A few weeks ago I wrote this post about discovering alternatives to dry-cleaning. I tried one of them out first hand this weekend, with an added twist that turned out splendidly.
I have a beautiful boucle Alapaca sweater from my former boss's beautiful knitwear line Eleven Six. After wearing it for a week in the U.K. because it was the warmest thing I had, it was looking a little rumpled and smelling a little worn (and a little like sheep).
I placed it in the tumble dryer on its own. I wet a washcloth and wrung it out, then sprinkled the washcloth with a few drops of lavender essential oil. I put the washcloth in with the sweater, and turned the dryer on low for about 15 minutes.
The heat creates steam from the washcloth which helps get the odor out of the sweater, as does the heat which kills bacteria. The steam, along with the agitation of the dryer, helped to get the fibers re-fluffed up and the stretched out cuffs to return to their original shape. The lavender essential oil just made the whole thing smell heavenly.
So there's a good $15 saved on dry-cleaning, and a little aromatherapy besides! Gotta say, I patted myself on the back for that one. :)
Let me blow your mind real quick. Did you know that every toothbrush you’ve ever owned still exists somewhere? Yep. The bathroom may not seem like a tremendous source of plastic in our lives, but when we think about how long it takes plastic to break down, it’s worth it to consider all the bits of plastic that we use every day. Here are four ways to cut down on plastic in the bathroom and make it a waste-free zone.
Though I love my job and look forward to it every day (yay for being your own boss!) I still need to take time to step away and engage in something that doesn’t involve a screen (aka binge watching Friends reruns on Netflix), and that relaxes and recharges me. So I came up with the following menu, to help me keep some balance even as I’m striving to make my fledgling business a success:
Disposable menstrual products contribute a staggering amount of waste to landfills each year. As menstruating people become more aware of the waste problem facing the world today, many of us are switching to reusable menstrual products, which, in addition to being less wasteful, are often better for our bodies and lighter on our pocketbooks in the long run.
One of the challenges of international travel is that it can leave you looking tired, dehydrated, and generally ragged. I don’t care who you are, flying through the night is hard on your body, your immune system, and your skin. But with a little preparation, you can help mitigate the bedraggling effects of trans-Atlantic travel.
The Norse razor is sleek, lightweight, easy to hold and maneuver, and its shape virtually eliminates the risk of nicks, even in the trickiest places. I don’t even feel the blade when I use it, and don’t have to worry about using too much pressure, as the design naturally protects my skin from heavy-handed strokes.
After dragging my feet for a long time, I finally made the switch to 100% natural skincare products. The transition process was not easy, but I ended up finding some natural products that my skin loves and that are environmentally friendly in both their ingredients and their packaging.
Anyone who suffers dry skin like mine will understand - when your skin is dry, cracked, and red in the cold winter months, you’re willing to use anything that works.
OK, so I don't flatter myself that anyone actually gives a shit what's in my makeup bag. I just wanted to show you in order to illustrate a point. This is the makeup bag of a person who is in transition, working toward a less wasteful lifestyle.
When I first decided that I wanted to start working towards zero waste, one of the first things I did was to swap my plastic toothbrush for a natural, compostable, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. An easy swap, and I don't think anyone will argue that bamboo toothbrushes are just better looking than their plastic counterparts. Double win.