Halloween is one of the celebrations adored by many as we get to let loose a little and be whoever we want for a day.It is also a special occasion adored by many children as they get to do collects one of the kids’ favorite things: sweets! As fun as it may sound, truth is we are used to using a lot of single-use plastics when it comes to celebrating Halloween. From candies and chocolate wrappers aside, many of the costumes and decorations are used for once and then thrown away. So, we thought to gather some of the useful tips you can apply for a lesser waste Halloween.
Don’t Buy New (Plastic) Treat BucketIf you have one from last year, great! You can always reuse them again and again. But if this is not the case, you can always equip your little ghosts with what you have at home: cloth bags, basket, or even a cardboard box.
Rent or Buy Secondhand CostumeInstead of buying a pair of new costume, consider renting from a costume or party shop instead. Costume rental has plenty of options (and props) to choose from and that means you don’t have to choose between throwing away your ‘single-use’ costume or wearing the same one over the years. Shopping in a thrift shop also gives a second life to preloved clothing, you can either find a costume or get creative with different pieces of clothing's.
Get RealTry to incorporate real items into your decor as much as possible. The classic options are pumpkins, gourds, and some dried leaves. Once the celebration is over, you can cook the edible items and toss the rest into a composter. There are tons of ideas and inspirations that you can find online with tutorials to make various Halloween decorations. Spook The Human, Not Your Skin If you are planning to use body paints or make-up for your getup, make sure to avoid synthetic colorings that may contain dangerous toxins for your skin. Most over-the-counter glitters are made of plastic, so you might want to avoid those too.
Plastic-Free TreatsInstead of giving individually wrapped candies, consider giving out loose candies in mini jars or small paper bags. You can always substitute the sweets with something healthier like low-sugar cookies, dried fruits, or even DIY cake-lollies.
One of the workshops we had at the last Progress Over Perfection event was a self-health talk with Lucy Foster Perkins, a yogist with years of experience and a load of wisdom to share from her journey across 7 countries. Her travel has not only followed her yoga journey but her search for waves and like-minded surf communities. She teaches Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga, where she trives to remove her own ego out of her teaching and instead allow the practice to do the work.
In the workshop, Lucy brough up the importance of combating burn out in a tropical climate. In this post, we are sharing the essence of her session from the workshop, which she has personally written up for you, our dear readers.
As we thrive to better look after our planet, it’s vital that we acknowledge the importance of looking after Number 1 first - you! And one of the most important aspects of your overall health is your energy and vitality.
My biggest lessons I’ve learned in recent years after moving to the tropics (India, Sri Lanka and now Bali), has been to learn how to slow down and not to try to do everything, all the time, especially in this heat, especially when there’s so much to DO on this beautiful island.
When I moved to the tropics I felt I was living a constant summer. Finally, I wasn’t restricted by the cold dark days in my home country - the UK. However, my constant “doing” meant that my body was pumping out adrenaline for an unhealthy amount of time. In 2014 I experienced adrenal fatigue. Hitting the wall was my body’s way of telling me (forcing me) to stop. The pendulum has to swing the other way eventually and this was my body’s way of stopping my “Yang" cycle.
My recovery back to balance lead me to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Yin Yoga and a regular meditation practice. This was a new rhythm for me. A new pace. It wasn’t easy to adopt but here’s what I learnt from these agent wisdoms;
In the northern or south hemisphere, where we have a clearer Winter, nature is indicating to us that it’s time slow down. To go in and to reflect. Spring is the time for new ideas, no births, and summer is the time to go out. To realize your dreams. To explore, and to move! But this pace isn’t sustainable. At the end of summer, Autumn comes around and encourages us to let go of what we don’t need - like the leaves on the trees we shed what is no longer serving us. We’re preparing for our next winter, to go in again. To recoup and face what’s going on from the inside.
Here in the tropics nature’s messaging isn’t so clear. It’s easy to feel we can live an endless summer and constantly be on the go. The weather is great (except the odd shower in rainy season), it’s hot and there’s always something we can fill our days with. But here’s the thing: If you’re constantly on the go your body begins to get the message that you need to be on high alert. This message, as far as the body is concerned, is the same message as if you’re in constant danger. When “you’re in danger” the body will switch into the Sympathetic nervous system - the fight of flee nervous system. And if the body thinks it has to stay in high alert for a number of days, weeks or (dare I say it) years it priorities how it uses its energy and resources.
Just think, if your body thinks you might need to run for your life any moment it’s not going to prioritise detoxifying the body, or repairing cells, or digest your food properly. All your energy needs to stay at your extremities and you need to be super aware of what’s going on around you all the time. That means no looking in, no reflecting and no slowing down.
This constant “being on the move/being in high alert” is a vicious cycle, but soon we begin feel more and more tired. So why do we do it? If it’s affecting our overall health then why do we keep on going and going and going?
Other than the temptations to do all the wonderfully fun things you can do here in Bali, my underlying factor was that I believed that I had to Do More in order to Be More. Deep down I didn’t believe I was enough unless I filled my day with productivity. And without the cold dark winter of my home country (the UK) I was free to run at a rate of knot without taking responsibility of what I was doing to my body.
So how can we take inspiration from our environment here in Bali? For me, the rainy season is a sign to slow down. I don’t go out as much and I take the time to reflect and slow down. I don’t do too much during the heat of the day and I encourage myself to instead reflect, read or take a nap.
I still have the tendency to over-fill my days, but my learnings from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have taught me to work with and learn from the environment and not to fight it. As a result, I have more energy than ever and if I feel myself tipping to the “Yang” end of the spectrum I have the tools to bring myself back to balance.
In the words of one of my heroes; Brene Brown “Be brave, and take a nap”.
We had a delicious smelling workshop at our last Progress Over Perfection talk show thanks to Living Food Lab’s team and their raw, vegan cooking demo. In the one-hour class, Living Food Lab shared their values and demonstrate that it does not take the world to incorporate a more conscious lifestyle and plant-based approach to one’s food regime.
Living Food Lab carries a mission to serve people-loving food to food-loving people. “People-loving food” is food that is nourishing, strengthening and healing for us. It raises our vibration, elevates our mood, gives us more clarity of mind and strength of the body. And because of plant-based choices, animals also get to enjoy a longer and happier life. They are also spreading a message of “aliveness” as humans, which includes an awareness of how we are living and being more conscious of the choices we make. Their bigger vision is to bring plant-based food to schools and hospitals around the world, as the wiser, healthier, more peaceful, and sustainable solution to the health crisis of humans and our beautiful planet.
Through the partnership Zero Waste Bali and the opportunity presented by the Progress Over Perfection event, Living Food Lab is able to elevate the awareness among the masses.
For those of you who wish to learn more about food-loving people and learn to make them, on 30th October Living Food Lab will hold the next class at Zero Waste Bali Canggu shop and with a cheesilicious topic: “Cream Cheese - One Base, 5 Recipes. How to make basic cream cheese and turn it into savory and sweet dips, salad dressing and a cake!” In the class, you will learn how to prepare a simple vegan cream cheese, and in which different ways you can apply it to a variety of meals. Stay connected with us to receive a heads up for the time and details!
To help you apply those tips shared with you during the Raw Vegan Cooking Demo, Living Food Lab has generously shared the full recipes of the event dishes!
- Zucchini Cannelloni with green pesto and cream cheese. Top with nutritional yeast!
½ cups cashews (soaked overnight)
2¼ tsp (16ml) olive oil
1 cloves garlic
Juice of ¼ lime
Enough water to process
For the ricotta, just blend all the ingredients. Mix in 2 cups of chopped spinach to get a more nutritious and fluffy filling.
Green Pesto Paste
½ cup + 1 tbs of chopped cilantro, basil and parsley (mix)
½ cup + 1 tbs pumpkin seeds, soaked
¼ cup + ½ tbs (62ml) cup olive oil
1,5 cloves garlic
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
3¼ tsp lime juice
Blend all in a high speed blender (preferably a food processor), scraping down sides as needed, until creamy.
1 cupscashews, soaked
1 tbs onion powder
1 cloves garlic, minced finely (or garlic powder ½ tbs)
½ tbs lime juice
1 tbs nutritional yeast
Salt to taste
Water to blend (about 1/4 cup water, depending on how thick or thin you want it)
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.
Add a little water, about 1/4 cup, and begin blending on low, slowly.
Add more water and speed as necessary to create a smooth, pourable consistency.
Add more lime and salt for a more sour taste.
Brush a zucchini sheet with green pesto. Add a layer of spinach ricotta, and then roll and repeat until you’ve used up your zucchini strips. Squeeze cream cheese on top and add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
2. Strawberry Cheesecake
Makes 12 small pieces in a 14cm pan
¼ cup almond flour
1 tbs coconut sugar
1 tsp strawberry powder
1 cup soaked cashews
1 cups strawberry
3 tbs (44ml) almond milk
2-3 tbs (40ml) raw honey or coconut nectar for a fully vegan version
4 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp (4 drops) vanilla extract (or ¼ tbs vanilla liquid)
Pinch of salt
2¼ tsp lecithin or psyllium husk
4 tbs + ½ tsp coconut oil
Crust: Blend all the ingredients, pat down into a round container with a baking sheet on the bottom, and place in freezer until it’s hard/firm.
Filling: Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, pour on top of the crust. Refrigerate to set. It will set in the freezer more quickly. Garnish with fresh strawberries or strawberry jam.
If you have been thinking about doing your own compost but have hesitated for some reason, we have some very good reasons why you should keep your worries aside and start doing it. On our last Progress Over Perfection event, Siska Nirmala from Zero Waste Adventure has shared the way to do your own home-composting, which does not require any heavy machinery nor any rocket-science!
Research has shown that 50-60% of the trash we produce is actually organic waste. That is over than half of the amount we produced, and by composting, we would have solved half of the waste problem we have.
As we said, composting may sound complicated, but is actually very straight-forward and can be done in less than 10 steps, even in a space-conscious home. There are many types of home composters and different methods to do it. Do your research before opting for one to see which one will suit you and your home best. You may want to consider things like the space you have at home (do you have a garden? Or you live in a high-floor apartment?), the consumption pattern in your house, the amount of organic waste produced daily, as well as the composter treatment that you consider the easiest for you.
Siska has shared some types of composters available in Indonesia, most of them are every-day items you can grab from the local stores:
- Takakura Basket
- Biopore Holes
- Flower Pot
- Water Barell
- Burlap Sack
Despite the different types of composter available, the basic principles in composting require 3 key elements:
- Carbon Source - dried leaves, wood ash, sawdust pellets, husk, etc (you only need to choose 1)
- Nitrogen Source - food scraps or manures
- Bioactivator - water from rinsing rice or brown sugar water
Once you get your selected composter and the 3 elements ready, you can start doing your very own compost. Here are the guidelines she shared with us using the easiest composter: a big flower pot or bucket.
- Mix your carbon source with manures (husk is one of the best types you can get).
- Lay some mixed husk at the bottom of the composter.
- Make an alternating layer of husk and food scraps until you have composted all of your food scraps. To help speed up the process, you want to ensure that the food scraps are chopped/sliced into small pieces and the source of carbon is at least twice the amount of nitrogen source. This will ensure that you get a healthy compost pile with higher carbon content than nitrogen.
- Pour some bio-activator to awaken the decomposing microorganism, just enough to make it moist. Do not drench your compost.
- Cover the compost and ensure that will not get rained on.
- Stir or turn the composter every few weeks using a shovel to give your compost oxygen and help the entire process of composting.
- After 3-6 months, your compost should turn into black soil material and be ready for harvesting.
Before you start pouring your food scraps into the composter, please note that some of the organic waste cannot be composted as they will exude pungent smell and reduce the quality of compost produced, thus making it not suitable to nourish the soil and plants.
Things you want to keep away from your composter as the decomposition rate is very slow and have the potential to invite pests:
- Animal bones
- Processed food waste (leftovers)
- Dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, mayonnaise, etc)
- Oily or fatty food
For those of you who are residing in Bali, you can get all the equipment like the flower pot and husk at local garden stores in Hayam Wuruk street and Bypass Ngurah Rai - Tohpati street in Denpasar.
Image credit: Zero Waste Bali Image credit: Siska Nirmala
Your long-awaited skin potion recipes from ARTISANskin are here!
We had so much fun on the Skin Potions Workshop by Amal Elbahnasawy, the foundress of ARTISANSkin, on our last Progress Over Perfection Workshop. The class was attended by 20 participants who were beyond excited to create their very own natural body care.
Amal is an amazing lady with over a decade’s experience in the spa industry on her back, giving her the eye of expertise when she started her own skincare lifestyle brand. Amal demonstrates that for thousands of years, everything has been right in front of us. Skin improvement is possible without synthetically created ingredients in a lab and yes, it can be as effective!
Upon a good read of the legendary Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece, The Alchemist, Amal got her wondrous epiphanies and that is all it takes to kickstart the birth of ARTISANskin. For her, ARTISANskin is a way of thinking and living to help transition people into an organic and natural skincare routine. Amal wants people to understand that despite applied topically, skincare products can still affect us internally without us even realizing it. And that is exactly why she chose to use 100% natural ingredients in her potions and wants to revolutionize people’s way of thinking about beauty products.
In the class, Amal shared her recipes for body scrub and bath soak that will not only give you a good, relaxing time in the bathroom but also aesthetic benefits to your skin and body. Now you too can make these amazing recipes in our DIY station in the Zero Waste Bali Canggu store or even at home.
Frangipani Body Scrub
All-natural body scrub for exfoliation and skin hydration
- 4 tablespoon of sea salt
- 3-4 tablespoon coconut oil
- Small pinch of bentonite clay
- 10-20 drops of Frangipani essential oil
Lunar Bath Soak
An indulging soak for a moon magic ritual bath
- 2 tablespoon of sea salt
- 2 tablespoon of epsom salt
- 1-2 calendula flower petals
- 4 pinches of dried sage with stems
- Optional essential oil of choice
Image credit: Zero Waste Bali Image credit: Artisan Skin
We will be holding our first workshop at the DIY station in Zero Waste Bali Canggu on Thursday, 26 September with ARTISANskin from 10 - 11 AM and you will get to learn how to make your very own Herbal Facial Steam and Body Scrub! The workshop is available at IDR 150,000 per person including all the ingredients and registration is open now, so make sure you book your place as we have limited space!