Earth Day – Zero Waste Kitchen Guide

zero waste kitchen guide

We love Earth Day! If there is one day a year to stop. think. and strategize. about improving your impact on our planet, this day is it. Earth Day is about joining the environmental movement to protect endangered species, end plastic pollution, and solve climate change. 

With that in mind, we put together some tips and tricks for a Zero-Waste Kitchen Routine. 

1. Shop with reusable bags 

If you are like me, you have an entire pile of old shirts pulled out of the closet for Spring Cleaning this month. Here is a super cute No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag that you can create in lieu of plastic or paper grocery bags. Or if you have some old pillowcases, give this DIY bag a try.

No time for DIY? No problem! Aplat has some amazing produce bag and tote bag options. Aplat creates modern zero waste design products for sharing and transporting food. Baggu bags are also super stylish and offer their original and best-selling item: the ripstop nylon shopping bag. The standard Baggu can hold 2-3 times more than the traditional grocery bag. 

zero waste reusable bags

2. Store food in reusable containers 

This is your Pinterest for cabinets moment! Store your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, nuts, popcorn, etc.) in glass jars and containersBuy in bulk so you have less containers to throw away and can simply refill as needed. Works in the fridge too!

zero waste food containers

3. Make Your Own Cleaning Products

This is the time to shine for baking soda and vinegar! Find recipes online for everything, including this Dishwasher Detergent and Disinfectant Wipes.

Try Etta + Billie’s Citrus All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

zero waste natural cleaner

4. Don’t buy disposables

This might be a given, but don’t buy disposable plates, silverware, plastic wraps, foil, zip bags, and whatever else that will just be thrown away. Use glass containers to store and transport. 

Beeswax Wraps

Reusable Snack Bags

Silicon Storage Wrap

5. Compost 

Composting doesn’t have to be hard. Start out with a 5 gallon bucket and build from there. Or, if you are ready to go a bit larger, here is a 10 Minute DIY Pallet Compost that you do not have to nail and hammer. 

Composting reduces household wastes by converting organic material (spoiled food, leftover food, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.) into fertilizer for gardening. Layer dry ingredients from the yard (grass clippings, leaves) with kitchen waste in a bin and it breaks down surprisingly fast. Here’s a video.

zero waste compost pile

6. Recycle

And finally, if you do have any containers left over, recycle! Keep in mind that glass and metal can be recycled over and over – so if you have a choice, use those. Plastic always ends up in a landfill eventually. 

Etta + Billie Crew: Josiah

Etta + Billie crew members are the heart of our company. Since the company’s launch in 2009, our employees have helped us along the road of creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products and without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at one of our crew members: Josiah!

How long have you been at Etta + Billie?

Officially, for a year! Unofficially, 4 years. Before my position as Studio Manager, I helped Alana with photoshoots, videos, craft shows, and production.

What five things couldn’t you live without? 

My library card, peanuts, headphones, my record collection, and my guitar

What’s one nice thing you could do for somebody in your life today? 

Buy a friend a cup of coffee

My favorite quote is: 

“Poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” Roque Dalton

My favorite scent is: 

Evergreen Tangerine

What is your favorite Etta + Billie product? 

Evergreen Beard+Face oil

Behind the Counter: Creation of E+B Body Scrubs

You may know that Etta + Billie makes all their skincare products with natural ingredients. (No weird stuff like artificial colors and scents.) But did you know that we also use sustainable practices and recyclable packaging? 

For example, take our amazing line of body scrubs: 100% natural ingredients, gentle on skin and the environment, made in the USA, and made using local goods, all which leaves your skin glowing, hydrated, and smells delectable.  

Mixing up the oils and scent for sea salt body scrub
Etta + Billie Behind the Scenes Mint Coffee Sea Salt Body Scrub
Etta + Billie Sea Salt Body Scrubs

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Start with the most delicious natural ingredients.
  2. Carefully weigh and melt our butters and sea salt.
  3. After butters are melted, we had our essential oils and additives (like coffee!). 
  4. SO MUCH MIXING. Each batch is mixed by hand. You get some serious muscles after a few weeks!
  5. Once thoroughly blended, we ladle our mixture into molds.
  6. The scrubs sit for at least 20 hours so they will harden up.
  7. Unmold, wrap in beautiful gold foil (also happens to be recyclable!).
  8. Handwrite our batch numbers on our boxes, pop the scrubs in and voila!

Ingredient Spotlight: Cocoa Butter!

Heath and chocolate! What else do you need? 

Most of our products have the delectable cocoa butter in it, loved for its smooth texture, sweet fragrance, moisturizing properties, and (of course) its well-known role in making CHOCOLATE! 

Cocoa butter, like cocoa powder, comes from the bean of the cacao tree. When the beans are extracted from the cocoa fruit or pods, the beans are cleaned and roasted. The beans are then pressed, pushing out the cocoa butter. After the cocoa butter is extracted, the remaining solids are processed into cocoa powder. Cocoa butter + cocoa powder + sugar and milk = chocolate!

Benefits of Cocoa Butter

In soap, cocoa butter creates the smooth lather and moisturizing effect that everyone loves. Its also amazing for chapped skin, eczema, and stretch marks during pregnancy. 

Why is cocoa butter so good for your skin? 

1. Hydrates and nourishes skin

2. Improves skin elasticity

3. Holds in moisture by forming a protective barrier

4. Slows skin aging by protecting against the sun’s harmful UV rays

5. Smooths scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks

6. Heals rashes from conditions like eczema and dermatitis

How to use Cocoa Butter

You can rub one of our cocoa butter products on your skin or lips every day as part of your skin care regimen. Our cocoa butter products, combined with various essential oils and vitamins take your bathing experience from basic to spa-quality.

Our Geranium Patchouli products use cocoa butter + cocoa powder for double the chocolate! The luxurious satin texture in this soap makes it a crowd favorite. 

Floral, sweet rose geranium + grounding earthy patchouli oils are an intoxicating pair. Geranium Patchouli Soap cleanses + detoxifies, prepping skin for exfoliation with Geranium Patchouli Body Scrub. Finally, massage luxurious hydrating Geranium Patchouli Body Lotion onto skin. Emerge from the bathroom glowing. 

Try it today. 

Last-Minute V-Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Giant stuffed bears line the grocery store, candied hearts are making eyes at would-be dieters, and love is simply in the air. 

Valentine’s Day is a chance to show someone special that they’re always on your mind. You could go with the expected gift: a two-layer box of mystery chocolates (not knocking it.) Or you could choose to go head over heels with these amazing, albeit non-traditional gifts for Valentine’s Day. 

1. Realistic heart jewelry 

Can an anatomic heart be more pretty in this rose gold setting? This Etsy seller even pairs it with a custom printed gift note. 

2. Cooking Class

This Valentine’s Day, make a 3-course meal with your special one. Many cooking classesfeature specialty chefs from your local area, cocktails, and guided sessions on knife skills and plating. Then enjoy a candle lit dinner. 

3. Citrus Scents

Totally a favorite on a normal day, grapefruit is known to boost confidence and … ahem performance. Wink. Wink. This grapefruit + cardamomscent will also enhance mood and decrease stress so you are kept in the moment.

4. Shadow Box

  Swoon! Fill a shadow box with tokens from your relationship: photos, tickets, notes.

5. Chocolate!!!

Yes! Chocolate! But you can take it beyond sweets, like these fancy hot chocolatecanisters sourced from South America or the Dominican Republic. 

And yes! Etta+Billie has you covered in the chocolate realm too. Every one of our main products has cocoa butter in it (aka the main ingredient in Chocolate). We also use cocoa powder in our Geranium Patchouli Soap (double the chocolate).

Want more information on this chocolatey goodness? Check back next week for our ingredient spotlight on cocoa butter. 

In the Kitchen: Evergreen Tangerine Inspired Cocktails

The combination of pine and citrus is classic. Its aroma brings instant warmth, comfort, and distinct character to any room it permeates. An easy way to have the rooms of your home smelling like this delicious blend is with our Evergreen Tangerine Room + Body Spray, but if you feel like getting crafty in the kitchen instead, these refreshing and festive cocktail recipes can lend a hand.

Photo by: Parsnips and Pastries

Rosemary Citrus Gin + Tonic

This drink makes use of winter citrus fruits and rosemary not just for garnish, but to masterfully compliment the flavor of gin. The rosemary adds a not-quite-pine yet herbal hint of flavor. The Meyer lemons used in this recipe are sweeter than regular lemons, and their rind carries a highly fragrant and spicy aroma that combines beautifully in this cocktail.

Ingredients:

1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 clementine
½ Meyer lemon (juiced)
2 ounces of Tropicana tangerine lemonade (or tangerine juice)
2 ounces gin
3 ounces tonic water
Clementine and lemon slices, additional rosemary sprigs for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle half of your clementine with a large sprig of rosemary.
  2. Add the juice from half a Meyer lemon, gin, and some ice.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.
  4. Top with tangerine juice/tangerine lemonade and tonic.
  5. Garnish the glass with slices of clementine and/or lemon and add a sprig of rosemary as a cocktail stirrer.

Photo by: DRAM

The Jockey

If you’re in the mood for cocktail that utilizes actual pine rather than more standard herbal flavors, this is the one for you! A twist on the Mint Julep, this flavorful and refreshing drink is sure to be a hit at any holiday party.

Ingredients:

1½ ounces of bourbon
1 ounce of pine syrup
2 lime wedges, muddled
Handful of mint leaves, muddled
Citrus bitters

Directions:

  1. Fill a pint glass or martini shaker with mint and lime wedges Muddle well.
  2. Add the bourbon, pine syrup, and citrus bitters and pour over ice.
  3. Shake well and pour into a fresh glass with crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint.

Holiday Shipping Deadline!

Don’t forget! If you want your Etta + Billie products to make it in time for the holidays, the deadline to place your orders is December 18th by 2pm PST.

etta + billie products

Or, if you want to shop in person, you can catch us at one of the events or craft fairs we will be at this November and December. [link to blog]

etta + billie shopping

Happy shopping!

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Foodies & Cocktail Lovers (For Him)

Not sure what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Everyone loves a good meal or cocktail! This list is a great place to start for an assortment of gifts for any food and drink lover in your life.

gift guide for foodies and cocktail lovers for him

For Him:

  1. Harrison Bar Tool Set | Pottery Barn | $69.00
  2. SOMA x Ritual Brew Bottle | Ritual Coffee Roasters | $45.00
  3. Braising Sauce Gift Set | William Sonoma | $39.95
  4. Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything | IndieBound | $29.99
  5. Citrus Gift Set | Etta + Billie | $52.00

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Foodies & Cocktail Lovers (For Her)

Not sure what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Everyone loves a good meal or cocktail! This list is a great place to start for an assortment of gifts for any food and drink lover in your life.

gift guide for foodies and cocktail lovers for her

For Her:

  1. Marble and Brass Single Bottle Wine Cooler | Goop | $68.00
  2. Evergreen Tangerine Soap | Etta + Billie | $14.00
  3. Red Wine Pairing Collection | Recchiuti | $28.00
  4. Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream Book | Chronicle Books | $19.95
  5. Cocktail Club | Shaker & Spoon | $50.00/month