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There’s a common misconception that living an eco-friendly lifestyle is expensive and requires you to buy a lot of new “green” products. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Living sustainably is accessible to everyone, regardless of how much you make or where your family lives. That’s because the secret to reducing your carbon footprint is in the name: reducing.
The first step in living more sustainably is shifting your mindset away from consumerism. Being content with less is not only good for your budget — it’s good for the planet too. Given that our oceans are filling with plastic and landfills are reaching capacity, the best thing we can do is avoid contributing to them.
According to National Geographic, as many as 1.7 billion people, or one fourth of the world’s population, are defined as “people characterized by diets of highly processed food, desire for bigger houses, more and bigger cars, higher levels of debt and lifestyles devoted to the accumulation of non-essential goods.”
Changing your attitude towards your consumption will help you go green and save green. Here are 15 ideas to get you started:
This year start your spring cleaning from the inside out starting with your cleaning products! When it comes to your family, you can never be too careful. We all love a clean home, but what if the products that we trust to clean our homes contain harmful ingredients? It is actually kind of scary, because your loved ones are coming into contact with as well as breathing in these possibly toxic chemicals.
I got to thinking about what kinds of changes I could make that could help to safeguard my family, and decided to start with my cleaning products.
I discovered Truce, a line of chemical free cleaning products that work just as well, if not better than my regular cleaning products.
Truce cleaning products offers a wide variety of items to cover all your cleaning needs, from all-purpose cleaner, wood cleaner and scouring powder, to get your home sparkly clean without the use of any harmful ingredients. Truce only uses SIMPLE and NATURAL ingredients, like borax, essential oils, baking soda, distilled white vinegar and aloe vera, and since they have nothing to hide, they share every ingredient on their labels.
I was given the chance to put a few of their products to the test:
Truce Natural All Purpose Cleaner -It seems that I am constantly wiping down the counter tops in my kitchen. I cringe at all of the times I would use chemically-laden products in the area that food is prepared!
This All-Purpose Cleaner can wonderfully clean your home and office using only safe, non-toxic ingredients in one simple formula. From your floors to the ceiling, you can use the All-Purpose Cleaner for all your cleaning needs. Wipe away messes on those sticky counter tops, remove spots and streaks from windows or mirrors, and get the grime off your shower walls with this one cleaner that is effective on all non-porous surfaces.
It not only works just as effectively as my previous cleaners, but smells like peppermint! I love it!
Truce Laundry Powder- Our laundry comes in contact with our skin, daily. How frightening to think about all of the possibly harmful chemicals that are in our regular laundry detergent!
Wear the freshest smelling and cleanest clothes without exposing your skin to nasty chemicals. The Laundry Powder from Truce is perfect for those with sensitive skin, allergies, or conditions prone to dermatological irritation. Avoid the crazy chemicals and toxins found in other laundry products; you deserve a safe, simple laundry detergent formula that works. this potent detergent can clean heavily soiled clothes and it works in areas prone to hard water. The natural oxygen bleach works to keep whites bright and colors bold without fading. The Laundry Powder is gentle enough for washing organic fibers and it is biodegradable and earth-friendly.
My clothes come out of the wash much fresher and cleaner with Truce Laundry Powder- than when I used my previous detergent. Plus, a little goes a long way!
Room & Pillow Spray- It seems that I am always using room freshener sprays. That is the scariest of all to me, because with my regular room freshening spray brand, I was actually spraying chemicals into the air that my family breathes! I didn't even think about it! I feel horrible for that.
Luckily, Truce Room and Pillow Sprays are here to help. From stinky trash or a foul microwave to that not-so-fresh bathroom air or a stale closet where you hide that old pair of shoes, Truce can help clean out some of the stench.
These Safe and Simple Room and Pillow Sprays clean and freshen the air around your home, car, and office while leaving a natural and pleasing scent. While most other home air plug-ins, sprays, candles, and car fresheners contain harmful chemicals hiding behind the word “Fragrance” on a list of ingredients, Truce is always transparent on where their fresh scents come from: aromatherapeutic essential oils. Extra ingredients containing harmful chemicals are never added into any Truce products because all our ingredients are simple, effective, and natural.
The Revitalizing Spray is a combination of lavender and lemongrass that is sure to rejuvenate and refresh the air around you. The Energizing Spray is a mixture of citrus and lemongrass that helps vitalize you and give you that extra boost to make it through the day. The Soothing Spray has a calming effect by combining the smell of lavender and citrus.
I still have the need for an air freshener, due to when I burn my cooking, or when someone 'stinks' up the air. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about poisoning my loved ones! Truce Room and Pillow Spray keeps my home smelling fresh and clean. My favorite is the Soothing Spray. It makes the atmosphere nice and calm, while refreshing the air. I love to spray it on the carpet to freshen any stale odors, too.
So, clean out the cabinets during your spring cleaning and ditch the chemical filled products that can be harmful to your family. www.truceclean.com
Does Dad love gifts that are environmentally friendly? Does Dad like looking Dapper? Well, with Haggar’s E-CLO Stria Dress Pants, Dad can have both. Aside from just being a great looking pair of pants, these great looking dress pants are a great example of sustainable clothing.
Haggar actually received an inaugural REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability award earlier this year and their E-CLO Dress Pant features fibers made from recycled water bottles. Haggar has worked with Unifi, Inc. for over 5 years, using fabric made from REPREVE upcycled fibers and selling pants that utilized the equivalent of more than 130 million recycled water bottles to date. This year, Haggar also donated to the National Parks Society to celebrate Earth Day.
I received a pair of Haggar's E-CLO Stria Heather dress pants in black for my husband's early Father's Day gift. We go to church every Sunday, and I thought it would be nice for him to have a new pair of dress pants, especially for Father's Day.
My husband tried them on and they fit like a glove! Jon looked so very handsome wearing them. They accentuated all of the right places of his body.
He even looked amazing from the back!
A great fit and various color choices make these striking dress pants a great addition to any wardrobe. Subtle striations in the Repreve® recycled fabric made from water bottles give these dress pants a distinctive refined look. You'd never guess they are machine washable, no-iron and extremely comfortable with a hidden expandable waistband.
I love how these dress pants look on my sweet husband. He loves the way they feel. He says that these pants do not feel restricting the way other dress pants feel. They are very comfortable! He thinks it is great that they are made from recycled materials.
For more information, or to place an order go to: http://www.haggar.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Wellslock might actually be the last food storage container you ever own! It might also just be the only one I ever purchase again after getting the chance to review it. It is that amazing!
Designed by a Samsung product engineer, Wellslock is the the world’s first single-latch storage container with lids that glide in place. Not only are they leak proof and air tight to prevent spoilage, but they’re made of a high quality, eco-friendly material that won’t retain tomato sauce stains or dishwasher detergent markings. Just what I need. I am always destroying my containers with stains and I am also always losing the lids.
Here's a video clip to show you how Wellslock food storage containers work:
I usually get frustrated with using food storage containers when I am trying to store leftovers in the refrigerator. I don't have enough patience to find lids to my mismatching Tupperware (that I inherited from my mother-in-law) so after a few cuss words, I grab the nearest roll of tin foil or plastic wrap and hastily wrap it onto the container. (Even though I know that this method does not keep my leftovers very fresh.) Even when I do, by some miracle, locate a fitting lid to one of my storage containers, I find that I can never seem to get the lid on very easily. I get more frustrated and I simply give up. I have thrown more odd fitting lids in the trash than I can even count!
Thankfully, I received a few convenient sizes of Wellslock food storage containers to review. They are simply the best food storage containers I have ever tried! The lids fit perfectlytly and they are sturdy and roomy. They are designed to fit like magic into my refrigerator.
I love how Wellslock's lids are so easy to put on. You simply slide them on and lock them into place. The leftovers stay fresh for days. And best of all, nothing leaks! I dropped a container full of soup on the floor a few days ago, and nothing spilled out of it. I am amazed!
Wellslock is the perfect Mother's Day gift idea!
For more information, go to: https://wellslock.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Showing her you love her this Valentine's Day doesn't have to break your budget. Pamper her with beauty, health and wellness gifts from Earth Therapeutics! Earth Therapeutics has everything she is sure to love!
Every product at Earth Therapeutics is reasonably priced so that everyone can enjoy the fun, innovative, "feel good" products they have to offer. They use organic natural ingredients whenever possible.
Below are a few of my favorite Valentine's Day (or any day) gift ideas for your special someone.
K-aesthetics Collagen Hydrogen Under-Eye Patch
Enriched with a beneficial blend of plant extracts, green tea, and anti-oxidant vitamins, tired eyes are soothed and refreshed. Tired skin is replenished and revitalized. Puffiness and swelling are relieved. Dark circles are diminished. And used regularly over time, the Under-Eye Patches may even help to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. $7.99
K-aesthetics Clari-Gel Mask-Retinol & Collagen
Translucent Clari-Gel™ is an advanced plant-based pure gel made from Red Algae, Konjac Root, and the Carob Tree-with natural benefits. This Pure Gel Facial Mask is infused with Retinol & Collagen to help skin look healthy, young, radiant. $11.99
K-aesthetics Organic Cleansing Facial Towelettes – Retinol
Boosts cell turnover and stimulates cellular renewal to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin. Removes touch makeup and dirt while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Nourishes and improves skin firmness. $7.99
GIVE THE GIFT OF GREEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Innovative Fashion Designer Showcases New Sustainable Clothing Line
The holiday shopping season is now upon us, and many women are struggling, looking for the latest fashion trend while also purchasing a memorable present. Are you a shopper looking for a trendy holiday gift that is perfect for the environmentally conscious? Well, this season you are luck, because a fashion designer has created a sustainable clothing line for women and it is all the rage for those shoppers looking for a fashion forward gift.
We would like to introduce Sustain by Katherine Quigley – as it turns out, it is possible to own clothes that is good for the environment and you. In fact, this line is already receiving an enormous amount of buzz and even received 139% of their funding goal from a Kickstarter campaign! This is without question the perfect gift if you are looking to purchase a gift for your girlfriends who stay on top of today’s fashion trends, while also keeping the environment in mind.
“Most people do not realize that you absorb chemicals and pesticides right into your skin simply from just wearing your clothes,” says Katherine Quigley, Owner and Creator, Sustain. “I created the Sustain line to offer a better alternative. Our clothes are made from organic, natural fibers and we utilize safe, plant-based dyeing techniques. Most importantly, the Sustain line offers relief for those experiencing health and skin issues, or those simply wanting to be more proactive about their own personal health.”
The Sustain line showcases a fashionable line of women’s clothing consisting of plant-dyed, ayurvedic tops, including those specifically geared towards those with sensitive skin. While some shoppers shy away from purchasing clothes online, the size guide on the Sustain website, makes it easy to select clothing whether you are shopping for U.S. or International sizes. For the upcoming holiday season, shoppers are in luck, because Sustain offers a variety of shipping options which are perfect for the holiday shoppers who plan ahead, as well as those who procrastinate until last minute.
“ Please visit our website often, as we will be expanding our selections,” says Katherine Quigley, Owner and Creator, Sustain. “The feedback we have received has been phenomenal. I am thrilled about how well our sustainable, healthy clothing has been received and am excited to be a part of such a valuable, environmentally friendly project.”
I think it is scary that the clothing we buy may contain harmful chemicals that absorb into our skin, and especially into our sweet children's skin. I was very happy to get the chance to review one of Sustain's beautiful tunics. How exciting to be a part of a company that is still new, and will probably go very far! I chose the Shibori Tunic to review.
My beautiful daughter, Myelie fell in love with it. She is modeling it below.
This gorgeous tunic is very comfortable and stylish! It is hand-dyed using traditional shibori techniques using natural indigo for color. (Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color. Historically, indigo was a natural dye extracted from the leaves of certain plants, and this process was important economically because blue dyes were once rare.
This lovely tunic is made with organic cotton fabric, thread and labels. My daughter loves it!
Sustain is one of the first companies in the United States to make naturally dyed clothing. Sustain’ s mission is to change the conversation from making “low impact” clothing, to making clothing that actually helps the environment. The Sustain clothing line focuses on health, as the clothing is made from organic fibers and natural dyes, and are full of antioxidants instead of harmful toxins. Sustain only uses fair trade materials and uses only 100% natural fabrics, sewing threads, labels and natural plant dyes. Sustain offers a healthy choice for all women who are currently wearing toxins on the largest organ of their body – their skin. For more information or to shop, please visit: http://sustainbykat.com.
Christmas is over, and if Santa didn't fill your stocking with the goodness of WooBamboo, then he needs to learn a thing or two about the goodness of this new all-natural, good-for-our-planet-Earth brand! WooBamboo has some really great products that would be the perfect to start out your New Year on the right foot.
WooBamboo! is a line of natural, eco-friendly oral care products launched on Earth Day in 2013. Their mission is to inspire those around us to use natural products that are not only better for them, but better for planet Earth as well.
WooBamboo's current product line boasts a range of bamboo toothbrushes for adults, kids, and pets, as well as their biodegradable floss. Their products are now available in over 8000 stores in over 20 countries worldwide, helping sustainability go mainstream! WooBamboo decided to use bamboo for our toothbrushes because:
- The moso bamboo is grown organically, so no nasty pesticides or chemicals
- It’s antimicrobial - so no having to worry about bacteria lingering on the handles
- The handles are biodegradable - so unlike plastic toothbrushes that last forever in a landfill, these bristles can be recycled and the handle thrown into the compost pile where it will decompose
- Bamboo is sustainably grown & panda-friendly - Bamboo grows over 4 feet a day, and since Pandas don’t eat moso bamboo, we aren’t stealing their food. :)
I was given the chance to try out WooBamboo's top-selling products, and I was sent a soft Adult Bamboo Toothbrush, a 2-pack Kids Bamboo Toothbrush & the mint Eco-awesome Silk Floss in mint.
My family and I have been enjoying these products. My son, Braxton things his new toothbrush is the greatest thing. He loves the fact that it is made of bamboo! His class was recently studying plants, and bamboo was one of them, and so he brought his toothbrush to show his class.
I love my toothbrush and the minty floss. I am happy that I am using products that leave less of a carbon footprint in the world. No more plastic toothbrushes for this family!
Right now my readers can save 20% with this special coupon code - BEAUTIFULMOMMIES20 at http://woobamboo.com/
Enter to win! One winner will receive a 2 pack of WooBamboo floss and 2 pack adult WooBamboo toothbrushes (ARV: $17.80)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Find WooBamboo at your local Target and Fred Meyers stores!
* Products received. All opinions are my own.
I always get excited when I find out about new products that are eco-friendly and made from natural ingredients. I recently learned about Dropps premium eco-friendly detergent pods for laundry, kitchen and babies. Dropps formulas contain plant-based ingredients and are biodegradable, chlorine-free, and free of harsh chemicals.
What are Dropps? Dropps® are pre-measured laundry and dishwasher detergent pods that you just toss and go! No measuring, no mess, no wastage, and no heavy jugs!
Watch this video to learn the 'naked truth' about your laundry detergent:
Dropps ships right to your door like clockwork. Just use one pac per washload for any machine, fabric, color, and temperature. That’s all. Less time thinking about laundry means more time for what you really want to do.
Dropps uses safe ingredients and sustainable practices. Dropps are made with plant-based, biodegradable formulas. They ship to your door in a 100% recyclable cardboard box, and our pre-measured pacs dissolve right in the wash. Way less plastic, space, and waste. Absolutely no phosphates, chlorine, NPEs, or animal testing.
Dropps provides unit dose household cleaning products including skin-safe laundry detergent pods, stain fighting laundry detergent pods, scent booster pods, fabric softener pods, oxi booster pods, and dish detergent pods. Dropps also offers a full line of sensitive skin baby products.
I was sent a box of Dropps laundry pods to try out. I usually only need to use one little pac, unless I am washing my husband's greasy work jeans, and then I use two. My clothing comes out completely clean. I also love the fragrance. It makes my laundry smell fresh without any kind of an overpowering scent. It is so nice knowing that there are no harmful chemicals in my family's laundry since I have been using Dropps.
How the Dropps Wash Plan works:
Choose Your Product~ Dropps offers a full line of premium eco-friendly unit dose household cleaning products: laundry detergent, fabric softener, scent booster, oxi boosters, and dish detergent. Start with a 14-day trial - the first one is free! (Just pay $4 shipping.)
Choose Wash Plan~ depending on your household size or how much laundry you usually do.
Delivery~ Dropps is delivered to your door once every four months, or however often you decide.
To learn more or to get started on your Dropps subscription go to: https://www.dropps.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Earth Day is April 22nd. You can help keep our the earth beautiful by choosing hair and skin care products that are eco-friendly. You can look amazing, plus help to save the earth when you use the following products:
Vegan, gluten-free dry shampoo made from quinoa with a light cucumber scent! ABBA hair care’s new Dry Shampoo ($22) is translucent, with a light texture and scent that’s not overpowering.
Zero-ozone impact lemongrass mousse with grape seed oil and honey!MOPhair care’s new Lemongrass Volume Whip ($22) is a botanical volumizing mousse that doubles as a UV and thermal protectant– (FYI this is the same volume whip used to get the voluminous look found on Halle Berry at the Oscars this year)
Earth Day is almost upon us and there’s only one thing left to do – switch up your beauty routine! And what better way to honor mother earth than to look for brands that consciously design products without harmful ingredients? After all, skin is your biggest organ so we all need to be aware of what we put on it and this Earth Day is the perfect time to make some changes. Here’s a list of brands that formulate without nasties and without harmful ingredients and are transparent about ingredients they do put in their products:
BHAVE HAIR , a cruelty-free, Australian-owned and operated haircare brand has been developed and formulated in conjunction with industry experts and bio chemists using only the finest local and imported ingredients and is free of nasties , including parabens and sulphates, as well as sodium chloride (better known as salt and a saboteur to color and keratin-treated hair), to deliver exceptional results without compromising on performance.
Bhave Riot Control Oil is a perfect product for the in-between season hair madness. This lightweight oil contains high doses of essential fatty acids and certified organic argan oil. Transforms dry and brittle hair to smooth, shiny, lustrous locks. http://www.bhave.us/
VEGALASH offers natural and vegan lash and brow enhancement serums, formulated with a patent-pending combination of two uniquely harvested (also a patent-pending process) bio-actives: Mung Bean Extract & Red Clover Extract combined with our proprietary peptide! VEGALASH products are FREE of adverse side effects associated with other lash and brow enhancement products. vegaLASH is natural, their glycols are plant-based and derived from vegetable matter - specifically sugar cane. www.vegalash.com
VegaLash and VegaBROW are VEGAN, CRUELTY FREE, GLUTEN FREE, and HORMONE FREE .
Michael Todd Beauty believe in the balance of science and nature, their formulas blend science-based ingredients and natural extract into a base of 100% Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice to deliver high performing, efficacious products to truly change the look and feel of your skin.
GRAPE SEED CLEANSING OIL - Contains one of the highest concentrations of Grape Seed Oil available!! This A nourishing cleansing oil blend is formulated with 67% Pure Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Organic Orange & Organic Lemongrass Oils. It’s also formulated WITHOUT : Water or Cheap Fillers, Parabens, Sulfates, Artificial Dyes, Synthetic Fragrance, Phthalates, Triclosan, Mineral Oil. www.michaeltoddbeauty.com