Ever since our new servant arrived (I’m so thankful for her lending her energy to keeping this household clean!) I’ve been actively weeding out a lot of old junk from our shelves and cupboards in the apartment. Looking at the (shameful) piles of unused toys, clothing, books etc. got me thinking about how my family is currently practising the 3R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recyle — and how we can do more. We’re not just talking about a once-off spring cleaning exercise, but as a sustained part of our lifestyle.
So in this blogpost I’d like to share with you some of the things that we do in our household in an effort to lessen our contribution to landfills, and also our impact on Nature itself. What’s important was determining what worked for usÂ realistically, given that we live in an apartment in the city, and the lifestyle that we currently have. Some ideas here could work for you too. Or perhaps you can chime in with your own experiences with making the 3R’s a part of your life — I’d love to hear your stories! Continue reading Practising “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”
…whipped body butter! Using a combination of just vegetable oils and essential oils, I’m now experimenting with blends that are luxuriant on skin without needing to rely on preservatives, stabilizers etc that are normally present in store-bought body butters.
I’ve been working hard at this–and the results are pretty exciting!
Lately I’ve turned to using body oils as moisturizers, opting out of the usual baby lotions which still contain preservatives. It takes just a little effort and some getting used to, but I guarantee you that if you have little tots about the house to care for, this is a real fun skincare routine that you’ll all enjoy.
Earth Day messages, carnival games starting from 20 sen for a go, lucky draws, a craft corner, henna art, face-painting, a juice station where kids can help prepare fruits and vegetables for juicing… What a packed morning it was at Educare! Brandon was visibly overwhelmed at how his playschool had transformed into a carnival-like atmosphere, so much so he took quite a while to warm up to the surroundings all over again.
As always, I met some really nice people at the event–children, parents, teachers, visitors, other vendors. A special shout-out to Belinda who made the prettiest corsages! Brandon loved his. 😉
For the stall I had sliced up some bars of Olive Wheatgerm Honey, Goats Milk and Patchouli and Just Lavender bars to be sold at RM5 a slice, then RM4 a slice for 4pcs or more, and finally at just RM3 a slice for 10 or more pieces. By the end of the day I was almost out of Goats’ Milk and Patchouli soap–people loved its herbally scent! And luckily I still brought the full-sized bars along, because some people asked for them specifically.
I also was really happy that I could avail sample bars for people to take with them to the washroom to use, especially when they had kiddies to clean up from being outside all morning. One father, who bought some soap earlier, came back and asked for one so he could clean up his son’s face which had been painted on (and was starting to run off from all the sweat!). It’s a strange feeling to be so pleased sitting near the toilet!
Thank you to all the teachers and staff at Educare who made the event a real success. I hope you all managed to collect a sizeable sum in terms of donations for UNICEF and WWF as you had planned, and it was an honour to have been invited to be a part of such a heartwarming event.
I’ll be setting up a little table at Educare Section 16 (where my son absolutely enjoys learning!) on May 31st to support the playschool’s “Earth Day Carnival”. It’s an even organised for the public, so EVERYONE is most welcome to join in the fun activities! Among other things, there will be carnival games, face painting, henna art, a recycling project, some earth-themed F&B and plenty of squirmy children going nuts over the hubbub!
On my part, I’ll be bringing a limited array of soap to be sold. More importantly though,Â is that I have to dream up of some hands-on activities for the kids and adults to do with my soap to inject a bit of a fun element to my stall. Hmm… any suggestions, apart from using cookie-cutters to stamp out soap shapes?
Please do come and support this event. If you have children, bring them along – I can testify that the teachers at Educare truly care about their wellbeings and love all their charges to bits. Oh, and if you have plenty of old newspaper and other recyclable items that need to be cleared from your home, drive them over to the Carnival too. Remember to provide your own shopping bags and food containers, or you can purchase “Green Earth” bags at the Carnival and funds collected from these sales will be channeled to WWF and UNICEF.
EDUCARE’S EARTH DAY CARNIVAL
Sunday, May 31st 2009
0800hrs – 1200hrs
Educare Child Development Centre,
42, Jalan 16/6,
43650 Petaling Jaya,