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Guest Blogger - Rebeccah Fuaco


Pure Goat Milk Shampoo Bar From Beekman 1802


This was the second shampoo bar I tried and I’ve been using it for over one year now. At first, I’d have to say that the hardest part about switching to shampoo bars is the inconvenience of having to change up your shower routine because it feels more natural to use liquid shampoo. This will change though!


Once I got past the routine issue (try keeping both a bar and liquid shampoo in the shower as you transition), I started to notice little things. Initially, I do think that I thought my hair looked greasier, and maybe it did. But, after a year of using shampoo bars, I’ve noticed the following changes:


  • My hair doesn’t get any greasier than it did when I used liquid shampoo

  • One shampoo bar lasts me approximately 5-6 months as a solo user

  • Conditioner bars didn’t work for me and I found that I didn’t need them, so I only shampoo my hair now

  • My hair doesn’t get split ends as frequently as it used to (cut my hair last July and nothing yet!)

  • The lathering process is weird, but shampoo bars can still lather once you get used to using them

  • My hair feels thicker when I run my hands or a brush through it

  • I can leave my hair unwashed for a bit longer than I used to - but the frequency that I wash my hair hasn’t changed all too much

This bar comes in a cardboard box, which is recyclable and once the bar is used up, there’s no additional waste after that! I just use the pure goat milk bar, but Beekman 1802 also offers charcoal, honey and orange, and honeyed grapefruit bars too!


My shampoo bar, I get from a local Port Colborne store, Harmony on West for $11.98 plus tax. The same shampoo bar is sold online at Beekman 1802 for $12.00 plus tax.



All-Natural Deodorant From Charcoal & Rose Petals

I found this Canadian-made, all-natural deodorant visiting a friend in Peterborough last summer. It’s been working great for me and has replaced my previous roll-on and aerosol deodorant/antiperspirant. I found this company’s product at Watson & Lou, a cute little boutique store that sells local goods from a huge variety of vendors.


This deodorant comes in a surprisingly tiny, 1oz tin container that I am excited to reuse when I finally empty it. The first tin that I bought is almost empty, but I’ve had it since last July, so these suckers last waaaaaay longer than roll-ons and aerosols. I’ve been using roll-ons here and there still just to use up what I have left, but I would say that one tin would still last you well over 4 months if it’s the only thing you’re using.


Similar to the shampoo bar, this deodorant is weird to get used to because you actually have to rub it in on your underarms, rather than using a stick or spray. I do find that there is a bit of white residue left on my underarms since it’s a baking soda-based product, but that goes away in a few minutes once my skin has absorbed it completely. The scent I have is the wintergreen one and I find that it isn’t overpowering or chemical-y, and it has a sort of muskiness to it (which I like, but some people might not). I bought the lavender one next to try out!


One thing to keep in mind with this deodorant is that you do NOT need to put a lot on your underarms because it goes a long way once you start rubbing it in. It also has a slightly gritty texture - I assume from the baking soda component - which is a bit strange initially, but also something I’m used to now.


My deodorant was $12 from Watson & Lou, but depending on where you’re located, there’s also a flat shipping fee of $12 anywhere outside of Peterborough. You can also purchase directly from Charcoal & Rose Petal’s website, where the deodorant is $14.99 plus $10.99 shipping to Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.



Eco-friendly Laundry Strips From Tru Earth


The last product that I’ve started using recently is Tru Earth laundry strips. This is a subscription-style company, so I was a bit hesitant at first to try it out because of that. The great thing with their subscription, however, is that they offer the delivery frequency based on how many people you have in your household. I opted for the 32 loads delivered every 3 months, but you can choose as little as 32 loads semi-annually or as much as 64 loads per month. Lots of flexibility!


I find the scent of the strips very fresh (I got the Fresh Linen scent), but super light once my clothes come out of the wash. I haven’t had an issue with clothes not getting clean yet, but I know that you can also use two strips instead of one if you have a load of wash that’s very dirty.


These laundry strips are a very simple way to reduce plastic waste of the big jugs of detergent and I even put my strips in a cute jar next to the washing machine. They are also very convenient because they get delivered right to your door. Not much else to say other than that!


I currently pay $12.95 for 32 loads of the laundry strips because there was a promotion that was running, but the regular price is $19.95 for 32 loads.


Comment below if you have tried any of these products!!



About the Author - Rebeccah Fuaco

  • Avid eco-friendly product user

  • Pot-bellied pig mom

  • B.S. from Queen’s University in Life Sciences

  • Certificate from Niagara College in Wine Business Management

  • Currently a restaurant Assistant Manager

  • Currently an online coordinator for various US sports industry leaders

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Guest Blogger - Scarlett King


I first met Holly in 2018. It was a brisk October morning in the vineyard, pruning sheers in hand, her and I got acquainted with one another. A few years have since past, and her and I have decided to collaborate – my knowledge of wine, alongside her ever-growing passion for sustainability – as we turn our focus on biodiversity within the world of wine.


Bio-what-now?

Biodynamics (noun) – the study of physical motion or dynamics in living systems. But what does this mean for wine production?


In the year 1920, an Austrian Philosopher named Rudolf Steiner developed a method of farming focused around the lunar cycles and the energy of the planets. Through evidence of his findings, some viticulturists would practice such farming techniques, encompassing all the elements of nature to cultivate and produce high-quality (and pretty stellar tasting) wines.


Over a century later, biodynamic farming has become somewhat of a hot commodity. Omitting the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides during the growing period and replacing them with methods more in tune with nature, producers have been able to achieve what is to be considered 100% organic wine.


So, the next time you pick up a bottle of wine from your favourite organic producer, you can take comfort in knowing what’s in your glass.


“Wine is poetry in a bottle” – Cliffon Fadiman



If you’re anything like me, a glass of wine is like enjoying a good book. It takes you on a journey, heightens the senses, and leaves you wanting more. Each glass tells a story true to its heritage, which, of course, all starts in the vineyard.


Choosing the right wine is not always easy though, which is why I’m pleased to share with you some of my local go-to retailers for wine so good, it’s good for you! And the best part is: it’s all organic!


Visit a Vineyard

Plan a trip to some of Canada's certified biodynamic/organic wineries. Enjoy your day tasting exquisite wines, local eats and why not pick yourself up a bottle… or two.


- Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON – Canada's first biodynamic winery

- Tawse, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON – Certified Organic

- Stratus Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON – LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified

- Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Okanagan Valley, BC – Certified Organic


Support Local

Reminiscent of a time when going out with friends and enjoying a glass of wine at your favourite restaurant was not just a dream... Thankfully, you can still pop into any one of these fine establishments for something to wet your whistle for pickup or delivery!


Paradise Grapevine

Apres Wine Bar

Paris Paris

Archive


Stocking Up

Whether the lockdown is coming to its long-awaited end, or not, grabbing a case of wine is never a bad idea. If you’re in the market for some delicious wine which is biodynamic, certified organic and sustainably produced, look no further. Order a curated pack or choose for yourself, this agency has you covered.


The Living Vine


However, or wherever you choose to indulge, sustainably-conscious wine is paving its way for the growers of our future. We can all do our part to remain eco-friendly without sacrificing quality.


Cheers!


Scarlett King – The Crimson Table

@thecrimsontable


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If you’re like me, you’ve been cooped up in the comfort of your own home for what feels like a decade! Pre 2020, many of us nine-to-fivers, shift workers, busy moms and dads, and students alike, all had reason to leave the house each day. With the lockdown measures in place for nearly a year now, our homes have become the central hub for work and play, and while we have no choice but to conduct our daily lives from home, most of us haven’t taken a moment to think about the impact it has had on our energy consumption (not to mention our wallets).


With that being said, allow me to offer a few tips and tricks on how to reduce our energy intake, while continuing to conduct our daily lives at home.


Let the Sun do its’ thing


I learned from an early age, when leaving a room I must always shut off the light. The sun is a great source of energy, take advantage of its natural beauty during the day to brighten your home.






Green Meals FTW!

Not every meal you make from home needs the use of electricity. Try preparing some meals ahead of time to reduce time spent in the kitchen. Salads and smoothies are great alternatives to cooking, as well. I know what you’re thinking – “You don’t make friends with salad”. Well, here are a few easy and delicious options for you to wow the whole family.


Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl - Eat Yourself Skinny

Breakfast Egg Muffins (VIDEO) - NatashasKitchen.com

Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette - All the Healthy Things

Caprese Salad with Avocado (15 minutes + no cook!) - Joyous Apron

Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich (twopeasandtheirpod.com)

19 No-Heat Lunches to Bring to Work - PureWow


Unplugged

Something I have been inclined to do in the past, but has become a big pet peeve of mine, is leaving things plugged in when they are not in use. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go around unplugging every appliance and electronic in my house, but leaving items you are no longer using plugged in will, in fact, waste energy. A quick and easy fix to energy consumption is just a (un)plug away.


Water Waste 101

As Canadians, we are lucky to have the resources we do in order to conduct our lives the way we please. However, being mindful of those resources and our consumption of them is a thought less pondered. Growing up we were all taught to turn off the tap when brushing our teeth – sound advice to live by if you ask me. Taking it a few steps further though, I’m happy to share some initiatives to reduce water waste at home, if you aren’t doing them yourself already.

- Use cold water when doing laundry

- Take fewer baths and reduce your time in the shower

- Collect rain water to water garden/plants

- Fill the sink to wash dishes, and make sure the dishwasher isn’t running at half capacity

- Re-wear your clothes and reuse your bath towels

- Ensure all taps and faucets are fastened tightly


While I know we would all love to resume life as it once was, take this opportunity at home to be conscious what it takes to run a household, while continuing to be energy efficient. Together, our combined efforts to reduce energy consumption can and will benefit our planet. <3


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