Sustainable Product Shout-Out:
Trending Sustainable Products, Tested & Reviewed
by Brodie Vander Dussen
Now that I think about it, I don’t remember ever using a pencil to its full capability, they usually get lost somewhere along the way. But if I were to use a Sprout pencil, you bet I would use it to the very last bit where the small seed capsule is found. After I’m done writing, drawing, doodling my heart out, I could then turn it upside down, plant it and enjoy watching it grow into fragrant herbs, flowers, or fresh organic vegetables. Not only am I able to add a custom word or phrase (or something encouraging about my drawing skills), but knowing that I’m using a product that will continue its lifecycle after I’m done using it,
is all I need to keep on doodlin’.
Did you know that it’s estimated that the global beauty industry produces more than 120 million units of packaging each year, and packaging accounts for 70% of the industry’s waste? That’s just one of the reasons I’m so glad I found MOB Beauty. Being able to build my own re-fillable palette made of recycled material with the colors and products that I know I’ll use, not only saves me space but also minimizes the packaging that ends up in landfills when I’m done. The products look good, are made good, AND I feel good knowing I’m making a difference with something as small as my makeup drawer.
TerraCycle® Zero Waste Box™
TerraCycle is an international leader in innovative sustainability solutions and a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials. They have a wide range of solutions available, making them a great choice for in-home, office, manufacturing, and event waste management. One my favorite products is their Zero Waste Box. After you fill one with your waste, it is shipped back to TerraCycle to be checked in and the waste is sorted, cleaned, processed, and sold to manufacturing companies to create a new product. If I don’t have enough to fill a full box, like with empty beauty packaging, I can also take it to a participating Nordstrom and drop it off in their “BEAUTYCYCLE” box, which is their branded version of the Zero Waste Box. Easy for me and the environment. Win-win!
Dip™ Hair Care Bars
Dip identifies as an environmental awareness company parading around as a damn good personal care company and oh boy do they live up to that. A 4oz bar of conditioner, with a recyclable* paper box, can last a full year and replace 10 plastic tubes of very pricey salon conditioner. As someone who cares about how my hair feels and smells, I was hesitant to try Dip but man, I am happy I did! After the first wash with the Shampoo and Conditioner Bars (the Mimosa and Sandalwood smells heavenly), I recycled my old empty hair care bottles and did not look back. With salon-level products designed for men and women with all hair types–from Type 1 all the way to Type 4, it’s an easy switch to implement into your life.
Dip’s why statement: While we love hair, our mission is much bigger than that. Our mission is to encourage a new way of doing business-by selling Dip in small, independently owned refill stores, we are sharing the wealth with the changemakers in communities all around the country that are educating people in their neighborhoods about plastic on the ground level. While many brands hashtag their values as a performance, Dip lives them instead.
*May not be recyclable in your area
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