By: Kate Mendonca
I’ve written in the past about my journey to reduce plastic consumption, so you know that when there’s a new brand making it easy to be green, I’m all over it. Enter Unwrapped Life – a zero waste lifestyle brand that’s changing the way we consume single use plastics.
The company was created after co-founder Hayley McKenzie, suffering from postpartum anxiety, became concerned with the amount of plastic discarded every day and what that waste would mean for future generations. She and her friend (and co-founder) Arden Teasdale began looking for ways that they could cut out single use plastics from their lives, and Unwrapped Life was born. The brand has created a range of luxury haircare and body products that are free of plastic packaging, as well as a line of reusable home goods. I’ve recently begun using two of their products, which have now become staple items in my house.
Their stainless steel straws are perfect for keeping in my purse, my desk at work, or anywhere else that I might need a straw in a pinch. I love that I’m able to keep them in their cloth carrying case as well, so even if they end up in the bottom of my purse I know I’ll still be drinking from a clean straw. Each package comes with four reusable straws, as well as a mini brush for cleaning them all the way through. Now you’ll never have an excuse for picking up a plastic straw again!
I’ve also been using their organic bamboo rounds, which are reusable pads that can be used in place of disposable cotton ones found in most bathrooms. These little babies are amazing at getting dirt and makeup off at the end of the night – I just wet them down with my favourite micellar water and makeup be gone! Although they come in black and white, I’m partial to the black pads that have a different texture on each side, making it easy to exfoliate and remove makeup from sensitive areas all in one swipe. When I’m done with them, I just toss them into the wash in a mesh laundry bag and they’re good as new.
If you’re looking for ways that you too can cut out some unwanted plastic from your life, Unwrapped Life is a great place to start. Their products can be found in boutiques across Canada, or ordered directly from their website at unwrappedlife.com.