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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Cat Lovers

Sustainable Holiday Gift Ideas For Cats And The Cat Lover In Your Life

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Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re shopping for the cat lover in your life, then you’ve come to the right place!

As much as I love them, cats don’t exactly have the best reputation when it comes to being green. However, with small swaps and changes, cat owners can minimize their cat’s carbon pawprint—and so can you—by choosing environmentally friendly gift options!

So whether you’re an eco-conscious gift giver or shopping for a cat lover who prefers eco-friendly cat products, then you will love this gift guide which contains really cool sustainable gift options!

With that said, keep reading to see our 10 eco-friendly gift ideas for cat lovers and their cats!

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Eco-Friendly Gifts For People Who Love Cats

Cat-Themed Self Care Gift Box

Give the cat lover in your life a super cute cat-themed gift box full of essential self-care items—all of which are made from natural, eco-friendly and non-toxic material!

Organic New Zealand Wool Cat House

This snug yet spacious cat home by Chiby is stylish, sustainable, biodegradable and eco-friendly! It’s made from 100% New Zealand wool, and it’s a functional gift that cats and their owners will adore!

Bamboo Turntable Cat Toy

This bamboo turntable cat toy is not only eco-friendly, but also provides hours of fun for your cat! The cat lover in your life will really appreciate this unique sustainable cat gift!

Reusable Cat Grocery Bags

Help the cat lover in your life say goodbye to single-use plastic grocery bags with these adorable reusable ones by Bowbear instead!

Uproot Clean Reusable Pet Hair Remover

If you or the cat owner in your life needs an effective solution to cat hair, you need to check out the Uproot Cleaner! It’s a reusable lint and pet hair remover that works miracles, and it comes in various sizes! As someone who owns this handy tool, I 100% recommend it! Also, take 10% off with code ECOMOM10

Organic Cat Grass Growing Kit

This organic cat grass growing kit by the Cat Ladies, is a great gift for cat owners because it provides cats with important nutrients, and keeps them from digging up household plants—which can be toxic.

Metal Cat Wine Holder

If you’re looking for a cat-themed gift that adds style to the kitchen, this metal wine holder is a beautiful and fun gift idea! It’s especially perfect for Christmas or a housewarming party!

Eco-Friendly Cat Scratcher With Organic Cat Nip

A cat owner can never have too many cat scratchers, and this particular one by Way Basics, is not only made from recycled material, but is infused with organic cat nip!

Stainless Steel Cat Mom Life Tumbler

You can never have too many travel tumblers, and I am really loving this Cat Mom Life travel tumbler with cute aesthetics! So if you have a cat mom in your life, this gift would be purrrfect!

Solar Powered Cat Stake Light For Driveway And Garden

This Solar powered stake light is a fun gift for a home owner! Get one or a few to make their driveway or garden look whimsical at night! The best part is that they’ll never need to charge them!

Cotton Cat Collar With Matching Friendship Bracelet

I am loving this cat collar and matching friendship bracelet! Both are made from 100% cotton, have a boho vibe, and the collar contains a cute little wooden heart. It’s a great sustainable gift for a cat owner and their cat!

Porcelain Cat Bowl Set

This porcelain food bowl set with bamboo stand for cats is beautifully crafted and slanted at an angle to help with digestive issues. These are also a better option than plastic bowls because plastic gets scratches which invites bacteria.

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Best Non-Toxic Dog Beds

Environmentally Friendly Dog Beds Made With Sustainable Material

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Are you looking for an organic dog bed made from non-toxic material that’s safe for your pet and kind to the environment? You’ve come to the right place!

Dogs sleep between 12 to 18 hours a day, so a high quality dog bed with excellent joint support is crucial for your pet’s overall health!

Why Your Pup Needs A Sustainable Dog Bed

As mentioned previously, dogs spend a lot of time snoozing, so it’s important to make them feel as comfortable as possible—especially since dogs tend to develop certain health problems as they age.

Just like humans, joint pain is common in dogs of any breed, so it’s crucial to invest in a dog bed that offers high quality orthopedic support, and many organic dog beds go the extra mile to include these features.

Dogs are also prone to skin issues, and a lot of dogs beds are unfortunately mass produced with synthetic material that can cause irritation and worsen skin conditions that your pup may already have.

Non-Toxic dog beds, on the other hand, are made from natural material such as bamboo, organic cotton, organic latex, and hemp—making these beds breathable and hypoallergenic.

With that said, below are the best eco-friendly dog beds made from non-toxic and sustainable material that are kind to both your pet, and the planet.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Dog Beds For Your Sustainable Pup

Brentwood Home

Runyon Orthopedic Dog Bed By Brentwood Home

This durable, stylish and non-toxic dog bed by Brentwood Home is designed for orthopedic support and easy maintenance. It contains a water-proof liner, machine washable cover, and is Greenguard Gold and Climate Neutral certified. Brentwood home also offers a 3-year limited warranty as well as a 30-day risk-free trial.

OMI

OMI Organic Cotton Pet Bed

OMI pet beds are made with certified organic cotton and natural rubber—two elements that are sewn in different compartments—allowing your pet to alternate comfort levels. The OMI pet bed also comes with a removable organic cotton canvas cover which can be purchased separately, or together with the bed. You can purchase these beds on EarthHero.com.

Bean Products

Organic Hemp Pet Bed By Bean Products

This soft and comfortable eco-friendly pet bed by Bean Products is available in various sizes—from xx small to XX large. It’s made from organic hemp and filled with pre-consumer recycled shredded CertiPUR foam. The cover is removable and washable, and since hemp doesn’t rot, you won’t have to worry about this fabric getting wet.

Green Breathe Eco

Green Breathe Eco

This odor-control pet bed by Green Breathe Eco is infused with activated charcoal, which absorbs and neutralizes pet odor. The removable and washable canvas is made from eco-friendly and biodegradable suede, and the mattress itself is waterproof.

Naturopet

NaturoPet Natural Wool And Cotton Dog Bed

The eco-friendly Naturopet dog bed is made from virgin wool and organic cotton. Virgin wool is naturally breathable, sustainable and helps control your pet’s unique body temperature—giving them a better night’s rest.

The removable zippered cotton canvas is easy to clean and is machine washable. It’s the perfect dog bed for aging pets, as this natural and elevated dog bed offers luxurious comfort, helps relieve tension and pressure points, cushions the body, and provides premium orthopedic support.

Kingston Non-Toxic Dog Bed By Essentia

Taking luxury dog beds to a whole new level, the Kingston dog beds by Essentia are made entirely from a mix of 3 unique non-toxic shredded foam, and contain a removable cotton cover for easy cleaning. The SoftGrip cotton bottom makes it safe to use on all floors, and is adhesive free. You’ll also be glad to know that each bed is handmade in a GOTS certified organic factory in Canada.

Brentwood Home

Griffith Pet Bed By Brentwood Home

The Griffith is another non-toxic luxury pet bed by Brentwood Home that provides orthopedic support for your dog, and is Greenguard Gold and Climate Neutral certified. Brentwood home also offers a 3-year limited warranty as well as a 30-day risk-free trial.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Dog Owners

Lower Your Carbon Paw-Print With These Sustainable Gifting Options For Dog Lovers

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Are you looking for a sustainable and non-toxic gift for the dog owner in your life? You’ve come to the right place!

Our gift guide is all about eco-friendly and sustainable pet products that both pup and his owner will love!

Many pet products today are mass produced and made from toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals that can literally harm your pet.

Synthetic chemicals in dog toys, bedding, treats and feeding supplies are actually the culprits in a lot of skin and digestive issues that your pet may be experiencing.

So this holiday season, gift the dog owner in your life with a non-toxic and environmentally friendly pet product in lieu of, well, disposable junk. After all, pets are family and deserve the very best—especially when it comes to their health.

With that said, read on for the best eco-friendly gift ideas for dog lovers and their pets!

These gifts are excellent for any occasion, and make especially wonderful Christmas gifts for eco-conscious dog owners!

Sustainable Gift Ideas For Eco-Conscious Dog Owners

Uproot Clean Reusable Pet Hair Remover

If you or the dog owner in your life needs an effective solution to dog hair, you need to check out the Uproot Cleaner! It’s a reusable lint and pet hair remover that works miracles, and it comes in various sizes! As someone who owns this handy tool, I 100% recommend it! Also, take 10% off with code ECOMOM10

Natural Rubber Dog Toys And Treat Dispenser Set By Wild One

Non-toxic and super healthy, this set of natural rubber dog toys / treat dispensers provide tons of fun and mental stimulation for your furry friend without any harmful chemicals! Natural rubber is also biodegradable, and won’t harm the environment when it’s time to dispose of it. It’s a cool eco-friendly pet gift for any size dog!

HydraPeak Insulated Dog Bowl

Plastic pet bowls are prone to scratches which invite in bacteria—that’s why I always recommend stainless steel food bowls for pets. HydraPeak pet bowls are awesome because they’re double wall insulated (keeps water cold longer), slip-proof, scratch resistant, dishwasher safe, and non-toxic! It’s like your pup has his own HydroFlask!

Ethique Solid Shampoo Bar For Pets

I am obsessed with pet shampoo bars, and the dog lover in your life will be too! Unlike traditional pet shampoo, solid wash bars are non-toxic and hypoallergenic—leaving your dog with healthier skin and coat! Ethique has a really great line of pet shampoos, and they look fabulous as part of a gift basket!

Biodegradable Poop Waste Bags With Dispenser

There is only one clear winner when it comes to biodegradable poop waste bags, and it’s Wild One. Other brands use a chemical on their “eco” bags to eventually allow them break down, but Wild One waste bags are made from corn, and will break down naturally. This set, which comes with a dispenser, is an awesome eco-friendly gift for dog owners!

Recycled Climbing Rope Dog Leash

A dog owner can never have too many dog leashes! And when I buy a dog leash, I like to opt for one that’s made from a recycled material—like this recycled climbing rope leash by FlowFold! It’s an eco-friendly and unique gift for dog lovers that looks rugged and is extremely durable!

Recycled Dog Harness By EcoBex

This breathable and no-pull dog harness is made from recycled plastic bottles, and a portion of the proceeds go toward helping animals and fighting climate change. A harness is great to have on long walks, and they don’t hurt a dog’s throat, so this is a great eco-friendly gift for a dog owner!

Human Water Bottle With Detachable Dog Bowl

This eco-friendly gift is for both the dog owner and their pup—and it’s genius! This stainless steel water bottle keeps water ice cold, and contains a detachable dog bowl, allowing both to stay hydrated during walks, hikes and travels!

Yak Cheese Dog Chews By Eco Kind

Ditch the rawhide which can cause digestive upset, and have your pup switch to Yak chews instead! The Eco Kind yak chews are made from 100% yak milk and are all-natural with no harmful additives! So if you’re the fun pup uncle that likes to bring treats, gift the pup in your life with these!

Organic Wool Dog Toys

These hypoallergenic and nontoxic New Zealand wool balls are a much safer and healthier alternative to tennis balls. They are also machine washable, and come packaged in a post-consumer recycled cardboard box. It’s a unique dog gift that any pup will love!

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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Teachers

Thoughtful And Sustainable Gifts For Teachers And Educators

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Are you looking for sustainable teacher appreciation gifts? You’ve come to the right place!

Teachers and educators are hard working individuals who help our children grow academically—and they do so while being underpaid and undersupplied.

Many teachers also put up with a lot of shenanigans throughout the day, so a small token of appreciation is more than warranted.

What Kind Of Gifts Do Teachers Want?

Teachers appreciate gifts consisting of hand-written notes, snacks, self-care items, personalized items, gifts cards and school supplies for both the teacher and the students!

And shopping for environmentally friendly versions of these gifts is indeed, possible. When shopping for eco-friendly teacher gifts, choose items that are reusable, all-natural, biodegradable and non-toxic.

Handmade items are the most thoughtful and eco-friendly gift ideas, but if you’re not much of a DIY-er, or simply pressed for time, then this eco-friendly teacher gift guide will help you out!

These eco-friendly gifts for teachers are great for back-to-school, teacher appreciation week, Christmas and end-of-school celebrations.

10 Sustainable Teacher Gifts That They Will Actually Use!

Zero Waste Bundle Starter Kit By MightyNest

The teacher in your life will really enjoy this zero waste starter kit by MightyNest—no matter if they are an eco warrior, or just starting out in a green-living journey. Bundle kits are an awesome gift idea if you’re not quite sure what to buy, because they are full of variety.

Organic Cotton Tote By Harp + Ra

Teachers and educators always appreciate a good tote bag to carry all of their supplies in. And this spacious tote bag by Harp + Ra is made from organic cotton, has multiple pockets and is available in various colors. The teacher in your life will really love this sustainable gift!

Organic Cotton Canvas Lunch Bag By Organic Cotton Mart

The teacher in your life will really appreciate this machine-washable, organic cotton lunch tote! It’s eco-friendly, non-toxic, has a minimalist design, and can fit a small bento box + snacks. Perfect for the classroom, lunchroom and field trips!

Avocado Tree Growing Kit

Avocado tree growing kits are such an awesome gift for both the teacher and the entire classroom. It’s a great learning opportunity for students because they will love seeing an avocado seed sprout!

Stainless Steel Travel Utensils By TopBooc

I love giving travel utensils to friends and family because they’re so practical and eco-friendly! And any teacher will appreciate this beautiful utensil kit by Topbooc which is my favorite brand because it’s so affordable and the utensils are available in a ton of colors.

Natural Cork ID Card Holder With Lanyard By Boshiho

Many teachers wear lanyards as a tool to store their ID cards and classroom keys. These natural cork lanyards by Boshiho have a super unique boho-style, and the best part is that they are compostable and biodegradable.

Plant Based Disinfectant Wipes By Seventh Generation

Teachers constantly need cleaning supply donations, and a lot of the time, parents donate brands that are toxic to a little one’s health. I love Seventh Generation products because they are plant-based and made with essential oils—while still effectively killing germs.

Personalized Classroom Welcome Sign

A personalIzed welcome sign for the classroom is a thoughtful and long-lasting gift that can be used year after year! The boho design is also super cute, and it’s available in many different colors!

Bamboo Tea Tumbler With Infuser + Strainer By Liezelmann

I know a few teachers who prefer to drink caffeinated tea in the mornings, and decaf tea at night. If the teacher in your life loves their tea, then opt for this chíc bamboo tea tumbler which comes equipped with an infuser and strainer. It’s a stylish and functional gift for educators that will be used daily!

Scotch Thermal Laminator By Scotch

Almost every teacher you talk to, will tell you what a God-send a thermal laminator is. They are a very eco-friendly classroom tool because teachers are able to create dry-erase worksheets that can be reused year after year—making this a very sustainable teacher gift.

Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler By Albor

Teachers need to hydrate throughout the day, so hook them up with my favorite stainless steel travel mug by ALBOR! These tumblers are great not only for coffee, but for ice water as well! These tumblers are also really good looking and come with stainless steel straws, a straw cleaner, lid and removable handle!

Wooden Bookmark Gift Set By ToPretty

A set of wooden bookmarks is the perfect gift for teachers and educators because they are surrounded by books, both at home and in the classroom! I really love this wooden bookmark gift set by ToPretty because each bookmark has a beautiful design, and comes in a lovely presentation!

Nontoxic Portable S’mores Kit

This nontoxic portable s’mores kit by CityBonFires gives you 3-5 hours of burning time, and comes with everything you need to make this delicious treat (including the Hershey Chocolate)! It’s a unique sweet gift that teachers will love!

Cork Notebook And Pen Set

This cork note book set is an eco-friendly gift for teachers and educators that is both practical and unique. Cork is both compostable and biodegradable, so it’s a cool gift for anyone who takes notes on a regular basis!

Burt’s Bees Self Care Gift Set

The teacher in your needs a little pampering from time to time, so how about gifting them with a Burt’s Bees self-care gift set! All Burt’s Bees products are all-natural, non-toxic, and come in beautiful packaging.

Pop Up Paper Flower Bouquet By Love Pop

Flowers only last so long, so how about gifting the teacher in your life with a beautiful paper flower bouquet by Love Pop! It’s a unique eco-friendly gift, and can be recycled later on!

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10 Eco-Friendly Gifts For Co-Workers

10 Affordable Holiday Gifts For Eco-Friendly Co-Workers That Are Under $15

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When I started this gift guide, I had to remind myself that not everyone works in an indoor office environment—so you’ll see a lot of practical items that can be used at home, on the commute to work, and lunch breaks—no matter what profession your colleague is in.

This co-worker gift guide also contains items that are under $15, because let’s face it, while we love [the majority] of our co-workers, we don’t want to spend our entire paycheck on them—especially those of us that have a large family to shop for.

Lastly, every eco-friendly gift option on this gift guide is gender-neutral, and some items are available in various colors.

What Are The Benefits Of Buying Eco-Friendy Gifts For Co-Workers

There are several benefits to gifting your work buddy with sustainable gifts in lieu of disposable gadgets.


Sustainable gifts are a great way to encourage co-workers to go green and make eco-friendly choices—both at work and at home.

And as for the colleagues who might already be eco warriors, they’ll get to try out some cool new items that they might not already own. They’ll also be super impressed by your thoughtful initiative to choose green over conventional items.

Lastly, eco friendly gifts, no matter how inexpensive and small they may be, always look thoughtful and high end.

With that said, below you’ll find 10 sustainable and gender-neutral gift options for your co-workers that are not only budget-friendly, but thoughtful and kind to the environment.

And don’t forget to pair them with sustainable gift wrap! You can find my sustainable gift wrap ideas here!

10 Sustainable Gifts For Eco Conscious Co-Workers

The Coconut Connection Reusable Utensils

Everyone eats lunch, which makes this gift not only eco-friendly, but practical and sustainable. Whether your co-worker eats out, or brings their own lunch to work, they will love using this good looking reusable utensil set made from real coconut wood by The Coconut Connection.

Shampoo Bar Sampler Pack By HiBAR

Shampoo bars are eco-friendly and make really practical gifts for co-workers who have always wanted to try one! The HiBAR shampoo bar sampler pack is a great buy because it comes with 3 different formulas, and it’s very budget friendly! They also work great on beards, so if your colleague has some magnificent face foliage, they’ll love using these as shaving soap.

Aroma Therapie Car Air Freshener Glass Diffuser Bottles

I love this co-worker gift for several reasons, and the first has to do with the fact that these automotive glass diffuser bottles are empty—allowing the recipient to choose their own essential oils. The second reason why I love this product is the aesthetics—they are so chíc! And lastly, these glass diffusers are biodegradable—making them totally eco-friendly!

Flyby Collapsible Drinking Straw

Another great eco-friendly gift idea for your co-worker is a reusable and portable straw that comes with a travel case. It’s a great way to minimize plastic pollution, and this particular brand allows you to clip the straw onto anything. You co-worker will be excited to try one of these out!

Chico Reusable Compact Tote

I love the Chico Bags because they’re reusable, compact and durable. They especially make excellent eco-friendly gifts for co-workers because they’re functional, and can be used for shopping or taking items home from work.

Gorilla Grip Silicone Baking Sheets

Silicone baking sheets are a brilliant idea for co-workers who love to bake, and are always bringing homemade goodies for everyone in the office! You’d be surprised how many people haven’t heard of reusable silicone baking sheets, which are non-stick, durable and reusable!

Glass Water Bottle With Bamboo Lid By Neon Kactus

Help your co-worker stay hydrated and ditch the disposable plastic water bottles by gifting them a Neon Kactus glass water bottle. This water bottle is eco-friendly, non-toxic and stylish (Available in many colors).

Rice Husk Coffee Mug From Bienergo

Everyone commutes to work, and mostly everyone drinks tea or coffee in the mornings—so why not opt for a unique travel cup made from rice husk. You can even fill it with some treats! Rice husk is durable and biodegradable—making this a really great eco-friendly gift for a co-worker!

Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate

When it comes to gifts, a lot of co-workers prefer to receive consumable goods over other items. And if your co-worker is a chocolate enthusiast, opt for some fair trade, organic chocolate! Alter Eco is a really delicious and budget-friendly brand that I personally love.

Wool Dryer Balls By Huajie

A sustainable gift that a co-worker would really appreciate is a set of organic wool dryer balls that help speed up drying time and soften clothes at the same time! Wool dryer balls are a wonderful alternative to toxic dryer sheets, and they last a very long time, making this co-worker gift eco-friendly and sustainable!

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Uproot Clean Review: Does It Really Work?

The Reusable Lint Cleaner And Pet Hair Removal Tool You Need In Your Life

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I’ll get straight to the point: disposable lint rollers are bad for the environment. Everything about them is wasteful—from the sticky roll of paper, to the flimsy plastic handle.

Don’t get me wrong, traditional lint rollers are a cool invention, but there are much better alternatives that perform the task just as well, and don’t pollute the planet during the process.

With that said, I was ecstatic when Uproot Clean contacted me for an opportunity to review their reusable lint and pet hair remover tool. I had seen their ads all over instagram and was genuinely intrigued about this little tool that made such satisfying scraping sounds while rounding up massive amounts of pet hair from people’s carpets and sofa cushions.

And when I got mine in the mail and started using it on my own sofa cushions, carpet and sweaters, I knew it was the real deal, and I wasn’t going to need disposable versions ever again.

What Is The Uproot Clean Tool, And Does It Really Work?

The Uproot Clean tool is a multi-purpose reusable lint and pet hair remover that tackles everything ranging from carpets, rugs, clothes, furniture, bedding, backpacks, car seats, cat condos and more.

There are no adhesives to mess with, nothing to throw out, and all you have to do is scrape. Yes, scrape—but, don’t worry, because the creators of Uproot Clean have designed this tool in such a way that it doesn’t snag.

You should also know that the tool does not work on certain carpets and fabric like berber—this is due to the woven loop system that it has going on.

I Use It On My Sofa Cushions

We’ve had our sofa set for 4 years now, and over time those poor cushions developed some serious pilling. So I decided to use the Uproot Clean to get rid of every single little annoying ball of lint, and my sofa cushions went back to looking smooth and almost like they did years ago. I say almost because I have kids, and if you’re a parent, you know what I’m talking about.

Below is a video of me using the Uproot Clean on my couch cushion. It scraped up random lint that I didn’t even know was on there—pet hair, my hair, dryer lint, etc. Pretty much stuff that the typical vacuum cleaner can’t always suck up.

My Sweaters Look New Again

I love my sweaters, but after sometime, they begin to show signs of wear, and like my sofa cushions, pilling occurs as well. So you can imagine my delight when I used the Uproot Clean lint remover on a few of them and restored their appearance!

“78% of clothes & fabrics with lint/pills end up being thrown away” —Uproot Clean

What Are The Benefits Of The Uproot Clean Tool?

  • The Uproot Clean tool is eco-friendly, zero-waste and sustainable. It’s reusable, so there’s nothing to throw out.
  • It saves money because you will no longer need to purchase disposable varieties.
  • They’re a must-have for pet owners who are tired of struggling with pet hair. The Uproot Clean is a beast when it comes to grabbing loose hair.

The Uproot Clean Tool Is Available In Various Sizes

The Uproot Clean is available in 3 different sizes: Pro, Max and Mini. They are available in a bundle that allows you to save a little extra on your purchase.

The Max is great for larger projects like carpets, while the mini is perfect for travel. I like to keep my mini in my purse and use it on my shirt or leggings to get rid of annoying fuzz or pet hair.

See It In Action!

Video courtesy of Uproot Clean via Instagram

Convinced Yet?

If you’re ready to ditch that disposable lint roller and ready to try out the reusable Uproot Clean, then check out their website!

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5 Best Natural Face Washes For Kids

Best Non-Toxic Foaming Facial Cleansers For Your Little One’s Delicate Skin

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When kids reach adolescence, many parents wonder if their child should begin a skincare routine—and the answer to that is yes, they definitely should!

Kids play hard, and at the end of the day, their face is covered with all sorts of impurities that clog pores, and transfer onto pillow cases where bacteria lingers.

So in addition to brushing their teeth, you should encourage your little one to cleanse their face using a gentle face wash that’s suited for delicate skin.

Kids are never too young to learn healthy habits, and they’ll thrive from consistent daily routines.

What Should I Look For When Shopping For A Kid-Friendly Face Wash?

When shopping for a child-friendly facial cleanser, it’s important to remind ourselves that children have delicate, sensitive skin, and that certain products can be unsafe.

If your child is under the age of 12, you should choose facial cleansers that are plant-based and hypoallergenic—in other words, clean and non-toxic ingredients that are free from parabens, pthalates, and sulfates.

With that said, below are 5 of the most efficient yet gentle facial cleansers for little kids that are perfect for starting a consistent daily skincare routine.

5 Best Non-Toxic Facial Cleansers For Kids

Brand | The Natural And Organic Family

The award-winning Kids Foaming Face Wash by The Natural And Organic Family is 99% natural and over 80% organic. It contains biodegradable ingredients, a nice natural light floral scent from the Organic Neroli flower water, and is safe for all skin types.

Features

  • Prevents Acne Spots and Pimple Breakouts
  • Easy-to-Use Pump Bottle
  • Fun Foaming Texture That Kids Love
  • No Harsh Chemicals
  • No fragrance
  • Safe for All Skin Types

Brand | Evereden

The Evereden multivitamin face wash for kids is formulated with organic coconut water and coconut juice to deliver a rich foaming lather that rinses easily—leaving your child’s skin feeling balanced and refreshed. This gentle face wash also contains a MegaVitamin Complex which is a complete blend of organic ingredients, essential omegas, amino acids, and vitamins to help maintain the feel of hydrated skin.

Features

• Contains a MegaVitamin complex
• Cleanses face gently, yet deeply
• Contains a rich, foaming lather
• 100% natural fragrance

Brand | I’m NOT A Baby

The I’m NOT A Baby facial cleanser is a Korean skin care product for kids that’s made with a combination of plant-based ingredients and goat milk (don’t worry, it’s PETA approved). It’s a hypoallergenic formula that provides enriched hydration, that’s especially great for sensitive skin. Some moms say it’s even better than Aveeno. The only downside to this gentle cleanser is that some parents don’t like the scent.

Features

• Made With New Zealand Goat Milk
• Vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, B12, and E
• Maintains Oil/ Moisture Balance
• PETA approved

Brand | BongBong Friends

The BongBong Friends calming foaming cleanser for kids is made with green tea and has a lovely subtle orange scent. It’s also made with 98 percent natural, plant-derived ingredients that safely protect a child’s skin barrier. Green tea is also anti-inflammatory, so if your child has super sensitive skin or eczema, then this is a wonderful gentle cleanser.

Features

  • Made from 35% green tea water
  • Contains 98% natural ingredients
  • Tear-free formula
  • Calms and moisturizes

Brand | MamaEarth

MamaEarth’s everyday foaming face wash for kids is tear-free, made-safe certified and pH balanced. This gentle formula is infused with coconut, calendula extract, aloe vera and lavender oil. It’s also hypoallergenic and contains no artificial fragrance. It’s gentle enough for baby’s skin as well!

Features

  • Deep yet gentle cleansing
  • Maintains pH balance
  • Tear-free formulation
  • Made-safe certified

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10 Awesome Products To Try For Plastic Free July

Kick Plastic To The Curb With These Eco-Friendly Alternatives

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It’s that time of year again where people all over the world make a pledge to reduce plastic consumption: Plastic-Free July!

Every year, tons and tons of plastic waste ends up in landfills, on the streets of our local communities, highways and major water ways, where its presence poses a major threat to wildlife.

We are also unknowingly consuming plastic on a daily basis. Every time we sip through a plastic straw or swig water from a disposable bottle, we are allowing micro plastic to enter our bodies.

According to the Guardian, studies have even proven the existence of micro plastic in the placenta, which means that babies are being born pre-polluted with effects like reduced fetal growth.

Those reasons and more are why the Plastic-Free July movement is so critical. If we can challenge ourselves to use less plastic for at least a month, then we should be able to continue doing so well beyond the month of July.

With that said, we’ve hand selected 10 fabulous eco-friendly products that you can splurge on in honor of Plastic-Free July [and beyond], to help reduce plastic consumption in your community.

10 Swaps For A Successful Plastic Free July And Beyond

Outlery Portable Utensils

Plastic straws and disposable utensils are one of the biggest contributors to landfill waste and water pollution. That’s why the Outlery portable travel utensils are number one on our top 10 list of items to try during plastic-free July—and beyond!

Zero Waste Store Reusable Organic Tote Bag

One of the best ways to reduce plastic bag pollution is to bring reusable bags to the store with you. This month, we are loving the organic cotton tote bags by Zero Waste Essentials which are sustainably sourced and made to last. Each bag features Earth-loving artwork, and can be used at the store or even the beach!

Febu Laundry Detergent Sheets

Laundry sheets pack a ton of plant-based cleaning power into tiny, pre-measured strips of detergent. And the best part is that they’re housed in zero-waste packaging! So this July, skip the plastic jug full of harsh chemicals, and try a pack of eco-friendly laundry detergent sheets! They might become a keeper!

Guppy Friend Microplastic Catcher

With each wash, a good amount of plastic fibers from synthetic textiles make their way from our washing machine into rivers and oceans. The Guppyfriend Washing Bag reduces the amount of microfibers that may enter these major waterways. That’s why it’s a great buy for Plastic-Free July and beyond!

SpaZa Cotton Bowl Covers

Cotton bowl covers are a breath of fresh air! Instead of utilizing cling wrap or aluminum foil, stretchy cotton bowl covers will do the job so much better, without creating waste. Plus, they’re breathable—so no more condensation, which is perfect for storing those leafy greens!

Freedom Natural Deodorant

One of the best plastic swaps that you can make when it comes to the planet and your health is to switch to a natural deodorant that’s housed in compostable packaging. Freedom deodorant is one of the finest aluminum free deodorants on the market that’s cruelty-free and women owned!

B.O.B Bars Over Bottles Shampoo Bars

If you’ve always wanted to try a shampoo bar, then we’ve got the perfect trial pack for you! The B.O.B kit is the perfect way to sample shampoo and conditioner bars, and even comes with a mini bar holder. After you try these, we’re confident that you’ll say goodbye to shampoo bottles!

Tirtyl Handsoap Kit

Save the planet and save money by purchasing a nontoxic and plastic-free hand soap kit. With Tirtyl, you’ll get a stylish glass dispenser, and 4 tablet refills which create a full 8 ounces of soap each. It’s a great addition to a zero-waste kitchen, and we think you’re going to love this product!

Love Bottle

One of the easiest plastic swaps to make is ditching disposable water bottles for a reusable one. It’s much healthier for you as well. Aside from its unique look, each Love Bottle is 100% plastic free, completely nontoxic and made with about 40% recycled glass.

Uproot Clean Reusable Lint Remover

Did you know that lint roller companies make a whopping $50 million a year? Consumers are literally making these guys rich while contributing to pollution. Lint roller sheets cannot be recycled, so one of the best swaps you can make is switching to reusable lint removers—and brands like Uproot Clean is a must-have!

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5 Reasons To Love Baubles + Soles

Multipurpose Children’s Shoes That Are Good For The Planet

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In an effort to cut down on clutter and save money this year, I’ve chosen the minimalist route when it comes to shoe shopping for my four year old daughter.

Girls need a variety of shoes for different occasions, and all of the different styles that you acquire throughout the year result in a massive pile that will ultimately get discarded (via either donation or trash).

Frustrated by this scenario, I became inspired to go on the hunt for the ultimate sustainable shoes that my daughter would able to wear on different occasions, and that I wouldn’t have to throw out once she outgrew them.

And after hours of searching, I found Baubles + Soles. A sustainable shoe brand whose founders appeared on an episode of Shark Tank, and there are 5 very good reasons to choose these shoes for your little one.

Baubles + Soles

Sustainable

One of the first things that caught my eye about these shoes was the aesthetics. These shoes are adorable! They look like silicone, but are actually made from a vegan bio-based material derived from soy—making them 100% recyclable. According to Baubles + Soles, they source materials from scraps and discarded shoes to create brand new pairs, which saves tons of excess materials from reaching the landfill each year!

Multi-Purpose

As mentioned earlier, one of my pet peeves is buying shoes for different occasions, which means that you’re forced to buy multiple shoes—and some will barely get worn.

So the second thing that I love about Baubles + Soles is that these shoes have an interchangeable bauble which basically allows you to create a brand new style for different occasions. Your child can literally wear these shoes on the playground, and then later on at a fancy dinner party or church service—and friends and family will think you own multiple pairs.

The baubles range from pompoms, hearts, and bows to cute avocados, tacos and sloths! And the best part is that even if your child outgrows their current shoe, the baubles can be used to accessorize a new pair!

Recyclable

It’s nearly impossible to find a pair of children’s shoes that are 100% recyclable, so I love the fact that Baubles + Soles has a mail-in recycling program that awards you with a 15% off promo code for doing so! What’s better than saving the planet while earning some savings on your next purchase? It’s a win-win!

“If you return your well-loved and worn soles to our factory, we will recycle them. Shoes that are free from contamination are recycled for use in new Baubles + Soles products. Shoes with contaminants are processed and recycled for use in non-apparel goods.”

Slip Resistant

Baubles + Soles are the perfect shoes for first time walkers! They are lightweight, flexible, and most importantly, slip resistant. These sustainable shoes are also made from one-piece construction, which means that you won’t need to worry about laces, velcro, buckles, or toxic adhesives!

Easy To Clean

Lastly, Baubles + Soles are both machine washable and dishwasher safe! No more scrubbing mud off of canvas when shoes get muddy at the playground, just rinse them off with water and be on your way!

You can currently save 20% off of your first order by signing up to be an insider on their website!

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3 Best Water Saving Showerheads To Own In 2022

Conserve Water And Save Money With These Easy To Install Low Flow Shower Heads

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The average American will use close to 20 gallons of water per shower when using a standard 2.5 gallons per minute showerhead—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

By switching to a low-flow showerhead, the average American household can save up to 10,000 gallons of water a year! Not only is this beneficial to the environment, it’s also a nice reduction in your utility bills—especially if you live in a location where water is expensive.

And with so many innovative low-flow showerhead models to choose from, you will really enjoy the eco-friendly upgrade in your bathroom, and get a better shower experience.

How Does A Water Saving Showerhead Work?

A water-saving showerhead works by restricting the volume of water that is expelled—and depending on the showerhead, it does so by either regulating the flow or aerating the water (and some come equipped with settings that can do both).

The standard for low-flow showerheads is 2.0 gallons per minute or less. And today, some ultra low-flow showerheads offer as little as 1.2 GPM without sacrificing high pressure—incredible! Spoiler alert: one is on this list!

What To Consider When Buying A Water-Saving Showerhead

When considering a good-quality water-saving showerhead, you should consider important factors like flow rate, pressure, easy install, and aesthetics.

Type

There are several types of water-saving showerheads which consist of: fixed, handheld, and a combination of both. Each characteristic affects functionality, so it’s important to weight the pros and cons of each style. For example, a handheld showerhead would probably be more practical for children, and individuals with disabilities than a fixed design.

Flow Rate

A good quality water-saving showerhead should use less than 2 GPM, but shouldn’t sacrifice strong pressure. Most people opt for showerheads with diverse setting options that range from soft mist to a hard spray, with some even containing a handy pause button which temporarily halts water flow while you lather.

Aesthetic

All showerheads (not just low-flow showerheads) come in a wide variety of finishes such as matte, stainless steel, chrome, bronze, brass, nickel and more. And you’ll most likely want a finish that complements the rest of your bathroom decor.

Easy Install

Installing a showerhead is actually quite an easy DIY project that requires basic tools such as a screwdriver, wrench and a bit of plumbers tape. And low-flow showerheads are just as easy to install as standard varieties.

With that said, if you think that a low-flow showerhead is right for you, read on for our top 3 recommendations. Each one is super easy to install, and all are renter friendly!

Top 3 Best Low-Flow Showerheads For An Eco-Friendly Bathroom Upgrade

Nebia By Moen Quattro Rainshower Showerhead

✅ Low Flow Rate: 1.2 GPM

✅ Type: Fixed (Available in Handheld as well)

If you want a water saving showerhead, but don’t want to sacrifice high water pressure, then let us introduce you to the Nebia [By Moen] Quattro Rainshower Showerhead, which saves you up to 50% of water during your standard shower experience.

At only 1.2 GPM, this eco-friendly yet satisfying showerhead is the world’s best high-pressure water-saving showerhead, and features four unique and powerful spray modes to satisfy all types of shower preferences: Angel Hair, Hard Spray, Super Saver, and Soft Spray.

Saving water is easy thanks to Nebia’s atomizing spray nozzles that use a patented H2Micro technology to produce smaller, faster droplets than standard showers.

We also love that this showerhead comes in two styles to suit you: fixed and handheld—both elegant and both with unique and durable features that will last for years.

Top Features

  • Up to 50% water savings compared to a standard shower
  • Up to 60% more force than standard showerheads 
  • Universally compatible + Easy DIY Install 

Hai Smart Showerhead

✅ Low Flow Rate: 1.8 GPM

✅ Type: Handheld

With a low flow of 1.8 gallons per minute, and vibrant color options that elevate any shower space, The Hai Smart Showerhead is your new sustainable in-home spa that you won’t be able to stop showing off to friends.

This showerhead allows you to easily customize your experience using a seamless slider for the easiest spray setting adjustment that goes from a high-pressure stream to a spa-like mist.

We also love this eco-friendly showerhead because it uses water-powered Bluetooth technology, which connects with the Hai app, to track your water usage and shows your environmental impact over time. As a result, you are able to customize your duration in the shower and can actually set a timer on the showerhead itself.

With that said, Customizable LED lights let you know when the water is warm or if you have reached your target water limit—pretty cool, right!? We sure think so.

Top Features

  • Water-powered Bluetooth technology tracks water usage
  • Customizable LED lights
  • Seamless slider for easy spray setting adjustments
  • Each hai shower houses a hydro-powered micro-turbine which generates energy from water flow alone!
  • Easy DIY install which is perfect for apartment-hopping nomads

Delta Faucet 5-Spray H20Kinetic In2ition Showerhead

✅ Low Flow Rate: 1.75 GPM

✅ Type: Combination

For being a water-saving combination, the Delta Faucet 5-Spray H20Kinetic In2ition Showerhead provides a high-quality sensory experience using just 1.75 gallons of water per minute.

Both the fixed and handheld showerhead can actually be used at the same time without sacrificing water pressure. So even though water is being diverted between two shower heads, you can still get the full experience of the several awesome spray settings that this combo has to offer which include: power drench spray, full body spray, massaging spray, and full body spray with massage.

The Delta low flow showerhead also comes with a Monitor Pressure-Balanced Valve Cartridge which ensures a consistent shower temperature by balancing the pressure of both hot and cold water. Hence, the next time someone flushes the toilet, you won’t get any surprises.

Lastly, we love the pause feature, which reduces water to a trickle and maintains temperature while you lather up that hair and bod. It’s a fantastic way to conserve water usage even more, and for that, we think this showerhead is worth every penny.

Top Features

  • Detachable handheld sprayer
  • Contains a pause function
  • Protection from sudden temperature changes
  • Handheld showerhead is attached using a magnetic connector

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