THE EARTH GIRL LIFESTYLE

Healthy, Low Waste Living... From Scratch

For over 15 years I’ve dedicated my life to finding solutions for how to live in a manner that leaves a lighter footprint on the Earth.

It was during my 4.5 years at university (studying a Bachelor of Science in Health and Environment, minor in Environmental Issues and honours in Environmental Science) that my eyes were opened to the many issues facing humanity and the planet.

I went seeking simple, effective & convenient solutions that I had control of and could implement in my daily life.

Incredibly, this was not an easy task. I found valuable generational lifestyle knowledge of the past (prior to modern day throw away convenience) was hard to find, lost, or had been overcomplicated with the ease of putting information on the internet.

There were also new health challenges facing humanity and the planet that required a new approach.

My seeking took me on many adventures and my life has become one big personal experiment.

The Earth Girl Lifestyle is the culmination of solutions I’ve implemented, and continue to refine, in my life to help me have as minimal impact on the Earth as possible via my daily actions and choices.

I hope by sharing my journey with you, you’ll be able to save yourself a heap of time by learning from my lessons and gaining from my knowledge.

Together we have the ability to create a world future generations can be proud of.

ABOUT THE EARTH GIRL LIFESTYLE

Karla Hooper Earth Girl Healthy Living

Healthy

Karla Hooper Earth Girl Low Waste Living

Low Waste Living

Karla Hooper Earth Girl Homemade From Scratch

From Scratch

LOW WASTE LIVING

Waste Reduction is one of the highest values in my life. It’s the low hanging fruit that I’ve been able to implement in my life to instantly start to return balance and respect to the Earth.

Single use packaging has a lot to answer for, and via behaviour change, I’ve been able to successfully put both my kerbside rubbish and recycling bin out for collection less than once per year. 

WHAT IS LOW WASTE LIVING?

Low Waste Living aims to:

  • minimise single use packaging as much as possible
  • replace single use packaging with quality reusable alternatives
  • care for items owned
  • manage unavoidable waste responsibly
BENEFITS OF LOW WASTE LIVING

 Improve human, animal and environmental health by:

  • Reducing pollution
  • Putting less demand on the Earth by using less resources
HOW I LIVE A LOW WASTE LIFESTYLE

Just to be clear, I was not raised environmentally aware and was an unconscious consumer up to my early 20’s, relying on packaged convenience for all my needs.

Reducing waste has been an ongoing process over many years. It’s required many baby steps of change.

Overwhelm has been an inevitable part of my journey. Wanting to change, and knowing how to make changes has been a challenge.

And it’s an ongoing process.

Slowly but surely, I find more solutions and implement them into my life, which then become the norm. 

The goal is to continually improve on my own personal best. 

HEALTHY

I don’t think there’s anything more important than health, and I believe the health of the Earth and our bodies are interlinked.

DEFINE HEALTH

For me, health comes down to a few things:

  • Knowing what ingredients I’m putting into and onto my body, and using in my surrounding environment
  • Cleaning up past contamination
  • Resolving trauma
  • Work on healing existing health conditions
  • Getting connected to the messages my body/the Earth are giving me
HEALTHY BODY

With our skin being our largest organ, what we put on it is just as important as what we put in our body.

I make my own products that cleanse my body gently and  feed and nourish my body. 

 

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

The space around my home is just as important as the space within my home. I aim to improve the immediate environment that I’m custodian of via: 

  • improving soil health
  • growing herbs, vegetables and fruit
  • practicing natural lores and not using toxic chemicals
THE EARTH GIRL DIET

I’m developing the Earth Girl Diet to be based on what I consider to be best practice for health.

The foundations of the Earth Girl Diet are: 

  • Low Waste
  • Whole-food
  • Egg Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Meat Free
  • GMO Free
  • Gluten Free

I want to eat food that is nutrient dense, grown and processed via natural lores. The goal is to eat as many fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs as possible.

HEALTHY HOME

My home is my retreat, a place that nurtures me and supports my health. I keep my home environment clean and clear by:

  • making and using my own natural cleaners
  • cleansing the air via open windows and indoor plants
  • keeping the space energetically clear by burning natural incense and infusing good intentions
HEALTHY ANIMALS

Animals are my everything and their health is of the utmost importance to me. I strive to keep animals within my guardianship healthy via: 

  • providing them as much free grazing/roaming space as possible 
  • feeding natural whole-foods that are not factory processed 
  • utilising natural healing techniques
  • learning to listen via my inner voice to communicate with animals

FROM SCRATCH

I love DIY and making things from scratch.

I love learning new skills, being self-reliant, and educating myself on the foundational building blocks of making things from scratch, which helps me to see how things are interlinked and connected.

WHY HOMEMADE?

I personally like to make things from scratch:

  • So I know exactly what ingredients I’m putting onto/into my body + using around my home.
  • Because I often don’t know who to trust when profit comes before planet 
  • So I can get educated on ingredients, processes and how things interrelate
  • Because my favourite way to learn is via experience, not theory
  • Because it’s a practical creative outlet
  • Because it saves me a heap of money, and often time
HAIR CARE

 

PERSONAL CARE

 

GREEN CLEANING

 

LIQUID SOAP

I didn’t have much need for liquid soap in my life as solid bar soap catered to most of my needs. But then I looked around whilst away from home… and noticed the epidemic that is liquid hand washing soap. I knew I had to learn to make my own so I could offer a refillable alternative STAT. 

And then I developed a bit of a love affair with liquid soap, realising it’s just as versatile as bar soap. I use it for my multipurpose cleaning spray, to clean the floors, and I put some in the toilet bowl and give it a good scrub. Plus, it can also be used hands, hair and body – winning! 

  

DIY Liquid Soap

SKIN CARE

 

COSMETICS

 

Low Waste Toileting

Low Waste Toileting

INTRODUCTION Swapping disposable toilet paper for washable wipes and a bum gun isn’t something that happened straight away. In fact, it took me years to implement them into my life after the idea was seeded. Using washable wipes isn’t something new. Plenty of low...

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DIY Solid Bar Soap

DIY Solid Bar Soap

INTRODUCTION I swapped from liquid to bar soap in my early 20’s as a way of reducing both waste and chemicals in my daily life. I never had a desire to make my own as there was a local artisan soap maker that I loved to support and was extremely happy with their...

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DIY Beeswax Wraps

DIY Beeswax Wraps

INTRODUCTION I’d kept hearing about these things called beeswax wraps for a while, but I didn’t really think I needed to include them in my life as I’d eliminated plastic cling wrap years prior and used containers for all my needs. In fact, I’d been given some that...

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Homemade Nut Mylk

Homemade Nut Mylk

I have made nut mylks on and off for years, and have experimented with a HEAP of different methods. But, like anything I do, I’m always looking for the simplest, most convenient method that gets me the best result. I like efficiency!   Wanna know the best solution for...

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What is Low Waste Living?

What is Low Waste Living?

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Make Your Own Face Oil Moisturiser

Make Your Own Face Oil Moisturiser

If you’ve been looking for a natural face or body oil moisturiser specifically formulated for you, in a super simple manner, using a pendulum may be the answer you’ve been looking for. I’ll show you how.

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How to Make Homemade Toothpaste

How to Make Homemade Toothpaste

I've been making my own toothpaste for years, it took a bit to get used to at first but now it's so weird if I ever use store bought stuff. ‍‍‍My partner (Brett) and I have been living together since the beginning of 2017 and his store bought tube of toothpaste had...

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