Category Archives: Personal Care

Just Say NO to Paper! Dry Your Hands with Washcloths

After watching the film No Impact Man and reading Colin Bevan’s book by the same title, I became inspired to make additional changes in my life to reduce my environmental footprint. I overcame my fear of biking on a busy street to get to work. I also started carrying washcloths so that I wouldn’t have to use trees or energy to dry my hands.

Think it’s easy to switch from paper towels to washcloths? Think again. I found myself forgetting to take it with me every time I went to the bathroom.

Beavan writes in his book that it takes about a month for a person to form a new habit. I agree. Now that I’ve been carrying washcloths for about a month, I rarely leave home without one.

So, just say NO to paper and electricity. Dry your hands with washcloths!

Monday To-Do: Lady Beekeepers of AR Monthly Meeting

Join Lady Beekeepers of Arkansas for its monthly meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Little Rock. This month, the group will meet at a member’s home to make lip balm and lotion bars with honey. For more information about the meeting, email ladybeekeepersofarkansas@yahoo.com.

What Can Cloth Do for You?

Guys, if you are squirmish about things such as female menstruation and feminine hygiene products, stop reading right now.

Did you know that the average North American woman will, in her lifetime, use more than 11,000 tampons or pads? North America is home to 85 million women of menstruating age. Consequently, 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons, plus their packaging, are dumped into the North American landfills each year. According to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999. That’s disgusting.

When I learned about the environmental impact of disposable feminine hygiene products, I knew I had to do something. Fortunately, there are alternatives such as The Keeper and DivaCup, which are reusable rubber cups designed to catch menstrual flow. The maker of The Keeper also sells a silicone version called Moon Cup. Unfortunately, my hyper sensitive skin rejects rubber and silicon, making it difficult for me to switch to reusable menstrual cups.

That’s when I found out about cloth pads. Cloth pads work just like disposable sanitary pads. Only difference is that you clean them after you use them. They are often made using cotton, which is the only fabric that my hyper sensitive skin accepts.

I bought my first set of cloth pads several years ago. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! They are much softer and 10,000 times more comfortable than the disposable kind.

And, you only have to buy them once. I paid $6-8 each for my cloth pads. In comparison, a pack of 24-36 disposable pads costs about $6-8, and you have to buy them month after month, year after year.

An added bonus: Many cloth pads are crafted by cottage industries and work-at-home moms and sold on the Internet. By switching to cloth pads, you’ll be reducing your environmental footprint, saving money, and supporting cottage industries. Can’t beat that.

I buy my pads from Punky’s Pads. Her pads are soft, comfortable, and absorbent. They are stylish, too! My shopping experience has been nothing but pleasurable.

If you are interested in switching to cloth pads, shop around. Gladrags, Lunapads, New Moon Pads, and Pandora Pads all make a wide range of cloth pads. Read the reviews and find cloth pads that work for you!

Brushed Teeth & Saved the Environment!

If you are a longtime reader of GreenAR by the Day, you know how much I love Preserve toothbrush. They’re made from plastic yogurt containers, and after you finish using them, you can send them back to Preserve, and they will turn them into recycled plastic lumber. Preserve even pays for the postage. Sweet!

Well, I’m happy to report that, as part of our continuing effort to clean the house for the new year, Eddy and I shipped back 8 toothbrushes to Preserve. It was our first time to ship them to Preserve because the company, being oh so green, asks that you ship multiple brushes at a time. A year-worth of toothbrush shipped and out of the house! It felt so good!

Haven’t made a switch to Preserve toothbrush? Give it a try in 2010. They cost about $3 each, so they’re kind to your wallet, too!

For more information about Preserve toothbrush, visit www.preserveproducts.com.

How to Brush Teeth & Save the Environment – Part 2

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Another way to green your tooth brushing is by switching from a plastic toothpaste bottle to a metal one. It’s hard to recycle plastic bottles, but you can easily recycle metal ones. I use Tom’s of Maine toothpaste to brush my teeth. Tom’s of Maine designs its products and packaging to be sustainable and recyclable. Click here to learn how to recycle Tom’s of Maine products.

Be sure you don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth.

We all have to brush our teeth. Let’s do it in a way that saves the environment!

How to Brush Teeth & Save the Environment – Part 1

Some posts are worth repeating.

About two years ago, I found a nifty toothbrush called Preserve Toothbrush. Made from 100% recycled plastic, Preserve Toothbrush comes with a reusable travel case that you can use to ship the toothbrush back to the company when you replace it with a new one. The company will then re-process it into plastic lumber for picnic tables, boardwalks, and decks. Isn’t that neat? It costs around $3, which is an added bonus for budget-conscious environmentalists like me. Since the company pays for shipping, it costs nothing for you to recycle. I love it!

Brush your teeth and save the environment! Be sure to save multiple brushes before you send them back to the company. Anyone want to start saving brushes with me?

Spot on Green: Good Things Boutique

Good Things Boutique offers a unique assortment of organic clothing, fair trade accessories, and natural home decor.

Good Things Boutique offers a unique assortment of organic clothing, fair trade accessories, and natural home decor.

 

Very cute purses!

Very cute purses!

 

Good Things Boutique sells locally made jewelry.

Good Things Boutique sells locally made jewelry...

 

Good Things Boutique sells natural home decor including organic palm wax candles.

... as well as natural home decor such as organic palm wax candles.

 

Next time you are in Fayetteville, stop by Good Things Boutique and check out its selection of stylish green clothing!

Next time you are in Fayetteville, stop by Good Things Boutique and check out its selection of stylish green clothing!

During our recent trip to Fayetteville, Eddy and I stopped at a new green store called Good Things Boutique. Opened in October 2008, Good Things Boutique specializes in products made from organic, recycled and natural materials. Some of the items that the store carries include organic clothing, fair trade accessories, locally-made jewelry, and environmentally friendly home décor.

Jessy Lang, who owns Good Things Boutique, knows a thing or two about good products. She used to work in product development for a large corporation. She left the corporate world and opened Good Things Boutique because (1) she always wanted to have a store of her own, and (2) her parents care deeply about the environment and so does she. Unfortunately, conventional garment industry does not care much about the environment. It uses TONS of chemicals during the production, and it is notorious for unfair treatment of workers. Good Things Boutique offers an alternative: chemical-free, fair-trade clothing and accessories that incorporates recycled materials whenever possible.

Wanna be green but don’t want to cramp your style? Good Things Boutique is the store for you. Jessy believes that style and green can go hand in hand, and her store is the proof. Just look at the above pictures! It was a good thing that my birthday was in April, or I would have inflicted a serious damage to my wallet!

Good Things Boutique also carries natural home décor items. Have you ever wondered what’s in your candle? Traditional candles are made using paraffin wax, and paraffin candles produce a number of byproducts when they are combusted, including greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Paraffin is also a petroleum product, making it a nonrenewable resource and adding to pollution through oil spills and other issues associated with the oil extraction process.

Candles sold at Good Things Boutique, on the other hand, are made using organic palm wax. Palm wax is a 100% vegetable renewable resource. Soy wax is also renewable, but it has several problems. First, it derives from GMO vegetable oil. Second, it requires the use of chemical solvents such as hexane during its production. Finally, since soy wax is naturally a “soft” wax, it is extremely difficult to make good pillar candles and votives out of 100% pure soy wax. Many candlemakers use additives such as paraffin to solve the problem. Personally, I’d rather not support soybean industry as much as I can, and Good Things Boutique helps me do just that.

Next time you are in Fayetteville, check out Good Things Boutique! For more information, visit the website at www.goodthingsboutique.com.