Upcycle with a Smile!

Once you’ve reached the bottom of your body butter or see signs of wear on your bamboo toothbrush, it’s not the end. In fact, it’s just the beginning of a new way of reusing our sustainable containers.

 

Recycling
the destruction of waste in order to create something new
Upcycling
taking waste and creating something new from it in its current state

 

We are going to be focusing on how you can reuse our bottles, jars, tins, and even some of our products to lower your carbon footprint. 

Here are 6 ways that you can make the most out of our containers and products...

 

1. Store Small Items in Our Toothpaste Containers

We know y’all like to keep your teeth white with our toothpastes :)  Our tins are made out of aluminum (not plastic), making them more easily upcycled than other toothpaste brand containers. Use them to store snacks, small items, change, jewelry...

You could also use our tins for fun paint projects!  With their resealable lids and small, compact shape, each toothpaste container can be used as a palette for mixing and storing paints. Since they are resealable, the paints won’t immediately dry, so you can keep those colors lasting longer than you would if you used them on a typical palette. Just label each container to easily find the colors you’ve stored, and get your art on!

 

 

2. Clean Tough Areas with Our Bamboo Toothbrushes

Once you're done cleaning your pearly whites, you can use your bamboo toothbrush to clean tough-to-reach places, such as around the sink or tub. Another toothbrush cleaning trick is to use it to clean your wedding ring as the bristles are great for getting into little crevices. 

 

3. Scrub Away Scum with Our Sea Sponges

Staying with the theme of cleaning, you can also get down and dirty with our ethically-sourced sea sponges. Once you’ve used them for cleaning your body, save on synthetic, plastic cleaning sponges that harm our environment, and reuse our natural sponges instead.  Just boil them first to ensure they’re free of any bacteria and then get to scrubbing away at countertops, sinks, and more!

4.Organize Small Household Goods

Many of our Body Care jars and bottles can be reused to store cluttered, household items making them look organized and attractive. Here are a few ideas on how to reuse our jars:

  • Store dried goods like nuts, beans, rice, and herbs
  • Turn them into piggy banks for storing loose change
  • Keep kids’ pencils and crayons organized 
  • Make a terrarium or windowsill garden

Most of our containers are glass, so if you plan on making a garden, we recommend using succulents, which don’t require much water, or keeping a close eye on plants to make sure they’re not being over-watered.

 

5. Make Carrier Oils

Carrier oils can be used to dilute essential oils, making them less strong. This is where old essential oil bottles and droppers can come in handy. To make a carrier oil, get out that old essential oil container, and then pick a carrier oil. Any of the following will do: olive oil, grape-seed oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or some other, sustainably-made carrier of your choosing.

Then, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the old bottle. Our Essential Oil Starter Set can help you get started on the best essential oils to mix together.

 

6. Turn Old Bottles into Reed Diffusers

If you’re considering turning old essential oil droppers into carrier oils, you can also use the same ingredients to make a reed diffuser that will make your home smell great. (Just be sure to use pet-friendly essential oils if you’ve got a pet)  Our Oral Rinse bottles are perfect for reusing as diffusers because they have a small opening that works great when placing reed diffuser sticks in. 

You will need three ingredients to make a homemade diffuser: a carrier oil or water, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils. You will also need a cleaned bottle or jar and some reeds for diffusing.

Do not use a thick oil like coconut or vegetable oil for these. What you can use is almond or safflower oil, as these oils help carry the essential oils through the reeds more slowly, allowing your home smell better for longer. If you don’t have any carrier oils, you can also use distilled water, but keep in mind that the scent won’t last as long. 

Once you’ve put the oil in the jar, add a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Stronger is better in this case, so aim for 90% rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have any alcohol on hand, you can also try using witch hazel.

Have fun with adding your essential oils, and choose scent combinations that make you feel good! Our Oral Rinse jars are on the larger side, so put a total of 30-35 drops of essential oils in total (don’t be afraid to add more if you need it).

 

In Conclusion

When it comes to sustainability, we’ve got to think outside of the box to extend the life of items that would otherwise be thrown away.  We hope y’all try out a few of these ideas and discover even more ways to keep our products and containers alive and popping! 

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