Posts tagged ‘green’

August 20, 2012

Green Product Love

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been slowly trying to switch my beauty products stash to more natural and green options. I’ve become increasingly keen on using natural products that are not only good for me, but for the environment and, in turn, mankind. I know this might sound like a bunch of hippie talk, but with more and more green options that actually work coming onto the market, why not try to go green?

I’ll be honest, though, some of the products I’ve tried have been hits and misses. For example, every “natural” conditioner I’ve used has not given me the silky softness that regular conditioners do. I have no idea what chemical or ingredient is responsible for the softness, but, for now, I can’t let it go. haha.

I have however found some awesome products that I’ll share with you as I stumble across them.

Now, going “green” or “natural” usually means having to pay more. But in the end I think it’s worth it when you’re talking a few dollars over months and months of use. And it actually makes me waste less.

Anyways, that’s my go green spiel for today. And here are a couple of awesome finds from my local Sprouts market, which is an awesome find in itself! If there’s one near you, you definitely need to check it out!

 

Mineral Fusion Brush Cleaner

I use a brush cleaner spray to freshen my brushes between the more thorough cleanings. I wanted to try this Mineral Fusion cleaner after I read about it’s gentle formula and natural disinfecting. I have no idea how this natural formulation, which includes grapefruit seed, rosemary, orange and eucalyptus does it, but it cleans my brushes beautifully. Better, in fact, than the one from Sephora I had been using. And it has a nice fresh scent.  I picked up this cleaner for about $10.

I feel so much better about using my brushes after they’ve been refreshed so naturally.

 

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PeaceKeeper Eco-Easy Vegan Nail Polish Remover

I was pretty skeptical about this product when I saw it on the shelf. I love switching up my nail polish and have always opted for non-acetone removers, as they are more gentle on the nails. But how could this product, which is basically made from natural fermented sugars, rosemary and spearmint, tackle my layers of polish? I decided it would be worth a shot and now I’m a believer.

This remover takes off polish gently, so it’s not so different from using non-acetone. You’re left with a shine (from the sugars? essential oils?) and the slight scent of rosemary and spearmint. Not the immediately dryness of acetone. I think it’s safe to say my other polish removers can go.

 

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April 26, 2012

Hand Soaps: Stretch That Dollar!

Here are a couple of easy DIYs that equal big savings when it comes to liquid and foaming hand soaps.

 

Liquid Hand Soap

Robyn over at The Farmer’s Nest has shared her DIY for making liquid soap from a bar of soap. In her example, she uses her favorite Meyer’s soap and transforms the bar (which costs about $5) into a gallon of liquid soap! Compare that to a 12 oz. bottle of the same Meyer’s liquid soap which costs about $4.

 

The Farmer's Nest: Liquid Soap DIY

 

 

Homemade Foaming Soap

Ok, so I feel pretty lame for not realizing (or even thinking about) just how much we get jipped when we purchase those foaming soaps we love so much until I saw this super simple DIY. Now that I know, this homemade version makes much more sense. Especially when you’re trying to make every dollar count!

 

The Frugal Girls: Foaming Soap DIY

 

 

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October 19, 2011

Tiago Barros’ Passing Cloud

Holy moly! Check out the Passing Cloud concept by New York designer Tiago Barros. The idea is based on the idea of floating like a cloud in the sky. Passengers would hang out on its surface for the entire trip. Because the “cloud” is wind-powered, the wind is what would determine where and how fast the cloud goes. It’s also very green in that it emits no exhaust, produces no waste, and uses very little energy. According to Barros’ site:

“It’s an unique journey. The feeling of floating in the atmosphere – on top of a cloud – with an open schedule and unknown final destiny. All National Ground would be potentially covered at virtually no cost and the help of the wind. The journey becomes your destiny.”

Obviously I have tons of questions… like safety (how to keep from rolling off), how to get back home (will I need to catch a ride back from cornfield), will there be a bar (all that leisurely floating sounds much more pleasant with a cocktail in hand), and where the potty is (!)… But all in all, what a neat concept!

 

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October 11, 2011

Greener Living: Electree

Introducing the solar bonsaï Electree by Vivien Muller, a french designer based in Metz. This little wonder has 27 solar panels installed at the tip of the branches to capture solar energy, which is then stored in a battery located under the panel. Each module can individually be rotated to create your own unique shape. Beautiful and just really neat!

 

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It’s currently on presale until 10/15/11. Read more about it here.

 

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August 11, 2011

MUJI Homes

Speaking of MUJI, it seems they have moved beyond home and lifestyle wares and have started designing prefab homes. According to Hypebeast, the homes place “an emphasis on the benefit of living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle and drawing attention to the importance of a happy and healthy family life.” Lovely!

And check our more great images at Apartment Therapy.

 

Source: Apartment Therapy

 

Source: Hypebeast

 

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Source: Yanko Design