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Do it yourself and avoid waste

Homemade Shampoo Today we are going to talk about shampoo: a vegan alternative, without chemicals or plastics. I can’t imagine how many plastic shampoo bottles I’ve thrown away over the course of my life. Whether the bottle is 250 ml or 1000 ml, the flood of plastic never seems to end. Special soap for hair washing does exist, but it’s not always easy to find – and goodness knows where it’s been imported from, or rather, how much CO2 it has generated, even without counting my journey to buy it at the shop… plus, the never-ending list of ingredients makes …

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izzy’s market, vila do bispo   If you are en route to Cabo de São Vicente, you should take the opportunity to visit IZZY’S MARKET in Vila do Bispo. This restaurant is a little hard to find, being located in a housing development between the town hall and that supermarket with the blue and yellow logo. Furthermore, it isn’t always easy to find a place to park in Senhora do Amparo. The place in question is a small café which also doubles as an organic food shop. We can particularly recommend the lunchtime dishes of the day. When we were …

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ZERO WASTE

Do it yourself Does nature have the best deals around? It may seem incredible, but it’s true. Making your own laundry detergent — from plants, or other ingredients freely available in the natural world — is simple. At times, I have the impression that cleaning products are produced for people living in cities; places bereft of nature, with inhabitants who are no longer aware of what the natural world gives us for free. We aren’t taught how to make these sorts of products at school, in science classes or otherwise. And why not? Perhaps because plants can’t grow on concrete, …

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20 Rules for regenerative water management

How we can become a part of the water cycle, using water without using it up. Only plant a variety of indigenous tree and bush species together; Fit gutters and build water tanks to collect the water from roofs; Only farm organically; don’t use any agro-chemicals in the garden, instead use goat or horse dung; Don’t seal off any areas in the garden or farm (e.g. with concrete) or cover them with plastic sheeting. The rainwater must be able to seep into the ground; Break up monocultures in the garden too, at least with hedges, or leave a corner of …

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Green, living spaces Life is gaining a deeper meaning. Climate change and drought make us look at the lack of rain with concern. This means that the value of water increases, which would not happen if there was too much of it. The shortage of H2O molecules shows us what we would become without intact flora and fauna. Might that make us more careful in the way we handle nature? Racing to a standstill What would happen if we could use the railways, metro and buses for free? If we drove our cars less, we would use fewer fossil fuels, …

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Small changes, big differences

Disconnect all devices on stand-by and unplug chargers, as 8% of the electricity used at home is wasted by equipment on stand-by. Put the lids on pans when you are cooking; in that way the heat produced is not lost and cooking is quicker. Turn on the washing machine when it is full and wash at 40ºC instead of 60ºC and you will save one-third of the electricity. Dry clothes in the sun instead of using the dryer. Close the shutters on windows to avoid wasting energy. Only boil the amount of water you need. Lower the heating thermostat by …

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Ten simple steps towards a better world

When you go shopping, take your own fabric bags with you and so avoid plastic bags at the supermarket, at the fruit and vegetable counter too, and at the tills. Only buy local and regional products, e.g. bananas from Madeira and not from Costa Rica; potatoes, vegetables and fruit from your area (max. 50 km) and seasonal: i.e. strawberries in spring, mangos in the late summer/autumn, broccoli and cabbage in winter. Only going shopping once a week reduces the amount of travel and CO2 emissions. Think about what sort of diet you want: organic and ecologically produced foods are good; …

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Eleven of the best wild plants

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