My biggest issue with purified water pitchers like Brita and Pur is that although they are made of BPA-free plastic, they don’t make it easy for you to recycle the filters, therefore most consumers just throw them out in the regular trash, which contributes to more non-biodegradable plastic refuse in the environment. Made from a type of birch tree in Japan, Kishu Water Filters are mini “logs” of charcoal that fit into most standard sized pitchers, (I use a glass pitcher like this) and pull impurities out of the water similar to the way the charcoal inside of standard water filters do. I have a friend who swears by them so I decided to investigate.
I am a fan of making my own cleaning products because I feel it’s cheaper and cleaner for me to do so. I’ve also been doing it long enough that it doesn’t take me long to make a batch of laundry detergent or whip up some homemade body scrub. However, I realize that not everyone out there feels the same way.
In fact a good friend of mine is a fan of green living but not a fan of the DIY portion of the program and she often asks me what products that she should buy that are safe, healthy or at least eco-friendly, so I decided to make up this list of 10 Green Products to Try If You Don’t DIY. It’s made up of products that I have used myself (Yes, sometimes I do actually buy products), or that friends have told me that they use. So if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of green products to use to clean your home, this list* is for you:
This coffee facial scrub is full of antioxidants which help fight free radicals and aging. It also helps reduce puffiness, acting as a mild diuretic as the skin’s fluid is drawn away from fat cells. As I mentioned in the Savvy Brown FB Group, I love using leftover coffee grounds as a body scrub. I also have started using them as a facial scrub and it’s been working great! I like using espresso grounds because they’re smaller and because…well..espresso. It’s crazy simple: Continue reading
I’ve talked before about organic rosehip seed oil before and it’s myriad of benefits. One thing I love using it for is as an eye makeup remover because not only is it great at removing stubborn waterproof mascara, a little goes a long way and it also has the added benefit of being a great way to combat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It’s a double whammy! And you know I love multitasking my products. Here’s the one I’m currently using: Continue reading
When I heard that Vitamin Water didn’t…well..have much of any vitamins in it and that the public had been duped, honestly, I wasn’t surprised. It’s made by Coca-Cola. (And yes, Dasani, I’m throwing a side-eye at you too ). So I was pleasantly surprised when Scarlett Rocourt of WonderCurl joined the SB Facebook Group and shared her healthy version that she says makes her feel great. (And look great too! Have you SEEN Scarlett?) So for today’s quick tip, I thought I’d share her Real Vitamin Water recipe. Continue reading
There are a TON of benefits to drinking warm water and lemon first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It aids in digestion, helps boost your immune and lymphatic systems, freshens your breath, helps clear your complexion and even aids in weight loss by tricking your tummy into thinking there’s something in there already. There’s only 3 rules: Continue reading
Bento boxes are a great way to portion your meals and save money. Originating in Japan, they are now widely available here in the states and are one of my secret weapons for staying on budget and in shape. Continue reading
In that never ending quest to get organized, here are 10 helpful ways I’ve been able to banish paper clutter in my house. It’s not magic, you still need to do some work, but it’s made a tremendous difference! Continue reading
So, you’re invited to a Thanksgiving soiree at a friend’s house, but you’re a vegetarian and they’re not. What to do? Well, I don’t eat turkey either, but I don’t like stressing my meat-and-poultry-eating friends out by making things difficult. So, I usually bring a couple of side dishes of my own that will hold me till dessert. Because that’s the only part of the meal that really counts anyway at holiday time right?
Here are 7 recipes that are easy to make, transport and serve just about anywhere.