green GREEN CLEAN Blueland’s Clean Up Kit comes with three, 20-ounce ‘forever bottles,’ along with three, light-as-air, water-soluble, cleaning tablets in formulas for glass, surface and bathroom cleaning. Each tablet contains a blend of naturallyderived and synthetic ingredients that are certified environmentally safe. Just fill up the bottles with water, pop one tablet in to dissolve and get cleaning! The solutions are reported to be very effective and great smelling to boot. Best of all, no part of the kit ends up in a landfill. www.bestproducts.com
BTM takes a look at the latest easy-touse, planet-friendly products.
SCRUB GUILTFREE The Goodbye Detergent All Purpose Spaghetti Scrub is much less wasteful than having to throw away a cheap polyurethane kitchen sponge every week. It's comprised of pulverized peach pits and100per-cent cotton backing, giving its noodle-like strands a coarse but not too rough texture. Natural peach pit abrasives found in the scrubs reduce or eliminate the need for soap. And it can be tossed in the dishwasher top rack or in the microwave for 10 seconds to disinfect. Recommended for general cleaning of dishes, cookware, wood, plastic, glass, metal, and high-quality nonstick pans, these durable scrubs are especially great on cast iron. www.amazon.com
USEFUL WASTE It’s time to divert your plant-based kitchen scraps into Cooler Kitchen’s Compost Bin, instead of the trash can, for a great eco-friendly change to make at home. With a capacity of 1.3 gallons, this is an easy way to go ecofriendly. Composting can help provide nutrients to garden soil as the scraps organically break down, as opposed to giving off methane gas that's produced when wasted food goes into a landfill. www.amazon.com
YOURS TOOTHFULLY ECO HAIR CARE The world’s best-loved handmade beauty company, Lush, makes great shampoo bars, so you don’t need to pile up the plastic waste. These sudsy roundels are small but powerful and come in 12 different types — to wash away buildup, add volume or create the perfect foundation for beach waves, and more. Each bar lasts for up to 80 washes and they all have distinctly pleasing, all-natural fragrances. Available at Lush outlets
No more empty toothpaste tubes in the bin. Unpaste Zero Waste Toothpaste Tablets are minty little cakes (available in two-month supplies), that are meant to be chewed first, and then moistened with water from your toothbrush. They contain no superfluous dyes or preservatives, and they don't foam, but the clean feeling tends to last longer than a traditional toothpaste. And Unpaste's packaging is all recyclable and compostable, with no plastic hidden anywhere! www.wellearthgoods.com
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January 2020 ~ Vol.24 ~ Issue 1 - Your guide to a great way of life