Well, I'm a little behind this month. I'd like to say it's because I've been enjoying beautiful spring weather, but anyone that's been living in Minnesota knows that isn't true.
First up, let's do a quick update on how my March swaps are going! I swapped my dry shampoo, face wash, face moisturizer, tupperware and hair brush.
The glass tupperware from Ikea are amazing and I can't believe I ever used anything different. Truly, nothing can compare to knowing my tupperware is actually clean and isn't stained by food. If you haven't swapped from plastic tupperware to glass, DO IT!
The wooden brush from Target is holding up really well, plus it's super gentle for my daughter's hair. As always, I live by dry shampoo and the No Drought dry shampoo from Lush is amazing and a little goes a long away.
Both of my Lush skin care swaps have been going great. The Angels on Bare Skin face wash is wonderful; I love that I'm getting a great clean and a light exfoliation with each wash. I chose the Full of Grace solid moisturizer and I'm loving it. It took a little getting use to, but the trick is to rub the bar directly onto your face and then rub the moisturizer in.
Now, without further ado, here are my March Swaps!
I did away with using plastic produce bags almost a decade ago. I have never really seen the point. But, I do get weird looks from people when I have my produce rolling around in my cart.
It was after I had Tess that I really realized how much... stuff... could be in my cart. Now, I always wash the hell out of my produce before using it, but I started to come around to the idea of using produce bags, though I couldn't get on board with such one-use plastic.
Enter my wonderful mother-in-law. She knows I've been swapping out products to be more eco friendly, zero waste and non toxic, so she purchased these great reusable produce bags for our family, herself and my sister-in-law.
I love that these bags are super sturdy, easily washable and they come in different sizes. I've been slipping these bags into my car every time I go grocery shopping, it's that simple. I'm also no longer getting weird looks when I put my peppers into my cart.
Now, I'm not sure if these are the EXACT brand, but they do look similar.
You can purchase these bags on Amazon here.
My husband and I have been using Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap for a long time; this soap is one of the most eco friendly and non toxic options out there! I love using this soap, but I knew I could make it a lot more zero waste.
Dr. Bronner's is also available in bar form, wrapped in a paper label. Though it still has a label, paper is significantly less harmful than plastic. We can use these bars in the shower, set them by the sink to wash our hands and I can still use them as a base in different cleaners. To keep using the castile soap in cleaners, simply grate it down!
You can buy Dr. Bronner's solid bar soap at Target, Whole Foods and many other stores, or online here.
All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
I've gone back and forth over the years with cleaning products. Sometimes I'll make my own, sometimes I'll be super lazy and purchase "green" products.
Until this month, I'd been using Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Spray. This is one of those brands that appears to be so clean and green, but it's sneaky. First, it contains artificial fragrance, which we've learned by now is a big no-no. You never know what's in that "fragrance" ingredient, and unless it's listed as essential oils, it's probably not good. Plus it contains known carcinogens. It's not rated an "F", but it's a "C" and that's not great. We're not going for average, her people.
So, I purchased this great glass bottles from the Target dollar section and committed whole heartedly to my own cleaner. I'm doing things a bit differently this time, using a vinegar based cleaner infused with citrus peels. I'll detail how to make this cleaner in a future blog, but I'm already so excited about it: it works amazing! Plus I'm using portions of our food that would otherwise end up in a landfill: win/win.
You can buy similar glass spray bottles online here.
Deodorant is one the most toxic and wasteful products. But also, like, who wants to be stinky? Truly though, I've been on the search for a non toxic and eco friendly deodorant for years. Nothing has really worked that great. With this challenge, I added zero waste to the check list, so obviously finding a deodorant would get easier, right?
Actually, I was inspired by a client to try out Schmidt's solid deodorant. So far, I'm super impressed! The bergamot and lime scent I chose isn't overpowering and does keep me smelling fresh. Usually, I'm deodorant-free, but I need something that will work when I'm around my pregnant peeps with super sniffers. Fingers crossed I've found a winner!
You can purchase Schmidt's Solid Deodorant at Whole Foods, or buy it online here.
Spices are a sneaky little waste monsters. Look at all those little plastic jars. Yeesh. Buying spices in bulk is one of the easiest ways to make that change. Places like your local co-op or Whole Foods are great places to buy bulk spices. Need more? Sam's Club offers many of their bulk spices in glass jars too!
I've both purchased glass jars and repurposed smaller condiment jars to start storing bulk spices. As I get rid of my plastic container, I move on to either bulk or glass jar spices. Can't find what you want in stores? There are a lot of great online resources for bulk spices. Be prepared to be a larger quantity to make the purchase worth it and impact lower.
You can find these spice jars at Ikea or buy them online here.
Follow along on Instagram from more behind the scenes of the Eco Simple Challenge, including how these products are working for me. You can also share your own swaps by tagging @thesownseed and using the hashtag #ecosimplechallenge.
Let me know some of your April swaps or ask some questions below in the comments!
Want to see previous months' swaps? Check them out here: