This is my humble effort to reduce my plastic consumption and waste for Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
Many thanks to my husband for purchasing an ethical b'day gift this year.
Any advice from gardeners regarding how to keep my succulent alive would be appreciated?
ENABLE is a UAE National social enterprise based in Dubai.
Enable empowers special young Emiratis with cognitive disabilities by enrolling them in extensive entrepreneurial program.
The skill set delivered will hopefully "enable" individuals with such special abilities to start their own retail units and therefore achieve individual financial sustainability.
As a social enterprise, 100% of ENABLE products will be used to fuel its retail operations with 15% of each product sold will go back to the employee who created it to empower their abilities.
Source: ENABLE UAE
My beautiful succulent made by artists at ENABLE
ENABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UAE
ENABLE UAE'S STORY
In an attempt to remove plastic from my weekly laundry I have decided to use soap nuts instead of laundry powder.
I hope to find an alternative brand where I can refill laundry softener/conditioner or learn to make my own.
Use 5-7 soap berries for a full load of washing.
Place the bag and berries directly in the washing machine with all your laundry.
Soap berries can be re-used 5-6 times and then disposed preferably in a composter.
Soap berres do not produce much foam.
Soap nuts a zero waste alternative to laundry powder
Black dress/kurta with embroidery
Wearing my black dress for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019, Dubai, UAE
Over the past 3 years I have discovered, tried and tested many zero waste bathroom alternatives.
Organic Loofah instead of a plastic one
Organic handmade soap instead of hand wash
Herbal Tooth powder instead of toothpaste
Bamboo Toothbrush instead of plastic tooth brush and
Miswaak (cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree)
Organic Herbal Shampoo.
I finally decided to document my beloved mothers red split lentil (masoor) and yellow lentil (moong) daal.
Miss you Mum!
Masoor and Moong Daal with carrot pickle
Zeera Rice and Yoghurt
Serve hot with plain, Zeera Rice, Roti/Chapatti (Flatbread), yoghurt and pickle.
Zero Waste week was founded by Rachelle Strauss in 2008 and began as a National UK Campaign.Campaigns last a week and take place annually during the first full week in September.
The campaign runs predominantly on social media and the website ZeroWasteWeek to reach a community of like-minded people who want to reduce residential or commercial waste, reuse materials and recycle as much as possible. The aim of the campaign is to help householders, businesses, schools and community groups increase recycling, reduce landfill waste and participate in the circular economy – in alignment with European recommendations and Directives.
Credit and Source: Rachelle Strauss
In 2015 my Creative Director Helen Barlow Scott and I worked to design The Little Fair Trade Stamps which would be included in the launch of The Little Fair Trade Shop website Quarter 1, 2016.
In this blog I explain what each stamp means and introduce you to a fairtrade producer who has aligned their business to implement and promote a living wage, decent working conditions, transparency and accountability, empowerment, environmental sustainability, dignity and self respect for all.
This month I continued to heal from surgery.
Completed the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program and
Attended Ethical Consumer Week 2020 via virtual sessions.
This October I attended online Ethical Consumer Week Conference 2020.
This is a short summary of some of the sessions I attended.
The conference began Saturday 24th October and concluded Friday 30th October 2020.
Many thanks to all the guest speakers and the Ethical Consumer team for an informative and inspiring week!
I look forward to the catch up session.
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