Friday, July 22, 2011

Going more green

Here at the Amato household we like to do our part in going green.  Going green isn't about doing it for any other reason that you want to.  We don't preach or judge.  We do our best when we can and every little bit helps the environment, our farmers, our landfills, our ecosystem, our bodies and more.  Here are some of the little ways we've been lately going green. 

We reuse water.  This not so clear shot is me watering our plants with the melted ice bath water we used for making ice cream.  No need to dump perfectly good grey water down the drain when our plants will gladly thrive off of it.

Other organic beauty products!

Tony has been using a new shaving product.  Its 'shaving soap' by Just Neem.  He found their booth at the Eno Festival and decided to give it a try.  Just Neem is a great company that is super eco friendly and only uses the best ingredients in their products.  They use the neem tree that grows in India & Pakistan.  They support the local economy there by working with NGOs to help people grow the tree that they use leaves and seeds in their own products.  The tree itself is pretty amazing - amazing properties like anti fungal, rich oils and used for centuries in natural beauty remedies.  He likes it!

This are the products he bought sold here.  Gillette razor not included.

I've been dying to try a tinted lip balm forever.  Forever people.  I had the Burts Bees products even listed on my wish list here!   I've had them on my wishlist for about a year.  I'm kinda cheap when it comes to buying 'luxuries' like this.  If I don't need it then often I don't buy it (especially for $7).  I saw these alba products on deep discount when I got my organic shampoos and at $1.85 each knew I'd never find a better deal.  Also see that little 70% organic?  Awesomeness to me.
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In my quest to go organiclly shampooed I forget one little thing... I already have!  Dummy me I forgot that we've been on/off using Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo for months!  It was in our 2nd shower so I forgot about it for a while.  We go the shampoo/conditioner combo a long time ago and took me a while to try it after Tony used it.  He didn't love it but I do!  It contains No Laurel/Laureth Sulfates, is cruelty Free - Never Tested on Animals and contains Certified Organic Botanical Ingredients.  Yes that 'contains organic materials' can be vague but from what I've found is common in beauty products.  I'm cool with that.  The conditioner is especially good for my hair but it leaves a fresh peppermint tingly feeling when you're done.  Check your local store.  I think they cost about $4 each.

This Cornelius cat isn't green or organic - just being the stoop cat he is.  Does he look 15 17 lbs here?  I personally think he looks rather trim.  He's savoring his last stoop cat days outside on our balcony because WE GOT A NEW APARTMENT IN RICHMOND!!  No balcony included but more info soon!


  1. Congratulations on finding an apartment! Those things always seem to fall into place at the last second.

  2. Congrats on finding an apartment!

    When I saw the bucket in the first picture, I thought perhaps it was a rain bucket! And then I thought that would be a cool thing to do at my house, but then I remembered that would require rain, and this insane heat wave ain't cuttin' it!


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