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Imagine how difficult it is for you to go zero-waste at home. Now, think about all the items in a grocery store. Stores have much more of a variety of products, many more areas to consider when trying to reduce their waste.
Finally, a supermarket in the USA receives the Zero-Waste Designation from EPA.
Just announced, the Giant Food Store at 481 West Penn Ave. in Cleona, Pa., is the chain’s first store to attain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency zero-waste status. They still have waste but it’s what they do with the waste that matters. The EPA zero-waste designation signifies that 90% or more of the store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration.
“There are a lot of little things we do that get the customers excited and help us drive down waste at the same time,” said Andrea Doygun, manager of the Giant store in Cleona, PA. “For example, we clean the empty frosting containers from the bakery as well as corn crates from produce and put them out for our customers to take them home and reuse them. Every little thing counts.”
Today, I write this article to help the store celebrate this milestone but also to help you.
Many times in the past, I have been asked about my laundry room routine. One main part I like to highlight is the “soaking bucket” I often use.
This bucket is super handy!
When I am ready to address the stain, I take the item out of the bucket, fill the bucket with warm water and add a few tablespoons of my Laundry Booster (aka oxygenated bleach), dropping the item back into the bucket to soak overnight. Usually I will pretreat a stain with a little of my laundry soap and then drop it in.
Oxygenated bleach works WAAAAY better the longer it can work. Most of us were introduced to oxygenated bleach as a laundry booster. Tossing a few tablespoons into the washing machine is ok, but it really doesn't allow the product to work as well as it could. Much like trading a $20.00 bill for a $5.00 bill. Not the best thing to do, although you still end up with cash. As with many natural products, the longer that ingredients are allowed to work, the better they work. an item can soak in the dissolved oxygenated bleach, the better the stain removal, whitening or brightening effect will be.
Most chain bakeries receive frosting/icing in 3-or-5 gallon buckets. Most will give you them for free and you simply rinse out all the leftover frosting at home. I was happy to see that Giant Food Store is rinsing them out before giving them away. I can tell you from my personal experience that blue icing is a bitch and takes forever to rinse out! I can only imagine what that blue icing does to the inside of my body when I eat it….uggghhhhh!
So, if you are looking to improve your laundry routine, simplify your stain removal process or give yourself a place to easily soak/whiten fabrics; the bucket is a must.
Pick one up today and tuck it in a convenient place in your laundry room. Mine sits wedged between the washer and the wall, eagerly awaiting dirty stuff.
Full Article at https://www.supermarketnews.com/sustainability/it-s-first-zero-waste-giant-food-stores
How Can I Become More Eco-Friendly?
Have you ever asked yourself the question, "How can I become more eco-friendly?" If so, congratulations. It's the first step in regard to helping the environment. The more people who make the conscious decision to pitch in to help, the better off everyone will be.
One of the simplest definitions of eco-friendly is "not harmful to the environment." There's nothing complicated about that, is there? One of the greatest things about becoming eco-friendly is that it normally doesn't require drastic lifestyle changes. You can even start out small if you wish.
The following information includes several suggestions for making yourself more environmentally conscious and giving Mother Nature a helping hand. There's no reason to panic; it's probably easier than you think.
It's really unfortunate that the vast majority of vehicles on the roadways today are transporting a single passenger. If everyone took the initiative to carpool, even once or twice a week, it would immediately reduce traffic on those days by 50 percent. This represents a HUGE difference! Not only does carpooling save participants' money on gas and car repairs, it also reduces air pollution and helps to prevent the shortage of fossil fuels.
If you don't already take part in your city's recycling program, there's no better time to begin. Better yet, it's probably not as much of the hassle as you think. The first thing you need to do is make yourself aware of any specific requirements you may need to abide by. Recycling is sometimes different from one city to the next.
A few of the most common things to recycle are aluminum (cans, specifically), paper, glass, plastic, outdated electronics and batteries.
When you buy locally, not only are you helping local merchants and farmers, you're also reducing your "carbon footprint" by helping to reduce the demand of shipping from point A to point B. Less long-distance shipments means lower air pollution levels, fresher food on the table and a reduced chance of fuel shortages.
These are just a few examples on how to save energy, while sticking to your daily routine:
* Place weather-stripping around doors and windows
* Turn out lights when leaving a room
* Turn off water when brushing your teeth
* Use cold water for laundry purposes
* Unplug appliances when not in use
* Replace furnace and air conditioner filters on a regular basis
* Install skylights for more natural lighting
Take a few minutes to think about all of the things you do during an average day. Chances are, you'll think of several more eco-friendly changes you can make to improve the state of the environment. Mother Nature will love you for it!
Trees are important, in so many ways. They clean the air, provide homes for wildlife, produce oxygen and prevent the erosion of soil... just to name a few. Taking the initiative to plant trees in your yard not only helps support all of these things, it also provides you with a shady spot to relax after a long day.
We've just talked about some of things you can do to be more eco-friendly. Obviously, you don't have to do everything in one day. Taking it slow makes it easier to get acclimated to a slightly different routine.
The changes you make won't help the environment overnight. But, with a little due diligence, chances are high that your perseverance will make the world a better place for your family, for generations to come.
What steps have you taken lately to be more eco-friendly?
How does it make you feel.
In my years of making soap, curing is always a peculiar stage.
Different ingredients reap different outcomes and that what makes soap so interesting!
But when packaging and curing meet the eye, sometimes it’s not always the best result.
I take pride in my products but I also know that what I’m doing in the soaping world is NOT the norm. I’ve been self taught along the way but have also been very fortunate to meet (in person & online) many folks who helped me understand the variances within soaping. Now as I develop relationships with large scale manufacturers, I have access to labs and information I only previously dreamed about.
This help has never been more appreciated than when my product acted in a way I had never seen before. One day I noticed a few scrap pieces of Laundry Paste were sitting out and had not been packaged up in their little compostable cellophane bags, but what was unusual was the thin film I noticed covering each bar.
OMG! At first I panicked. Was it mold?
Crazy! It couldn’t be mold! Could it??
“Pull it together, Angie!”
Call someone who knows. That’s what I did. I made a call and they had it tested.
Turns out it’s the ingredients!
As the soap cures, it’s pushing out a fine amount of ingredients.
It’s not harmful or degrading to the effectiveness of the soap in any way.
I share this because you may get a bar of our Laundry Paste and it may have some thin whitish film on it.
Don't be alarmed!
It’s fine and to be expected with the soap comes in contact with the air for a long period of time.
I want you to be assured I know it’s happening.
SO. If you choose to dissolve only a portion of the bar of Laundry Paste when you receive your order,
store it in the compostable cellophane bag it came in and be sure to fold over the edges to keep the bag closed.
Any questions, feel free to contact me. email@example.com
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!
4 INGREDIENT BATHROOM CLEANSER is a great plastic-free cleaning option!
Along the way, I get requests for new products. If you have something in mind,
I certainly want to hear from you!
I love tinkering with new ideas and even better when they come to reality.
But I digress…
Here are the Top 3 new product requests I get:
1. Dish Washing Soap Paste.
Being able to offer a paste that could be diluted into a liquid dish washing soap at home,
using your own container & water; would be awesome.
2. Hand Soap Paste.
Same ‘dilute-at-home’ concept but for hand washing.
3. Bathroom Cleanser.
In the past, I offered a liquid bathroom cleaner but discontinued it when I committed to plastic-free packaging.
No more liquid products in plastic bottles.
I have been working on all three, diligently.
Happy to tell you today that I am very close to rolling out #1 and #2.
Imagine refilling your hand soap pumps and foamers over and over again
without the plastic bottle waste!
Man, these are exciting times.
But, the news I want to share with you today is the Bathroom Cleanser.
It’s finally here!! A Powdered bathroom cleanser to be exact.
IT'S EASY TO USE:
Simply sprinkle the powder onto a wet sponge or directly on a wet area you want to clean.
Scrub the area as normal and rinse. Clean. Shiny. Done.
The cleanser is free of ...
is packaged in a small compostable cellophane bag!
There are no pollutants and no constant disposing of plastic containers.
It’s a clean, simple, environmentally friendly cleaner that really works great on
tubs, tiles, sinks, faucets, toilets, kitchen cleaning, even cookware.
I have a few warnings BEFORE USE:
Check Your Surfaces.
The ingredients are few but they are powerful cleaners!
Because these are powdered ingredients with essential oil;
it was easier for me to formulate this cleanser as compared to the Dish Washing and Hand Soap Pastes.
Powdered ingredients are WWAAAAAYYYY less finicky than soapmaking.
But I will prevail with the Top 2 requested soap pastes, soon!
Just like I did with the Bathroom Cleanser. [insert back patting motion]
Did I mention I’m also offering a new kick-ass shaker can in which said bathroom cleanser is dispensed?
Ah-HA...then check out this link !
The can is engraved, super cool, stainless steel, refillable AND useful!
I personally use this same can at home, well not the same can - if you order one it will be brand new. :P
The shaker is easily filled and forever refilled with the bathroom cleanser.
The powdered bathroom cleanser is packed in a small compostable cellophane bag.
Simply empty the contents of the shaker can with the powder, screw the lid back on and you are ready to go!
Well, that’s really all I had to share today.
Thanks for reading.
I’m glad we can connect here.
Before I go, I want to ask you,
What product do YOU want to see plastic-free and/or refillable?
Comment below or even better, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for taking time today.
Can you count on one hand the number of shampoo bottles you have thrown away (aka recycled) in the past 6 months?
If you can, that is 5 bottles too many.
There are many options for getting beautiful locks and healthy scalp without the excess plastic waste. Since healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, let talk conditioner. Have you tried an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse?
If your hair looks dull, dry, frizzy or weak; it tends to be more alkaline or higher on the pH scale. ACV can lower pH and bring a healthy balance back to your hair. One of the most important acids in ACV is acetic acid, which is packed with vitamin B1, B6, A and C, as well as iron and potassium. All these nutrients are essential for a healthy scalp and healthy hair in general. The cleansing nature of ACV helps to get rid of any build-up or residue on the scalp, leftover from hair treatments or other hair care products.
If you want to try ACV for scalp care and have never used it prior, it’s simple to test for allergy. Apply some ACV to a reusable cotton pad (or wash cloth) and dab it on your wrist or to the skin around your hairline.
I've been building this company for many years and with the momentum that has come in the last two years, i found myself loosing some balance. Once I finally realized the scales of personal and business life were tipping, it was time to find a solution. I've enjoyed yoga for a long time now; without regularity, so I tried out a few classes out at the YMCA. Exercise is important for me but I struggle to get it done on a daily basis. My mind needs a good work out just as much as my body does. To help balance my brain, I practice meditation most evenings with my husband and feel I'm getting much better at quieting all the voices in my head. You know the voices I mean (please don't make us explain - LOL)
When I took a closer look at my day, and although I love sleeping in; when I did get out of bed it was like the starting gates burst open and off I went. There was no foundation to my day. No fresh fuel to start my day. I was running the race from morning til night. Even though I tried to pride myself on not jumping on my phone the moment I got up; cleaning the kitchen, reading the paper (yes, we still have it delivered), starting random chores, turning on the laptop, checking emails from the laptop - I started these tasks minutes after my feet hit the floor.
I craved a more thoughtful start to my day. I wanted to honor myself and give myself a strong place to start my day from. I downloaded Dr. Andrew Weil's 'BREATHING: The Master Key to Self Healing' and began practicing the breathing exercises first thing. in the morning. Unfortunately, I found myself bored of it after awhile. I started having my coffee time on the patio enjoying the wildlife. I still haven't gotten bored of that, but it wasn't very motivating. As a matter of fact, couple mornings I jumped in the hammock, and let's just say; it was a little too relaxing.
I also enjoy podcasts and self-improvement. I try to listen to one almost everyday; especially when I'm in the car (and not listening to the Grateful Dead station) I enjoy listening to Tim Ferris and usually find his podcast very interesting. So when I stumbled upon his daily routine, I took a look. I liked that it was positive and thoughtful and forced me to think about the day to come and gave me the opportunity to evaluate the results of the day. So i decided to give it a try.
One month ago, I retyped Tim Ferris' questions so I could print four days onto one page and I began taking time every morning to fill out the questions. I'm currently doing it and want to share it in case you are looking for a way to start your day with on a strong foundation. I'm happy to share this journal page with you and save you the time of retyping it. Email me if you want a copy. email@example.com
Not only has it provided me a way to actively reflect but it also reminds me to take time for myself each day. The journal starts with WHEN I WAKE UP: Meditate, 5 -10 reps of something, tea time while filling out this journal. I'm up to 5 push-ups, albeit girlie push-ups; but the ripple has to start somewhere.
I hope I'm keep doing this for myself every morning, I deserve it.
Thanks for reading this and sharing in my journey.
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 !