Did you know that 19 billion single-use feminine hygiene products will be thrown out this year in the United States alone? Most will end up in our oceans and landfills.
We can definitely do something about this.
A Danish company, LastObject, is launching a Kickstarter tomorrow September 1 to help fund a brand-new reusable pad that will contribute to a more waste-free world. Funders will receive 40% off retail on the LastPad.
Co-founded by Isabel Aagaard, LastObject has enjoyed the backing of over 46,000 funders for its other waste-free products such as its last q-tip, tissue box, tissue, and makeup rounds.
The LastPad comes in three different sizes (pantyliner, day pad, and overnight pad) with a breathable top layer, absorbent middle layer, and leak-proof bottom layer. To wash, all you have to do is throw it in the washing machine or hand wash.
Learn more about LastPad and join their Kickstarter. Also, read about other zero-waste feminine products‘ companies that help girls in the United States and in other countries.
This year has sure been a doozy with challenges across not only our country, but around the world. Despite a year filled with a pandemic and the repercussions and reverberations of it, many people have stepped up to help others. Stories have caught waves all over the news and social media from food banks helping families survive to people banding together to save beloved local small businesses. Now is the time that we all become a little more intentional about how we can help others even if it is in small, but deliberate ways.
To help consumers buy with kindness and good in mind, a new online eco marketplace, KindHumans, recently launched by Justin and Suzi Wilkenfeld. Their goal: to celebrate the good in humanity by elevating community, commerce and world-changing causes. With staunchly vetted eco-friendly products that serve as perfect holiday gifts from an eco-friendly math kit for kids to planet-friendly stocking stuffers, KindHumans provides an easy way for you to purchase with purpose, one of the mainstays of our site. With some much going on in all of our lives, it’s nice when others have created easy ways to give and give back.
KindHumans, a certified B-corp, is based on a membership model in order for you to get the most out of their marketplace. You’ll receive 2% cash back, and can choose the social good organization you would like to support – for kids, the planet, or humanity. KindHumans gives 3% of your purchase to the cause you choose. As a member you will also receive their “Kindness. Pass It On” welcome pack including their signature hat.
I am trying to do my part to live a greener life. I am in no way an expert in living a more sustainable lifestyle, but I am doing little things that make a difference. I am already a stickler when it comes to recycling. My family and I no longer buy water in plastic bottles. Instead we filter our tap water and when we go out we take filtered water in glass containers. And we have nearly cut all meat out of our diets.
One of the things I have wanted to do for awhile now is use more sustainable containers for my tea and coffee because that is one area that I am not working hard enough to change until now.
I received two Fressko products to use and review and I love them! One is a flask that can be used to infuse tea or you can use it to make fruit water and smoothies. So far, it’s been great for tea. The other is a reusable coffee cup.
FRESSKO TOUR FLASK ($34.95)
The Fressko Tour is a 13 oz, BPA-free glass canister. It has double walled glass and a leak-proof bamboo lid. It also has a food grade stainless steel influser for tea. The Tour stays cold for six hours and hot for four hours.
I have been a bit obsessed lately with two Instagram accounts that I absolutely love: @paulnicklen and @Mitty. Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier respectively are prolific underwater photographers and founders of Seal Legacy, an organization committed to creating healthy and abundant oceans for us and the planet. Some of my favorite Instagram posts of theirs are:
It’s funny: As much as I love the oceans I don’t really visit them often. Sure, I fly over them often and at long stretches and I take photos of the ocean from a distance like the one above that I took in the Philippines, but I never get up close and personal to the ocean. I would like to change that one day. In the meantime I live vicariously through Nicklen and Mittermeier. Also, as I sat looking at their work I wondered how I can help the oceans in my own little way and you can, too. Here are jewelry companies that have beautiful bling while also giving back to oceans, ocean clean-ups, reefs, and ocean life.
As the holiday season is quickly approaching many of us are thinking about gifts that give back. Here are five subscription boxes that provide fun products for kids and adults, but also donate to a variety of charities.
Karma Candle Club donates to Mercy for Animals, No Kids Hungry as well as The Life You Can Save.
Earthlove gives back to truly eco-friendly brands and partner with environmental non-profits each season who help heal our ecosystems.