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BambooStrawGirl Blog: Wild Ideas For Our Earth

Pests? Non-violent ways to deal with "intrusions"

Posted by Melissa Lam on

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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4 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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About our "wabi sabi" range

Posted by Melissa Lam on

"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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"Straws are not that big a deal, you know?"

Posted by Melissa Lam on

Taadaah - the little thing that a good portion of my waking hours revolves around. I get this a lot: "Straws are not as big an environmental problem as other things you know." Yup, I'm well aware that straws are not the biggest contributor to environmental damage. Plastic straws are only a tiny percentage of marine trash / waste stream in general but it has become somewhat the poster child of trash because as probably the smallest single use plastic item, it does cause significant damage that is very visual. I think any plogger / beach clean up volunteer would...

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