Gift Sets

To help your Christmas shopping I’ve created some gift sets. These sets include some of the most popular items in the shop but they are matched and wrapped just for you.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for you can always customize an existing set or order a custom set.

All gift sets are available in a gift bag or gift box.

Please remember to order early so I can deliver items to you on time. There is the possibility of products selling out before Christmas so please order soon.

Order by email growinggreenco@gmail.com or messaging me on Facebook or Instagram

Oh Honey Gift Set

oh honey gift setIncludes an oh honey soap bar, pure beeswax hive candle, and two lip balms of choice $20.00

Oh Honey Deluxe Gift Set

oh honey deluxe setIncludes: an oh honey soap bar, pure beeswax hive candle, two lip balms of choice and a healing salve $25.00

The Bath Set

bath setIncludes: one bath soak, one soap of choice, and one pure beeswax duck candle $20.00

The Deluxe Bath Set

deluxe bath setIncludes: one bath soak, one soap of choice, one pure beeswax duck candle, and a soap saver of choice $25.00

The Christmas Set

christmas setIncludes: a pure beeswax Santa candle, a lip balm of choice, a candy cane soap, and a 100% cotton soap saver for $20.00

The Deluxe Christmas Set

christmas deluxe setIncludes: a pure beeswax Santa candle, a lip balm of choice, a candy cane soap, a 100% cotton soap saver, and a pure beeswax tree candle (available in green) for $30.00

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How to Stop Food Waste at Home

Food waste is a huge problem for many reasons. It wastes your money, and it’s bad for the environment. It can be a hard problem to fix at first, but once you get into some habits and try some simple DIY’s, it won’t be long before you don’t waste a thing. Don’t forget nobody is perfect so if you waste something it isn’t the end of the world (try and compost it though!).

1. Buy Less Food

Try and plan what you want to eat for the week and buying only what you’ll use. When I lived alone, I walked past two grocery stores every day, so I only bought what I needed and didn’t have to do much planning. Now that I have to drive to a store it is a bit harder, but I try to plan what fresh produce I buy. This is even harder for people with family members adding to the list, but can be done with some practice.

2. Freeze Your Food

frzen herbsAs soon as things start going bad try and use it up or freeze it right away. You can freeze most berries, fruit, and vegetables by laying it flat on a cookie sheet to freeze, then once frozen you can put it into a jar or container and it won’t stick together. I did this during blueberry season so I’d have some frozen ones to add to oatmeal during the winter. You can also freeze herbs by putting them in icecube trays with butter, oil or water. You can then throw the frozen cubes straight into a frying pan or pot, or you can thaw them out right before use. I use water or stock if I’m planning on using those herbs for soups, but butter or oil if I want to use them for stir-fry etc. I also freeze leftovers. It’s nice to have lots of stews, soups and curries in the freezer ready for a lazy night.

3. Dry Your Food

If you’re lucky enough to have a dehydrator you can do this easily. I don’t have one yet (but I plan on getting one soon) so I use a couple other methods. I hang herbs and lavender in bundles upside down, I use a low heat in my oven to dry out some things (mostly kale chips), and I use the sun. I dry out orange, lemon and lime zest by placing it in a thin layer on a plate in the window sill. It takes a while but it works.

4. Store Your Food Properly

greensYou can look up any fruit or veggie to see how to store it, and there are tons of charts available online (and one I liked below). You can always try printing out one of these charts and leaving it on the fridge. One big tip I have is to leave your greens with a damp cloth. I always wrap any kale, collard greens or napa cabbage in a big damp tea towel. It helps keep them crisp.

I store loose spinach with a dry tea towel to absorb moisture. If you have bananas or avocados getting too ripe put them in the fridge. Keep your tomatoes on the counter.

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5. Cook It

If you see something is starting to go try and use it up. Even if you don’t have a recipe in mind you can use it in lots of ways. One way to use older veggies or veggie scraps is to make a broth/stock with it (you can find the recipe here). You can also make jam with old berries, tomato sauce with old tomatoes, pies with old fruits and berries, applesauce with old apples, banana bread with brown bananas, or so many other things. The key is to get creative. You can also freeze all of those things to eat later.

 

What other tips do you have to add?

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Zero Waste Food Festival Tips

Last weekend I went to the Peterborough Vegfest and tried to be as zero waste as I could. Vegfest was amazing with over 70 vendors. I wasn’t perfectly zero waste. I bought vegan loaded nachos from Rescue Dog on a paper plate, and a vegan mac and cheese pizza pocket wrapped in saran wrap from The Hearty Hooligan. I also took a gift bag… I know I should work on my ability to refuse which leads me to the tips.

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1. Refuse

-Try as best you can to refuse plastic and disposables

-Try and refuse any samples that involve plastic cups, mini spoons etc. Or do what I did and share the sample with a friend if you really wanted to try it

2. Bring a Water Bottle

-Bringing a water bottle was the best idea. It was so hot we were melting and the fest had a refillable water station

3. Bring a Jar/Mug

-I brought a mason jar with me so I could buy drinks and didn’t need to worry about finishing them

-I got an iced oat milk latte and an iced lavender oat milk cappuccino from Kit Cafe and both times got 25 cents off because I brought a jar

4. Bring a Container

-I brought a stainless steel tiffin set with me and used it when I bought a donut vegfestttt

-I wanted to use it for all my food but the line up for the nachos was insane and I didn’t want to add to the chaos. Make sure you try and time using your own containers so that you don’t add any stress, and you don’t have to worry about it

5. Bring a Tote Bag

-This is the most important tip.

-I brought a canvas bag with me and used it soooo much. It made buying things easier and I could keep my water bottle in it.

I hope that helped! Add any more tips you have below.

How to use a Shampoo bar

I switched from normal liquid shampoo to my home made shampoo bars a couple months ago. I love my shampoo bars but I know there can be a bit of a learning curve.

I recommend using an apple cider vinegar rinse before you switch to a shampoo bar. That way any build up from your old shampoo goes away. Traditional shampoos can leave a residue on your hair so to truly test the bar I think a rinse helps. Just use a couple tablespoons to a quarter cup of ACV and poor it on your head straight or mixed with water, then rinse it off. I do this about once a month now just because it leaves your hair super soft.

To use a shampoo bar all you have to do is get it wet and lather it up on your hands. Once your hands are all sudsy rub your hands through your hair like a normal liquid shampoo. Then rinse it off really well. Any unrinsed shampoo will leave your hair feeling greasy. It’s that easy. The only thing not to do it rub the bar straight on your head, it won’t feel great and it won’t work well. 

Easy Zerowaste Almond Butter Recipe

One of my favourite things in the world to eat is almond butter. I love it on toast, in oatmeal, on its own, or turned into almond milk. But it is expensive to buy. Even at bulk stores, the price is a bit much for me. The only way to fix this is to make my own.

You can use regular old almonds or roasted. The roasted almonds add more flavour (you can roast them yourself or buy them that way), but sometimes I’m just too lazy to bake them.

What you Need:
-Almonds
-a food processor (or high-speed blender)
-a glass jar
-a spatula

Optional Ingredients:
-oil (coconut, vegetable, peanut, sunflower…)
-honey
-cinnamon
-salt

Step One:IMG_6919
-Add your chosen ingredients to the food processor
-I added almonds and a pinch of pink salt
-At this point, you can add a splash of oil to speed up the blending process

 

Step Two:
-blend starting on a low speed and moving to medium/high once started
IMG_6918-Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the processor
-it will look like it’s never going to blend, but I promise you it will
-If you want to add any additional ingredients nows the time you can add a spoonful of honey or a dash of cinnamon now

 

Step Three:
-Add to your jar and enjoy!IMG_6917
-I store mine in the fridge for freshness, and it prevents the oils from separating

 

Let me know if you try it!

 

Plastic Free July: Week One

If you follow me on Instagram (@GrowingGreenGirl) you’ll have noticed I’ve been posting daily tips for #PlasticFreeJuly.
If you want daily tips head over to Instagram but if you just want weekly updates you’re in the right place.
So far Plastic Free July has been going well. I’ve made a lot of changes already, so I’m mostly continuing the same way as before. Except with a trash jar! Not something I want to keep forever but it is an excellent way to see the waste you produce. For this plastic-free month, I’m not including any plastic from things bought already (I just finished a giant bag of quinoa, and it’s going in the recycle because I bought it a year ago), or from my family. I can’t control the plastic my family (I live at home) makes, so it’s not going in the jar.
So far my only #plasticfreefail is one styrofoam container from a chip truck. I wish more places would switch to paper/cardboard containers because they can be composted. My work (food booth at a local farmers market) switched to cardboard, so I know it makes no difference to the companies.
I won’t end up with a tip a day because I’ll also be posting my fails along the way, and I don’t want to post more than once a day on Instagram, or you guys will have enough of me, now on to the important stuff.

 

 
Now for a round-up of this week’s tips:
1. Bathroom swaps
~try choosing bar soap over liquid
~silk floss over plastic
~tooth powder, or homemade toothpaste over plastic tubes
~safety razors over disposable
~bamboo toothbrush over plastic
2. Bring Your Own Containers
~Bring stainless steel tiffins, glass jars, or reusable plastic containers when you buy food to-go
3. Bring a Produce Bagstraws
~Use a mesh or cotton bag when buying fruit and veggies
4. Reusable Straws
~Use Stainless steel, plastic, glass or bamboo straws that last forever
~Just rinse out after using and wash them                                                                       5. Use Your own Reusable Cup                                                             ~Use your own reusable glass, metal or plastic tumbler for iced coffee, smoothies and more
6. Use Glass Jars
~Store your leftovers, or prepped fruit and veggies in a glass jar
I store sliced lemons and limes in a jar so I can add them to my water whenever I want to
~They’re also a great way to store leftovers, or prepped meals
~You can get bonus points for reusing jar from pasta sauce, salsa, nut butters, whatever you’re buying!

 

Five Free Zero Waste Swaps

A lot of people see the perfect pictures on Instagram and think they can’t be zero waste or low waste. The stainless steel containers, the perfectly matching glass jars, it all seems to good to be true. So I came up with a list of zero waste swaps that don’t cost a thing.

1. Save your jars

This is the best tip because saved jars can be used for so many things. When you buy tomato sauce, peanut butter or anything in a glass jar keep it. Just wash it out, take the label off and you have a great zero waste tool. You can use them to freeze soups/veggies/fruit in, pack your lunches in, as a reusable water bottle, as a reusable coffee cup, it’s endless what you can do with it.

2. Save your veggie scraps

You might have seen my post a couple weeks ago on making your own vegetable scraps, but if you haven’t and you want to try check it out. It is a great way to reduce food waste. Instead of tossing your scraps out right away you get to use them.

3. Bring Your Own

Bring your own jar and cutlery with you to festivals, markets, whatever to avoid disposables. Just use the cutlery you already have in your home and bam you have a zero waste kit. It’s better to use what you have than buy a fancy set online.

4. Make your own

Making your own lunches for work, or your own dinners saves a lot of trash (and money). Take out at its best involves cardboard, and worst Styrofoam. You produce less waste by making your own and it’s probably better for you too.

5. Refuse

When you’re offered free samples of food or drinks in plastic cups or paper plates try and refuse it (I know it’s hard to say no to free food). When you go to an event with free things you wont use refuse them. Don’t take the free pen, pencil, magnet if you don’t need them.

Add any other suggestions below!!