What Are Zero-Waste Laundry Strips?

A Guide To Zero Waste Laundry Sheet Detergent

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Walk down the laundry aisle of any super market and you’ll find a large variety of conventional liquid laundry detergent in single-use plastic jugs, plastic bag filled laundry pods and boxed soap suds—but not a single “pack” of zero-waste laundry strips, which explains why many people haven’t heard of the “eco-friendly” alternative. Including myself.

So when a few companies reached out to me and offered me samples of these detergent alternatives, I jumped at the opportunity to explore them. I was genuinely intrigued by such a concept.

Fast forward a few months later and I’m writing this article with what I like to call “veteran” knowledge about the zero-waste laundry product because I’ve used it for a good while. With that said, I have had a chance to study laundry strips, use them with different fabrics, deploy them to fight various stains, and compared various brands amongst one another.

Like all products, laundry strips have pros and cons. They have benefits and they have flaws. Hence, I’d like to give my honest knowledge and opinion about both and hopefully that will help you decide if these eco-friendly laundry alternatives are a good fit for you, your lifestyle, and more importantly, your budget.

What Are Laundry Strips?

Laundry strips are pre-measured, thin concentrated strips of laundry detergent that dissolve in water, and are flexible with a soft, smooth and almost spongy texture.

These [eco-friendly] laundry strips are offered in both scented and fragrance-free options, and they’re made with plant-based ingredients that are not only hypoallergenic, but also non-toxic and pet-friendly.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Laundry Strips?

Perhaps the greatest benefit of using laundry strips is that you’re able to lower your carbon footprint by purchasing a plastic-free laundry detergent. Because while it’s true that your typical liquid detergent bottle is recyclable, many people fail to remember that plastic production results in some pretty serious air pollution.

Another benefit of using laundry strips is improved health. Eco-friendly laundry strips are plant-based, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic, while mainstream detergents contain phthalates, parabens, carcinogens and other toxins that our skin absorbs. On the plus side, these toxins fabulously remove stains and create a fresh scent, but on the downside, they’re a ticking time bomb that potentially cause tumors and other health issues in the long run.

Laundry strips are made with only vegan ingredients and never tested on animals. whereas many big brand detergents will state that their products are cruelty-free “except when required by law to test on animals”—which means that many of their products have probably been tested on animals.

Laundry strips save you a ton of space because they’re thin, flat and packaged in what resembles a cardboard envelope. This makes them especially dorm-room and apartment friendly—especially if your living space doesn’t contain a washer and dryer and you’re constantly having to haul your laundry to a laundromat. Detergent jugs are heavy to carry around—strips are basically weightless.

Unlike liquid and powder detergent, laundry strips don’t require any measuring—which is especially great if you’re a bachelor who tends to overdo it with the measurements. In fact, they come with pre-measured strips that you simply toss into your washing machine; and if you happen to accidentally drop in an extra strip, it’s perfectly fine! Laundry strips don’t “bubble” like conventional detergents, and the plant-based ingredients won’t harm your sensitive skin.

Laundry strips are incredibly convenient for road trips, travel and vacations. If you’ve ever had to stay at a motel/hotel, you know how annoying it is to have to buy detergent from a dispenser, and you certainly don’t want to purchase a huge jug that you can’t take back on the plane with you. I’ve taken my laundry strips with me in a flat baby wipe dispenser and didn’t have to worry about buying a hefty jug.

What Are The Cons Of Laundry Strips

One of the cons of switching to eco-friendly laundry strips is having to plan ahead and order at the right time before you run out. As consumers, we’re used to grabbing a jug off of store shelves and hauling it home with us—whereas laundry strips, which are not offered in your neighborhood supermarket must be ordered online.

Heavily stained clothing is harder to clean. However, if you’re a household that doesn’t deal with very many heavy stains on a regular basis, then that shouldn’t really be such a huge concern. I personally find that laundry strips do a great job at tackling stains on my kids’ clothing and that even Tide can’t perfectly get rid of heavy stains. It is what it is.

The last issue is price. Eco-friendly laundry strips cost more than your mainstream laundry detergent, and that’s most likely because they have to source alternative ingredients which contribute to the overall non-toxic formula. These brands may also have to jump through extra hoops to get certifications proving that they’re nontoxic and environmentally friendly.

What Is An Affordable Laundry Strip Brand?

EarthBreeze Laundry Strips

The fact is, a majority of eco-friendly laundry strip brands are not cheap—in fact, some can be down right expensive, which is a deal breaker for the average stay at home mom on a tight budget.

However, there are so many benefits to eco-friendly laundry strips that it’s worth buying at least one package of. If not for use on a regular basis, then at least for travel purposes—and especially if you’re living a single or dorm room lifestyle and don’t need to do as much laundry as a family of 4. And there are certain eco-friendly laundry strip brands that don’t require your entire paycheck.

The average price for a pack of laundry strips costs around $20—but, some brands (like Earth Breeze) have a subscription plan that significantly knocks the price down to an affordable amount that’s equivalent to big name brands like Gain or Tide.

Plus, it’s important to point out that the Earth Breeze laundry strip packs contain 60 loads of laundry, whereas other laundry strip brands contain 32 and for double the cost. Hence, their subscription cost at $12 a month is absolutely excellent when it comes to affordability for this type of product.

Even if you do a one time purchase at $20, you’re still getting more product with 60 loads than another brand that’s the same price and offers only a 32 load pack.

Earth Breeze is a member of 1% for the planet, and for every pack of eco-strips sold, they donate 10 loads of laundry to someone in need.

Earth Breeze Laundry Strips

So whether you’re just trying to be a more mindful consumer, or you’re looking for a healthier laundry detergent alternative, I whole heartedly recommend eco-friendly laundry strips like Earth Breeze for your laundry routine. And as for the dryer, you should definitely consider looking into wool dryer balls.

Zero Waste Toothpaste: Noice Dental Gel Review

A Guide To Organic And Eco-Friendly Oral Care

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Finally! A Toothpaste That Keeps Both Our Teeth And The Ocean Clean!

Hey Eco Fam! I promise you’ll love this product as much as I do!

Want naturally whiter teeth while doing good for the planet? Read on!

In the United States, an estimated 400 million toothpaste tubes end up in the landfill—and more than a billion world-wide.

Unfortunately, not all toothpaste tubes can be recycled because they’re a combination of different plastics and only a thin layer of aluminum.

Even toothpaste tubes that claim they can be recycled can only actually be recycled in special facilities (like Colgate or Terra Cycle) and not your local recycling center—they’ll just take them off of the sorting belt and toss them along with trash. For more on recycling tips, check out my article on recycling 101.

So imagine how excited I was when I came across a company called NOICE [Dental Gel] that’s packaged in recyclable glass and qualifies for curbside recycling.

The product itself is an all-natural, organic and vegan black-colored gel that cleans, whitens and leaves your breath feeling fresher than any traditional toothpaste out on the market. And the packaging is glass with a plastic pump that can be transferred and reused on a new bottle if you decide to purchase refills.

First Impressions

I was pleasantly surprised with the scent, taste and cleaning power of Noice. It’s actually a gel and all I had to do was easily pump two pea sized amounts of it onto my toothbrush and go at it.

Now, I brush my teeth twice a day, which makes them pretty clean already, but the NOICE gel gave my teeth a smooth finish that I only experience at the hands of my hygienist when I get my yearly [professional] cleaning. Not to mention the fact that they appear whiter every time I brush—I believe it’s due to the activated charcoal which is an Ingredient in this all-natural toothpaste.

My breath also feels like I have just used mouthwash—only it doesn’t sting the way mouthwash does. So the fact that my teeth felt like a brand new waxed car, appeared a shade whiter and my breath smelled amazing the very first time I brushed with this product, makes this zero-waste toothpaste a definite recommendation.

Ingredients

Courtesy of NOICE

The NOICE toothpaste gel is made up of 99.3% all-natural and organic botanical ingredients. This means that this all-natural toothpaste is healthy for both you and the environment.

Below are some of the effective ingredients you’ll find in NOICE which all work perfectly to provide you with healthy teeth and gums:

  • Bamboo derived charcoal
  • Licorice 
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Anise seed oil
  • Chamomile
  • Organic Peppermint
  • Menthol
  • Citrus
  • Sage
  • Tea tree
  • Soy-derived Lecithin
  • Glycerin
  • Cellulose Gum
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

For More Info On How NOICE natural toothpaste works, check out their video below!

Source: YouTube: Noice

How To Recycle The Correct Way

Tips On What You Should And Shouldn’t Throw Into Your Curbside Recycling Bin


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Recycling is an important discussion topic because we are all doing it wrong.

There are certain items that we place into the recycling cart that are actually causing costly shut downs at recycling facilities all across the country because they jam machinery and even cause fires.

Hence, it’s crucial to take a few minutes out of your day and read up on your community recycling guidelines. Some recycling bins themselves even have a list of what you can or cannot recycle written right on them.

Recycling is a community effort. Yes, we pay to have our trash recycled, but we do it to help our environment—to keep unnecessary items from ending up in the landfill.

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Below are our tips on how to prepare for the recycling process as well as what you should and shouldn’t throw into the recycling bins to help the facility workers out.

We also encourage you to read your county’s rules and guidelines because they may be slightly different from this list. For example, in my county, they are currently not accepting glass containers—so it’s important to go on your local waste management website and double check their list of accepted recyclable products.

Before you Recycle:

  • Rinse food residue off of all recyclable items.
  • Crush recyclables like bottles, plastic jugs, and cans.
  • Flatten all cardboard boxes.
  • Remove metal components from plastic items.
  • Leave bottle caps and lids on your items.
  • Make sure that paper is dry.
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Do Not Bag Your Recyclables!

And Lastly, even though we all hate to see debris flying out onto the road, please place recyclable items loosely in your recycling bin. Bagging isn’t necessary, and it slows up workers’ abilities at the recycling center—bags will even jam machinery.


What You Should Recycle


Plastic water & soda bottles, dish soap bottles, shampoo bottles, laundry detergent jugs and some cleaning product containers that are recyclable (rinse out and leave the caps on).

Flattened cardboard boxes, cereal and food boxes, shoe boxes, beer boxes, milk and juice cartons, toilet paper rolls, and paper towel rolls.

Clean aluminum foil, aluminum cans, tin cans, steel cans and aluminum, tin or steel food pans that are not coated.

Paper bags, junk mail, catalogs, paperback books, office paper, magazines, envelopes, telephone books and newspapers.

Glass bottles and jars (lids too!)

What You Should Not Recycle

Plastic Bags (they jam the processing equipment).

Plastic Straws (too lightweight and fail to get sorted).

Shredded Paper (too tiny to pass through sorting—it’s a nightmare for facility workers).

Clamshell Fruit Containers (they melt differently and turn into ash that contaminates other good recyclable plastic).

Cardboard With Grease Stains (like pizza boxes) or Moving Boxes With Oil Stains.

Oven Cookware (because some contain a coating).

Scrap Metal (they might oil residue or contain asbestos).

Drinking Glasses (they have a different composition and melting point compared to container glass).

Ceramics (they can’t be melted down).

Paper Towels (the fibers are too short to be recycled and contain dirt, cleaning chemicals and more unsanitary items).

Prescription Bottles (these are indeed recyclable, but recycling facilities can’t process these due to their size—they’re too small to get picked up by the sorting process on the conveyor belt).

Hangers (they jam machinery—just donate them to Goodwill or another thrift store of your choice).

Christmas Lights (too many different components).

Clothing (clogs the machinery—donate to goodwill or place them into the regular trash bin).

Batteries (when compressed by the collection truck or at the recycling facility, they can spark and cause a fire).

All Electronics like computers, printers, phones, radios, remote controls, etc. (they contain toxic materials like mercury, lead and other products that are harmful to the environment—even in the landfill).

Aerosol Cans (though the containers are metal, the pressurized contents can cause damage at the recycling facility).

Treated Wood (finished or painted wood cannot be burned and can also contaminate water).

Mirrors (they contain a reflective coating that simply can’t be recycled).

Pet Food Bags (they contain plastic layers to keep the food fresh).

Styrofoam (it’s 95% air, hard to clean because it’s porous and it would jam machinery).

Ice Cream Cartons (they contain a plastic lining to keep liquid in place if melted).

Yard Waste (you simply can’t recycle grass, leaves or other even garden hoses).

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20 Creative Red White And Blue Dessert Recipes

Delicious And Creative Red White And Blue Dessert Recipes That Never Go Out Of Style

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No 4th of July party is complete without the perfect patriotic-themed dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth—and to keep kids happy!

As cliché as they may be, red, white and blue desserts are some of my favorite to make because you can get really creative with decor—especially on cookies, cake, pie and ice cream!

With that said, we’ve rounded up the best red, white and blue dessert recipes that celebrate America and make your Independence Day party even better!

Enjoy!

The Best July 4th Dessert Recipes That Never Go Out Of Style!

American Flag Rice Krispie Treats

If you love Rice Krispie Treats, then check out this patriotic version by thisrebelchick.com! They look really fun, really yummy, and it’s a classic dessert that nobody will turn down!

Patriotic Mini Cheesecakes

If you love cheesecake, then you’ll really love this delicious and simple recipe by Amandascookin.com! They’re perfect for any red, white and blue celebration, and use only 6 ingredients!

Patriotic Cookie Cake

Patriotic Cookie Cake

This delicious and colorful patriotic cookie cake recipe is sure to be a hit at any cookout, and can be found on fromscratchwithmaria.com!

No Bake Fireworks Oreo Cheekecake Bars

No need to bake these yummy fireworks-themed oreo cheesecake bars by Soulfullymade.com! These are a hit with both kids and adults!

4th Of July Cake Pops

These super simple patriotic cake pops by mommadethat.com are a great treat for the workplace, cookouts and parties!

4th Of July Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you’re a fan of chocolate covered strawberries, then this patriotic dessert by kidsactivities.com is perfect for your next 4th of July party!

4th Of July Bark

With only 4 ingredients and no baking required, this patriotic chocolate bark treat by chelseasmessyapron.com is a gem that everyone won’t be able to get enough of!

Red White And Blue Ice Cream Sandwhich

This fun and delicious patriotic ice cream sandwich by @rosebakes is an awesome and refreshing summer treat!

Red White And Blue Layered Jello

Jello-o is a classic dessert that’s adored by people of all ages! So this patriotic Jell-o recipe by @thebalancingmom is a must-have dessert at your next celebration!

S’Mores Magic Bars

Summer and S’Mores go hand in hand, so it’s only fitting that you crash a cookout with these tasty red, white and blue bad boys! Get the full recipe at sixsistersstuff.com!

American Flag Donuts

You are going to love this donut recipe by thefirstyearblog.com! The American flag decor looks super cute, and friends and family will love the fact that they are homemade!

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwhich

The recipe for these yummy patriotic ice cream sandwhiches can be found at afarmgirlsdabbles.com! And they sure look fun!

Patriotic Oreo Cream Cheese Truffles

These patriotic Oreo cream cheese truffles are delicious, budget friendly and make a beautiful presentation! Get the full tutorial at easybudgetrecipes.com!

Healthy Greek Yogurt Berry Tart

If you’re watching your weight this summer, then this healthy Greek yogurt berry tart by @eatingbirdfood is perfect for you!

Red, White And Blue Cupcakes

Are you a cupcake lover? Then you will love this festive and patriotic cupcake recipe by tidymom.net!

Berry Pie With Homemade Crust

This beautiful American flag patriotic berry pie by cookwithkushi.com is a great way to impress friends and family this fourth of July!

Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas

Celebrate independence day with some delicious frozen bananas covered in chocolate and sprinkles! You can get the full recipe at twosisterscrafting.com!

Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are delicious! And so is this patriotic version by @cookiesandcups!

All-American Cherry Cobbler

This delicious All-American cherry cobbler recipe by @thepreppyhostess is sure to be a favorite for years to come!

4th Of July Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

This patriotic dessert is fun, delicious and budget friendly! See how to bring this creative red, white and blue treat to life at dessertsonadime.com!

21 Wall-E Inspired Birthday Cake Ideas

21 Fabulous Wall-E Cake Designs To Inspire Your Next Birthday Cake

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Looking for Wall-E birthday cake ideas? You’ve come to the right place!

Wall-E was released in 2008, but is still very much relevant and enjoyable to watch today. In fact, it’s one of our favorite Disney-Pixar movies that my kids can watch over and over again without losing interest.

This beautiful animated film shows what can happen if humanity destroys its own environment, and it’s also a love story with funny moments that make kids and adults giggle.

With that said, Wall-E makes an awesome birthday theme idea and you can have some gorgeous cakes created with designs that are based on this movie—especially if your child is into astronomy.

Below are 21 beautiful cakes inspired by Wall-E that would delight any fan. So if you’re planning a Wall-E themed birthday party in the upcoming future, these awesome cake designs can serve as inspiration for your Wall-E themed cake decor.

And if you’re looking for some Wall-E cake toppers, here are some handmade varieties on Amazon to help you with your design.

Also, all of these cake images link back to the original Instagram accounts, so if you see a cake that you absolutely love, give these talented cake decorators a follow!

And before you go, check this super easy Wall-E fondant topper tutorial!

Source: Youtube | Little Hunnys Bakery

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