Sustainable Living

Sustainable Bathroom Hacks

Trying to live more sustainably can be intimidating. Where do you start? I think one of the easiest swaps to make can be in your bathroom! The best thing is that you can stagger the swaps, as you run out of your current products replace them with a more sustainable option. This way your not dropping a ton of money all at once and can slowly transition to a sustainable bathroom!

1. Shampoo Bars

Recently I have been using Lush Naked shampoo! They have tons of different scents and shampoos for different hair types. Naked products just means that it doesn’t come in a bottle. I have long hair and used to go through probably 3 shampoo bottles every year. I know it seems small to eliminate three plastic bottles a year but if everyone made this change it would make a huge difference, next time you run out of shampoo opt for a bar instead of a bottle. Just work the bar up to a lather then run it through your hair! I love this scent from Lush, but you can find shampoo bars and conditioner bars at tons of places.

2. Bamboo Tooth Brush

Every year over a billion plastic tooth brushes end up in landfills in North America alone! I go through a lot of tooth brushes, every time I travel I forget my tooth brush and end up buying a new one. Anytime you get sick, especially with something like strep throat or the flu, you should get a new tooth brush. Its no wonder so many tooth brushes end up in landfills and the remain there indefinitely because they take hundreds of years to decompose. Getting a bamboo tooth brush is such an easy swap. I ordered this 4 Pack off amazon so I can have back ups for when I inevitably loose one at a hotel!

3. Tampons, Pads, and Condoms

I could do an entire post just on this one. Not only are most feminine care products and sexual health products terrible for the environment, most of them are really bad for you! Think about it, you are putting these items inside of you but most products are made from synthetic products filled with harmful chemicals. Do you really want to put that in one of the most absorbent parts of your body? Sustain Natural is a female owned company that create sustainable tampons, pads, condoms, and more! These products are better for you and the earth, and SUPER BONUS they give 10% of their profits to women’s healthcare organizations. I made the switch to Sustain Natural tampons and am really happy with them.

The bathroom is one of the easier rooms to make more sustainable, we use so many different products and it can really add up if you don’t pay attention. Making a few swaps can cut down on the amount of waste you create every year significantly. These are the three swaps I have made recently, have you made any sustainable swaps recently?

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Strolling into November

Some people love Halloween, they love getting dressed up, eating candy, watching spooky movies. I’m just not one of those people, I like Halloween okay but it isn’t my favorite. October may be the prettiest month of the year but November is definitely my favorite. For starters my birthday is this month, I’m going to be 22. I remember when I was 16 and I decided that 22 was old enough and I would stop aging at 22. As old as middle schoolers make me feel I still feel so young. There are still so many things I want to accomplish in life and 22 is just the beginning. November also means it is time for Thanksgiving, time to eat turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and stuffing! I am excited for the next month and I hope you are too.

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Outfit Details: Cape-Nordstrom, Shoes-Nordstrom (old),  Leggings-J Crew , Sunglasses- J Crew (old), Necklace- KJP

Photo Credit JMP Image

 

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The View from Above

Something I love about living in the city is you can always find higher ground. Yeah sure you can go do the Skywalk at the Prudential Center but there are also a million other views out there. One of the things I always miss when summer is over is roof top bars. There are plenty to choose from some of my favorites include the Atlantic Beer Garden, trust me I get it its down in the seaport district and is a pain to get to, however being on the south side of the city does provide some pretty amazing views if you sit up on the deck! Some other standouts in the city, The Colonnade Hotel, it has a pool enough said. Legal Harbor side, the Roof top at the Revere Hotel and two of my other favorites. Rooftop bars are fun and the Skywalk observatory is a tourist trap but Boston’s best kept secret for amazing views is the Custom House Observation Deck. The old Custom House, now a Marriott Hotel will let you go up to the observation deck for $4.00 (cheaper than the Skywalk observatory) and the views are amazing! I went last summer and snapped a view shots!

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I seem to have lost my photos from the other side which offers views of the skyscrapers that dominate the north end. If you have a free afternoon I highly recommend taking the trip!

Now that last view I have is newly discovered and unfortunately you won’t be able to come see if for yourself, but pictures are the next best thing right? The views from my new apartment honestly are a huge part of what made me settle on this place! You may not find the exact view but you can find views in Kenmore square! I personally am a sucker for a good picture of the Citgo sign all lit up at night. I hope you go outside last night and checked out the sunset, because it was amazing whether you were on a rooftop, walking home from work or just peaking out a window. Beauty always follows the storm, I try to keep things light here but this weekend our country experienced some pretty scary things, but I believe that good things must follow, we must make them happen. Be nice to someone hold the elevator, offer up your seat on the T, just smile more. Yesterday was rainy and stormy here in Boston but then we experienced a beautiful sunset. Always look for the beauty that follows the storm.

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