Hello friends! I’m writing today to let you know about our homemade tissues. We decided to make homemade cloth tissues about a month before our no new plastic experiment started. We wanted to find ways to replace paper products with cloth in order to reduce the amount of trash we were creating and the amount of resources we were using. At the time, I couldn’t help noticing the numerous tissues and tissue boxes I was going through. We used the mainstream, super soft with lotion brands too, the kind that use 100% virgin fiber. We found a scrap of cotton [Continue Reading...]
I just used up the last of our homemade laundry detergent, but was able to make a whole new batch before the small load I put in the washer was even done. It took me less than 10 minutes to make the new batch. Our original method for making our homemade laundry detergent was hand-grating a bar of soap and then mixing it with borax and baking soda. While this was fun and quite medatative, it was also very time consuming. My new method…throw it all in the food processor! I use the food processor grater first for the bar [Continue Reading...]
Hello wonderful friends! Mark and I are thinking of having a bonfire on the beach during our wedding weekend, and we are asking for your help. We know the traditional dessert is s’mores, but marshmallows and graham crackers come in plastic (and really, I just like the chocolate anyway). We’re trying to come up with a bonfire dessert that will be easy to eat and assemble, plastic free, and did I mention easy? If you have any bonfire dessert recipes to share, please send them our way!
Nothing goes to waste in the Rummel/Parker (soon to just be Rummel) household. Well, actually not ‘nothing’, we do take the trash out from our one 8-gallon trash can about every four to six weeks. This is pretty major for me, because I used to have to empty a larger trash can than that far more regularly. So how have we reduced our contributions to landfills by so much? Well, I believe the biggest factor has been buying food and other products with far less or no packaging. And anything that we do get that has some packaging must be [Continue Reading...]
We recently received the following comment from a reader: Water shortages are more of a problem than plastic excesses. You should go a month without using, including consumption, any water! I think this comment raises a good question: Why focus so much on issues around plastic and not other worthy causes like water shortages? The truth is Melanie and I are interested in, support, and are passionate about many different positive initiatives in the world. We love buying fresh, chemical-free food. We enjoy supporting small businesses. We believe everyone deserves and can create the life of their dreams. We empower [Continue Reading...]