Beginning with Breakfast, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Yes, Actually You CAN Take It With You

Now that we’ve established the fact that all of us should be drinking more water and talked about a few ways to make drinking water more of a habit, let’s look at a few of the things that will make this goal easier to achieve.

Sure, you could simply buy bottled water, more on which kinds of bottled water to buy later, but having a portable water bottle that you can carry with you everywhere you go is a much smarter option. In fact, using reusable water bottles…

  • does not create the litter that typical water bottles do. More than thirty billion water bottles are consumed every year…and most of those empty bottles end up eventually stockpiled in landfills.
  • saves you money. Tap water costs 240 to 10,000 times less than bottles water. Last year, people dumped thirty-eight billion water bottles into landfills worldwide.
  • is environmental-friendly. Bottled water production consumes over one thousand times more energy than tap water.
  • saves water. Producing one liter of bottled water actually requires three liters of ordinary municipal water.
  • makes you a smarter consumer…ordinary tap water and then making the consumer think that they are getting some super-water with extraordinary powers to cure what ails you. Wrong!!! Shockingly, 24% of bottle water is actually just repackaged tap water.

Seems like such an easy option, until you start looking at the different options available.

So how do you know which water bottle to choose?

By thinking about the different types and features of reusable water bottles so that you can make a good decision once you get to the store.

 

Materials…The first factor to consider when choosing the perfect water bottle in what the bottle is made from. Water bottles can be found in many different materials—including aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, polyethylene, and copolyester.

 

1.Plastic…The first material that portable water bottles can be made from, and the first material that comes to most of us when we think of them, is plastic. Benefits of using plastic bottles include…

  • affordable
    can repeatedly drop one without worrying about breaking or shattering it
    can take just about whatever abuse you give them
    easy to tote around
    incredibly durable
    lightweight
    readily available
    travel

Brands To Consider

  • Fit & Fresh
  • GOBIEH20
  • Nalgene

 

2. Metal…Metal options include stainless steel and aluminum, and are ideal for those who are tough on their water bottles. Benefits of using metal water bottles include…
  • doesn’t retain smells and tastes
  • double-wall construction that gives them outstanding insulating properties
  • keeps water cool for an extended period of time
  • keeps water fresh tasting, but some absorb heat and make the water warm
  • provides better insulation than plastics
  • very durable

Brands To Consider

    • Earth Lust
    • Hydro Flask
    • Klean Kanteen

 

3. Glass Bottles…A third option for water bottles is glass. Benefits of using glass reusable water bottles include being totally recyclable. Brands of reusable glass bottles include…

  • bottlesUP
  • Life Factory
  • Love Bottle
  • Takeya

In addition to first choosing which material you would like your water bottle to be, there are other questions that you should ask yourself, including…

Easy to Carry

  • Does the water bottle have a belt holster that can hold your water bottle if you participate in activities where you need to be hands-free or if you just get tired of carrying a water bottle?
  • Will the bottle be easy to carry?

 

Easy to Clean

  • Is it dishwasher-safe? Can washing the bottle in the dishwasher actualy clean the inside thoroughly or does it have to be hand washed?
  • If you will have to wash the bottle by hand, is the opening wide enough to get a bottle brush inside them in order to clean it?

 

Opening…In addition to checking the neck of the bottle to make sure that it will be easy to clean, ask yourself if the mouth of the bottle will be easy to fill with ice cubes and water…

 

Drinking Valve…

  • Does the valve lock securely enough to prevent the bottle from leaking?
  • Is the valve wide enough to provide optimal flow?
  • Does the water bottles come with a push-pull valve or a bite valves?
  • Which type of valve do you prefer?
  • Insulators
  • – Some water bottles come with sleeves that help keep your drink warm or cold. This comes in handy depending on your walking or hiking weather conditions. A nice, cold drink is a definite plus on a hot, summer day.

 

Size

  • How many ounces will the bottle hold?
  • How many ounces does your ideal bottle need to hold?
  • Will you have a source of water nearby, such as a water fountain, to use if and when you need to refill the bottle?
  • Will the bottle fit in the cup holders in your car?

 

 

Filter

  • Does the bottle have an in-bottle filtration system that will allow you to refill the bottle from any faucet or other source and be certain that your water will be clean and tasty?
  • Does this water filter make the bottle too heavy to be usable?
  • How easy is it to replace the filter?

 

 

 

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Getting Dressed

Vegan Dry Shampoos

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Dry shampoos are so convenient for stretching out those “Messy Hair, Don’t Care” days between actually washing your hair, saving money by stretching out the time between hair appointments, helping you get dressed on yet another manic Monday morning, and helping you look halfway decent after you just worked out.

Yet is dry shampoo worth sacrificing your planet-friendly, vegan values or your health? After all, choosing to use a vegan beauty products decreases your carbon footprint, water consumption, and energy consumption.

Obviously dry shampoo is to be used as a supplement to traditional shampoo, not a replacement. Dry shampoos cover impurities, but may not remove them.

A few brands of vegan dry shampoo are…


1. Acure Organics Dry Shampoo…

  1. Ingredients…vegan, sulfate free, paraben free and cruelty-free
  2. Price… $10
  3. Review…Makeup Alley


2.  Batiste Dry Shampoo, Clean, and Classic

  • Availability…Albertson’s, CVS, Walgreen’s, Target
  • Price…$6
  • Review…Makeup and Beauty


3. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo 


4. Hair Dance Silky Touch Dry Shampoo Powder

  • Ingredients…100% Natural, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free…NO talc, parabens, baking soda, or phtalates
  • Price…$16.99

5.  Handmade Heroes Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo

  • Ingredients…bamboo charcoal, peppermint, eucalyptus, rice powder
  • Mission…to provide entirely vegan and cruelty-free products
  • Philosophy…products are handmade – no heavy machinery or chemicals are part of the manufacturing process
  • Price…$13
  • ReviewGuru


6.   Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo

  • Availability…Sephora
  • Ingredients…USDA certified organic ingredients…totally plant-based formulation
  • Price...$32
  • Review…Girl Gone Green

7.  Skinnyskinny Rose and Black Pepper Organic Dry Shampoo

  • Availability…CVS, Walgreen’s
  • Ingredients…cornstarch, brown rice powder, white clay, horsetail powder, baking soda, orris root powder, rose & black pepper essential oils
  • Price…$32
  • Review…Indigo and Canary

8.  Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo

  1. Available in three scents…Shimmery, a tropical coconut… Lavender Citrus Mint…Blood Orange Sage
  2. Ingredients…
  3. Mission…to provide a product that is not only affordable but friendly to all living things on the planet.
  4. Price…$13
  5. Review…The Plant Philosophy
Getting Dressed

Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#3

  
 

1.  Nourish Organics

  • Founded…as the very first line of chemical-free, environmentally friendly skincare products…the first beauty company to ever work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create a collection of products that were certified organic under the same strict standards used by the USDA uses to certify food
  • Mission…to create products that you put on your body that are every bit as effective as what you put in it
  • Ingredients…completely natural and organic…cruelty-free, gluten-free, and mostly vegan. 
  • Philosophy…Good for You. Good for the Earth

  

 2.  OFRA

  • Focus…exclusive face, body, and hair treatments using only OFRA Cosmetics Skin Care and Makeup lines
  • Founded…by Ofra Gaito, a therapist and makeup artist, in 1994
  • Philosophy…FORMULATING THE FUTURE™
  • Price Range…$ 20 for body lotion

 
3.  OSEA

  • Availability… The Detox Market
  • Focus…to create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes
  • Founded…twenty years ago with the intention of creating a natural skincare line free of toxic, synthetic ingredients
  • Ingredients…all natural, non-toxic, organic, vegan skincare…certified organic, bioavailable seaweed infused with pure steam…distilled and cold-pressed essential oils …free of synthetic chemicals-such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates-and animal-derived ingredients-such as lanolin, beeswax, and carmine 
  • Mission…Safe cosmetics are a consumer’s right and our earth’s rightful due.
  • Philosophy…OSEA embodies the core elements of wellness: Ocean. Sun. Earth. Atmosphere. 
  • Price Range…$36

  

4. One Love Organics

  • Availability…Nieman Marcus
  • Ingredients…pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seed oil, green tea seed oil, kelp extract, sea buckthorn oil, chia seed extract, rosemary leaf extract, rooibos tea extract
  • Price Range…$28 for lotion

      
    5.  Prtty Peaushun

    • Focus…adding a “mineral glow” to skin, body, and hair
    • Ingredients…avocado, pomelo,  and jojoba
    • Mission…to moisturize, condition, and nourish the skin
    • Philosophy…LOVE YOUR SKIN and FEEL GREAT IN YOUR BIRTHDAY SUIT
    • Price Range…$29

      

    6. Paula’s Choice

    • Focus…customer advocacy and education
    • Founded…by Paula Begoun, author who has sold over 2.7 million copies of her best-selling books and made countless TV appearances, including Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz and the View
    • Ingredients…no added fragrance, dyes or ingredients that can harm the health and function of your skin
    • Mission…to develop products that you can feel confident about buying and using
    • Philosophy…THE BEST SKIN OF YOUR LIFE STARTS HERE
    • Price Range…$28 for body lotion.

      
    7.  Pai

    • Focus…sensitive skin
    • Founded… in London…the word “pai” is a Maori word meaning “goodness”
    • Ingredients…the highest quality organic ingredients…free from Parabens, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Petrochemicals, Detergents (SLS/SLES) and artificial fragrance
    • Mission…to create the best performing products
    • Philosophy…What we put into our products is just as important as what we leave out.
    • Price Range…$30 for body cream

     

      Getting Healthy

      Book Review—Cruelty Free Living by Jennifer Thomson

         
      Living Cruelty Free is a much-needed guide full of tips and advice on how to start making more informed choices as a consumer, living a cruelty-free lifestyle, and perhaps even becoming a vegetarian 

      This book sparked my interest because I have begun a journey to embrace a more cruelty-free, natural, and minimalistic lifestyle.


      The title, Living Cruelty Free, is appropriate because the book exposes the truth about cruel experiments on animals, factory farming, forced labour, and the cruelty that goes into meat production and cheap clothing. 

      This theme is carried out throughout the book as evident by her ability to teach us how become more aware of the impact we each have on the environment, and the book adequately pinpoints the message of the book by providing facts, resources, and tips on how to be an ethical consumer and live a more compassionate lifestyle.

      Having first read the title of the book, I expected the book to be a finger-pointing shame-on-them commentary about how meat eating is cruel.  


      The author of the book is Jennifer Thomson, a freelance writer, who has been a vegetarian for 29 years and has always tried to live a cruelty free life. 


      The main purpose of the book is to teach consumers how to avoid buying cosmetics, foods, and other products that have been tested on animals.

      I particularly liked the fact that the book provides a plethora of information without ever sounding preachy, even though she is obviously writing about a cause that is very close to her heart. The author doesn’t push the reader into changing their lifestyle or beliefs or quit eating meat tomorrow.

      The book was really interesting to read and easy to understand.


      I would highly recommend this book mainly to readers who are interested in beginning to live a cruelty-free lifestyle..

      After researching, and becoming more than a little bit frustrated, online switching to a cruelty-free lifestyle online, it was so nice to finally find a resource that lays everything out in a very organized manner that gives the reader the information they need 

        Getting Dressed

        Rabbits Wearing Rouge, and Monkeys Wearing Mascara

          

        According to Cruelty Free International, an average over 115 million animals are being used for medical research and product development each year worldwide.

        These animals are often confined to small cages, live in inhumane conditions, are subjected to tests that are beyond cruel, are tortured, maimed, blinded, and even killed,


        Animals commonly used in tests for cosmetics include rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats. 

        Dogs, especially beagles, are often used in medical research in cardiology, endocrinology, and bone studies. Approximately 70,000 dogs are used in research in the United States each year. 

        Cats are often used in neurological studies. Approximately 25,000 cats are used in research in the United States each year.

        Primates-macaques, monkeys, baboons, and chimpanzees- are used in a multitude of experiments for research in toxicology, AIDS, hepatitis, and reproduction. Over 70,000 primates are subjected to tests every year in the United States and European Union. 


        Some companies claim that animal testing ensures that ingredients and products are safe enough for humans., but the truth is that today there are actually better alternatives.


        Animal testing began being practiced in the United States during the early 1920s. 

        In 1938 the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed in the United States, mandating animal testing to establish the safety of any new drug, after a poisonous drug — Elixir Sulfanoamide, caused over a hundred deaths.

        For decades, this practice has been prevalent all over the world, and has been the accepted norm for testing the “safety” of both drugs and cosmetics.

        Animal testing is not only an unethical, unnecessary practice…but also a practice that is outdated.


        Several alternatives to animal testing exist today, including in-vitro testing, computer models, and replicaing real human organs on microchips. 

        Also cosmetic companies have access to an “official” list of over 7,000 safe ingredients that have already been “proven to be safe” to choose from to formulate their products. 

        Finally, animal toxicity tests are not scientifically meaningful, and the results cannot be trusted as accurate because humans and animals are genetically different…so why bother?


        And now that we know more about the “they” side…

        …let’s find out more about the “we” side and what we can do to protect the wee little critters…