Why product recommendations?

You might wonder why, in a blog about eco-friendly living, you’ll find product recommendations.

I feel strongly that buying something new should be a last resort.

Before buying something brand new, I recommend you look borrow it or look for it used:

  • Shop at a local thrift or consignment shop
  • Ask for it on local listservs, Facebook groups or Craigslist
  • Buy it used online on sites like eBay or Swap.com

In addition to it saving resources on packaging and the energy used to make it, you can save a considerable amount of money getting it used.

If you can’t find it used, then I recommend you try to find it new at a locally-owned store, or if you can’t then a big-box store.

That said, I realize as a parent that’s often easier said than done. You don’t always have the luxury of enough time to find it used or you might live in an area with fewer resources.

I have included links to products online to (hopefully) make your life a bit easier when you lack the time or local resources to buy it used and nearby.

Most links I include are affiliate links (such as below). That means if you click on them and make a purchase I may earn a small commission. I put a lot of time and effort into researching and writing each post, and I guess you could say it’s (potential) payment for that effort. (Thank you, by the way, if you do end up using an affiliate link!)

I include links to sites such as Amazon because I know so many people do their shopping there. The vast majority of the specific products I recommend are ones I personally use. Occasionally I will link to a more generic product because I can’t find the exact one I use.

If you are purchasing through Amazon, according to Earth911, you can e-mail Amazon’s customer service team at cs-reply@amazon.com and ask them to minimize packaging materials.

However, when possible, I also make recommendations through MightyNest.

I have been shopping with them for years which introduced to some amazing eco-friendly products through their MightyFix subscription box. They’re super mindful about their packaging — when I e-mailed them to ask MightyNest about it, this is what they said”

The packing peanuts we use are made from 100% corn starch and are compostable and biodegradable!  You can even dissolve them in water.​

All of the packaging materials we use come from post-consumer recycled materials and are recyclable.  We try to reuse as much of our incoming packaging as repurposed materials for outgoing shipments (paper, wraps, boxes, etc.)

Brooke from MightyNest

You can also designate a school of your choice to receive $1 a month for each month you are subscribed to MightyFix.

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