Last year, we moved to the suburbs from the city. With the move, came a whole new set of home ownership responsibilities including a septic tank instead of the town sewer system. I didn’t know much about them, but learned a tremendous amount when we got ours pumped in the spring. I learned that septic tanks have a leaching field nearby. All of the things we poured and flushed down the drain would end up, eventually, in our leaching field and be a part of the soil composition of our backyard. It got me thinking a lot about what we were putting down our drains.
From that moment on, I started doing research about the different brands of detergents, soap, dishwasher tabs, toilet paper and even toothpaste. I’ve been doing my best to stick with biodegradable and natural products that come in recycled containers. In addition to what was going down our drains, I started to think more carefully about what we were putting in our bodies and about how we were taking care of our world. We recycle, turn off the lights and do our best to not waste water, but is that going to be enough? I wanted our family to start developing more eco-friendly habits that made us more conscious of how we were taking care of our earth as well as ourselves.
I’ve been a fan of Stonyfield for a long time now. I love them because of their commitment to sustainability and in being a company that cares about their impact in every way. They have continued to strive towards making sure that they are taking care of the earth and farmers with all of their products. I also feel good about the Stonyfield yogurt we eat since I know where they are getting their dairy from and that those family farms don’t use toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs. One of my favorites is the whole milk Greek yogurt with the fruit attached in a different cup so you can add a little or a lot of sweetness to your yogurt. It’s one of the foods that I feel confident about being eco-friendly and good for our bodies.
This month, Stonyfield partnered with another company that I’ve been a fan of for a long time – Tom’s of Maine. I got to try a few of their new products including their new toothpaste and deodorants (some are only available at Target). The deodorant was a big hit with my husband who was looking for something without aluminum, but would still work effectively. It definitely works for 24 hours, made with natural ingredients and is also packaged in recyclable materials. The toothpaste was a big hit with me since I regularly use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Their new Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste uses naturally derived ingredients to block out pain, recyclable and doesn’t use any artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors or preservatives.
I also appreciate that 10% of Tom’s of Maine’s profits go back to supporting the planet and communities through donations to nonprofit, community based organizations committed to human, healthy and environmental goodness. It’s nice to know that I’m helping my surrounding community by buying the eco-friendly Tom’s of Maine products.
I’m still looking into and considering the different brands out there that can help my family to continue to develop our eco-friendly habits, but I’m grateful for discovering Stonyfield and Tom’s of Maine to help us get started on this path. Have you tried Stonyfield and/or Tom’s of Maine products? What do you think? What other products do you use that are eco-friendly?