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Little things, big changes.

Stacey Baker

Last week, I purchased a higher-end face wash from a higher-end retailer. I was first given a sample jar to try at home which was provided to me in a tiny little plastic container and then delicately place in a tiny little plastic zip sealed bag. When bringing the full sized bottle home and talking it out of the its packaging, I was left with a poly propylene box, a six page insert, a plastic wrapper and seal. The actual container is also plastic with a metal-look lid which upon further examination, is also PLASTIC! That made me think about all the cosmetic products I have purchased over the 39 years I have been on this planet and how many of those cosmetic packages were recycled responsibly.


When Vinnie was a baby and I was searching for a successful way to manage his eczema, I tried probably close to 50 products. Each came in a similar manner and each ended up right in the garbage. At the time it would break my heart. Such a waste for our family from a financial perspective but now it also breaks my heart from an environmental footprint, too. Multiply that by the tens of thousand Canadian families unsuccessfully managing eczema every year. I mean, thats a lot of plastic packaging going into our landfills and oceans.


I didn’t set out to create an eco-friendly brand. I started this journey to help families with their eczema and sensitive skin challenges but as I grow older and my children become more aware, I realize what a social responsibility I have to them. When I heard Greta Thunberg speak at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York last month, I saw both Dani and Vinnie within her. I saw the mess we are leaving our children.


Along with limiting or avoiding plastic cosmetic packaging, please find below a few ways you can help reduce your plastic waste:


  1. Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw
  2. Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often! 
  3. Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic. 
  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic.
  5. Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging. 
  6. Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
  7. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop
  8. Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam. 
  9. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter. 
  10. Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you'll be eating fewer processed foods! 
  11. Don't use plasticware at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your take-out box.
  12. Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back. If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you.
  13. The EPA estimates that 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers are discarded in the US each year. Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby's carbon footprint and save money. 
  14. Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It's healthier and better for the environment.
  15. Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner. We have a few of Melissa Maker's wonderful recipes in our Safer Home Cleaning section.
  16. Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  17. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor


If we all take little steps to do the little things, those little things become big changes.

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