Kind words from our Etsy guests

July 12, 2012

"Hi Jack! I just wanted you to know that the reason I chose your shop over all of the others I looked at for soap, was because of your ethical practices. I'm sure I'll be shopping with you in the future! I was thrilled to find you here on Etsy! And thank you, for what you're doing for people and our planet!!
— Peggy D., Bloomfield, NJ

*Thank you, Peggy.  The 5 Point low impact production has always been a dream of mine.  With improvements to the Solar Powered Studio, and continued support from my bio-sphere friends, I hope to set new standards for Corporate Responsibility and make every day matter as we work together to repair the damage that we've done.

Forage for local food

July 6, 2012

This little overlooked flower is often thought of as a pest or weed. It's not, you've just been missing out. Foraging for local food is a great way to get back in touch with what is edible. Dandelion greens (thick leaves) are delicious too in a salad or steamed. Make sure that you're foraging out of the range of weed killers and pesticides.

Fried dandelion blossoms

36-48 large dandelion blossomsforage dandelion blossoms
1 cup flour
1 cup ice water
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tblsp egg replacer

Remove as much of the dandelion stem and greenery as possible without damaging the blossom itself. Heat oil (I prefer coconut oil) in a skillet on medium high. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Add ice water and stir. Blend in egg replacer. Use tongs to submerge dandelion blossoms in batter and drop in hot oil. Fry in shifts.

Building a better world through human power

June 26, 2012

Everything needed for human powered apps of bike cranks.  Generate your own electricity, get healthy and be a prepper. 

This is a free downloadable PDF on how to construct them. Definitely a keeper for preppers and folks that wish to be or become self sufficient.

Ditching the bottle for a travel friendly shampoo in France

June 25, 2012

Ethically Engineered — Vegan No Bottle Shampoo Bars got a little write up for the French magazine Réponse à Tout!
My No-Bottle Shampoo was featured: and can be seen below as the yellow lemon scented circular bars.

Je suis très heureux maintenant!

no bottle shampoo france

51 Ways to reduce plastic use

1. Bring your own cloth bags to the grocery store (or any store!).

2. Don't buy beverages bottles in plastic. Glass is great.

3. Carry your own reusable steel or ceramic beverage container. If they're too pricey, use a glass mason jar! Heavy, but cheap.

4. Don't get to-go coffee or hot drinks. Your drink lid and cup will live on for over 100 years! The lids and lining are plastic. Bring your own or ask for a ceramic, reusable cup.

5. Go to the farmer's market and purchase fresh fruits and veggies (not packaged in plastic).

6. Don't buy convenience foods packages in plastic.

7. Make your own bread.

8. Buy bread from bakeries that package in paper.

9. Clean with baking soda and vinegar instead of cleaners packaged in plastic.

10. Buy laundry detergent in boxes, not liquid in plastic containers.

11. Buy farm fresh eggs in reusable paper containers.

12. Get your cheese from the deli and place it in your own container (glass or a plastic one that you already have, don't waste what you already have!) or get it wrapped in paper.

13. Buy your meat from the deli and have it wrapped in paper.

14. Package your leftovers in corningware.

15. Bring your own containers to restaurants to package leftovers.

16. Use bar soap to wash your dishes. Dr. Bronner's is perfect.

17. Stop using deodorant or antiperspirant. It's not natural to prevent yourself from sweating. Use perfume in a glass bottle if you want a nice smell.

18. Do not use air fresheners. Light a candle or incense instead.

19. Store all your food in glass containers. If you purchase something bottled in glass, clean it and reuse it!

20. Buy bulk cereal, bring your own paper bags.

21. Buy tortilla chips packaged in paper bags.

22. Buy bulk coffee packaged in paper or in cans, or bring your own bags.

23. Buy milk in paper cartons.

24. Buy peanut butter that is packaged in glass containers.

25. Buy bar soap, not liquid body wash.

26. Compost your trash, reduce your use of plastic trash bags.

27. Line small trash bins in your house with paper bags.

28. When ordering drinks, say "no straw please!"

29. Buy real maple syrup (comes in glass bottles) we get ours at Trader Joes.

30. Buy toilet paper that is wrapped in paper, not plastic.

31. Don't use ziploc. If you need to keep things like half an onion (happens to us all the time!) use aluminum or waxy paper.

32. Use cloth rags for clean up around the house, no paper towels – reduces your trash and need for trash bags.

33. Use matches instead of plastic encased lighters. They usually give them to you for free at the liquor store.

34. Use cloth napkins. They feel nice and reduce your waste and use of plastic trash bags.

35. If you want a fun drink, buy chocolate milk in a carton or apple juice in glass bottle. You can also ferment your own drinks in glass mason jars.

36. Bring your own bag to all stores you shop in and say "no bag needed, thanks!"

37. Put empty cardboard boxes in your car to transport heavy items to and from your car without a bag.

38. Say "paper not plastic" at the grocery store.

39. Don't use plastic cutting boards. Use wood or glass.

40. Use baby bottles made of glass.

41. Use stainless steel sippy cups for kids.

42. Use cloth based toys for your pets, like catnip mice and soft squishy balls.

43. Buy cloth diapers. Many great varieties available and better for your baby. We fill a super bowl size hole every day with disposal diapers that will leach toxins into the environment for centuries to come.

44. Buy CDs packaged in cardboard sleeves or buy your music online.

45. Use junk mail and other paper to stuff into big packages to ship instead of bubble wrap or air filled plastic.

46. Use real silverware for parties instead of plastic.

47. Use rechargeable batteries to reduce buying batteries packaged in plastic.

48. Make a compost heap to reduce your food waste and put it back into the earth.

49. Use a reusable cloth bag or old fashioned steel lunch box to carry your lunch to work or school.

50. Make your own yogurt in glass mason jars. It's easy!

51. Spread the word! Tell people about the harmful chemicals in plastic, the pacific garbage patch and help reduce plastic use by example!


The Chicago Bar

October 15, 2010

Every so often Joe and I get a nice email from a fan who wants to take The Chicago Bar to different parts of the country or the world. From weddings in Jamaica, to holiday gifts in Amsterdam or just for gift giving to a misplaced Chicago-an who is missing the thrum of the city ; we really enjoy getting photos of our humble little high lather emissary on the road. So it was nice to receive this little request from Kelly.

“Hi! I’ve been sending your amazing Chicago bar soap to friends/family in NY and I’m heading over this weekend and wanted to bring some! I went to XXXXXXX and XXXXX and both are out. Is there any way I could get some before tomorrow?”

Kelly C. — Chicago

We are happy to report that she was able to drop by the studios to pick up a couple of bars before heading out and we hope that mornings will be a little bit brighter in Syracuse with a shower full of rich moisturizing suds and our invigorating RX of coffee for the senses; peppermint.

Send us your pictures of The
Chicago Bar travelling and joining you on your adventures wherever they may take you.