Earth Day  is (appropriately) quite close to Belle Terre's one year anniversary, so this is an exciting time for us. We frequently take an inventory of what we've done to ensure we are environmentally conscious and this is a great time to focus on that a bit more. Personally we are trying to transition to a life that allows us to live closer to the earth, in a much smaller home, and to grow our own food.  We are expanding our apiary, working on plans for our home, and we're developing our land to provide fruit and veggies for us. From a business perspective, we started Belle Terre with the promise to ourselves that we would create a product that would be as eco-friendly as possible and we've held to that.  Our packaging is minimal and typically recycled, we use recycled shipping envelopes whenever possible, and we research our suppliers in order to choose only sustainable ingredients. We recently asked ourselves how our packaging could be more sustainable and the answer was basically not to have any.  Sounds crazy?  It might be slightly nuts, but others are doing it and we think it works.  So, meet our new line of Naked Soap: The bars are round (woohoo!) and are currently offered in three options:
  • Simply Shea - our basic soap recipe with added shea butter
  • Charcoal Shea - our basic soap with charcoal and shea butter
  • Tea Tree - our basic soap recipe with tea tree oil
The Simply Shea & Charcoal Shea soaps have no added essential oils so they are perfect for sensitive skin.  Tea Tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties.  All three are just soap.  Pure and Simple.   These new options are available now on our Etsy site. The giveaway: What are you doing personally or professionally to increase your commitment to the environment?  One commenter will receive a free three pack of our new Naked Soap!  The winner will be chosen Wednesday April 27th.

Comments

domestic diva:

We avoid plastics and packaging whenever possible, instead we choose natural materials and bulk purchasing.

Jul 04, 2015

Stephanie Fortunato:

Personally, I’ve started buying more and more handmade and eco-friendly products. It started as a result of me developing bad eczema and having to start to use products that were good for sensitive skin. However, it turned into my love of products that were pure and simple, like you say. I have also started to try to learn how to garden so I can use my own herbs for cooking. I’ve been doing it for a year now and feel very successful :-) Professionally, I started a recycling program at my office. It’s nothing complex, but we make sure that all the paper gets put into bins and at the end of the week, we take the bins to the local church. They use the paper for projects and will then take the excess to a recycling center. These are small steps, but I’m working my way to bigger ones. I just love your products since I’ve started using them not too long ago! Thank you for your commitment to the earth!

Jul 04, 2015

Ingrid:

At work, we’re embracing full digital and quitting the unnecessary use of paper. There are recycling piles at every “island” of desks and we banned plastic cups!

Jul 04, 2015

tallulah:

Professionally, I use as many organic herbs from my garden during the warm months for my soaps. When packaging up my soaps for shipment, I use recycled materials for packing.

I also try to do my part by being involved with our small community organic farm and egg collecting from chickens as well as canning all of our produce during the late summer months. It’s so much fun!

Jul 04, 2015

SP:

We are feeling good this year about joining an organic CSA and also that we are able to compost our sawdust using red worms. YEAH!!

Jul 04, 2015

Lori Morse:

Love your soaps – was lucky enough to get one as a gift at xmas! Personally, my family are working together to cut back on buying items with excess packaging, we always use reusable bags, try to buy local as much as possible, including produce via a CSA and also handmade local gifts etc. I buy most of my clothes and my children’s clothes second-hand as opposed to new. Professionally, I use mostly vintage and upcycled/repurposed items in my jewelry design. I also package my wares in repurposed boxes/packing envelopes. I like the challenge of trying to eliminate waste and encourage recycling and reuse in as many facets of my life as possible. :)

Jul 04, 2015

Tara C:

Great Giveaway- your soap is really lovely!
We have a small organic garden where we grow many of our families veggies. We also try and shop local as much as possible.

Jul 04, 2015

belleterre:

We keep a worm bin in our garage (had them in the laundry room for a while!). Much fun….and easy to keep….and they provide fantastic fertilizer. Worm compost tea is a bit icky to make, but its worth it!

Jul 04, 2015

belleterre:

Stephanie – I love the paper idea! At my day job, we’ve been trying to donate paper that’s written only on one side to a local school…they use it for craft projects for the kids. :)

Jul 04, 2015

chui ying:

Ooh! I found your blog! I will be following it for gardening tips!

I love thrifting and buying second hand because it’s fun to turn someone else’s trash into my own treasure. I’ve given up my long time indulgence – book-buying. Instead I head to the library! I also take trash like cereal boxes and egg cartons to my work (I work in a children’s museum) for the kids to craft with.

Most recently I took the a broken photo frame and converted it into an earring holder. I love the challenge of problem solving with whatever resources I have on hand, instead of buying from the stores.

Jul 04, 2015

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