DIY Zero Waste Car Kit

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The whole “zero waste” concept has been (finally) gaining popularity in 2018. Living zero waste means to live in a way that all things that are consumed or used by you on a daily basis can be reused, so that no trash is created & so the only end products are compostable or items that can be continually reused. Switching to a more zero waste lifestyle is crucial, as it is not only a more sustainable way to live but a more economical & efficient lifestyle. Some argue that living a more zero waste lifestyle is too difficult – so I made a “zero waste car kit” to show & encourage you all that living sustainably is not only quite doable but also easier than it seems. You can also take this idea and make a “zero waste bike kit” or a “zero waste purse kit”!

To create my zero waste car kit, I looked through all of the stuff that I had already and then made a list of what I still needed. Then I visited some local thrift shops to purchase anything else that I needed. Any specific item that I didn’t already have or couldn’t find while thrifting, I then researched companies that pride themselves in making sustainable products & ordered away!
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Almost every outing involves picking up food or drink – and with this we are usually given the item in single-use options (plastic straws, plastic cups, plastic lids, paper cups, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles, styrofoam takeaway containers… the list goes on and on). Most of these single-use items are not recyclable and the ones that are recyclable usually are thrown away or cannot be recycled due to other variables. We need to ditch this throw-away culture that we have come to accept as normal and realize that these single-use items go on to pollute the environment for centuries. When these single-use items are used then disposed of, the toxins from the plastic and other garbage continually leach into the environment. This creates a devastating effect which impacts the entire food chain (plants and animals alike).

So, how can we reduce our dependence and usage of single-use items? Bring reusables that replace them everywhere you go! Using reusables is a lot easier than it may seem, just use them and wash them then return them back into your car kit! When it comes to creating your kit, focus on creating a plastic-free kit that involves stainless steel items, glass items, or products made from natural sources (cotton, bamboo, etc).

Items to include in your kit: 

  • reusable straws (like this or this or this)
    • make sure that the straws you purchase come with a little brush to clean out your straws!
  • cotton/linen cloths (like this or this)
    • use to replace napkins or wrap your clean utensils & glass jars in)
  • large stainless steel water bottle (like this or this
    • use to avoid buying plastic water bottles out of convenience – so many places will fill up your water bottle for you if they don’t already have a water fountain!
  • stainless steel tea/coffee mug (like this or this or this)
    • can also be used for cold beverages
  • glass mason jar (like this)
    • to store left-over food or when purchasing items in bulk
  • stainless steel utensils (thrifted)
    • to replace all throw-away options
  • reusable cotton bags (like this and this)
    • plastic bags kill over 100 MILLION animals each year… it is time that we take responsibility for this and switch to reusable bags.

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Here is the easiest thing to switch to, reusable bags! Reusable bags need to be washed frequently. Since these bags need to be washed so often, choose bags composed of a natural material, so when they are washed they do not release harmful microfibres into our waterways.

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Now, here are some important items to keep in your car that might not be all that zero waste, but safety and health are arguably just as important, so do not deny yourself a first aid kit! Since I live in Saskatchewan and we experience incredibly cold winters, I have a survival candle and matches as well. I also have a multi-tool in case of emergencies.

I hope this posts helps to inspire you to live a cleaner & more sustainable lifestyle!

– Tiara

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Lavender & Lemon Cupcakes

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Today I took the time to bake some Lavender Cupcakes using the Wholesome Chow mix, which I found at Winners. This baking mix is quite easy to make, as all I added was almond milk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and oil & it is also wheat, soy, egg, nut and dairy-free! This mix has me OBSESSED. I have to be honest – I’m obsessed with anything containing lavender, but these surpassed my expectations.  The light and enjoyable flavour of lavender is so delicious, and the cupcakes are so moist for being gluten-free! I am very impressed, and will definitely be on the lookout for more of these mixes to try!
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I decided to make a lemon glaze, as I love mixing the flavours of lavender and lemon together. After I dribbled on the glaze, (consisting of lemon juice, icing sugar, sugar, almond milk, and vegan margarine), I grated some lemon on top for some extra zest. It really enhanced the lavender and added something extra delicious to the cupcake!
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– Tiara

Glutino Twinkle Sprinkle Cakes

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I always laugh when I compare my baking with the photos of what it’s supposed to look like… the sprinkles melted ok!? At least they still taste delicious! I used Glutino’s seasonal Twinkle Sprinkle Cake mix, however their muffin mix would also work just as well!

I just followed the easy instructions and replaced butter with vegan margarine and milk with Silk almond milk. As a general rule with gluten-free baking, I always add a bit more moisture to the mix. In this case I added a little more almond milk. (Also, if you do choose to use vegan margarine, it will not fluff up when mixed, so skip this step and add all liquid ingredients and mix well)! I also added 3/4 cup of raspberries and crushed up 1/4 cup of coconut flakes. I would highly recommend adding fruit, nuts and/or coconut flakes to these mixes, it makes them at least 10x better!
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I received this mix from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Snack on!

– Tiara

Quick Snack Satisfaction

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Healthy Snacking, who has the time right? Well now you have no excuses with this delicious and easy to make gluten and dairy-free snack! All you need is:
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– Rice Thins
– Spinach
– Chicken
– Toppings: capers, dried dill, greek seasoning & pepper.
You can customize these with basically anything that you have in the fridge, and with any spices that you would prefer. And for all those non-lactose intolerant people out there, please pile on the cheese. Great for a snack or appetizer!
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I received these pretzels from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Snack on!
– Tiara

Garden Fresh Salad with a Little Crunch

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Finally, that rewarding time when your garden starts to give back! I’m going to show you how to make one of my favourite salads, and it tastes even better using garden fresh ingredients! Growing mint is so easy you can even grow it indoors! I love adding Glutino’s sesame-ring pretzels because they add a crunchy texture and their taste compliments this salad.

To create this Cucumber Mint Salad you will need:

  • cucumber
  • fresh mint leaves
  • apple cider vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • Glutino’s Sesame-ring Pretzels

First, chop the cucumbers and thinly slice the mint leaves then combine them in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon salt and mix well. Add the dressing right before eating, toss well, add pretzels on top and enjoy!
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I received these pretzels from Glutino, all opinions are my own.

Such a simple salad with so many bold flavours!

– Tiara

Glutino Pretzels & Dip

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I think dip is the answer to everything, so here I am serving pretzels with dip. These Glutino Pretzels are great when paired with my homemade dip. These pretzels are crunchy and salty and snack sized! So easy to take for a snack or to put in a lunch, and I have included my dip recipe so you can enjoy it as well! Snack on!

Dip Recipe:
– 1/3 cup Hellmann’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise
– squeeze of lemon
– 1 teaspoon of Herbamore
– 1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chopped dill
– 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chopped parsley
– 1 teaspoon McCormick No Salt Added Seasoning

Mix well and enjoy! This dip is so customizable, (and of course gluten and dairy-free!), so you can adjust and add to your preference! Great for snacking or appetizers!

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– Tiara

Tangy Lemon Dessert

By now you all probably realize that I dip everything in chocolate, and truthfully it is because it makes everything better. These Glutino Lemon Wafers have the perfect tang to mix with a sweet chocolate and ice-cream.
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I love these lemon flavoured wafers, they are light, crispy & creamy, and zesty. I will go through a box of these in one sitting if I don’t monitor myself. I usually just eat them out of the box, because they are delicious by themselves. However, today I decided to create a gluten & dairy-free dessert with them. I found that they compliment the ice-cream and chocolate perfectly, creating a refreshing and enjoyable dessert.
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I enjoy using Glutino products because I know they are guaranteed gluten free, and all the products I blog about are also dairy free. It is so hard to find snacks that I can enjoy with my allergies, and I am so thankful I have found a great line of products!
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~icecream used: Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss
~chocolate used: Enjoy Life: Mini Chocolate Chips

– Tiara