Sustainable Living

I believe we can all lead real, abundant, sustainable and joyful lives that are in harmony with nature.

Together, we can become more aware of our habits that create waste and consumption, and create change. Small steps, sustainable swaps, intentional choices, all can have a big impact on our collective well-being.

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Worried about the wildfire smoke? Here’s what you can do at home

There are 400+ wildfires burning in Canada and currently a third of them are in the eastern province of Quebec. If you live in North America (especially on the eastern side) you have experienced the smoke and haze too. It was so bad this week that school kids were instructed to stay indoors and avoid […]

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Dear Canada, Our Forests are Burning. Here’s what we can do

As a Canadian parent the scope and severity of this year’s wildfires, past catastrophic floods, and the UN IPCC reports, all keep me awake at night. But today, it isn’t fear that drives me, it is clear-eyed optimism and an undeniable urgency. With over 400 wildfires burning in Canada the impacts of climate change are […]

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Break. Up. With. Plastic.

Every year, Canadians throw away more than 3 million tonnes of plastic waste, and a mere 9% of this waste is recycled. The remaining plastic waste breaks down into smaller pieces, polluting our environment. The recent single-use plastics ban is a positive first step. But, bolder, community-supported measures, particularly regarding food packaging, are needed to […]

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How to tackle those almost-empty jars

Frugal and sustainable habits in the kitchen Peanut butter is trending on Instagram, in particular it is the peanut butter that’s cruddy and left behind on the bottom of the jar. Food & Sustainability author, Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma, goes back on CTV’s The Social and joins Jess Allen and Cynthia Loyst on October 20th to take […]

Puneeta on CHCH Morning Live sharing 5 Easy ways to choose low-waste.

Paper or Plastic? How about neither!

Say no to single-use plastic and paper. Here are 5 easy ways to choose low-waste by using what you have and reducing what is thrown away.

Puneeta on The Social speaking about sustainable gardening.

Sustainable Gardening: the Magic of Tea Leaves and Banana Peels

Four tried and tested ways to feed your garden from your kitchen Growing your own vegetable patch this summer? One of the trends that came out of the pandemic was gardening, and research says this fad is here to stay. Puneeta was recently on CTV’s The Social to share how food continues to be beautiful and […]

Puneeta was recently invited on Breakfast Television to comment on a new trend, sparkling water.

Is Sparkling Water Really as Healthy as Marketing Suggests?

Puneeta was recently invited on Breakfast Television to comment on a new trend, sparkling water. Watch the video with Dina Pugliese. Here are the highlights from our discussion. Sparkling water is basically just water, which is good. Hydration is good in most forms, however, check the labels for different types of sweeteners. By now, most […]

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How to Shop Your Pantry on CHCH Morning Live

Watch: CHCH Morning Live – How to Shop Your Pantry to Reduce Food Waste Do you ever buy groceries only to realize you already have some of those food items in your pantry at home? One of the recipes that Chhitwal-Varma shared was a turmeric mac and cheese topped with crunchy oats. What I do […]


Fighting Food Waste and Having Impact

Fighting Food Waste & Having Impact In 2020, Puneeta released the How to SHOP YOUR PANTRY digital guide. What started out as a simple pantry challenge during the early months of the pandemic rapidly became a 48-page collection of pantry-forward recipes and tips designed to help people nourish their families and reduce food waste. Through […]


Natural Cleaning Solutions

Homemade and All-Natural Cleaning solutions Hate spring cleaning? These all natural and homemade cleaning solutions will simplify your life. And give you that fresh new feeling.  Spring is my favourite time of the year (followed closely by Fall but we’ll get to that in a few months). A fresh start, a new beginning, and of […]

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5 Kitchen Hacks to Feed Your Garden

Many of us are growing our own vegetables this summer, right? Here are 5 hacks that we can use to feed our vegetable garden right from our kitchen. Watch Puneeta on CHCH Morning Live talking about how we can all feed our garden from what we have available in our kitchens. Plants need soil, water […]


7 Simple, Sustainable, Healthy Food Swaps

Recently I have spent a lot of time thinking about good food. We have high expectations of what we eat. It should be tasty, fill our bellies, feel good, get rid of that lingering cold and more. We want our food to do a lot for us. But good food doesn’t just stop at flavour […]

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