It seems like we learn our laundry tips at an early age. Some helpful, some not; but we do the best we can. Then we get older and learn there is a whole world of helpful items like mesh laundry bags. My recent favorite was a step up to a better laundry bag. I say “step up” because for many years I bought these cheap affordable laundry bags from dollar stores. They did the job well enough and when they wore down I bought new ones. Not very eco of me I know, but I wasn’t always the crunchy green girl I am today.
The introduction of Amazon has transformed product buying and researching. One feature I love on Amazon is located close to the bottom of the product page. My recent favorite was a step up to a better laundry bag. I say “step up” because for many years I bought these cheap affordable laundry bags from dollar stores. They did the job well enough and when they wore down I bought new ones. Not very eco of me I know, but I wasn’t always the crunchy green girl I am today.
Refilling: What does it really save? Maybe you remember a day when food items were purchased or even delivered in a reusable container. Maybe you are like me and don’t have a memory of the days of refilling. It seems like there is a new movement to bring us back to those days of less packaging. The zero waste community has an ever-growing presence. It seems opposite of what I was raised with being a child of the single use revolution. Everything I carried to school, from early days through college was in a ziplock bag. Refilling it, what does that really save? That was the attitude for a long time. When I was about 22, maybe 23 rinsing out a plastic baggie in the sink when a friend asked me why I was rinsing it out; “just throw it away”, he said.
(The picture to the left is the LA River, California, USA)
Gwyneth Paltrow got my zero waste blood flowing.
When it comes to our bodies, we all deserve to do with it what we want, after all, its our own personal temple. As a woman, there is one thing that definitely sets me apart from a man, and that my friend is my monthly friend, the menstrual cycle. Men are so lucky they don’t deal with Aunt Flo – Aunt Flo and cousin Red – cousin Red – crimson wave – delicate – flow – on the rag – red tide – ride the cotton pony – Sally – shark week – surf the crimson wave – that time of the month – or just simply “women’s trouble”.
As a redhead, I’ve heard all the period jokes throughout elementary and middle school. By high school, those jokes subside as girls are “actually” bleeding and no longer think its funny. Haha, girls, who’re laughing now. Recently I read an open letter to one of my celebrity crushes, it really got my zero waste blood flowing.
Soapnuts are not nutty.
The title can mean two things and they are both correct. Soapnuts are not nuts, they are berries. Soapnuts are not nuts, they’re not even borderline crazy; they really do work! You may already be familiar with this little powerhouse of a berry, but in case you’re new to the soapnut game, let me bring you up to speed real quick. Soapnuts grow on trees. The most widespread one is the “Sapindus Mukorossi”, grown in North India and Nepal and know as “big soapnut”. In case you are wondering, there is a “small soapnut”, called “Sapindus Trifoliatus”, grown in South India where the climate is warmer and milder.
You might have heard that I am working on new products and finding recycled paper packaging. Staying with my brand standard is important. I want it to be good for us AND the planet [and our pets too]. That means seeking out ingredients and packaging that are not harmful. Plastic bags are convenient and reusable but unfortunately most people do not reuse their plastic bags. I wash and dry mine at home but that’s another article. In my search for better packaging options, I came across kraft boxes with the look and options I want. Through this process, I learned why recycled paper cost more than virgin wood pulp. The first kraft box I came across had zero recycled content. My gut told me there had to be someone making this same item but using recycled materials. Thank you Google, I found a company.