#ZeroWaste Laundry Day

By Corey Breneisen

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Have you heard? Our unassuming Stain Remover is a little bar of laundry magic! Don’t just take our word for it, ask anyone who has used it.

Here is an abbreviated list of stains it has removed:

red wine

curry

salad dressing

spaghetti sauce

bbq sauce

coffee

olive oil

butter

grass

purple juice

chocolate

And the list really does go on! It has saved countless articles of clothes, tablecloths, carpets, car seats, couch cushions, etc. Safe any color or fabric, simply wet the stain remover bar as well as the area to be treated. Work fabric into a lather. Then wash as normal. You can either was right away, or wait until you are ready to wash a full load of laundry.

As with all of our products, our stain remover is free from palm oil, harmful toxins, artificial fragrances or dyes. It’s pure, simple, and clean. Just like your laundry should be.

Pair it with our all natural Powdered Laundry Soap and our 100% Wool Dryer Balls for a #ZeroWaste Laundry Day!



#ZeroWastePackaging

By Corey Breneisen

Rae Marie has reached yet another cross roads in our journey. Our commitment to sustainable living and promoting a zero waste lifestyle has us thinking about packaging for our products. Currently we use recyclable plastic, tins and cardboard. Our labels are made from craftpaper and are nontoxic. However, we know we can do even better when it comes to minimizing our carbon footprint.

We have been on the search for biodegradable and compostable containers to replace the plastic we currently use. At events and markets we have done away with the soap boxes and offer our bars in their natural state. (For re-selling with our retail partners, we continue to use the boxes for ease of transport and to extend the shelf-life, but we are considering alternatives—canvas bags, perhaps?)

Our vision is to become a #ZeroWaste Brick and Mortar Store, where you, the customer, will bring your own containers to refill. All of these ideas sound wonderful to us, but we would like to bounce them off of you. If you could please take a moment to fill out the quick survey below, we would appreciate the feedback. Your input matters to us, and ultimately helps us to meet your needs and address your concerns.

Thank you!

Namaste~The Rae Marie Family

#ZeroWaste

By Corey Breneisen

This week is Zero Waste Week. So what does that mean exactly? It’s a week to consider making lifestyle changes to minimize your impact on the environment, and bring yourself into alignment with Nature. In this age of social media overload, there can be a lot of pressure to “do it right”, to have the “right tools”, the “right products”. In reality, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to live a Zero Waste Lifestyle. There are only positive effects from your efforts to make more conscious and informed consumer decisions. I recently saw a post on social media expressing this. It said, “We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero Waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

Here are 3 ways for you to begin your Zero Waste Journey:

  1. Stop Before you Shop: Ask yourself if this is a purchase you really need to be making. In a week, will it still be valuable to you? Does it serve multiple purposes? Will your life be improved by possessing this item? Is it something that requires maintenance? Can you afford the maintenance costs? What is it made of? Is there an alternative made from more renewable materials? How is it packaged? Is there an alternative with less packaging available? Taking a moment to ask yourself these questions decreases the number of impulse buys thereby reducing the amount of stuff produced which saves on resources.

  2. Remember your Shopping Bags: This includes produce bags as well as jars or bottles if shopping in bulk. Glass is an amazing material. It’s infinitely recyclable. So put those spaghetti sauce jars to use. Clean them and then take them to market to refill your granola stash. We often think of reusable totes and market bags when grocery shopping, but take them when you go clothes shopping too!

  3. Free-Cycle: If you find you have items in your house you no longer have use for, ask your neighbors to make a trade. They may need a new toaster oven meanwhile, you just cleared space on your counter and now can use your two slice toaster guilt-free. The trade may inspire them to look around their homes and offer you a much needed yard rake. Not only are you building community, but you are keeping items out of landfills and reducing waste.

There are many ways to begin a Zero Waste Lifestyle. It doesn’t matter how you do it, it only matters that you do it.


Need more tips for Zero Waste Living? Check out our Green Services.

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