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Green living and pets

The 20th of March is National Love your Pet Day and our family has a new member! A little dog called Scruffy. I didn’t choose the name… My mother in law moved back to England and couldn’t take him, so he’s with us now. I must admit, I never thought about green living and pets before, but now I have to face a few obstacles in our lifestyle…

Our use of plastic bags suddenly shot through the roof! It has caused quite a conflict for me as there is still a lot that I have to buy in plastic, but now on top of that poo bags, dog food in aluminium and dog food in plastic packaging…

That’s why I decided to look deeper into green living and pets.

Green Living and Pets - Is it possible? This post and podcast shows that even though pets are not very green, living ecofriendly and having pets is possible! #greenliving #pets #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #ecfriendlylifestyle #tjalvasdiy #ecotips

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Our first green pet product

One of my first concerns were the poop bags. We used up the ones we got with Scruffy and then got eco-friendly poop bags. But, at least with our dog it didn´t stop there. I quickly learned that Scruffy did at least 2 to 5 poops on a walk instead of just one. At the beginning I used to throw the used bag into the nearest bin.

This quickly added up to about 8 bags a day or more. Something had to change, ecofriendly bags or not. Now I keep the bag until the nearest bin to home. I have learned to pick up several poops with only one bag. This way we only use about 2 bags a day 🙂

Having a pet, specially a carnivore really is not ecofriendly, but good for the soul. One of the things that can be done is changing their food to ecofriendly versions.

I had a look into using the poop maybe for composting, but I quickly learned that poop is only good for composting if it comes from a plant-eating animal. So, not dogs…

The next 2 things I want to get if and when they need replacing is an ecofriendly dog collar and an ecofriendly dog leash.

Green Pet food

For dogs and cats try buying grain free foods without beef and, at best, using natural ingredients. This will not only benefit your pet, but the environment as well.

We have learned this quickly as Scruffy has got sensitive skin and our vet recommended to go grain free. And it helped! He now scratches a lot less. We still had some food left of what my mother in law had given us, so I didn´t have a look into healthier, greener options before talking to the vet…

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For rabbits, hamsters and birds go with as natural as possible as well. I remember my rabbit got extremely old and we mainly fed him fresh food from our garden. One of my best memories is sitting in front of him eating my carrot while he was munching on his.

Please get advise of an expert on the exact nutritional needs of your pet though. I am not an expert, but know that natural is always the better option. I am not able to give you more advise than this!

How else can you live green with your pet?

Don´t buy pet toys if you can recycle or repurpose something instead! You can cut an old T-shirt or top into strings, bind them together and you have a rope toy. Or put the strings together to make a yarn ball for your cat.

Old socks make great toys for both as well. Just be careful then about good socks lying around…

Reduce chemicals you use in the house to look after your pets health.

Do not use a hair dryer to dry your pet after a bath or a walk in the rain. Just use a towel to dry the fur. Your pet will thank you as it will be more like giving them a bit of extra attention and most pets love to get stroked. This way green living and pets get´s definitely more ecofriendly.

Pet Grooming Products For Green Living and Pets

  • Ecofriendly Pet Grooming Mitts:  they are good for all types of pets, whether you have a small dog, a cat, or a large horse. You can wear it on either hand; or get two so that you can massage and clean larger pets fast. It’s as easy as petting your animal. No waste and reusable. Outside of all these benefits, it’s very calming to your pets too. They’ll love it.

If you don´t like the idea of a mitt, then go for a

  • Bamboo brush: When you brush your pet, you should consider what happens to the brush when it is time to replace it. It goes right into a landfill. But, if you purchase an eco-brush that’s latex free and made from wood or bamboo, most of the brush will compost instead.
  • Eco-friendly shampoos:  You don’t want to get your dogs too wet in the winter, and some animals just do not like getting wet. You can clean off your dirty, smelly dog with a no-rinse formula. It cleans and conditions – and what’s more, if ecofriendly it’s totally natural and pH balanced. There are several ecofriendly pet shampoos for when you do give your pet a bath. Sometimes it’s easier to wash a pet with a bar of soap rather than using a liquid that requires two hands to get to them. The link above has a list of all of them, so you can find the right one for you.

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  • Clean Dog Ears: Nothing’s worse than your dog getting itchy mites in his ears. You can fix that naturally with this all-natural dog ear cleaner. It’s made in the USA with all-natural ingredients, and it’s cruelty free. What could be better?
  • Bamboo tooth brushes: Use bamboo and wooden products that are biodegradable. (Hint: you can use them for people too.) This means that when you toss them they do not go into a landfill; you can compost them instead.
  • Ecofriendly pee pads: These are extremely handy if you have an older dog who cannot hold it anymore and for girl dogs.

Your pets are part of the family and this means you can make your life as green as possible with pets. And why not treat them with extra special care right along with the environment?

As you can see, green living and pets is possible.

I hope you have learned a few things on the way and have enjoyed reading this post. Do you know anyone who might be interested in finding out more about green living and pets? Then please share this post with them! Thank you.

Green Living and Pets - Is it possible? This post and podcast shows that even though pets are not very green, living ecofriendly and having pets is possible! #greenliving #pets #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #ecfriendlylifestyle #tjalvasdiy #ecotips

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Green Living and Pets - Is it possible? This post and podcast shows that even though pets are not very green, living ecofriendly and having pets is possible! #greenliving #pets #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #ecfriendlylifestyle #tjalvasdiy #ecotips
Green Living and Pets - Is it possible? This post and podcast shows that even though pets are not very green, living ecofriendly and having pets is possible! #greenliving #pets #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #ecfriendlylifestyle #tjalvasdiy #ecotips
Green Living and Pets - Is it possible? This post and podcast shows that even though pets are not very green, living ecofriendly and having pets is possible! #greenliving #pets #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #ecfriendlylifestyle #tjalvasdiy #ecotips

What to do with old clothes?

It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. There are sooo many options.

What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using them, I may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. I only provide links to products of which I think they are useful to you and I try to link to eco-friendly products at the same time. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

Donate or hand me downs

Do you still remember hand me downs? Or have you at least heard of them? Hand me downs were ecofriendly without most people realising they were doing our planet a favour. And there is nothing wrong with giving/getting hand me downs.

I still remember my husband the first time I brought home some clothes from a friend of mine who´s son is a bit older than ours. He wasn´t happy at all saying that we are not both working to have to get second-hand clothes for our son. We can buy what he needs. I explained that he is right, but many of those clothes were only worn a few times and they looked brand new. Kids grow out of them pretty quick. And it wasn´t about saving money, it was about it being a shame to “throw them away”. Plus, our son loved them as they were from his older friend and had his heroes on. He still gets new clothes as well.

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Don´t have anybody to hand the clothes to? Then donate them! I am sure there is a charity close by which will be over the moon to take them. We give a lot of clothes to charity. Mainly because most of our friends and neighbours know we are going there regularly (I get our free range eggs from the farm next door) and give theirs to us.

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Sell them

Are your old clothes still in a really good condition? Then you could take them to your nearest thrift store or second-hand shop and see if they will buy them.

Another really good way to sell unwanted clothes are local selling apps and Facebook groups. Take nice photos of each item you want to sell and load them up. You might get lucky and someone else really loves what you don´t want or need anymore.

What else to do with old clothes

Do you have clothes that are not good enough to donate or sell? Cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths and/or ecofriendly wet wipes! This can be done with old bedding, t-shirts, some skirts and shirts.

Pants that are too short or have ripped in the knee can be turned into shorts. Cut them off to whatever length you want your shorts to be, and hem them. Long sleeved shirts and tops can be turned into short-sleeved the same way.

Or upcycle them into some home decor. I have seen jeans being turned into flower pots, rugs made out of cut up clothes, bags made from denim, new clothes made out of several old ones, patchwork quilts made from jeans or flannel… The list goes on and on. This reminds me that I will have to write a post or several on such projects… So, keep checking.

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Take your old ripped clothes to H&M

Yes! You did read right. H&M has got a program world-wide taking your old clothes and recycling them into new fashion.

I recently bought 2 beautiful dresses and the tag said: out of 80% recycled material. This made me aware of their program and I researched a bit more.

Clothes that are not good enough anymore to give away or sell can be taken to any H&M store. There you will receive a voucher you can then use in their shop. The amount on the voucher obviously depends on how many pieces you did bring. So, I wouldn´t try to bring just 1 skirt…

Those clothes then get recycled and turned into new fabric to make new clothes. I think it is absolutely brilliant!

Please note that I am NOT affiliated with H&M. But I love their program and wanted to mention it here as I think it is very useful to you.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have found some new ideas! What do you do with your old clothes? Let me know 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: Why cotton clothes are NOT ecofriendly, 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, Green living & feeling guilty and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

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Let´s start a Greener Life Together page

What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan

Today´s post is a guest post: Patchwork Quilt Fabric written by Alyssa from The Quilters Closet. In her post she will explain to us everything about patchwork quilt fabric. I hope you enjoy the read 🙂

Let´s get to know Alyssa a little more before we read her post:

Alyssa Moylan is an ordinary woman from Australia, a writer by day and a reader by night. She writes on various topics like home improvement, business, lifestyle, health, travel and fashion. She likes to think of ways on how to solve daily life problems of people. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated.

Before we get to the disclaimer box I would like you to know that the links to The Quilters Closet are not affiliate links.

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using them, I may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. These commissions allow me to continue bringing value to you by covering some of the cost. I only provide links to products of which I think they are useful to you. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

Patchwork Quilt Fabric: Efficiency and Its Purpose in Our Lives

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Patchwork or ‘pierced work’ refers to sewing together pieces of fabric to form a flat design. For centuries patchwork and quilting have been used in practical and decorative crafts. In the past years, it was not very vividly used, but nowadays it has a great impact on many things. It was basically women in the Colonial times that used to do patchwork quilt fabric. This fabric can be traditional or contemporary. In patchwork, different pieces of fabric are joint together and a large design is made. These small pieces are carefully cut and measured. Though, choosing of fabric, as in the one which someone will quilt is a tough decision to make.

Patchwork Quilt Fabric and Its Basic Features:

All fabrics cannot be used for the quilting purpose only certain types of fabric are preferred with which the patchwork quilting process happens properly. The process of making a patchwork quilt fabric is fun, but if someone fails to choose the right fabric then the fun will turn into trouble. Things to keep in mind while quilting is:

  • If a wrong choice is made, then the fabric may start wearing out poorly after it is used. Even it will take time to repair. Thus, the material needs to be a strong one.

  • The material should have a proper texture; the ones with which work can be done easily such as cotton is highly preferred. There are other things also which one should think of, but these are the basic ones.

If someone follows all the above-mentioned basic points, then a good patchwork quilt can be made.

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Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Importance and Types of Patchwork Quilt Fabric:

One can have a lot of importance of patchwork quilt if used in a proper manner; the different types of the quilt have different sorts of importance. One needs to choose the prints and design of the quilt very properly; because it is very necessary to have the proper stuff before the quilting procedure starts. The colour tones should be chosen from light tine to darker tones. The types are as follows:

  • Calico is a strong fabric; it is obtainable in all sorts of weight. This type of fabric is available in white colour and with darker flecks.

  • Corduroy is a quintessential fabric that comes in many colours and weight, it is worthwhile for large-scale patch pieces. And you can create many designs with this fabric due to its variety and distinguished features.

  • Though most quilters always go for cotton. It is the most common and most used fabric for patchwork quilting. It has been redefined as a patchwork quilt fabric lately.

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Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Patchwork Quilt Fabric and It´s Availability:

It is very obvious that patchwork fabric is available almost everywhere in the market. But there are many people who do not get the right quality of material to quilt. For that reason, online stores have been there to support the people n the quilting business. Many online stores sell good quality of fabric and one might end up getting the best one. One can also see the images of the quilt fabric on the internet before choosing the patchwork fabric that they want to order.

The abstract patchwork quilt fabric is a form of art that was very popular during the Victorian era, and it is still being used it is a beautiful and very difficult art form that should be preserved and taught to younger generations to carry forward the beautiful culture and technique alive.

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You might also enjoy reading: Ecofriendly Valentine´s Day Present Ideas, 20+ Great Valentine´s Day Present Ideas, Find a New Hobby and  How to easily make your own beeswax candles.

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Do you want to know what else I offer? Then check out my Let´s start a Greener Life Together page

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Ecofriendly Valentine´s Day Presents

Valentine´s day is around the corner, so I thought I show you that you can get ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents and that it is not as hard as you think. I think, we have started to go overboard on spending money on presents which should be meaningful and not expensive. So, get inspired by these meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents!

Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using them, I may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. I only provide links to products of which I think they are useful to you and I try to link to eco-friendly products at the same time. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

Flowers

Flowers seem to be a must on Valentine´s day and mother´s day. So, if you want to buy flowers, then make sure you are buying flowers which have been grown locally. This will protect our environment and makes sure that there is no child labour involved. Even better: make sure they are grown without the use of pesticides.

A bunch of flowers doesn´t last long though. A much better option is to buy a plant instead. Indoor plants are good for air quality and to lift the mood. Plus, they last much longer. Or maybe there is an outdoor plant your partner always wanted to have in the garden.

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Another great idea would be to get an indoor herb garden for the kitchen, if your partner loves cooking. Using fresh herbs is always a much healthier option.

Self-made Valentine´s Card

Instead of buying a card full of harmful glitter, make your own. It shows that you have put work and thought into it and will be a much more meaningful present. And it is a lot of fun making it! You don´t even have to be good at drawing, cut out some nice pictures of a magazine and do the writing yourself. And on the inside a nice romantic poem or a “love letter” in your own words.

Cook a romantic Valentine´s Day meal

You don´t have to turn into a master chef, but a romantic homemade meal tops any restaurant. Cook your partners favourite meal, put some bees-wax candles on the table, some romantic music in the background and it will be perfect. I have got a post explaining why you should use beeswax candles and how to easily make your own here.

Make your own chocolates or sweets

And as dessert make your own chocolates or sweets. There are many easy choices and you at least know what ingredients are in them. When buying your ingredients make sure you know the origin of them, so you know that no toxins have been used and workers have been treated fairly. This way you have a healthier after than anything you could buy.

Place your own potpourri onto the dinner table

To round the romantic dinner off, place a bowl with your own potpourri onto the table or give it as an ecofriendly Valentine´s day present. They are quick and easy to make. Next time you are outside, pick some small pine cones, some flower paddles and other things you can find you like. Place them into a bowl, add some cloves, maybe a cinnamon stick, star anise and a few drops of your favourite natural essential oils and you have a nice smelling potpourri. You can also add some fresh orange skin, if you have some.

Make your own ecofriendly Valentine´s day presents

Why not make an upcycling present? There are so many options and I bet you already have something in your house you can use. Tin cans you can turn into candle holders, out of an old makeup mirror and a cereal box you can make a nice hanging mirror. Do you have an old shelf lying around? Turn it into a romantic sign.

Give an experience

You know better than me what your partner likes. Is there anything he/she has dreamed of doing? Sky diving together, rafting, hiking, opera, a concert, paintballing, just to give a few ideas. Time spent together like this you will give the gift of a memory for life.

Other ecofriendly Valentine´s present ideas

Is there something else your partner really likes? A hobby he/she enjoys? Then you could get a subscription box for this hobby.

As example: my husband really likes tea. He is an absolute tea fanatic, so the subscription from Teabox or any of their products would be a perfect present for him. Specially as the tea is ecofriendly and bagless.

Wanting to start a greener life, but feeling overwhelmed? Then my E-book “Ease into Green Living” is the right fit for you! Special offer: 30 minute call with me where you can ask me anything you want 🙂

You could get a kindle book subscription from any library on the web.

I personally would love to get the subscription box from Darn Good Yarn. Their yarn is made from recycled silk. We got it for my mum for Christmas and she absolutely loves it and so do I.

If you need more ideas on subscription boxes, you can download my list of ecofriendly Christmas present ideas.

I hope you have found an idea or two to get ecofriendly Valentine´s day presents. Which one was your favourite? You can find more ideas here too.

Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips

You might also enjoy reading: 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, Green living & feeling guilty and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips
Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips
Many of us gotten into the habbit of overdoing it on Valentine´s day. That´s why I give you ideas for meaningful ecofriendly Valentine´s Day presents. Green living ideas and environmental friendly tips
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