Creating Closed Loop Systems with Plaine Products

When I found Plaine Products, I was literally giddy with excitement. GIDDY!

Why?

Plaine Products has made personal hygiene products waste free. WASTE FREE PEOPLE! And not the kind of waste free where you have to compromise quality. And not the kind that you have to make all your own from apple cider and be a full on crunchy hippie. (Even though that’s cool too! haha!)

This is the kind that provides a high quality, “clean” product that is also vegan and cruelty free. See why I was giddy? This product is almost too good to be true. But it’s not!

Sisters Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine- founders of Plaine Products, have made reducing our plastic consumption and creating a close loop system in our bathroom as easy as putting something in the mail. Their bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, and hand soap are REFILLABLE. You simply send your bottles back in and get them refilled with your favorite products to keep you squeaky clean and moisturized!

I know I sound like a broken record at this point- talking about the “plastic problem”, but stats and facts are eye opening, motivating, and therefore empowering. So a few plastic stats:

  • The shampoo bottles thrown out every year in the U.S. could fill 1,164 football fields.

  • Globally, we produce 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, 78 percent of which is NOT reclaimed or recycled.

  • Global, 32% of the annual plastic production ends up in the oceans. This equates to pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This number is projected to increase.

Scary huh? Does this create a sense of urgency inside of you? Me too.

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How Plaine Products is Changing the Game

After witnessing first hand the damaging effects of plastic in our oceans, Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine decided to do something about it and set out on a mission. They wanted to lead the way for a new kind of consumerism. To create circular economies and closed loop systems in households instead of linear ones that lead to landfill or our oceans.

As time goes on, our world is in increasing need for circular systems to be implemented- on both a global scale, as well as on in smaller scale- such as in our own homes. What is a circular economy you ask?

A circular economy or system is one that connects the ends- so there is no end. There is no trashcan or landfill. Resources are simply repurposed and returned back to the “circle of life”. Some simple examples include: 

  • Repurposing a dish sponge to a bath cleaning sponge and then composting it instead of throwing it away. 

  • Buying clothing second hand or giving your unwanted clothes to a friend instead of throwing them away. 

  • Composting your food scraps and organic waste instead of throwing them away.

In this model, companies evaluate their supply chain and implement reduction, reuse, and various recycling techniques to minimize the waste their product generates. Here are some examples:

  • Timberland is partnering with Omni to make shoes out of tires. 

  •  HP is recovering plastic from used ink cartridges and toners via the Planet Partners program and recycles it to produce new ink cartridges

  •  Southwest Airlines partners with Loopworks to repurpose its used seat leather into LUV seat weekender duffle bags, shoes, and soccer balls.

HOW COOL IS ALL OF THIS?!

This type of innovative thinking not only saves and repurposes natural resources, it reduces CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. There are countless more examples of companies making big strides to more sustainable production values, but still, we need more to be on board.

In supporting Plaine and companies like Plaine, you are voting with your dollar. You contributing to the tipping point that is needed for our economy to continue to shift to more circular thinking. You can also feel good that staying clean and our personal hygiene does not come at a cost to our environment. 

But what about their ingredients, you ask? What about the actual products.

Check it out: 

  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and palm oil

  • Blended with whole essential oils (instead of synthetic fragrance)

  • Vegan and have non GMO ingredients

  • Designed to biodegrade

  • Baby safe and hypoallergenic 

  • Cruelty Free, Leaping Bunny certified 

They derive their high quality ingredients from Mother Nature. They utilize things like aloe vera extract and mango butter, vitamin E, green tea, and essential oils in their products. 

And I’ll vouch first hand- not only are they  “clean”, they actually get you CLEAN. I have think hair that does not come clean very early to be honest. Ive tried a handful of “clean” shampoos, including shampoo bars and none have been nearly as effective as Plain Products. I give Plaine a 10/10. And so does my husband! He’s even harder to please than I am. haha! 

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Sustainably Supported by Plaine Products. As always, all opinions are mine & these are products I truly love!  #sponsored


DIY: Homemade Beeswax Wraps

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Beeswax wraps! Have you heard of them? Chances are you have… they’re taking the world by storm as sustainable initiatives take off and public awareness of our waste problem is becoming more widespread. 

More and more, people are more interested and open to more sustainable alternatives. This includes in the kitchen and around or food systems. 

These handy, reusable wraps can replace plastic wrap from just about anything! My favorite uses are : to wrap cheese, to seals bowls or jars, to wrap sandwiches and produce. 
There are a plethora of beeswax wraps that you can purchase online that vary in quality and cost. But you can also make them easily (and cheaply!) at home! 

The beeswax wraps that you can find online are often not just beeswax and cloth. If you make a wrap with only beeswax, it ends up being very stiff and does not adhere to itself or other surfaces well. (Trust me, I’ve tried.)

I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with various combinations of ingredients and have landed one that I’m very happy with! It is malleable but not too sticky. 

I hope they work well for you!

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Ingredients: 

  • 100% cotton fabric (organic is best if you have it) 

  • 3 tbsp of beeswax- of course, purchasing from a local beekeeper is best! But if you can’t find one in your area, this is a great source: Mountain Rose Herb.

  • 1 tbsp beef tallow (I used Epic brand)

  • double boiler- or a make-shift one like I used (pictured below)

  • metal or wooden spoon 

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry fabric 

  2. Cut fabric into desired shapes and sizes. I cut mine into 8” x 8” squares. The mixture above is enough for one 8 x 8 square piece. Double or triple recipe if needed. 

  3. Grate beeswax. 

  4. Prepare double boiler - filling with water and bringing to a simmer.

  5. Measure lard and beeswax and place them together in the double boiler. 

  6. Allow them to melt together until there are no more clumps or lumps. 

  7. Once the mixture has melted down, remove from heat. Add the cloth to the pan, and using a spoon, work it around until it is completely covered in beeswax. (Be careful! It’s hot!) Remove cloth with tongs and spread out on parchment paper. Allow it to cool. 


    Maintenance: These will last you at least a few months! To clean, simply rinse gently with cool water and mild soap. 

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