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Gift sustainably for a truly green holiday season

Posted by Melissa Lam on

Before you hit "check out" on any of the year-end sales online or pick up something on impulse because you're tight on time... Always remember that meaningful, well thought out gifts make the biggest impact. The Christmas gifts I remember were handmade or thoughtfully picked out - a handsewn doll from my mother and a book from my father (who endearingly went to Books Actually at their original Ann Siang Hill location and asked them for help to pick a book for 16-year-old me! - He left the shop with a copy of "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"... aww!) When it...

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Where's our Black Friday sale?

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Wondering why Bamboo Straw Girl is not throwing a sale this Black Friday? Here are three reasons why...

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Non-violent pest solutions

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I used to attend weekly talks about Buddhism at a temple a few years ago and recently they’ve restarted their sessions (now on video conferencing - yay!) After last night’s session, one of my classmates asked a question about how to deal with pests since the Buddhist approach is to avoid needless killing (“ahimsa” - non harming). I thought about my own response to pests. I realised that my preference over time has been to shift the “pest” or shoo it away rather than whip out a spray.Here’s my citronella and lemongrass incense stick for repelling mosquitos — I’m giving...

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5 Kitchen Swaps for a Low-waste Kitchen

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Have you ever considered what we wash down the sink? Have you ever thought about what exactly goes into making your dishwashing liquid and sponges?   View this post on Instagram A post shared by (I’m Mel!) Zero Waste & Bamboo (@bamboostrawgirl) on Jul 4, 2020 at 6:58am PDT   Back when my friends first started WWOOF-ing (working on organic farms), I remember the conversations we would have about the stringent rules on the farms. Since most of them were off-grid or in rural locations, it was essential that waste was kept to a minimum and any wastewater was kept chemical-free...

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Our "wabi sabi" / imperfections range

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"Are you selling reject items?" (In short, no.) I first encountered the philosophy of “wabi sabi” in a pottery class in primary school. Of course, our clumsy small hands couldn’t achieve any symmetrical perfection on the pottery wheel, but the teacher kindly praised the many imperfect little pots and mugs. She talked about wabi sabi — simplified as “perfection in imperfection”. I learned to accept the transience of material items and the beauty in imperfection. This idea of perfect imperfection has been an influence on my day to day life, and I thought about it again when our deodorant stones (being...

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