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A Guide To Zero Waste Gift Wrapping

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Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Ideas To Reduce Holiday Waste

In the United States alone, billions of dollars are spent on wrapping paper each year—and unfortunately, the majority of it is not recyclable, especially the variety that contains specs of glitter, foil and other embellishments.

But the good news is that zero-waste wrapping methods are becoming increasingly popular, and more people are gravitating toward eco-friendly alternatives to minimize holiday waste.

Below are several zero-waste gift wrapping techniques that blow traditional gift wrap methods out of the water. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the end results are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and show thoughtfulness on your part.

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Zero Waste Gift Wrap Material

Furoshiki Fabric

Furoshiki is the art of Japanese wrapping using traditional Furoshiki cloth, which is made out of various materials such as silk, rayon, cotton, nylon and other fabrics. Furoshiki cloth also has hemmed edges to prevent fraying and can cover any shape from boxes to cylinders and more!

Furoshiki is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gift wrapping paper, and is one of the best ways to wrap a gift because Furoshiki cloth is beautiful and can be reused and repurposed into many items such as: a table cloth, a handbag, a shawl, scarf and more.

If purchasing a Furoshiki cloth is not in your budget this year, you can sew your own Furoshiki wrap using fabric from the store or using an old bed sheet. Repurposing an old baby muslin blanket for Furoshiki works wonders as well!

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Brown Kraft Paper

Another eco-friendly alternative to traditional gift wrapping paper is brown kraft paper, which is not only extremeley durable, but also 100% biodegradable and can be recycled up to seven times—no wonder kraft means ”strength” in German!

Gifts wrapped in brown kraft paper look absolutely elegant and the solid color pairs incredibly well with “garnish” such as pine cones, small pine tree branches, dried fruit, and other dried plants that are secured in place with some twine—resulting in an all-natural and organic presentation.

You can buy large rolls of brown kraft paper in stores and online, or, you can repurpose some grocery store paper bags and use them as gift wrap as they too are made from brown kraft paper!

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Burlap Fabric

Burlap is a biodegradable fabric that is woven from the fibers of a jute plant. And just like bamboo, jute requires little to virtually no intervention in order to grow and replenish—which makes burlap a 100% sustainable and eco-friendly fabric.

Just like brown kraft paper, burlap looks incredibly elegant when used as a zero-waste gift wrapping alternative. you can likewise garnish this fabric with some rustic accessories such as pine tree branches, pine cones and cinnamon sticks for some rustic charm.

Burlap has many uses after it serves its purpose as gift wrap. It can be reused by the gift recipient as gift wrap for someone else later on, or it can be repurposed in the garden as a covering to protect plants from frost.

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Cookie Tin

Cookie tins are one my favorite zero waste gift wrap methods because just like furoshiki cloth and burlap, they serve a purpose beyond gift giving. And just like brown kraft paper, they are recyclable.

Cookie tins aren’t limited to just cookies and other food(s). This eco-friendly gift wrap method can hold a charming presentation of socks, beauty products and really anything else that can fit. And just like fabric, can be garnished with some twine and dried plants or flowers.

Cookie tins can be reused as pantry containers—used to store items like rice, beans and mom’s secret candy stash. You can find some nice and inexpensive tins at your local dollar store or buy in bulk online.

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Cardboard Shipping Boxes

Yet another eco-friendly gift wrap method is to use old shipping boxes that you collect throughout the year. Shipping boxes are made from cardboard, which is both recyclable and compostable, so the next time you receive a package, break the box down and keep it someplace like the garage, until it’s time to use it for gifts.

Shipping boxes can be cleaned up a bit by removing labels and securing the contents with twine. You can even ”double bag” by wrapping over it with burlap or brown kraft paper—especially if it looks beaten up.

And don’t forget about the fact that you can get free shipping boxes to use for your gifts from the post office! You can pick some up in person or request to have some dropped off at your residence by going online!

Maps, Newspaper & Magazines

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Maps, newspaper and magazine pages are excellent eco-friendly wrapping material because they’re all recyclable and biodegradable—plus, it makes your gift look unique. This is especially a good solid ecofriendly alternative if you are on a tight budget.

You can acquire much of this reading material for free. Places like nursing homes, medical facilities, libraries and schools often subscribe to newspapers and magazines, which tends to stack up over a period of time, and these facilities dispose of them. You can contact these places and ask if you can take it instead!

Eco-Friendly Tying Material & Garnish

When it comes securing gift wrap, tape isn’t always necessary, and a wonderful eco-friendly alternative to ribbons and tape is to use twine, which is a thin compostable rope made from various organic material such as plant fibers (hemp, cotton, etc) and sometimes even animal hair.

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When it comes to zero waste gift wrap, you certainly do not have to add any accessories to your wrapping other than twine, but if you want to give your gift that rustic holiday feel, you can certainly add some natural items like dried fruit, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, pine branches and many more earthy items.

The best thing about this natural and biodegradable garnish is that you can go out into your neighborhood park and forage for free. Foraging is a great way to acquire free gift wrap accessories!

DIY Dried Oranges


If you’d like to make your own dried oranges, simply slice an orange into thin pieces and lay out on a tray (or parchment paper), blot excess juice with a paper towel, and leave them in the oven for 2-3 hours in 250 degree temperature. They make very elegant gift wrap decor.

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How To Wash A Down Jacket In A Top Load Washer

How To Carefully Wash And Dry Your Down Jacket Without Causing Damage

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Yes! It CAN be done!


I know the feeling. You have this super expensive down jacket that cost you anywhere between $100 to $500, and you’re scared to death of damaging it in the wash. So you’ve been spot cleaning, baby wiping—anything to avoid throwing it into the washing machine.

But it’s time.

That prized down jacket of yours has been hanging out in the coat closet for most of the year, or has been tucked away in a ruck sack, and has most likely developed an odor.

There’s just one problem: you don’t own a front loading washing machine. And you want to know a secret? We don’t own one either.

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Everyone recommends washing a down jacket in a front load washer, and that’s fine. But, not every household owns a front load washing machine. And the reason that a front load washer is recommended in the first place is because it doesn’t have an agitator which can literally shred the outer layer of your down jacket.

However, when you set your top load washer on delicate/hand-wash cycle, you’re locking the agitator in place—stopping it from turning—and the only thing that moves around is the inner tub; slushing the water around and then transitioning into the spin cycle.

But, you still want to take precautionary measures, because your down jacket can still snag on the agitator, even though that part is locked in place. So below are instructions on how to carefully wash your down jacket in a top loader.

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How To Wash Your Down Jacket

What You’ll Need

Step 1

Take a regular pillow case and loosely place your down jacket inside of it—no need to roll it up in any special shape. Then secure the opening of the pillow by either tying a knot, or utilizing a zip tie. If your jacket is a light shade, I recommend a solid white pillowcase to avoid any color stains.

Step 2

Choose cool/cold water temperature, and set your wash cycle on delicate/hand-wash—which ever option your washing machine happens to have. I happen to own a General Electric washing machine, and the most gentle cycle is ”delicate”.

Step 3

Put in a small amount of detergent or one laundry strip into the running water and let it dissolve. I HIGHLY recommend using laundry strips because they’re premeasured, non-toxic, don’t contain harsh chemicals that can damage fabric—oh, and they don’t leave what’s called “detergent stains”, which look like grease stains on dark fabric.

*Do Not Use Fabric Softener*

Step 4

Place the load into the washer, close the lid and let it wash. It will be fine. My husband owns an Arc’Teryx down jacket and it is extremely delicate—this is how we launder it each year.

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How To Dry Your Down Jacket

What You’ll Need

  • Wool Balls/Tennis Balls

*DO NOT USE SOFTENER SHEETS*

Step 1

When your down jacket has finished its journey in the washing machine, take it out of the pillow case and either hang it up to dry or place it in the dryer on the delicate/air fluff cycle. I recommend the air fluff cycle, but not all dryers will have this setting—so go with delicate.

If you start feeling nervous, just stop the cycle and take a peek.

Step 2

Should you choose to use the dryer, throw a couple of wool dryer balls (or a tennis ball) inside as well. The balls will help to evenly re-distribute the stuffing and fluff your jacket up good as new.

Still Scared To Wash Your Down Jacket?

Another way to safely wash your delicate down jacket is to hand-wash it, or use a small, non-electric washing machine like the one pictured below by The Laundry Alternative (which can wash up to a 5lb load in just a couple of minutes).

Non-electric washing machines are ideal for small delicate items that might otherwise risk damage in an electric washing machine.

These compact and portable washing machines are also great for RV trips, small apartment living and camping.

The only downside? It operates manually (hence, “non-electric”) and you must hand-crank your laundry for about 2 minutes.

I hope this article gave you the courage to wash your beloved down jacket.

Make sure that the agitator stays locked in place and if for some reason you can’t use a pillow case, a mesh bag is fine as well.

Stay warm!

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids

Cheap And Easy DIY Classic Halloween Costume Ideas For Minimalists

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Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re like most parents, you and your child are contemplating this year’s Halloween costume for for some good old trick or treating.

But this year, finances might be tough, or you and your family just want to be as zero waste and minimalist as possible when it comes to trick or treating—and prefer to go with a DIY approach.

When it comes to minimalism, Halloween costumes should be simple. Some of the most classic Halloween costumes are excellent examples of minimalism at work—such as ghosts, mummies and witches, to name a few.

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There are also several reasons why avoiding store bought Halloween costumes, and creating your own, especially when it comes to kids, is actually a good thing:

Reason 1: Kids Outgrow Them


Unlike adults who are able to reuse their costumes, children tend to outgrow theirs. And you either end up donating or throwing them away. Either way, they’ll eventually make their way to the landfill. By making your own costume, you’ll be able to use parts that are at least biodegradable or recyclable.

Reason 2: You’ll Save Money

It seems like Halloween costumes get more and more expensive every year. By creating your own costume, you’ll save an average of $50.00—sometimes more.

Reason 3: Teaches Creativity

Creating a homemade Halloween costume with your child is a great bonding experience, and it encourages them to be creative!

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Classic Mummy

Mummy costumes are a very simple DIY, and can easily be put together using bandages or old bedsheets cut into strips. I don’t recommend toilet paper because it’s wasteful and tears easily.

Classic Robot

You can easily turn your little one into a robot using a cardboard box and cutting out arm holes on the side. Then decorate the box anyway you’d like! Paint or color on some buttons, rivets and maybe even a fun screen that says “loading”.


Classic Ghost

Probably the most classic and simple of all DIY Halloween costumes, the ghost costume simply requires a white or off-white bedsheet with holes cut out for the eyes. Make sure your child can walk safely by making the sheet an appropriate length.

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Classic Monster

Monster costumes can be as versatile as you’d like. You can create an oversized mask using a large brown paper bag from the grocery store and cut out openings for the eyes—drawing on the other facial features and making them as scary as you’d like.


Classic Fairy Princess

Fairy princess costumes can easily be made using cardboard boxes and construction paper. You can cut out a crown using construction paper and attach it to your child’s head using clips or string. You can use cardboard to create wings and attach them to your child’s back with yarn—like a backpack.

Classic Super Hero

Super hero costumes can easily be made using felt to create an eye mask, and a bedsheet or blanket can be used as a cape. You can also cut out a Superman symbol or Star from felt and attach it to your child’s shirt.

Space Alien

Turn your little one into a colorful space alien using a cardboard box and some construction paper. Cut out armholes on the side and decorate the rest with construction paper. You can create a hat with antennas using a smaller box and pipe cleaners for antennas.

What is a home made Halloween costume that you’ve created for your child? Let us know in the comments!

Best Gifts For A Sustainable Kitchen

Unique Products For A Sustainable And Low Waste Kitchen Inspired From Around The World!

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If you’re on the search for an eco-friendly gift, you’re not alone! When it comes to gift giving, many people are opting for sustainable products that are nontoxic and earth-friendly, especially for the home.

Each year, more and more people are becoming conscious consumers who no longer want to fill their home with single-use plastic “junk”.

As a result, many areas of the home have been getting “green” makeovers—particularly bathrooms and kitchens, which tend to produce the most waste.

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That’s why when it comes to gifts, I love shopping for eco-friendly items that will help make a person’s home more sustainable—weather they live an eco-conscious lifestyle or not.

The kitchen in particular is one of my favorite areas of the home to shop for when it comes to sustainable kitchenware. Items made from ceramic, wood, silicone, stainless steel and recycled aluminum are just so much healthier and visually more appealing than stuff made from plastic. They’re more durable and last longer too.

Below you’ll find some pretty cool sustainable kitchen and cookware products! These eco-friendly and sustainable kitchenware items make perfect gifts for any occasion and some are inspired from cultures outside of the U.S.!

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Organic Cotton Plant Dyed Apron

Full Circle Home

The Kind collection apron from Full Circle Home is made from organic cotton and plant-based dyes. It’s durable, functional, and best of all, stylish and environmentally friendly.

Bamboo Dish Towels

Ecotiva

Bamboo towels are 4 times more absorbent than cotton, and much more durable. These bamboo dish clothes come in a pack of 8 and come in compostable cardboard packaging.

Glass Canisters With Bamboo Lids

Le’Raze

Glass canisters are a great zero waste alternative to plastic Tupperware and look very elegant when displayed on a counter top. Each of these canisters contain an airtight bamboo lid, and come in a pack of 5 in various sizes.

Ceramic Condiment Jars

Foride

This ceramic condiment bowl set is perfect for the kitchen table, kitchen countertop or coffee table—and especially perfect for occasions where you’re entertaining guests. Each ceramic bowl is suitable for spices, powdered creamer, sugar and more!

Bamboo Fiber Dinnerware Set

Earth’s Dreams

This minimalistic yet elegant 17 piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set is the perfect eco-friendly gift for the kitchen! It especially makes a wonderful housewarming and wedding gift for eco conscious couples who prefer simple and natural kitchenware.

Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer

Verve Culture

Popular in juice markets all over Mexico, the Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer from Verve Culture is a countertop citrus juicer that’s hand-made from 100% recycled aluminum and provides a traditional citrus juicing experience!

Countertop Compost Bin

BelleMark

Every sustainable kitchen needs a small compost bin for food scraps! Compost isn’t just for gardens—it can be used as rich nutritious food for houseplants! This modern compost bin by BelleMark is perfect for kitchens of any size and looks great!

Chocolate Sink Bars

Apple Valley Natural Soap

These large hand-made sink bars by Apple Valley Natural Soap are hand-made with natural and organic ingredients and are excellent zero-waste alternatives to liquid soap! They’re made with moisturizing cocoa butter and look fabulous on your kitchen sink!

Bamboo Fiber Scrub Brush Set

TresStones

These bamboo dish brushes by TresStones are made from renewable bamboo and coconut fibers. They’re also more durable than sponges, safer, healthier and environmental friendly—they won’t take hundreds of years to biodegrade. This brush set makes a perfect sustainable gift for any kitchen!

Ceramic Utensil Croc Holder

Barnyard Designs

Decorate, organize, and beautifully display your cooking utensils in this ceramic kitchen utensil crock that adds a touch of French Country flare to any kitchen. The rustic look and porcelain-like finish on the ceramic container gives this stoneware utensil caddy a vintage charm that will look lovely on your countertop!

3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set

Pacific Merchants Trading Companies

Serve up a more sustainable meal with the eco-friendly 3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set from Pacific Merchants Trading Company! Handcrafted from one solid piece of 100% naturally renewable acacia wood that is sustainably harvested with low-impact foresting practices and minimal chemicals or waste.

Beeswax Food Wrap Gift Set

Akeeko

Beeswax food wraps make wonderful eco-friendly gifts for the kitchen because they replace items like plastic lids and Saran Wrap. They’re even incredibly handy for keeping items fresh (like cheese) and make awesome lunchbox essentials for items like sandwiches.

Traditional Molinillo Whisk

Verve Culture

The molinillo is a Mexican wooden whisk that’s used to mix up and add froth to a batch of Mexican hot chocolate. You simply roll the shaft between your palms to churn, mix, and foam the chocolate. The molinillo is also great for muddling fruits and herbs in your cocktails!

Pakkawood Cooking Utensil Set

Island Bamboo

This gorgeous and exotic 6-piece Pakkawood cooking utensil set is nonstick and heat resistant.
Pakkawood is crafted from many layers of beautiful hardwoods, and infused with natural and chemical-free dyes. They’re biodegradable and add some fun to the kitchen!

Handmade Cooking Tagine

Verve Culture

This Moroccan style cooking vessel from Verve Culture is both a cooking tool, and a serving dish – and is handmade from clay formed from the rich, red Moroccan soil of Wadi Lan, and then decorated with a lead-free glaze. Use it to caramelize food, or keep food warmer longer when serving!

Vintage Ceramic Mason Jar Kitchenware Set

Comfify

This eco-friendly vintage themed ceramic cookware set is in the shape of mason jars. This set includes all of your most critical cooking tools, together and in one place: 4 measuring spoons, 4 measuring cups and a spoon holder.

Recycled Bamboo Chopsticks Charcuterie Board

ChopValue

Made from 450 chopsticks, this unique and versatile kitchen board will fulfill any of your food presentation needs. The recycled bamboo chopsticks that were used to make this charcuterie board create a sleek caramelized brown tone with a natural one-of-a-kind look.

Wooden Salt And Pepper Grinder Set

Fanatu

This wooden salt and pepper grinder set comes with 2 grinders, a box with swivel lid, spoon and cleaning brush. This set fits in with any decor and looks fabulous on any kitchen or dining room table!

Ceramic Pie Pans

Avla

Ceramic pie pans make beautiful eco-friendly bakeware gifts for those who love to bake! These nontoxic ceramic pie pans by Avla are made from glazed ceramic material and resist staining, odors and cracking. 

Plastic-Free Halloween Treat Options For Trick Or Treaters

Eco-Friendly Halloween Treats For Sustainable Trick Or Treating

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Around 600 million pounds of Halloween candy is purchased by Americans every year. And when you think about it, that’s actually a lot of plastic wrappers that are going to end up either in the landfill or your neighborhood sidewalks.

But, Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday, and I do participate in handing out treats—they just happen to be plastic free and low waste options.

Trying to come up with plastic alternatives to traditional Halloween candy can seem intimidating at first, but when you think about, there are actually quite a few items that you can hand out that trick or treaters will still enjoy—stuff that doesn’t even have to be candy—just think outside the box.

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Halloween Treats That You Shouldn’t Hand Out

Some things that you think might be a good eco-friendly Halloween treat idea, are actually a really bad idea. Below are some examples.

Homemade Goods


When it comes to eco-friendly Halloween treats, many people automatically think “homemade”. And while that’s ok to do for your child’s classroom Halloween party, strangers won’t be so keen to dig into your homemade rice crispy treats.

As a parent, I don’t trust homemade Halloween treats from people I don’t know—even if they live on my street. I just end up throwing them away because I don’t know what was placed inside.

Fruits & Vegetables

Fruit is another weird Halloween treat that people will most likely throw out. Like homemade treats, fruit can easily be tampered with, and plus, what 8 year old would want to haul around a banana in their candy bucket?

Toothbrushes

You don’t want to be that house that gets skipped every year because you give out toothbrushes. When it comes to Halloween and Trick Or Treating, kids want sugar, fun novelty items and more sugar. You’ll just end up getting your front yard TP’d.

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Boxed Candy

Nerds

One of the most low-waste candy options is handing out boxed candy—like Nerds! Boxed candy is eco-friendly because the packaging can be recycled. And Nerds have been sold in boxed containers for decades. It actually happens to be my favorite candy. And if you’re feeling extra generous, you can always go for theater-size boxes of Sour Patch Kid candy. Both of these are sold in bulk on Amazon.



Foil Candy

Fruidles

A lot of chocolate candy is wrapped in foil, which is totally recyclable provided that you clean off any remnants of food particles and make it nice and flat (not crumpled up). You can buy all sorts of foil wrapped chocolates like Hershey Kisses, or my personal favorite (since I was a kid), Halloween themed chocolates with scary monster faces! Those are iconic and I am stoked that they still sell them on Amazon! Yes, the packaging that houses these gems is plastic, but they are individually wrapped in foil and you can’t win ‘em all.

Paper Wrapped Candy

Pixie Sticks

Pixie sticks are one of the many delicious candy that come packaged in paper, which is both biodegradable and compostable. These paper wrapped candies are available in bulk (pack of 300 sticks) on Amazon.

Soda Cans

Soda Can

Soda cans are a pretty cool treat to give out, and you don’t even have to give out full sizes—just get the pint size mini variety at your local grocery store. Aluminum cans are recyclable and kids are already allowed to binge on candy for this one night of the year so a little soda won’t hurt. Plus, parents will be probably steal it and drink it as they walk from house to house. I would.

Silicone Bracelets

DIYASY

Silicone bracelets can be reused an endless amount of times—plus, they’re fun. Kids love bracelets, and they’ll be sure to put them on right after they receive them! This bulk pack by DIYASY is under $10 for a pack of 40, which is a great deal!

Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkins

Mini pumpkins are a Halloween staple, and although they’re not “sweets”, they’re still pretty cool to give out as Halloween treats. Kids can take these home and decorate them. You can get quite a few for cheap at your local pumpkin farm or farmer’s market. Moms will probably even use them as decor for Thanksgiving. It’s a win-win.

Pencils

Outus

Halloween themed pencils and rubber erasers actually make pretty decent Halloween treats. I would sometimes get them as a kid and I didn’t mind at all. You can actually buy them in bulk like this set by Outus which comes in a 101 piece set for under $20.

Best Sustainable Cloth Face Mask Brands

Eco-Friendly Reusable Face Mask Brands That Are Made From Sustainable Fabric For Your Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle

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With the Delta variant spreading rapidly across the country, society is once again scrambling to buy face masks—and we at Eco Mom Diaries highly recommend buying a reusable mask.

Single-use face masks are made from synthetic plastic material which aren’t biodegradable—so we highly recommend brands that make sustainable and reusable face masks that are both kind to the environment and your health.

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What Makes Face Masks Sustainable?

“Sustainable” face masks are masks made from fabric that’s environmentally friendly and ethically made.


I really love face masks made from hemp— because hemp is both antifungal, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and grows in abundance—it’s basically a biological regenerative ecosystem.

Other types of ‘sustainable’ face masks are made from fabric like organic cotton, which uses 91 percent less water than regular cotton and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions. 

And then there are reusable cloth masks made from bamboo fiber—which is ultra soft, anti-bacterial, moisture wicking and a sustainable material.

Eco-friendly face mask brands also strive to make the world a better place—literally. A lot of these companies do charity work which consists of planting trees, cleaning up trash or providing jobs for struggling rural communities.


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Below are some of my favorite eco-friendly and sustainable cloth face mask brands that I highly recommend if you’re someone who lives an environmentally conscious lifestyle.

When you purchase these masks, not only are you buying healthy fabric for yourself, but you’re supporting a fair-wage job market that’s very much appreciated in certain poverty-stricken locations across the globe.

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LastMask Reusable Face Mask

The LastObject brand has come up with an awesome reusable face mask called LastMask—made of both recycled and organic material which includes a carrying case and bonus reusable bottle for sanitizer.

Eco-Friendly Features

  • 3 layers made from recycled polyester, non-woven ss fabric and organic cotton
  • Adjustable ear loops
  • Bendable nose wire

United By Blue

United By Blue

United by Blue is one of our favorite sustainable apparel brands. They’re stylish, eco-friendly, and each sale results in one pound of trash being removed in our waterways!

This pack of United By Blue Hemp Blend Reusable Face Masks is a fantastic addition to your reusable mask collection. They are made from a blend of deadstock fabric including salvaged hemp, organic cotton, recycled polyester, and TENCEL. They also contain a pocket for optional filters and provide all day comfort.

Eco-Friendly Features

  • United by Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our oceans and waterways for every product sold 
  • This product is made with BisonShield, made from salvaged bison fiber (which is largely considered a waste product!) United by Blue developed a supply chain to intercept this fiber from other companies before it was discarded. It is a cruelty-free material, and no bison have been harmed for the purpose of this material.

First Crop

First Crop

The reusable First Crop hemp face masks contain 4-layers of washable fabric with an adjustable nose bridge. This mask also has antimicrobial properties and resilience of hemp fiber with a non-woven filtration barrier to provide the highest level of protection, comfort, and breathability.

Eco-Friendly Features

  • Natural from 100% organic hemp
  • Sustainable
  • Adjustable nose bridge
  • Antifungal and anti microbial
  • Provides jobs for locals

Moss Rose

Moss Rose

These sustainable face masks by Moss Rose come in a pack of 2, and are made from 100% cotton which makes them eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. These masks also contain a hemp lining and filter pocket!

Eco-Friendly Features

  • 100% Organic Cotton
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Hemp lining
  • Adjustable Ear Straps

Maid With Hemp

Made With Hemp

The Reusable Hemp Face Mask by Maid with Hemp may just be the most eco-friendly face protection out there!

This reusable face mask is constructed with both breathable, renewable hemp and lightweight organic cotton. This eco-friendly face mask also features a soft pocket liner and organic cotton straps—so you’ll be both protected and comfortable, all while staying true to sustainability. 

Eco-Friendly Features

  • Handmade by Maid with Hemp 
  • Hemp, a renewable resource, is naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal 
  • Porous fibers for easy breathing 
  • Durable and long lasting

Big Boy Bamboo

Big Boy Bamboo

Big Boy Bamboo is an online shop with apparel and masks specially made for big and tall men! And the best part is that their masks and clothing are made from sustainable bamboo which is a soft, antibacterial and moisture wicking fiber.

“Big Boy Bamboo has the goods for dudes with manly beards, masculine jutting chins, and impressive king-sized faces” – Big Boy Bamboo

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Eco Friendly Features:  

  • 95% Organic Bamboo Viscose and 5% Spandex
  • Stretchy Loops

For Days

The For Days reusable face mask is made from a double layer of 100% organic cotton jersey ethically sourced from Turkey. This sustainable face mask also has the option to add a filter via a pocket, and is secured with elastic loops that go over your ears for a comfortable and snug fit.

Eco-Friendly Features

  • Made by For Days, a Zero Waste clothing company that closes the loop, taking back and recycling used clothing.
  • Double layer cotton face masks with option to add a filter via pocket 
  • Masks secured with elastic loops that go over the ears 
  • Can be used over N95 masks as well to extend their use

Alex + Nova


Alex+Nova

This sustainable and reusable face mask by Alex + Nova is super soft and ultra-minimal. It’s made with 100% organic cotton and features cozy over the ear straps which are also made from organic cotton. A center seam contours the nose for optimal fit and comfort. Plus, it may be washed, sanitized, and reused time and time again.

Eco-Friendly Features

  • Made by Alex + Nova, a mom-owned company that creates products for children and adults using eco-friendly materials!
  • Super-soft reusable cotton face mask 
  • Masks secured with cotton loops that go over the ears 
  • Center seam contours to nose

HaloLife Masks

HaloLife

These sustainable masks contain waterproof nanofilters which are composed of strands that are smaller than a strand of hair, capturing the tiniest of particles and pathogens while still allowing the maximum airflow. The masks also contain a moisture wicking bamboo lining which greatly reduces condensation—great for working in a hot environment.

Their masks are available in sizes small to extra large and HALOLIFE is currently running a sale which consists of getting a free mask when you buy 2.

Eco-Friendly Features

  • Includes 1 replaceable HALO Nanofilter™ good for 200+ hours. 
  • Replaceable latex nose pad prevents fogging and air leak
  • Chin wrap provides an air-tight seal, even with facial hair & beards
  • Super-breathable poly-blend outer material (80% Polyester, 20% Lycra)
  • Soft moisture-wicking Bamboo lining is ultra-comfortable, even for long wear  
  • Adjustable embedded nose clip and ear-loops make a perfect fit

How To Revive Dying House Plants With Fish Tank Water

The Simple Waste Water Cocktail That Perks Up Your Plants In No Time!

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If you’re a plant owner, then chances are you accidentally neglected your “potted” babies from time to time. It happens.

Life gets busy and before you know it, you realize that your plants aren’t looking so good. Their leaves have turned yellow, they’re wilting, and some leaves have even fallen off.

Don’t worry. Plants are resilient and can always be revived. And I’ve learned the best hack to perk them up: fish tank water!

Caution: We’re talking FRESH water and NOT SALT WATER! Your plants would shrivel up and die if you use salt water.

Why Fish Tank Water?

Fish tank water contains a ton of beneficial nutrients that plants crave like: nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and ammonia—pretty much the same stuff you find in store-bought soil fertilizers anyway.

I own a 10 gallon fish tank whose water I change on a regular basis—about 20% gets switched out weekly because fish waste accumulates and the filter can only do so much.

So instead of throwing the dirty water down the drain, I give this rich nutrient filled water to my house plants instead. However, I take it one step extra—I add one tablespoon of instant coffee!

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Wait, Coffee?

That’s right, coffee! That’s because coffee also contains rich nutrients like magnesium and potassium, and it helps to raise the acidity level of the soil. That’s why many people add coffee grinds to their garden soil and compost bins!

So, whenever I take out around 20% of my fish tank water, I make sure to add a tablespoon of instant coffee (or old coffee grinds from the KCup) that I have on hand.

This combination seems to add new life to my plants, and even perks up their leaves.

If you don’t have a fish tank, you can always ask a neighbor who does own a fish tank if you can have their fish tank water whenever they clean their tank. You can also probably get a free batch from your local pet store, as they’re always cleaning their fish tanks.

So the next time you have to perform an emergency repair on your house plants, try this hack out! It may just save your plants!

Perks Of The Amazon Baby Registry For Eco Conscious Moms

All About The Perks Of The Amazon Baby Registry And Why It’s Your One Stop Shop For Sustainable Baby Gear!

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If you’re looking for an online baby registry with a large selection of eco-friendly products, you may want to sign up with the Amazon baby Registry!

Online baby registries have become increasingly popular among expecting moms—and for good reason. They’re convenient. They let you create a wish list of products that are visible to others; allowing new moms to get the baby products they’ve had their hearts set on!

There’s only one problem. Many expecting moms (and dads) don’t know which online baby registry to use. And that’s pretty understandable considering all the big brand stores that have recently jumped on board. All these options can be overwhelming.

That’s why you should try the Amazon Baby Registry. Many moms already have an Amazon Prime account, and the Baby Registry is not only extremely easy to use, but also comes with a lot of perks that aren’t offered on those “other” sites. Plus, they have a huge selection of green products!

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FREE WELCOME BOX

Raise your hand if you love free stuff—because you are going to love getting a surprise welcome box of items for both baby and mom valued at $35!

Both new and seasoned moms to-be will appreciate an assortment of products that they can try out—and maybe fall in love with.

We tend to stick to what we know, so a welcome box packed full of surprises is a great way to try something new! However, to qualify for this box, you need to:

  1. be an Amazon Prime member
  2. must choose at least one item from Amazon’s “checklist” categories and
  3. someone must make a $10 purchase from your registry (you can make a purchase yourself).

HUGE SELECTION OF PRODUCTS

Amazon has a huge selection of eco-friendly baby and maternity products to choose from.

Amazon literally has millions of products in inventory—with an impressive selection of eco-friendly products. So there’s no question that you’ll be able to find a ton of sustainable and zero-waste products for you and your little one.

MOBILE REGISTRY

Our generation is constantly on the go! Moms today are busy working, running errands, chasing after the kids—you name it. That’s why Amazon lets you manage your Amazon Baby Registry on any device whenever—and wherever—you want.

UNIVERSAL REGISTRY

If you find something that you absolutely love on another website, you’ll still be able to add that item into your Amazon registry via their Universal Registry Button. It’s really quite simple to install!

The Universal Registry Button is a browser application that lets you add items from other websites to your Amazon Registry. Use this to keep track of what you want from anywhere.

FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING

If you are a Prime member, you automatically qualify for free shipping—however, you can still qualify for this perk as a non-member by making sure that your order is at least $25.

COMPLETION DISCOUNT

You’re going to love this! You’ll receive a completion discount of 10% on all items left on your registry list (prime members receive 15%). This offer is good on a one time purchase. What does this mean? It means that if you save the biggest, most expensive items toward the end, you’ll save BIG.

How does it work?

You’ll be be notified about your discount via email, 60 days before your due date. Following your due date, you will have 180 days to take advantage of it.

Additionally, Amazon allows you to apply the discount to a one-time purchase of up to $5,000. So, if there’s a crib, high-end stroller or other item that you really want, take advantage of that offer! It could save you up to $500.00 or more!

FREE THANK YOU LIST

This is a really cool feature—a Thank You List is automatically created for items purchased from your Registry!

Your Thank Your List will show you the names and addresses of people who have bought items from your Registry.

Keep in mind that some gift givers choose not to share their address and their address will not be displayed. Gifts purchased by the registry owner will not show in the Thank You List.

FREE 365 DAY RETURNS

That’s right, mama! Gifts purchased from your baby registry are eligible for free returns within 365 days of the receipt of your shipment. Plus, the gifter won’t know that you returned them!

However, baby items purchased by the registry owner have to be returned within 90 days of receipt of shipment. And items outside of the registry are subject to the standard 30 day return policy.

DIAPER DISCOUNT

As a perk, you’ll also get 20% off diapers in baby’s first year when you reach $500 in registry spend. Combine with Subscribe & Save up to 40% off.

Keep in mind that Amazon carries eco-friendly diaper brands such as: Earth+Eden & Bamboo Nature—both made of sustainable material.

And there you have it! You get free samples, discounts, free two-day shipping, easy returns, and much more! The perks are well worth it!

To learn more or to sign up for your baby registry, click below!

Amazon Baby Registry

5 Tips For Eco-Friendly Grocery Shopping

A Guide To Eco-Friendly Grocery Shopping In A Plastic-Filled World

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If you’re like me, then lately you’ve been wanting to become a more mindful consumer when it comes to grocery shopping. And it’s absolutely doable for anyone.

One thing that I won’t give advice on within this article is how much food you should buy. And that’s because I don’t know the size of your household or whether or not you have kids. And that’s because it seems like many articles that I come across always seem to say: “if you want to be an eco conscious consumer, you need to buy less food”.

Well, it may work for the author because they don’t have kids to feed, but in my case, I do—therefore I must buy quite a bit of food (luckily my kids are like vacuums and eat everything).

I will however, give 5 great tips on how to buy your groceries in a more eco-friendly manner. These tips involve plastic swaps that are very easy to make—even at the deli counter.

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  1. Bring Reusable Shopping Bags

Even on my biggest grocery hauls I still bring my reusable grocery bags with me, even if they’re an inconvenience to the cashier, bagger, and the massive line behind me.

That’s because in-store plastic bags are neatly hung and ready to go. Places like Walmart, for example, have those carousel things for plastic bags which helps cashiers bag more efficiently.

When you give them reusable grocery bags, it disrupts the process. A Walmart employee told me that it actually does inconvenience her when she is given reusable bags. At least she was honest. But hey, we’re trying to avoid plastic, so deal with it.

Ecozoi Reusable Bags

If you need recommendations for some great reusable shopping bags, check out my list of best reusable grocery bags of 2021.

2. Use Reusable Produce Bags

A lot of grocery stores have incorporated “biodegradable” produce bags. But just how “biodegradable” are they? How fast can they break down in a land fill? Sadly, not fast enough.

Unless a biodegradable plastic bag is buried in a microbe rich environment—in other words, unless you take the time to compost it properly—these biodegradable bags that stores put out for you in the produce section will be around for months, if not years in a landfill.

That’s why it’s a very good idea to purchase a few reusable mesh produce bags. They’re eco-friendly, zero-waste and sustainable. And you can find some really great reusable produce bags made from organic material like hemp or organic cotton. Plus, just like reusable shopping bags, you can sanitize them with a wash.

Earth Hero

Earth Hero carries an awesome grocer kit, which consists of a grocery tote and 3 mesh produce bags made from cotton and other recycled materials to help you shop in a more eco-friendly manner.

3. Bring A Silicone Container For The Deli Meat

This may sound a little unorthodox when it comes to purchasing sandwhich meat at the deli counter, but I have started taking my Stasher bags to the grocery store with me and I successfully avoid having my deli meat packaged in plastic.

Personally, I love ordering deli meat in lieu of packaged sandwhich meat that sits on the shelf next to the hot dogs. It just tastes fresher, my kids enjoy it, and I don’t have to buy it in a plastic container.

Stasher

A while ago, I bought some of those silicone Stasher bags you’ve probably seen all over the Internet, and I figured that I can take it with me, to the store, have the deli guy weigh the meat, and then just stick it in the Stasher with the price sticker on top. And yea, they’re perfectly fine with it.

4. Buy Reusable Bread Bags For Bakery Bread

Even in the bakery section, a majority of grocery stores still make you put baguettes into plastic bags—which can be avoided. So, if if you’re someone who loves their bread, then consider bringing your own reusable bread bags to the grocery store with you.

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Reusable bread bags have become very popular in the last couple of years. They’re great for grocery trips, and excellent for bread storage at home. Some sets even come with reusable wine bags as well.

5. When Possible, Buy Items In Sustainable Packaging

I have kids, so believe me, I KNOW the struggle of buying anything that doesn’t come in plastic containers when it comes to food. Yogurt is probably the toughest one. With that said, some things you just can’t go plastic-free on. But, when I can, I do buy items that are packaged in boxes or glass as opposed to plastic.

For example, instead of buying my kids the ready made jell-o in the refrigerated section (which are packaged in plastic), I opt for the powder mix that’s sold in cardboard boxes, and just make it by hand at home. Afterwards, I dump the cardboard in the recycling bin. Small swaps like that can really make a difference.

10 Amazing Solar Powered Fairy Homes

Solar Powered Fairy Homes For Your Lawn And Garden

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The sun is a renewable energy source, and its light literally converts into electricity—powering everything from homes to smart phones to…garden decor—which adds a ton of charm and beauty to your lawn or garden.

One of the best ways to spruce up your lawn and garden is to add some solar powered decor, which looks very lovely at night. This type of decor soaks up the sun’s rays during the day time and activates around evening time—when it’s dark enough for the subtle glowing light to be visible.

Aside from aesthetics, solar powered decor is also very practical and useful. You can purchase steak lights which run purely on solar power, and use them to light up your driveway—making your home more visible.

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But, if you’re purely into aesthetics and particularly, fairy type decor, then you’re in luck. There are many solar powered fairy homes that are visually striking, and make excellent gardening gifts for yourself or for friends and loved ones.

Below are 10 fairy homes which are powered by solar energy and make your outdoor space look absolutely magical at night.

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Bits And Pieces

This charming butterfly and blue daisies fairy cottage is accented with moss mushrooms, butterflies and blue daisies.

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This fairy-tale shoe house looks fantastic on your porch steps or in your garden bed surrounded by flowers.

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This is a great take on a fairy “mobile-home”. This little snail carries a tiny fairy cottage on his shell and adds fun to any garden!

Teresa’s Collections

This little fairy cottage looks incredibly realistic with moss growing on its roof. It’s very mesmerizing to look at and adds a hint of magic to any garden!

Teresa’s Collections

This little cowboy boot fairy cottage reminds me of Thumbelina! It’s a great addition to a porch, garden or any outdoor space near plant pots!

VP Home

This tree trunk fairy house is an adorable addition to your garden and is full of tiny details that make this home look magical!

Teresa’s Collections

This fairy cottage is a beautiful site—full of detail and color. It adds charm to any outdoor space that needs a little bit of magic!

VP Home

This little fairy cottage is a rain-boot adorned with mushrooms a cute little reading frog.

Exhart

Another charming fairy shoe cottage! This little fairy home is very humble and I love the warm glow that comes out of the doorway!

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This is perhaps my favorite solar powered fairy home because of its architecture and colors. It looks wonderful near green potted plants or tucked away in a garden somewhere.