Eco-Friendly lifestyle products for Earth Day
By Carla Snuggs
Every April, we are reminded about how they can make great lifestyle choices in honor of Earth Day. It’s really important to search for lifestyle products with natural elements as well as lifestyle products that support our environment. Here some of my favorite Earth Day lifestyle products to consider.
But first Susan Griffin-Black, co-founder and co-CEO of EO Products provides the following Earth Day lifestyle tips and ideas!
Just Breathe: Easy Steam Treatment
Fill your bathroom sink or a bowl with steamy, hot water. Add a drop each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender essential oils. Take deep, slow breaths of the steam. Drape a towel over your head to help keep the steam in.
Mix 2 drops each of Lemon, Peppermint, and Lavender essential oils with 1oz. of base oil (Olive, Almond, or Argan are all lovely). Massage into scalp and allow to soak in 15 minutes to overnight). Shampoo and condition as usual and enjoy a healthier scalp.
Sun Baked Skin Soother
Keep a bottle of Aloe Vera Gel mixed with several drops of Lavender essential oil in the fridge. This mixture is the best for sun-baked skin.
Just add 2 drops of Lavender essential oil under your pillow and lights out.
Clear Breathing Chest Rub
Mix 4-6 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil with 1oz. of Olive Oil and massage into your chest to help ease breathing.
Drop several drops of any essential oil onto a cotton ball and vacuum the cotton ball up. Viola! Your vacuum smells amazing and so does the air that cycles through it.
Turn Your Shower into a Spa
Turn hot water on and put 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil on the shower floor. In the winter I like to use our everyone™ eucalyptus essential oil, and in the summer my favorite is everyone™ peppermint.
Tone Your Skin: Easy Facial Toner
Mix 3 drops each of Rose Geranium and Sweet Orange essential oils with 1oz. Aloe Vera Gel (dry skin) or Witch Hazel (oily skin). Apply to clean skin with a cotton ball. Rinse, pat dry and enjoy clean, clear skin.
Easy Room Spray
Mix equal parts distilled water and vodka (yes, vodka!) in a 12oz. spray bottle and add 12-20 drops of your favorite essential oils. I like using our everyone™ Fresh Blend or 5 drops each of Pine, Cedarwood, and Juniper essential oils.
Sweet Dreams: Pillow and Linens Spray
Mix 12oz. distilled water and 20 drops Lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Use it to mist your linens and bedding.
Earth Day Lifestyle Shopping Guide
Hidden Hippie makes discreet healing crystal accessories for women, so you can subtly keep crystals close without being to woo-woo (super helpful if you work in a corporate environment!! What’s more, a tree is planted for every Hidden Hippie purchase. Their goal is to plant one million trees. In addition, Hidden Hippie has spent a lot of time researching their suppliers to ensure their crystals are ethically sourced. Learn more abou ttheir healing crystal hair ties and healing crystal bra clips.
Pennherb.com and Olbas Remedies
Pamper yourself all Earth Month long with Pennherb.com and Olbas-Remedies aromatherapy essential oils in Olbas Oil which is extracted from the traditional medicinal plants of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Wintergreen, Juniper Berry and Clove. Enjoy taking a soothing therapeutic break in your day with all-natural herbal tea and indulge in an herbal bath at night! Take time to treat aches and pains anytime with Olbas Oil and heal and soothe all the body’s senses. Plus, the natural Olbas vapors encourage free breathing, too!
The Olbas Oil is great when diffused in a Spa Vapor+™ Essential Oil Vaporizer. I have been using mine in my bedroom and living room! It difusses fine vapors up to 4 hours without the heat that keep the holistic properties of the oil intact. It covers up to 1,000 square feet and has 6 rotating colors of LED lights and you can turn them off and on. It has an automatic shutoff and no batteries are required. And most importantly, it is BPA free! Click here for your discount coupon.
In celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd, let’s toast to nature with organic wines that tout natural compounds in place of chemicals that encourage sustainable sipping.
Upgrade those go-to varietals to organic choices such as Natura Chardonnay, a dry white wine with citrus aromas of grapefruit an lime blend with notes of pineapple or Natura Rosé, a bright light pink varietal with fruity aromas. Both work well as a complement to hors d’oeuvres or light dishes – what better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a picnic outside?
Wines of Chile
Chile’s Atacama Desert isn’t just a hotspot because of its status as the world’s driest desert. It is also known for its unique terroir at the edge of extreme winemaking. While Chilean viticulturists have learned how to interact with such naturally extreme terrain, more and more winemakers throughout other regions of Chile and beyond have had to adapt to unnaturally drier, warmer climates not because of extreme geography, but as a result of global warming. Several Chilean winemakers are approaching this issue head-on by dry farming, meaning they don’t irrigate their vines.
At first dry farming might seem as counter intuitive as 'jumbo shrimp' but the concept is quite old and effective. Lack of irrigation forces vine roots to grow down and find water deep in the soil. Stressing the vines produces grapes with fuller, richer flavors (mom was right that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger - it applies to vines, too). Climate change is real no matter what the naysayers say. Here are two amazing wines to try to support the cause:
GlobeIn Pamper Artisan Box
GlobeIn’s "Pamper" Artisan Box is a great monthly subscription box for Earth Day. Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about they are often organic, fairtrade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world. Each box also includes stories on the country of origin of each product as well as the stories of the artisans and farmers. These are products you can feel very good about supporting. The Pamper Box includes:
- Jewelry Roll from Malaysia
- Cosmetic Argan Oil from Morocco
- Shibori Scarf from India (Green or Gray)
- Handwoven Basket from Mexico
Spoonk Acupressure Mat
One of my very favorite Earth Day finds are these Acupressure Mats by Spoonkspace.com! Enhance your health and wellness anywhere you go! Enjoy relaxation, meditation and a gentle massage for your body with Spoonk Acupressure Mats helping relieve muscle pain, soothe tired and achy feet, stretch out on after a workout, and enjoy being in the moment. Produced with the highest environmental criteria in mind, they are made with all natural materials. Spoonk mats are filled with a high quality, CertiPur-US ECO-foam, free from fire retardant chemicals. The stimulation points are made from a recyclable, non-toxic ABS plastic, and hypo allergenic stimulation points are made with hemp plastic, free of styrene. Spoonk products are committed to producing innovations that improve the quality of life and have long lasting effects on our health, immune system and state of mind. Spoonk Acupressure Mats rolled up in a drawstring travel bag, and are offered in 100% Cotton and Organic Hemp; there is also a travel-size that can roll into a headrest. Shop here Spoonkspace.com and use discount code MAMAMIA for 10% off (Expires May 30, 2017).
Full Circle Lifestyle Products
Full Circle is a sustainable lifestyle brand obsessed with transforming the products we use every day. These products make being green convenient AND super cute!
1. SplashPatrol natural latex cleaning gloves: Sleek, slip-resistant, and super-soft, these gloves are made from natural materials like plant fibers, natural latex, and 100% cotton. With cuffs to catch any dirt or water before it hits your sleeves, to a loop to hang-dry after use, they keep you clean while getting dirty.
2. Countertop Composters: Made for kitchen countertops, Full Circle’s compost collectors are great for those just starting out, to those who consider themselves compost connoisseurs. With a patented Fresh AirTM technology, the design reduces mess and odor. Looking for bags to match? Try the new Fresh Air lemon scented compostable bags sure to make it a breeze. Take those scraps from the counter, to the garden, and watch those plants blossom. Not sure what can go in the compost? Check out Full Circle’s guide here.
3. Ziptuck reusable bags: Store everything from snacks, lunch, travel and beauty products in these eco-friendly multi-use reusable storage bags. Ziptuck being dishwasher and freezer safe, leak-proof and having double lock closures, makes it easy for anyone to store at their leisure.
Releaf HDTV Antenna
Consumers admit to wasting more than $1,200 a year on cable bills, and the majority (54%) have considered cutting the cord on cable. Additionally, electronics like cable set-top boxes are the fastest-growing portion, accounting for between 10 and 30 percent of the materials that recycling facilities received.
ReLeaf is the TV industry’s first eco-friendly over-the-air (OTA) antennamade from discarded cable set-top boxes and post-consumer recycled paper. Just one pound of plastic from cable set-top boxes can make parts for 40 ReLeaf antennas. OTA antennas, like ReLeaf, give viewers FREE access to broadcast networks, like ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and more, that cable still charges monthly subscriptions for – saving tons of money. In fact, over the past year, ReLeaf has helped consumers cut down on:
Cable box rental fees:
Home appliance energy consumption:
Bamboozle products are made with 100% biodegradable bamboo! Some of my favorites include the Party Bowl and the Mixing Bowl Set. The Party Bowl is colorful and has a fun new shape - wonderful for everyday use. You can use it for popcorn, grapes, or your favorite snack. The 6 piece Mixing Bowl Set Is dishwasher safe and with all of the different sizes, it makes prep so simple! Separate wet and dry ingredients then mix together in one of the larger bowls and you're ready to go!
Sunglass Warehouse Treeline Sunglasses
These recycled bamboo templed sunglasses from Sunglasswarehouse.com Help both your face and the Earth. They are super stylish, budget-friendly and eco-friendly!
EO Essential Oils
Based in Marin County, CA EO Products has two powerhouse brands EO and Everyone that are formulated and manufactured with plant based ingredients right at home. With products that are as kind to the body as they are to the planet, EO Products offers personal care that is certified non-GMO, cruelty-free, synthetic-fragrance-free, gluten-free, and made with organic ingredients. I have been enjoying their Essential Oil blends and singles. I love Everyone™ Aromatherapy Blend Pure Essential Oil Fresh. Its a lovely blend of Pine, Juniper, and Cedarwood and provide a bright, fresh scent. Each essential oil comes with a glass dropper and a few suggestions for how you can use them. Shop: Eoproducts.com
Disclosure: Press samples were provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and honest review.