Another Introduction: Creative Alternatives by Sunray Sister

Hello again beautiful sisters! Happy Friday!

Last Friday I introduced ‘Love Lessons’; the first of two new post series starting soon on the Sunray Sister blog. Today is the turn of the second new series:

Creative Alternatives

This second new series of posts is going to be about finding alternative ways to live our lives, which require a little creativity to reduce our harmful impact on this beautiful planet. In these posts I aim to encourage:

  • creativity
  • thinking outside the box
  • less waste
  • more natural products
  • reducing harm and suffering
  • simplifying

In each post I will highlight a specific item/behaviour/habit that is considered ‘normal’ but causes unnecessary waste/pollution/suffering. Following this I will provide my creative alternative! These will often be natural and DIY projects, as well as basic replacements that you can invest in right now, including a metal water bottle, instead of the standard ‘convenient’ plastic version. These alternatives may also require a gradual adjustment to your habits, so remember to forgive yourself as you learn! It’s a journey and I am always learning, forgiving and moving forward.

I will also be referring back to the zero-waste movement quite a lot; explaining what this is exactly, along with the importance of the many ‘R’s, the least important of which (but the one you’ve probably heard the most) is recycling.

We need to take a step back and ask ourselves, what could I do before recycling? Could I reduce my consumption, and buy less? Could I refuse that paper bag? Could I get a bag to reuse? Could I repair that coat? Could I repurpose this glass jar? Could I rot this cardboard packaging?

Recycling is not the only solution. Recycling says that it’s ok to continue producing waste. Instead we need to say let’s stop creating this waste in the first place. We need to think about the energy that goes into something being made, and the fact that all that energy in disposable items is sent to landfill. We need to respect the physical items in our lives, and not just dispose of them.

Some ideas for ‘creative alternative’ topics:

  • plastic/paper bags < reusable cloth bags
  • plastic water bottles < reusable metal bottle
  • take-away drink cups < reusable ceramic or glass cups
  • tissues, napkins + cotton wool pads < washable handkerchiefs + cloths
  • disposable straws + cutlery < reusable alternatives
  • packaging in general < bulk stores? farmer’s markets?
  • make-up < make your own!
  • plastic toothpaste +  brush < DIY toothpaste + bamboo brush
  • deodorant + other toiletries < DIY or support local package-free business
  • razors < safety razor with replaceable + recyclable blades
  • disposable feminine products < reusable ones!
  • standard laundry powder < DIY + natural
  • animal product diet < Vegan diet

Structure for ‘creative alternative’ posts:

  • Introduce the topic
  • Outline the issue, use statistics and examples
  • Show the creative alternative, explain why it is better
  • Include a mini-tutorial, or provide links to purchase related items, which may sometimes lead to my own Etsy shop!
  • Conclusion, and open discussion for further ideas

This is all a lot to ask, I know. But with forgiveness, and baby steps, and an acceptance that perfect does not exist, we can make the impossible completely possible. And yes, one person can make a difference. Because when one person sets an example, others follow in their path. I hope I can set an example, for you to set an example for someone else. Together we can make a difference!


Could you take on some creative alternatives in your life? What alternative habits do you already practice? Let me know in the comments or on social media.

Before you go, make sure to watch my latest YouTube video where I show you how to make your own toothpaste. Like and subscribe while you’re there too!

See you on Sunday for my next blog post. Have a brilliant weekend full of love and fun!

Peace and love,

Rachel x

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YouTube: DIY Natural Toothpaste // Sunray Sister Shows You How

Welcome back sisters!

Today I would like to share my brand new sparkly YouTube video with you all. I have created a tutorial with a little twist; how to make toothpaste! Yes that’s right, you can make your own safe, healthy, natural, and effective toothpaste. And all you need are three very basic ingredients, plus a bowl, a spoon and a jar. So simple.

Additionally you can reduce your waste by purchasing your ingredients in larger quantities or in bulk stores (where you can bring your own containers). I was only able to find the ingredients packaged (at the moment), but I selected those in cardboard, paper and glass, over plastic. A bamboo toothbrush is also recommended to reduce your plastic waste even further.

Now, let’s get to the tutorial!

What you need:

  • Small clean jar with lid
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Coconut oil
  • Bicarbonate of (Baking) Soda
  • Essential oil – I chose spearmint

What to do:

  1. Measure 3 tbsp of coconut oil and 3 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda.
    • If you want to make a different quantity of toothpaste, simply use equal parts.
    • If this is too thick for you, just use less powder or more oil.
  2. Mix oil and soda in bowl with spoon.
  3. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil. Add more to suit your taste.
  4. Mix essential oil into the paste.
  5. Put your toothpaste into the clean jar and secure the lid.
  6. Brush your teeth the natural way!

 

Let me know if you try this recipe, or if you have made something similar already! I would love to compare notes. Join the DIY and zero-waste movement to reduce your impact, simplify your life and get creative. One person CAN make a difference!


This month I am introducing not one, but two new post series here on the blog! Last week I introduced the first, which is called Love Lessons, all about my love of learning, and my aim to bring you new and interesting knowledge on unusual subjects.

This Friday I will be introducing the second new series, called Creative Alternatives. These posts will be focused on reducing our impact on the planet, by being creative and daring to go outside the box of convenience and what’s ‘normal’. Find out more on Friday! See you soon!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x

Day 4: Thoughts of an Anxious Artist // Sunray Sister’s 14 Days of Love

Welcome back sisters! Today is the fourth day of my 14 Days of Love blogging challenge. I hope you are enjoying it so far!? If you missed any of the first three posts, you can find them all here.

Now, I have a confession for you all.

Last week, I promised an Etsy shop update today. But I haven’t been able to achieve this goal, for a few different reasons. Instead of creating some alternative content, I just wanted to write honestly about how I’m feeling and what my situation looks like at the moment.

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The present…

I love to make cute things, and I love to share this love with others! I started my Etsy shop back in September 2016, and it has been a fun experience so far. I aim to bring you high quality handmade items that you will love, which will hopefully make you love yourself, others and the planet a little more. And sometimes it takes me a bit longer than I think to make new products. Part of this is to do with not planning thoroughly, or considering things from a serious business viewpoint. So I’m still working things out!

I don’t make any money from Sunray Sister. Yet I have to pay rent and bills, so for now I have to work at a ‘normal’ job. I recently started a new position, with lots of extra hours. This is fantastic, but also means that I get home from work and continue work at home for my business, and then go to work again the next morning. At the moment I have been focusing on building my brand online, which hasn’t left much time for sewing. (Although I did launch my first giveaway with three new handmade creations, which I am really proud of!) Additionally I recently finished a Prince’s Trust course and need to start work on my business plan. It also happens to be a special someone’s birthday tomorrow. Oh, and I managed to get a cold! 

So a few things hit me all at once this week, and a few things will have to wait. I set myself this daily blogging challenge and I really want to complete it. I really want to get to the heart of what Sunray Sister needs to be about. And I can do that through writing and sharing my ideas with you on this blog. I also really need to look after myself better; basic things like sleep, hydration and exercise often get forgotten. Self-care should never have to wait.

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The future…?

I have a small feeling that Sunray Sister will eventually be less about selling handmade products, and more about providing a service for promoting self-love, positivity and improved well-being.

Essentially I want to spread a message of experience over possessions. I am reading more and more about the benefits of minimalism, reusing and repairing belongings, living simply, connecting with nature and using natural products, being kinder to other creatures and to the environment.

These are just some thoughts of an anxious artist trying to figure out what’s right, what’s true; where there is clarity and alignment in order to become less anxious. I will continue my research and get back to you!

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What are your thoughts? What is your impression of my brand? Where do you think I could take this business in the future? As always I have endless ideas, and am constantly seeking balance, simplicity and clarity. I know I will find it within myself eventually, and I look forward to sharing more of this journey of self-discovery with you soon.


 

Tomorrow join me for day 5 of Sunray Sister’s 14 Days of Love, where we will be celebrating the birthday of the most awesome man in the whole universes!

 

Peace and love,

Rachel x