Showing posts with label Earth Month. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Earth Month. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Easy Tips For Sustainable Living

Happy Spring 2019! Happy Earth Month! Ah... before you roll your eyes and click away… I'm not going to tell anyone how to live his or her life. All I’m going to do is simply pass along information that I’ve learned along the way in my personal journey towards being a better global citizen. First, I’d like to take a second to thank my mother for teaching me how to respect the planet… attempt not to recycle something in that woman’s house and you’re likely to end up buried in her compost. Uh… love you mom! I, digress.

So you’ve probably heard Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, but what does that really mean and how can you implement these ideas, easily, into everyday life? Recycling can be a bit confusing because sometimes we’re not sure what is and isn’t recyclable. Check out this recycle chart from One More Generation!

Cost effective and eco-friendly ideas:
  1. Don't heat an empty house - During the winter, turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees when you're home and 55 degrees at night or while you're on vacation.
  2. Clean your refrigerator coils – You’d be surprised how much gross stuff accumulates at the bottom of your fridge. By vacuuming out the dust you actually help the fridge work more efficiently, therefore saving money.
  3. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins – This might be a really foreign concept at first, but once you get used to it you’ll be pleased with the financial savings and you’ll also save a tree.
  4. Pack your lunch – This saves money, but when you pack your lunch use an insulated lunch bag versus a paper bag. Also, use a refillable bottle versus a plastic one.
  5. Cancel your newspaper subscription and read the news online – Like beauty news, here at TME! ☺Okay, shameless self-promotion aside… catch your news online.

Put your money where your mouth is: There’s a lot of power in your wallet and committing to purchasing eco-friendly products lets companies know that you, the consumer, are in charge.
  1. Shop for eco-friendly beauty products – Throughout the month, TME will be reviewing and highlighting quite a few eco-friendly beauty brands.
  2. Switch to eco-friendly detergents or make your own eco-friendly cleaning products.

Eco-friendly odds and ends:
  1. Collect your dryer lint and put it in the backyard for the birds. Now’s the perfect time, as the birds a building nests.
  2. Donate your magazines - Read them then pass them on to friends or your local hospital.
  3. Organize your errands – by scheduling errands, you’ll save on gas and help the environment. Also, try carpooling.
  4. File your taxes electronically to cut back on paper usage. Heads Up … tax deadline is a just days away.
  5. Take your own canvas bags when shopping – Seriously, do you need to add to your plastic bag collection?
  6. Make a resolution to be even more eco-friendly … starting today!

The tips above are all examples of basic R’s of sustainable living. You can find lots more tips at Tree Hugger and don't forget that Earth Day 2019 will be celebrated on Monday, April 22 -- and that there's still plenty of time to participate! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Organic Beauty: What is it?

April marks National Earth Month, and we’ve found that a lot of us are taking pause to think about the environment and how what we choose for ourselves makes an impact our the health and well being of our planet and ourselves. Whether it is face, body or hair care -- organic cosmetics are gaining more and more influence with all of us. Organic raw materials, sustainable sourcing, and ecological thinking are not only becoming important to manufacturers, but they are increasingly important to us. Which begs the question, “What is an authentic organic or natural beauty product?”

What defines an “organic” beauty product?

Although the terms “organic cosmetics” or “natural beauty” do not have legal definitions, the products must meet certain specific requirements in order to be truly organic. Ingredients should be obtained under sustainably sourced processes and be free of all synthetic derivatives, as well as pesticides. A great source to check for authenticity is ECOCERT.

Are organic cosmetics or natural beauty products better than synthetic?

In short, yes. Organic cosmetics and natural beauty products are generally sourced under fair trade practices, which results in fair prices for the farmers. These products are also sourced under strict ecological guidelines, which are good for our planet -- and us. The efficacy of organic or natural products is often better than traditional products with far less sensitivity issues.

Can organic or natural cosmetics cause allergies?

Yes. Any product can result in an allergic reaction – even products that you have used for years. An organic beauty product is no different then a synthetic product when it comes to your body’s acceptance or rejection.

What about the longevity of organic products?

Natural cosmetics are more conducive to the formation of microorganisms that cause its deterioration. Those who use natural cosmetics should know the following rules:
  • Respect the expiration date
  • Use a product as soon as possible after opening
  • Store at room temperature
  • Protect from direct sunlight

What do you need to know when switching to organic cosmetics?

Sometimes the body needs a little time to adapt to organic and natural substances. So, take your time and switch out on or two products at once. Irritations can occur when switching to organic products or any type of product for that matter.

A fabulous article about organic labeling is “Learn How to Tell When ‘Organic’ on a Label Is True,” written by Jennifer Chait for The Balance. It is so worth the read!

Sources: ECOCERT, Beauty Press 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Earth Month Hair Essentials

Happy Earth Month! And to celebrate, Team TME wanted to make sure that you knew about a few of our favorite hair (and Planet) loving products. Beginning with getting your locks clean -- Maui Moisture offers a plethora of shampoos, conditioners, and stylers that are effective and eco-friendly. It’s become one of our favorite budget-friendly brands. Of course you need a tool to style those luscious locks and Olivia Garden never fails. Read on to find out more about these two eco-responsible beauty brands.

Maui Moisture is inspired by handpicked and handcrafted ingredients that can be found on tropical islands like Maui, all of which are responsibly sourced, vegan and made with eco-friendly materials. These products do not contain any parabens, phthalates, sulfate surfactants, colorants, petrolatum, silicones, gluten, or mineral oils. Maui Moisture offers seven ranges for all hair textures and types. Each product within the Maui Moisture Collection will run $8.99 each. Now can you see why we love this brand?!?

  1. Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk – This collection is formulated for individuals with normal to dry hair who need gentle hydration. Formulated with Coconut Milk, Guava Oil and Mango Butter, hair is left detangled and nourished with no leftover residue. Available in a shampoo, conditioner and raw oil mist, these products work to hydrate strands while providing luscious shine.
  2. Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter – This collection is a dream for anyone with dry, damaged, or over-styled hair. The four products in this collection include a shampoo, conditioner, raw oil, and hair mask, all focused on intense hydration and moisture retention. Formulated with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Macadamia Oil, hair is softened, quenched and repaired from over-processed, damaged hair.
  3. Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage + Agave Nectar – This collection comprised of a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask is formulated for those who chemically treat their hair regularly and are looking to help repair, strengthen and fortify hair. Formulated with Agave Nectar Extract, Hibiscus Oil and Pineapple Oil extract, hair is left smoothed, healed and perfectly hydrated.
  4. Maui Moisture Smooth & Repair + Vanilla Bean – Seeking hair that’s sleek and smooth with a shiny finish? This collection of shampoo and conditioner helps tame frizz, reduce hair bulk and add intense shine. Made with Vanilla Bean Oil, Cocoa Butter, as well as Kukui Nut Oil, hair is left defrizzed, restored and mended.
  5. Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil – Formulated for thick, curly hair, this shampoo, conditioner, curl milk and curl smoothie, contain a blend with Coconut Oil and Papaya Butter, as well as Plumeria Extract. The collection helps to condition curls, reduce frizz, and improve overall curl definition.
  6. Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore + Bamboo Fibers – Enhance, strengthen and thicken your hair with this shampoo, conditioner, and blowout spray, all made with Bamboo Fibers. The unique formulas, made with Bamboo Fibers, Castor Oil and Neem Oil, work with each hair strand to help create thick, full, and voluptuous tresses along with a fresh and spicy scent. The formulas help to promote thicker, stronger, healthier hair.
  7. Maui Moisture Color Protection + Sea Mineral Collection - The new Maui Moisture Color Protection + Minerals range harnesses the power of sea botanicals like Minerals, Algae, and Sea Kelp to give you mermaid hair that’s vibrant, smooth, and shiny.

Olivia Garden, a leader in the hair care industry for over fifty years, introduced the first eco-friendly brush collection in 2006 using a design patent that included striped bamboo. Now in 2018, with advanced technology and innovative ingredients, Olivia Garden is introducing a new line of bamboo brushes unlike anything on the market.

The EcoHair Collection uses a new proprietary bamboo technology with an anti-slip grip and ergonomic handle that is softer, more durable, and easier for styling. Bamboo is a 100% natural renewable resource, unlike wood, that preserves the natural forests and surrounding eco-systems. The new EcoHair Paddle brush design features a new “secure-fit” cushion frame system where the cushion snaps into the brush body with no glue, for guaranteed durability. In addition, the brushes boast a beautiful and unique whitewashed bamboo and blue design.

Olivia Garden EcoHair Collection:
  • EcoHair Paddle ($20.50) – comfortable ballpoint tips that are gentle for hair and scalp to detangle, brush, and create updos
  • EcoHair Combo ($23.95) – special blend of ionic and boar bristles for superior styling and daily care
  • EcoHair Detangler ($20.50) – for gentle detangling on wet or dry hair with special memory-flex bristles

Maui Moisture is available online at Ulta and other major retailers. The Olivia Garden EcoHair Collection, as well as other Olivia Garden products can be online at Olvia Garden and select retail locations.