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What's In My Shower?

What's In My Shower?

Looking for ways to create a more sustainable bathroom?  Let's take a step into my shower to give you some ideas, and check out the items I love to use the most in my bathing routine!

1. Plain Products Organic Liquid Shampoo & Conditioner: I have used shampoo bars before, but after some trial and error, this product has become my top choice for washing my locks.  Organic, vegan and safe for the waterways, it's also packaged in a recyclable or reusable aluminum bottle with an aluminum cap. How awesome!

2. Bareaya Safety Razor: I've used a handful of razors along my safety razor journey, and this one is hands down the best. So easy to use without nicking yourself, great for both men and women alike, super beautiful and designed right here in Hong Kong.  Big crush!

3. Olive Oil Soap Bar with Pearwood Soap Dish: I'm in love with this soap by Marius Fabre because of it's purity and moisturizing qualities. It may seem expensive, but it lasts much longer than other soaps, especially if you allow it to dry out in between uses. Handmade in France and cooked in a cauldron to traditional Marseille soap-making methods, it also requires very little packaging!  And the soap dish?  Well it's just plain gorgeous and looks great on my white tub:)

4. Natural Sea Sponge: Responsibly harvested by hand from the Mediterranean, these sponges are a perfect sustainable alternative to synthetic sponges, are super absorbent, lather very easily and gentle on all skin types. Care for it properly by squeezing it dry and air drying between uses, and it was also last a very long time.  And the cherry on top? It makes a great natural bath toy for the kids!

5. Wooden Foot File: This ones all about the self-care!  Extend the length of your pedicures and keep that dry skin at bay. For me one of these is a necessity if I want to keep my feet looking presentable, and what's better than a wooden option!

 

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40 Things to Stash in Your Pocket Size Stasher

40 Things to Stash in Your Pocket Size Stasher

Our new Stasher bag to join the party is small but mighty! You'll find the pocket size super useful for all the little things in your life and it looks so pretty too.  For your daily on-the-go activities, the office, the home or on your next traveling adventure, you'll find they always come in handy. Here are 40 ways to use them, and we're sure there are much more!

Keep your on-the-go essentials organized

1. Snacks - take a handful of almonds to-go or save a half-eaten health bar

2. Supplements - stash them in pill or powder form

3. Medicine - ibuprofen, cough drops, homeopathic remedies

4. Menstrual cup - both sides of the pocket stasher are frosted for discretion

5. Hair clips & hair ties - finally so much easier to find

6. Jewelry - transform from day to night with extra sparkles in your stasher

7. Make-up - stash midday touch up essentials like our lip tints or deodorants 

8. Cards & Cash

9. Coins for laundry

10. Earbuds / phone charger

11. Essential oils

12. Crystals - take your aura with you wherever you go

Choose Your Adventure

13. Shampoo bar

14. Mini first-aid - stash bandages, alcohol wipes, ointment and aloe

15. Keep matches dry when you’re camping

16. Bring parmesan to a picnic

17. Pack salt for margaritas on a beach retreat

18. Stash a festival survival kit - lip balm, bandaids, bug spray, mints / chewable toothpaste, sunscreen

19. Small allen/hex keys for long-distance cycling

20. Tiny climbing gear like nuts, anchors and slings

21. Golf tees

Stash Around The House

22. Small leftover fruits and veggies - save the other half of your jalapeno, or that handful of berries your toddler demanded and then refused.

23. Loose leaf tea - stash a special blend

24. Keys for doors around the house

25. Herbs - save your sage, thyme, rosemary and more

26. Garlic cloves

27. Homemade Pesto

28. Seeds for gardening

29. Pet treats

30. Craft notions - buttons, bobbins, tape measures, etc.

31. Bolts and washers - no screws or nails!

32. Spare shoelaces and bra straps

33. Mini ice pack

34. Exercise bands

35. Batteries

For the Office

36. Business cards

37. Rubber bands

38. Paper clips

39. Flash drives

40. Sticky tack

SEE ALL STASHER BAGS HERE

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Compostable vs Biodegradable: What's the Difference?

Compostable vs Biodegradable: What's the Difference?

Feeling a little bit confused about the difference between compostable and biodegadable? Don't worry, you're not the only one!  Both words get used quite frequently in the sustainability world, but they are quite different!  Let's set the record straight...

COMPOSTABLE

  • Composting is a human-driven process in which biodegradation occurs under a specific set of circumstances
  • Composting is an accelerated biodegradation process due to optimized circumstances
  • The material needs a certain environment in order to properly compost in regards to temperature, moisture and oxygen
  • Leaves no visible, distinguishable or toxic residue
  • Most of the material breaks down completely within 180 days
  • This compost not only returns to it's original state but is also beneficial and can be used to enrich soil

BIODEGRADABLE

  • Biodegradation is the naturally-occurring breakdown of materials by microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi or other biological activity
  • Products that will biodegrade in nature or in home compost heaps may not biodegrade in landfills, where there's not enough bacteria, light, and water to move the process along
  • Is meant to occur naturally without human intervention and without causing harm
  • Can decompose back into natural elements
  • Capable of biodegrading without any oxygen source
  • The timeline for biodegradation is not well defined, and can be quite varied

DEGRADABLE

  • Any product can be labelled "degradable" because everything will eventually break down
  • The product will naturally break down into smaller pieces, eventually, but this could take thousands of years
  • Depending on the material, it could leave behind toxicity to the soil and the environment around it

KEY POINTS

While all compostable material is also biodegradable, not all biodegradable material is compostable

Compostable materials are broken down with human intervention, while biodegradable materials break down naturally

Compostable materials break down quickly and within a specified timeframe, while biodegradable materials are not held to a specific timeframe and could take years (like steel products which will eventually rust)

Both processes should not cause any harm to the environment, while composting is known to also be beneficial to soil

Many companies may use these terms to "greenwash" their products and make them appear more eco-friendly than they actually are

 

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