Tips for a Fresh and Sustainable Summer

with our friends from Avocado Green Mattress

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Clare Langan
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Tips for a Fresh and Sustainable Summer

with Avocado Green Mattress

 

You’re committed to knowing where your food comes from. You read labels, shop the farmers market and (try) to eat your veggies. You’ve adopted sustainable habits, from composting to reducing single-use plastic usage. You never miss a Meatless Monday.
 
But what about your mattress?
 
Made in their California factory with sustainable and transparent sourcing practices, Avocado Green Mattresses are the world’s most sustainable and organic certified luxury mattress, bedding and furniture brand, handmade in Los Angeles.
 
Avocado is committed to handmade eco-luxury organic certified mattresses and bedding. Made of GOTS organic certified cotton, wool and latex sustainably sourced from farms they co-own in India, transparent sourcing is a priority. Avocado is Climate Neutral certified and in 2020, they went “carbon negative” with their carbon footprint from sourcing to shipping to your home.
 
From food waste hacks to ideas for greening up your pantry and creating a peaceful home, here are our tips for a more sustainable and comfortable 2021.
 
Tip #1
Build a Plant-Based Pantry
For quick meals on the fly, stock your pantry with dried lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, spices and a selection of flavorful condiments. We love batch cooking lentils to throw into grain bowls, salads and soups throughout the week.
 
Tip #2
Embrace Broth
When covered with water and simmered, vegetable scraps are transformed into a flavorful broth. We love saving striped corn cobs for making corn broth for summertime chowder or sweet corn risotto. 

 
 
Tip #3
Get Salty!
Make your own custom herb salts for jazzing up popcorn, roasted or grilled vegetables, eggs, pasta or even fresh fruit! Combine your favorite chopped fresh herbs with kosher or sea salt and store in an airtight jar. Herb salt lasts for a month stored in the refrigerator, longer if you use dried herbs. This makes the perfect last-minute gift!
 
Tip #4
Will It Pickle?
Eat your compost! Embrace quick pickling as an easy food preservation method. Chard stems, broccoli stems, carrots, beets, onions and of course, cucumbers, all make delicious pickles. Unlike traditional pickles, quick pickles require no canning or boiling. They last in your fridge for weeks!
 
 
Tip #5
Sleep Sustainably
Level up your bedtime routine with a DIY lavender linen spritz. Combine 2 cups distilled water with 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, witch hazel or vodka. Add 15-20 drops of pure lavender essential oil. Lightly spray on your linens before bed to add a relaxing scent.

 

 
Tip #6
Pesto, Presto!
Reduce food waste deliciously by repurposing your carrot tops for pesto! Carrot tops have a parsley-like flavor that pairs well with garlic, olive oil and nuts. Toss with pasta, slather on a sandwich or dollop on top of a grain bowl and dinner is done! You’ll never throw out your carrot tops again!
 
Tip #7
Reduce Waste with Aquafaba!
Aquafaba is the liquid in which chickpeas (or other legumes) have been cooked. Prized for its ability to act like egg whites when whipped, it is beloved in the vegan community as an egg white substitute in mousses and meringues. You can also use it in place of both dairy and egg in a creamy ranch dressing. Saving the aquafaba when draining a can of chickpeas is a brilliant way to reduce food waste!
 
 
Tip #8
Pucker Up
Mix up a low-waste cocktail to cool down this summer. We love Brazilian Limeade, also known as Brazilian LemonadeCreamy Lemonade or Swiss lemonade. The classic version uses all limes, but we used a mix of lemon and limes as that’s what we had on hand (use it up!) We learned one traditional method is to blend the whole citrus with cold water and sweetened condensed milk and then strain it. The resulting beverage is thick, frothy, creamy, tart and refreshing all at the same time!
 
 
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