Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription: part 2 of 4

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription of green home products — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Back in June, I signed up for a year-long monthly subscription of MightyFix by MightyNest. Every month, I receive a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to a common home product. It’s such a simple way to introduce new products into your home, especially if you tend to feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of “green” products on the market now like I do. The subscription costs $10 per month—$120 annually, unless you find a coupon code (they may also be doing special offers now that it’s the holiday season). I paid $99 instead of $120, making it $8.25 per month. As a member, you also get discounts on most products, and if you want to buy anything from the site, it ships free with your Fix.

I reviewed my first three months in September, and now I have the next three months’ worth of products to share with you! :) I’ve been pretty impressed with the products I’ve received so far. I’m open to trying pretty much everything they send (I have yet to receive anything I wouldn’t use or at least try). As I slowly work towards low(er) waste in my life, I appreciate the mission of MightyNest and am happy to find new products via MightyFix. This subscription would make an excellent gift for the green-living enthusiast in your life!

I can invite three people per month to receive a free month of the MightyFix monthly subscription, so let me know via email if you’d like an invite (cottoncashmerecathair (at) gmail (dot) com)! If you email me in December, let me know which of the three products below is your favorite and I’ll select that item for you to receive. Note that MightyNest did not pay me or ask me to write this post.

MightyFix bee's wrap — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Bee’s Wrap (September 2018)

Bee’s wrap is a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap for storing fruit, veggies, cheese, bread—basically anything except meat. It features organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. It’s antibacterial and can be used over and over again (just wash with cool water and allow to dry in between uses). I received a medium-sized sheet and large-sized sheet, but they are sold on the website in packs of three.

I’m excited for this product, even though we don’t use plastic wrap very often (we’ve had a container in our cupboards for years) because we have a bunch of Tupperware containers for storing leftovers. I think the bee’s wrap will be perfect for cut produce and cheese; my medium wrap is keeping half of a ball of mozzarella fresh right now! I’m happy that this product is easy to use and to keep clean. I hope they hold up for a while. :)

Regular price (for 3): $17.99 / Member price (for 3): $15.29 / I paid (for 2): $8.25

MightyFix Meliora all-purpose home cleaner — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Meliora All-Purpose Home Cleaner (October 2018)

Meliora all-purpose home cleaner features biodegradable, vegan, and organic ingredients. The glass spray bottle comes with a tablespoon of cleaner—just add warm water, mix it, and let the cleaner dissolve. (It needs to be used within six months of filling because it does not contain preservatives, and the contents may separate if not being used regularly.) It works on any hard surfaces, just be sure to wipe the surface completely dry to prevent streaks. I received a small refill of cleaner, too.

I filled up the bottle and let it sit overnight to allow the cleaner to dissolve completely before using. Paired with the tidy dish cloths I received in August, this did a pretty good job cleaning the counter, but it does get streaky. I think I may have put too little water in the bottle (I didn’t measure, but it said to add 16 ounces). I also wonder how it would work with a more uniform cloth, since the tidy dish cloths are textured. The smell of the cleaner is not my favorite, but there are no fragrances in the cleaner so that’s to be expected. I appreciate the glass bottle, though I need to be careful when setting it down on the counter, haha!

Regular price: $8.99 (bottle) + $2.99 (refill) / Member price: $8.99 + $2.99 / I paid: $8.25

MightyFix Duralex glass food storage — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Duralex Glass Food Storage (November 2018)

These tempered glass storage containers are ideal to use in place of plastic, since you don’t have to worry about anything harmful leaching into your food. They’re microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe. The lids are plastic, but they’re BPA-free (and they’re also dishwasher safe). I received one 5-ounce square container and one 13-ounce rectangle container.

The containers are pretty tiny, but they’re great for toting snacks to work. I used the larger 13-ounce container to bring a large slice of banana bread with me, and it worked great! The lid snaps on easily and securely so I don’t worry about it popping off. I washed the containers prior to using them and the lids didn’t bend in the dishwasher. I mentioned above that we use Tupperware religiously, and while I don’t plan on getting rid of the Tupperware anytime soon, it’s nice to have these glass containers to use. I am slightly nervous about breaking the glass, though (even though it’s shock-resistant)—another reason why I’m worried about ridding ourselves of all of our plastic containers. We are kind of klutzy!

Regular price: $12.48 / Member price: $10.61 / I paid: $8.25

Harrison Boulevard

Ribbed cashmere sweater fall outfit with black denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with olive cashmere sweater and burgundy bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Autumn foliage along Harrison Boulevard, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane authentic stretch skinny jeans in black — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with black jeans and burgundy bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Harrison Boulevard, North End Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane ribbed cashmere sweater in loden — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Shiny ankle boots and fall leaves (via Instagram) — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Harrison Boulevard is what some Boiseans would consider the heart of the North End neighborhood. It’s lined with absolutely beautifully constructed historic homes and some of the largest (and most vibrant) trees in town. It would be a dream to live on this street! Harrison is also the place to be on Halloween, if you ever happen to be in Boise over Halloween. ;) I grew up in Boise, so it’s extremely weird that I’ve never experienced a Halloween on Harrison Boulevard. Apparently thousands of people show up and the street is closed. We shot these photos just before Halloween, and there were already a number of orange cones in the median ready to be placed on the big day!

We ended up a few streets over—in Hyde Park on 13th Street—for fun afternoon activities, but couldn’t resist the fall colors happening over on Harrison. It was another gorgeous fall day even though it was overcast. So many families strolled down Harrison, taking photos of every tree as they passed. Can you blame them? :)

I wore a more subtle burgundy and olive outfit combination featuring my new authentic stretch high-rise skinny jeans by Everlane (did you catch my recent review?). Loden is such a gorgeous color that I did not even realize existed until Everlane released it in their cashmere sweater collection. Even though loden could be considered a neutral because it goes with basically any other color, it doesn’t feel boring at all. I can get bored quite easily with my fall/winter wardrobe after weeks of wearing the same sweaters and jeans, so it’s nice to have some color besides ivory and grey.

My new jeans were comfortable to not only walk and stand in but to sit in, too! Plus, they didn’t bag out at all. Win/win! They paired perfectly with my shiny boss boots (but what doesn’t pair with those boots?! Ha!). To be honest, I’m not crazy about how the bag looks with the rest of the outfit and wish I had photographed this without the bag. I’m not sure if it’s the pebbled leather near the shiny boots or the gold hardware, but it’s doesn’t look quite right to me. Ah well!

P.S. Did you see the squirrel in one of the photos?

P.P.S. Get out and VOTE on November 6th!!!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweater / exact
Everlane jeans / exact (review here)
Marc Fisher boots / exact (on sale!) (last seen here)
Kate Spade bag / similar
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact

Low(er) waste journey, part 1

I’ve mentioned in past posts about my desire to work towards a reduced-waste lifestyle (see this post, this post, and this post). This was mostly spurred by our city’s recycling program, which underwent many changes at the beginning of the year since China banned the import of most of our recyclables—and that was the first time I had heard that we shipped our recyclables to China to be processed. As much as I love recycling (I was the one that got my family to start recycling back in 5th grade—when recyclables had to be sorted into their own crates!), I’ve since realized that recycling should be the last of the three “R”s we do: the first two Rs being reduce and reuse.

Our personal journey towards reduced waste is slow-going, so I’ve also been happy with changes made by the city to help us keep the waste we do have out of the landfill. I’ve also learned of many tips and tricks for clean/green living thanks to the Litterless and A Beautiful Mess blogs! This post is all about the changes we’ve made so far, the things that aren’t going so well, and the goals I have for the future.

THE GOOD

Composting food waste / Last year, our city started collecting food and plant waste for compost! I feel much better about tossing our food scraps in this bin and knowing it’s getting made into compost. We are still working on buying too much food and having to throw it out, but at least we have this option now instead of it going straight to the landfill. We keep our food scraps on the counter in the kitchen using these compostable bags and this container and usually set out one bag per week in the bin.

Hefty EnergyBag program / With the recycling changes made earlier this year came the elimination of our ability to recycle most plastics in our regular recycling program. Now, those crinkly water bottles and food clamshell containers go in the trash. On the positive side, we can now recycle a ton more plastics thanks to the Hefty EnergyBag program! Every single plastic that cannot go in the recycling bin and isn’t trash goes into this bag. This includes plastic baggies, plastic film bags, toiletry containers, plastic straws, plastic silverware, foam products, plastic lids, and the list goes on and on. We fill up a bag about once every 1-2 months. These items are converted into synthetic diesel fuel.

Reducing use of paper towels / One of the first and easiest changes I wanted to make was to reduce our use of paper towels. I tended to use them for everything: drying my hands after washing them, cleaning up messes on the floor, wiping down counters, etc. I bought a set of 12 “unpaper” towels with snaps from Remiusables on Etsy a few months ago. They’ve done an amazing job at replacing paper towels! I use them all the time to wipe my hands and clean the counters. I thought that 12 wouldn’t be enough, but we still haven’t run out in between laundry days.

Stopping the use of dryer sheets / Earlier this summer, I bought a couple of wool dryer balls, and then I got some more in my MightyFix a couple of months ago. I also buy bags of lavender at the farmer’s market and throw one in the dryer with the dryer balls. We aren’t totally out of our dryer sheets yet, but I don’t plan on buying more after they run out!

Reusing items around the house / It’s so much more fun to actually use what we already have versus buying new things. I noticed I had some unused jars, so I put our bags of nuts in them. They’re now easy to access and look nice on the counter. I also had a couple of mason jars sitting around, so I used them to keep a couple of living basil plants on the windowsill. I also used a spare smaller jar to house our dish wand and a ceramic fruit basket to hold some loose tea bags.

Reusable bulk and produce bags / I ordered some silk and nylon bulk and produce bags made by kootsac on Etsy. When I do remember to bring them to the grocery store (the hardest part, to be honest), I love using them, and I’ve never had any cashiers question me. That said, I think I’ve only used them for bulk foods and I always mark the product number on a tag so they don’t even think to look and see what’s inside, haha.

MightyFix monthly subscription / I wrote about my first three MightyFixes (Stasher reusable silicone bag, wool dryer balls, and dish cloths) and can’t wait to see what I receive for the rest of my year-long subscription! Let me know if you’d like a free month of MightyFix (with a subscription sign-up).

THE NOT SO GOOD

Extra waste from Green Chef / As much as we love getting Green Chef (read my unsponsored review), it does come with a major downside: extra waste every week. Luckily, Green Chef does what they can and provides product packaging that can be either recycled or composted. That said, sometimes we are busy/lazy and let things (like the gel packs) pile up before finally just throwing them away. I think for now, I much prefer receiving healthy, organic meals than stopping our subscription. We just need to be better about keeping things out of the trash. Receive 4 free meals if you sign up for your own subscription with my referral link!

Packaging from online shopping / I receive many packages and packing materials from online shopping. I reuse what I can when shipping out Poshmark sales and recycle what I can’t. I’m happy that plastic shipping bags can now go into the Hefty EnergyBag.

Plastic film bags / I still use plastic film bags for cat litter and as liners in the smaller trash cans. I’m not sure what else to use, but I was thinking maybe the compost bags would work for the cat litter? I just don’t want the cat litter bags composting in the trash bin in between collection days… Now that every plastic bag can go in the EnergyBag, I’m kind of at a loss!

GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

Use up everything we have / I have a bad habit of buying new/different products to try and not finishing what I already have. I hope to either use up everything we have (be it toiletries, cleaning products, etc.), or if it’s something I truly won’t use, pass it on to someone who will.

Replace cleaning products / Once we use up what we have, I plan to research and purchase better products for our home and for ourselves. Right now, we use a lot of Method products, and I’ve loved them so far, but I wonder if (and think) there may be better products out there.

Check out our new zero waste market / The Roots Zero Waste Market just opened near me, and I can’t wait to check out their selection and learn tips to reduce our waste even more!