Plastic-free July Deidaa Makes Cotton Bags

As we commit to a plastic-free July in 2018, I cannot help reminiscing about my childhood. In the society I was born into, community living, recycling, and zero waste were the norm. I have memories of the milkman who would deliver  milk every morning in glass bottles. The aroma of freshly ground spices from my grandmother’s kitchen would fill my being. Savouries wrapped in recycled newspaper paper bags would tickle my palette.
 
A cottage industry thrived on the recycled newspaper bags. One group would go from house to house collecting old newspaper. Another group, mostly women, would make paper bags out of old newspaper. Nothing discarded, nothing wasted.
 
Things we used in our daily lives were handmade. Artisan groups worked in unison. The weaver, the potter, the carpenter, the farmer supported one another. After the two great wars, words like ‘assembly line’ and ‘mass produced’ reared their ugly heads. The advent of plastic or nylon dealt a firm blow to many things natural. Plastic has many virtues. It is bright, strong and hard wearing. The problem, it is too hard -wearing. It refuses to go away. It chokes our waterways and clogs our landfills. How can we, you and I, get rid of this menace.
 
It takes a little effort but we can all ditch the ‘p’ word, now onwards.
 

Plastic-free July say no to plastic bags

 Use and re-use organic cotton totes for shopping. Put your grocery in organic cotton drawstring bags. Organic cotton is a certified sustainable fabric. It is rain fed and chemical free. Deidaa makes customised organic cotton bags for clients all over the world. Looking for calico bags in different shapes or sizes, plain, embroidered or printed? Your search ends at Deidaa.
 

Konichiwa bento

 Replace plastic take away boxes with stainless steel bento boxes. Stainless steel is sturdy and lasts long. It is biodegradable. Carry your own stainless steel water bottle and drinking straws.
 

Practise furoshiki

 
Furoshiki is the ancient Japanese art of wrapping gifts with a scarf or a piece of cloth. The receiver can unwrap the gift and use the scarf – wrap as a bandanna or necktie. This is one gift wrap that will not end up in the trash can.
 

Catch ’em young

 Get your kids involved in simple cooking and gardening projects. Children should learn early in life that food comes from the soil and not from the refrigerator. Children can practise sustainable living through baking, cooking or maintaining a veggie patch. Deidaa has a range of organic cotton kids aprons that add to the fun. Pesticide and chemical free, these aprons do no harm to the tender skin.
 

Potty about potter

 Get ceramic jars for your storage needs in the kitchen. Ceramic jars add character to your kitchen. Ceramic crockery comes in vibrant colours, motifs, and shapes. Mixed and matched correctly, ceramics add that Latino vibe to your table setting.
 
Got a few plastic-free tips of your own this winter 2018? Share them with Deidaa’s readers.  Post comments and suggestions on deidaablog or at http://www.facebook.com/deidaafashiononline.  #regram@deidaafashiononline, tag #deidaafashionline. Each post, comment or regram is rewarded with a #coupon code for 10% discount on all products at deidaashop. For more plastic-free photos,  follow Deidaa at http://www.facebook.com/deidaafashiononline or on Instagram @deidaafashiononline.
 
 

Get Your Re-gifting Karma Right in 2018

Holidays are over, a new year has dawned on us with the promise of new beginnings. A niggling problem persists. After every Christmas, most of us end up with gifts we have no use for. Do we regift these unwanted gifts? Emotionally speaking, using a gift is the least we can do for someone who has spent time, money and effort to source the gift for us. Rationally thinking, re-gifting is not a sin. Re-gifting is recycling. It minimises waste. One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. The digitally printed kaftan you received as a Christmas gift may be too flamboyant for you. It is an ideal regift for your cousin in Cairns who would love some colourful throw-overs for bathers.

Gift Shopping for Christmas 2017

Does the thought of Christmas gift shopping give you the heebie-jeebies?  You are suffering from giftophobia and you are not the only one. Giftophobia is common around this time of the year – the fear of giving and receiving the wrong gifts? We know it is the thought behind the gift that matters. However, won’t it be nice if your near and dear ones actually find your gifts useful?
 
The top 5 tips to master the art of gift shopping are:

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Art and Craft 7 benefits – Deidaatip

I visited the Royal Melbourne Show at the Melbourne Show Grounds this weekend. I was hoping to do the rides, pet farm animals and come away with a couple of show bags. Little did I know, I would stumble upon some amazing works of art and craft at the Spotlight Makers’ Pavilion. Crochet flowers, hats, embroidery, and quilts had me transfixed.

And here I was, thinking, art and craft were losing ground to mechanization in today’s world. That’s when it struck me, art and craft are more relevant today than ever before!

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Is your summer wardrobe beach and travel ready?

Is your summer wardrobe beach and travel ready?

Thirty Four sleeps to Christmas!! The holiday season is nearly upon us. After working hard throughout the year, we are ready to spend a few days soaking up the sun at the beach, catching up with friends and family at backyard barbeques or packing the bags and traveling to exotic locales.  Are our wardrobes keeping pace with our holiday plans? Is our summer wardrobe beach and travel ready or festive enough?

Summer wardrobe – beachwear

Australian beaches are pristine and Australia is famous for its beach culture worldwide. Beach culture goes hand in hand with beachwear. Beachwear should be flirty, floaty and feminine. Lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton, chiffon and georgette are ideal for beachwear. Silhouettes like wrap dresses, drawstring tunics and kaftans in floral, graphic and animal prints are on trend this season. Quick to dry and water repellent beachwear dresses can double up as cover ups over bathers or swimsuits.

summer wardrobe – travel

If you are traveling, pack lightweight clothes. Blended georgette dresses and tops are sturdy, crease resistant and take the rigours of travel well. If you are heading off to Northern hemisphere you may want to carry tops and dresses that can be paired with cardis, worn over pullovers or under blazers.

summer wardrobe – maxi dresses

Maxi dresses can double up as casual daywear and beachwear. They come in a wide variety of fabrics ranging from floral cottons to georgettes in vibrant colours. Maxi dresses can be dressed up and down and are ideal for poolside bar be ques.  Accessorised with hoop earrings, stacked bangles and espadrilles maxi dresses make that easy transition from casual to party wear.

summer wardrobe – scarf

Carry a lightweight scarf. Scarves can be worn as sarongs over bathers, can be wrapped over bare shoulder or tied around the neck for some added warmth.

During the holidays, your little ones can be quite a handful. Why not try something different this season?  Replace the usual toys with eye catching kids’ apron sets as stocking fillers and your little will soon be engrossed, decorating the Christmas cake or roasting corn cobs at the bar be que, leaving you with some ‘me time’.

Last but not the least, if you are planning the great outdoors experience do not forget your slip, slap, slop kit – a box of wet wipes, a spritzer, a lip balm fortified with UV protection, a sun block and moisturiser. Carry a floppy hat. Complement your sexy summer clothes and beach wear with comfortable flip flops and have a blast!!