P.I.C. (Product Information Corner): Part One -Eco Nuts®

I am starting to post a list (with photos) of products I have been using that are environmentally safe. (no chemical dyes, no artificial colors or pesticides, etc.) Some I may have posted before, but this is a more comprehensive explanation of the products.

(The information below is the from the box or sheet inside the box or bag. I have put in BOLD the important facts.)

“Soap in a Shell”

Eco Nuts are actually dried berries from a tree that grows in the Himalayas. When agitated in water (my washing machine-es), they produce a naturally occurring surfactant called saponin.

Saponin can be used as a soap or detergent which gently cleanses or as a fabric softener – an option for those sensitive to conventional laundry detergents or other cleaning chemicals.

After harvest, the berries are de-seeded and then they dry into a hard hollow shell that resembles a nut or acorn. It is this outer shell that contains the soap, not the seed. Eco Nuts® are wild-harvested, and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth. This means they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. Saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil.

The quick biodegradability of Eco Nuts also makes them great for septic and grey water systems. But don;t expect these shells to foam up like commercial soaps, which have artificial foaming agents. Foam simply does not represent cleaning power.

To obtain more information and their full line of organic cleaning products, wool dryer balls, and organic liquid and powdered detergents, go to the website: www.EcoNuts.com. (Currently their website is not up and running. Try the link again in a few days. es)

P.S. I actually add the nuts to my environmentally laundry powder but can use less powder if I add the nuts.

NOTE: When I was unable to access  Eco Nuts’ website, I did a short search and came up with several options on Etsy (Click on See more below) as well as a brown cardboard box I bought called Greener Things: Organic Soap Nuts (www.grownepal.org.np)

Feel free to explore your options and choose soap nuts that fit your budget and eco-lifestyle. ellensue

  • Soapnuts (Soap Nuts) Organic Soap .55LB (250g) Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

    Soapnuts (Soap Nuts) Organic Soap .55LB (250g) Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

    From shop nineluckystars

    $12.00

Organic Soapnuts [BULK SALE!] 5.51LB (2500g) All Natural Organic Soap, Make Your Own Laundry Detergent, DIY

Organic Soapnuts [BULK SALE!] 5.51LB (2500g) All Natural Organic Soap, Make Your Own Laundry Detergent, DIY

From shop nineluckystars

$79.99

Only 1 left
Wholesale All Natural Bars (Must purchase 25 Bars or more at one time)

Wholesale All Natural Bars (Must purchase 25 Bars or more at one time)

Ad from shop NaturallyNEATSoaps

$100.00 FREE shipping

Soap Nuts, Soap Berries, FULL SIZES, 100% Organic, Soap Nuts Sample, Muslin Bag, Natural Laundry Detergent, Hypoallergenic. Biodegradeable

Soap Nuts, Soap Berries, FULL SIZES, 100% Organic, Soap Nuts Sample, Muslin Bag, Natural Laundry Detergent, Hypoallergenic. Biodegradeable

From shop PlasticFreeZone

Sale Price $7.02

Original Price $7.81 (10% off)

Organic Soap Nuts (Soap Berries) Natural Organic Laundry Detergent and Softener! 1lb, 1/2lb Shep's Soap Nuts

Organic Soap Nuts (Soap Berries) Natural Organic Laundry Detergent and Softener! 1lb, 1/2lb Shep’s Soap Nuts

From shop ShepsWool

$25.00 FREE shipping

 

Organic Soap Nut Shells, Whole (Sapindus delavayi)

Organic Soap Nut Shells, Whole (Sapindus delavayi)

From shop GrassrootsHerbSupply

$7.95

Juneteenth: Wise words from Congresswoman Lucy McBaty

Thanx to my friend Arthur Shostak for sending this. This is a new legal holiday to honor African Americans. The actual holiday was yesterday, but today it is honored as a legal holiday.

 

Today, we celebrate Juneteenth for the 157th time – and the 2nd time as an official federal holiday.

On a day with so much symbolism for Black Americans, it’s not lost on me that the legacy of slavery, racism, and the struggle for equality – from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter – has had a profound impact on my own life.

My father Lucien was the first Black dentist in Joliet, Illinois where I grew up – as well as president of the state chapter of the NAACP. I joined him at the March on Washington in a stroller, and I have many childhood memories of participating in protests, demonstrations, and marches during the 1960s.

After graduating from an HBCU, I joined Delta Airlines and had a long career as a flight attendant. I loved the flexibility it afforded me to be home with my son Jordan every night for dinner, especially after I became a single mom.

Then almost a decade ago, my world was rocked when my 17-year-old son was shot in a hate-fueled killing. His murderer parked next to Jordan and his friends at a gas station. He quickly became angry that my son and his friends wouldn’t turn down their car stereo. Then, he started an altercation that ended with him firing ten rounds into the side of their parked SUV. 

The man who murdered my son referred to the music he was playing in the car as “thug music.” The open disdain for my son and his friends is disgusting, and far too common in our country. Had this not been the case, Jordan would likely be alive today.

Today’s celebration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday matters. The power of our stories matter. The fact that Georgia’s 7th District just sent someone like me back to Congress for another term matters. 

In solidarity,

– Lucy

 

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