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Some thoughts on shampoo bars...
So many of you have sent me questions about shampoo bars. Specifically, many of you are wondering which ones work as well as regular shampoo.  (Thank you for sending me your questions btw! Keep them coming!)

The main benefit of a shampoo bar is that is is just like a bar of soap--it's packaged in paper or cardboard so you can reduce plastic usage. Shampoo bars can also last a lot longer than regular bottles of shampoo. 

But! They are famously tricky to find one that works well for your hair. And, to be fully honest, I haven't found one that works as well for my thick, prone-to-oil hair as my regular shampoo. 

Here are my thoughts! 

First, there are new shampoo bars on the market every month. They're gaining in popularity, so hopefully companies will start making better and better ones. 

Second, if you can't find a shampoo bar you like, you can still make your hair care routine a little greener by trying to use less shampoo overall. This is my current strategy, and I do it by giving my hair a really, really good wash, which allows me to only shampoo my hair about once a week. I use the Curly Girl method**--it takes a little bit of extra time but gets my hair very clean. (Try it, the difference is amazing.) Doing this, I at least go through plastic shampoo bottles very slowly. 

All this to say, it's A-OK to still be using some plastic here and there in your home. If you can't make shampoo bars work right now, no sweat. Focus on areas that are feasible for you to live more eco-friendly now, and consider every small change a victory. 

For those interested, these two shampoo bars looked the most promising to me: Ethique and Aveda Thanks so much to those of you who sent suggestions!

**The Curly Girl hair washing method basically entails using your fingers (not fingernails) to scrub every part of your scalp to remove dirt and oil. I do this without shampoo first, and then I repeat the same thing with shampoo. 
This week in Greenishland
May I present to you some Ikea treasures?
-Inexpensive cloth napkins: cute but unfussy so they're perfect for daily use 
-Sweet little juice glasses: great for kids' glasses, if you'd like to avoid plastic
-A set of lovely tins: the color is so great--I used mine for storing bread and tea
-A sturdy, classic work lamp for an excellent price
(I'd love to hear your IKEA favorites)

Years ago, my friend Miranda told me one could make iced(!!) herbal tea, and it's become a warm weather staple for me ever since. Fruit flavored teas are excellent, but I also enjoy this Rooibos chai over ice on a warm day. Sometimes I brew the tea with an extra bag or two so it's really flavorful when cold. 

Has everyone recommended the book Untamed by Glennon Doyle to you? Just add me to that list of people. It is such an insightful, engaging read. Here's a quote: 

"They convinced us to be afraid of ourselves. So we do not honor our own bodies, curiosity, hunger, judgment, experience, or ambition. Instead, we lock away our true selves. Women who are best at this disappearing act earn the highest praise: She is so selfless. Can you imagine? The epitome of womanhood is to lose one's self completely."
Greenish F I T S 
For reference: how I approach my greenish wardrobe

Just a happy little sleep shirt/dress. Of course it's *so* soft. 

Two more dresses I love (can't stop won't stop), both of them with great sleeves, omg: balloon sleeve and flutter sleeve ❤️

My sister recently asked me for sneaker recs and I can't stop thinking about these beige-y ones

And I'm wondering if my husband will marry me again so I can wear one of these colorful wedding dresses
Here's a great question from a lovely reader in response to last week's newsletter: 

I love the practicing gratitude for your things idea, and I do that too! But how do I keep from getting attached to those things? 

She went on to explain that one of her favorite things, something inexpensive but sentimental got broken and she was "too sad about it". 

I love this question and I've been in the same boat (I have three children, so many of my favorite, sentimental things have been broken!). I, of course, don't have THE ANSWER, but here's what I think. 

First , it's a good thing that we treasure and take care of our stuff. From an eco-friendly perspective, I think that is healthy (for us and for our planet). And because of that, I think it's natural to be sad when the things that make your life easier or a little more joyful break. Maybe it's ok to feel that sadness! Maybe it just means you're a good steward for your belongings, and that you really appreciate what you have. 

The alternative would be feeling total detachment from our belongings. While there is some value in separating ourselves from our material possessions, I don't think it would be healthy to do that to the extreme. What would be our incentive for taking care of our stuff? Would we be able to feel gratitude for our belongings? I'm not sure we would. 

There must be a sweet spot in the middle of those two things: loving and appreciating our stuff without being totally obsessed with it *nor* totally detached from it. And maybe feeling sad about something sentimental breaking is just evidence that you are in exactly the right place. 

(I'd love to hear your questions/thoughts/ideas. Reply to this email anytime!)
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