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Sustainable Swaps: Where to Start Your Zero-Waste Journey

If you've stepped foot into our brick & mortar or visited our online store, you know we carry a *large* selection, ranging from items for the home to personal care to general lifestyle, and plenty in between, outside and around. And our inventory is always growing as new sustainable swaps become available (after significant R&D from our end first, of course). It's not rare for folks to come in, see our vast inventory, and become a bit overwhelmed when they realize just how much plastic has been integrated into their everyday lifestyles, particularly if they're new to the world of zero-waste. From doing the dishes to washing your hair and drying your clothes, plastics and chemicals are marketed to consumers from every angle. Just take...

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Reduce Waste First Thing In the Morning (Coffee Edition)

For most of us, coffee isn't optional. If you're anything like me (Natassja), you're not even a fully functioning human until you've had *at least* one good cup of joe.  But between things like single-use cups and disposable coffee filters, that daily cup can end up creating a ton of waste. Thankfully, it's not difficult to lessen the impact of your morning caffeine kick. Here are a few simple switches that can help to reduce your caffeinated carbon footprint.   1. Avoid single-serve cups and pods. It's kind of wild that coffee pods were introduced long after we knew we had a single-use waste problem. They're convenient and easy, but have dirty consequences. And that should surprise no one. In...

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Switching Over to A Plastic-Free Oral Care Routine

From plastic electric toothbrush heads to disposable plastic flossers and toothpaste tubes, the average oral hygiene routine can end up producing more waste than we realize. Luckily, there are plenty of plastic-free alternatives on the market today, so making your oral care more eco-friendly doesn't have to be such a daunting task. Here are a few of our favorites that you can use to replace the plastics in your oral hygiene routine:   1. The Toothbrush: Not A Plastic Bristle In Sight Close to a billion toothbrushes will be thrown away in the U.S. this year, and yep, most of them are plastic.Plastic polymers have been the main feature of toothbrush designs since the 1930s and, as we now understand, plastic doesn’t biodegrade. That means...

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The Best Natural Oils for Your Skin

To Be Frank…It’s Complicated Skincare is a vast and varied subject that deserves nuance in its consideration. Every human biome is different and therefore interacts uniquely with any given substance. When we discuss the additional layer of natural oils from plants that have their own variation from region-to-region or even harvest-to-harvest, the complexity intensifies.  In this article, I am going to explain the conclusions I’ve drawn about natural oils and how they play a vital role in skincare. My findings are collected from peer-reviewed scientific articles, herbalism/natural beauty professionals, and my own experience both with using these oils on my skin for more than a decade and in selling natural oil skincare products to thousands of people in the past...

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