With everything going on in the world right now, we are all wondering what the future holds? Part of me is thankful that we all must slow down. Part of me is happy that we are all forced to make some sacrifices. Part of me is already missing normal life. We have no choice but to take it one day at a time.
Our current life
For the next several weeks, my children will not have any school, we will have to figure out how to home school them while at the same time trying to find things to do that don’t involve public places. Daily nature walks are on the schedule and lots of time at home with books and screens. Yes, for the first time in a long time, I don’t think I will care too much about screens as long as my kids spend part of their time with good and educational materials. I am so grateful that people are sharing the online materials with the world to make it easier for us parents to adjust to this new period, especially working parents. On the one hand, we are less busy, on the other hand there is a new kind of busyness and different challenges to navigate all these changes.
Alas, we will adjust and we will get through it. None of us have ever experienced anything like this before, so I know that all of us have to increase our patience and grace for one another.
I am also scared of the future and how everything will effect our economy? I am sure you are feeling the same way. It seems like someone pressed a pause button and all of sudden life has changed for the entire world. We need to figure out a new normal and we will experience the consequences of this situation for a very long time to come. And that is scary! It seems that things won’t ever be the same, but we don’t know. And not knowing is very hard fro us humans, isn’t it?
I think being in a new and challenging situation can sometimes be a real gift, a chance to try something new, to reflect, to reset, to rest.
A chance for change
My blog is about plastic free living, but I think I have realized quickly, while writing my posts, that it’s not only the actual plastic I want to get rid of in my life, but also the other things that make my life harder rather than better: the clutter, the toxins, the overstimulation, the stress, the various kinds of pressures. Our society has not been healthy for a long time. Life has become so fast paced, that few of us are able to keep up with it. We have so much stuff in our life that we feel overwhelmed and busy almost all the time. Does this sound familiar? I think that maybe we all know that somehow life couldn’t go on this way and now we have a chance to change something. Now we have a chance to reflect on what it means to be human, to reflect on what’s important, to grow in kindness and love, and support each other and our communities. We also need to rethink how and where we spend our money and what are we spending it on. We have to make priorities and hopefully choose the right priorities.
A time like this can provide space for many of us to finally start or to continue thinking about another crisis that is happening in and to our world. The current climate crisis has moved into the background, but it is still as important as ever, maybe even more than ever. It may be very hard for our economy that everything is shutting down, but our planet might be grateful. I don’t know. I feel like we are being tested as a community, our whole world is being tested.But it is not too late to start acting now, to change and to start making good choices.
Try something new
Maybe it would be good to take some time now and read some of my previous posts on how plastic is affecting our environment, or to grab a book on climate change or zero waste living and figure out some small steps you can do today to reduce your carbon foot print. As I always say, one step in the right direction is better than no step. I am finding new sources daily and so many good tips that I will happily share with you in the next few weeks.
I love the fact that some great companies are currently offering huge discounts on things that people currently need, that are good for them and the earth and that they can purchase online from their couch. One of those companies is called Tru Earth. I have been following their page on social media and have wanted to try their laundry detergent strips for a while.
To be honest, I have been looking for a waste free laundry detergent for a long time and there are lots of recipes for homemade laundry detergent out there that I want to try in the future. But this particular detergent sounds very appealing to me. I have to be honest with you on that I cannot give you a review on this product yet. I just ordered one myself. But I want to encourage you to test it out because of this amazing discount. If you are low on detergent or you are tired of your big plastic jugs, check out the option Tru Earth has to offer: mess free, fragrance free (if desired), light and environmentally friendly. How could it get better than that?
Tru Earth Laundry Strips?
What exactly are laundry strips? Tru Earth laundry strips contain ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and liquidless laundry detergent made from low-sudsing formula. It is pre-measured and you can just toss one in the washing machine with your dirty laundry. It works in all types of washes and washing machines even in high-efficiency ones. The formulation seeks out and dislodges dirt molecules and stains, then keeps the molecules in suspension until they are rinsed away.
Here are only a few of the ingredients, but you can see a full list and description here:
- Vegetable Glycerin: plant-derived softener
- PVA: biodegradable supporting matrix
- Lauryl dimethyl amine oxide: plant-derived, biodegradable non-ionic surfactant (cleaning agent) and foam stabilizer
- Glycereth cocoate: plant derived and food grade, biodegradable water softener
These laundry detergent strips are paraben-free, phosphate-free, contain no dyes, or chlorine bleach, they are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and vegan. The packaging is completely zero waste as it is plastic free and compostable.
Even writing this down makes me happy.
There 700,000,000 plastic laundry jugs dumped into landfills across North America every year. Doesn’t this face make you want to try something new?
As soon as mine arrives and with all the laundry I have to do, I will write an honest review about this product, but again, this deal it too good to pass up. If you try it, let me know what you think!
One last tip
Can I tell you another secret? If you think all the zero waste products are too expensive, I get it. I don’t have a lot of extra money right now either. Recently our dryer stopped working and we haven’t been able to fix it or purchase a new one, so we purchased a drying rack. And you know what? Not using a dryer is a huge energy saver and thus money saver. So while you might think you are spending more for detergent, try to use less energy and hang up your laundry on a drying rack or clothing line outside. It is not much more work and you get used to it quickly. If you dry your laundry outside, it will smell amazing!
Tell me, do you use a dryer for everything or do you hang up some of your laundry?
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