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Going Green for St. Patricks Day

What’s a girl on an intentional journey supposed to do for St. Patrick’s Day?

Visit the Soap Dispensary of course.

I bought some oxygen bleach for those occasional “stinky little boys underwear” laundry loads. I have never used a lot of bleach but had been using it, and used it all up, for the above reason. The stainless steel funnel was an impulse buy for sure but will be used to refill many things over the years.A Mason jar filled with baking soda completed my zero-waste vinegar and baking soda cleaning duo!I bought some refillable natural body deodorant. It only has 3 ingredients and one of them is water! It’s made locally which is awesome. My current deodorant is almost empty so it was good timing. The disadvantages to the current deodorant are that it is made in the States, has the same main ingredient but 9 total ingredients and although it is recyclable it’s not refillable.After I caught my husband using our refilled dish soap as bubble bath for the kids I knew I needed to pick up some real stuff. This Soap Dispensary brand bubble bath is non-scented and is free of all the stuff I want to avoid like sulphates. I did buy it in a new container because I didn’t have a squeeze bottle to refill and I think that if I had put it in a Mason jar we would have used it up really fast. I will continue using this bottle when refilling.To help clean my youngest sons sippy cups and other bottles I bought some non-plastic bottle brushes that I had been eyeing on my first visit.Last but not least, I have written a few times about my quest for zero waste toothpaste. The closest I had found was the cardboard packaged Lush toothy tabs. They did not taste that great so I continued searching. I may have found what I have been looking for. Natural tooth soap is made locally with only 3 ingredients the main one being olive oil. I purchased it in the glass jar (with dropper) but it is refillable!!!!! Okay so it doesn’t taste delicious but it doesn’t taste too bad either. Also it’s not sudsy which appeals to me.

So that’s all the new things I found at the Soap Dispensary Saturday. To balance it out I’ll let you know that things like my current toothpaste and deodorant are being finished up and recycled if possible. There are products that I will never buy again like regular bleach, fabric softener sheets and cotton balls. So my guilt over consuming doesn’t last very long because this clean bin/zero-waste type consuming seems more sustainable. I will still feel guilty about other purchases (like dental floss) that come with non-recyclable packaging but at least I am noticing it and trying to reduce it.

What product looked the most interesting to you?


I bet most of us have experienced at some point the joys of less: college – in your dorm, traveling – in a hotel room, camping – rig up basically nothing, maybe a boat. Whatever it was for you, I bet that, among other things, this gave you a little more freedom, a little more time. -Graham Hill

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. -William Morris


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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