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Reducing Plastics in Day to Day Living…

We all know that plastics have been causing problems for our health and the health of our planet.  What can we do day to day to reduce the use of plastics?  Sure, we can recycle, and that is wonderful, but did you know that a great deal of the recycling ends up in landfill and much of it ends up in waterways and the oceans.  It is estimated that over 8 billion tons of plastic have been produced in the past years, and that plastic takes anywhere from 500-1000 years to begin to biodegrade.

Click on the link below to read about the impact of plastics on the Pacific Ocean:

Pacific plastic dump far larger than feared: study

This study tells us of how critical the plastics in our oceans has become.  Take a few minutes to read through it and see how catastrophic this will continue to be for our environment.  Try visualizing that it now stretches 1.6 million square kilometres and, they warn, it’s growing.  I cannot even begin to picture this vast quantity!

At Little Monkey Store we are constantly looking for ways to cut down on the use, or shall we call it convenience abuse, of plastics.  Plastics have become a way of life due to how convenient it is, but the long term effects are devastating to our bodies and our earth.

Reducing the use of plastic bottles is simple by investing in reusable water bottles.  Here are some of our options:

  1.  Reusable water bottles to replace one time use plastic bottles  
    • Did you know that in Canada there are approximately 2.4 billion liters of water sold in 2013 and each year it is approximated that there is an increase in water sales.  This stat for 2013 means that 68 liters of water per person in Canada was purchased.  Imagine not only the issue of disposal of these bottles, but the cost to the consumer.  
    • Of all one time use water bottles purchased, it is estimated that over half never reach the recycling depots.
    • The cost to individuals for one time use bottles accumulates quickly and there would be huge money savings if people purchased reusable water bottles, such as our Eco Vessel Stainless Steel Water Bottle .  There are a few different sizes and styles available.Best-reusable-water-bottles-Eco-Vessel-Summit
    • How about for the younger people in your family?  Well we happen to have the Drink in the Box reusable drink boxes!  These are durable and replace the use of one time juice or milk containers!  These are a win-win for sure.  I love to put fruit into my children’s water so they get fruit infused “juice”! infusing berries
  2. Stainless steel straws and silicone straws to replace one time plastic disposable straws.
    • Straws seem like such an insignificant thing to target when looking at reducing, but watch the line ups in fast food restaurants and consider how many straws they dispose of daily.
    • It is estimated that 1 billion plastic straws are used and tossed in the trash daily in the USA.
    • What are some of your options?  At Little Monkey Store we have 2 options that we love!
  3. Reusable Travel Coffee Cup to replace disposable cups from your favorite coffee shop!
    • In Canada it is estimated that there are over 14 billion cups of coffee consumed daily.  Of those almost half are served in one time use cups that are plastic coated and have plastic lids.  Picture that!  Eeek!At Little Monkey Store we carry two options to reduce disposable cups
      • Joco glass travel mug with silicone lid and a silicone wrap so you can hold your cup comfortably!  These are available in an assortment of colours and come in two sizes.  I love this for my tea!JOCO_OTWAYS_LR_12oz_3
      • Eco Vessel screw top container is stainless steel, insulated, and keeps hot drinks hot for up to 8 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 36 hours!  These are one of my all time favourite for on the go!  Each comes with a tea strainer!CAP500-Group-No-Background
  4. Cloth diapers!  Of course this one is obvious as disposable diapers are a HUGE contributor to the plastics issue!  At Little Monkey Store we have a great selection of cloth diapers for every budget, desired styles, and of course a great selection of prints!  Did you know you can even get reusable swim diapers?  How about reusable night time pull on style trainers?  Yes, we’ve got your little one’s bum covered!  We also offer Two Week Cloth Diaper Trial for those wanting to try before they buy!  And for newborns we offer our well known 8 Week Cloth Diaper Rental Program.   This allows families to “stop gap” the period when their newborn doesn’t quite fit into the “One-Size” diapers yet!floribunda
  5. Reusable snack pouches instead of the one time use snack pouches that have plastic lids!  The larger size of these are designed for older children and adults and are the perfect size for taking a smoothie on the go!  Imagine your savings and eco-impact when you use this container!
    • Easy Peasy Reusable Snack Containers are super easy to fill, use and clean.  Imagine that savings in money and waste that you will create when you change to using these!  These turn completely inside out to ensure they are 100% clean and there are no concerns with mold!  These come with a little inset that allows you to use these for thinner liquids  (water, juice, milk etc) or thicker consistencies (yogurt, applesauce, purees, smoothies, etc).  Available in three convenient sizes to ensure that everyone in your family has one!Squeasy-Gear_Easy-Feeding-1080x675
  6. No more zip style baggies!  At Little Monkey Store we offer reusable snack bags and reusable sandwich sized bags!  These come in a variety of prints and colours sure to delight everyone in your family! 

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7.  Reusable menstrual products for women!  

  • At Little Monkey Store we have a variety of reusable menstrual products that help to eliminate contact of plastic with our bodies, which research has shown to cause endocrine disruption.  We have reusable menstrual pads in a variety of sizes and abosorbencies, reusable menstrual cups, and reusable menstrual sponges.Mulsin Bag with Sea Sponges copy

With all of these ideas in mind, let’s all start taking small steps toward eliminating the use of one time plastic items that are harming not only our oceans and waterways, but ourselves and all creatures on earth!  If each person chose one item per month to eliminate from their day to day practice and replace with a reusable option, imagine the impact we could make!

We would love to help you out with making the change!  We are offering 10% off of the first 20 orders received from our customers when using this code:  reduceplastics2018  .  Orders to be placed on our website:  http://www.littlemonkeystore.com

PLEASE NOTE:  some restrictions apply, please inquire if you have questions.  Discount available for Canadian customers only.  Discount code limited to one use per household.  Your order must have at least one product that replaces a plastic one time use item to qualify for this discount.

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Smiling with GreenPaxx Slim Snack Packs

My son, aka the curly haired “little monkey”, LOVES snacking.  He seems to have a never-ending insatiable appetite!  As a family that is aiming to have zero waste in our home, I found it frustrating that so many of his favorite snacks were prepackaged, one time use snacks.  You know the kind!  The kind he would see in his classmates’ lunches at school.  Things like yogurt in a plastic filled tube. One of our other goals is to try to eat healthier, and eliminate prepackaged foods that are filled with preservatives and other additives.  SIGH.  

No, no, no I will NOT cave into this trend just to make him happy!  I knew there had to be other options out there that would make him happy and keep the mama bear happy too!  While on the hunt I came across a few other other options, but nothing that I totally loved!  If you have been a customer for a while, you know that at Little Monkey Store we work very hard to ensure that the products we bring in are not only appealing, but are good enough for our own family!!  So, we look for EXCELLENCE.  Needless to say, I kept looking… 

THEN…  Along came the GreenPaxx Reusable Slim Snack Packs!!  These silicone snack packs were literally a game changer, as now my son could have the snacks he loved with ZERO waste, at a fraction of the cost of the one time prepackaged tubes!  And I could have the happiness of knowing that I was saving money and cutting back on waste while filling his silicone snack pack with HEALTHY options!  I mean, who doesn’t love to save money?  And BONUS… reducing waste!  And even better yet, knowing all of the ingredients going into his yogurt snack pack!  Definitely a win-win all around.  

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But the best part doesn’t end there!  These silicone snack packs can be used for so many other purposes!  Just freeze up the yogurt fruit blend and you have lovely, nutritious push up popsicles! I love that these lids are snug, creating a leakproof fit!

There is nothing nicer on a hot summer day than a healthy frozen snack to help you or your child cool off, knowing that it is filled with nutritious ingredients.  The ones that my son is eating in the picture above, are unsweetened Greek yogurt and crushed fruit.  That’s it, no other ingredients.  I just tossed some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and banana into the blender using pulse to be sure to keep it a bit chunky.  Then I stirred that mixture into the yogurt, spooned it into the Slim Snack Packs and then froze it!  How simple is that?  I have also used leftover smoothies to freeze to make ice pops for the kids!  Again, this helps to ensure there is no waste!  

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Here are more great uses for your GreenPaxx Reusable Slim Snack Packs .  Speaking of other uses, my son loves seeds, raisins, nuts, saw this picture and insisted I slice carrots this thin for him, and the list goes on.  I am sure that if it is left to him that he will find all sorts of creative snacks to put into his snack packs!  He truly loves them.  His smile says it all!  He can be seen in the car, in the yard, up the tree (as in the picture), in the house, almost everywhere with one of these great snack packs in hand!

SUPER easy to clean!  Just set them in the top shelf of the dishwasher!  Or you can hand wash, using a Reusable Straw Brush to get into the corners of the silicone pouch!  

I give these a solid 9.5 out of 10!  I would give it a 10 out of 10, but my son does need a little bit of help to get the attached lid opened.  Maybe that is a good thing!  If you would like to add these to your arsenal of reusable snack containers and start saving money while leaving a lighter eco-footprint, click here.

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Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces

 

Teething is one of those things in life that we all go through. But as a parent, it can be so tough seeing your little one is so much discomfort from teething. We love the  Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces and highly recommend these in conjunction with the Punkin Butt Teething Oil! 308095_347998428647224_612742239_n

Amber teething necklaces are not meant for chewing on. The amber helps to neutralize the acidity in your body that is common with pain and discomfort (think drooling, red cheeks, loose stools). We know many parents that swear by these necklaces!

For those of you looking for something to add to your teething remedy arsenal, we now carry Punkin Butt Teething Oil. This teething oil is an all-natural remedy to soothe the painful inflamed gums. Apply to your baby’s gums and let the soothing oils work their magic!images

We also have a great selection of teethers for your little one to gnaw on, which helps them to alleviate the pain related with teething.  The pressure to the gums triggers the brain to release chemicals that trigger that area to help alleviate pain.   For the younger babies you will  love the Como Tomo teether.  COTeetherDetail

For the older babies and toddlers the Zoli Chubby Gummy sticks.  These reach back to the little one’s back teeth and are the perfect size for their little hands!

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Teething can be a horrible time for little ones, and for moms too!  You do not have to suffer through it with the options available to help soothe your little one!