February 2016 - Our Daily Green

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Reducing your bottled water footprint [infographic]

Reduce Your Water Footprint by Wheels For Wishes

Friday, February 19, 2016

Choosing a rug pad that is safe for your home

One of repeating tips that Our Daily Green likes to share with our readers is how to take care of the things we have so that they last. The longer things last, the less things wind up in landfills. This is especially true with rugs and carpets.
LEED certified rug pads
If you use area rugs in your home, the best way to ensure the rug lasts is to use a rug pad. There are many different grades of rug pads, just like there is different padding for wall to wall carpet. In our home, we have a large area rug in the main family room and so when Rug Pad Corner asked us to review their products, we knew just the spot!

Rug Pad Corner
Free shipping in the contiguous US!
One of the concerns we had previously with rug pads was that a member of our house has a severe latex allergy, which meant non-slip rug pads were not feasible. But for a large area rug that has furniture on it to keep it from slipping, Rug Pad Corner had the perfect solution!

Rug Pad Corner will custom fit your rug pad to the exact correct measurements, without any additional charges. Their commitment to as little waste as possible is truly appreciated. We also appreciate that their rug pads are made in the USA and are LEED certified because they do not use chemicals, plastics, glues or adhesives when manufacturing their pads. Additionally, the superior rug pad that we received is manufactured from 100% recycled content.

Because they do not use chemicals in the process, they do not emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the indoor air. Indoor air quality has been frequently cited as a source of several health issues, including allergies, asthma, headaches, and eye irritations.

An additional benefit of the rug pad is that the rugs stay cleaner by being lifted away from the floor surface and a vacuum will be able to get more deeply embedded dirt.
measure to fit
Custom sized for any size/shape rug

Not only are Rug Pad Corner's pads made in a thoughtful and mindful way, but they also help the rugs you have last longer. The pad was shipped with minimal shipping material, something we always commend, no wasteful packaging.

We absolutely love our new rug pad! Thank you to Rug Pad Corner for your superior product and customer service.

As a thank you, Rug Pad Corner has also generously offered a 15% discount off your entire order for readers of Our Daily Green, no expiration. Simply enter: REVIEW15 in the coupon box when you check out. They also offer free shipping in the contiguous United States. 

disclosure: We received a complimentary rug pad in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed our completely our own and we are proud to endorse Rug Pad Corner with our highest recommendation if you're shopping for a rug pad. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sigrid Natural skin care (review)

organic ingredients for skin
Over the years, Our Daily Green has learned that as wonderful as simplifying our lives can be, we still crave a little beauty. We encourage the use of simple products, without chemicals. Sometimes it's as simple as jug of apple cider vinegar or jar of coconut oil. Not exactly reminiscent of an elegant and luxurious dressing table.

Imagine our delight when Sigrid Naturals reached out to us for a review! The simple and sustainable glass containers, the lovely aesthetic labels, but most importantly, the lovingly sourced natural botanical ingredients inside each jar.

Our Daily Green also appreciates a company that practices earth-mindfulness from start to finish. Our parcel was not over-packaged and each jar was wrapped safely for shipping in simple brown paper.

And then the ingredients-- like taking a walk in a botanical garden for your skin. No a single ingredient that cannot be pronounced or must be produced in a lab. Garden ingredients like: Beeswax, Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Shea Butter, and Yarrow. Every ingredient that is able to be sourced locally to Sigrid, is. It's truly impressive to see a company practice such social responsibility. For example, the Flower Power Night Cream ingredients include: Ontario grown certified organic sunflower oil infused with wild yarrow and red clover, Wilno spring water, beeswax and Niagara essential oil of lavender.

This all sounds wonderful, but of course like any green minded consumer, you also wonder how it works?

We were especially excited to try the healing balm as the winter coupled with allergic dermatitis has taken a toll on our hands and feet. The relief was instantaneous! We massaged the Calendula Healing Ointment into our feet before bed and woke to noticeably softer and smoother heels and toes. In the interest of saving our delicate readers the images of my feet, please just trust me on that testimony.

The Star Bright eye cream is gentle and smooth. Sometimes eye creams tend to burn a little, but there was none of this and the lingering moisturizing properties are a delight. It's not greasy or oily, just soothing.

Both the hand cream and night cream also were just as high quality as their counterparts. We also appreciate that Sigrid offers travel sizes of all their products if you'd like to test something without a huge commitment. They sell personal care items for babies, men, and children, as well as a line of natural perfumes, soaps and hair care products. Each item is created with thoughtful care and love.

Sigrid describes her company as a small town girl who started luxury skin care company and shares knowledge of indigenous plants and honey bees with people from all walks of life.

We are certainly happy to be on that same walk with her. Thank you again for inviting us to review your product. Additionally, upon learning that I was chairing an upcoming fundraiser for my daughter's school, Sigrid agreed to donate an extra set of products to raise money for our music education program. We are doubly grateful and give Sigrid Naturals our highest possible endorsement for having an excellent product made with integrity and for generous support of a small non-profit.

You can order Sigrid Naturals online: SigridNaturals.com or find them on all the social media platforms. And if you're ever in Ontario, Canada, you can find several local retailers that carry the line.