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Father’s Day Coloring Pages: Free Printables

Surprise Dad With These Fun DIY Coloring Pages For Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better gift than an easy DIY art project that your kids can proudly make for their favorite super hero: dad!

Coloring pages make wonderful gifts for dad! They allow toddlers and little kids to express themselves creatively, and the pages can be framed or turned into a book.

These Father’s Day coloring pages are fun yet simple—perfect for little kids as well as toddlers!

How To Print The Free Father’s Day Printables

If you’d like to print these free Father’s Day coloring pages, simply click on an image and it will open in another browser. From there, just save it to your computer and print! They are pre-formatted to print on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

I hope that your little ones enjoy these coloring pages, and make it their own! I’m sure their dads will love them too!

Printable Father’s Day Coloring Pages For Kids

Happy Father’s Day

Your little one is dad’s favorite sidekick, so this Father’s Day printable is the perfect picture to color for dad!

Nuts About Dad

Your little one is “nuts” about dad, so this Father’s Day printable of two peanuts is the perfect image to color for dad!

Best (Girl) Dad

Your little girl loves her dad, so this Father’s Day printable will make a very sweet gift for dad!

Best (Boy) Dad

Your little guy loves his dad, so this Father’s Day printable will make a very sweet gift for dad!

Coolest Pop Ever

Because there’s no cooler pop in town than dad! Your little one will love coloring this Father’s Day printable!

My Dad Can Fix Anything

It’s true! Dad can fix anything! So this Father’s Day, your little one can color this printable of the best repair man in town!

Reel Cool Dad

If dad loves to fish, then this is a ”reel-ly”fun coloring page to give dad for Father’s Day!

I Dig My Dad

For the construction lover who also loves his dad, this printable coloring page for Father’s Day will make a perfect DIY gift!

Dad, You’re Out Of This World

It’s true! Dad is out of this world! Your little one will love coloring this space astronaut for Father’s Day!

My Dad Rocks

Dad is a rockstar! That’s why this printable coloring page is the perfect gift for your rockin’ dad!

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Best Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts For 2022

Celebrate Mom With These Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas!

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If you’re shopping for the eco-conscious mama in your life, then you’re going to love this Eco Mom Diaries sustainable gift guide made especially for Mother’s Day!

What Makes These Mother’s Day Gifts Eco-Friendly?

When I shop for a sustainable and environmentally friendly Mother’s Day gift, I look for items that are ethically made, and will last a very long time—and if the item is sentimental, that’s even better!

Mother’s Day is such a special holiday devoted to the women who love us unconditionally, so when it comes to eco-friendly gifts, I advise you to skip the reusable paper towels (and similar items) and go for something sentimental or self-care related (you want the gift to be for her and not for the household).

With that said, below are several hand-picked eco-friendly gift ideas for mom that she’ll love, appreciate and actually use!

This sustainable Mother’s Day gift list consists of cruelty-free makeup, organic skincare products, ethical fashion and sentimental keepsakes that are compostable!

Sustainable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Hand-Made Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Hand-made gifts—especially if they involve food, are the best type of gifts!! This year, I am including hand-made chocolate covered strawberries as part of my gift for mom! And I found literally the BEST tutorial by lovely YouTuber Forvever Zwai!

Let’s Face It Skincare Bundle From Upcircle Beauty

Mom will love this all-natural skincare bundle by Upcircle Beauty which uses repurposed ingredients in all of their products! This bundle includes essential skincare must-haves like a face scrub, moisturizer, balm, serum and mask.

Parent-Themed Ceramic Planter

I really love this planter by MsRight because it displays a mom holding an umbrella over her child while she gets rained on. It’s a great way to show mom that you value her and that you appreciate all of her sacrifices throughout the years. This planter is also ceramic while the base is made from sustainable bamboo—a lovely eco-friendly mother’s day gift!

Vegan Beauty Subscription Box

Mom deserves to feel beautiful with some cruelty-free and vegan makeup! The Beauty Box by Bombay & Cedar is a clean, non-toxic skincare and makeup subscription box featuring vegan and cruelty free full size and deluxe size beauty products. Choose either a one month subscription or treat mom to more! It’s so fun to unbox and mom will love it!

OakiWay Ceramic Candle Holder

This ceramic candle holder by OakiWay is such a beautiful and sustainable mother’s day gift from daughter to mom—and it doesn’t matter what age you are because you’ll always be her little girl!

Gemstone Eye Mask By GingerChi

This gemstone eye mask by GingerChi (made from jade) is a cool new way to destress and de-puff those tired eyes! That’s why this is such an awesome self-care gift for mom on Mother’s Day!

A Wicker Picnic Set (And Take Her Out For A Picnic!)

Many moms (including myself) love to just spend good ole’ quality time with the kids. So a picnic set is a wonderful gift to give mom for Mother’s Day. And to make it even more special, fill it with all of her favorite snacks and goodies, and take her on a picnic!

Vegan Leather Handbag From Sinbono

If mom is in need of a new purse, check out all of the beautiful vegan purses at Sinbono—a cruelty free handbag brand that’s sure to make mom excited! Sinbono is currently running a 20% off deal for Mother’s Day if you use promo code MOTHER—so hurry before your favorite pick is gone!

Mom-Themed Electric Wax Warmer

You could give mom a candle, but that’ll burn out after a few hours and the glass jar will most likely be thrown out. That’s why I love wax warmers because they’re healthier, and there are no flames involved. This one by Elanze Desgns is designed especially for mom!

Bamboo Waffle Bathrobe

Every woman needs a high quality bathrobe, and the bamboo waffle bathrobe by Ettitude makes a fantastic gift! The bamboo fabric is breathable, naturally bacteria-resistant, and hypoallergenic—making it perfect for the mama with sensitive skin. EarthHero is currently doing a promotion that gives you 15% off during EarthMonth! So use promo code EARTHMONTH15 and snag this awesome bathrobe for mom early!

Solid Wood Bookmarks

If mom is a book lover, then consider getting her a wooden bookmark set for Mother’s Day. These beautiful feather-shaped bookmarks are multi-colored, and mom can use them in several books.

Women’s Vegan Sneakers By Saola

Suprise mom with some new vegan shoes this Mother’s Day! She will be the only girl in town with a pair of really cute shoes made from recycled plastic bottles, algae foam and natural cork! Saola is one of my favorite sustainable shoe brands, and I promise, mom will love how comfortable they are!

Organic Coffee & Cocoa Bath And Body Gift Box

Apple Valley Natural Soap makes the best hand-made organic skincare products—including decadent zero-waste shampoo bars! Their gift boxes sell pretty quickly, so snag one today! And don’t be shy, get some shampoo bar samples for yourself while you’re there!

Boody Bamboo Viscose Leggings

Mom will feel stylish and ultra cool in these bamboo viscose leggings by Boody. I definitely want a pair! Leggings are super comfortable and timeless—and if they’re made from bamboo, then they’re sustainable too!

Bamboo Bathtub Tray Caddy

As a woman and mom who has never owned a bathtub tray caddy, I have to say that I really, really want one—and I hope that this is the year that I get one! With that said, women love taking baths as part of their self care routine, and these are an awesome and practical gift that make a really appreciated Mother’s Day gift!

Organic Eye Makeup Kit By Elate Cosmetics

Mom will love this ethically made eye makeup kit by Elate Cosmetics made with all-organic ingredients. They’ll give her a flawless day to night look, and she’ll feel great knowing that the containers are compostable!

Kyrgies—All Natural Wool Slip Ons

Treat mom to some hand-made comfort! Kyrgies are made from all-natural wool and have ultra comfortable soles! Designed to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, these wool house slippers reflect a blend of durability and a refined style honed by Kyrgyzstan’s wool artisans over generations. It’s a Mother’s Day gift she’ll love!

Zero Waste Lunch Kit By Earth Hero

If mom is in need of new lunch gear for work, then check out Earth Hero’s carefully curated zero waste lunch kit! It contains everything you need to pack a sustainable lunch!

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How Your Used Mascara Wands Can Help Save Wildlife

Check Out How This Non-Profit Organization Repurposes Discarded Mascara Wands

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Did you know that your used mascara wand can help save small wildlife? Read on to find out how!

Wands For Wildlife—a non-profit organization based in North Carolina, is asking for your used mascara wands to help treat injured wildlife.

Why mascara wands? Because the tiny and compact bristles are the perfect size for removing stuff like fleas, ticks and other debris from the fur of small critters and wings of injured birds.

“Because the bristles of a mascara brush are so close together, it basically works really well to groom through the fur and through the feathers”.

📸: Wands For Wildlife

Wands For Wildlife began as a program at the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, but has since become a separate organization due to its success.

“The initiative grew and expanded to share wands with other wildlife rehabilitators across the state of North Carolina. After three years, it became clear that the program was beyond the mission of Appalachian Wild’s focus on injured and orphaned wildlife in Western North Carolina”.

📸 : Wands For Wildlife

Donating used mascara wands to help injured and orphaned wildlife is such an awesome way to repurpose plastic that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

And if you’re someone who does not wear makeup, you can always collect mascara wands from family, friends, and co-workers, who will be more than ecstatic to pitch in!

April happens to be Wandraiser Month for Wands For Wildlife, so if you’d like to donate a wand or two, click here to find out more and take action to help wildlife!

YouTube | Appalachian Wildlife Rescue | Wands For Wildlife

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How To Remove Pesticides From Fruits And Vegetables

3 Simple Hacks To Naturally Remove Dirt, Bacteria And Chemicals From Your Produce

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When it comes to agriculture, farmers turn to pesticides in order to protect their crops against fungi, insects, pests, weeds and various diseases that would otherwise destroy up to 40% of annual crops.

Unfortunately, saving crops comes with a horrible price. Exposure to pesticides can cause cancer, tumors, wreak havoc on our nervous system, weaken our immunity, and disrupt our reproductive hormones.

Even organic produce falls victim to spray drifts as well as direct pesticide sprays that have been approved for use on organic fruits and vegetables— copper sulfate being one of them (and unfortunately, it’s pretty toxic).

Lastly, organic or not, no produce is free from wax coating, germs and bacterial contamination, so it is crucial to properly give all of your fruits and vegetables a good rinse—even those whose packaging states that the contents are pre-washed.

With that said, below are three popular and effective methods to remove impurities as well as pesticides from your produce that take very little effort.

All three involve soaking your produce in water with three powerhouse pantry ingredients that are safe to use and are very inexpensive.

For larger, thick-skinned fruits and vegetables, you can also use a bamboo scrub brush, which I like to use on potatoes—especially if I am baking them.

Also, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t wash berries until you are ready to eat them, as soaking them in these solutions can cause them to go bad super fast if put back in the fridge.

All other fruits and vegetables can and should be washed as soon as you bring them home. That’s because the longer pesticides sit on your produce, the more they penetrate the skin.

The Three Methods To Naturally Remove Dirt, Bacteria And Pesticides From Your Produce

The Baking Soda Method

Soaking produce in a sink or bowl full of water and baking soda is a fantastic way to clean your produce! Baking soda is an alkaline that strips away pesticides by breaking down their chemical structure into neutral molecules that are no longer harmful.

Simply fill up your sink, bowl or any other container, and add one teaspoon of baking soda per every 2 cups of water. Allow your fruits and vegetables to float around for about 15 minutes and then rinse them off with regular water.

The Vinegar Method

Adding white vinegar to water is another common method that effectively removes bacteria and pesticides from fruits and vegetables. That’s because vinegar contains acetic acid, which dissolves pesticides and kills about 98 percent of bacteria.

Simply fill up your sink, bowl or any other container, and add one part vinegar per 4 parts of water. I like to add 1/4 cup of vinegar per every 2 cups of water, so that the solution isn’t too acidic. Allow your fruits and vegetables to float around for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse them off with regular water.

Whenever I clean store-bought apples in the vinegar/water solution, I’m always in awe of how even the wax starts to strip off. It’s simply fantastic how powerful and effective vinegar is!

The Salt Water Method

The third method that many people use to cleanse their produce involves soaking fruits and vegetables in [sea] salt water. And while this is effective, it does tend to alter the flavor of berries, so it’s best to use on vegetables, which typically get salted anyway when cooking.

Simply fill up your sink, bowl or any other container, and add one teaspoon of sea salt per every 2 cups of water. Allow your fruits and vegetables to float around for about 15 minutes and then rinse them off with regular water.

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Ethical Swimwear Brands For Men

Save The Ocean And Look Stylish In These Eco-Friendly Swim Trunks For Men

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With so much plastic being dumped into the ocean each day, it’s no wonder that more consumers are embracing circular fashion, which greatly reduces our dependency on raw materials.

And with spring break just around the corner, many eco-conscious beach goers are opting for sustainable beach trunks that are environmentally friendly, functional and stylish.

Why Purchase Sustainable Swimwear?

When you choose sustainable swimwear over fast fashion brands, you’re helping textiles stay out of the landfill. That’s because sustainable swim trunks are made from recycled and renewable fabric that would otherwise have ended up as waste.

Many sustainable swim trunks are also hypoallergenic because in addition to recycled fabric, ethical brands also use natural fibers like organic cotton, hemp and bamboo to create their swimwear.

Ethically made swim trunks will also last longer because they’re higher quality. You see, fast fashion brands are all about seasonal trends, so they use the cheapest fabric they can get their hands on. This ensures that your swimwear won’t last, and it’ll need to be tossed out and replaced. Sustainable swim trunks, on the other hand, are made to last because the goal is to keep textile out of the landfill, so a lot more thought is placed into making them.

Sustainable swimwear is also ethically manufactured in humane conditions and with fair wages. Unfortunately, many swimsuit brands are made overseas where child labor is unfortunately taken advantage of. And one way to combat this practice is to not purchase big-name swimwear brands, and opting for ethical brands instead.

Below are a few ethical fashion brands that make functional, stylish and more importantly, eco-friendly swimwear for men that’s worth buying.

So whether you just want to lounge by the pool, do some paddling on the lake or maybe even a little surfing in the ocean, you’ll feel good about wearing these.

Sustainable Swimwear For Eco-Conscious Men

Brand | Quiksilver | Surfsilk Stretch Collection

Not many people know that Quiksilver actually has a line of sustainable swim shorts made from recycled polyester—and they are really stylish. Their eco-friendly Surfsilk Stretch line is available in many designs, and are actually quite affordable for being ethical apparel.

Brand | Piping Hot

These sustainable swim trunks are made from recycled material and have have a rating of UPF 50+, allowing less than 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment for excellent sun protection. They also have a zippered side mesh pocket that drains water to keep your belongings close by and safe.

Brand | PrAna

PrAna creates stylish eco-friendly swim trunks from recycled polyester and spandex. These swim trunks come in two other island-themed designs that look great on the beach.

Brand | Kove Mondo

This sustainable swimsuit brand recycles 8 water bottles in every swimsuit so you not only look good, you can feel good to knowing you are making a difference. These swim trunks have an upbeat design and come equipped with a super soft mesh lining for ultra comfort.

Brand | Quiksilver | Hempstretch Endless Trip Collection

Another great eco-friendly swimwear collection by Quiksilver is the Hempstretch Endless Trip Swim trunks. Made from a blend of recycled polyester and hemp, these swim trunk are modern, stylish and double as board shorts.

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Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning With Tru Earth

Innovative Spring Cleaning Products From Tru Earth

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Winter is almost over, which means it’s time for some SPRING CLEANING!


Every season, we are presented with an opportunity to start fresh. And when it comes to our home, springtime is usually the season where most people do an overhaul to give their home a fresh new feel.

But, as beneficial as spring cleaning is, the process can actually be quite harmful to our health and our environment because we’re using cleaning products that are packed full of toxic ingredients.

When we use conventional household cleaning sprays, we are breathing in a good amount of toxins. The same goes for dishes, doing laundry and mopping the floor—the cleaning agents used within these traditional cleaning products will end up in our waterways and affect our health long-term.

How To Clean Without Harming The Environment

That’s where companies like Tru Earth come to the rescue. Known for their plant-based detergent strips, Tru Earth helps undo the damage that most traditional cleaning brands leave behind.

Tru Earth has an amazing eco-friendly collection of cleaning products, reusable kitchen necessities, and more. So, this spring, here are some top plant-based cleaning products to help get the job done.

Tru Earth Multi-Purpose Cleaner Strips

Tru Earth’s Multi-Surface Cleaner strips contain all the cleaning power of a big brand multi-surface cleaner, minus the plastic and harsh chemicals. Just toss a strip in a spray bottle, add hot water, shake and spray!

These eco-friendly strips are great for mopping as well! Just throw a strip into a bucket and add water. Dirty toilet? Throw half a strip into the bowl, let it dissolve and then scrub away!

This awesome cleaning product helps keep 2.5 billion plastic cleaning bottles out of landfills per year!

Tru Earth Compostable Sponges

Tru Earth Compostable Pop-Up Sponges are 100% plant-based and environmentally friendly. They are made from cellulose and have a tough and textured “feel” making them ideal cleaning tools for any part of the house where a spill has to be tackled. The best part is that as tough as they are, they won’t leave scratch marks, and they last for weeks!

Tru Earth Beeswax Wraps

When you’re ready to tackle the fridge, consider using lightweight and flexible Beeswax Wraps. They are a genius eco-friendly method for storing vegetables, fruits, bread, cheese, and more!

Beeswax wraps help combat food waste and reduce the need for single-use plastic storage containers in your kitchen. They even come in handy if you’re missing a lid to a container. Instead of tossing out perfectly good containers, just cover them with a beeswax wrap.

Beeswax wraps work by forming a tight seal or hold around an item, keeping your food fresh for longer periods of time. They work like plastic cling wrap, but without causing damage to the environment when their use is up.

So, if you’re ready to spring clean the eco-friendly way, head on over to Tru Earth today, and check out all the eco-friendly products to help you make your home and the the earth shine a little brighter this spring!

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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 and take 10% off of your purchase!

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Big Boy Bamboo T-Shirt Review

A Guide To A Conscious Clothing Brand For Big And Tall Gentlemen

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Are You looking for sustainable tees that are both comfortable and stylish, but nobody seems to carry your size range? Read on!+ Coupon Code at bottom!

The sustainable fashion industry has been making huge strides in the past few years—but, it has an underserved demographic: big and tall men.

Sustainable men’s fashion shouldn’t be exclusive and limited to a certain size range. It should be available for every body type, because men of all sizes care about conscious fashion.

Well, that’s about to change, because I am helping to spread the word about a sustainable fashion brand for big and tall men called Big Boy Bamboo. And trust me when I say “big and tall”, because their tees go all the way up to size 8XL!

However, what I really love about this brand is that they are very inclusive, and also offer sizes for the average size gentleman. So if you (or your significant other) is average size, then you can shop the typical size range from small to extra large—like I did for my husband.

Hence, I’m writing this honest Big Boy Bamboo Tee review so you can see how awesome this brand really is!

Our Experience With A Big Boy Bamboo Tee

I recently ordered a Big Boy Bamboo t-shirt for my husband primarily because we’re working on making our wardrobes minimal and sustainable. Bamboo tees are both durable and eco-friendly, so they fit right in as the essential basics that every wardrobe needs.

I also read that clothing made from bamboo viscose is hypoallergenic. So if you have sensitive skin that’s prone to rash or back breakouts, this fabric is a fantastic alternative to synthetic, pore clogging fabrics.

Black Big Boy Bamboo Tee

First Impressions

You know how when you first un-box new clothing, and a weird smells enters your nostrils? That wasn’t the case when we received our Big Boy Bamboo T-shirt. That’s because bamboo doesn’t require any pesticides, and goes through a less rigorous manufacturing process—resulting in non-toxic fabric with zero stink.

As far as feel, we are so used to the slightly rough texture of cotton, that we were taken aback with how silky smooth the bamboo viscose felt at first touch. They also feel lightweight and breathable when worn!

We ordered the t-shirt in black, and the color is very rich and vibrant—most likely due to the fact that bamboo viscose absorbs dyes a lot better than cotton. And if washed properly, the color will not fade.

Big Boy Bamboo tees also feel a lot cooler when worn. It was a pretty warm afternoon here in Florida the other day, and my husband liked how much cooler he felt in direct sunlight when we went on an outing with the kids.

Overall, this t-shirt was an excellent buy, and I can’t wait to order more for my husband’s new ”sustainable” stash. I am also looking forward to Big Boy Bamboo’s future product line expansion!

Big Boy Bamboo Tee Outfit Idea

About Big Boy Bamboo

Big Boy Bamboo is an eco-friendly, down-to-earth bamboo clothing brand for big and tall men—specifically for big men who wear 3XL-8XL and tall guys who wear 1XLT-4XLT.

The brand’s founder, Andew, created the brand after acquiring a bamboo t-shirt while on vacation, and falling in love with how comfortable it was.

Andrew has since added XL bamboo face masks to his sustainable fashion line, and plans to expand with more products in the future!

We’re here to bring style and comfort to every man, no matter their size. We manufacture comfortable, stylish clothing for all men, from Small to 8XL. We do this through our dedication to using and promoting environmentally-friendly bamboo fabric. 

—Andrew, Big Boy Bamboo
Big Boy Bamboo Tee

What Are The Benefits Of Wearing A Big Boy Bamboo T-Shirt?

There are several benefits to wearing t-shirts made from bamboo viscose:

  • Bamboo t-shirts are incredibly soft and feel more comfortable against your skin than cotton.
  • Bamboo is breathable and 3x more absorbent than cotton, and does a much better job at absorbing and wicking away sweat from the body—goodbye body odor!
  • Bamboo t-shirts offer natural protection against UV rays—making them perfect for outdoor adventures, work, or vacations.

Bamboo is great for people with sensitive skin because it does not require the use of pesticides (unlike cotton), and is therefore non-toxic and hypoallergenic.

Big Boy Bamboo just added brand new inventory to their online shop with sizes ranging from S—8XL!

Don’t Forget To Take 20% Off Of Your Purchase With Special Code PAUNCH valid until Feb 28th!

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Best Cloth Diapers Of 2022

A Guide To Eco-Friendly Cloth Diaper Brands For Babies

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Aside from being totally adorable and wallet friendly, cloth diapers can be very intimidating for many curious parents who are considering switching over from disposables.

After all, there are about 8 different cloth diaper styles on the market right now (possibly more), and each design has a different fit. So how do you know which cloth diaper will work best for your baby?

First, let’s go over all the different styles that are available to you.

What Are The Different Styles Of Cloth Diapers?

Flat Diapers

Flat diapers predate all diapers. They are a single layer of cloth (typically cotton or bamboo), and they need to be folded into multiple layers for absorbency. They are economical, but the downside to flat diapers is that they can leak without a cover, and they require safety pins to secure them in place.

Pre-Fold Diapers

Prefold diapers are rectangular pieces of cloth with multiple layers of fabric for absorption, and can be used inside pocket diapers or reusable covers. Prefolds are economical, versatile, flexible and easy to wash. However, they can be bulky, inconvenient, and must be upgraded in size as baby grows.

Fitted Cloth Diapers

Fitted cloth diapers resemble a disposable diaper in that they have an hourglass shape, leg elastics to keep messes contained, and they are easy to fasten. The downside to fitted cloth diapers is that they are not waterproof, and you need to purchase covers; they are also more expensive than prefold diapers.

Pocket Diapers

Pocket diapers are cloth diapers that contain a waterproof cover and inner pocket that can be stuffed with absorbency layers—like prefolds or inserts. They can grow with your baby and come in really cute designs. The downside to pocket diapers is that they can leak, they tend to be bulky, and stuffing/removing inserts can be inconvenient.

All-In-One Diapers (AIO)

All-In-One diapers have a simple design with a trim fit that prevents leaks, and they are made with several absorbency layers along with a waterproof outer shell. They are considered the most convenient reusable diapers for daycares, and can be used throughout the potty training stage as well. The downside to All-In-One diapers is that they are expensive and take longer to dry.

All-In-2 Diapers (AI2)

All-In-2 cloth diapers are very similar to pocket diapers. They contain a waterproof outer shell, but the inserts snap inside of the diaper instead of getting placed inside of a pocket. Parents love these reusable diapers because most of the time (unless there’s a blow out, you only need to swap out the insert.

Hybrid Cloth Diapers

Hybrids are a cross between disposable and cloth diapers. They have a flexible design, a waterproof shell, and can use any absorbency layer (cloth or disposable). These cloth diapers are also cost-effective, daycare friendly, and travel-friendly. The downside to hybrid cloth diapers is that some designs can leak, and beginners might find them a bit complicating.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers Save Money

Cloth diapers are reusable, which means that while you may fork up a descent amount of money in the beginning, you’ll actually end up saving money in the long run. Depending on the brand, the average household spends between $600-$900 a year on disposable diapers—and you’ll keep spending this amount yearly until they are potty trained.

So if you’re buying premium disposable diapers and your little one is a stubborn potty trainer like mine were, you’ll waste thousands of dollars on single-use diapers throughout the years that you’re just going to throw out. Investing in a $300 cloth diaper stash sounds a lot better, doesn’t it?

Cloth Diapers Are Non-Toxic

Cloth diapers are hypoallergenic and don’t cause skin issues such as chemical burns, rashes or dermatitis. A majority of disposable diapers are packed full of toxic chemicals (including fragrance) that are actually harmful to your baby and their sensitive skin. Cloth diapers are breathable and lined with gentle and non-toxic fabric such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo.

Cloth Diapers Are Zero Waste

While they do use up much more water due to laundering, cloth diapers are zero-waste because they do not need to be discarded like disposable diapers, and can be reused for many years if cared for properly.

How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need?

The amount of cloth diapers that you will need depends on the age of your baby and how often you plan on doing laundry.

Many cloth diaper brands recommend about 24-26 diapers for a newborn, 20-22 diapers for a baby who is 3-12 months, 16-18 diapers for a 12-24 month old, and 12-14 for an older toddler who is potty training. This is based on an “every other day” laundry routine.

But, because of the overwhelming number of diaper changes in the newborn stage, many parents postpone switching over to cloth diapers until their baby is around 4-6 months old—and that’s understandable.

Do Daycare Centers Allow Cloth Diapers?

When it comes to cloth diapers and childcare facilities, each daycare center is different. Most daycare centers in the United States allow cloth diapers, and there aren’t any state or federal rules that prohibit daycares from allowing cloth diapers.

When it comes to diaper style, if your little one is attending daycare and the facility does indeed allow cloth diapers, then the all-in-one style is the easiest reusable style for daycare workers to manage (they won’t need to struggle with inserts and diaper changes will be quick and easy).

What Type Of Cloth Diaper Is Best Overall?

Cloth diapers are like infant formula—not all brands will work for your baby and you’ll most likely need to try a few different styles before you find one that works best.

I will recommend, however, that it’s best to choose brands that strive to make their cloth diapers as non-toxic, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic as possible—because babies have sensitive skin.

Cost-Effective & Eco-Friendly Reusable Diaper Brands

GroVia

Size Range | 6-35 Pounds

YouTube: Grovia

The GroVia cloth diaper brand offers almost every type of cloth diaper imaginable. From prefolds to the all-in-one design and everything in between (including cloth trainers for toddlers who are starting potty training). GroVia also strives to be as eco-friendly as possible—lining their diapers and trainers with absorbable layers made of hemp, bamboo and organic cotton.

Charlie Banana

Size Range | 6-35 Pounds

Charlie Banana is a 2-in-1 reusable fleece cloth diapering system that grows with your baby. In other words, it’s a one size diaper with adjustable sizing straps and snug fit straps. Inserts can be placed inside or over the pocket, and the brand offers inserts made of fleece, cotton, bamboo and disposable. Charlie Banana is Climate Neutral and a member of 1% for the Planet.

Lil Helper

Lil Helper

Size Range | 6-35 Pounds

YouTube: LilHelper

The Lil Helper cloth diapers are perhaps the best for beginners. While most cloth diaper companies upsell their inserts, you’ll be ecstatic to know that Lil Helper includes inserts with every diaper, and they’re absorbent straight out of the box. These diapers contain 2 guide snaps for a good fit, a stain-free diaper cover lining, and dark colored anti-microbial inserts that snap right in. Lastly, the Lil Helper cloth diapers contain a PUL belly band to prevent wicking, which is perfect for belly sleepers.

AlvaBaby

Size Range | 6-33 Pounds

The AlvaBaby brand is a nice budget-friendly alternative to most other cloth diaper brands, and there are a ton of fabric designs to choose from. The “one-size”pocket diapers come with (2) 3-layer microfiber inserts that draw moisture away from baby’s skin, and the adjustable snaps allow the diapers to grow with your baby.

Thirsties

Thirsties

Size Range | 8-40 Pounds

The Thirsties [one size] All-In-One cloth diapers are great for babies and toddlers who like to unfasten their diapers thanks to a combination of hook & loop and snap closures! These diapers contain a built-in 3 layer microfiber terry soaker that absorbs an incredible seven times its weight in liquid. The soaker is topped with a stay-dry microfleece which keeps your baby feeling dry, and an additional layer of terry lies between the microfleece and TPU body of the diaper providing a last line of defense. 

Bambino Mio

Bambino Mio

Size Range | 8-35 Pounds

The eco-chíc looking Bambino Mio Miosolo All-In-One Reusable Cloth Diapers are super soft and the one-size design means it will grow with your little one from baby to toddler. It also contains an inner pocket for inserts to maximize absorbency for heavy wetters. The material is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified which ensure that they are safe to use on baby’s sensitive skin.

Nora’s Nursery

Size Range | 8-35 Pounds

This hidden gem is not as well known as the brands above, but it is well worth the buy for many reasons. They are a small family-owned business, and all of their diapers come with 4-layer bamboo viscose inserts and wet bags. Bamboo inserts absorb more than microfiber and do not cause compression leaks. You can get a 7 cloth diaper bundle for under $70, making these the most affordable cloth diapers on this list. They have a ton of different fun fabric designs, and are available on Amazon.

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10 Best Reusable Water Bottles For 2022

The Best Plastic-Free Water Bottles For Ultimate Hydration

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Your reusable water bottle goes everywhere with you! We take them with us to the gym, to work, to school and more. Hydration flasks have become just as important as our phone and wallet.

Purchasing a reusable water bottle and breaking ties with single use plastic water bottles is an amazing feeling. Because consuming water out of a disposable plastic bottle isn’t just horrible for the environment, it’s also harmful to the human body.

When you drink out of disposable plastic bottles, you’re ingesting an entire petrie dish of hormone-disrupting chemicals and bacteria that can wreck havock on your health.

Purchasing a good quality reusable water bottle is the best thing that you can do not only for yourself, but for the environment. Every time a person refills a reusable water bottle, that’s one less disposable plastic water bottle that ends up in the landfill.

How Often Do I Clean A Reusable Water Bottle?

We make contact contact with our water bottles just as much as we do with our smart phones, hence, you should clean your reusable water bottle on a daily basis to prevent bacteria from growing on the inside, and to wash away germs on the outside.

While some water bottles can easily be thrown into the dishwasher, it’s better to hand wash and allow them to air dry upside down on a bottle rack (if possible). This is because some water bottles may have an outer coating such as paint/graphics that would melt off in a hot dishwasher.

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Are All Reusable Water Bottles Safe To Drink From?

Not all reusable water bottles are created equal. Some are poorly made and will only last a few years, while others are extremely durable and can last a lifetime.

What a water bottle is made from is yet another important factor to consider. Many water bottles made from hard plastic, for example, may still leach trace amounts of various chemicals, even if they claim to be BPA free.

Hence, when shopping for a safe reusable water bottle, choose from either culinary-grade stainless steel, copper, silicone, titanium or glass. All five are the healthiest options in addition to being environmentally friendly, sustainable and recyclable.

Stainless Steel


Stainless Steel is an iron alloy with added natural elements consisting of carbon, silicon, nitrogen, chromium, nickel and manganese. It’s incredibly durable and can insulate hot and cold liquid temperatures for up to 24 hours. Some stainless steel water bottles can affect the flavor of water—giving it a metallic aftertaste, but that depends. Some bottles are lined to eliminate that issue. Nonetheless, it is environmentally friendly, dishwasher safe, and does not rust.

Copper

Copper is a soft metal and an essential mineral in the human body. And there is debate over whether or not drinking from a copper vessel provides several health benefits such as boosting immune health and aiding digestion. However, one fact regarding copper holds true—it’s antibacterial. Copper kills germs and virus molecules on contact—making it a healthy metal for water storage. A con is that copper water bottles are known to “sweat” and oxidize—turning into green shade. Copper does not rust and is not dishwasher safe.

Titanium

Titanium is a lustrous transition metal that’s low in density, but high in strength—resulting in a phenomenal weight to strength ratio. It’s lighter than steel, and stronger than aluminum. It’s resistant to corrosion, and is non-reactive; so it won’t leach into your liquid. With that said, it doesn’t alter the taste of water like other metal drinking canteens tend to do. It is also dishwasher safe (best to place on top rack due to silicon ring that keeps cap from leaking). The only con is that it’s more expensive than other bottles because of all the positive attributes.

Glass

Glass is an amorphous solid formed by rapid cooling in the molten form. And though chemical compositions may vary, a common fundamental constituent is silicon dioxide. It can be recycled endlessly and doesn’t alter the taste of liquid. Glass water bottles are dishwasher safe, but have a potential to break if dropped or thrown. Luckily, some reusable glass water bottles come with reinforcements that prevent damage—like silicone sleeves.

Silicone

Silicone is eco-friendly and zero-waste because it’s durable. And many collapsible water bottles are made from this material because it’s durable, yet soft enough to where it can be made to roll up, or fold like an accordion. Silicone water bottles can also be recycled and are dishwasher safe. I’ve noticed, however, that they do have a particular after-taste, but if you don’t mind, then the convenience of their compact construction outweighs this issue.


Let’s take a look below at some of the most popular and best-selling plastic-free water bottles on the market for 2022!

The Best Reusable Water Bottles of 2022

Best Overall (According To Reddit)

The Coldest Water Bottle

Redditors don’t mess around when it comes to product recommendations. And this brawny looking water bottle is indeed a consumer favorite—especially amongst gym enthusiasts and outdoorsmen. It’s made of stainless steel, contains double wall insulation, and keeps your liquids ice cold for up to 36 hours, while keeping hot liquids hot for 13 hours. This reusable water bottle can take a punch, and it floats on water. So if you’re looking for that tough water bottle that you can take to the gym or the backcountry, consider The Coldest Water bottle.

Features

  • Stainless steel, double insulation & vacuum sealed
  • No sweat technology
  • Keeps cold liquids cold for 36 hours
  • Keeps hot liquids hot for 13 hours
  • Fits most cup holders
  • Floats in water
  • Available in 3 different sizes

Best For Keeping Liquid Cold

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Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic

The Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic 20 oz water bottle is perfect for minimalists on the go. This reusable water bottle contains Climate Lock double-wall vacuum insulation, keeping drinks hot for 24 hours and iced for 63 hours! It also contains a chip-resistant Klean Coat powder coat finish that’s durable and safe for people as well as the planet. Take it with you and stay hydrated during your travels, outdoor adventures or workouts—it’ll last a lifetime.

Features

  • Climate Lock double-wall vacuum insulation Keeps contents hot for 24 Hours
  • Keeps liquids cold for 63 hours
  • Chip-resistant Klean Coat finish
  • 18/8 food-grade stainless steel
  • Won’t retain or impart flavors
  • Dishwasher safe

Best For Outdoor Recreation

Hydro Flask 32oz Wide Mouth With Flex Lid

When it comes to vacuum-insulated water bottles, Hydro Flask has been a top selling brand for years. Their eco-friendly wide-mouth water bottle with a leak-proof flex lid, has particularly grown to be a fan favorite—particularly the 32 ouncer, which is a preferred size amongst many consumers.

Features

  • Ideal size for all-day hydration
  • Fits most backcountry water filters
  • TempShield™ insulation keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours
  • Durable 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel construction
  • BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Compatible with our Wide Mouth Flex Sip™ Lid and Wide Mouth Straw Lid
  • Lifetime Warranty

Best Value

Super Sparrow Insulated Water Bottle

If you love the aesthetics of Klean Kanteen, but are looking for a water bottle that’s a little more wallet friendly, consider the Super Sparrow—it’s great! I own two different bottles and they have not disappointed. I fill my son’s water bottle up for school with ice on a daily basis, and sometimes he’ll come home with an ice cube still intact. This bottle also comes with an interchangeable lid, and a ton of accessories.

Features

  • BPA Free
  • Includes 2 Interchangeable Lids
  • Maintains hot liquids for 12 Hours
  • Maintains cold liquids for 24 hours
  • Robust, sweat-free powder coating 
  • BPA-free and phthalate-free 
  • 18/8 stainless steel

Best Self-Cleaning

Crazy Cap 2.0 Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

The Crazy Cap 2.0 stainless steel water bottle by Mycrolyscs contains a UV light built straight into the cap that sterilizes your water up to 99.99 percent. This is because the UV light contains the same wavelength as UV lights in water treatment plants and operating rooms. So not only is this water bottle self-cleaning, it’s self purifying (making it especially perfect for camping ventures).

Another great thing about a self purifying water bottle is that it will never develop an odor because germs don’t live long enough. Perhaps that’s why this particular water bottle won Time’s best inventions in 2020. The con is it’s very expensive—but well worth the buy.

Features

  • Maintains hot liquids for 12 hours
  • Maintains cold liquids for 24 hours
  • Zero Maintenance
  • Ultra-durable design
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Destroys bacteria, viruses, cysts, etc

Best Smart Bottle

HidrateSpark Pro Smart Water Bottle

Sometimes, we need to be reminded to drink water. The HidrateSpark PRO bottle glows throughout the day to remind you when you need to drink, which is really helpful. You can also customize your glow color, pattern, and frequency within the HidrateSpark App. So if you’re someone who needs a little motivation to stay hydrated, check out the HidrateSpark Pro!

Features

  • Rechargeable battery with fast charging cable included
  • Glows remind you to drink throughout the day and can be customized by pattern and color
  • Sensor puck tracks water intake, syncs via Bluetooth to the Free HidrateSpark App, and is interchangeable between bottles
  • HidrateSpark App is available on iOS and Android
  • Stainless Steel vacuum insulated keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours, prevents sweating and allows for pure water taste

Best Glass Water Bottle

ZULU

ZULU caters to fitness enthusiasts who are constantly on the go. With that said, they construct their reusable glass water bottles to take a punch—sturdy with a protective silicone sleeve. Their mission is to encourage people (especially athletes) to ditch single-use water bottles—and that makes them a green company worth supporting. So if you prefer glass water bottles, but are also into sports and other outdoor recreation, then these durable water bottles are best for your lifestyle.

Features

  • One-touch leak-proof locking lid 
  • Protective silicone sleeve 
  • Glass won’t leach, stain or smell 
  • All parts dishwasher safe

Best Titanium Water Bottle

Vargo

VARGO

Lightweight, yet tough and durable, Vargo is the best of the best when it comes to titanium water bottles for the outdoors. This reusable water bottle is completely biocompatible and does not leach chemicals into your liquid. The lid itself is also made from titanium and contains a sturdy, foldaway carry loop. So if you’re looking for a reusable canteen that’s lightweight with a slim profile that makes it easy to carry anywhere, choose Vargo.

Features

  • Ultralight titanium construction
  • Matte finish
  • 650 ml capacity (22 oz)
  • Biocompatible
  • Titanium lid
  • Silicone O-ring

Best Collapsible Silicone

Kemier Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle

Most collapsible silicone water bottles tend to be flimsy when filled up with water—Kemier holds its shape and even fits great into water bottle holders on exercise equipment. Its unique fold design also makes it easy to store without compromising space.

Features

  • Can be collapsed to 1/5 of its original size,L ight Weight gel; 
  • Wide mouth design, easy to clean, also dishwasher safe (top rack) 
  • Metal lock ring prevents the bottle from being opened accidentally. 
  • Size (inflated): 75 × 75 × 250 mm 
  • Capacity: 750 ml Weight: 155 g 
  • Durable Temperature: -40℃ – 100℃ 
  • 1x Water Bottle 
  • 1x Carabiner

Best Filter Bottle

Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle

Many people don’t bother buying a reusable water bottle because they can’t stand tap water and don’t have access to a filtered water source—Brita is a great solution for that dilemma. The Brita stainless steel filter bottle cleans your water with the ease of an internal filter that fits inside of the straw. It’s a great way to stay hydrated, and enjoy fresh tasting water all day long.

Features

  • Leak proof design
  • Double wall insulation
  • Keeps water cold for up to 24 hours
  • Filter fits inside of straw
  • Holds up to 20 oz of liquid
  • Height 10.5″; Diameter 3″; Weight 1 pound