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Purity Coffee

Today I'm sharing all about Purity Coffee on the blog.  I have been drinking this coffee since the start of 2020 and I'm not about to stop anytime soon!  As a fellow coffee lover I never knew coffee was such a complex topic.  When I found out about organic coffee I started to buy only organic.  Then I soon realized that there was so much more to the equation than just buying organic coffee.  Purity coffee is true to the name- so pure.  They take it to the next level when it comes to sourcing – only the best of the best.  In today's post I'm going to share what makes Purity Coffee so unique.

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

To help you understand how special Purity Coffee is, you must first understand a little more about the coffee industry in general.  

 

espresso machine

Anyone else look forward to their morning cup of coffee like I do?!

 

On average over 2 billion cups of coffee are enjoyed everyday making it the world’s most popular drink!

 

It's clear to see that coffee is kind of a big deal.  People like their coffee!  According to the National Coffee Association, The coffee industry represents 1.6% of total gross domestic product within the United States. That’s over $225 billion in revenue!  Coffee is the second most traded commodity, coming in first is crude oil.  You could say that coffee is something us humans want!  

Coffee farms alone employ over 25 million people alone.  There are two types of coffee beans that are grown mainly. Arabica and Robusta.  Most coffee is Arabica, however some instant coffee is Robusta. Arabica has more flavor profile than Robusta.

Fair Trade Symbol

Why Is Fair Trade Coffee Important?

Fair Trade is something very important when it comes to coffee.  Fair trade ensures the workers and farmers are paid a decent wage, taken care of in good living conditions and the farmers have a direct relationship to the coffee importer.  When you purchase fair trade coffee you know that not only the farmer is well supported but also their environment and community.  I love the fair trade model because it really helps support communities around the world through empowering them to better their communities and not just passing out aid.  They are able to create a positive impact for years to come on their environment.  Always make sure you look for the Fair Trade symbol on coffee before buying.

USDA Organic Symbol

 

Why Is It Important to Have Organic Coffee?

Organic Coffee is one of the most important things to consider when buying coffee.  Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world!  Not only are pesticides from non-organic coffee bad for you but also for the environment where they're grown.  As they're sprayed the chemicals go into the air and soak into the soil affecting the water streams.  This affects the whole community surrounding the coffee farms.  It becomes a much larger issue than just growing coffee beans.  

Since we know most people consume not one cup, but two or three cups of coffee per day, the overall pesticide load adds up.  Creating a recipe for toxic build up in the body.  I always say it's not the thing you do once that's going to make or break you but the things you do repeatedly.  In this case, organic coffee becomes something that must be considered when consuming it daily.  

 

Here Are Some Certifications To Consider When Looking For Organic Coffee

  • USDA Organic
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified– This may not be certified organic but it does help to preserve the overall biodiversity of the coffee, sustainable living conditions, business practices and consumer relationships. It works with the natural ecosystem so harsh chemicals don't have to be used. 
  • Bird Friendly– This is another certification that you can be sure is also checking for pesticide residue.  This seal was created by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Bird Friendly is the strictest of third party standards for the environment.  The certifying body requires that you first meet the organic standard requirements and then that they meet requirements for forest habitats for birds and other animals. 
  • Demeter is a Biodynamic Farm Standard that basically ensures that there is no interfering with the natural farming practice from start to finished product.  
  • UTZ is another certification that is similar to Rainforest Alliance.  It's not necessarily organic but it does work with natural ecosystem so harsh chemicals are not used.

Now I want to move onto why Purity Coffee is so unique and how it offers so much more than just organic coffee. 

 

purity coffee bag

Purity Coffee offers decaf coffee that is Swiss Water Processed.

 

Purity Coffee

Now you might be wondering what makes Purity Coffee different.  Well first you must understand that from the start, Purity Coffee is interested in maximizing the health benefits of coffee for the consumer.  That is their goal!  I don't know about you but I've never heard of a company doing that.  No detail is spared when it comes to the making of Purity Coffee.  From the bean selection process, to how the coffee is packaged, no corners are cut in making the very healthiest cup of coffee.  

The 3 Step Process

Purity Coffee takes a 3 step approach to ensuring they make the best cup of coffee.  Check out the whole process here.

  • They select only the finest grade organic green coffee beans, then laboratory test them to ensure they meet their standards.
  • Then when it comes to roasting they customize each roast for each set of green coffee beans so it minimizes toxins and maximizes health benefits.
  • The last step is making sure it stays as fresh as the day it was packaged with Purity's packaging standards. 
Cup of coffee

Cheers to the best cup of coffee.

We estimate less than 1% off the coffees worldwide fit our standards. -Purity Coffee

 

Health Profile- this is the health profile below that Purity Coffee uses to ensure the right beans are chosen to roast:

 

1st Step- Purity Coffee is organic. The first criteria it must meet is that the bean is organic.  This is a non-negotiable to Purity Coffee.

2nd Step- Near Zero Defects. Each season Purity Coffee selects Arabica beans from around the world and lab tests them to see which beans meet their strict standards.  When you normally purchase coffee like this you might see specialty grade, but with Purity Coffee that is where they begin when it comes to choosing defect free beans.  The reason Purity Coffee is so adamant about this process is to ensure the overall health profile of the bean is there.  Often defect coffee beans can contain toxins like Ochratoxin A, or an uneven roast profile, which can lead to unwanted PAHs. 

3rd Step- Mold & Mycotoxin Free. The third step in the process is to ensure there is no mold in the beans or mycotoxins.  Mycotoxins are a byproduct of mold.  Purity Coffee tests after the roasting process to make sure there is no mold present.  So you can feel confident that Purity Coffee is mold free!

4th Step- Sustainable Coffee. Purity Coffee not only wants their coffee to be the best for those consuming it, but also for the environment in which it is grown and the people who grow it.  

5th Step- Purity Coffee Tastes Amazing. This is what sold me!  I mean if your coffee cup doesn't taste good then you're not going to want to drink it. They have testers that continually test their coffee to make sure it's up to their flavor profile.

 

 

coffee mug

Purity Coffee's Pocket Purity's are changing the coffee game!

 

Check out all of Purity Coffee's products here! Use code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off

Purity Roasting Protocol- This takes roasting coffee to the next level.

After choosing the coffee beans they then test them to get the highest in antioxidant compounds, and lowest in asparagines (a precursor to acrylamide.  They also make sure the beans have no mycotoxins in them.  Then they select a specific roasting process for those beans.  This in the end gives you the healthiest beans possible.  They are very meticulous with the roasting process as under roasting can produce acrylamide- not healthy for us. But with Purity Coffee they've learned how to roast so that acrylamide is greatly reduced.  Over roasting has it's own set of problems too.  Over roasting can lead to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), these at times can be carcinogenic.  Purity has figured out when to end the roasting cycle to help avoid PAHs from being produced.  As you can see there is so much more to the roasting process than you might think.  Purity's goal is to make the healthiest cup of coffee and they definitely live up to it!

Once it's roasted Purity then packages the roasted coffee beans meticulously to ensure they're as fresh as the day they were roasted.  They only use green coffee beans that have been properly stored for 15 months.  Any longer and they can go stale.  Then they make sure the coffee is packaged appropriately and delivered to the consumer right away.  15 days is when coffee starts to go bad and lose it's health benefits. 

And you thought you were just drinking a cup of coffee! 

Purity Coffee was even lab tested against other coffee companies and the results were amazing!  Check it out here. 

We have analyzed over 100 different coffees representing 46 different brands. Purity was found to be 65% higher in antioxidants, on average, than all of the other organic coffee brands that were tested. Furthermore, Purity ranked the absolute highest in antioxidant levels out of all the coffees tested, while also being free of mold and mycotoxins. -Purity Coffee

I can't stress it enough, no other coffee company is doing what Purity Coffee is doing!  They are maximizing the overall health benefits of the coffee.  

Coffee bag and espresso machine

Purity Coffee is available in 5 lb. bags.

What Purity Coffee Has To Offer:

Purity Coffee offers coffee in several different ways.  

 

Who sells Purity Coffee?

The easiest way to get your hands on Purity Coffee is right through their website HERE! They even have an option to Subscribe and Save. This not only will save you a little bit of money, but it also means you won’t have to worry about running out of coffee. You can select how often you want the coffee delivered and it will ship right to you. Plus, there is no obligation so you can cancel any time!

Since many like to do their shopping on Amazon, yes you can find some Purity options there too! At the time that this is being written, the options on Amazon are slightly more expensive. Check out the Amazon options here! 

 

Gurl Gone Green’s Purity Coffee Review

I get the decaf blend on a regular basis since I don't handle caffeine well.  It's literally the best decaf coffee I've ever had!  The flavor is rich and not muddled down like many decaf coffees I've tried.  I'm obsessed!  It tastes great as hot coffee and iced.  I use the beans in my espresso machine, but I've also done it with my Chemex and loved the flavor of the coffee from it as well.  

My husband has done the medium roast and dark roast and is a fan of both.  He will do the Chemex typically, and sometimes uses the espresso machine to make espresso shots.  

He also has tried the Pocket Purity, which are coffee sachets that make having a high quality coffee on the go and when traveling so convenient.  They are essentially like a tea bag but filled with coffee instead.  You put it in a cup, add hot water and then let it seep for 3-4 minutes.  My husband loves these and so does my mom!  

Since my last review they have come out with Decaf Pocket Purity!  I was so excited when they came out with a decaf option!  I can’t handle caffeine well but still love the coffee flavor.  The Decaf Pocket Purity Sachets have been so clutch for me while traveling.  I don’t have to worry about finding clean decaf coffee, I have it right with me!  Since decaf has to go through a process to get rid of the caffeine the biggest concern then comes with how they process it.  Typically they use chemicals and solvents that you don’t want to be ingesting to filter out the caffeine.  But with Purity they use a solvent free method called Swiss Water Processing. It uses a system that separates, filters, soaks, and then dries the beans. Plus, it doesn’t compromise on flavor either with this method.  I love knowing that wherever I go, I can still have a clean cup of coffee with Purity Coffee's sachets!

I also like to add a little Aroy-D Coconut Milk to my coffee.  Whether it's iced or hot.  It's the best!  It doesn't contain any additives, and is super creamy.  If you're looking for a substitute for a non-dairy creamy, look no further. Use code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off Check it out here.

 

Conclusion: Is Purity Coffee the best?

As you can see I'm pretty much obsessed with all things Purity Coffee!  This isn't just a coffee company.  They are literally changing the coffee industry and adding health benefits to a coffee cup every morning.  I'm so excited to see what other products they continue to offer- I'll be first in line! The only con to Purity is that it is a little pricey. BUT, when you consider what you are getting for the price, it is totally worth it in my mind.

 

Check out all of Purity Coffee's products here!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off!

 

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Non Toxic Candles 2022: Everything You Need To Know!

Non Toxic Candles 2022: Everything You Need To Know!

I am so excited to be sharing my Non Toxic Candles post with you today. This is a topic I get asked about all the time and wanted to put together a post that would answer all of your questions. In doing so, I have learned SO much about the candle industry in general and I have found the best non toxic candle brands you can feel good about burning. I mean, who doesn’t love the coziness that a candle can bring to your home…but the toxins aren’t worth it when it comes to conventional candles. Thankfully there are better choices out there. I am sharing all the information, along with what I think are the best non toxic candles choices and my honorable mentions too. Let’s dive in!

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product.

 

**Please note that all candles were gifted by the brands. We are extremely grateful for the willingness to let us test out their candles. Many candles were tested and not all were included in our guide. We only wanted to include the best! We will periodically update this list as we are waiting to hear back on a few brands as they confirm ingredients in their candles**

 

Are candles actually toxic?

Unfortunately there are candles on the market that are toxic and release toxic chemicals into the air when they are burned. I would even venture to say most candles are toxic that are on the market. I do think it’s important to realize that if you choose to burn anything in your home, there is the potential for toxins to be released into the air even with the safest, most non toxic choices. However, I am going to give you all the information so you can make the best choice for you and your home.

 

So many amazing non toxic candle brands!

 

 

What to consider when looking for a safe, non toxic candle?

When looking for a truly non toxic candle you need to consider the wax, the wick and the fragrance that is used. And, as I researched the candle industry, I will admit there was more to know than I realized. While I was known to burn a vanilla candle throughout most of college, I haven’t always been one to burn candles after switching over to a greener lifestyle. It honestly just seemed like an extra thing I didn’t want to worry about when living out a natural lifestyle. Now that I have done the research and found companies I can stand behind, that is definitely changing for me! I love the ambiance of a candle. And, with the right scent, it can be the best addition to a home, especially in the cooler months. When you are looking into a candle company, you will want to consider the following:

 

 

1. Wax

Most conventional candles are made from paraffin wax, which is a derivative of petroleum. The concern with this, and really most petroleum products, is that it doesn’t burn clean. We are all familiar with the idea that when a petroleum product like gasoline is burned it releases toxic substances and high amounts of carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas. (1) When a candle made of paraffin wax is burned it can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. (2) This includes benzene, a known carcinogen (3), and toluene, which can affect the nervous system (4). Just like any other toxins, a one time exposure is so different than if you light a candle daily and are frequently exposed.

Safer, Non Toxic Wax Choices:  100% soy (non-GMO would be ideal but those companies working with American grown materials will struggle to have this as a choice), coconut oil, vegetable oil or beeswax.  You may have to inquire with a company to make sure that the candle wax contains ONLY these ingredients.

 

 

2. Wick

Wicks in candles used to be a much bigger deal than they are currently when it came to finding a non toxic candle.

However, in 2003 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the manufacture and sale of lead-cored wicks and candles with lead-cored wicks. (5)

Despite this, you still want to look into what exactly the wick from your favorite candle brand is made from. Wicks are typically made from cotton, wood or even hemp. You can take it a step further and inquire with the candle company if their cotton wick is bleached or unbleached. You will also want to inquire if it is a wood wick, if it has been soaked in any type of oils and what kind.

Safer, Non Toxic Wick Choices: You will want to look for 100% cotton or hemp that is unbleached or wood that is untreated or soaked in a natural substance.

 

 

3. Fragrance

If you are familiar at all with ‘fragrance,’ you know that if you see it listed on a label or a brand says they use ‘fragrance,’ it is important to dig in and find out exactly what makes up that fragrance. If you want all the details, you can read my blog post Natural Perfume and Fragrance. But, in a nutshell, when you see the word “fragrance” on a label of a product there could be dozens of other ingredients in it as well- and more like hundreds to be exact. A company does not have to disclose their exact ingredients in their fragrance since it is looked at as “trade secret” by the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, at one point approximately 95% of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrance oils were derived from petroleum! (6)

So even if you manage to avoid petroleum in the wax of the candle, if you don’t check out the fragrance, you may still be exposed! My biggest take away when looking for non toxic candles is that it is easiest to choose a candle that is scented with ‘100% essential oils’ or ‘essential oils only.’ If you like a stronger scent, the synthetic candles we tested tended to be stronger, so it may be worth your time to investigate candle brands that use safe synthetics.

Safer, Non Toxic Fragrance Choices: Candles scented with pure essential oils, 100% essential oil blends, fragrance oils derived from essential oils or safe synthetic fragrances. If it says fragrance anywhere as an ingredient, this is something that you MUST inquire of the company and get more information on. Being phthalate free isn’t enough!

 

What are the best non toxic candles?

I am sharing the GGG Team’s Picks for Best Non Toxic Candle Brands. Please note that we are giving input on which candles meet our non toxic standards. Scent is such a personal thing, so while we may like the scent of one that doesn’t mean it will be your favorite.  Our team tends to be drawn to lighter scents overall.  Nothing too heavy, strong or perfumey.

 

Best Scented Non Toxic Candle Brands

 

Fontana Candle Company

 

I loved the Fontana scents Peppermint Twist, Spiced Latte, Allspice Ginger & Vanilla and Blue Tansy & Bergamot!

 

Wax: Beeswax, Coconut Oil

Wick: Wooden wick (untreated)

Fragrance: Pure Essential Oils

What makes Fontana Candle Company Standout: Katie, the co-founder of Fontana Candle Company, reports that they are proud to have complete transparency of the ingredients in their candles, which are printed right on the candle label. They are MADE SAFE certified and the first candle to receive this certification.

This nontoxic seal is for products we use every day, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. It certifies that products you use on your body, with your family, and in your home are made with safe ingredients not known or suspected to harm human health. (7)

It took the MADE SAFE team over 6 months to comb through every ingredient and every supplier that Fontana uses. They audit them every year, so consumers can be assured that their candles are as clean as they claim.

GGG Team’s Review: These are really one of the best scented candles out there. The ingredients used in their candles are top notch. For someone who doesn’t love heavily scented products, I thought the scent intensity was just perfect! And with so many choices of different scents, you are bound to find one you love too. Plus the wood wick was a unique addition that I didn’t experience with many of the other candles I tested, it even slightly crackles when it’s burning which adds to the ambiance.  

Check out Fontana Candle Company HERE with code GURLGONEGREEN15 to save 15% on your order!

 

 

Terralite

 

I couldn't get enough of Terralite's Vanilla Mint scent!

 

Wax: Rice Bran Wax and Coconut Oil in tea lights & Coconut Wax (coconut and vegetable derived) in the aromatherapy candles

Wick: Unbleached Hemp Core and Cotton Braid

Fragrance: 100% pure essential oils and plant extracts

GGG Team’s Review: Terralite has quite the array of aromatherapy candles! And they have considered it all when making them. Not only are the ingredients top notch, but the packaging is zero waste. I love the amber glass containers they use, which come from 60% recycled glass. The candles are so chic and modern. They include a metal lid that is left unpainted and is recyclable. Even the label is able to be recycled. Like I said, they have considered it all when it comes to non toxic, zero waste candles! Plus, Terralite also has just the perfect amount of scent for me, not overpowering but just enough.

Check out Terralite Candles HERE!

 

 

Best Non Toxic Candle With No Added Fragrance

 

Welch Candle Co

 

Absolutely love Welch Candle Company!

 

Wax: Beeswax

Wick: 100% Unbleached Cotton Wick Coated in Beeswax

Fragrance: No additional fragrance added

What makes Welch Candle Co. Standout: Their 100% Beeswax candles are not only great for the ambiance of a candle, they also provide health benefits! Examples of these benefits include:

  • Releases negative ions leaving the air free of chemicals, pollutants, allergens, and toxins making it a natural air purifier
  • Helps relieve headaches, allergies, depression, and seasonal depression
  • Promotes relaxation and helps your body absorb oxygen better (8)

 

GGG Team’s Review: In our opinion this is truly a top non toxic candle choice. With beeswax having potential health benefits and the use of no additional essential oils/fragrances, those that are sensitive to any type of scent will have the least possibility of having any issues when burning these candles. While it has no additional fragrance added, you do still get a light, sweet aroma from the beeswax, almost like a honey scent.  Such a great candle company that has truly considered everything in making these candles! 

Check out Welch Candle Co. HERE and use code gurlgonegreen10 to receive 10% off your order through January 9, 2022!

 

 

 

Non Toxic Candle Honorable Mention Brands

 

Follain 

We love Follain's No. 1 Candle!

 

If you’ve been around for any sort of time, you know I love Follain for their clean beauty! So when I started testing candles, I knew I wanted to try theirs. And they definitely didn’t disappoint!  Candle No. 1 has notes of lavender, creamy vanilla, sandalwood, and a touch of fresh bergamot. Candle No. 2 has a blend of white tea, fresh fig leaf, basil and a touch of lavender. Not to mention the size of their candles was unmatched by any others I tried, giving you more bang for your buck!  Check out Follain here!

Wax: A blend of soy, coconut and cottonseed oil

Wick: Unbleached, US-woven cotton wick

Fragrance: Essential Oil Blend

 

 

Bee Lucia: Use Code SUZI25 to save 25% off your order! 

Beelucia also has crystals added to their candles.

 

Bee Lucia believes candles should contribute to a healing home environment, not take away from it.  And each of their candle infusions is crafted around a specific intention (with their most popular being Relaxed, Cleansed, Loved and Healed) with natural crystals included!  Check out Bee Lucia here and use code SUZI25 to save 25% on your order!

Wax: Beeswax and Coconut Oil

Wick: Unbleached ‘Eco’ Cotton Wick 

Fragrance: Therapeutic-grade, pure organic essential oil blend

Natural Crystals: They have the neatest addition to their candles, ethically sourced, natural gemstone crystals! Such a nice touch and there was nothing like this with any of the other brands we tested.

 

 

 

Cellar Door

Cellar Door lists all the ingredients right on the bottom of the candle!

 

Business owner Jaimie Lara worked for a huge luxury candle company for 3 straight years clocking in long hours. He had to eventually leave the company due to constantly being sick from the chemicals he worked with. After leaving this company he knew he wanted to start a business, and from that Cellar Door was born! Cellar Door uses top notch ingredients from making the actual candles to even the packaging.  Check out Cellar Door here!

Wax: Coconut and Beeswax

Wick: Unbleached, 100% cotton wicks dipped in beeswax

Fragrance: 100% essential oils

 

 

 

Lite + Cycle: Shop here to receive 10% off your order

Lite & Cycle candles are both chic and nontoxic!

 

Kristi started this brand after working in the industry for over 10 years and always being ill from being around so many candles! After learning about “fragrance secrets” she started Lite + Cycle with 100% transparency. Check out their full list of ingredients here! Kristi’s love of elegant aesthetics shines through not only in the choice of candle scents, but also the “extras” that she has designed to go with her candles. Lite + Cycle would be a great addition to any home! Get your Lite + Cycle Candles here and receive 10% off your order!

Wax: American Grown Soy Wax Only

Wick: 100% cotton, unbleached wicks 

Fragrance: 100% Plant & Flower Oils

 

 

Pure Light

Pure Light is clean and has some great scents.

 

This brand is owned and operated by individuals looking to embrace “health, life, balance and this beautiful planet we all share.” And, their 11 aromatherapy candles reflect that sentiment exactly. With names like Celebrate, Inspire and Embrace, who wouldn’t want to give these candles a try?!  Check it out here!

Wax: 100% Natural organic coconut wax

Wick: Cotton Wick

Fragrance: 100% pure essential oils and/or natural plant-based aromas

 

 

Farmaesthetics Midnight Absolute Candle

This candle is made in France!

 

This is the very first candle from natural beauty brand Farmaesthetics of Rhode Island in a collaboration with Officine Oils of Paris and just debuted this past November!  With this being the first candle, this is the only scent available currently and it is a limited edition. Check it out here!

Wax: Rapeseed Wax, Beeswax, Honey Absolute

Wick: Beechwood wick (untreated)

Fragrance: Pure essential oils and botanical extracts, diluted over time in organic apricot oil

 

 

Peacesake Candle & Co.

This Midnight Amber is a sensual warm scent.

 

This is a brand that was started in 2016 with a commitment to sustainability. It is one of a few brands that does contain synthetic fragrance that we tested out. If you are looking for a scent that is stronger than a candle that has been scented with essential oils only, this is a great choice!  Check it out here!

Wax: 100% all-natural soy wax that does not contain genetically modified material

Wick: Unbleached cotton and paper threads woven into the cotton

Fragrance: A Blend of Essential Oils and Synthetic Fragrance (Free from phthalates, styrenes, polycyclic musk, nitromusk, musk ketone, and petrochemicals)

 

 

So many great choices! It does take some digging to find candle brands that are truly non toxic. However, we definitely found some great options out here!

 

Did we miss your favorite non toxic candle brand? Share it in the comments below.

 

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The Best Non Toxic Cookware (2022 Ultimate Guide)

The Best Non Toxic Cookware (2022 Ultimate Guide)

I am rounding out the best non toxic cookware! There is so much to know when it comes to cookware. It's actually crazy how many toxic chemicals can be lurking in cookware.  It might not seem like a big deal but over time these chemicals add up and produce a toxic load! I am breaking it down so you know exactly what might be in your cookware and what the best non toxic cookware options are!

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

*Suzi (Gurl Gone Green) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

 

 

What toxic chemicals are in conventional cookware that we should avoid?

 

Unfortunately there are many toxins lurking in your conventional cookware that need to be avoided. Non stick cookware or even many stainless steel cookware sets may seem great initially but when you dig a little deeper it's easy to uncover the toxins lurking in them. Below are some of the top offenders when it comes to toxins in your cookware.

 

1. Teflon (PTFE)

The most common nonstick cookware out there is Teflon (originally made by the company DuPont). Teflon contains the chemical Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  It's a popular choice for most people when it comes to cookware because it's non-reactive, non-stick and stain resistant.  It basically is a cook's dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it's releasing every time you cook with it!

The EWG took a deeper look into Teflon and DuPont’s claims that Teflon was safe under certain circumstances back in 2003. They reviewed studies that dated back as far as the 1950’s and showed that Dupont knew for quite some time that Teflon released harmful fumes at even low temperatures. They also knew that it could cause acute illness. (1

While Teflon was first made using the chemical Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), in the 1950's they started adding Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), or C8, to it to help alleviate some of the lumpiness from just using just PTFE.  However, this produced an even greater toxic substance overall.  It has been linked to many diseases, from cancer, liver disease, thyroid issues and growth issues. Not only that, but it accumulates over time in the body.  It is present in the air and water.  Those who worked and lived in the area where it was made were exposed at high doses that created significant health issues, from birth defects in babies, to cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and high cholesterol. (2) Thankfully, PFOAs were taken out of Teflon back in 2013.  (3)

As PFOAs were phased out, they were replaced by a chemical called GenX, which is very similar in structure to PFOA (they are in the same family of chemicals called PFAS).

 

However, GenX is nearly as toxic to people as what it replaced, according to an Environmental Protection Agency study. (4)

 

Bottom line, anything with Teflon needs to be avoided! And, you should look for PFAS-free, not just PFOA as there could be many other chemicals (GenX for example) still in that cookware.

 

2) Aluminum

Aluminum is affordable, readily available and a great heat conductor. Potentially a great resource when making cookware. Wrong! Aluminum is also a soft and highly reactive metal that can leach into your food.

 

It must be known that aluminum has been consistently placed in the top  200 health-jeopardizing toxins by the  Agency for  Toxic Substances  and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (5)

 

It is also a known neurotoxin that can inhibit up to 200 biological functions and it has been suggested that there may be a link between it and neurodegenerative diseases (like Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson’s, etc). Aluminum is bio-accumulative, meaning it will accumulate in the body over time! Not only that, but aluminum cookware has been found in simulated cooking in a lab to release cadmium, copper and arsenic into food as well. (6)

 

3) Copper

Copper is another great conductor of heat, allowing for quicker and more even heating than other options. It also has a unique look that many like. However, copper is also very reactive. Especially when cooking with acidic foods, copper can leach into your food. While small quantities of copper are essential to our health, larger quantities or over exposure for long periods can cause a whole host of health issues like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Extremely high doses of copper can even damage the liver or kidneys.  (7

 

4) Lead

Unfortunately many different types of cookware and bakeware are manufactured with lead, including glass and ceramic (including both pure ceramic and ceramic coated) cookware. The lead is there for a reason – to make a product that is more rigid. Or, in other words, less likely to break and have more shock resistance. But, you guessed it, lead is likely to leach into your food! There is a laundry list of potential health effects from either short or long term exposure to lead that includes anything from headaches, abdominal pain, depression, miscarriage, etc. But especially scary is the effect lead can have on babies and children. 

 

Even low level lead exposures in babies can affect behavior and intelligence (8)

 

This isn’t a complete list by any means of all the toxic substances found in cookware. But I hope to emphasize that because toxic substances like these can be found in cookware, it is all the more reason to research and invest in cookware that is known to be safe. I am going to discuss in depth below my favorite non toxic cookware alternatives including my favorite brands!

 

 

 

What non toxic cookware alternatives are there?

 

There are some great options out there now when it comes to non toxic cookware!  I will say some of the cookware options are definitely a little pricier than non-stick conventional pots and pans, however the investment is worth it. These pots and pans are going to last you a lot longer and won't carry the toxic burden. My top choices for types of cookware that are the least toxic are:

 

  1. Cast Iron
  2. Stainless Steel
  3. Ceramic Coated
  4. 100% Ceramic
  5. Porcelain Enamel
  6. Glass Cookware

 

I will dive in below on my favorite brands for each type of cookware. I will include a review on each type including what I like and don’t like about each kind of cookware.

 

What are the safest non toxic cookware brands?

I am including my favorite non toxic cookware brands for cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic coated, 100% ceramic, porcelain enamel and glass cookware. I am even including my favorite non toxic bakeware. Remember, the safest non toxic cookware is one that you are actually going to use. By sharing my favorite in a variety of types of cookware I hope that it will make it easy for you to find your favorite!

1) Best Cast Iron Cookware – Lodge Cast Iron

This was the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too.  It really has been around forever and that's one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you've worked with it you figure it out.  

I really love the Lodge Cast Iron pans.  They're easy to find at Target or you can order them on Amazon.  They're also budget friendly!  I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless. 

I have a couple of tips for cooking with cast iron.  First, make sure to slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food as cast iron retains heat very well.  

Next, make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural non-stick surface.  If you're unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it's basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that's been made on the cast iron.  

Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it's actually not.  You don't want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water. Then you want to dry it and rub in a cooking oil.

While I used cast iron for many years since trying new brands such as 360 Cookware and Caraway, I have stopped using my cast iron that much.  The one thing I don't like about cast iron is how heavy it is and how you can't use soap on it.  I don't always feel it gets as clean. 

**The one caution I would make is that cast iron has been known to leach iron so if for some reason you have an abundance of iron you might want to switch up your pans every now and then.  I've been the opposite more anemic so I welcome all the iron I can get! Check out Lodge Cast Iron here!

 

 

Nontoxic Cookware

The 360 waterless cookware is unlike anything else I've used!

 

2) Best Stainless Steel Cookware – 360 Cookware

I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware – it is 360 Cookware!  I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line that you can check out here. 

Now, I’ve always wondered about the safety of stainless steel cookware when it comes to leaching metals into food.  I wasn’t so sure about it.  However, after looking into 360 I’m convinced this is one of the safest options out there when it comes to nontoxic cookware.  A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel.  Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes into contact with your food. Many companies are using scrap metal and calling it stainless steel.  The scrap metal could be from anywhere and often is from China.  You end up not knowing what your stainless steel actually contains.  I also love that it’s surgical grade stainless steel!  This is what they use in your body if you were having surgery for something particular- next level that they use the highest quality.

360 is unique because not only is it U.S. made surgical stainless steel, but it’s also manufactured in the U.S.  So everything is sourced and made here in the United States- so cool!  I love knowing exactly where they’re sourcing the product and how it’s being made.  360 doesn’t spare any detail when making their product- it truly is unlike any other stainless steel cookware!

If you’ve looked into cookware in the past you may have been met with the idea that the more layers the better when dealing with cookware.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the truth.  More layers isn’t better but the thickness of the layers is what you want to consider.  360 has one of the thickest layers overall at .11″.  Ensuring you can feel safe about what you’re cooking your food in! Can't recommend 360 Cookware enough, it's really one of the best options out there for those of us concerned about toxic chemicals!  Use coupon code: gurlgonegreen20 for 20% off your order!  Check out all of 360 Cookware here!

 

Nontoxic Cookware

Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.

 

3) Best Ceramic Coated Cookware – Caraway Cookware

I have a whole review on Caraway Cookware here as it is definitely one of my favorites!  Not only do these ceramic pots look sleek, but they perform so well too.  They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food while cooking.  They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings.  

They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating- the aluminum is completely covered and does not leach into the food.  The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon.  As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.

People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that.  It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time.  As I like to say- you get what you pay for! Plus, with correct use and care, they will also last much longer.

Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality.  Very durable and stain resistant.  I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations.  It really continues to look as good as the day I got it!  Something I really love about the cookware is that it is also very easy to clean.  All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well. I included Caraway Cookware in my picks for best non toxic, non stick pans here! You can check out all of Caraway Cookware’s options here!

 

Nontoxic Cookware

This is an all ceramic cookware line.

 

4) Best 100% Ceramic Cookware – Xtrema

This type of cookware is made of 100% ceramic – from the glaze on the cookware to the core. Ceramic is awesome because it's completely inert- meaning it won't leach any harmful toxins no matter how long you're cooking or the heat level.  

All of Xtrema has been tested for heavy metal content and is free from glues, polymers, coatings and dyes. If you want to see their testing results check them out here.  It heats very evenly.  You can take a dish from the fridge to the stove or oven- it's very versatile. It also can withstand high temperatures.  It's easy to clean Xtrema cookware too, with just using warm soapy water.  You can also use baking soda or an abrasive scrubby if you need to.  

The best way to heat an Xtrema is to turn the heat on low or low medium.  Since it's so great at heat conduction you don't need or want to crank the heat up to high.  Doing this would result in foods sticking or burning.  It's best to turn the heat on a couple minutes before you start cooking and then add a little cooking oil once it's heated.  I like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil.  Don't add the oil to a cold pan, wait until it's heated up or it will cause foods to stick.  

I have their 8-inch Versa Braiser.  It's nice because it has a lid and can be used for cooking meats, quiches, casseroles etc, but also can be used for cooking eggs with. However, while I love the concept of Xtrema I find it very hard to work with overall even after years of working with it. There is a large learning curve and for an everyday pan it was hard to get the hang of it.  It is different from cooking with either stainless steel or cast iron.   Check out Xtrema here!

Nontoxic Cookware

Porcelain Cookware first starts with cast iron and then is dipped in a porcelain enamel.

 

5) Best Porcelain Enamel Cookware – Le Creuset

There has been a lot of confusion I've noticed about this type of nontoxic cookware.  It is cast iron but then has been given a coating of enamel.  This enamel is a type of glass.  It is completely safe.  There has been some controversy about the enamel being made of clay and therefore having lead but from various tests performed on it, there has been no lead detection reported.  

A common brand you may think of is Le Creuset.  Their cookware is made in France.  One might think that porcelain enamel is similar to cast iron and that is true, but it does have it's differences.  Porcelain Enamel will not rust where regular cast iron can if not seasoned properly.  Also, porcelain enamel won't leach iron because of the coating, where cast iron will.  

Porcelain enameled is also nice to have for acidic foods like chili or spaghetti sauces.  Acidic foods as I mentioned above can strip cast iron of it's seasoning, especially when simmered for a long period of time.  For cleaning you can use some mild dish soap on it and a scrub pad of some kind.  For stubborn stains or food that's stuck you can boil some water in it with a few tablespoons of baking soda.  Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.  

**Personally I love having a porcelain enamel skillet on hand for a nontoxic cookware option too.  It's great for using with acidic foods or making stir frys, soups, or stews.  I would stick with Le Creuset.  To my knowledge they are the only ones that have been tested for lead content and come back negative.  The only small trace amounts that were found were on the outside of the lids and pots where there was some color but not inside.  Also, I'm a skeptic of things made in China as they have been known to have higher metal content and most of the other porcelain enameled is made there. Check out Porcelain Enamel cookware here!

 

Nontoxic Cookware

Anchor Hockings is one of the best glass cookware options.

 

6) Best Glass Cookware – Anchor Hockings

This is a great non toxic cookware that is also a budget friendly option and easily available.  Anchor Hockings is definitely one of the most common glass cookware companies.  It is inert, meaning it doesn't add or take away from the food. I have several casserole/baking dishes that I use for both casseroles and special desserts.  I also have a round glass dish with a lid that's great for soups or stews that I use a lot.  For making bread I like to use a glass bread loaf pan too.  

**Glass is a great option for those starting to detox their cookware and looking for accessible and budget friendly options.  I really love Anchor Hockings because it's made in the U.S.! Check out this great set by Anchor Hocking here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This Oster waffle maker is made with titanium and doesn't contain the harmful PFOA and PTFE.

 

7) Best Non Toxic Bakeware – Stainless Steel, Stone and more!

When it comes to baking you can definitely use a lot of the cookware I mentioned above, but there are also some more options I wanted to mention. For the ones mentioned above you can use cast iron to bake breads or porcelain enamel for desserts such as crumbles, cobblers or pies.  

Also, glass cookware is a great option for baking too, as well as stainless steel.  Stainless steel is especially nice for cookie sheets or cake pans! These are a great option for stainless steel cookie sheets! If you're still concerned about the possible metal leakage just use some parchment paper.  I love this brand that doesn't leach any toxic chemicals. I always use parchment paper when baking because it makes clean up so much easier and is sometimes essential when making cakes. You can also get stainless steel muffin trays. I also like these nontoxic paper muffin liners.   I really love these stainless steel cake pans.  They feel sturdy and don't have the nonstick coating. 

Another option I haven't talked about is stone cookware.  They have stone baking sheets, loaf pans and cake pans.  I personally haven't used them.  I know that you have to be really careful when cleaning as you can't use soap or get them wet.  They're also heavier too. Rada is a good American made brand that is lead free. 

I also get asked about nontoxic donut pans a lot.  This is the one I have and love!  **When it comes to bakeware I think about what you use the most and swap that out first.  As I mentioned earlier, you can always buy some nontoxic parchment paper and use that as a protectant too.

I really like this nontoxic griddle.  It has worked great for us when cooking pancakes, tortillas and crepes.  I also love this Oster Titanium Infused Waffle Maker that is free from PFOA and PTFE.

I have never used silicone for cooking or baking other than some silicone muffin liners.  However, I stopped using them because I started to wonder if they were actually safe.  I had read a lot of information saying there just isn't enough research out there yet and I agree.  Until more long term studies come out, I'm going to stick with using silicone when food isn't heated or cooked.  

 

What is the absolute safest cookware for your health?

It really comes down to personal preference when it comes to the safest cookware for your health and where you are at in your own personal health journey.  Also, what you are most comfortable using.  Many people just want the ease of use similar to conventional nonstick cookware, in that case I would recommend Caraway Cookware.  If you’re wanting the safest stainless steel I would definitely go with 360 Cookware.  If you want a budget friendly option, cast iron is a great place to start.  As I always say, the absolute safest cookware is the one you’ll use!

 

What is the best non toxic cookware?

I've personally been using 360 Cookware and Caraway Cookware the most!  I have different pots and pans from each cookware company and find I use some of the pots for certain things.  I really love 360 Cookware because of the nutrients it leaves in my food and the flavor profile that is left.  With Caraway Cookware I like the ease of use and knowing my hubs can quickly whip something up.

The biggest takeaway I hope you are getting is that I highly recommend switching out your cookware! It is something you use all the time and the cumulative effect is great.  Even if you could replace one item every quarter, by the end of the year you would have a whole new cookware set! While some of the cookware sets are more pricey, there are definitely budget options as well. Get started today!

 

What is your favorite non toxic cookware?

 

If you liked this post on nontoxic cookware check out past posts below:

 

Nontoxic Cookware

Sharing my full review on all the nontoxic cookware options.

 

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Natural Home Gift Guide 2021

Natural Home Gift Guide 2021

Sharing my best natural home gifts with you today!  I get asked what natural home gifts I would recommend often. Well, here they are!  After detoxing my beauty 10 years ago I slowly started to also detox my home. From the my sheets to my mattresses, cleaning supplies and water.  I was determined to get the toxins out!

The holidays are the perfect time to stock up on some natural home products. Especially when the savings are so huge.  I've listed below some of the best natural home gifts in hopes it will help make detoxing your home a little easier.  

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

*Suzi (Gurl Gone Green) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

 

Best Natural Home Gifts

 

1. Berkey Water Filter-

Having a water filter is one of the best things you can do for your family.  This filters out everything, even fluoride with their fluoride filter.  I would recommend for most average size families the Big Berkey but you may want a smaller one or larger one depending on family size.  I always tell people to think about not just drinking water but also water that you use to cook with.  It might seem like a lot initially but really you go through the water quick for daily use.  Once you buy it, you will only have to replace the filters every couple years, except the fluoride filter usually every 8-12 months.  A worthwhile investment knowing you will have clean water for a lifetime!  Check it out here!

 

2. Ninja Blender-

After testing out quite a few blenders for my Best Blenders-2021 Review I realized my favorite blender wasn’t the most expensive blender. In fact, you can get it for around $100.  After hearing so many positive reviews on the Ninja from friends and family I finally caved and bought one!  It was normally $129.99 at Costco but it was on sale for $99.99!  The blender came with 2 single serve cups and a large pitcher.  I love so many features about it!  First, it suctions to the counter, so you don't have to worry about your blender moving around- it stays put.  I also love how the large pitcher's blade is removable, which makes it so easy to clean.  The blade also goes all the way up to the top of the lid, totally different compared to most blender blades that stay just at the bottom.  The two to-go cups are awesome too!  They really make whipping up sauces, or smoothies so easy.  I love that one of the to-go cups has a built in tamper, making it easy to achieve thicker smoothie bowls.  I still can't believe that the blender was only $100!  Such a steal for an amazing kitchen gadget that literally can be used for so many things!  Check out Ninja here! 

 

3. Purity Coffee-

If you've followed me for even a week you've probably seen me post about Purity Coffee.  I'm obsessed with it!  This coffee goes beyond organic. It is also mold and mycotoxin free.  Check out my full review here.  They even have subscriptions!  Plus, coffee sachets that are great for travel.  Perfect gift for the coffee lover. Use code gurlgonegreen to save 20%. Check out Purity Coffee here.

 

4. Glass Mugs (lead free)- 

I use these everyday for my coffee!  They look chic, aren't too big and they're free of lead.  It's hard to find ceramic mugs that are lead free.  That's why I ended up turning to glass instead.  Can't recommend them enough and the price is great for a set of 6! They would also go perfectly with some Purity Coffee for a cute and non toxic gift for the Holidays. Get them here!

 

5. Coyuchi Sheets-

I had heard so much about Coyuchi for years and finally bought some this year to try for all of you! I had heard so much about Coyuchi and was giddy to finally get my hands on a set of their 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Sheets.  These sheets are a cut above and worth the money in my opinion.  They feel silky soft on the skin and hold up well in washings.  I wash my sheets every two weeks.  They don't wrinkle as easily as other sheets I find too which I appreciate.  Sometimes I feel sateen sheets can feel extra heavy but these don't feel that way.  They have a lightness to them.  I have the color Mid Gray. If sateen sheets aren't your thing, they also have percale, linen, jersey and flannel. PLUS,  Coyuchi adheres to the strictest certifications for environmental and social protection – this is the GOTS certification. A perfect gift for anyone. For more organic cotton sheet options check out my full Organic Cotton Sheets blog post here. Check out Coyuchi Sheets here!

 

6. White Lotus Home Pillows-

They are a store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep.  I love that you can get a zippered pillow option, so you're able to take out the filling if it's too firm.  Making it so customizable!  We have their shredded latex pillows for my husband and I and we love them!  My girls have the kapok pillows and love them!  They even have toddler pillows. *Use Coupon Code: GGG for 20% off!  Shop White Lotus Home here!

 

7. Force of Nature Clean-

I love this natural cleaning solution!  I've tried a lot of natural cleaning products, but Force of Nature takes a whole new approach to natural cleaning.  It is highly effective killing 99.9% of germs using natural ingredients- no harsh chemicals!  It uses 3 ingredients to clean- salt, vinegar, and water, that's it.  It's so easy to make the solution.  It can be used in place of bleach, and other household cleaners to clean bathrooms, kitchens, floors, deodorize, and more.  It disinfects as well as deodorizes.  It's even registered by the EPA to be an effective disinfectant and sanitizer.  It has 3rd party lab results to back up their claims!  It doesn't streak either- I've noticed this especially on my floors.  Use code GURLGONEGREEN40 for 40% off + free shipping for bundles (expires 12/31/21). Check them out here!

 

8. 360  Cookware-

This has become my favorite when it comes to cookware. This nontoxic cookware has exceeded all my expectations.  It’s the king of cookware you will have for the rest of your life.  An heirloom collection.  The absolute safest stainless steel cookware I’ve found.  I have a full review on what makes it different here.  I can’t recommend it enough. I have the 3.5 Quart Saucepan, the 6 Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot Slow Cooker, and the Stainless Steel 8.5 in. Fry Pan.  Needless to say after using them I want to add more to my collection! Use coupon code gurlgonegreen25 to save 25% through December 25! Check out the full collection here.  

 

9. Caraway Cookware-

This is a ceramic coated cookware.  It makes the transition to nontoxic cooking so easy.  However, I don't think these last as long as the 360 Cookware.  The 360 Cookware you will have for the rest of your life.  The Caraway definitely has knicks on my pots and pans now, which I don't love.  I cook a lot and have a family so if you don't have a family your cooking for these might be a good option.  I love how easy they are to use but I wish they held up a little better.  Check out my full review here.  Check out Caraway here! 

 

10. Excalibur Dehydrator-

Another gadget I can’t live without!  I use this for raw veggie bread and kale chips.  Also for dehydrating nuts.  I love that it keeps the nutrients intact because I can keep the temp so low.  An oven just doesn't go that low.  You can get great deals off Amazon! Take your health to the next level!  Get it here!

 

11. Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor-

This food processor is amazing.  I got it a couple years ago and I’m not sure how I lived without it.  I thought I could use my blender for everything but really the food processor is different and does things the blender can’t because of it’s wide bowl.  I use this for my raw veggie breads, more on that below, making paleo granola, bars, hummus, random recipes- so much!  Shop my food processor here!

 

12. Soda Stream Glass Sparkling Water Maker-

This has been a game changer for us!  My hubs and I love sparkling water but don’t want to buy it in plastic bottles or buy a ton of glass bottles.  This is the perfect solution!  It makes sparkling water in seconds and it’s with glass bottles not plastic.  I love that my water is filtered too!  The best of both worlds.  We use this all the time and add fresh lemon or lime juice and even some liquid stevia at times too.  Get your Soda Stream here!

 

13. Oster Titanium Infused Waffle Maker-

If you follow me on my stories then you've heard me rave about this waffle maker!  It's not made with teflon and is nontoxic.  I used to not make waffles because there wasn't a great toxic free option.  But now there is!  Plus, it's so inexpensive.  Get it here!

 

14. Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser-

This is the essential oil diffuser I have and love!  It looks modern and blends well into decor.  I like that it isn’t plastic and has 3 hour continuous or 7 hour interval settings. Plus, you can get it on Amazon! Get it here!

 

15. My Green Mattress-

This organic mattress company is it when it comes to organic mattresses that are budget friendly and comfortable. I can't recommend them enough!  We have the Natural Escape and love it.  Sometimes an organic mattress just seems impossible to get because the price is so high. But My Green Mattress makes it so easy. Shop all of My Green Mattress here!

 

16. The Sill-

My sister originally introduced me to this company and I've been hooked ever since.  They are indoor potted plants delivered to your door. This is the perfect gift!  I've sent this as a gift and my friend loved it!  They do such a good job with the whole presentation and quality of plants is awesome.  Can't recommend them enough!  Shop The Sill here!

 

17. Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher

I was so excited when I found this water filter!  I often share about water filters but they usually come with a heftier price tag. Not Clearly Filtered!  This is a great budget friendly option for your home or to purchase as a gift for someone.  Coming in at $75, this is a huge savings from many standard water filters.  This isn't like most of the water pitchers on the market either!  What makes it different?  Allow me to explain.

  • Only pitcher independently tested to NSF standards 42, 53, 244, 401 & 473
  • Removes Fluoride, Lead, BPA, Glyphosate, PFOAs, Hormones & over 220 of the most harmful tap water impurities
  • Retains the natural minerals & nutrients found in the water

 I think this would such a great gift for anyone who is detoxing their home. Use code GGG15 so save 15% on your first purchase of a filter system (excludes replacement filters). Check out the pitcher option here!

 

18. Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine- 

This would be the ultimate gift for any coffee loving person.  It is definitely a more spendy gift, but considering I have had mine for 10+ years and we use it daily it is well worth the investment.  We saved so much money over the years making our own versus buying it. And it really makes the best tasting coffee. Check out the Breville Espresso Machine here!

 

19. Charcuterie Board

I love making a good charcuterie board around the Holidays, whether it be for my family or for a get together with friends. You can put such a variety of foods on it and dare I say even keep it on the healthy side! I spotted this charcuterie board when I was flipping through the Crate & Barrel magazine. I think it is so cute and festive with it being made of natural mango wood and white marble to look like a Christmas Tree. It would be such a great gift or even just to have for yourself. Check it out here!

 

*That sums up my best natural home gift guide!  Check out my other gift guides below:

 

 

Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher: Our 2021 Review

Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher: Our 2021 Review

I have to say I was quite excited about the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher when I found it. I have definitely shared about other water filters because I think it is so important to filter your water, but finding a water pitcher that actually performed as well as other high end options is a game changer for many.  I am sharing my Clearly Filtered Review with you so you know exactly what this product can do and if it is right for you and your family!

 

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product. 

 

Overview of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher

This water pitcher is unlike many of the conventional water pitcher filters on the market. It’s compact (when you compare to other water filtration systems available), easy to use and its performance is unmatched by most other water pitcher filters. If you are serious about pure drinking water that is free of contaminants, then this is the filtered water pitcher that you will want for your home!

 

In fact, this pitcher filter removes 99.9% of 270+ harmful and dangerous tap water contaminants. (1) 

 

Check out my Filtered Water 2021 Ultimate Guide  for everything you need to know on why you should even be concerned about filtering your tap water plus so much more! I am diving in on the details of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, but you can skip to the bottom for my thoughts and review of it.

 

Features of The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher

Some of the features of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher include:

  • Made of 100% BPA & BPS Free medical grade Tritan materials.  Which means it’s not leaching additional chemicals into your drinking water!
  • Holds a capacity of 80 ounces (equivalent to 10 cups).
  • Built in Water Dam. This feature ensures that your filtered water is kept separate from the unfiltered water as you pour the filtered water out of the pitcher.
  • Easy Grip Handle to ensure ease of use in both pouring and carrying a full pitcher of water.
  • An average filter life is 100 gallons or for ~4 months. 
  • Uses Affinity Filtration Technology to remove contaminants from tap water.

 

How Does The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Work?

The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher has a 3 stage system to filter out the contaminants in your water which consists of the following:

 

Stage 1: Woven Mesh Screen

The first stage is a woven, stainless steel mesh screen.  This stage removes any larger particles from entering the actual filter.

 

Stage 2: Granulated Coconut Carbon 

This stage in the filtration step will remove chlorine, bad tastes and odors.

 

Stage 3: Composite Shell

The composite shell contains 7+ proprietary filtration materials and uses what is called Affinity Filtration. This is a dual technology approach to filtering water. First, the filter is dense, thus slowing the flow of the water and allowing more contact time of the filter with the water.  More contact time equals more contaminants removed! Plus, it has a ‘contaminant magnet' that is able to identify the contaminants and pull them out of the water. It is then bound to the filter, leaving just the pure water to pass through (including natural minerals and nutrients).

 

What contaminants are removed by the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher?

The claim of removing 99.9% of contaminants in tap water is great and all, but I think it’s important to know exactly which ones are removed and how this is even verified! Well, I am here to tell you that you can feel great about these claims because the water pitcher is independently tested to NSF standards 42, 53, 244, 401 & 473. I won't list ALL of the contaminants removed (because there are 270 and you can visit HERE to see a full list) but here are just some of the contaminants that the filter removes:

  • Fluoride
  • Lead
  • BPA
  • Glyphosate
  • PFOAs
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides

 

And, while some want a comparison of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher and some of the mainstream water pitchers (like Brita), I am here to say there really is no comparison. While the Brita filters do remove some contaminants, they miss out on some big hitters that I don't want in my drinking water.  For example, according to their website, a ‘healthful amount of fluoride is retained by the Brita water filters.'  Plus, only some of their filters remove lead and only the faucet filters (not the pitcher filters) remove ‘select pharmaceuticals, pesticides/herbicides.' (2

 

How long does the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Filter last?

Like I mentioned above, the filter in the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher will last for approximately 100 gallons or 4 months. However this is dependent on a few things.  First, the higher the level of contaminants in your tap water, the harder your filter will have to work. It has been found those in large cities or older cities will go through a filter faster. Secondly, it is dependent on how many people are in your family. An individual could probably use the filter for 4-6 months, whereas a family may go through a filter in 2-3 months.

 

Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Warranty

The great thing about investing in this pitcher is that it comes with a lifetime warranty! Not only that, but within the first 30 days if you aren't happy with your new pitcher they offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. This means you can return it for a full refund. All the details on this can be found on their website.

 

Clearly Filtered Discount Code

Clearly Filtered is offering my readers a discount code!  

PURCHASE YOUR CLEARLY FILTERED WATER PITCHER HERE AND SAVE 15% WITH CODE GGG15! (this code excludes replacement filters)

 

Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Review: Pros & Cons

I was excited to test out the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher because I truly believe there’s nothing else like it on the market. I often share about water filters but they usually come with a heftier price tag. Not Clearly Filtered!  This is a great budget friendly option for your home.  Coming in at $75, this is a huge savings from many standard water filters.  This isn't like most of the water pitchers on the market either.  So what did I think?  Keep reading to find out.

 

Pros 

  • I love that it’s a pitcher. It truly makes it so convenient to be able to have filtered water wherever you go.  I took mine with us on vacation and avoided having to buy water or bring a huge filter in order to have clean filtered water. It fits conveniently in the fridge.
  • It’s perfect for single family homes or individuals.  I gave one to my grandma because it’s just her and she doesn’t want a large water filter.  This is just what she needs for her water needs without taking up a lot of room.
  • Saves you money.  Often when thinking about filtering your water it can seem overwhelming with the initial cost.  With Clearly Filtered you can have filtered drinking water for under $100.  A huge savings compared to most water filtration systems on the market.
  • Medical grade 100% BPA free.  So you don’t have to think twice about what is going in your water.
  • Lifetime Warranty. So you can rest assured you’ll always have clean filtered water.
  • It is the best water filter pitcher on the market.  Removing more than 270 contaminants!  It’s independently tested to meet NSF standards.  I love that it removes harmful contaminants but doesn’t remove minerals like calcium, and magnesium.

 

Cons 

  • It does filter slowly.  While I know this is due to filtering out all the contaminants and truly getting the purest water, it does take a while to filter water.  What I learned after using it was to filter a batch of water first thing before I really needed it, then go ahead and fill it up to filter another batch.  This was especially critical while on vacation and the 5 of us in our family were relying on one water pitcher.  It totally worked great once I did that and kept up on it.  Every time I used it I would just refill it again, so it never got too low.
  • Not very large.  Obviously since it’s a pitcher, it doesn’t have a very large capacity compared to a larger water filtration system.  If you have a large family I would consider getting two water filter pitchers just to make sure you had enough water for everyone. 
  • It does cost more compared to other water filter pitchers but to me that’s to be expected because you’re getting a better quality filter overall- there’s nothing else like it on the market.
  • Lid can sometimes come off when pouring.  This isn’t a huge deal in my opinion because I remember having to hold other water pitcher filters back in the day, but it is something to take note of. I would recommend just holding the lid down with your finger or thumb when pouring so it doesn’t come off.

 

That’s my full review on the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher!  If you have tried the water pitcher, let me know what you think of it in the comments below.

If you liked this post, check out these past posts:

 

 

References:

  1. Affinity Filtration Technology (n.d.) ClearlyFiltered.  Retrieved from: https://www.clearlyfiltered.com/pages/technology
  2. Why Brita? (n.d.) Brita. Retrieved from: https://www.brita.com/why-brita/better-water/
Organic Labor Day Sales 2020

Organic Labor Day Sales 2020

Organic Labor Day Sales 2020 is here!  Who's ready to save some money?!  I know I am!  I've got the pulse when it comes to organic beauty sales, organic living sales and more.  This is the time to save since most companies don't offer sales again until Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  So hop on the deals now.

Whether you're searching for an organic pillow, organic sheet set, maybe a new natural beauty foundation or just want to start stocking up on organic beauty for the holidays, there's something for everyone.  The organic Labor Day sales 2020 edition is off the hook with sales galore!

I’m going to list each online store and then under them I’ll list the deal.  Some I may have to leave blank until a specific date. Be sure to check back throughout the week and weekend as I’ll be updating with the latest sales happening!

*Oh and P.S. if you need help, or aren't sure on color, etc- send me an email to suzi@gurlgonegreen.com- I would LOVE to help a friend out!

 

organic labor day sales 2020

Some of my favorites in organic beauty on sale for Labor Day 2020 this week!

 

Organic Beauty-

 

Credo Beauty

Credo Beauty is your one stop shop for all things organic beauty!  It has it all.  From natural deodorants, natural makeup, organic skincare, natural hair products and more.  They're like the Sephora of clean beauty!  I'm beyond excited to share their Labor Day promo with you!!  Love getting Tata Harper from Credo. Love their Clarifying Mask. Also, love that they carry Goop- I get their Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo there. Also, if you've followed me you know I love Kosas lipsticks and Credo carries them too! 

*For every $125 purchase, you get a a FREE 7 Piece Gift Set!  No code needed. Starts now and ends when supplies run out

Shop Credo Beauty here! 

 

Aillea

This is another favorite of mine!  They have all the brands when it comes to organic beauty products.  I love getting Ilia products from Aillea.  Obsessed with their True Skin Serum Foundation, Highlighters, and Radiant Skin Primer.

*They are offering 15% off site-wide use code: LaborDay2020.  (Cannot be combined with any other promotions.  Brands excluded include May Lindstrom, Vintner's Daughter, Josh Rosebrook, and Kypris). Starts Sept. 2- Sept. 8th. 

Shop Aillea here!

 

Detox Market

Detox Market is one of the first green beauty stores to launch back in the day.  They carry an assortment of natural beauty brands from all over.  I love getting Lily Lolo from Detox, love their bronzer in Miami Beach and their mascara, also Agent Nateur Deodorant in Holi Rose.

*15% off orders over $200 use code: DETOX15, 10% off orders over $150 use code: DETOX10. STARTS 9/5-97.

Shop Detox Market here!

 

Pharmaca

This is your one stop shop for all of clean living and organic beauty!  Pharmaca has it all.  From organic baby products, natural supplements, organic home products and more.  Always offering sales and Labor Day is no different.  I love snagging inika organic beauty products there, W3ll People, and Juice Beauty

*20% off entire order using code: LABORDAY- STARTS 9/4.

Shop Pharmaca here!

 

Live Botanical

This is one of those organic beauty skincare lines I fell for years ago!  They offer clean and effective products that really make your skin sing.  I also love that they're budget friendly!  Love their Luna rose and honey cleansing mask and Lavender Cacao Body Polish.

*They haven't announced their promo but I'll keep you posted!

Shop Live Botanical here!

 

EVOLVH

Obsessed with their shampoo and conditioner and so many of their styling products!  

*They're offering a free Ultrarepair or Wonderbalm with any purchase over $100. Now through 9/7.

Shop Evolvh here!

 

Follain

This is another natural beauty store that offers a ton of organic beauty brands.  From natural makeup to organic skincare products and natural hair products.  I love their soap collections– the reusable bottles look so chic, and you can get Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator there too- the best!  

*They haven't announced their promo but I'll keep you posted.

Shop Follain here!

 

Innersense

Love the Whipped Cream Texturizer, Sea Salt Spray, their hydrating mask and Volumizing Foam.  

*Get free shipping when you spend $25 or more!

Shop Innersense here!

 

OSEA

A natural skincare line that delivers amazing results.  I love their Ocean Cleanser– one of the best, and their Atmosphere Protection Day Cream.  

*They haven't announced their promo but I'll keep you posted.

Shop OSEA here!

 

Leahlani

This is one of the very first skincare lines I used in clean beauty and fell hard for!  All of Leahlani's creations are made in Kaui, Hawaii.  Some favorites are the Mermaid Mask, Honey Love and Kokoleka Mask.  

*15% off Beauty Oils (Serums + Elxirs) using the code: BEAUTY15. Starts Thursday 9/3 – Thursday 9/10.

Shop Leahlani here!

 

Organic labor day sales 2019

Sharing all the best organic beauty box sales for labor day 2019!

 

Organic Beauty Boxes-

 

Beauty Heroes 

This is the “it” organic beauty box in natural beauty.  It offers the best of the best when it comes clean beauty.  This is a monthly organic beauty box that primarily focuses on natural skincare.  Occasionally they have organic makeup offerings or natural hair boxes too.  They have a store full of organic beauty faves too. Check out past reviews of Beauty Heroes here in my clean beauty box roundup and how to subscribe here.  

*They haven't announced their promo but I'll keep you posted.

Shop Beauty Heroes here!

 

The Clean Beauty Box

They have it all when it comes to natural beauty products!  They offer a bi-monthly box that delivers amazing clean beauty products.  I'm always discovering new brands.  I also love that it's one of the more budget friendly clean beauty boxes- a great way to save money on some stellar natural beauty!

*They're offering 20% off site wide + free shipping using code: SEEYASUMMER.

Shop Clean Beauty Box here!

Organic labor day sales 2019

Sharing my favorite organic labor day sales for organic bedding and home.

 

Organic Bedding/Home-

360 Cookware-

I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware!  It is 360 Cookware!  I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line. Check it out here.

*They're offering 25% off with code: FRIENDS.

Shop 360 Cookware here!

My Green Mattress

I’ve tested out several different mattresses in the past but I kept getting asked the same question. Is there a budget friendly organic mattress option?  Well, I searched and found My Green Mattress.  It is not only squeaky clean when it comes to their ingredients and sourcing but also easy on the wallet!  Basically, I struck gold.  Read my full review here!

*$225 off any Natural Escape Mattress, $150 off any Hope, Kiwi, or Pure Echo Mattress, 20% off all crib mattresses and accessories. 

Shop My Green Mattress here! 

Chili Pad

Now you might be wondering what a Chilipad is, or an Ooler Sleep System.  Allow me to explain.  It is a topper that goes underneath your sheets, and on top of your mattress to deliver cooling temperatures to your body.  It is a thermal delivery system that uses a water-based hydronic pad that keeps you cool at night so you can have better sleep.  They have the original Chilipad and the Ooler Sleep System.  The Ooler Sleep System includes all that the Chilipad offers but some added functions.  You fill a tank with water and it runs it through the pad delivering cooling temperatures with it.  Before I get into the Ooler Chilipad review I wanted to share a few more things with you about the sleep systems.  I got one for my hubs for his birthday and he's obsessed!  He's never had better sleep before!  Read my full review here!

*You can save $200 off a sleep system set with code: 3dayweekend -Ends 9/14.

Shop Chilipad here!

 

Berkey

This is the water filter we use in our house and love!  We actually just upgraded to the Royal Berkey.  We realized we needed more water!  Especially with a third baby on the way.  I can't recommend it enough.  It even filters out fluoride if you get the fluoride filter.  Can't beat that!  

*They haven't announced their promo but I'll keep you posted.

Shop Berkey here!

 

SOL Organics 

These sheets are what luxury is made of!  They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton.  The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification.  These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin!  They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look.  They also have 3 different sheet sets.  You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated.

*They are offering 25% off using code: SUMMER. Starts now- no specific end date.

Shop SOL Organics here!

 

White Lotus Home Pillows

They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep. I love their Kapok Pillows for my kids and my husband and I love their shredded latex pillows for ourselves.  

*They are offering 20% off using coupon code: GGG. Starts now- Sept. 6th. 

Shop White Lotus Home here!

 

West Elm

I love West Elm for their organic quality products, but also their sustainability and fair trade practices.  I’ve purchased my all wood bed frame from them, and many bedding items.  Check out my blog I did on detoxing your bedding here. They offer so many great organic bedding options- from sheets, blankets and duvet covers.  

*They have all the sales listed right on their website.

Shop West Elm here!

 

Whew!  Organic Labor Day Sales 2020 are coming in hot!  What are you buying?

 

Organic Labor Day Sales 2019

Sharing all my favorite organic Labor Day Sales 2019 on the blog!