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If you are a fan of our Laundry Paste, get ready to like it even more! If you haven't tried it yet, you should really order one today :P
In an effort to further reduce packaging waste, I have concentrated the Laundry Paste to a 3.5 ounce bar and eliminated the outer cardboard box. These beautiful, new, petite bars come only in a compostable cellophane bag with a sticker for your container and a small paper instruction card. If you ordered prior to today, you will be seeing a smaller sized bar in your next order - so don't be surprised.
In making the shift to even less packaging was a great time to concentrate the bars and make them smaller. As the company grows, it’s not possible for me to keep making all the Laundry Paste bars. This month, I was fortunate to be introduced to a soap manufacturer right here in my own county - Lake County, Florida. For me, that means no more hand cutting! Woohoo, my wrists are thrilled. For you, that means more consistency in the products you receive.
I’m excited to offer you a growing line of products with more plastic-free options and more consistency in the product you receive.
If there is a product you would like to see offered by Waste Free Products, please comment below or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d prefer to formulate the products you want.
Angie Ringler, founder
Waste Free Products (division of Tangie LLC)
Thank you for reading this today! I highly recommend you share this electronic version (not printed copies) with everyone you know. The more people understand about “going zero-waste” and what it really means, the less single-use disposable waste would end up in our oceans and landfills. Please be sure to reference the sources and links to our website for more details on plastic-free alternatives to everyday living.
Thank you to all those people who inspire me everyday with their efforts to be zero-waste at home and in their journey through life. There are many people I admire and feel their advice is thoughtful and genuine (wish I could name them all!). There are four people I follow daily, read their entire posts, and usually find myself on their blog post or website for further details.
Follow these peeps on Instagram:
WHAT DOES ZERO-WASTE MEAN? Zero Waste means reducing the amount of waste we produce but more importantly it is about about not wasting resources in the first place.
The movement of Zero Waste (ZW) set out with a goal to reduce waste around the world, especially those items that are not being reused or recycled. Shifts in are being made towards waste-free in how we consume food and drinks, dressed ourselves and our pets, play outside, clean our bodies and homes and or even how we work.
WHAT IS THE GOAL? The goal is to AVOID unnecessary packaging! Because of our current systems of manufacturing, it is not ALWAYS possible to eliminate excessive packaging. Somethings are just out of our control, so a focus on AVOIDING unnecessary packaging when we can is the goal.
You may be familiar with Bea Johnson. She wrote the first in depth book presenting the zero-waste movement to the world. https://zerowastehome.com/about/book/ After several years and a lot of research, Bea reduced the excess waste her family produced over one year to fit into one mason jar!
Have you ever talked to your grandparents about their reuse habits? Ask them to share some stories and discover again how easily you can reduce buying more and wasting less. We could stand more of the mentality in today’s world.
THE SIDE EFFECT? Less waste in your life will enrich your life by giving you more time to experience new activities which can lead to a better quality of life. In this guide, you will learn lots of good tips and tricks.
LET’S GET STARTED!These steps are designed to be motivational for you and easy to implement.
Try these exercises to gain insight of the overall problem which can inspire you to make improvements.
1. Capture The Problem. If you are like most, you carry a smartphone everywhere Use it next time you are shopping.Snap pictures of products you use regularly and see how and what they are packaged in. You can even start in your own garage can and recycling bin for inspiration. Habits are ingrained in our purchases, and many times we don't even realize how toxic some packaging really is. Take a look at what packaging you are bringing into your home and learn what is made of and think of ways to avoid it.
2. Don’t Get Overwhelmed! Pick one item each week and work to replace that with a more eco-friendly - preferrably plastic-free or package free. Can you make it yourself? Is it available locally? Having a problem picking one item? Pick one room and start from there. For me, starting in the kitchen was easier.
3. Keep Motivated. Get on social media. The buddy system works great too - invite a friend to join you in this new adventure. There are plenty of great people sharing their journey - openly and without restrictions. Be sure to ask questions and share your good and bad moments. This is life. It won’t always be pretty and perfect.Follow the four people I listed above and they will definitely keep you motivated!!!
4. Make It Easy. Create a kit, just for you, that helps you meet your ZW goals. It is easier to avoid plastic packaging when you always have a ZW kit with you. In my car is a bag with mason jars, reusable cotton bags and a couple reusable take-out containers. I find it best when it’s always with me but if you are not always using the same vehicle, leave the bag near your front door, or a place you walk by every day. Planning your shopping trips in advance (even by an hour or two) can greatly increases your chances of success.
5. Keep Learning. Shameless plug right here-- join my newsletter and follow me on Instagram and Twitter. I like to share what I learn, share what I learn from others and provide solutions whenever possible.Check out like-minded ‘Meetup’ groups. Search Facebook for zero-waste groups and join one or two - not 10. There are lots of way so keep plugged in without feeling overwhelmed..
6. Track It. Do you want accountability? Write it down! When a doctor is trying to diagnose your issue, or if you are struggling to lose/gain weight; keeping a journal is generally a recommended part of the routine. Keep track of your progress. Write down the items you’ve replaced. Develop a system to figure out how much less is going into your recycling and trash bins. You may be very pleasantly surprised to see improvements in areas you did not expect. For example, I took on the challenge to not purchase store bought almond milk. My household was going through three cartons a week! It was not an area I thought of until I posed the question to myself - “What can I make that we use a lot of?” Turns our nut milks and nut butters are prized possessions on our home. I can happily tell you that I have been making almond milk at home over two years now. That is over 312 cartons NOT in the landfill!
Going zero-waste is a lifetime journey, not something you will master and finish this year. Take your time to enjoy the process. Will it be frustrating? Yes! Will you get mad and disappointed sometimes? Definitely! Will you be successful at zero-waste? For sure! All steps towards less packaging and plastic-free is beneficial to you, your family and the planet. So keep doing it, a little everyday; and you will be amazed at how far you come in just a few short months from now.
Let me know your struggles, pains and successes in using the 6 steps mentioned above. We are all in this together. It really does take a village to prosper, no one can do it alone.
Angie Ringler, founder
A business name accurately describing what my company does! Not many people know what "Tangie LLC" or @ilovetangie means! LOL If you Google “Tangie” you might be really surprised what photos pop up. I didn’t know about it when I trademarked the name! hahaha
When I made the commitment to minimal and plastic-free packaging in my business, I was naive to think it would be a fairly simple process. Let me just say...it has been a very difficult road to travel as a manufacturer. For me, it was the only road to take-OR get out of this business completely.
When I invented the LAUNDRY PASTE, my heart told me I was really onto something! I had formulated a local solution to a true global problem. Disposable plastic waste is really hurting you and I through the poisoning of our precious resources.
I was determined to push through the struggles and make it a reality and somehow get it out to the world! Which, by the way, would not have been possible without the support and encouragement from my hubby and mom. #ittakesavillage
Selling products in unnecessary plastic is NOT in alignment with who I am every day. I can’t help but ask why companies package disposable products in forever materials. Convenience is killing us slowly. Product packaging is difficult and I know it can be done better, especially as technology advances. I will keep on researching and moving in a forward motion as long as I have the support of someone like YOU.
You read my posts, share my products and even take time to leave a review. My company can not grow and prosper without YOU. So, thank you for investing your time (and cashola) into my business. xoxox I am not perfect and I am learning so much as I travel this road. I really appreciate you taking the journey with me. <3
Cheers to WASTE FREE PRODUCTS !
While doing research for the Waste Free Products Shampoo Bar, I came across this well written and informative article. Before offering a shampoo bar, I wanted to make sure it would work well for many hair types, including colored.
Many homes have multiple people using the same products, so why not keep it simple. Offer a product that cleans well for curly hair, thin hair, coarse hair, frizzy hair and even hair that has been dyed. No one wants to spend money to dye their hair only to come home and have the dye “stripped out”. What a waste of time and money that would be!
Personally, I have never colored my hair but I have many friends and relatives who do so I’m familiar with the term “stripping out the color”. Since I wasn't sure exactly how and why that happened, I did some investigative work and only to find out out that it’s not really the soap that strips the color out.
Instead of me trying to explain it, I am posting the entire article I referenced in the opening of this post.
Written by Loma at Hair Momentum.
About the sulfate shampoos:
The 2 popular surfactants that people avoid are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate(SLES). These surfactants are very effective at cleaning with SLS being stronger. They remove oils very well and heavy build-ups of polymers from hair. That is why they are often included into clarifying shampoos or shampoos for fine hair. Some other versions are the ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate instead of the sodium.
The role of water in color loss: During hair coloring, the large dye polymers form inside the hair. These are trapped inside the hair because of their size. When hair gets soaked into water, the hair shaft will swell. In so doing, the cuticles are forced to open up as well. The dye molecules or fragments are then able to leave the hair.
The role of lipids in sealing color: The usual recommendations for those who color hair are to keep the hair conditioned at all times. Why? Because oils/conditioning polymers/butters etc. are hydrophobic: they do not like water. Therefore they prevent too much moisture from entering the hair by acting as a barrier and prevent too much water from leaving the hair as well. They control the rate at which water moves in and out of hair. This job is usually performed by the hair’s natural lipid layer: 18-MEA. During coloring however, that layer is destroyed leaving the hair unprotected. Replenishing with external products is therefore imperative to mimic the behavior of the 18-MEA layer.
Do sulfates actually strip color from hair? Like I mentioned before, the sulfate shampoos, being great cleaners, will remove those layers of conditioning. More importantly, they will remove the free lipids present in the intercuticular layers. Once the protective hydrophobic layer is gone, water can penetrate hair at its ease. The result: faster color loss. The more damaged the hair, the faster the loss.
True: The sulfate shampoos have an indirect contribution to the color loss. However, they are wrongly accused of extracting the color.
Final words:Unfortunately there is no such thing as a ‘color safe’ shampoo. Sulfate-free shampoos do not guarantee that the color
will stay in longer. They are only making sure that the cleaning process is mild enough that the fading rate is slower. But as long as water is involved, fading will occur.
In other words: water alone can strip color if you wet your hair on a regular basis.
So now you know: water is the major culprit. Sulfates are just the sidekicks aiding it to strip color from hair.
I hope you found this information and article as interesting as I did.
Please feel free to comment below, I would like to learn more about this topic.