Before we even get started about almonds and almond milk, a lot of you may have heard that almond milk is horrible for the environment, especially those living in California. Well, hell no! It is way better than cow milk.
Almond has a bigger footprint than soy and oat milk - but as it is currently the most popular dairy alternative in both the US and UK, we wanted to make it a bit more eco-friendly by showing you how to make it at home.
We also have a dog treat recipe which uses up leftover almond pulp.
1. Pour 1 cup of almonds in a bowl and cover with water
2. Leave to soak for 8 - 12 hours, or over night. The longer they soak the creamier the milk
3. Drain the water away and add the soaked almonds to a food processor with 3 cups of filtered water
4. Blend on high for around 5 minutes
5. Sieve the mixture through a fine sieve at least twice, saving the nut pulp for another recipe(dog biscuits). if you have a nut bag or a fine cloth you can also use that
Did you know the longest living dog recorded was vegan? This seems like a good reason to feed your companion animal some tasty plant-based treats to us.
We regularly make almond milk - this recipe handily uses the waste (almond pulp) that's generated when making milk.
So let's get started.
1. Preheat your oven to 180 celcius (356 F)
2. In a bowl add a ¼ cup of coconut oil
3. Add ¼ cup of peanut butter, and a mashed banana. Then combine
4. Add 1 cup of blended oats
5. 1 -2 cups of almond pulp depending on how much you have left over
6. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda
7. 1 grated carrot and stir until completely combined
8. Lightly flour a baking tray, and begin to make balls of batter with two spoons.
9. Lightly flatten them and place in the oven for 40 minutes, turning once in the middle, or until they are crispy and golden brown
10. Break into your desired size of treat, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Want to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time, using completely natural ingredients? Well with this body scrub you can.
In a bowl mix:
1. 6 tbsp coconut palm sugar
2. 1 tsp dried rosemary
3. 3 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil
4. 10 drops lavender essential oil
Store in an airtight container.
Rub all over your body (avoiding the face) after a warm shower or bath. Then rinse well after use.
You can use coffee grounds too! Alternatively, you can get plastic free coconut sugar here from Zero Waste Club.
Today we will be making a simple green alternative to the toxic and damaging insect repellents that are on the market.
In this recipe we will be using all natural organic ingredients.
We really want people to make their own products to reduce their impact and waste. The best way to make your recipes as low impact as possible is to ask your friends and family for the ingredients you need. Most of the time, they do have some to spare.
It actually becomes enjoyable when you have to hunt down certain ingredients with the lowest impact as possible. So reconnect with your social media friends and the people you come in contact with by simply asking for ingredients you may not have at home.
1. In a pourable container add half a cup of filtered water
2. Add Half a cup of witch hazel
3. Add 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil
4. And add 20 drops of any combination of these essential oils - Citronella, Clove, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Sandalwood
5. Stir well with a fork or...
It's not as difficult as you may think to make your own whipped facial moisturizer.
In a bowl over simmering water (double boiler):
1. Add 115g of shea butter
2. 2 teaspoons of rosehip seed oil
3. 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
4. 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
5. Stir until completely melted.
After it has cooled down, refrigerate until it is solid and opaque, and proceed to whip for 1 minute, or until it is white and creamy.
Place in a clean glass jar.
Rosehip oil will help regenerate your skin, jojoba oil will hydrate, and sweet almond oil will dislodge any dirt and debris from your skin. However the beneficial qualities of these oils are almost endless.
Apply a small amount on your face with clean hands. Heating it up in your fingers before you apply will help to blend the moisturiser into your face.
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Here's how to make a DIY cleaning kit with 5 simple and non-toxic ingredients.
1. Mix 2 cups of water
2. 2 tbsp of castile soap
3. 5 drops each of tea tree and lemon essential oil
4. Give it a mix
5. Pour into a glass spray bottle, or a old cleaning spray bottle that you can upcycle.
This spray is non-toxic and can be used all around your house.
1. Mix 1 and a half cups of white distilled vinegar
2. Half a cup of water
3. 5 drops each of lemon and lavender essential oil
This can be made purely with vinegar, but if you don't like the smell, add more water.
Use this on harder to clean areas like drains, sinks and around the bathroom. Avoid use on granite, stone, marble, iron or wooden surfaces.
Use on harder to clean areas like the bathroom, avoiding the surfaces outlined above.
1. Mix equal parts of distilled water and white distilled vinegar
2. Spray onto your surface and...
No more vaseline, no more plastic or metal tubs. Let's make some DIY vegan lip balm!
Carefully pour the mixture into small airtight containers, or alternatively repurpose a tub or container you already might have at home, just ensure it is well cleaned and airtight.
Put in the fridge for 10 minutes, or until wait the mixture is hard.
I’m sure you know how to use lip balm. You are meant to put it on your ears. Just kidding. Simply apply on your lips as and when you want, and say hello to smooth and soft lips from your very own all natural lip balm.
This recipe will fill around five small containers. So share the vegan zero waste lipstick lifestyle with your friends...
Today we will be making a simple green alternative to the current hair sprays that are on offer - which nearly 100 percent of the time come in plastic packaging.
This hairspray recipe is extremely cheap and easy to make.
We will be using 3 simple ingredients. 2 of them you definitely have at home - water and sea salt. And the third ingredient in this low impact hair spray is argan oil or any hair nourishing oil that works for you.
You may notice your hair is oilier on some days than others.
This depends mainly three factors: How often you wash your hair, with what you wash your hair, and the type of food you eat. So if you have oilier hair, then you can of course decrease the amount of argon oil or your oil of preference.
1. In a pourable container, add 1 cup of warm water
2. A tablespoon of sea salt
3. 1- 2 tsp of argan oil or any hair nourishing oil and stir until it has dissolved.
Place the mixture in a glass spray bottle, or repurpose an old spray bottle you...
Use 2 tablespoons per large sink of water. For any tougher dishes simply add plain baking soda alongside the washing up liquid and scrub all the dirt away.
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1. In a bowl add 4 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot powder, and mix them. Once combined
2. Once combined, add 6 tablespoons of coconut oil, and mix until you have a thick creamy texture.
3. If you are sensitive to baking soda, simply cut the amount in half and test on your skin again.
4. For an added fresh smell, add 5 - 10 drops of tea tree or your favourite scented skin-safe essential oil.
5. Place your mixture in a clean glass jar.
To use, Apply a small amount with your fingers to each underarm daily.
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If you are sensitive to baking soda, you can always decrease the amount you put. You can also get your baking soda plastic free here from Zero Waste Club.
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