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Every year, roughly 60,000 trees are cut worldwide to produce about 15 billion wooden pencils.

Sprout Is a line of eco-friendly pencils that have water-activated seed capsules instead of an eraser. Once you’re done using it, you can just stick it in a flower pot, water, and watch it grow. They do come in different herbs and veggies, such as basil, tomatoes, and rosemary. 

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How many of you use the makeup sponges/applicator on the left?
I did.

Every. Day.

I’d use at least one every day I put makeup on. I started to think about how many of these things I’ve thrown away over the years. How many were thrown away by people all over the world. It seemed so wasteful.

I started looking and found these silicone applicators on the right. You get three on Amazon for $9.99.

Not only can you wash these and use them over and over it also take a FRACTION of the amount of makeup because nothing soaks in. I would guess I use only a quarter of what I use to use.

I’m really happy with this product and I feel better that I’m wasting so much less in sponges and in makeup. If you use makeup I encourage you to check these out.
3/$9.99 …. You can’t go wrong.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W5FFGBS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Ug.5ybD28A8MS

Jar Substitutions

Before you do a jar spell, it’s a good idea to ask yourself where that jar will spend it’s life. Is it going to be buried immediately? Will it hang out in your closet for a few years? Will you keep it on your dresser to shake and re-energize every now and again?

Why is it important to think about? Eco-friendliness, my pals. Glass isn’t exactly what you’d call biodegradable. Many witches are replacing jars with more sustainable, eco-friendly options. 

Is the spell going to be buried, left outside, tossed in a river, left at a crossroads, etc.? Leaves, flowers, coffee filters, anything made from wool or cotton, tea bags, peat pots, egg shells, natural clay, long grass woven into baskets, and so many more biodegradable options are available to replace the standard glass or plastic jar. 

Can the spell eventually be disassembled? Cool, you have my permission to use glass or plastic, but consider using one from the thrift store or one you already have! Peanut butter jars, tomato sauce jars, etc. That way you’re not condemning another jar to its eventual landfill destination. When you’re done with it, take it apart and recycle the jar. 

The spell can’t be disassembled? Go to Michael’s(or equivalent craft store) and go to the wood aisle. There, you will find small jewelry boxes made of either wood or cardboard. Many will have metal closures, and you can seal them with wax if you need to. They will biodegrade significantly faster than glass or plastic. 

I know, glass jars are pretty, and contribute to the aesthetic of witchcraft. By all means, use glass jars to hold your herbs, to store your moon water, for anything that’s temporary. Because you can recycle those. But spells are a commitment, often we don’t want to take them apart once they’re put together. So it’s our job to consider how our practice effects our planet. 

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So, my mom is pretty amazing. Awhile ago I showed her this roll of re-usable “paper towels” on Pinterest. She recently presented me with a roll of them she sewed herself & then had my uncle made a wooden holder for…

I was like “Ma, I just thought they were a cool idea!” She says “yeah I know, so I made you some!”

So yea they are terrycloth on one side and cotton on the other, they snap together and are wrapped around a hard cardboard tube then placed on a regular old wooden paper towel holder. They can be washed, dried & snapped back together for future use.

anonymous asked:

A follow up to the eco-friendly ask: What about stickers, charms, etc.? Is it possible to make them at home or use a printer for eco-friendly merch like that?

Kiriska: Searches for “eco-friendly sticker paper” and “eco-friendly custom stickers” turn up quite a few results. Feel free to report back with your experiences if you find something nice!

It’s possible to obtain commercial-grade laser cutters and printers that can print on different materials, including acrylic, for at-home charm production. Eco-friendliness may depend on how you source your acrylic, but this isn’t something I’m very knowledgeable about. “Eco-friendly” can mean anything from recycled materials to carbon-cutting machinery and everything in between. You’ll probably have to do a lot of your own research if this is something that’s important to you.

Celebrate World Environment Day with these eco-friendly brands!

Kargoe is all about changing the world! That’s why World Environment Day is one of our favorite holidays! To get in to the spirit, we’re sharing with you some of our favorite brands that are positively effecting the planet!


1) TOMS 

TOMS has donated over 60 million shoes to children around the world. They’ve also expanded to providing clean drinking water, eye services, and safe birth kits—all to communities-in-need around the globe.

Additionally, TOMS also respects our planet. All of their shoes (including the shoeboxes!) are made with sustainable, recyclable and vegan materials. #OneForOne


2) Patagonia

One of the world’s most successful activewear retailers, Patagonia has built repair centers around the world to increase the longevity of their products and lower their carbon footprint. In 2016, they pledged $10 million of their Black Friday sales to grassroots environmental groups dedicated to preserving and improving the planet.


3) LUSH Cosmetics

Lush Cosmetics is an all-natural bath and body brand that makes everything from shampoos to bath bombs. Dedicated to eco-friendly products and practices, Lush has created solid shampoo bars to reduce packaging waste and offers free products to customers who bring in empty product packaging to recycle. 


4) Burt’s Bees

In 2007, Burt’s Bees established The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining charitable, grassroots initiatives that support human and honeybee health. Since its inception, The Burt’s Bees Foundation has issued over $2.4 million in grants. In 2015, the foundation donated over $330,000 in proceeds to nonprofit organizations.

Traveling Zero/Low Waste

Hello again! I recently spent some time traveling & previously expressed my concerns about staying eco-minimalistic while away from home. The good news is - it was incredibly easy. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall awareness about the use of plastic, waste, etc. some of things I noticed were:

1. You have to pay for plastic bags - not in all, but in most shops I went into, I was offered the option of paying (on average) 10 pence for a plastic bag, or buying a reusable one for just a few pounds. (I always went with the reusable option, as they also make very useful souvenirs at home)

2. Public restrooms do not use disposable paper towels, only air dryers. (This may be untrue, but not once did I see paper towels in any of the bathrooms I went into)

3. Trash cans are difficult to find in cities - While walking around London, we had to really look for them. There aren’t 3 on every block like there are in NYC. I was surprised to find that the city was still pretty clean

4. Notices are posted in hotel bathrooms about reusing towels

5. Hotel bathrooms do not offer tiny plastic bottles of soap, instead a dispenser is mounted onto the wall - an easy way to reduce plastic waste.

6. Straws aren’t given with drinks when out to eat - I find them to be pretty pointless anyways. It’s just another piece of plastic that will most likely end up going towards pollution.

Im sure there a number of other things that I missed, but these were the major things I took notice of quickly. (If any of my information is false, feel free to politely correct me! This has been based off of my personal experience)

Eating Less Meat Helps The Planet - But you don’t have to be a vegetarian to do it

If we all cut back on eating meat, we’d really be helping the planet. No, you don’t have to be vegetarian and/or vegan to do so.

Instead of eating meat on a regular basis, (sausage at breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and beef stir fry for dinner)  you only eat it every other day, sometimes just on the weekends. If we all ate meat less frequently, it would make a big impact on climate change!