to take home. For things we needed to buy new, such as household cleaners, detergents and any other household items, we always chose the greener option (brands like Method, Seventh Generation). It sometimes was and is often a more expensive route, but considering the effects it has on the environment I always come to the conclusion that a dollar or two more is not really going to have that much of an effect on my pocketbook.

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A difficult realization for anyone eco-minded to come to is that you don’t have to replace everything in your life with something more eco-friendly. It took me a while to realize that it was better for the environment if I just kept the same makeup brushes I’d always been using instead of tossing them and replacing them with ones made of bamboo and organic fibers. Instead I just replace things with greener alternatives when the time comes that the item needs replacing. When all my makeup ran empty, I replaced it with organic products, such as Aveda and Zuii. If I need a new item of clothing, I try to locate either a second hand or sustainably/locally/ethically-made alternative. Vancouver Island is a great place to find anything and everything alternative, so it makes finding such things a lot easier, but if all else fails you can find it on the internet. In the case of transportation, body products and food choices (I’ll post about this another day, it’s a HUGE topic for me) it is still a positive change to switch to greener products, but these typically don’t require throwing anything away (and filling up the landfills) with stuff that isn’t green.

from Zuii Organic

from Zuii Organic

Another interesting thing that I have learned along the way was that you have to think critically as well as environmentally. However, sometimes even with the best intentions we can be deceived into thinking we are making the greener choice. This is in regards to the use of CFL lightbulbs. It turns out that what was marketed to us as the “greener” choice is anything but. If you want to learn more about this, I suggest checking out Stopping at the Green Light, a blog put together by Claudia of The Paris Apartment. She’s done research into the truth of this and other environmental issues and I think it would be worthwhile for you and anyone you know to go check it out. At least so that you can be sure you’re getting both sides of the story.

Editor’s note: I’ve added a new tag to the category list, called All Things Green. I wasn’t sure how to incorporate my passion for environmentalism into this blog, but it’s such a large part of my life that I want to make it work somehow. I’ll post things along the way under this tag.

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