Happy March! I know February is the shortest month of the year, but I felt like I blinked, and it was over. When you’re reading this, I will have just gotten back from Belize! I had been looking forward to this trip for months, and an unplug was exactly what I needed. And don’t worry, a Travel Tuesday will be coming with my top picks.
As 2019 has progressed, I’ve been delving into my resolution of sustainability and learning more about eco-products. It’s so interesting to me how many products we can switch out for most sustainable alternatives, and I love how much popularity it’s gaining! While I’ve spent hours looking at ingredients and researching brands to make the best choices for me and the environment, I’ve compiled my favorites, so you don’t have to!
Shampoo bars: When I first bought these, I was skeptical if they could really replace the liquid shampoo and conditioners I’ve used my entire life. But after using them for over 3 months, I’m a believer! Shampoo bars are package-free, travel friendly, and can last up to 80 washes. I just finished my first shampoo bar and the conditioner bar is still going strong! This is coming from someone who has long, thick hair and struggles with excess oil. I get my bars from Lush, and they have a variety for different hair types.
Natural Loofah: Did you know natural loofah (luffa) is a fruit? When dried, it becomes the natural loofah we’re familiar with. Loofahs can be used not only as body scrub but also as kitchen sponges, and in Paraguay are used in constructing furniture and houses! The material and completely natural and biodegradable, way better for the environment than the plastic netting loofah. If you’re not sure if you want to completely switch, Ecotools has a pad with both natural loofah and recycled netting.
Bamboo utensils: These are all over Amazon, and most are under $10! The pack I bought came with a fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, and a straw, all in a rolled-up pouch. Just pop these in your purse, and the next time you eat food out skip the single-use plastic and never worry about not having utensils. I’ve used these more than I thought I would (especially when bringing lunch to work) and are great to travel with!
Reusable Coffee Mug: Specifically, the light-weight reusable cups that Starbucks sells for only $2! It’s easy to carry around without worrying about it breaking and gets you 10 cents off every drink at Starbucks when you use it. Just ask the cashier for one the next time you order a drink, and they’ll make your drink in it. “Reusable. Recyclable. Re-enjoyable.”
Makeup Remover Pads: When you stop and think about just how many makeup remover pads you use in a month, it’s a little staggering. If you have a total skincare routine, you could use at least 3 per day, which means over a year you throw away 1,095 pads! Save yourself some money and reduce waste by buying some reusable bamboo makeup remover pads. Just throw them in with your weekly laundry and they’ll be clean and ready for more use.