Resources

On this page, you will find all of the resources that I use and recommend for various green and blogging topics.  Please note that if you purchase some of the items through links on this page, I will get a small commission (at no additional cost to you).  This has no effect on the things I have listed here.  I only put things on this page that I love and use regularly.  As more questions come in and as I try more things, I will add more resources to this page to help you all out in your personal green journeys.

Healthy & Beauty

This list is for my tried and true health and beauty essentials.  Of course, I make some of the items I use myself, so for the list of ingredient essentials, keep reading to the end of the page!

These reusable cotton facial pads took me a while to get used to.  At first, I was really skeptical and was sure they would not be strong enough to get rid of make-up and nail polish, so I was hesitant to try them out.  Now, I love them! They are so convenient, especially for traveling.  Keep a lookout for my upcoming review post!

As you know from my posts, I LOVE my Viking Safety Razor.  This–along with coconut oil instead of shaving cream–gives me the smoothest and longest lasting shave every single time.  It is easy to use and clean.  In case you haven’t read my review with pros and cons about this razor, check out my post here.

These are the refills for the Viking Safety Razor.  I usually get the blades that are for non-coarse hair, but you should get whichever ones are best suited for your needs.  That in order to recycle the used blades, you need to put them back into the tiny envelopes they came in.

I recently made the switch to using these cloth pads and I couldn’t be happier!  Be careful to choose the length that works best for you!  If you are unsure about whether cloth pads are for you, check out my review here.

 

These bamboo toothbrushes are great!  They last just as long as their plastic counterparts, but are completely biodegradable (even the packaging!).  Why not give them a try?

 

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Kitchen & Home

Below is my list of must-haves for the home.  This list is pretty small, as I usually have to sell things when I leave a country and get everything again in the new country, but here are the things that I always bring with me.  

I am well-known among my circle of friends to be the lady that always has straws with her.  I usually carry enough with me that I can keep my friends from using straws themselves.  I can’t force them to buy their own straws, but I CAN peer-pressure them into using one of mine whenever possible!

Unfortunately, in Korea, I still don’t have an oven so I am unable to make my own detergent from baking soda.  That being said, there are still ways to do laundry in a green way. How?? By using soap nuts, of course!  You can read about my switch to using soap nuts here.

To be honest, I was really skeptical about using beeswax wraps as a plastic cling wrap replacement, so it took me a while to make the switch.  After using them, though, I really wish I had switched over sooner! Look for my upcoming review soon!

 

These mesh produce bags are a recent addition to my reusable shopping back arsenal and I adore them.  This is a great way to reduce all of those single use plastic produce bags!  Each bag comes with a tag that says the tare weight so the cashier can make sure you only get charged for the weight of your produce.  Look for my upcoming review soon!

These sponges are another recent addition to my quest for a sustainable lifestyle.  I ended up ordering several months worth of them to take with me in my luggage to where ever I head off to after the holidays.  Look for my upcoming review soon!

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DIY Ingredients

This section is where I will list all of the ingredients that I use to make items at home.  I always try to find the items locally before ordering them online but sometimes finding things locally is just not an option.  

  • Coconut oil
  • Beeswax
  • Jojoba oil
  • Baking soda
  • Lavender oil

Blogging

This section is the list of all of the different online tools that I use to create all of the blog posts and social media posts for Eco Friendly Expat.  These are all free resources so give them a shot!  As always, I’ll keep adding more resources as I find new ones. 

Canva is my go-to site anytime I need to make an image for my blogs.  It has a lot of free options with various sizes that match perfectly to whatever type of page you are posting to.  Also–and this is my favorite part–it is incredibly user friendly, so you will be making lovely images within minutes of signing up.

 I use Google Drive (along with Analytics) to manage everything to do with my blog.  This includes everything for ideas for job posts, keeping track of guest authors, collaborating with photographers, track visits to my page, and many other things.  Google Drive is easy to use and I like that I am able to use it anywhere–even if I have just five spare minutes at work, I can log into my Google Drive account and work on something.

So, of course a lot of people use WordPress to do their blogging.  I learned nearly everything about blogging from the WordPress tutorial videos they have.  Easy to understand and short enough to still be interesting, they made tackling the setup of a new blog easy and fun.

When writing a blog, it is important to use images that have no royalties or to buy an image from the photographer.  I always check Pixabay for free images before purchasing them off of other stock photo sites.