Zero Waste Shampoo Review: Ethique Heali Kiwi

We’ve been working to make our home a less wasteful place. One of the places I looked to decrease waste first was the bathroom. It seemed like an easy place to start. There are only a few things that needed a change, unlike the kitchen, and it would have a moderate impact on our waste, unlike say a bedroom that might not have a huge impact immediately.

To do so I needed products or DIY substitutes that would replace the mainstream items I was already using. Not only would these replacements need to be mostly waste free, they also needed to be both non-toxic and work.

So I tried a lot of things, mainly shampoo bars, natural deodorants, and toothpaste. Some of them were great, other were down right terrible. I started keeping a list, and then figured if I was already doing most of the work, why not turn it into a blog series? Maybe that way you won’t have to try as many things as I did to find something that works for you.

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Ethique Heali Kiwi Review

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Wild & Woad: Our 3K Adventure Begins

Our ancestors were master storytellers. For many of them, the oral transmission of knowledge was the only way they had to passed down all the things they had learned to their children. They also were master makers, in an age before you could run down to the local Target for anything you might need. 

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For 3 year old Kai, we will create a school and home rhythm based around these two most human things: telling stories and making things. To do this, we’ve pulled ideas from Forest Schools, Montessori philosophy, inspiration from Reggio Emilia, and Charlotte Mason’s works. Our plan is to spend time in nature, learn about our world, deepen our connection as a family and have fun.

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And we’re back!

After an extended vacation, I am back and blogging. It’s been a very hectic year, and I am glad to be starting the new school year and settling down (we definitely run on the academic year around here, so September is always like New Years.) In addition, my manuscript is off being edited, Kai is starting a Montessori style co-op twice a week, and we’ve wrapped up a few other big projects, so I have some time on my hands again.

While I haven’t been writing, I have been making notes as we work to transition to a less wasteful and more healthy home. Expect to see lots of reviews of zero-waste and natural products , since we tried a lot to find which ones worked best for us. We’re also embarking on a new home school year, hello 3K! We’re trying a co-op  for the first time, and alpha testing a friend’s preschool curriculum. Lastly, I’ve been on a huge sewing kick, using up stash fabric and upcycling clothes for Kai’s fall wardrobe.

I hope you are all looking forward to this academic year as much as I am!