Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday's Fab Finds: Earth Day Edition

Fresh off the heels of Earth Day, we thought it'd be fun to share some of our favorite natural and environmentally-friendly musts.

Lori's picks:

Three years ago (on Earth Day no less), I made one of the best retail decisions I've ever made and purchased a Sodastream. My seltzer drinking addiction was at an all-time high and I was drinking about a 2 liter bottle's worth everyday. At the time we lived about 5 blocks from the nearest grocery store so hauling them back and forth was getting to be too heavy. I had heard about the Sodastream but didn't think that it would taste the same as bottled seltzer. I was wrong. I got the basic Sodastream model and 2 extra carbonating bottles and have never looked back. I do love flavored seltzer so I will occasionally buy flavored bottles still, but 95% of the time my seltzer comes from my handy dandy Sodastream.

If you're not familiar with how it works, it has a carbonator canister and the Sodastream appliance. These range from basic to ultra fancy. You need a special carbonating bottle that can handle the pressure. If you want you can add flavoring that Sodastream sells, but I just drink it plain or squeeze some lemon or lime in it. You fill the bottle with plain water then attach it to the appliance and give it three buzzes and you have a fresh bottle of sparkling water.

When the CO2 canister runs out, you can bring it to pretty much any retailer and exchange it for a new one (they run about $15). Say so long to full recycling containers and plastic bags ripping at the seams hauling tons of seltzer bottles home from the store. A great thing about it is that there's no electricity so I really can't see how it can ever break.

*tip* If you are an everyday seltzer drinker, buy an extra CO2 canister so that you always have a full one on hand. The next time you're out bring the empty and get a new one so you always have one at the ready! 

Tervis water bottle
Tervis is a mug company and all their products are made in the USA. They come in fun designs, patterns, sayings, logos, etc. You can even completely customize a mug with a picture or anything you want it to say. The possibilities are endless. They keep hot things hot or cold things cold. I have a minor obsession with their products. They recently started making water bottles and in true Becky Bloomwood form, I had to wrack my brain to justify a reason to buy one of these beauties. Well, I found one... It's called seltzer from my Sodastream. I got one for my husband too so he is forced to drink more water at work.

Reusable snack bags
When you're out and about with your little f-er, you know that snacks are mandatory. I was using way too many plastic bags and found these cute little Disney reusable bags. They're washable and hold a lot of snacks. Well, at least enough to satisfy my son while we're out. You can find them pretty much everywhere online and in stores.

Kristin's picks:

Better Life What-Ever Cleaning Spray
I'm always on the lookout for green cleaners that are both non toxic and effective, so this spray is a home run for me. Lori and I are both big fans of Shark Tank, and when we saw the episode with Better Life we both immediately purchased some of their products. Everything is made from safe ingredients (seriously, the guy who created it sprayed it in his mouth) so you don't have to worry about harming your kids, pets, or the environment! While I mainly use this for the kitchen, it's an all-purpose spray you can use nearly anywhere. It definitely does a good a job and smells nice, too. I've also tried their "Even the Kitchen Sink" kitchen and bath scrubber, but I hate to admit I wasn't as impressed with it as the What-Ever spray. You can find their products at Crate and Barrel, or order via the Better Life website.

PACKiT freezable lunch bag
Whether you're packing your kid a lunch for a day out or to go to daycare, this is a great bag to keep food cold and not waste brown paper bags, plus you don't have to worry about using cooler packs. You just pop the bag in the freezer, and the gel liner inside the bag freezes and keeps everything nice and cold for up to 10 hours. The bag is made from food-safe material and it's PVC, BPA, phthalate and lead-free. F-yeah! It also has a trusty little buckle handle on the top so you can attach it to a stroller or bag. I got mine at Hallmark a few years ago, but they sell them at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's and many others.

Honest Company hand sanitizer spray
I'll admit, I'm kind of obsessed with sanitizer, especially during the winter months. However, I have an issue with the ingredients in most sanitizers, which sent me on a search for a more natural product. After trying out a lavender scented spray at Whole Foods last year (wasn't crazy about the smell) I picked this up at Target and it's become my go-to sanitizer. It's free of parabens and all the scary stuff, the scent is really light and subtle, plus the spray just works so much better for me. Don't you hate pouring out sticky, goopy sanitizer and then your hands feel wet for ages afterward? This dries super quickly so it eliminates that problem, plus I feel like I use way less because the spray method is more effective. You can get a bundle of two for $5.95 on the The Honest Company website, but it's easier for me to just grab one at Target when I run out.


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