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Earth Day 2020: 15 Earth-Friendly Products That Make Switching Easy

Earth Day 2020: 15 Earth-Friendly Products That Make Switching Easy

We’re all starting to become a little more conscious of and concerned about our ecological footprint. Which is awesome, right? Also, with the rise of COVID-19 we’re all realizing the importance of sustainability. Making last-minute grocery runs or being able to count on some of our staples isn’t realistic during this time. In honor of Earth Day’s 50th birthday, we’re compiling a list of 15 earth-loving + sustainable items members of our team have come to love. earth day swaps

What is Earth Day? 

The creation of Earth Day was inspired by a unified effort to bring awareness to the ecological shortcomings surrounding our planet at the time. On April 22nd, 1970, 20 million Americans (which was 10% of the nation’s population at the time) took to the streets of college campuses, cities and towns around the country in protest, demanding new actions on how our planet handles waste, trade and things such as oil spills and pollution. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event!

What do you do for Earth Day? 

Celebrating Earth Day can happen in a variety of ways! Some big, some small. Earth Day is supposed to inspire us to make more eco-friendly choices and be more conscious of what we do and use on a daily basis. You could plant a tree or donate to The Canopy Project! Join in a park clean-up crew that day or decide to switch to natural cleaning products. Have you been mulling over going plastic free? Or what about making your own laundry detergent? Maybe one of these suggestions will strike your fancy! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites. 

15 eco-friendly swaps for Earth Day 2020

  1. Glass or metal straws. A simple switch from plastic straws to metal or glass or even this collapsible one is a great place to start! Whether a product is recyclable or not, relies heavily on a market being able to resell the material. Also, there are a lot of straws. Some estimates say that hundreds of millions of straws are thrown out every day in the US alone!
  2. Reusable K Cups. Keurig coffee machines took the world by storm over the last decade. What didn’t happen was finding a way to responsibly dispose of these billions of used K-cups! Keurig machines are awesome for on the go and you do waste less coffee if you are only brewing what you will consume (this equals a win). Switching to a reusable K-Cup is perfect because you’re not throwing away a non-recyclable item and you’re saving money by using your favorite bulk coffee.
  3. Menstrual cup. The idea of how many pads and used tampons end up in the landfill is enough to make your stomach turn! It’s estimated that the average woman will throw away 10+ thousand tampons during her menstruating lifetime. A menstrual cup is a small cup shaped device made out of medical-grade silicone. It collects menstrual blood safely and can be emptied every 12 hours and get this: it lasts for up to 10 years! So instead of buying 10,000 tampons you could actually only buy 4 or 5 menstrual cups over your lifetime. Be sure to purchase a reusable vessel to sterilize your period cup in too! menstrual cup
  4. Beeswax Wrap. Want to save on all that single-use plastic wrap? Beeswax wraps are an eco-friendly swap. They can be purchased anywhere these days, including Etsy. Making your own is also a fun project with fabric odds and ends!
  5. Cloth coffee filter. Do you have a pour over coffee pot? Or a Chemex? A reusable filter is the perfect swap! We found this cloth filter and love it. It’s made by a family-owned and operated business. They’re pretty cool. 
  6. Start Composting. If you have a backyard available to you, composting is easy. If you love to garden, composting is a no brainer! Finding a compost container is ideal so that it can be rotated especially if you plan to use it in a garden. (this is a great item to look for on second-hand sites) You can buy neat + tidy bins for your counter top in almost any decor theme you can imagine.  
  7. Ditch paper towels + napkins. It would shock you to know how much paper waste comes from a one-family household. It’s figured that 4.51lbs is generated each day, per person. And 25% of that is disposable paper. Crazy, right? Keep an eye out at the thrift store for cloth napkins and buy some really absorbent towels like these
  8. Reef-safe sunscreen. Recent reports are saying that two common ingredients in sunscreens, oxybenzone and octinoxate, can be harmful to aquatic life. Are you swimming in the ocean, lake or river primarily? Choose a reef-safe sunscreen!
  9. Reusable jars. Are you wanting to make the switch from plastic food storage to glass? The price can sometimes be a deterrent. Our team loves to save our pasta sauce jars, pickle jars and jam jars! Wash them, soak them to remove the label and viola! You’ll be amazed at the stash you could build and realize what you would have gotten rid of. 
  10. Reusable Q-Tip. Like the straws we talked about earlier, Q-Tips are small, get lost in all the waste a household makes and cannot be recycled. Reusable options have risen in popularity and they are pretty cool. Can’t stomach the idea of washing a Q-Tip? Check out these biodegradable ones
  11. Make your own vegetable broth. This saves money + reduces waste! Whenever you’re chopping veggies, instead of throwing away the ends, nubs and skins, save them in a bag or container. Pop the container in the freezer and keep them there. Continue collecting scraps and putting them in the freezer container. You’ll be surprised how much you end up with at the end of the month! Boil it all down and make a hearty broth.
  12. Compostable toothbrush. Absolutely nothing about the standard toothbrush is recyclable. 100% of the time it ends up in a landfill. Switching to a bamboo toothbrush is easy with all the styles and options available to you! 
  13. Solid shampoo. If you’re unfamiliar with this, it’s basically a bar of soap but it’s shampoo designed to be used on your hair. Shampoo bars have gained popularity with the #plasticfree movement. Likewise, you can also find conditioners
  14. Switch to a bidet. Toilet paper was a commodity we didn’t think twice about, right? Living this COVID-19 life has us all grasping for the bare necessities. Combine a bidet with Toilet UnPaper and you’re 100% self-sufficient. If you have old t-shirts, washcloths or towels, you could also cut those into squares and use them too! (double eco win!)
  15. Dryer sheet alternatives. If you’re steering clear of all things disposable, don’t forget about the little sheets that get thrown in the dryer! Wool dryer balls have been a favorite but if you have an allergy to wool or prefer a vegan option, these are great too.  

If you were to pick even one of these swaps in celebration of Earth Day, that would be a big step! Hopefully, we made the decision a little easier. How are you switching to a more sustainable life? We would love to know! If you’ve ever contemplated switching to a menstrual cup, now is the time! Head over to our website for 10% off your first purchase with us!

Using a Menstrual Cup with an IUD

Using a Menstrual Cup with an IUD

IUDs (Intrauterine Device) are all the rage as they are promoted as the “set it and forget it” birth control. Depending on which type you choose, an IUD can be effective for 5-10 years. For anyone who has taken a birth control pill every day for years, this may sound like the best thing since sliced bread! With the rise of IUD usage and the popularity of period freedom with a menstrual cup, women are questioning the safety of menstrual cups with an IUD. 

What is an IUD?

As mentioned, an IUD is a device that is placed inside the uterus, just past the cervix. It is comprised of a T-shaped piece of plastic (or metal) with strings attached to the base. Very similar to fishing line, the strings are used later down the road when you want your IUD removed. A quick tug and it’s out! 

Depending on the IUD you choose, it may contain synthetic hormones that are slowly released over a long period of time. There is also a copper IUD that is hormone-free. That one relies mostly on the molecular structure of copper and how it and sperm don’t get along. The general shape of IUDs discourage the movement of sperm also. 

First, to put the IUD in, the nurse or doctor will put a speculum into your vagina. They’ll then use a special instrument to insert the IUD through the opening of your cervix and into your uterus. The process usually takes less than five minutes. 

TIP: You may want to request the insertion be during your period. Having the insertion of the IUD during your menstrual cycle may help ease discomfort. During menstruation, your cervix is already opened to a degree. 

What is a menstrual cup?

what is a menstrual cup

A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone menstrual product that holds menses in the vagina and can be worn for up to 12 hours. The shape is similar to that of an eggshell and can hold several tampons’ worth of fluid. Here at Pixie Cup we have several shapes and sizes to match your specific body and specific needs!

Can I use a menstrual cup with an IUD? 

This question is hitting Google hard these days! The short answer is YES! There are some things to consider and keep in mind during the process. However, the good news is you definitely can.

menstrual cup with an IUD

Strings strings strings. When you get the IUD inserted, the provider will avidly tell you to check your strings on a regular basis. Especially within the first three months of insertion. If you mention the fact that you use a menstrual cup, the provider can try clipping the strings as short as possible. If you’re an IUD pioneer, chances are it’s been placed for quite some time already. You’ll want to try to “scoop” the strings up when inserting your cup so they sit inside the menstrual cup. 

Get to know your cervix. Did you know that your cervix moves throughout the month depending on where you are in your cycle? As a general rule, your menstrual cup is designed to sit in the vaginal canal vs up against the cervix. However, for anyone with a tipped or tilted uterus, your cervix is generally lower in your canal. Measuring your cervix is a great idea when choosing what menstrual cup to use. Especially in relation to where your IUD is going to be hanging out!

For any gal with a tipped or tilted uterus, we’ve got you covered! We made the Pixie Cup Luxe just for you! This slim design is made to sit just inside the vaginal opening, away from your cervix. 

Break the seal. As a general rule, we recommend breaking the seal no matter what when removing your menstrual cup. It makes it easier and quicker versus tugging on something with a pretty good suction going on! To prevent the IUD from moving at all, be sure to break the seal. Do this by sticking your finger up the side of your menstrual cup to create the ‘C’ shape. Gently pull down and out!

menstrual cup with an IUD close up

Can a menstrual cup dislodge my IUD?

Expulsion (your IUD falling out) is most likely to happen in the first three months, according to sources. During this time, your body is getting used to this foreign object that’s suddenly taken up residence with its hormones! Some women have reported that their body “rejected” the IUD. Much like an annoying splinter, their body pushed it out!  In other cases, incorrect placement leads to expulsion. Be sure to choose a healthcare provider who regularly inserts IUDs as this will ensure both comfort and proper placement.

The good news is that research has shown that there is no increased risk of IUD expulsion with the use of menstrual cups. (Yay!) 

Have you thought about using your menstrual cup with your IUD? Do you have a tilted uterus? Be sure to check out our online store for more information about your Pixie Cup Luxe! Talk to us — we love to hear from you!

PLEASE NOTE: This blog post is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of your doctor. You should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to your health. Particularly with respect to anything related to menstruation. If you have any concerns about using a Pixie Cup, consult your doctor before use. If you have any gynecological conditions, please talk to your physician before using any menstrual cup.

10 Easy Ways to Live More Eco-Friendly

10 Easy Ways to Live More Eco-Friendly

It’s that time of year again! Gyms and parks will be overflowing with newly-inspired fitness enthusiasts, and good luck buying cream cheese these days! It’s going to be sold out for weeks as the ketogenic diet is taken up by the poor souls (like me) who had a little too much “stuffing” this holiday season!

In the spirit of all these resolutions, we decided to give you one additional challenge. We want to challenge you to take 10 steps to live eco-friendly this year!

But… why? I mean, there are still plenty of squirrels around and weeds are a constant struggle, surely our earth isn’t too toxic for life to be sustained…. right?

Right! Well, sort of. Life on earth is precious. It’s easy to take for granted the beautiful earth that we are able to enjoy each day. Fresh air, green trees, blue sky, these are luxuries that are not guaranteed to us. The more trash we throw away, the more the air, water sources, and beautiful land is desecrated with waste.

It’s simple and cost-effective to take small steps to reduce waste in our everyday lives… and here’s the thing: Even if you do ONE thing to reduce waste in your home or your workplace, it’s a victory!

Even if you do ONE thing to reduce waste in your home or your workplace, it’s a victory!

That being said, here are 10 easy ways to live more eco-friendly!

Pixie Menstrual Cup with other eco friendly swaps for an environmentally conscious home

1. Start recycling

Ohhh recycling. I don’t know if I can stay on top of that. You stay on top of taking out the trash, right? All you have to do is place your paper, metal, cardboard and plastic items into a separate container. These items usually are not smelly so you can hold on to them a little longer than your regular trash. If your city doesn’t offer curbside recycling, just create a reminder and drop it off every so often. I treasure small trips like these to listen to an audiobook and have some “me time” in the car.

2. Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic

Reusable shopping bags are super cute. That’s the #1 reason to use them, right? ? Plus, they never rip when you need them most, unlike those plastic grocery bags! You will want to store your reusable bags in your car or in a place where you will always remember to take them with you. If you forget about them until you reach the check-out, you can just tell the associate you don’t need plastic and you’ll bag it when you get to the car.

3. Start a compost bin

Compostable waste is huge and it’s easy to start composting. If you have a garden, it will save you money and help your plants in the process. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can compost inside your home, check out these great tips!

4. Get the right lights

What? The lights we buy are better for the eco system? Yes! Don’t go out and buy them all at once, but the next time a bulb goes out in your house, you can replace it with an energy efficient source.

5. Carry your reusable water bottle and coffee mug with you

This seems too easy, but it goes so far to reduce waste. Just thing how many millions of Starbucks cups end up in the trash each year! In fact, Starbucks is very passionate about reducing waste and provide reusable cups and recycling bins for you to utilize! Learn more here. If you forget your reusable cup, just use a water fountain instead of buying a plastic bottle, or ask for your coffee in a glass mug at your next coffee shop visit.

6. Use less paper

This one sounds intimidating, but it’s actually pretty simple. All you have to do is replace your paper towels and napkins with reusable cloth towels and use your porcelain plates instead of buying the paper or plastic options. Plus… this step saves you a whole lot of money!

7. Eco-friendly cleaning products

Get rid of the toxins and chemicals that are bad for your health and the environment by replacing them with natural and organic cleaning solutions. You can purchase a healthier alternative at most supermarkets these days, or create your own essential oil cleaning solution, and store it in a glass bottle!

8. Use less water

You can switch out your faucet heads for low-flow options, and take quick showers! You can also treat yourself to a hot bath, and enjoy some nice, relaxation time while saving money and water.

9. Slowly work on your kitchen

Did you know that the kitchen produces the most waste in the home? You can cut back on food waste by composting (see above) and replacing plastic wrap and ziplocks for reusable options. Another good option is to use glass storage containers for your food. These are better for your health and they last much longer than plastic options.

10. Tackle the bathroom next

The bathroom is the second most wasteful room in the home after your kitchen. You can reduce waste in your bathroom by using your Pixie Cup (or switch if you haven’t yet… goodbye pads and tampons!!!) and you can even install a bidet on your toilet to reduce toilet paper waste! See this article from Wild Minimalist for tips on how to make your bathroom extra waste-free this year.

Hopefully this list is helpful for you as you embark on your New Years Resolutions list! Let us know how YOU are making a difference in your home this year.

Best wishes to you in the coming year. May your joys be many and your trash bags be few!

Cheers!