Sustainable Summer FUN

Sustainable Summer FUN

Instead of any feelings of guilt or shame around the plastic that we DO use, we spend July celebrating our FAVORITE swaps, sharing tips that make our lives easier and products that make plastic free FUN. This email we are kicking off the summer with FUN and focusing on the products that keep summer care free and low waste! 
June 16, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
How to stay positive for the planet!

How to stay positive for the planet!

Happy World Environment Day!!! When digging into climate conversations and environmental issues (especially for the whole world) it's easy to feel anxiety creeping up and the doom scrolling intensify. Sometimes it's easy to feel defeated by bad news especially if you are immediately affected by things like severe weather events etc. 

What can be done when you're down in the dumps about the planet?! To be honest, there is no ONE right answer but I DO have a few suggestions after living and working in a climate centered space for the last decade. 

 

1. Get involved with something in your immediate area. Check with your local municipality to see if there is a Sustainable initiative that you can get involved with. This can look different for everyone. At school it could be a green club helping to connect students to resources and education. In your town is can be as simple as a can drive, organizing a litter pickup, a clothing swap, (like ours at 7pm 6/6) or even a community yardsale/swap. If you aren't into organizing, one of my favorite things to do is take walks in my community and pick up whatever garbage I see along the way. Even something as simple as putting garbage in the correct receptacle can protect people and wildlife in your area and make a big difference. For me, seeing improvements in my immediate area can remind me that individual action matters and that what I do has an impact.

 

2. If you don't have time to volunteer around town, perhaps donate to organizations you trust!  In the Fingerlakes area I love to support clean water initiatives such as Seneca Lake Pure Waters and if you want to go bigger, I love supporting The Ocean Cleanup through the years they have done amazing work capturing plastic out of the ocean and in rivers BEFORE it hits the larger bodies of water. So far they have removed nearly 850,000 lbs of garbage from our waterways and they aren't slowing down. In May, they removed their 100th load of garbage from the ocean! 

 

3. If you don't have time to volunteer, and don't have extra funds to donate, GOOD NEWS! You can have a positive impact on the planet and the people around you by incorporating sustainable swaps into the daily routines you already partake in! (This is where we come in!) This is as simple as poking around your house and seeing what you're running low on. Toothpaste? Dishwasher detergent? Spices? Deodorant? Glass cleaner? Pick an item and pop into Marilla's Mindful Supplies (or a refill shop near you) and see if you can find a sustainable alternative! Quite often the sustainable alternative is better for you and if you can find a refill you may even save a few dollars! 

 

4. Finally, it never hurts to use the algorithm in your favor and search for some positive climate news a few days a week. Of course there will always be something scary to report, but for every sad news story that exists, there is something hopeful happening. Perhaps these hopeful happenstances aren't always as clickworthy and sensational but when my feed is getting depressing, I seek out some positive planet news to re-energize and keep me going so today I'm going to leave you with a couple bites of good news:

This year Portugal is kicking butt with renewable energy!!

In 2024, Portugal's renewable energy sources met 91% of the country's electricity needs on average during the first four months of the year, with a peak of 95% in April. This is a significant increase from 2023, when renewable energy sources only met 62% of the country's electricity needs for the entire year.

REFILL REVOLUTION: Since we opened Marilla's Mindful Supplies in 2019, there were only a handful of low waste refill shops in the US. There are now over 1,000 across the country, many of them are woman or minority owned providing jobs and resources for folks looking to reduce their carbon footprint close to home! 

So with that, I want to say, you matter, and even by doing something as small as signing up for our email list and supporting our tiny shop, you are already positively impacting the planet and the people that live here. 

This year for World Environment Day I hope this leaves you with a little bit of courage, joy, and hope for the future by assuring you that you are enough and that what you are doing is helping far more than you know! 

 

Thanks for being around and thanks for your support on World Environment Day and all the other days too.

 

Peace and Blessings, Talk soon!

Marilla

 

 

 

June 04, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
From Bottle to Bars. My journey with Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

From Bottle to Bars. My journey with Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

...From one picky hair person to another, I hope this blog has answered some questions and assured you that you do not have to have awful hair for the planet's sake. At Marilla's you can always find a planet friendly plastic free option and have the best hair day ever.
May 16, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
The Secret to low waste travel? Plastic Free Products.

The Secret to low waste travel? Plastic Free Products.

...with warmer weather headed our way and (hopefully) some dream vacations and camping trips in the future for everyone, I hope you'll check out a few of these Ingenius items to make your trip a bit more sustainable and a LOT less messy! 
April 16, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
Sometimes the grass is "Greenwashed". 3 tips to avoid getting eco catfished.

Sometimes the grass is "Greenwashed". 3 tips to avoid getting eco catfished.

Earth Month is upon us and every company on this green earth is about to become suddenly greener. A lot greener. 

While I personally enjoy any excuse for planet-positive action, sometimes earth month can be OVERWHELMING and fraught with fibs. Sustainability has gotten trendy enough for big players to start noticing there is money to made in this realm, and when they realize there is money to be made, those big players go above and beyond to point out how astoundingly eco-friendly they are, even if that stretches the truth a wee bit.

April 01, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
A Spicy Take: You're paying too much for spices.

A Spicy Take: You're paying too much for spices.

Why am I telling you this? It's not to topple the grocery store, or line my pockets. I think my hope is that after reading this we will all check in on some of the assumptions we may have about shopping small. 
March 07, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
NO SHAME IN THIS GAME

NO SHAME IN THIS GAME

Going plastic free is hard. We can’t all be perfect. Little choices matter. You’re doing great...
February 22, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
Galentines Giveaway!

Galentines Giveaway!

Let's hear it for the girls! Each year we grab some goodies from our fellow woman owned businesses and we do a great big giveaway to celebrate one of our favorite holidays: Galentines day! There are so many inspiring and incredible women in our communities and so many of them have businesses that we ADORE...

February 09, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
NEW YEAR NEW ME....Mindfully.

NEW YEAR NEW ME....Mindfully.

Hello, and Happy New Year! 
 
Normally this is the moment where most brands talk about “NEW YEAR NEW ME”! They talk about how we’re in a new year, we’re new people, and that’s why you should buy all these new things to kick start new habits. But FRANKLY we’re a few days into the new year and that’s not resonating with me. Do I have goals? Yes. Do I want to try new things? Sure! Do I want to challenge myself to be my best self, of COURSE. But what I want to do the most right now is reflect on all that we have accomplished with each other by steady encouragement and intentionally putting one foot in front of the other. 
 
I used to think about the phrase “NEW YEAR NEW ME” in a future tense, (as in, this year I WILL be different because I will change all these things about myself and start new habits etc.) but this year I’m beginning to understand it in the present tense. It’s already a new year, and I’m already a new me because I’m tackling this coming year equipped with more wisdom, experience, and knowledge than I had the year before. That goes for all of us. 
 
In a sense, my New Year resolution is to celebrate the JOURNEY of last year. Celebrate the lessons learned, the new people I met, the connections that changed me, the challenges that made me stronger.
 
So I SUPPOSE this is a “NEW YEAR NEW ME” email after all but I hope for different reasons. I’m not going to pitch you any NEW products, I’m going to show you what our best sellers were last year. The products that worked for us as a community and the habits that caught on and made us the “new people” we are headed into 2024. The products that made us more mindful, less wasteful, and protected our peace and the planet. 🌎
 
Thanks for the lessons, the experiences, the laughs, the tears, and everything in between. I can’t wait to do it again this year. Cheers to another year and all of you making it possible!
 
January 16, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez
BUT WHERE DO I START?!

BUT WHERE DO I START?!

When I decided to reduce plastic in my life I was looking at my personal care. Specifically the bottles of body wash in my shower. I found a bar of soap I loved (cucumber scent, like any self respecting 90's baby) and a soap bag to put it in and, voila! Plastic Problem solved. Until I looked at the plastic bottle of shampoo...and conditioner...and shaving gel...and the plastic razor...and the plastic bottle of lotion....and face wash...and, and, and, long story short, pretty soon it felt like the plastic walls were closing in around me. If this sounds familiar, I'm here to tell you that it's normal and it gets better. Maybe you feel surrounded by plastic now, but there will be a time in the near future that you will phase out so much of it you'll be amazed! I know, because that's exactly what happened to me and if I can do it, ANYONE CAN. (seriously, I used to tell my mom I didn't want to own real plates, I just wanted paper, so I could throw them away after every meal. I also had a brief love affair with press n' seal but that's in the past)
May 23, 2023 — Joseph Gonzalez
Is Eco Friendly Economical???

Is Eco Friendly Economical???

We've all been there. We want to buy things that make sense for the planet....but what if they don't make sense for our wallet? With prices rising across the country, this is a fair question! 🕵🏻‍♀️When I opened Marilla's I had two goals: 1. Make it a place where you could find practical plastic free alternatives. 2. Make it a place that anyone could shop no matter their income. 💙💪
May 19, 2023 — Marilla Gonzalez
Is My Detergent Illegal in NY and Other Mysteries...

Is My Detergent Illegal in NY and Other Mysteries...

At the beginning of the month I had my content planned meticulously and this week was SUPPOSED to be dedicated to plastic free dishwashing. Little did I know New York was about to drop a ban on laundry detergents that would TECHNICALLY outlaw some of the most popular brands on the market so the dishes are going to have to wait! 

January 19, 2023 — Marilla Gonzalez