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The spaZa guide on how to green your Halloween

Halloween is one of the most adored holidays of the year and with good reason. It’s an excuse to let your hair down, adorn yourself in crazy costumes, watch horror movies all night and consume copious amounts of candy. Sadly, the traditions that we have come to know and love about Old Hallow’s Eve also carry with them a whole lot of waste.  According to a report by U.K.-based environmental charity Hubbub, the plastic waste generated from “disposable” Halloween costumes and clothing exceeds 2,000 tons annually. And that number does not include the waste generated from Halloween decorations and candy.  All hope is not lost for Halloween enthusiasts, though. We’ve got you covered with this helpful guide with tips and tricks...

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How to start your plastic-free journey

Here at spaZa, we believe in transparency so we’re going to keep it real - the biggest challenge in going plastic-free is going plastic-free. While you can understand the issue, commit to the cause and start making changes, you will inevitably find plastic creeping into your home and your trash at an alarming rate. That’s just the sad reality of the world we live in. But just because the omnipresence of plastic can make the journey difficult, it isn’t impossible! This guide is not meant to overwhelm you but simply to show you that living plastic-free is a possibility. It just requires a bit of extra planning and some effort. Remember that the goal is progress, not perfection. So do your best,...

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Go Green: The definitive guide to Sustainable Travel

It’s inevitable - if you are lucky enough to travel, you’re going to leave a charcoal smudge in your wake. And while planes may spew carbon emissions and plastic bottles may be the general order of the day, you shouldn’t let the guilt dampen your vacation. By being mindful and making simple choices to lighten the blemish on Mother Earth, you can lift the remorse and incorporate a few eco-conscious practices into your life in the process. After all, green travel is not a passing trend, it’s a portable lifestyle choice.  But what exactly is green travel and where does one even begin?  Green travel (or sustainable travel) is all about creating a positive effect on the communities that you visit...

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The Beginner's Guide to Sourdough Bread

As the daughter of an avid baker, there are few baked goodies that I haven’t tried. From lamingtons to cornbread, my mom always had a new recipe that she wanted to try and I was happy to be the taste tester. Bread, however, was never really one of those things either of us had much interest in. That all changed recently when Julia sent me a gallery full of images from her bread baking adventures… To be honest, I never really thought of sourdough bread as a feasible means of sustenance. Yeah, sure, it made a nice sandwich base whenever I went out for brunch but it’s not really something I would actively make or buy. That is until Julia...

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How to keep your produce fresh, not funky

There’s a very simple joy that comes from the snap of a fresh broccoli stem or the crunch of a raw carrot. And while you may revel in your new bounty, the moment tends to be short lived as the struggle to keep pesky perishables perky settles in.  Our founder, Julia Schaffer, challenged me to take on the task of researching and uncovering the best strategies when it comes to storing fresh produce. And let me tell you, it’s been a journey and then some! From kitchen mishaps to experiments gone right, my eyes have been opened to the myriad of ways that my produce could be saved from ultimate rot.  With that being said, here’s what I found: Start...

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