If you have been reading my blog for a while, you are probably here because 1) you are thinking about moving over to a natural lifestyle and are looking for support on how to do that —whether it’s all-at-once or slowly (there is no right or wrong way to get started fast or slow, the important part is you are showing up) 2) You are into a natural lifestyle and are looking for inspiration. 3) You love plant magic and essential oils and would like to learn more about them.

And I’m so happy you are here, no matter what the reason!  However, moving to the natural lifestyle and living it for a while got me thinking…

As I have been on this natural living journey, I have found it’s about so much more.  It is about protecting Mother Earth and doing our best to use products that are sustainable and re-useable.  So, I have slowly started shifting my household to an eco-friendlier place.

Just like moving into the natural lifestyle, I have started to make baby steps since I believe they have a bigger impact in the long run.

I wanted to share with you a few things that I have bought to up my game and lower my waste.

I really believe that baby steps can make all the difference.

Sandwich Bags:

I make my husband lunches every night for the next work day.  It was bothering me how much waste I was creating my using plastic bags every single day, so I started to do some research and I found LoveforEarth on Etsy. I purchased their zippit lunch bag.  You can pick whichever color you like. They zip, they are insulated, and are large enough for a roll.  My husband likes that it keeps his sandwiches fresh and each day I refill it and he is good to go.

I also ordered a back-up at EmeraldAcreShop and the owner was so sweet.  She has all kinds of linen products that are beautiful.  I ordered a simple fold over sandwich bag in organic cotton to have on hand as an extra, and it is perfect for it.  Also, I love this bag for snacks.  It sits up by itself which is great when you are on-the-go or if you have little hands snacking.  She didn’t have any available last time I checked, but she has a ton of other beautiful, eco-friendly products.

Facial Rounds:

I wanted to reduce my use of cotton.  I noticed that I was using a lot of it during my skincare routine morning and night.  First, I was using it to remove my eye make-up. Second, I was using it with my toner to wipe any left-over product off my face.  Enter CreeksideKid.  I found this shop through Instagram first, and then checked out her Etsy site.  I have bought these facial rounds, and I love them.  I have used them for about 6 months now or more.  I put my jojoba oil right on the round and take my eye makeup off, then I throw them in the hamper.  Recently, I just picked up her face wipes and they are the softest material.  I use them to wipe my face down with my toner, but you could easily use these to clean your face or dry it.  I wash them every week and reuse.  The products are great quality!

 Napkins:

Right now, I sewed a bunch of my own napkins for my kids.  I’ll post a picture below.  I brought them to the fabric store and let them pick out a few of their favorite fabrics, then I went home and sewed up a bunch of napkins.  I throw these in their lunch boxes every day, and when they come home I throw them in the wash.  Rinse and repeat! If you aren’t a basic sewer like me, jump on Amazon or support small shops on Etsy.  Throw “reusable napkins” or “cloth napkins” in the search and you will find a ton to choose from.

Stainless Steel Straws:

I got a set off of Amazon like these and I use them all the time with my cold drinks and smoothies.  I also give them to my kids when they want straws.  It seems like something so small, but things like this have a huge impact on the environment.

A few other things I have been eyeing to buy:

  1. These reusable food wrap papers. They are next on my list to purchase to help wrap lunch items or left-overs from dinner. If you have used them, let me know!
  2. These Stashers for everything else that I want to bag. (Edited: I found the medium size one at my local health food store so I grabbed it to try out.  They are really cool and can go in the dishwasher, freezer, and get hot.)
  3. This Earthsider website has so many great products too. These reusable food container lids look really cool to me. (Edited: I ordered these. I can’t wait to try them out!  I’ll let you know how they are after I get them and put them to use.)

And since my love of natural beauty and living brought me to this place, I have been looking at natural brands that take into consideration our planet, that lead by example with eco-friendly packaging that are sustainable, kind and effective.

Some that I am loving right now are:

Aether Beauty (I have their Rose Quartz Crystal Eyeshadow palette (below)…the colors are amazing!) This palette is fully recyclable with the removal of the eyeshadow pans and elastic. It contains no magnetic strip or mirror either! Plus 10% of proceeds go to The Water Project, which provides clean, safe and reliable water and sanitation solutions across sub-Saharan Africa.

RMS Beauty (I love their product Unpowder) They use very minimal packaging; most of their products are in glass and all of it is biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable.

These are some ideas and suggestions I have for starting out.  As I move further into becoming eco-friendlier, I will write about what I am doing and be sure to bring you along!

Also, none of these links are sponsored.  I spent my own money and bought each product, and these are my honest reviews.

If you are interested in clean lifestyle guidance or essential oil mentorship, reach out to me through the form on my sidebar here.  If you made your decision to start your clean footprint now…there is no better time.  I am happy to educate you, connect you to a community for education, and support you each step of the way.