Having written before about low waste and zero waste here I figured it was a good idea to get back to basics. Part of a low waste lifestyle is following the Five Rs and having a couple of low waste hacks with you. Leading a low waste and sustainable life style does require some planning and life changes but it is attainable….
Zero waste is, in some circles, such a hot topic and rightly so. Going zero waste is good for the planet, your bank balance and also your sanity. There is one problem with it though; can we really be 100% fully zero waste? I really enjoy reading about other zero wasters, watching their youtube videos and in general discovering this life style for myself but sometimes I feel discouraged. Why I am not the perfect zero waster? Am I not zero waste enough? Why are my cupboards not filled with lovely mason jars?
Ps. you can skip to the bottom of the post to see the video 😉
This February I will be exploring a zero waste approach to my Dubai life. Though I already try my best to use less I am interested to see how much I actually waste in a month. The end goal though is to waste as little as possible and keep a record of it.
How do you prepare yourself for a new year? Here are 20 things to do before 2018 for a great start to the new year. I think it is great to start new things when a new year rolls around but why not also do a bit of prep before the new year rolls around? Consider this a soft launch of 2018.
Do you think there is a difference of being alone vs lonely. What is that difference? Is solitude even important?
“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
Dubai and saving money/being mindful about your money often do not end up in the same paragraph though isn’t that why many people come here? I recoginise that one should also enjoy life but you should also introduce some mindfulness. We are in Dubai after all.
Before the time of instagram, facebook, snapchat and twitter (hello, twitter you old dragon) people used edible flowers in their meals. Obviously social media has upped the popularity on these edible beauties but they have always been there. Edible flowers can bring a surprising taste sensation as well as aesthetic to many everyday and fancy dishes. Grow them at home, purchase from a grocery store or forage put do be careful.
Short answer? No! Not at all. Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle can be as “cheap” and as expensive as you want to make it. Today I did my weekly shop and it came out to AED92. If you don’t live in the UAE that comes out to USD25, Euro20 or British Pounds19 for my weekly shop.
Obviously my diet is very heavy on fruit and vegetables and I rarely purchase meat so this does keep my grocery bill down. Note: My main source of animal protein comes from eggs and fish.
In this video I go through my weekly shop, how much everything costs, what I will use it for as well as what my staples at home are (yes I included tea as a staple …don’t judge!). I also give you some tips on grocery shopping with a healthy mindset as well as where you can get deals on health foods in the UAE (pssss. yes that means Organic Foods & Cafe has designated sale days).
Let me know if you have any questions and even suggestions.
Eat well, be well, be happy.
I love the idea of zero waste, sustainable and green living but implementing these practices in Dubai is sometimes easier said than done. So, in my own little way, I have been making changes to my own lifestyle and habits. Previously I had written about shopping from a sustainable perspective and now we are on to eating. Under eating I have included cooking, ordering food and eating out .
Let’s talk about the kitchen:
Did you know that food waste in the UAE is about 35% and even more over Ramadan? Eeep! So what can you do?
I love the idea of zero waste, sustainable and green living but implementing these practices in Dubai is sometimes easier said than done. So, in my own little way, I have been making changes to my own lifestyle and habits.
At first glance being sustainable in Dubai is not possible. We don’t have proper recycling pick up, no place to bring your PET bottles, and everything is only reachable by car. Right? Wrong … to a point. You also need to look at what you as a consumer are doing.
Let’s talk about shopping:
When I mean shopping I include both clothing and grocery shopping. Here are my tips: