Obsessed with this dish washing block!

soap bar in hands

We LOVE this product.  Yes, we’re #obsessed!  Not only do you cut out the plastic bottle when you switch to bar soap, think of all of the additional resources it takes to transport heavy liquid-filled bottles from manufacturer to the store and then to your house. It all adds up and every little bit helps!

soap bar in hands
Dish Washing Block by No Tox Life. Photo courtesy the product maker

From No Tox Life:
Did you know that a typical liquid dish soap is formulated with 86% water? 😱 Plastic free is the FUTURE and our Zero Waste Dish Washing Block™️ is designed to help you get rid of plastic waste in the kitchen. Each block is made of ultra concentrated coconut 🥥 derived cleansers and South American soap bark.

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Every vendor, every time! We’re committed!

display of wool dryer balls

The last dryer ball vendor’s “bulk” order was 10 dryer balls per plastic sleeve… NOPE! So we’re unpacking our newest shipment of dryer balls today from a new vendor:

Friendsheep Wool

These dryer balls came in without plastic packaging! 😎 Its part of our commitment to eliminate single use plastics as far up the supply chain as we can go, support businesses who align with our mission, and make our expectations known. 💚🌎

#lifeunplastic #dryerballsareawesome #sustainablegainesville #whenyouknowbetteryoudobetter #yourpurchasesmatter #votewithyourdollar

Quick Tips to Less Plastic: Lunch Edition

trash on ground around a trash can

trash on ground around a trash can

Lunch time and being on the go can have its challenges when you’re trying to reduce your plastic use. Here’s some quick tips to taking the stress and plastic out of lunch time:

1. Bring your own!

Travel mugs and cups, cutlery, and reusable straws are all easy to pack and go. Pro-tip: keeping them in washable fabric bags or cases makes easy clean-up if there’s any little messes.

2. Pack it up!

Reusable lunch containers are available in many sizes and shapes. From insulated soup canisters to stainless steel sandwich boxes. Better yet, wash and reuse glass jars for leftovers–they’re microwave safe (take the lid off, of course) and it’s even better than recycling.

3. Plan your hydration!

Use a glass or stainless steel water bottle and cut WAY back on plastics for your daily hydration. Many coffee and tea shops will gladly fill your reusable cup. Upcycle food jars with new lids for juice and smoothies. Pro-tip: There’s a growing availability of water bottle stations, usually built in to water fountains, where you can easily refill your water bottles.

4. Bag it and go!

Reusable, washable fabric or fiber bags are great to carry your lunch and snacks in. They’re versatile, sturdy, and have a long life of many washes. And there are so many sizes, styles, colors and great art and prints to choose from!

5. Skip the drive-thru!

When you avoid fast food for meals, not only are you skipping all of the packaging that comes with your meal, you’re cutting out all of the plastic used by these companies to supply and prepare that food. Many fast food supplies and meals are packaged in plastic for easy and sanitary reheating in high-volume kitchens.