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Swap This for That – Beauty Edition

There’s a Malay phrase that I like: “sedikit sedikit, lama lama menjadi bukit,” which literally means, “little by little, with time, it becomes a hill.” That’s how I imagine our landfills to look like. One plastic trash after another, piling up, never biodegrading. People tend to underestimate the power of the everyday decisions we make. Small actions all add up to make a big difference, just like how all our trash accumulates bit by bit. By exchanging certain items that we use for an alternative that is more sustainable, we could help protect the earth that little bit more. Every small action counts. Here are some beauty goodies that are not as innocent as you thought, that you could substitute for other things that are more environmentally friendly. Sheet masks Sheet masks are the holy grail in beauty and my mask time is a sacred time where I can switch off and do nothing for 20 minutes in bed. But, sheet masks is highly polluting. The single-use plastic wrapping? The un-recyclable sheet mask itself? You …

The Point of A Wish List

I love Secret Santa. It’s a yearly tradition between me and my friends, although not all of us actually celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. It’s simply fun to exchange gifts as a token of friendship and Secret Santa offers that opportunity. At the same time, it’s an excuse to make time for a get-together. I am not the most sensitive person and I admit that I am an adequate gifter at best. My gifts are typically too generic and not personal enough. Shopping for the perfect gift that ticks all boxes (useful, personal, makes the receiver happy) is stressful for me – I spent 3 hours in Sephora this year looking for the perfect gift for one person. She’s my best friend so it is supposed to be very easy, right? No. So having a wish list is tremendously helpful for me. It helps me narrow down to items that you really need or want, and perhaps intend to buy anyway. It helps to manage waste. How many times have you received a gift …

The Most Sustainable Decoration?

We’re about a week away to Christmas and if you have yet to start assembling your Christmas tree and decorating your home/office, well, you’re already late! I love decorating spaces. Whether it is my home or my office, I love adding that personal touch to make where I work and live that little bit cosier. Festive seasons excite me because there’s a theme I can play around with. Christmas? Think santa, Christmas tree, presents, snowflakes, reindeer, snowman, crackers, baubles and tinsels! Yet, precisely because it is so seasonal, I hate purchasing dedicated ornaments. Festive ornaments are hardly versatile, they can only be reused in another year’s time when the same holiday comes around. If not kept away in storage, taking up space and left to be forgotten, they go straight into the bin once the festivities are over, never seeing light again. So I didn’t want to buy any decorations for Christmas this year, because I didn’t want to store nor waste resources. I went to Pinterest to get some inspiration, and while scrolling, it …

Packing for A More Eco-Conscious Vacation

When we are on holiday, we may have the tendency to cut ourselves some slack with our diet and spending habits. If there’s one thing we should not compromise, however, it’s our sustainable practices. Considering the carbon footprint our plane ride might have left on the planet, it’s even more necessary that we take intentional steps to lower our environmental impact in other ways. Here are a few for starters: Refillable water bottle More often than not we end up buying plastic water bottles while we are travelling. Or perhaps it is what the hotel or travel agency provided. Now that’s not going to solve the plastic crisis we are facing. Bringing your own water bottle really helps to reduce plastic consumption and waste, and help manage pollution, especially in places that are nearby rivers and beaches. No excuses for being in areas where tap water is not safe; it’s not that difficult to boil your own water. I notice that in recent years, some hotels have started to provide potable water in reusable glass …