Product Review: ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN

*Disclosure: I was not paid for this post but I was given a swimsuit to review. Read disclaimer for more information.*

A couple of years ago my husband and I joined the local gym, which happens to have a swimming pool. I don’t use the gym that much but I really enjoy swimming. It’s my favorite form of exercise because I enjoy it, it’s good for asthmatics, and it’s easy on my muscles.

When I started swimming I knew I wanted some eco-friendly swimsuits and the best I have found are by ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN. They are cute, made in the USA, use recycled material and work to reduce their carbon footprint. It doesn’t get much better than that.


The kind people at ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN offered to let me try one of their swimsuits awhile ago and I still love it! So when they contacted me to see if I wanted to try one from the new line of course I said yes!

This year’s line is even better than last year’s! Many of the swimsuits have a retro flare, which I love. I also love that they have some suits that offer more coverage than many swimsuits out there. The one I chose is a black and white tankini with little black shorts.


Another thing they added this year is waterless dyeing. This allows them to save even more resources and make the brand even more sustainable. They also host community beach cleanups around the country. To date, ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN has removed over 4 tons of ocean pollution from oceans and waterways in the United States.


It’s very high quality and I’ve enjoyed using it a lot. I love the style and the company’s values, doesn’t get much better. I highly recommend checking out their swimwear line.

You can find where to buy their suits on their website-  Also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Product Review: Bestowed Subscription Box

Subscription boxes are extremely popular. They are a fun way to try new products without spending a lot of money. Many of the boxes are far from eco-friendly but there are some out there for those wanting to live a greener and more natural lifestyle. One of those boxes is the Bestowed box.

Bestowed was founded by Registered Dietitian and author, Heather Bauer. She has been on CNN, Good Morning America, The Talk, CBS, and more. She is the author of two top selling books;  The Wall Street Diet and Bread is the Devil.

Heather hand-picks great, healthy, and natural snacks for each box. Unlike many food subscription boxes, Bestowed contains food you can feel good about eating.

Bestowed Box

Bestowed sent me a box to try out this month. It was fun to try all of the products. While not all were my cup of tea, it was great to find out which I like and which I didn’t. Some that I didn’t like were ones I had almost bought before so the box saved me money because now I know they aren’t really my thing. And I of course found somethings I want to buy more of! That’s what is so great about the boxes.

Bestowed boxes are packed full of products to try and they are only $19 a month. If you enjoy trying new, healthy snacks this box could be a lot of fun for you. And Bestowed has been kind enough to offer $5 off of your first box. Just use the code: 5OFFBESTOWED03 

If you have tried Bestowed or decide to now, let me know what you thought of it. Share in the comments below or on the Facebook page.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Bestowed sent me a box to try out, this doesn’t impact my views. Read my full disclaimer for more. 

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Green Travel: Home2 Suites

This past week my husband and I went to Frisco Texas, a suburb of Dallas, to celebrate our anniversary. We decided to try a new hotel called Home2 Suites, owned by Hilton. I was pretty excited to try this hotel because they have many green features. Here are some of the green features you will find at Home2 Suites.

(c) Home2 Suites by Hilton® Dallas/Frisco, Texas

(c) Home2 Suites by Hilton® Dallas/Frisco, Texas

  • Saline-based swimming pools
  • Recycling stations
  • Recycling containers in the rooms
  • Energy Star rated appliances
  • Carpets made from at least 60% recycled materials and featuring Green Label certification
  • CFL lighting in all lighting fixtures
  • Tamper-proof bulk shampoos and soaps in bathrooms
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Real dishes and utensils
  • And many other great green features

We have stayed at many different Hilton and non-Hilton hotels and this is a new favorite. Here are my pros and cons.

home2 suites


  • All the eco-friendly features, I especially loved the saline pool.
  • Rooms aren’t fancy but are very comfortable.
  • The staff was very friendly.
  • The lobby featured many great seating areas and computers.
  • Free wifi.


  • The cleaners they were using were very strong smelling and didn’t seem to be terribly eco-friendly.
  • I could never figure out where to put the recycling in the room, this wasn’t a huge deal as there was a bin down the hall but it didn’t state what they recycled.
  • Check out time is at 11 a.m. instead of noon. However the staff didn’t complain when we were late because we didn’t know this.

Overall the pros very much outweigh the cons. We will definitely stay at Home2 Suites again in the future. So far there are 23 Home2 Suites in the US, so check to see if their is one near you or at your next vacation site.

*I was not paid to review this hotel, I just figured it would be nice to do so since I was already staying there. Please excuse the poor photo quality of my photos, couldn’t find my camera for the trip so they were taken on my phone. They were also taken on the second day of the trip so the room is messy.

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Product Review: Twist

*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

I have another eco-friendly company to add to my list of favorites! Twist was founded in 2006 by Egil Wigert and Brian Ross. They saw that while almost every other product in the cleaning aisle had changed, sponges had not.

Sponges are made from cellulose sheets which are 100% tree fiber and then they mix it with cotton. All of this leads to lots of waste. Twist has changed this by making sure 99.97% of the waste they make is reused in production. They get their cellulose from renewable tree farms in Norway.

Here is the info and my thoughts and the products they make-

Euro Sponge #10
This sponge is awesome, I’m not a big sponge user but this one is a shape I like better, it’s a bit more like a cloth. It’s very strong but biodegradable! It’s great for spills. It is dishwasher safe so you can use it over and over. You can also boil it to sterilize it.

European Sponge Cloth #20
I love these! They are like a sponge got it on with a paper towel and had an awesome love child. They wipe like a paper towel but absorb like a sponge. One Euro Sponge Cloth outlasts 17 rolls of paper towels! That is a lot of waste and money saved. They also can be put in the dishwasher or boiled so you can use them over and over. And of course they are biodegradable. I have put mine in the dishwasher and they came out great. Another neat fact is that they disappear after 7 weeks when buried in soil!

Loofah Sponge #50
These are really cool. They have a cellulose sponge on one side and a loofah on the other. The loofah is great for scrubbing. I liked cleaning my counter with this sponge because if something was stuck on I could just turn it over to scrub. As all Twist products these are also biodegradable. They also don’t scratch things as easily as other heavy duty sponges. I meant to link to another bloggers post about how they really are biodegradable because she tested it but for the life of me I can’t remember which of the green blogs I read it was on. If you are reading please post the link.

Naked Sponge #55
This sponge works like a normal sponge but is 100% cellulose and biodegradable of course! They are also dye-free which is another plus for the environment. They are great for day to day cleaning.

Bamboo Cloth #35
This is the favorite thing I got to try! I told my friend the other day I wish I could have a shirt made of this fabric! It’s so soft!!! These are my new dusting cloths, never will I go back to a t-shirt rag for dusting again. Those have been demoted to bathroom cleaning.

They are made of bamboo (duh!) and corn. They are a great size for dusting and pick up more dust than your normal cloth, seem to work even better than microfiber on dust! And of course best of all when you can’t use them anymore they are 100% biodegradable. When they are dirty throw them in the washer and they are ready to use again. I have washed mine a few times and they hold up great.

Another neat thing about Twist is on all their product packaging there are little crafts. Like bird feeders and a bird mobile. I don’t have kids but I may still have to make a bird feeder or two.

Twist will be making more products soon including a plant based dish soap and biodegradable brooms! There will be a total of 12 different cleaning products. I can’t wait to see all of it!!

And for all my frugal readers, they are very affordable. The Euro Sponge (1-pack) is $1.99, European Sponge Cloth (3-pack) is $3.99, Loofah Sponge (2-pack) is $4.99, Naked Sponge (2-pack) is $2.79, and Bamboo Cloth (3-pack) is $3.99.

Twist products are sold at Whole Foods and other grocery stores around the US and Canada. Check out there website for local stores and online stores that carry their products.

Be sure to check out their site because I couldn’t begin to include all the wonderful things about them in this review. I very highly recommend these products. If you only plan to try one, my favorite was the bamboo cloths. They are amazing! Feel free to share your thoughts on these products as well.

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Thrifty Green Thursday- Skip the sandwich bag

My husband just started his first teaching job and it’s 25 minutes from our house. He of course is not going to come home for lunch so I send him his lunch each day. For his sandwiches we use Wrap-N-Mats. These things are awesome. I just throw them in the washer after he uses them. They keep the sandwich fresh and the liner is food safe PEVA liner.

While you will pay $18.95 up front for a set of 3 you will end up saving a ton on sandwich bags and save lots of trash (plastic trash at that!).

I got mine from a favorite eco site of mine.

Now while I put my in the washer they say to hand wash, I have a front loader with a hand wash cycle and that is what I use. I of course don’t put them in the dryer.

They are PEVA plastic which from what I have read is safe but if you are worried about it you can use wax paper then the wrap (will stay fresher than just the wax paper). The plastic is lead free as well.

You will find more great tips here at Green Baby Guide

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