Childhood Memory + Reflection
Our clothes were usually wrinkly because we never have time to fold laundry the minute the we were done with each load. Our loads were mostly unscented, because our kids had sensitive skin.
I miss the days when my mom used to do my laundry as a kid because she would always wash them using oh so good smelling freshener, yielding clothes that smelled good and were always soft. Nowadays, when I go visit my mom’s house and smell the laundry, it still brings me back to nostalgic memories of childhood, as I get to reminiscence on times of when I was a child being taken care of, never having to worry about having unclean clothes, but now, I realized its not good for you and I am sharing this new found information through writing this post.
I don’t really know details about the chemicals used to make them soft and smelling good, but after a quick google, I found several websites that talk about the toxicity of dryer sheets, liquid fresheners and how they are no good for people or the environment. JB Bardot , a trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition, wrote an article I came across that seemed to be backed by more scientific articles, than many other blogs or websites I explored. You can read more about her reasoning in why to chose to use an alternative to dryer sheets or liquid fabric fresheners here. I always appreciate the research that goes into an article when I find it. I am always the type to question and find data and statistics and reliable sources to “prove” a point I am trying to make.
Next year, I plan to gift my families full sets of these dryer balls with natural essential oils to introduce them to a healthier alternative and encouraging them to try out the Friendsheep dryer balls, in place of their usual liquid freshener.
A little about the Founder of Friendsheep (quoted from their brochure):
Founder Valeria Isaacs is a zero waste entrepreneur, disability advocate, mother, wife, nature lover, and former biologist. Always passionate about ecology and sustainable living, her pursuit of those passions was interrupted at age 22.
During her long and still ongoing recovery, Valeri has obtained a Master’s degree in molecular biology, worked in contemporary art, and enjoyed living life at its fullest. In late 2015 she decided to give new meaning o her life by founding Friendsheep, a company driven by a desire to make our world more sustainable and just.
Friendsheep has the aim of providing high quality, eco-friendly products that respect animals and the environment while also providing work and pursue to women and people with disabilities in underprivileged communities of Nepal. As a mother and woman with disabilities herself, she holds a special place in her heart for every underprivileged women that strives every day for a better life for herself and her family.
Friendsheep Wool sent me their wool dryer balls for review last month and I must say I am amazed at how they go above and beyond in every aspect when it comes to being an eco-friendly company!
Their entire packaging is 100% recyclable and/or biodegradable/compostable, no plastic at all. Opening their package is almost like a gift in itself, because you know how much respect, love, heart and thought had been put into creating it.
Their products are package free or packaged in lokta paper bags, that are environmentally friendly and hand made for fair wages by village artisans of rural Nepal, recyclable and compostable. Their Eco Dryer Balls drawstring bags are completely organic and natural as well. They are made from unbleached cotton, cotton drawstrings, and soapberry seeds as closing beads. They are hand made and hand printed for fair wages in Nepal. They do not using synthetic fibers or plastic beads and all their products are natural and made from sustainable sources.
You can read more about their impressive FAQ here!
Talk about dedication! The lofka bags and drawstrings are gifts in themselves. I am currently saving them to use for when I go on vacation, to put our socks and other little knick knacks, in place of ziplocks.
In addition, these dryer balls are made with fair wage by Nepali Artisans in underprivileged communities. These adorable dryer balls work great to naturally soften and gently scent the load. I am more than happy having them found in random places in my home, as they expectedly bring a smile to my face, whenever I see them pop up (as if playing peek-a-boo), as I think about how cute they are and the inspiration behind them. Add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls to gently scent the clothing. We have the essential oil set from Friendsheep and also love it! The fun designs and shapes of the dryer balls and air freshener make them a welcome addition anywhere in our home drawers, washing machine, children’s playhouse and more.
This Wool Cat Cave we purchased from Friendship Wool. It came with free organic cap-nip which Willoughby loves!! The wool slinky is now one of Willoughby’s favorite cat toys. They last longer than regular plastic slinkies because they don’t ever get tangled and its plastic free and handmade with love!
We love the little home for our Friendsheep Wool Buddies!
Visit Friendsheep Wool to shop their goods! Support an eco-friendly company that strives to be be Earth friendly 100%, from their wool goods, to their packaging, their fair trade wage to underprivileged women and their excellent customer service! Their quality goods are also available on Amazon.
Cheers to one step further to a healthier home!
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