Sustainable and Reduce Waste

Sustainability is something Josh and I talk about often.  I put a lot of thought into the products we make and how we package them.   I love knowing the ingredients we use, and they are better than what we can get from any store.  It does not stop with the products we make for Honey Locust Home, but what we use in our home and how we live our everyday life.

getting ready to prep our gardens beds with compost last spring.

getting ready to prep our gardens with compost last spring.

This brings me to the other day when I was looking at, and talking to Josh about, our packaging.   He brought up how most of what I was saying applied to 2 of the principles of permaculture,  – use renewable resources and  – produce no waste.  This got me thinking about how I truly want to apply this to all aspects of our lives, not just our gardens and the business.  I guess… it would have gone without saying that we were already doing this but, I admit, I still use way to many paper towels.  I have made toothpaste, laundry detergent, and cleaning products, but not always.  I have only dabbled in transforming our lives to producing less waste and using mostly renewable resources.    After laying in bed, and having my head spin thinking about the great deal of work we have to do, I decided to bring it here.  I want you all to come along on the journey and hold me accountable.

My plan is take it step by step and choose one thing at a time to focus on.  Hopefully, if I take is slow and focus on one thing it will stick, and become a way a life.  Not just something we do for a month and then get sidetracked.  I will share successes and failures.  Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with what we are doing.   Also, we want to hear from you!  What are you doing?  Please share with us if you like what we are doing or if you have a better way.  We would love to know!

I will wrap up this post talking about our packing, below is a picture of what we started with, and below that why we have now.  What we have now works for me because it is zero waste.  You unwrap the soap and then send it to the compost.  I am thinking of switching to a seed paper.  What do you all think?  There is extra cost.  Is it worth it?  Or are we all happy to just compost the wrapper?

Clove Rose Soap

old packaging not compostable

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new compostable wrapper