Author: Andrea Fedder

Easy Eco Beeswax Seashell Candles

A flickering flame at the center of a dinner table amid a lazy evening’s tapas spread creates the kind of charming ambiance our midsummer night’s dreams are made of. When seated at home with a flickering flame from a homemade beeswax candle cradled in one of our ocean’s collectible treasures, that’s when life reaches new balmy eco heights. Here’s how to make these ridiculously easy DIY seashell candles, plus a handful of other tips and tricks for general eco candle making. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Beeswax chunks String or twine Essential oils (I went with SOIL’s grapefruit and lemongrass for...

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Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins: The Great Debate

We take an indepth look at what to consider before choosing your vitamin brand. Always take your vitamins, say the grannies and doctors the world around. But questions begin to surface: “Which ones?” “And how many?” and “Don’t I get enough of this from my food?” In our race to become such a highly capable society and species, we’ve also inadvertently over-complicated something that once was quite simple. Nature; food, water and sun, was once our only source of nutrients. But with the degradation of soil quality and increasingly demanding careers and lives, scientists and pharmaceutical companies have figured...

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The Palm Oil Debate: Should Palm Oil Products Be Labelled Vegan or Not?

THE PALM OIL DEBATE: SHOULD PALM OIL PRODUCTS BE LABELLED VEGAN OR NOT? WE SHARE OUR STANCE AS AN ONLINE RETAILER The ubiquitous vegetable oil has been a contentious ingredient for several years, sighted as a key contributor to the destruction of rainforests. In recent months the palm oil debate has made a resurgence in the world of conscious consumption, in particular, within the vegan community. Many are of the opinion that products containing palm oil should not be listed as vegan due to the impact it has on biodiversity, the poor stewardship of natural habitats and resulting animal...

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Vegan Turmeric Gummies

It’s safe to say turmeric is a super spice, well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. And as superfoods go, I think most of us are becoming ninjas at sneaking them in wherever we can. While I’m a huge fan of adding chaga in coffee because the taste is so mild, the same can’t be done with turmeric. With this golden spice, there’s no sneaking involved. If turmeric is going into your falafel balls or breakfast smoothie, it’s going to taste potently of Ayurvedic root. That’s where these little star turmeric gummies come in. If you’re a health nut or...

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Water Crisis in Cape Town: Life on 50L

Reflections on the realities of Life on 50L of Water in Cape Town We were sitting at the kitchen table, the newspaper, splayed out in every direction. A story in the Toronto Star reads ‘Crisis in Cape Town: It’s about to run out of water’. I look up at the snowflakes swirling outside – frozen water. “That’s my home,” I hear my own thoughts reaching into the stark reality of what I will be returning to. Day-to-day water conscious living practically doesn’t need to exist in Canada. Rinsing dishes happens as a background event to stimulating and distracted conversations....

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