Thoughts, Musings and News
Recycling in the bathroom, does that sound weird? Maybe you already recycle the plastic bottles and caps (plastic #1 & #2) from shampoo, conditioners, body lotion, body wash, skin care, baby powder, etc) but what about:
Did you know that the plastic pumps in bottles (e.g. lotion) are not yet recyclable. When you finish the bottle, discard (or reuse) the pump, and recycle the bottle.
Typically we think these items are also non-recyclable:
TerraCycle offers recycling programs for lots of hard to recycle items like
One of the many Terracycle Brigades is for traditional oral care products. After you use the oral care container, simply drop it into your designated box (or bag) with any other items you collect like toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and other bathroom leftovers. Once the bag is full you mail it back to Terracycle for recycling. You earn two points for each item mailed back. Those points can be redeemed for cash donations to the school or charity of your choice.
TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Simply choose the programs you’d like to join; start collecting in your home, school, or office; download free shipping labels; and send us your waste to be recycled. You can even earn rewards for your school or favorite non-profit!
Hope you learned something today, I know I did!
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 !
Looking to make eco improvements in your life? Consider taking advantage of some of these easy, everyday tips. As you continue on your journey down the road to sustainable living, these tips will be come habits. The following 8 easy tip to sustainable living are all excellent examples of what it's like to live the lifestyle.
1. Make your own cleaning solution out of lemon juice, vinegar and warm water. It cleans almost anything and is completely safe. Don’t care for the smell of vinegar? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the mix.
2. Food for thought. Plan your weekly meals based on what you already have at home. Dig in your cupboards and pull out the “forgotten” cans and bags of goodies. Using what you have cuts down on food waste and saves money on a weekly basis. Have a garden or a few gardening pots? Try your hand at growing one or two easy things. Fresh food tastes amazing! Start with easy-to-grow plants like a plum tomatoes, basil, lettuces….or any herbs you enjoy. Have kids at home? Grow radishes and carrots. They are fun to watch, abundant and grow quickly. If you have a garden space in your yard, take full advantage of it. If you are like me and don't prefer to garden bent over, look into aeroponic growing. I highly use a Tower Garden and have the opportunity to grow 28 different plants all within a self-contained watering system. Remember, it’s not necessary to eat meat every day of the week.
3. Use rainwater to water plants. During the rainy months, I set a small trash outside my back porch door to collect rainwater and use it when it fills. I add the rainwater to our Tower Garden, feed the indoor plants and occasionally use it too fill up the bird baths. They love fresh water too!
4. Watch your water usage and drop a brick. There are a number of ways to reduce water use in the home, like shorter showers, low-flow faucets and showerheads, but there's another place where a small action can make a big difference. According to the EPA, more water is used by Americans each day to flush toilets than any other activity (at home), so drastically reducing the amount of clean municipal water that gets flushed away each day will really add up! Place a brick in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water necessary to flush.
5. Purchase a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter is a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
6. Dry clothes outside, on a clothesline. Sunshine is chemical free and cost nothing!
7. Use cloth grocery bags and reusable travel mugs. By now, youve heard about how single-use plastic waste is piling up on our planet and causing harm to our soil, waterways and oceans. We can live with less single-use plastic waste, it just takes a little pre planning on your part.
8. Say no to synthetic fragrances. Yes, they make your products smell delightful, but if you could see how synthetic fragrances were made, you'd be less likely to be impressed. One fragrance in one personal care product—say, your bodywash—can consist of as many as 200 chemicals combined to come up with that particular scent. The real problem with fragrance is the lack of knowing which chemicals make up that particular scent. On the ingredient list, you'll read only the word “fragrance.” Replace “fragrance” in your life with quality essential oils.
These 8 easy tips to sustainable living are just the tip of the melting ice caps. There are many more good options that I will share with you in future posts. You don't have to jump in head-first, making all these changes at once to make a difference. Many people practice this way of life on a small scale with huge success.
If this is something you're interested in trying, there's really no better time to jump in. You can apply this concept to virtually any part of your life, quite easily. Chances are your days will be more enjoyable and stress-free. What could be better than that?
Share with me ways you brought more sustainable habits into your life. I love hearing from you. We are on this beautiful planet together, let’s do our part - together!