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Happy Birthday, Mother Earth!

April 22, 2024 4 min read

Happy Birthday, Mother Earth!

This month we celebrate Earth Day. Since its inception April 22, 1970, we have made strides in reducing, reusing and recycling, yet plastic continues to impact marine life and our environment.

 

Today we produce more than 400 million tons of plastic waste each year, according to UN Environment Programme. A considerable amount of that remains in our oceans, lakes and rivers. If we don’t change the way we produce, use and dispose of plastic, experts predict advanced climate change and an increase in carbon dioxide emissions and cancer-causing toxins.  

 

The effect on marine life and the planet are widespread as laws are passed, technology is developed and clean-up efforts continue. But we, too, can champion the mission in small ways. 

 

From reusing containers and recycling plastic to eliminating single-use products and plastic bags, small, responsible changes in the home can make a big difference globally. 

 

At LooHoo, we’re committed to buying responsibly. Here’s how:

 

Cyndi Prince, Proprietress

All-Natural Deodorant

I’ve used natural deodorant for years but all of them came in the traditional plastic holder. I learned about Routine Deodorant, a natural brand, at GoGo Refill in Portland, Maine. Now my deodorant is in a small tin that I fill up at GoGo. It smells great thanks to essential oils, and there’s no waste.

 

 

Refillable Floss

We’ve had so many different plastic floss gadgets in our house over the years so I was happy to get rid of all of them when our family switched to refillable floss. Dental Lace uses a glass container that is easily refillable (no waste) with floss that is silky, compostable and biodegradable. 

 

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

This change took a little coaxing for my family to agree to. We usually have one or two shampoo and conditioner bars in our shower at once—right now we have Dip shampoo bar and Tree Naturals shampoo and conditioner bar. My husband, son and I have very different hair but both of these products work for all types. It’s nice to have a couple of scents to choose from—from a combo of tangerine and honeydew to bamboo and lemongrass. I love that there’s no plastic bottles to toss when all is washed and rinsed.

 

Heather Wasklewicz, Marketing Maven

Dental Health

We live on an island so "stocking up" is a way of life. We used to buy national brands in bulk, typically three-packs of toothpaste and toothbrushes because it was convenient and seemingly more cost-effective. Being part of the LooHoo team is what shifted my thinking. 

 

Today I still shop in bulk but instead of plastic I buy 10-packs of bamboo toothbrushes. In addition, I now make my own toothpaste with three simple ingredients: peppermint oil, peroxide and baking soda. What a difference this small shift has made!

 

Sponges

I don't particularly like sponges but the other dishwashers in my family prefer them. I used to purchase common national brands until I discovered plant-based eco-sponges made with wood cellulose and coconut fiber. They work great! They are long-lasting and I can get them in packs of 12.  

 

 

Healing Balm

Winter knees and elbows used to get treated with petroleum jelly—it was a staple for us growing up in the 1970s and ’80s. A big jar was always in our towel closet and seemed to last forever, but it was so goopy.

 

Cyndi Prince introduced me to Eu'Genia shea butter and now this is all I use to treat dry, chapped skin. This Black women-owned company offers a line of shea butters available in several scents (my favorite is grapefruit) and cute travel sizes. Their formula is smooth and incredibly effective. These tins cost more than your average jar of "jelly," but you only need a small amount to heal and the tins keep the product fresh.

 

Cathy Risling, Scribe Extraordinaire

All-Purpose Cleaner

Like many other Americans, I grew up with the bold scent of Formula 409 permeating the house on cleaning day. It’s what I knew.

 

But today, there’s scads of eco-friendly options that not only smell great, but also do the job. Natural cleaning solutions are gentle on surfaces and safe around people and pets. When combined with essential oils that are responsibly sourced and synthetic-free, how can you go wrong?

 

Once I tried Thieves Household Cleaner by Young Living, I was hooked. I love the autumn spice scent and it cleans most surfaces including greasy, grimy counters.

 

Recycling Receptacle

I know, I know, everyone’s been doing it for years. But I have to admit, my recycling had fallen short of consistent. Prompted by my teen son, we purchased a large container and parked it outside of the kitchen. Now every bottle and can make their way into the larger recycling bin. 

 

The best part, besides reducing waste, is that my son is proud of his work, especially when he drops off the bags at a local recycling center and puts a few dollars in his pocket. It’s been three years now and he was able to contribute significantly to the cost of his 8th grade Washington D.C. trip last spring.

 

Reusable Bags

Don’t get me wrong; I love to save. But the main reason I have a drawer full of reusable snack, sandwich and gallon bags is the global picture. Before I discovered Stashers silicone reusable bags, I was going through more than a hundred sandwich, snack and gallon plastic bags a month!


Experts say the average household uses 500 of these bags a year. With two teenagers, we were going through a lot more. Now our family spends less, helps the planet and feels good about our small effort with a bigger impact.