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Water Conservation: Toilets, showers, and faucets make up 63% of the average American’s water utility bill.

This kit can save you up to 12,000 gallons of water per year!!! 

WaterSense Low-Flow Shower Head

 

The Why: Low-flow WaterSense rated showerhead.

Budget Benefits: Save money on your next water bill.

Eco Benefits: The average household of 4 people showering once per day will save 10,804 gallons of clean water per year!!!

WaterSense Low-Flow Faucet Converter

 

The Why: This inexpensive conversion kit will easily screw on to most bathroom and kitchen faucet nozzles.

Budget Benefits: Faucets account for19% of the average household’s water bill.

Eco Benefits: only 1% of all the water resources on earth are available for human use

 

Water Displacement Pouch (Toilet)

 

The Why: The cost to purchase and install a low flow toilet is approximately $400-$800. Convert your toilet into a low-flow version by using this water displacement bag.

Budget Benefits: Save money on your next water bill  (up to 2,500 gallons of water per year- household of 4).

Eco Benefits: This bag conserves 80 -160 oz. of water per flush!

Kitchen: The average family spends $50 on 500  Ziplock bags per year.

This means that the United States alone uses an average of 58 million Ziploc bags every year!

Click here to learn more. 

Reusable Food Wrap

 

The Why: Preserve your food and protect your family with these organic, reusable, washable,  and compostable food wraps. Made in the US, and can last for one year Made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. The packaging is made from 100% recycled paper and biodegradable cellulose.

Budget Benefits: Stop purchasing single-use plastic wrap and Ziploc bags.

Eco Benefits: Single-use waste is the worst! That Ziploc bag you used for lunch or for leftovers will be around when your grandchildren roam this earth.

Health Benefits: Plastic has been proved to leach estrogen-mimicking chemicals into your body.

Glass Tupperware

 

The Why: These glass containers are microwave, freezer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven safe (up to 450°F). Snap locking lids with silicone gaskets make them airtight and leakproof! Plus, the lids have an air vent for easy microwave use.

Budget Benefit: Save a ton of time and money by meal prepping!

Eco Benefit: A glass container is an essential component of the “to-go car kit”. These containers are awesome for taking leftovers with you from a restaurant.

Health Benefit: Cooking and meal prepping allows you to know what is in food and helps you eat healthier portion-controlled meals. Plus, plastic is a made from oil. The extraction and combustion of oil products lead to an increase in carbon emissions, acid rain, and climate change. 

Silicone Food Bags

 

The Why: Silicone is non-allergenic, non-reactive,  latex-free, and does not contain estrogen-mimicking compounds, BPA, PVC, or petroleum derivatives. These bags can basically handle it all!!! They can be used in the microwave, refrigerator, toaster, freezer, and dishwasher! Temperature ranges between -58℉ to 482℉ and can hold 30 fl oz (4 cups or 1 quart) of food or liquid. 

Budget Benefits: These bags come with a lifetime warranty!! Invest in a set of these reusable bags and quit paying for one-time use Ziploc bags. 

Eco Benefits: Reduce your single-use plastic waste. Clear plastic is often consumed by animals, which can lead to their death. 

Health benefits: Plastic has been linked to many negative health effects.  

Did you know that stainless steel cookware is often manufactured with chromium and nickel, which are toxic for your health?

If you are cooking with Teflon manufactured prior to 2013, it was likely made with PFOA (a toxic chemical).

Ceramic Cookware is widely considered to be the safest and most environmentally friendly cookware option. Additionally, Ceramics are more heat and scratch resistant than Teflon.

Click here to learn more. 

GreenLife Cookware and Bakeware Set

 

The Why: This 6-Piece cookware set is dishwasher safe and includes a 9.5-inch and 12-inch open frying pan, a round cake pan, a cookie sheet, and 2 baking spatulas that won’t warp or scratch. This bake set is free of PFAS, PFOA, lead, and cadmium.

Health Benefits: Absolutely no toxic fumes are released while cooking, simmering, searing, frying, or baking.

Cook N Home’s 10-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set

 

The Why: This set offers the biggest bang for your buck!

Comes with a 1 and 2-quart saucepan, a 3-quart casserole pot, a 5-quart dutch oven pot with a lid, and an 8 in. and 9.5 in. fry pan.

Click here to learn more about the three most common cookware materials, and why ceramic coated cookware is the healthiest and most eco-friendly option.

Vremi’s 8-Piece Ceramic Cookware Set

 

The Why: This 8-piece ceramic cookware set is heavier and more durable than your ordinary cookware set. It is convection oven and dishwasher safe!

The set includes 2 dutch oven pots, 1 casserole pot with a lid and 2 angled fry pans (for easy omelet flipping).

Did you know that 50 billion water bottles are used every year?!?

You can help save the planet, its animals, the oceans, and your money by using reusable containers.

 Soda Stream

 

The Why: The soda stream eliminates the need for all disposable bottles (aluminum, glass, and plastic). I don’t drink sugary sodas, but I do like seltzer water. Especially in the summer, when I crave something refreshing, I can make my own fizzy water.  The soda maker itself is plastic, but the ability to reuse bottles over and over again will far exceed the plastic used to make the bottle.

Eco Benefits: This soda maker will help you replace hundreds of disposable bottles, and you can return the reusable CO2 cartridges to the manufacturer for refilling!

Health Benefits:  Urine tests showed that those who drank from cans saw BPA levels up to 1,600% higher than those who drank from bottles. In another study, the New York Times reports that both BPA and blood pressure rises significantly in can-drinkers within a matter of hours.

Plastic Free Water Filter

 

The Why: Brita filters use a ton of plastic, and charcoal cannot filter out BPA particles.

Tip: Fill the container at night before bed, then in the morning add the water to your refillable water bottles that you plan on using during the day. Then refill your water container so that it will be ready when you get home from work.

Eco Benefits: This charcoal filter comes in a compostable package! Plus, Brita filters are supposed to be swapped out every 3 months. That equals 4 plastic non-degradable filters each year. Every piece of plastic counts!

Health Benefits: There is no doubt that plastic has been proven to cause all kinds of maladies. Why would you choose to soak the water you plan on drinking in a plastic container with a plastic filter?

Refillable Gemstone Water Bottle

 

The Why:  This refillable gemstone water bottle is good for the environment, your budget, and is really cool looking. You can easily swap out crystals and for a unique energy combination of your own creation! I personally fill my bottle with amethyst and rose quartz to boost the “love energy” in my life.

Budget benefit: If you buy a disposable water bottle every other day for $2 each, you will end up spending $364 on water bottles every year.

Eco Benefit: Prevent another one-time-use water bottle from going to the landfill.

Health Benefit: Although many bottled water companies have started to use BPA-free plastic, other harmful chemicals can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time. Some of these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors.

Eco-friendly, zero-waste, and minimalism are not all-or-nothing concepts. It’s about becoming more conscious of our actions and starting small.

Paperless Towels

 

The Why: These paperless towels are handmade from natural unbleached cotton birdseye fabric. They come in a set of 10 in assorted blues and greens

Dimensions: 11×12 inches

 

Budget Benefit: Say on average you purchase one pack of paper towels (8 rolls) each month for $8, these paperless napkins pay for themselves after 2.5 months!

That means that you save $76 for the rest of the year in which you have purchased the paperless towels.

The next year and each year after that, you will save $8 x 12 months = $96 each year!

Bento Lunch Box

 

The Why: This Eco-friendly bento box is the perfect all in one lunchbox. It has a compartment for your utensils and is microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe. Of course, it is BPA-free and comes with an anti-leak silicone lid.

Budget Benefits: By taking your lunch to work you can save up to $600 per month by not eating out. Bang! You just found $458 per month to fully fund your Roth IRA.

Eco Benefits: Resturants use tons of single-use packaging when you ordering food to-go and for delivery.

Health Benefits: Create healthy and portion controlled meals.

Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box

The Why: This Eco-friendly durable lunchbox holds more than 6 cups of food. It has a leak-proof compartment and includes a set of stainless steel cutlery.

Budget Benefits: By taking your lunch to work you can save up to $600 per month by not eating out. Bang! You just found $458 per month to fully fund your Roth IRA.

Eco Benefits: Resturants use tons of single-use packaging when you ordering food to-go and for delivery.

Health Benefits: Create healthy and portion controlled meals.

Did you know that more than 200 million tons of garbage go to our landfills each year?

The EPA estimates that 75% of the waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.

Silicone Bowl Covers

 

The Why: These silicon bowl covers keep food fresh longer and prevent spills. They fit directly over bowls, jars, and hot food items.

  • They will not tear or warp and are easy to use.
  • Can be used over and over again
  • Dishwasher and freezer safe
  • 100% Phthalate, Lead-, Plastic- and BPA-free.

Budget benefits: Stop buying single-use items.

Eco Benefits: Save water and cleaning solutions by avoiding a container transfer. This means that there will be fewer dishes to wash!!

Ceramic Container Storage Set

 

The Why: Comes with 4 wooden spoons for each of the 4 canisters. They are airtight to keep the food fresher for longer!

Container sizes: 25oz, 33oz, 40oz, 45oz.

Click here to learn why plastic cookware is toxic for your health, and here to read more about the benefits of ceramics.

Biodegradable Resealable lunch bags

 

They Why: For those instances that you need a one-time use bag, the Bio-bag is the perfect solution!

The BioBag is:

  • Compostable 
  • Made from plants, vegetable oils, and Mater-Bi (does not contain polyethylene).

 

Eco Benefit: There are times when it is convenient to have a disposable single-use bag. Feel guilt free by swapping to these biodegradable bags.

Health Benefits: Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, and other ailments.

Single-use waste is the worst!

Why?

Natural resources have to be mined or extracted to produce a new product, energy is used to form it into a usable item, chemicals are often used in the bleaching process, and fuel is burned to transport it to the store.

This is true, even if it is something as small and paper thin as a coffee filter…

Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

 

The Why: This coffee maker comes with a stainless steel mesh filter that helps extract your coffee’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors (which are usually absorbed by paper filters).

It is dishwasher-safe and comes in a variety of sizes (17oz, 34oz, 51oz, and 68 oz.)

Budget benefits: We need to be the most careful about spending those $5 increments because we tend to overlook them and undervalue how much power they can have in a tax-advantaged investment account.

Eco Benefit: To truly embrace a sustainable lifestyle we need to quit as many single-use products as possible.

Silicone Cooking Utensils

 

The Why: Quit scratching your pots and pans with metal utensils or accidentally melting your plastic ones. Plus, this 12-piece utensils set is dishwasher safe.

Colors: comes in red and black.

Health Benefits: These cooking utensils are made with 100% non-corrosive materials that do not react with foods/beverages or produce any hazardous fumes. 

Silicone Baking Mat

 

The Why: Use these nifty anti-stick baking mats to prevent food from sticking to your baking tray. It makes clean up super easy.

Budget Benefits: Reduce your use of one-time use aluminum foil. Save money by being able to reuse these mats over and over again.

Eco Benefits: By using these silicone mats you reduce the demand for aluminum foil, which is a metal that needs to be mined for.

Health Benefits: By using these silicone mats you reduce the demand for aluminum foil, which is a metal that needs to be mined for. Mining is one of the leading causes of deforestation. Trees help reduce greenhouse gasses and turn carbon dioxide into oxygen.

PVC plastic contains dangerous chemical additives including lead, cadmium, and organotins.

Limit your use of plastic storage containers by swapping them out for the reusable containers below.

Utensil Kit

 

The Why: Keep this natural bamboo to-go utensil kit in your car or purse. This kit is lightweight, strong, long-lasting, and dishwasher safe!

Eco Benefit: Reduce your single-use plastic and your carbon footprint.

One useful tip is to have a “to-go zero-waste car kit” that always stays in your car. I always keep reusable bags, to-go containers, a clean coffee mug, a full reusable water bottle, and a utensil kit in the back seat of my car. This way the kit is always on me where ever I go and whenever I need it.

Health Benefit: Plastic never biodegrades. Instead, it breaks down into smaller pieces that can be eaten by animals, which we ingest as yummy seafood.

Reusable Produce Bags

 

The Why: These machine washable reusable bags are made from natural cotton are fully biodegradable. Each bag has a tare weight on the label for easy weighing at the store.

Eco Benefits:  The bags come in recyclable packaging and have a  stainless steel cord lock instead of a plastic one.  Cut down on your single-use plastic bag waste and switch to these non-synthetic bags that won’t take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

Parties and gifts produce millions of tons of single-use waste. Let your gift to the earth for the holidays be that you use fewer single-use products.

Reusable Gift Wrapping

 

The Why: Wrapping has never been easier! Forget having to buy boxes and wrapping them (which takes forever)! This reusable fabric gift wrap set fits all shapes and sizes.

Budget Benefits: Single-use products are the worst for your budget! You literally buy something that someone looks at (once) and then throws away.

Tip, write your name in permanent marker on the tag under the “From” section. That way your friends will know who to give it back to when they are done. This will also ensure that your gift wrap comes back to you so that you can keep reusing your fabric wrapping year after year!

Eco Benefits: I love the holidays, but each year I am torn because it is also one of the most wasteful times of the year.

Health Benefits: Gift wrap/bags and cardboard boxes are made from trees (which we rely on to produce clean air).

Greenvelope

 

The Why: Deliver elegant online invitations directly to all of your friends and family with Greenvelope. Whether you want to upload your own custom design or tailor a pre-existing one, every invitation is delivered complete with personalized digital envelope, liner, stamp, and RSVP tracking.

Greenvelope’s RSVP is quick and streamlined so you can see who is attending with an easy to use dashboard.

Budget Benefits: This option is much cheaper than sending out post-stamped one-time use invitations. Its cheaper than purchasing the paper option, and you will save money on the postage.

Eco Benefits: Reduce the amount of one-time use waste and energy that goes into delivering each invitation to every person on your list.

Health Benefits: Creating invitations online is easier and takes less time. Forget about having to address each envelope and worrying whether they will get lost in the mail.

 

Silicone is naturally odor and stain resistant! Non-stick properties mean less cooking oil and easier cleanup!

Silicone Baking Cups

 

 

The Why: These reusable baking cups come in a pack of 12 and make an excellent gift for any occasion. Silicon has natural anti-stick properties, which means that food effortlessly releases and no messy greasing or cooking spray is needed.

Budget Benefits: Use these cost-saving alternative baking cups to one-time use paper cups. Reuse these baking cups over and over again.

Eco Benefits: Reduce your use of cooking spray. Olive oil is messy, which means that you need to use more soap and water to clean your baking pans. Cleaning agents are made of chemicals and natural resources. Not to mention… The more you use, the more you have to buy.

Health Benefits: Harsh chemicals and cleaning agents dry out your skin. Don’t you hate dishpan hands? Plus, lotions are often made with petroleum and oil derivatives. The process of extracting oil has lead to an increase in asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Silicone Drinking Straws

 

The Why: If you love drinking from a straw, then do it responsibly ๐Ÿ™‚ These drinking straws come in a pack of 8 assorted colors and are accompanied by 2 cleaning brushes. Due to their slightly thicker diameter, they are great for drinking smoothies, milkshakes, and yogurts. These straws fit most large tumblers including Yeti and RTIC.

Eco Benefits: Did you know that the United States National Park Service estimates that Americans use 500 straws per day? Moreover, Technomic (a firm that focuses on the foodservice market), recently estimated that nearly 63 billion straws were used last year. Click here to read more.

Health Benefits: Most single-use plastic straws are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic commonly made from petroleum.  There is evidence that chemicals from polypropylene can leach into liquids and may release compounds that could affect estrogen levels, especially when exposed to heat, acidic beverages or UV light.

Silicone Ice Cube Tray Molds

 

 

The Why: The OZERA silicone mold is perfect for freezing 1-ounce servings of homemade or pureed baby food, sauces, whiskey ice cubes, or as a mold for perfectly cubed fudge or candy. 

The molds come in a pack of 2 and each tray contains 15 squares. 

Dimensions: 1.25-inch square ice cubes.

Budget Benefits: The manufacturer offers a 100% money back guarantee and comes with a lifetime warranty. 

Eco Benefits: Plastic is a more rigid compound, which means that it can break under pressure and temperature changes. Silicone can be exposed to a wide range of temperatures and can go from the microwave straight into the freezer. 

Health Benefits: It made of food grade silicone and is, of course, BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.

Bathroom: The equivalent of 1 garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean every minute.  That number will increase to 4 per minute by 2050.

Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrushes

 

The Why: This vegan 4-pack of toothbrushes are made with 100% recycled natural bamboo material and is biodegradable, organic, and all natural!

Budget Benefits: These toothbrushes cost about the same as the ones you are probably currently buying. The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every 3 months. You are going to have to replace your toothbrush at some point in the future. This is one of the easiest budget neutral switches you can make!

Eco Benefit: Did you know that 4.9 billion plastic toothbrushes are used each year?!?

Health Benefit: Charcoal naturally whitens your teeth!

J.R. Liggett’s Shampoo Bar

 

The Why: The shampoo bars are made from an old-fashion vegetable oil formula. It does not contain any detergents, so it will not strip the natural oils from your hair. This formula is great for people with allergies and sensitive skin. It has never been tested on animals and is made in the USA.

Budget Benefits:  Natural shampoo bars last a long time and for many, there is no need to buy a separate conditioner. Plus, they won’t leak and can be packed in carry-on luggage while complying with TSA regulations. Forget having to buy small travel plastic squeeze bottles.

Eco Benefits: Plastic bottles can take up to 400+ years to degrade. Shampoo bars help decrease your environmental impact by reducing the number of plastic bottles you use. These shampoo bar wrappers are made from 100% recycled paper and the shampoo bar itself is 100% bio-degradable.

Health Benefits: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found chemicals from personal care products in nearly every water supply they have tested.

Exfoliating Loofah Sponges

 

The Why: Removes dry or dead skin, reduce blemishes,  and clears acne & blackheads.

These loofahs are:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Sustainable
  • Non-toxic
  • Chemical-free

Budget Benefit: These loofahs cost the same or less than the plastic loofahs you are currently purchasing. This is an awesome budget-neutral plastic-free swap that feels good on your wallet, your skin, and the environment!

Eco Benefit:  Plastic Loofahs are made out of netted synthetic materials that are gathered into looped sections of mesh which animals can get caught in. Because these natural loofahs come from a plant that can be re-grown, it fits well into a green, sustainable lifestyle.

Health Benefits:  The most natural way to clean your skin is with this sustainably grown loofah.

Did you know that 20 billion tampons are used EVERY year!

Reusable Sanitary Pads

 

The Why: Each package includes 6 reusable panty liners and 1 mini wet bag.

Panty Liner Material: The top layer is made of bamboo charcoal +1 absorbent layer +1 waterproof backing layer.

Budget Benefits: Over a woman’s lifetime, she will spend $1,773 on 9,120 tampons. 

Eco Benefits: Cotton takes between 1-5 months to biodegrade. Meaning that we are producing waste faster than Mother Nature can get rid of it.

Health Benefits: Many tampons are made with Dioxin (a cancer-causing chemical).  In a 2005 study, levels of dioxin were found in seven brands of tampons. It has been found that women exposed to high levels of dioxin can be at risk for pelvic inflammatory disease, reduced immune system, endometriosis, and reduced fertility.

 Diva Cup (Zero-waste Menstruation)

 

The Why: Menstrual cups can help reduce cramps. Why? The rims of the cup rest on your vaginal wall applying the slightest bit of pressure which actually reduces cramps. YES. You read that right.  Plus, menstrual cups hold two super tampons worth of blood, so you won’t have to find a bathroom as frequently.

Budget Benefits: Over a woman’s life, she will spend $1,773 on 9,120 tampons.

Health Benefits: Cotton farmers use 1/4 of the supply of the world’s PESTICIDES! Combining carcinogens with a highly absorbent vaginal mucosa… probably not the best idea.

Organic All Natural Deodorant

 

The Why: This deodorant is natural, vegan, organic, cruelty-free, and comes in eco-friendly packaging. Plus, it lasts 2-3x longer than other natural deodorants.

Eco Benefits:  This deodorant does not contain any chemicals including fragrances, aluminum, toxins, parabens, and BPA. The production and use of chemicals introduce additional unnatural toxins into your environment. 

Health Benefits: This natural deodorant is made with magnesium, bentonite clay, arrowroot powder, and zinc oxide. None of these ingredients disrupt your natural moisture pH balance (no rash)! Most importantly, it does not contain baking soda which can change the pH of your pits and cause painful rashes.

Most deodorants contain aluminum which has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels.

NASA published an article stating that 97% of actively publishing climate scientists agree that “climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities”.


Click here to visit NASA’s website.

Fluoride-Free Natural Toothpaste

 

The Why: It’s made in the USA and with 100% natural ingredients (No SLS or other foaming agents). This toothpaste polishes and whitens your teeth over time. Plus, Himalayan pink salt mineralizes tooth enamel for a stronger set of chompers! 

Eco Benefits: This toothpaste comes in a glass jar and is 100% vegan. It is estimated that 400 million toothpaste tubes are discarded every year in the United States only. On the global level, that number raises up to 1.5 billion discarded toothpaste tubes.

Health Benefits: This toothpaste removes plaque from teeth and protects from tooth decay. 

Tooth Whitening Powder

 

The Why: This is an all natural teeth whitening solution made without chemicals or bleach. It’s more effective and safer than teeth whitening strips, gels, and pen, that can strip your teeth of enamel. It’s made in the USA, is 100% natural, and 100% vegan.

Budget Benefits: This bottle costs half the price of Crest Whitening Strips, and should last around 3 – 6 months. The manufacturer offers a 100% money back guarantee! 

Eco Benefits: Plant-based and biodegradable. 

Health Benefits: Does not contain harmful chemicals, artificial colors, or flavors. You won’t find any fluoride, hydrogen peroxide, surfactants, or GMOs in this activated coconut powder.

Biodegradable Tooth Floss

 

The Why: Made from organic bamboo fibers that are infused with activated charcoal. Its vegan and cruelty-free. This tooth floss is made with organic tea tree and peppermint essential oils.

Health Benefits: Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth. This floss is naturally antiviral and antibacterial. 

Eco Benefit: Biodegradable and breaks down in approximately 60-90 days. 

When glass is recycled it gets turned in to more glass. It can be recycled over and over and never lose its integrity. Plastic bottles are not recycled into more plastic bottles because it loses its integrity and needs to be turned into something different such as plastic lumber or carpet padding. After its 2nd life, it goes to the landfill. 

Moreover, recycled glass uses 40% less energy than manufacturing new glass, and up to 80% of all recycled glass can be reclaimed. Not all plastic can be recycled.

 

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Personal Care and Beauty:  If global warming, climate change, and resource depletion are important to you then take the pledge to become a conscious consumer today!

USDA Organic Beeswax

 

The Why: This beeswax has been triple filtered under strict organic USDA guidelines and was created naturally by healthy honeybees in a NON-GMO, pesticide-free environment!

Eco Benefits: Bees, honey, and wax are incredibly beneficial to the environment. Not only do bees pollinate your food crops, but you can use almost all of their by-products.

Health benefits: Beeswax locks in moisture and can help keep your skin feeling firm and plump. Moreover, beeswax contains anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe easily irritated skin, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for healing rosacea or eczema. Additionally, beeswax does not clog your pores.

Raw Organic Shea Butter

 

The Why: Shea butter is good for dry skin and hair. It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E, F, K, and fatty acids. 

Budget benefits: I am able to make lip balms, lotions, and hair treatments with many of the same ingredients in varying quantities. This allows me to purchase the ingredients in bulk! 

 

Budget Benefits: There are savings to be had by making your own beauty products at home. Moreover, you will be using higher quality organic ingredients on your permeable skin. 

Eco Benefits: Shea butter is one of the world’s most sustainable natural resources. The Shea trees grow naturally in the grasslands of West and Central Africa and do not need any irrigation, fertilizer or pesticides. 

Health Benefits: Vitamins have soothing and hydrating properties which promote healthy skin collagen in order to prevent premature wrinkles. 

Jojoba Oil

The Why: Jojoba oil has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus it contains vitamins B and E.

Budget Benefits: A bit of Jojoba oil goes a long way.

Tip: If you are visiting a dry area, like a high desert, mix it with coconut, avocado, and olive oil.

Tip: Another use is to rub a dime-sized drop between the palm of your hands and then run it through the tips of your hair.  Make sure that you keep the oil towards the tips of your hair so that you don’t end up with a greasy look.

Health Benefits: Jojoba oil is rich in iodine, which fights harmful bacteria growth that leads to breakouts. Natural antioxidants help heal sunburns and fight infections.

Plastic, like paper, has fibers that shorten each time it is recycled.

Glass, steel, and aluminum do not lose their quality during the recycling process and can be recycled endlessly.

Skrew Top Tin Cans Screw

 

The Why: Make your own lip balms, hair masks, hair wax, beard balm, and lotions.

Budget Benefits: DYI your own organic products will save you a ton of money! Plus, they make great homemade gifts.

Eco Benefits: Tin cans are reusable and recyclable.

Health Benefits: Lotions are often made with petroleum derivatives. Opt to use minimally processed oils and plant based ingredients.

4 oz. Glass Reusable Jars

 

The Why: Contains 12 jars with inner liners and dome lids that create a tight seal to make sure that your handmade lotions don’t leak or spill. 

Budget Benefits: Reuse these jars over and over again.

Tip: I tend to make a bunch of beauty products all at once, so I can fill several refillable containers. That way I have an inventory of products when I need them.

Tip: These homemade beauty products make awesome and thoughtful gifts. 

Tip: If you want a thicker consistency then add more beeswax (lip balm is thicker than lotion). 

Trees are critical to reducing the impact of greenhouse gasses because they absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone) by trapping them in their leaves and bark.

Butterfly Double Edge Safety Razor

 

The Why: The WEISHI Nostalgic Double Edge Safety Razor comes with 5 stainless blades and has a non-slip handle for better grip. 

Budget Benefits: Cut your shaving budget by 83%!

Option 1)  It costs $20 for an 8-pack of Venus Gillette razors. I would use 1.5 packs a year, so that’s $30 in razors every year.

Option 2) I change out my safety razor blade once a week, meaning that I only use 52 razors per year. A pack of 100 razors costs $10, so 1-years worth of blades is approximately $5.

 

Eco Benefit: My Venus Gillette razor blade comes in 2 sets of plastic packaging and is made with plastic. The safety razor and the refills are packaged in cardboard/paper boxes.

 

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Zero Waste Soap

 

The Why: The Provence Marseille Soap can be used for removing tough stains on clothes and grease from dishes, yet is gentle enough to use on your body.

Eco Benefit: This soap is primarily composed of olive oil and is made of 100% vegetable ingredients.

Health Benefit: This product is  100% natural, cruelty-free, and free from colorants and artificial ingredients.

Cleaning: Did you know that there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans?

Synthetic materials can release more than 1,900 microfibers per garment in each wash cycle! Click here to learn more.

Switch to using all-natural materials made from cotton, hemp, Tampico, and cactus fibers.

Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

 

The Why: This detergent is a USDA Certified Biobased Product, which means that 96% or more of the detergent is made with plant-based ingredients. Its powerful triple-enzyme formula fights tough stains, yet its gentle hypoallergenic formula is made for sensitive skin.

Budget Benefits: When you use harsh chemicals to wash your clothes, it reduces the life expectancy of your clothes. 

Eco Benefit: The Seventh Generation laundry detergent is an EPA Safer Choice Certified Product, designed with your safety and health in mind.

Health Benefit: Your skin absorbs chemicals that come into contact with it, so detoxifying your environment is critical to your long-term health. 

Dryer Balls

 

The Why: These dryer balls are all natural, chemical-free, and organic! They have an anti-static quality that will help reduce the need to iron your clothes.

Budget Benefit: Watch your electric or gas bill shrink because your clothes dry up to 25% faster! Quit spending money on one-time use dryer sheets and chemical fabric softeners. These dryer balls are long lasting (over 1,000 loads)!!!

Eco Benefits: This is an easy one-time use swap that will save you a ton of money!

Health Benefits: Reduce the amount of chemical and artificial fragrances used in your household. The fewer chemicals you and everyone around the world use, the healthier an environment we can all live in.

100% Recycled Toilet Paper

 

The Why:  I love Seventh Generation’s core principles. When the company makes decisions, they consider the impact that they will have on the seventh generation to come.

Budget Benefits: Similar in cost as the Charmin brand, but is better for the environment. Let’s support companies that are cost comparative, yet do good for the planet.

Eco Benefit: Let’s live by  Seventh Generation’s motto and preserve the environment so that our children and their children can have the resources they need.

Health Benefits: Does not contain dyes, inks, or fragrances.

Plastics are made from fossil fuels.

A by-product of the carbon combustion process is acid rain, which increases the levels of toxic sulfuric and nitrogen oxides.

These particles find their way into your lungs through the air that you breathe and into your body through contaminated water resources.

Reusable Swiffer Mop Head

 

The Why: Maximize your healthy, eco-friendly cleaning routine.  These extra thick 100% cotton mop wipes / reusable refills, pick up everything, from hair to dust to dirt. 

Budget benefits: A pack of 36 disposable wet mop refills costs 30% more than this eco-friendly version. You can wash your reusable mop pad up to 150 times! Meaning that each mop pad can replace 4 boxes of 36 disposable wet disposable wipes. No money wasted on disposable mop refills. 

Eco Benefits:  This is the best alternative to throw-away pads. 

Health Benefits: You can use your own all natural plant-based cleaner so that you are not spreading harsh cancer-causing chemicals around your house. 

Magic Silicone Brush Scrubber Gloves

 

The Why: These gloves make cleaning super fast and easy! They can be used to wash the dishes, clean the kitchen/shower areas, or even for pet care. These gloves can be sterilized in boiled water, the microwave, or in a dishwasher.

Budget Benefits: Save money a by not having to purchase replacement sponges every month.

Eco Benefit: Many sponges and dish scrubbers are made of plastic, which needs to be replaced. By using materials that last longer, you are reducing the amount of waste that your use.

Health Benefit: Avoid dish-pan-hands and keep your skin soft.

13 billion pounds of paper towels are used EVERY year in the US.

If each U.S. household used one less 70-sheet roll, 554,000 trees could be saved annually. Click here to learn more. 

Natural Fiber Bristle Brush

 

The Why: Unfortunately, most scrub brushes today are made entirely of plastic. Redecker’s durable natural fiber bristle brush is made from untreated beechwood and comes in a set of 2.

It has a heat-resistant fiber head and is made in Germany by a company that has been handcrafting brushes since 1935.

Natural Tampico Bristle Brush

 

The Why: This brush is made with a plant-based fiber from the Tampico bush. It is very versitile and can clean fine china and coated cookware without scratching or damaging them.

The handle is made from birch hardwood and has a convenient storage hanger hook. Plus, it can be placed in the dishwasher for sterilization.

Budget benefits: This brush comes with a 5-year guarantee against defects in material and workmanship.

Eco Benefits: Most scrub brushes are made of plastic and after a few months they get thrown out and never decompose.

Twist Scrub Sponges

 

The Why: These all-natural sponges come in a pack of 6 and are made from 100% biodegradable cactus fibers with no added colors or chemicals. 

Eco Benefit: There are 126 million households in the US, and GoodHouseKeeping.com recommends that you replace your sponge once every 2-3 weeks (or when it becomes worn).

That means that on average, 126 million homes x 1 sponge per month x 12 months a year= 1.5 billion sponges are used every year!!

Health Benefit: Sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria so changing them out regularly is important. Quit using synthetic plastic sponges that won’t biodegrade, and swap to these all-natural ones.

Take the Sustainability Pledge today and incorporate as many biodegradable products into your daily routine as possible.

Swedish Dishcloths

 

The Why: Swedish Dishcloths are super absorbing, reusable, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and made of plant cellulose. They are naturally odor resistant and a vegan product.

Eco Benefit: Synthetic materials can release more than 1,900 microfibers per garment in each wash cycle.

Health Benefit: Why are microfibers so harmful? Because tiny plastic pieces can bioaccumulate and biomagnify up the food chain which we ingest in the form of yummy seafood.

Compostable Trash Bags

 

The Why: Does it strike you as odd that we purchase brand new plastic bags that immediately become trash the second it comes out of the box? UNNI compostable bags are made from plant starches and do not contain polyethylene.

Eco Benefit: These bags are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute.

Health Benefit: Researchers fear that plastic bags may never fully decompose. Instead, they gradually turn into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. Microorganisms don’t recognize it as food and as such cannot technically “biodegrade.”

Seventh Generation Dish Washing Soap

 

The Why: Use a natural dishwashing detergent that’s scent-free and made with plant-derived enzymes that remove food debris.

Eco Benefit: This product is biodegradable. Plus, it is chlorine, bleach, and phosphate-free.

Health Benefit: Seventh Generation never tests their products on animals, and this detergent is a USDA Certified Biobased Product (96% or more of the detergent is made with plant-based ingredients).

Did you know that there are approximately 126 million households in the U.S?

Imagine how many cleaning supplies go to our landfills and get flushed into our water resources each day!

Deciding to only use plant-based cleaners will help reduce the number of harmful chemicals in our environment.

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner

 

The Why: Sal Suds is a Fair Trade, vegan, and organic certified all-purpose cleaner that is ideal for cleaning dishes, floors, laundry, etc.

Health Benefits: It is made with plant-based surfactants like natural fir needle and spruce essential oils. This product does not contain cheap/harsh pine stump oil. Of course, it does not contain synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives.

The packaging is made from plastic, so please recycle. I did want to give a liquid soap option. 

Branch Basics All-Purpose Concentrate Cleaner

 

The Why: Quit paying for, and driving back-and-forth to the store to buy, diluted cleaning supplies.  This concentrate is plant-based, all-natural, eco-friendly, and better for your budget!

Budget Benefits: You can save as much as half of your yearly cleaning budget by buying your cleaners in a concentrated formula!

The average cost of a 32 oz “green” cleaner is $6.18 (or $0.20 per ounce).

A 32 oz. bottle of Branch Basics Concentrate can make 16 All-Purpose bottles (24 oz), at $3.06 each ($0.12 per oz)!

Use one concentrate for all of your cleaning needs. One bottle can clean 192 laundry loads at $0.26 per load!

Eco Benefit: Re-fill the cleaning bottles you already own!

Sustainable Living Home: The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control.- NASA

According to EnergyStar.gov, the average home has approximately 40 lightbulbs.

You can save $128 per 100 watt light bulb equivalent over the life of the LED light by making the switch.

That’s 40 lights x $128= $5,120 saved!

Rechargeable Batteries with Charger

 

The Why: This charger is able to recharge both AA and AAA batteries.

Budget Benefits: You can save $77.44 annually by switching over to rechargeable batteries.

Eco Benefits: Americans purchase approximately 3 billion batteries a year, and around two-thirds of these batteries wind up in the trash.

Health Benefit: Cadmium, nickel, and lead can leach from batteries and into the landfills which end up contaminating our groundwater resources.

 

100 Watt Equivalent LED Light Bulbs

 

The Why: These LED lights have a lifespan of 15,000 hours, and the bulb can last over 13 years (based on 3 hours of use each day)!

Budget Benefits: The LED light bulbs only use 14 watts of energy, saving up to $141.90 over the life of the bulb (when compared to an incandescent equivalent).

The manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty, and the bulbs are Energy Star rated!

Eco Benefits: CFL lights are made with mercury, which seep out into the environment if they are not disposed of properly. LED lights are the most efficient types of lights, meaning fewer of them have to be made and thrown away. 

Health Benefits: Fossil fuels and coal make up nearly 62%  of how we generate electricity in the U.S. The fewer fossil fuels we burn, the fewer harmful particles we breath in. 

Insulating Blackout Curtains

 

The Why: These curtains effectively block the wind, sunlight, UV rays, and add insulation to your home.  Not only do they increase your home’s energy efficiency, but they also protect your furniture from color fading, provide privacy, and help you attain a better night’s sleep.

Budget Benefits: These curtains are priced similarly as other non-insulating versions. What a great budget-neutral way to increase your homes energy efficiency!

Health Benefits: There are numerous studies that have proven that sleeping in a dark bedroom has many health benefits.

Did you know that space heating is the largest consumer of electricity in the U.S. (41%), followed by appliances, electronics, and lighting (35%)?

Adding adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective home improvements that you can do.

Tax Credit for Insulation:  10% of the cost, up to $500!

Nest Thermostat

 

The Why: Google has come out with its 3rd generation Nest Thermostat that learns your habits and will save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature.

Nest devices not only communicate with each other but also with the other smart devices around your home like a smart washer and dryer. It can take the data from Nest and run the next load of laundry when energy demand is low.

You can even schedule an electrician through Amazon.com to have a professional in your area install your Nest!

Budget Benefit:  On average, the Nest Thermostat saved its users 10%- 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. Based on typical energy costs, that is an average savings of $131 to $145 a year. This means the Nest Thermostat pays for itself in under two years!

Health Benefit: Always come home to a comfortable temperature controlled home.

Electrical Outlet Socket Sealer

 

The Why: Socket sealers help improve energy efficiency and are flame retardant. Each pack comes with 16 outlet sealers, 6 switch plate sealers, and 2 decorative GFI switch plate covers.

Budget Benefit: This kit is super inexpensive and easy to install! Seal up every socket in one afternoon and for under $15! Each pack costs under $4.  

Eco Benefit: There are two ways to solve our energy dependence on fossil fuels:

1) Produce more renewable energy.

2) Increase energy efficiency.

Window Insulation

 

The Why: Reduce your energy bill by insulating your windows. The Duck Brand is a winner in the do-it-yourself low-cost insulation industry. The window kit is crystal clear so you can see outside, even when two layers have been applied.

The kit contains 62 x 210″ of crystal clear film and 1/2-inch by 84-feet (1080″) roll of double-sided tape

Kit insulates five 3′ x 5′ windows

Budget Benefits: A properly sealed home can cut energy costs by hundreds of dollars a year. The film helps prevent drafts and heat loss to provide a drastic increase in energy efficiency.

By simply reducing your home’s air leakage by 25%, you can lower your annual energy costs by around $300. -Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

 Door Draft Stopper Kit

 

The Why: Save energy and money by stopping the heat from escaping during winter and keeping the cool air in during the summer. One size fits all and can be used on internal and external doors!

Budget benefits: This is a super cost-effective way to increase the insulation in your home.

Health Benefits: Effectively reduces noise and keeps out the dust and bugs!

Jumbo Door/Window Draft Stopper

 

The Why: Cold air stays out and the heat stays in. This double-sided door draft stopper fits doors and windows up to 36 inches.

The foam and fabric can be cut down to fit windows of any size.

Health Benefits: Stay warm and prevent getting sick in the winter.

Clear Silicone Sealant Caulk

 

The Why: Great for sealing gaps or cracks between windows and doors. Works in the kitchen and bathrooms and can be used inside or outside.

It is 100% waterproof, won’t yellow, shrink or crack!

In fact, it is mold and mildew resistant!

It costs an average of $1,500 to insulate an 800-square-foot attic (with a 3-year payback period).

You’ll spend about half that if you do the job yourself!

Your payback period is also cut in half!

Hot Water Heater Insulation Jacket

 

The Why: This hot water heater insulation jacket uses a patented reflective foil that stops 97% of radiant heat loss and helps maintain standby water temperature.

Budget Benefit: The average consumer payback period is 6-12 months! Plus, you can DIY this project in under an hour!!!

Click here to check out a 50-60 gallon water heater insulation jacket. 

Natural Cotton Pipe Wrap

The Why: This no-itch pipe wrap provides maximum insulating power. It is a super easy DIY project that does not require gloves, face mask, or goggles. 

Budget Benefits: Complete the easiest insulation tasks first to get the biggest bang for your buck! Save a ton of money and re-invest your savings into other money-saving insulation projects or fund your retirement account!

Garage Door Insulation

 

The Why: This garage door insulator will give you 5 times better thermal performance! Plus, a 20% reduction in noise level. It is easy to install, and you can do it in under 1 hour.

The only tools needed for this project are a tape measure, utility knife, straight edge, and marker!

A homeowner in the Northeast with an uninsulated attic can save around $600 a year by adding about 15 inches of insulation.

In fact, just 6 inches can net annual savings of around $200.

Insulating Foam Sealant

 

The Why: Fills, seals, and insulates gaps. It is great for creating weather-tight seals in-and-around your home. Perfect for use with wood, drywall, metal, masonry, glass, and most plastics.

It can be used on the interior or exterior of your home and is manufactured in the United States.

Solar Power is abundant, clean, renewable, and effective!!!

Waterproof Motion Sensor Solar Lights

 

The Why: The solar panel lifespan is approximately 5 years, and the LED light lifespan is a whopping 50,000 hours!

Budget Benefits: Save money on your next utility bill while increasing the security around your home with these motion detection spotlights.

Health Benefits: By reducing your electricity consumption you will reduce the amount of coal and oil burned by power plants (which produces acid rain).

Outdoor Solar Lights with Motion Sensors

 

The Why: This 44 chip LED light comes with a battery that lasts 12 hours after being fully charged by sunshine. It offers 3 lighting modes (medium light, dim light, and sensor mode).

The difference between these lights and the lights to the right is that you are able to switch these lights on. The other lights only operate in motion detector mode.

Budget Benefits: The manufacturer offers a 90-day money back guarantee and a 1-year warranty! By installing these solar lights you can reduce your energy dependence on fossil fuels.

External Solar Battery Pack

The Why: This solar charger has 3 USB outports and doubles as a flashlight!

It has 36 powerful LED lights and holds a massive 25,000mah of charge. The charger can charge your phone up to 7+ times! 

Dimensions: 7 inches x 3.8 inches

Budget Benefits: The manufacturer offers a 12-month warranty, and this solar charger is cost comparative to other non-solar chargers. 

Did you know that enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface to provide for the world’s energy demand for a year?

3-in-1 Solar Shower, Hydration Pack, and Dry Bag

 

The Why: This 3-in-1 system uses the sun’s rays to heat water for a shower and can quickly convert into a waterproof, airtight bag for your phone, wallet, and other belongings! 

This water carrying bag is made of safe and eco-friendly TPU (a trusted material widely used in the healthcare industry). TPU is abrasion and puncture resistant. Moreover, it never cracks under cold conditions.

This bag can be used to store water inside of the bag or use it as a dry bag to keep water out. 

Budget Benefit: Instead of buying and hauling three separate items, you can just carry this one with you for multiple functions.

Health Benefit: Most portable camping showers are made from toxic PVC, which can release estrogen mimicking hormones into your water source! 

Solar Hiking Backpack

 

The Why: This backpack comes with a 5-volt USB port and a 1.8L hydration pack!

It is weatherproof and weighs less than 3 lbs. 

The backpack charges phones, tablets, GPS, eReaders, Bluetooth speakers, and GoPro cameras!!!

DIY Solar Panel System

 

The Why: If you are interested in taking advantage of the biggest federal renewable energy tax credit, you will need to take action by the end of 2019!

The tax credit allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes.

This “How to Kit” will teach you how to build each solar panel within an hour and for around $100!!!

Budget Benefit: This step-by-step video instruction guide, along with the materials, will allow you to build your own solar energy system for around 25% of the cost that you would have paid a professional installer.

What’s really great about this system is that any energy produced after your breakeven point is “free electricity”.

Camping: Van Life, Campers, and Adventurers

Electric Generator

 

The Why: This electric generator has an AC-outlet, carport, and 2 USB-outputs.

Recharging options: Takes 8-hrs from a carport or wall outlet  (perfect for “van life”).

Plug in a mini fridge, portable cooler or your GoPro/camera/phone to film all of your adventures!

Light and compact dimensions: 6.6 lbs and 5 inches wide x 8 inches ‘ tall.

Budget Benefit: This electric generator is cheaper and more compact than its gas counterpart.

Eco Benefits: No noise, vibration-free, and zero-emissions!

Health Benefits: No need to haul around a smelly gas container or breath in noxious fumes.

 

Gardening: Growing your own food is healthier for you (organic, fresh, and tastier), and reduces the amount of fuel used for transporting food.

Growing your own food allows the vegetable to ripen on the vine (instead of in a gas chamber).

Rainwater Collection System

 

The Why: This rainwater collector has a classic whiskey barrel look and can hold up to 50 gallons of water! It has a flat-back design that saves space, and is made with ultra-tough, BPA-free, FDA approved, Polyethylene. It comes with an anti-debris screen that keeps out bugs and garbage.

Budget Benefit: Collect water that can be later used to water your lawn and garden, while saving money on your water bill. 

 

 

 

Includes a brass spigot, and is child and pet safe. It will not rust, mold, or rot. 

Worm Casting Kit

 

The Why: I am sure you are aware of how healthy bacteria (probiotics) help us digest food. Well, worm poop (worm casting) combines enzymes and positive bacteria to provide plants with optimal nutrition content.

Budget Benefits: A study by Nature Research showed that crops grown in worm castings produced 25% more yield.

Other benefits include:

  1. Helps plants grow faster.
  2. Increase soil aeration.
  3. Increase water retention. Use 50-75% less water in some situations. Money Saved!
  4. Is all-natural! The consumption of fewer chemicals is vital to a healthier lifestyle. Worm casting allows you to grow “organic” vegetables!
  5. No heavy metals. Worms actually have the ability to absorb heavy metals like copper, lead, and cadmium from the soil. This reduces the likelihood that those metals will end up in your vegetables and on your plate!
  6. It is a natural pesticide! Save money on pesticides while avoiding the need to spray chemicals on the food.

Click here to get a hold of your worm buddies to go along with the worm casting kit. 

Organic Non-GMO Garden Seeds

 

The Why: This is the perfect garden starter! This seed kit includes 16 varieties of easy to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

Growing tips are conveniently located on the back of each pack.

The contents of these packets are non-GMO, open-pollinated, and non-hybrid seeds that have high germination rates. 

Vegetable Seeds: Carrot, Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Zucchini, Kale, Lettuce, Beet, Snap Pea, Cucumber, Sweet Pepper, Jalapeno, Bunching Onion

Fruit Seeds: Watermelon, Cantaloupe

Herb Seeds: Basil, Cilantro

Budget Benefits: By starting a garden, you can reduce the amount you spend at the grocery store on fruits and vegetables. 

Eco Benefits: Every wonder how you can create your own carbon trapping system and help reduce global warming? Here is the solution! Create a carbon sequestering garden to help reduce climate change. 

Planting a garden is one way you can make a difference by helping sequester carbon from the atmosphere!

Stainless Steel Compost Bin

 

The Why: Composting food scraps can reduce waste that would otherwise need to be transported to a landfill. Another benefit is that composting recycles nutrients, which can be used to start your own organic vegetable garden.

This stainless steel bin controls odors naturally with an airtight lid and a replaceable activated-charcoal filter.

Budget Benefit: Nutrients from compost piles make use of waste scraps and this method is cheaper than purchasing chemical fertilizers.

Health Benefits: Nutrients from compost piles are healthier for you than those that come from a chemical mixture. Additionally, this bin does not leak toxic chemicals into your compost pile like other metal or plastic bins might. 

Measures 7.16” in diameter x 11” high.

The activated charcoal lasts around 6 months, and replacements can be found here. 

Survival Garden by Open Seed Vault

32 Seed Variety Pack:

  1. Kale Vates Blue Scotch
  2. Eggplant Black Beauty
  3. Green Bean Tendergreen Improved
  4. Zucchini Dark Green
  5.  Lettuce Buttercrunch Butterhead
  6. Brussels Sprouts Long Island
  7. Lettuce Ruby Leaf
  8. Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson
  9. Bell Pepper California Wonder
  10.  Radish Cherry Belle
  11. Okra Clemson Spineless
  12. Beet Detroit Dark Red
  13. Onion Evergreen Bunching
  14. Cabbage Golden Acre
  15. Corn Golden Bantam
  16. Cantaloupe Hales Best Jumbo
  17. Winter Squash Jumbo Pink Banana
  18. Tomato Beef Steak
  19. Lima Henderson
  20. Swiss Chard Giant Fordhook
  21. Cucumber Marketmore
  22. Spinach Bloomsdale
  23. Carrot Scarlet Nantes
  24. Turnip Purple Top
  25. Pumpkin Sugar Pie
  26. Cauliflower Snowball
  27. Pea Sugar Daddy
  28. Broccoli Waltham
  29. Winter Squash Waltham Butternut
  30. Sunflower Mammoth
  31. Parsnips Harris Model
  32. Celery Tall Utah Improved

Edible Flower Seed Kit

The Why: Decorate your dishes with this collection of 7 edible wildflowers! Add a splash of color to a boring salad or use them as a garnish.

This assortment includes 8 individually packaged strains, including Tiger Eye Marigold, Swiss Giants Pansy, Johnny Jump Up, Wild Bee Balm, Jewel Nasturtium, Common Chives, Borage, and Pacific Beauty Calendula.

Health Benefits: All flower seeds are non-GMO based products and are produced from open-pollinated plants. Creating and tending an edible garden is a physical outdoor activity (breath fresh air and exercise). Growing your own food puts you in touch with where your food comes from and can help you eat more fruits and vegetables. 

Gardening is a fun and family-friendly activity that can inspire you to take an interest in the origins of your food and make better choices about what you put on your plate.

Aquaponic Herb and Microgreen Water Garden

 

The Why: Engage your inner scientist! Grow fresh, healthy, and organic herbs and microgreens in your kitchen!

This fish tank is a scaled-down aquaponics system. The fish waste fertilizes the plants, and the plants clean the water!

Budget Benefits: The manufacturer gives a 100% satisfaction guarantee. When you go to the store and purchase a tiny plastic packet of fresh herbs it costs $2-3 for 5 small branches. By growing your own, you have access to an unlimited supply of fresh microgreens and a cool place to raise a pet fish!

Health Benefits: Get back to the basics and learn how to grow edible, gourmet, organic microgreens, and wheatgrass on top of a fish tank ecosystem!

More importantly, microgreens are high in antioxidants and promote a healthy lifestyle and assists in disease prevention.

Starter Vegetable Gardens

 

The Why: Many of the gardening books out there are way too ambitious, making gardening seem like an inherently overwhelming task… The beauty of this book is that it’s not overwhelming.

The author tells you where to plant each type of plant and why it has been chosen for a particular spot in the garden.

Creating a garden in this way makes it easier to substitute, should you want to, with a plant having similar properties.

The author gives you several plans for different climates and different specialty gardens.

If you are serious about starting a carbon sequestering organic garden, then this book offers 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens!!!

Mason Bee Garden

 

The Why: The decline of bees has become a cause for major concern for everyone. Bees help farmers pollinate the crops that we rely on for food. Mason bees are 10x more productive than the common honey bee.

Budget Benefits: More pollinators = more efficient agriculture and fewer food shortages. The greater the supply, the less food costs at the store.

Eco Benefits: Bees help plants reproduce. Plants turn carbon into oxygen and reduce climate change.

Health Benefits: Eat better tasting bigger fruits and vegetables.

Library and Knowledge Center: Books and Documentaries

Apple Ear Buds

 

The Why: I am a huge fan of listening to books on audio because it allows me to crush a book every week and a half. If you are not familiar with how I do this, click here. 

Psst. Here is my secret! I love my Apple earbuds.

I can listen to audible books in the car, on the go, and while I work out.

Plus, they automatically pause whatever is playing when you take one earbud out.

You can even listen with just one earbud in and the other in the charger.

The earbuds hold about 2 hours of change, and the case itself holds 4-5 charges!

The earbuds are integrated with Siri, so I can pick up/make phone calls, and adjust the sound without ever touching my phone!!!

Reducetarian Solution

 

The Why: The consumption of meat produces a large amount of methane, which is considered a greenhouse gas.

Reducetarians are committed to eating less meat (red meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs), regardless of the degree or motivation.

This concept is appealing because not everyone is willing to follow an “all-or-nothing” diet, and it allows room for a flexible intake of meat.

Budget Benefit: Meat costs more than fruits, vegetables, and grains. You can reduce your grocery bill by deciding to only eat meat every other meal.

Health Benefits: Cows, chicken, and pigs aren’t what they used to be. These days they are treated with antibiotics, rBST, and other hormones. They eat corn and other grains that they aren’t used to eating (historically).

Moreover, the consumption of too much meat has been linked to a number of health issues including high cholesterol and inflammation.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

The Why: This environmental documentary explains how animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption, pollution, and is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry.

Eco Benefit: Learn how the meat industry is a primary driver of species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, and ocean “dead zones.”

 Health Benefit: Methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is far more devastating to climate change than carbon emissions. By becoming a reducetarian you can help reduce global warming.

Do not save what is left over after spending, spend what is left over after saving- Warren Buffet.

Tax-Free Wealth

 

The Why: You will spend about one-third of your life working to pay for your taxes. It is by far one of your biggest expenses. Learn the rules so that you can legally reduce your tax bill. The government gives tax incentives to promote certain social agendas i.g. invest in stock, create jobs, supply housing, etc. Learn the concepts so that you can use the tax code to your benefit! 

Budget Benefit: Keep more of your money by reducing your tax bill! Learn how to buy a rental property in your favorite vacation spot so that you write off your travel expenses.

Eco Benefit: Save a tree and get this book on Audible! 

Health Benefit: The more money you keep, the more equipt you will be should you run into a health emergency. 

Money, Master the Game

 

The Why:  Tony Robbins condenses the advice from 50 of the most successful financial experts alive today. To name a few of the top minds that Tony Robbin’s is able to glean advice from are Carl Icahn, Ray Dalio, Warren Buffett, and Steve Forbes.

Budget Benefit: In this book, he gives you a step-by-step, actionable plan that can be used by anyone at any financial level. Not only does he explain investment concepts in laymen’s terms, but really delves into why each recommendation is so critical to the plan that he puts forth. He interviews people like 

 

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