Everyday Products Edition: My Favorite Natural Products of 2012

 

Hello!  In this video (Part 2 of the Favorite Natural Products of 2012 series) I’m sharing my favorite natural everyday products- from laundry detergent, floss, sunscreen, to bug repellent spray, that I have either used throughout 2012 or that I discovered in 2012.  Enjoy and have a sunny day!

For the other half of my Favorite Natural Products of 2012- Beauty Products Edition: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/fav-natural-products-2012-beauty/

Products included in this Everyday Products video:

1. BottlesUP Reusable Glass Bottle
2. Dr. Bronner’s USDA Certified Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray in Lavender
3. Badger Aloe Vera Broad Spectrum SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion
4. Sage Stone Botanicals Citronella Deet Free All Natural Bug Repellent Spray
5. Eco Nuts Natural Laundry Soap- Liquid Form
6. Radius USDA Certified Organic 100% Biodegradable Silk Floss
7. The Natural Dentist Stim-U Dent Thin Plaque Removers
8. Simply Straws Reusable Glass Straw in Blue
9. Graze Organic Organic Cotton Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags, set of 5
10. People Towels GOTS Certifed Organic Cotton Individual Towels

Please note: All of the products in this video I either bought myself or were given to me as gifts from family and friends, except for the Badger Sunscreen, the Sage Stone Botanicals Citronella Bug Spray, and the People Towels (The People Towels I received through the Stonyfield Rewards program).  I was not paid for mentioning them, nor was I required to mention them.  I am not affiliated with any brands mentioned in this video.  All the products in this video are ones that I love and that I would buy myself.

My Favorite Natural Products of 2012: Beauty Products Edition

 

Hi everyone!  I hope it is sunny in your life!  In this video (Part 1 of the Favorite Natural Products of 2012 series) I talk about my favorite skincare, haircare, and body products that I either discovered in 2012 or that I’ve used throughout 2012.  Enjoy, and have a sunny day!

For the other half of my Favorite Natural Products of 2012- Everyday Products Edition: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/everyday-fav-natural-products-2012/

Products included in this Beauty Products video:

1. Deep Steep Honeydew Spearmint Body Mist
2. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Destress Express Spirit Essence
3. Awaken Certified Organic Room & Body Spray in Erbaviva
4. Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo
5. Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner
6. Pure Local Honey (if you can’t buy local honey, please buy USDA certified organic)
7. Josie Maran Argan Oil
8. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Moisture
9. Babybearshop All the Better to Kiss You With Certified Organic Lip Balm in Pepperminty
10. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Lip Delivery Antioxidant Lip Gloss in Clear Frosting
11. Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soaps in Baby Mild, Peppermint, Lavender, and Citrus Orange Scents
12. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla Apricot
13. Argan USA Argan Oil
14. La Tourangelle 100% USDA Certified Organic Sunflower Oil
15. Meowmeowtweet Deodorant Cream in Lavender (You don’t need to keep this in the fridge, I just like to do so)

Please note: All of the products that I talked about in this video I either bought myself, or were given to me as gifts from my friends and family.  I am not affiliated with any of these brands and am not paid to talk about any of them.  I enjoy sharing products that I have found that I love!

[CLOSED] Sage Stone Botanicals Giveaway and Review!

Hello!  Here is another video that I recorded a month ago that I’m just finally able to post up!

Sage Stone Botanicals is a small business out of Oregon that offers awesome organic and natural body care products.  Check out Sage Stone Botanicals’ website at www.sagestonebotanicals.com for more information!

Lavender Organic Hand Creme

Tangerine Lemongrass Organic Body Lotion, 2 oz travel size

Citronella Spray

Unscented Shower Gel

Peppermint Liquid Hand Soap

And I’m giving away one bottle of Sage Stone Botanicals Citronella Organic Bug Repellent Lotion, 2 oz travel size!  🙂

The required question to enter is: After watching the video review and/or visiting the Sage Stone Botanicals website, what is most appealing about Sage Stone Botanicals products to you?

For extra chances to win, you can do any, or all, of the options below:

1. Subscribe to my Sunnymothernature Blog

2. Subscribe to Sunnymothernature’s Youtube page

3. Like Sunnymothernature’s Facebook page

4. Like SageStoneBotanicals’ Facebook page

5. Follow @sunymothrnature on Twitter

6. Follow @sagestonenow on Twitter

If you have already done any of the additional entries, you can just post a comment saying that you have.  For each entry, please leave a separate comment.  This will make it easier for me to use an automatic number selector, and choose one of the numbers.

Giveaway is open from 10 PM August 31, 2012 until 11:59 PM September 8, 2012.  Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents 18 years old or older.  I will contact the winner within 48 hours of the contest ending.  If I do not hear from the winner within 72 hours after contacting them, I will select a new winner.  Good luck!

 

UPDATE: And the winner is… Jea from Arizona!  Congratulations Jea! 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note:  I am not affiliated with Sage Stone Botanicals, nor was I paid to do this review.  I was sent the products that I mentioned in this video to try, but I was not required to review/mention them.  I planned to review only the products that I loved, and I do truly love all of them.  These are wonderful organic and natural products, that I will definitely buy for myself!

Badger Sunscreen Comparison: Badger SPF 30+ Unscented Sunscreen and Badger Aloe Vera Broad Spectrum SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion AKA My Favorite Natural Physical Sunscreens!

Hello!

So here is yet another video that I recorded a month ago that I just have now found time to upload.  This one compares two awesome Badger sunscreens: Badger SPF 30+ Unscented Sunscreen and Badger Aloe Vera Broad Spectrum SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion.  These two Badger physical sunscreens are my absolute two favorite natural/physical sunscreens, but for different purposes.  Enjoy! 🙂

Two things I did want to mention that I forgot to in my video~ I do not know when the claim of “waterproof” sunscreen goes away, or if what I read right before I made this video was just what various organizations hoped would go through.  The other thing is that I did not mention what the Aloe Vera Lotion Sunscreen smells like.  It had a very faint smell to me (fainter than the smell of the SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen), but I cannot place what, exactly, it smells like.  It is not unpleasant, but rather just a neutral smell. (With my heightened sense of smell, I LOVE neutral smells as much as pleasant smells anymore 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note: I am not affiliated with Badger, nor was I paid for this review.  I bought the Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen myself, at full price.  I did receive one bottle of Badger Aloe Vera Broad Spectrum SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion free from the Badger Company.  I was not required to do a review on this sunscreen.  Rather, I do honestly like both of these sunscreens, and I will be buying both of these again when I have run out. I was really excited to hear about the Sunscreen Lotion from Badger because I had been trying to find a sunscreen/face moisturizer with sunscreen for my face for months that would not break me out, and I could not until this sunscreen. 🙂

Lunapads Review

Hello again!

So here is the Lunapads Review that I’ve been wanting to post for months!  I actually attempted to record this two times previous to this one.  And this one I actually recorded over a month ago.  I finally found time to post it up!  I know this isn’t a video for everyone, but for those who are interested in Lunapads, or any type of cloth menstural pads/ cloth pantyliners, I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Random~Whenever I mention “unwashed Lunapads” in this video, (i.e. I sent back an unwashed Lunapad maxi pad and liner inserts) I mean brand new and unused.  Just wanted to clarify. 🙂

If you would like to watch my Lunapads Haul and Intro video, check it out here: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/lunapads-haul-and-intro/

If you want to learn more about Lunapads, please check out their website: www.lunapads.com

Have a sunny day! 🙂

~Kim

Please note: I am not affiliated with Lunapads, nor did they send any items/products to me free (other than the flyer and stickers, which anyone who orders from them can receive free, if they wish).  This was just the company that I was most drawn to when it came to trying cloth menstrual pads.

April Favorites 2012 Series

Hi everyone!

I hope it’s sunny in your area of the world today!  So, I decided to do (with the little time I have to spare) an April Favorites video!  However, because I’ve been meaning to do a monthly favorites video since February, I included products I’ve found and have been loving from February, March, and April- resulting in this one video turning into four parts!  Below I include them all 🙂  Please don’t feel that you have to watch all four parts at once- you can easily just watch one at a time whenever you have a little time.  Enjoy! 🙂

Part 1– featuring BottlesUP Glass Reusable Bottle, Meowmeowtweet Deodorant Cream in Lavender, Badger Spf 30 Unscented Sunscreen, Deep Steep Body Mists in Honeydew Spearmint and Rosemary Mint, and Babybearshop Mama Belly Oil

Part 2– featuring Babybearshop All the Better to Kiss You With Lip Balms in Pepperminty and Chair Mandarin, buttercup & JAKE Cocoa Calendula Balm, and Preserve Toothbrush in Medium

Part 3– featuring Preserve Toothbrush (continued), The Natural Dentist Fluoride-Free Antigingivitis Toothpaste in Peppermint Sage, The Natural Dentist Thin Mint Flavored Plaque Removers, and Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara (Original)

 

Part 4– featuring Within Organics Tank Top in I am Radiant, Within Organics T-Shirt in I am Blessed, Within Organics Long Sleeved Shirt in I am Beautiful, Blue Canoe Sheer Bralette- available at www.kasperorganics.com, and Simply Straws 8″ Vibrant Blue Straw with Single Sleeve in Apricot w/ Coffee Stitching Set

 

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: All of the products I mention are ones that I bought myself, and I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor am I being compensated by any of them.   I did receive $7.50 off of my Simpy Straws order because I did take the pledge against plastic straws (not because I have this blog).

Just Added: A Peek Into My Cabinet!

Hello!

Do you want to know what products I use that are nontoxic, natural, and/or organic?  I finally made an all-inclusive list on a new page of my blog called A Peek Into My Cabinet!

Check it out here: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/a-peek-into-my-cabinet/

I will be continually updating it.  So you’ll always be able to know what I am currently using!

What do you think of my list: Do you think it’s useful?  Do you love it?  Think it’s too long? 😉  Or am I missing a category you’d like me to add?  Let me know in the comments!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Keep a Lookout…

Hi everyone!

So I wanted to let you all know that I am working on a full list of products~ ones that I used to use, what I am using now, and if I do not completely love the product I’m using now, what product I want to try.

I feel that my blog shows my journey of trying to find more natural and organic products.  Therefore, some products I initially thought were “natural” and “healthy” I actually no longer believe really are.  However, I do not want to just take down these reviews because I know that they still do help some people out, and that some people just do not focus on whether a product is natural or not, but rather whether the product works.  Also, I feel that to show my journey of trying to find healthy products that it is important to keep these posts up.

So, the new list is the solution!  Keep checking back for it~ I hope to have it finished and up by the end of today! 🙂

What are your thoughts~ should I keep these posts up, or should I take them down?

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

UPDATE: I just posted my list of products on a new page on my blog called A Peek Into My Cabinet!  Check it out 🙂

How to Begin Decluttering Your Stuff (and Life) Or How to Begin Spring Cleaning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello!

So this past weekend (and continuing until this next week) I have been studying for three mid-term exams!  However, I have also wanted to clean!  It feels so spring-like here, I must be ready for spring cleaning 😉  The image above I feel is a good representation of how I sometimes feel surrounded by the stuff in my life.

So, here are some tips I have been using to help me decide what I no longer need 🙂  These three tips are part of Step 4-Don’t have a lot of clutter, from the Feng Shui: What Not to Do article here.

1. Do I love it?  For some people, the answer may be that they love every single thing that they have in their possession (for those of you who this applies to, skip this step).  For the rest of us though, we probably do not love every single thing that we own.  If it makes you sad, feel down in any way, or makes you angry, if it is possible, give it away!  This will help to bring positive energy and feelings to you and your surroundings.

2.  Is it useful?  This can be a helpful question, but it can also be a difficult one that allows a person to continue having clutter.  So, more specifically, is it useful to you now?  Ask yourself whether you see yourself actually using it within the foreseeable future.  If so, keep it.  But, don’t keep holding onto that one shirt you’re sure you’ll wear someday again (I have been guilty of this too).  Just give it away, and move on. 🙂

3.  Does it reflect who I am now in my life?  This was the question that really helped me the most.  Since I have lost 35 lbs. from cutting out processed foods and sugar, I have been still holding onto clothes that really no longer fit me, nor that really even fit my personality anymore.  I still am holding onto some clothes that are too big for me (that I can see myself enjoying wearing later on just because it has not even been a year since I have lost the weight yet), but I have let go of those clothes too big for me, that are much more high school-ish, and that I did not even like that I was holding onto merely “just in case” I gained weight again.  And I feel so much lighter for doing it! 🙂  I also am starting to go through my collection of books, and giving away some that just do not fit my personality anymore, or that just simply do not make me happy.

I hope these questions help you lighten your belongings and help you lead a happier, clutter-free life!

Also, I just started a Facebook page within the past week.  Check it out! 🙂www.facebook.com/sunnymothernature

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: Only the three questions are from the article I linked above.  All the commentary and descriptions after the questions are my own.

Also, the image above is used under the Commons license, shared by the Smithsonian Institution’s Photostream on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2551232980/

Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic in Your Life AND Save Money! The Using Less Plastic Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello! 🙂

Ok, so the image above of women wearing plastic face protection from snowstorms may have not caught on (thankfully), most of us can still reduce plastic in our lives very easily!

Here are some simple ways to reduce plastic in your life (adding onto my previous Using Less Plastic Challenge Posts).  Most, if not all, of these simple steps help you save money in the long run too!

1. Switch to body oil to moisturize your body.  Most lotions come in plastic tubes or plastic bottles.  By switching to body oil packaged in a glass bottle with a metal lid, you help to make sure that the packaging is truly able to be recycled.  Just make sure that your skin is damp (just after taking a shower is a good time to moisturize skin with oil), and you do not need to use very much.  A small amount really goes a long way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Switch to handkerchiefs.  This may seem like it does not actually have to do with plastic, but it does.  Most disposable tissue boxes do have a plastic window around the opening where you grab a tissue from.  Handkerchiefs are so much more economical (only have to buy them once and they last for years) and you can just throw them in with any wash load you wish.  Plus they feel, and are, so much softer on your nose!  The above image is my collection of handkerchiefs that I have been using for several months now 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Switch to at least a couple natural homemade skincare products.  I know it is hard to switch all of your skincare products over, but even just switching over one or two helps to significantly reduce the amount of plastic consumed.  Honey is an awesome cleanser (the only one I use at this point) and fresh lime juice is a wonderful acne and acne scar treatment.

Click here to see My Skincare Routine for Clear Skin Naturally post about how I use these!  You will also save money by switching to these if you typically use a little bit more pricy cleansers and treatments.  Also, you will not have as much visual clutter in your bathroom.

4. Switch to a safety razor.  What is a safety razor?  It is like a disposable razor, but rather than throwing the razor away, or buying new cartridges and throwing the old ones away, you buy a metal razor (some do have plastic handles) and you just replace the blades.  I have not bought a safety razor yet (I’m using up my disposable razors first) but many people who do use them say they give closer shaves, and that you do need to use a lighter hand when using them (ever notice how much pressure you have to use with disposable razors to shave?).

Now, you can buy a new safety razor, but they are expensive (the cheapest I’ve seen is $60 and up).  So, why not be extra nice to your wallet and the Earth by buying a vintage one? (You won’t be using vintage blades- essentially you’ll only be reusing the handle).  You can buy a vintage safety razor at some antique stores, www.etsy.com, among other sites.  And replacement blades can be bought in bulk on Amazon and are much less expensive compared to the replacement disposable cartridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Buy some of your clothes secondhand.  Although while researching I do not get a definite yes or no answer, most polyester (if not all) is actually plastic.  Have you heard of the polyester clothing made from PET bottles?  That’s why that is possible.  So, by buying some of your clothes secondhand, you help to reduce the amount of clothing made of thermoplastics, and also help to reduce the amount of clothing discarded yearly.  Buying secondhand also helps your wallet!  If you have a little bit more money to spare, organic cotton, or hemp, clothing are also nice alternatives to man-made.  The image above is a beautiful blue striped sweaterdress that I found at a local thrift store for $2.50!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Make your own laundry soap with castile bar soaps!  Even if we ignore the possible health problems of conventional laundry detergents (including even ones such as Tide Free & Gentle), these along with even most eco-friendly laundry detergents are packaged in plastic.  We can simply avoid this constant buying of laundry detergent packaged in plastic by making our own!  Above is a photo of the container I am using at the moment to hold my laundry soap (It is an old castile liquid soap container.  I plan to switch to a glass container at some point) and an old laundry detergent lid that has the measurements on it.

How to: Take one bar of castile soap and grate 1/3 to 1/2 of a bar.  Bring about one gallon of water to a boil.  When the water is boiling, stir the grated soap into the water, until it dissolves.  Let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occassionally.  Then, take the pot off the stove and let the laundry soap cool for a couple of hours (or until it is completely cool).  Lastly, place into a container of your choice.

And there you have a wonderful laundry soap!  I personally use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soaps.  They smell amazing, and their Baby Mild one is nice if you are very sensitive to scents, or if you have young children.  My three favorites are Lavender, Peppermint, and Baby Mild.  They are a little less than $5 a bar of soap.  You can buy the Lavender and Peppermint scents at Target, or you can buy all of their scents on Dr. Bronner’s site at www.drbronner.com. So, you are paying $2.50 for laundry soap that is safe for the planet, safe for you, you are saving money, and you are reducing the amount of plastic consumed! 🙂  It’s a wonderful feeling.

I’ve found that I use the same amount of this laundry soap as I did with conventional laundry detergents.  If you have not used castile liquid soap to wash your clothes before, I have read that it may take a wash or two for your clothes to get the residue of the previous detergents off.  However, I have not found this to be the case, even when I switched from conventional detergents over to a castile liquid soap I bought (it was so expensive though).  Also, this laundry soap works nicely even in hard water!  I have extremely hard water, and it cleans wonderfully in it.

So there are some simple ways to reduce plastic!  Have you tried any of the suggestions above, or have any others to add?  Any questions?  Leave them in the comment section!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: The image of the women wearing the plastic snowstorm protectors is used under the Commons license, shared by the Nationaal Archief on Flickr, and can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/4193509756/  All the other images shown are my own.

Lunapads Haul and Intro

Hello everyone!

So I hope the sun is shining in your area of the woods today.  I haven’t gotten a chance to do any videos recently, and this is something I’ve been looking into for a while.

This type of video (or topic) is not for everyone, and I understand this.  I feel that menstruation is a part of life and is a natural process though.  Therefore, I wanted to share with you a new company that I recently ordered from~ Lunapads! 🙂

Lunapads is a women-owned Canadian company that sells reusable cloth menstrual pads and pantyliners, along with some other items.  One of the things that drew me to Lunapads was that they truly want women and girls to accept their bodies, and feel great about being a woman.

If you aren’t sure whether reusable menstrual pads are for you, that’s ok.  I recommend trying reusable pantyliners first.  I did this, and this was what convinced me that I did want to try Lunapads pads too. 🙂

So enjoy watching, and if you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comment section below!

Have a sunny day 🙂

~Kim

Check out Lunapads here: http://www.lunapads.com

Check out Planet Wise here: http://www.planetwiseinc.com

Please Note:  I bought all of the items shown myself just because I was interested in them, and I am not affiliated with Lunapads or Planet Wise.  I wanted to share this with you because I feel that these types of products have the potential to have a very positive impact on our individual health and Mother Nature’s health as a whole. 🙂

My Favorite Natural Products of 2011!

Hello!  I hope the sun is shining in your area of the world today!

So, I decided to do another video~ this time showcasing my favorite products of 2011 that are all natural products!  I try very hard to find and use products that are good for my health as well as good overall products.  These are all of my favs and I wanted to share them with you!  I love all of these products that I just keep buying more of them when I run out. 🙂

And yes, as I mention in the video, many of these products are the only product in their category that I use!  I didn’t realize how true this was until I watched this video 🙂

I’m probably not going to post all of my youtube videos on my blog since some ideas I’m thinking about doing are maybe more youtubeland than my blog.  However, if any of you would like to see them, you can either go to my youtube channel www.youtube.com/sunnymothernature, or if you would prefer me just posting them on this blog too, let me know!  🙂

The products I mentioned in this video are:

1) Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot (Available at Sephora.com, QVC.com, and Josiemarancosmetics.com typically for $35 each)

2) Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (Available at websites mentioned above; 1.7 oz for $48; 0.5 oz for $14; or 4oz for $96)

3) ArganUSA Argan Oil 32 oz (Available at zamourispices.com for $100 in plastic, or $110 in glass)

4) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in Lavender and Unscented Baby-Mild (Available at Target and drbronner.com for about $4.49 each)

5) Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray USDA certified organic (Available at drbronner.com for $3.99; it was available at Target, but I don’t believe it is anymore)

6) Josie Maran Argan Lip Gloss (These are only available at josiemarancosmetics.com for $18.  QVC and Sephora only have her Natural Volume Lip Glosses which I have not tried)

7) And lastly- Local Pure Honey!  or USDA Certified Organic Honey

I hope you enjoyed this video~ If you have any questions, or want to request a video, please leave them in the comment section below! 🙂

Also, check out my blog at http://www.sunnymothernature.wordpress.com

(I’m still using my laptop to record, so I know the quality isn’t the best.)

FTC: I bought all of the products mentioned in this video myself, except for this round of honey which was a Christmas present from my sister and brother-in-law, and this round of the Dr. Bronner products were Christmas presents from my parents 🙂  I do typically buy my products either in kits, or when there are sales, to save money though.  Also, I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor was I contacted by any of them.  I just love all of these products and wanted to share them with you!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Day 12 of the Using Less Plastic Challenge

Hi!

So, my newest challenge has been to use less plastic in my life! 

It is amazing how much more plastic I notice daily now that I am aware of the overconsumption of plastics. 

What are some of the ways I’ve been using less plastic?

1. I stopped using disposable plastic silverware, plates, and cups.  I just bring my own reusable ones, or I try not to eat/drink until I have access to reusable ones, or a drinking fountain.  Once, I ate off of my boyfriend’s styrofoam plate with his plastic fork just so as to avoid getting my own.

2. I am using up the skincare and personal care products I already own.  This seems like a no brainer, but I have bought products before just for the sake of buying them.  This way, I am using up the products I own that are in plastic, and while I’m using them up I can attempt to find alternatives to them to buy when they run out (if I need to replace them).

3. I’ve stopped using the plastic shopping bags and now bring reusable bags with me.

4. I bring a reusable travel mug with tea, or water, with me instead of buying a drink.  I no longer buy plastic bottled drinks or drinks that come in a paper cup with a plastic lid and a plastic straw.  This is healthy for me and for the environment.

5. I have started using soap again, and stopped using body wash.

The Places that I Am Working On

1. Finding organic conditioner without harmful ingredients in a glass (or some other non-plastic) container.  I have heard of using baking soda and apple cider vinegar to cleanse hair.  Although I used to like the smell of vinegar when I was younger, I have not been able to stand the smell of it for about three years now, so that is out.  And considering the baking soda, I am not convinced that it would cleanse my hair well enough.  I have dark blond aka “dirty blond” hair that shows even the littlest amount of oil in it.  I co-wash my hair, so, I’m still looking for a conditioner that is good for my health in a glass bottle.  I may be attempting a losing battle here.

2. Pasta without the plastic window.  I have yet to see a box of pasta without that little plastic window in it.  Yet, I believe if companies are able to sell macaroni and cheese boxes without the plastic window, they could very well sell regular pasta without them as well.  This may be another losing battle.

These are just my first couple of ways that I am lowering the amount of plastic that I use in my life.  This is not an overnight, automatic thing, but an ongoing process that I will continue to build on.

Are you trying to use less plastic?  Leave a comment below and tell me the ways you are using less plastic!

Have a sunny day 🙂

~Kim

“It is one thing to say you will make a change, one dayIt is an entirely different thing to start making that change today.” ~Kim Maurer

Using Less Plastic Challenge

Hello!

My last quest has been to cut out processed foods and sugar, which has been going really well!  I still have a couple more weeks in the challenge, but I am definitely going to continue this lifestyle change long after my challenge has “ended.” 

But while I was studying for my finals at the beginning of May, a new quest started to show itself to me.

So, what is my latest quest?  To use less plastic! 

This is my next challenge I am going to work on.  So much plastic used by us ends up in our oceans: some places in the ocean have more small pieces of plastic than plankton!  And the scariest thing?  None of the plastic that has ever existed is gone:  It all still exists today!  It only breaks down into smaller and smaller molecules.  It does not biodegrade.

The problem is somewhat recycling~not enough people are concisously recycling everything they possibly can.  Another problem is that not all plastic can be recycled, especially in all areas.

But the biggest problem?  We are consuming way too much plastic!

 The solution?  Using less plastic in our lives!  Go out of your way to find non-plastic packaging, or non-plastic alternatives to what you need, or want to buy. 

It will help our oceans, our environment (we only get one Earth) and it will help protect our health from harmful chemicals in plastics! 

 Want some inspiration to get you started?  Look up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to help inspire you to save our oceans, or read other bloggers quests to use less plastic! 

Here are some of my favorites:  Jeanne Haegele at www.lifelessplastic.blogspot.com (This blog is where I found the awesome video below.  Sadly, she hasn’t written a post in over a year, but she still has some awesome tips and blog posts); and Beth Terry at www.myplasticfreelife.com (She is continuously writing and updating her blog, and there is so much information here!) 🙂

3 Ways I’ve Already Reduced My Plastic Consumption

1) By taking reusable shopping bags with me (instead of using plastic grocery bags)

2) By bringing my own drink in a reusable container (instead of buying a drink in a plastic bottle)

3) By using soap instead of body wash (which is packaged in plastic)

I have used a grocery shopping bag, bought a plastic bottle of water, and used body wash all within the past couple of months (if not within the past couple of weeks), but I have already begun to lower my plastic consumption just with these three items!

Check back soon for more ways I am cutting out plastic.  🙂

If we all would truly notice just how much plastic surrounds us 24/7, day in and day out, 1) You would be surprised and shocked (I have been!) and 2) many of us would begin to wonder how much plastic is really safe for our health?

Watch the video below to help inspire you to start cutting back on the amount of plastics in your life! 🙂

~Kim

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