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Simple & Effective Ways to Reduce Waste

Last weekend, our family made & canned 104 quarts of applesauce! We try to do this every year or so, and it gets easier as the kids get older – but the demand sure does increase! Canning is one way we try to cut down on waste as a family.

It’s a win-win because the day of canning (and I mean WHOLE day!) is such a fun time and the kids love being able to help. Everyone has a role, even if it’s toddling around with an apple in each hand munching away, AND we get a few months worth of applesauce with no can waste! The day of canning got me thinking about other creative ways we can continue to reduce waste. Here are a few of my favorites!

 

Makeup Cloths –

These are the ultimate chemical free facial cleansing cloths. Most store bought makeup removing cloths are soaked with chemicals that are not kind to your skin. This suede like material does an amazing job at removing makeup – foundation, mascara, eyeliner, etc, WITHOUT chemicals! Store bought makeup removal wipes can be expensive! Using 1 or 2 a day really adds up. Just think how big of a difference it would make if you didn’t have to reach for a disposable makeup removal wipe every night!

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Counter cloths –

You can read my in-depth blog post about Counter Cloths herebut to keep things short, I LOVE these guys! My family uses them almost constantly in the kitchen. They are such an amazing alternative to paper towels. Even the same size as a half paper towel sheet, but better! Honestly we use these guys so much I can’t even imagine how many paper towels we would go through if we used them. They clean up messes and most importantly, stop the growth and spread of icky bacteria, mold, and mildew with BacLock.

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Envirocloth

The “everything” cloth! I always say you can never have too many of these puppies! It’s amazing how many messes these have cleaned in my home with 6 kids, chickens, and our huge pup. These cloths can do it all (except dishes)! If you’ve yet to try Norwex products, start here with this guy! Read more about what makes the Envirocloth so awesome here!

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Silicone Container/Cup Lids

If you find yourself reaching for aluminum foil or plastic wrap to cover dishes often, these could be a great solution for you! They are so versatile and able to fit over almost all types of pots/pans/bakeware/cups/etc. Stock up on a few of these Silicone Lids and say goodbye to the plastic wrap problem!

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Reusable Wet Wipes bag

This is a lovely idea for families with kiddos on the go! I know for us, every time we’re out and about the kids touch things with germs, get sticky fingers, wipe boogers on their fingers, and so on! Fill one of the Reusable Wet Wipes bags with a few moist Travel Size Envirocloths, and you’re all set. Remove yucky bacteria and germs on the go without going through any disposable wipes!

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Straws

Plastic straws are a HUGE environmental issue these days! In America, we use over 500 million plastic straws per day – and most of those end up in the ocean, polluting the water & killing ocean life. Did you know at least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean? If we can’t get this problem under control, by 2050 there will be more PLASTIC in our oceans than FISH. That just isn’t right!! YOU can help make a change! I’ve been so happy to see some popular restaurants and cafes making changes to help reduce the amount of plastic straw waste, and you can join the fight too! These stainless steel straws are perfect for at home or on the go. Keep a couple in your purse or car so you’re able to say no to plastic straws while dining out. Seriously, every time you say no adds up and is one less straw in our oceans. Let’s keep this earth beautiful!

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Grocery bags

Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes. Another easy way to reduce waste is bringing your own reusable grocery bags when you go shopping instead of using their disposable ones! The average American family takes home 1,500 plastic shopping bags in a year – but only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter. Holy smokes! There are so many better uses for those than going home with us! For example – Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent of the gas required to drive one mile. 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually, and one in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.

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Guys, we CAN make a difference and we are responsible for taking care of our earth. Think of a few ways you can join the fight to reduce waste in your life and let’s start making those changes today!

The New 2018 Product Launch!!

I have some exciting news to share with you guys! Last week, Norwex announced the release of some awesome new products – check them out below!

 

NEW PRODUCT: Microfiber Cleaner/Laundry Booster (available in October) – I am super excited about this product! As you all know, our microfiber cloths pick up a TON of junk and bacteria. Over time, build up may cause your cloths to smell a bit funky. In the past my favorite way to deep clean my cloths was to boil a pot of water, add a scoop of laundry detergent and let them soak overnight. Not anymore!! Norwex knew about that issue and released this new Microfiber Cleaner! Instead of having to boil water and let your cloths soak overnight, you just need to add a scoop of Microfiber Cleaner to a bowl of warm water and let soak for 30 MINUTES! This Microfiber Cleaner is also a Laundry Booster so if you have any incredibly dirty clothes, you can add it in with your regular load of clothes and detergent and it will remove yucky stains and odors.

 

 

NEWLY FORMULATED Laundry Detergents – Norwex has made their detergents even more concentrated, to last even longer for you! Click HERE for more details on the laundry soap!

 

 

 

NEW COLORS of EnviroCloths – How pretty are these Champagne and Rose Quartz colors?! AND, these cloths are made from 50% recycled plastic! There is 2 plastic bottles in one of these new Enviro cloths!. (More more details, you can check them out on my Norwex site HERE)

 

 

NEW COLOR of Window Cloth – Same awesome window cleaning cloth, lovely new color. The window cloth is a MUST in everyone. Zero steaks but just water 🙂

 

 

RETURN of the Graphite Dusting Mitt – This was a customer favorite and now it’s back! Did you know that dust harbors TONS of toxic contaminants? I love that I don’t have to dust as often with this guy because it’s not leaving any residue behind for future dust to hold onto.

 

 

NEW PATTERN for Norwex Napkins made from 50% recycled material and bacLock – Love this beautiful leaf pattern! Norwex Napkins are a GREAT way to cut down on waste from paper napkins in your home.

 

 

NEW COLORS for Superior Mop – Guys, isn’t this such a lovely color combination?! Gold/Rose Gold mop handle, and mop pads in Champagne and Rose Quartz. Now made from recycled material! The mop system has greatly reduced my cleaning time and made my floor cleaning so much simpler. A lot of people host a party to get this guy for free 🙂 Click HERE for more mop info!

 

 

NEW & IMPROVED Travel Pack – It now comes with FIVE cloths in these new colors! SO handy when out and about!

 

 

NEW PATTERNS for Wet Wipes Bags – These bags are great for carrying cloths on the go.

 

 

COUNTER CLOTH BOX – You guys wanted this back and Norwex heard you, it’s back forever! The countertop cloths are SO helpful when trying to reduce paper towel habits and it’s a solution that really works!

 

 

NEW PATTERNS for Grocery Bags with Baclock – I love these reusable bags for grocery shopping. Reusable grocery bags can harbor tons of bacteria because of all the food they carry, but with Baclock in these bags they are bacteria free!

 

 

COMING IN OCTOBER – Toddler Bib & Cloth in two beautiful designs! These have the antibacterial silver agent in them along with a little cloth for cleanups.

 

I’m interested to hear what you all think! Let me know your opinions and what you’re most excited about in the comments!!

Making a HUGE Impact with just a Little Cloth (change)

Today I want to share about the AMAZING Counter Cloths! These cloths can be used just like an Enviro Cloth, but their main goal is to cut down (or completely replace) use of paper towels. These guys are great in your kitchen for so many reasons. They come in a variety of colors to match your own kitchen. The microfiber is textured in a way that maximizes the amount of liquid/food/dirt/etc the cloth can pick up. Anything that you usually grab a paper towel for, these guys can be used instead! They are even shaped just like a half sheet of an average paper towel used for wiping up messes – but these cloths pick up so much more mess, and bacteria, than a regular paper towel. Not only do the Counter Cloths do a better job cleaning (did I mention they remove 99% of bacteria using only the cloth and water?!), but they can really make a wonderful impact on our planet. Did you know 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used each year? That’s over 45 pounds of paper towels per person, per year. Holy cow that’s a lot!

My family decided to totally replace paper towel use with Norwex products instead, and the Counter Cloth is definitely one of my favorites in the kitchen. Maybe your family is not ready to completely stop using paper towels, then maybe you could consider this – 544,000 trees could be saved each year if each US household used JUST ONE LESS roll of paper towels! We can make a huge difference in our environment just by slowly replacing our habits. I challenge you to say no to at least one (or more) rolls of paper towels and use these awesome Counter Cloths instead!

The Glorious “Everything” Cloth (aka, Enviro Cloth)

I do believe it’s time for a good review of Norwex’s Enviro Cloth. I like to call this the “everything” cloth because this puppy should be used on almost every single surface of your home with JUST WATER! (no dishes for this guy though). Even think to use it on carpet stains and chocolate milk stains on your white couch (this was me at one point!). What makes the Enviro Cloth so great?

  1. The size of the little fibers. Measuring at 1/200th the size of a human hair, the fibers will remove up to 99% of bacteria from surfaces with just water and NOT spread germs to other surfaces.
  2. The Enviro cloth is PACKED full with 2,000 miles of fiber. That’s longer than the distance from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico! So the cloth is thick and durable.
  3. The fibers are infused with micro silver. Silver prevents bacteria from multiplying (making babies) inside the cloth, self cleaning it between uses. So you simply use the cloth, rinse, hang and let the silver clean the cloth between uses.
  4. Warrantee people. 2 whole years of it! That’s a lot of use for one cloth!

The Enviro cloth gets a solid 10 in my book. It’s amazing what it has cleaned in my home for 5 small kids and a huge dog. Grease, dog messes, spit up, food smears, blood, chicken juice, bathroom grime and more. I haven’t purchased paper towels (sorry, I take that back, I bought 2 rolls for them 2 years ago when we got our puppy) in 4+ years because of this cloth. I believe this product should be in every home!

A Big Muddy Beast

I have this dog that my husband considers mine. His name is Silas and he is the breed of my choice…a lovely, fluffy, and large Bernese Mountain dog. I’m glad that we got him. Even when I notice all the scratches in the new hardwood floors or the muddy water drops on the walls from his wagging tail. I love how he greets me every morning with a lick and how he expects a walk in the woods everyday (I need some accountability when it comes to exercise!).

It’s what I consider mud season here in Virginia. Growing up in Vermont, we actually had a separate 4th season dedicated for the mud. At the end of the day this Silas dog of mine is totally filthy!!

Last night my husband was on a business trip which doesn’t happen too often but I like having Silas inside sleeping close by to be my watch dog. When I went to bring him in for the night, he looked like a swamp dog that had been prancing around in the mud all day long. Washing him in the tub is crazy, he’s just too big. An easy and quick solution just had to be an option for this tired lady (that just finished putting the 5 kids to bed) so I tried taking a 5 gallon bucket of warm water and the pet wash mitt to see just how effective it would be. Three minutes later, he was clean and ready to slumber inside (although I had to admit that my socks and pajama pants were quite wet afterward!).

On warmer days this is how we tackle such jobs:

 

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