Products We Recommend

At Brainstorm Art Supply, we've been doing our best to move towards sustainable products in our daily lives.  We have been testing out products for a number of years now and have started figuring out which ones are our favorites. 

*Note: These are not affiliate links, and we have not had any contact with these companies outside of purchasing their products for our own use. 

Here is a list of eco-friendly products that I recommend: 

Toilet paper
Reel Paper: https://reelpaper.com - I love their 100% bamboo toilet paper.  It is exactly what I want in toilet paper: white-colored, soft, not flimsy but not so thick as to clog my toilet, and made of a sustainable material.  Reel Paper has a subscription service. 

I don't like their paper towels though.  I don't think they're absorbent at all, which is strange because the toilet paper is.  But I feel like they'd make excellent tissues, so fingers crossed they start making those! 

Hand soap & Dish soap 
Grove Co.: https://www.grove.co/ - I love their Free & Clear Hydrating Hand Soap and Free & Clear Ultimate Dish Soap that come in aluminum bottles.  I bought glass soap dispensers from them and refill them as needed.  Grove Co. has a subscription service. 

I'm not as big a fan of their foaming hand soap: it just doesn't feel like there's very much soap in it.  It doesn't lather the way liquid soap should. 

Kitchen Sponges 
Grove Co.: https://www.grove.co/ - Grove Co.'s Coconut Scrubber Sponge is my go-to sponge.  I think it works extremely well and lasts a long time.  (I do have a sponge holder to keep it from soaking in water all the time & squeeze the water out whenever I'm done using it.  I'm not sure its longevity if left soaking in water or not properly squeezed out after use.)

I think their Walnut Scrubber Sponge is too soft to be useful on dishes, but great if you need a very soft sponge.  And I think their Coconut Scouring Pad is too stiff to be really useful.  

Toothbrush 
Eco Roots: https://ecoroots.us/ - Their Natural Bamboo Toothbrush is fantastic.  A 100% compostable bamboo handle, recyclable nylon bristles, cruelty-free, vegan, and packaged without plastic & in recyclable cardboard.  Granted, dealing with pulling out the nylon bristles at the end of the toothbrush's life is something you have to do if you want to recycle them & compost the handle, but unlike other bamboo toothbrushes I've tried, the bristles don't feel mushy in their softness.  (And let's be real––if you absolutely don't want to deal with pulling the toothbrush apart, having this toothbrush in a landfill is a lot better for the world than all the plastic involved in your average toothbrush.) 

Reusable cotton pads
TheZeroWasteMaker: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheZeroWasteMaker - I bought reusable cotton pads from TheZeroWasteMaker a number of years ago and still love them.  But I recommend getting the ones that have white cloth on the back, not black cloth.  The black cloth is quite rough compared to the white cloth, which is quite soft.  (Here is a link to some of the pads with white cloth on the back: Reusable cotton pads.  But check out the store, as they do have some that have white cloth on the back but charming prints on the front.) 

 

And that's all for now!  But we'll continue trying out new products, and once we've solidified our opinions on them and have some to recommend, I'll create another blog post. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any recommendations for sustainable/eco-friendly products.