July Sustainable​ Products Review

Over the past few months, I have started trying to make a conscious effort to reflect on and change my habits. I quickly started to recognize that I use a significant amount of plastic, create an unnecessary amount of waste and have far too many toxic products.

Now, being more aware, I am trying to replace or invest in products that will help reduce my plastic use, waste, and toxins.

For the month of May, I purchased a few products from Shades of Green in Parksville, BC to integrate into my everyday life.

I purchased:

Raime Bath Puff: I purchased this puff to replace my old loofah that was breaking down. I heard that loofahs can release plastic microfibres into the water. Plus, the loofah itself is plastic waste. This puff is nice on my sensitive skin, still giving a good scrub and is 100% natural. I highly recommend this product.

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Nelson Naturals Activated Charcol Toothpaste: Not going to lie, it has been hard for me to get behind this product. It feels like it cleans well but it doesn’t leave a fresh-tasting feel. In fact, the toothpaste tastes more like salt than peppermint. I will continue to use it over the next while and see if my opinion changes.

 

Cotton Reusable produce bags: I purchased a pack of three, all of different sizes! These have been great, along with reusable grocery bags, to cut down on plastic when shopping.

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Junglista: This is a natural bug repellant that deters ticks, mosquitos, bedbugs, fleas, and lice. I am one big target for mosquitos and bought this product for hiking and camping in the summer. This product does wonders for keeping bugs away. I am a mosquito magnetic and love this product. The natural ingredients used smell amazing and it is the perfect size to take traveling! However, the smell is super strong so I don’t recommend spraying it directly on your face. My only complaint is that the container is plastic.

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I also made a stop at Lush and purchased:

Lush Shampoo & Conditioner Bar: I purchased the Seanik Shampoo Bar and the Sugar Daddy-O Conditioner Bar. So far my hair feels very clean and free from any synthetic feeling. However, my hair has either felt extremely dry or like beeswax. It may just be the bar I chose but I will not be repurchasing this product.

Since finishing the Lush products I have bought the Unwrapped shampoo and conditioner hydrate bars and I am excited to report back on how they compare to Lush!

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I have also been making a constant effort to buy everyday products that have less packaging, use my reusable mug when getting beverages to-go and reducing single-use plastics by increasing Tupperware use rather than sandwich bags or plastic wrap. These have all been very simple things to implement that I hope will add up to a huge difference over time.

 

What’s Trending: Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga can’t cure everything but it can surely cure a bad mood.

This weekend I went to Yellow Point Farms in Yellow Point, B.C. to participate in their Goat Yoga classes. This was such a fun and stress-relieving activity that consisted of 10% yoga and 90% snuggling and cuddling.

The yoga class itself was very basic and would be great for all adults regardless of your experience.

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There were so many baby goats and the staff were amazing at cleaning up any accidents and bringing the goats over to socialize. Just make sure to keep your hair up and leave anything you don’t want to goats to nibble on at home!

Visit the Yellow Point Farms website for further information!

What’s Trending?: Hammocking

On Vancouver Island, the trend of hammocking has exploded. People come in large groups and will hang hammocks off anything, anywhere, at any time. These hammocks are very reasonably priced and easy to find. The best part about it, you get to hang with friends, relax and get outdoors. What could be better?

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I recently got a hammock for my birthday and had to go try it out. A friend and I set our hammocks up over top of one another at Nanaimo’s Neck Point Park. The area overlooking the bay in the back of the park is a hot spot for hammockers. Within half an hour of being there, we had three other people join us in their hammocks.

Most trends are not all they are cracked up to be… but let me tell ya… after about five minutes I was so relaxed I was about to fall asleep (as you can see, I was ready to fall asleep in that picture).

I loved this evening activity so much that I bought a double hammock for my boyfriend’s birthday. This hammock was large enough that we could hang in it together, and this time, we really did nap. We chose an afternoon on Parksville’s Little Mountain to hang. If you bring a few snacks and a drink, it is the perfect little date. Not to mention, these hammocks are super light, transportable and can be brought along on any adventure, whether it’s camping, hiking or a road trip.

Our Double Hammock: Amazon Double Hammock

Tip: Spend the extra money and get a hammock with the loop tree straps. This makes set up much faster and convenient.