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Childrens’ Books Revived

I visited my parents place today, and was surprised to see four boxes loaded with childrens’ books. Apparently, my mother had kept them for thirty years, and decided to open the pandora’s box for her granddaugter. She left them in the sun and wiped every one of them with a cleaner. (Yes, of course she is using the sugar-cane alcohol cleaner!) She might be a bit too... Read More

Cardboard 段ボール Play Day!

Cardboard fun!Photo courtesy of The Cardboard Collective Mark your calendar now for an event that must surely be one of the best ways to spend the first Saturday of the New Year! Free, heaps of fun, and kid-focused, you’ll learn the secrets cardboard holds and run around a little bit, too.  Put on by The Cardboard Collective, one of the most creative websites around, you... Read More

To wash or to throw away?

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As every new parent will know, a large part of caring for a baby is taken up by wiping bottoms and changing nappies. With my daughter turning 5 years old in January, my nappy changing days were already far behind me. So when my son was born in August, I was pleased to find that my nappy changing skills came back to me quickly. But I had forgotten just how often you have to use... Read More

Managing for sustainability

  Yippee! – last week I resumed my studies after a six month break. I am studying for an MSc in Environmental Management with the Open University and my new module is called ‘Managing for Sustainability’. The last few weeks have been taken up with setting up our new home and getting used to life as a family of four and I was a bit apprehensive about whether I would find... Read More

Cast-Iron Cooking

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              It was just after I had started working for eco+waza, around this time last year, that I started to re-consider whether I should really be using my teflon coated frying pans.  I had heard that once the coating on the pans became damaged it could become a health hazard but I hadn’t really taken it seriously. It was too easy... Read More

We appeared in TIME

eco+waza and founder Reina was quoted in a TIME article “Doing It Their Way.” Check out printed version or if you are a subscriber read online. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2126606,00.html  Read More

Genetically modified? Not here…

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As I mentioned in my last post, the range of organic food available here in Germany is huge and for almost every product category there is an ‘Bio’ version available. However since being back, I’ve noticed a new category emerging – the GM free range (ohne Gentechnik). Here in the photo it is a packet of butter which has the GM free label on it but I’ve... Read More

Back in Germany – first impressions

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After spending two years living in the huge metropolis that is Tokyo, it was always going to be a bit strange coming back to the relatively small city of Stuttgartin southern Germany (one million residents). With a shift in perspective to incorporate not only the Japanese way of life but also an increased awareness of environmental issues, what were my first impressions of being... Read More

A Towel that Will Be There After 30 Years

The towel in this photo is a sweet present from Mr. Ikeuchi, the CEO of IKT (Ikeuchi Towel) for my new born daugter. The towel is called “Cotton Nuevo”-the concept is to enjoy the difference of cotton every year. It is made of organic cotton from Tanzania, and the printed year shows which year the cotton was harvested. The farmers are still new to organic, and so the... Read More

“A Little Boy” Soap & PAX Naturon Cream Soap

“Bocchan” (A little boy’s) soap When I opened the packet of Bocchan soap and smelled it, I was transported back to my childhood in a whiff of nostalgia. Bocchan smells like sebo de macho, an over the counter topical ointment popular in the Philippines applied to the skin to promote healing and keep wounds from scarring. I did a little research and learned that sebo de macho... Read More