Happy New Year and Good Riddance to 2020.
The New Year is a great time of year to pause, reflect and practice gratitude for what you have accomplished, lost or overcome. And what’s a New Year without resolutions? From living healthier, to saying yes more, and improving relationships, there are so many ways we strive to be better for the coming year, and we at Simpleaf are no different. Social and environmental responsibility are at the core of who we are and in 2020, we were so proud of the contributions we made to communities and individuals who needed a helping hand. For 2021, we want to ensure we are keeping that same commitment to the environmental side of things so we have listed 5 ways, old and new, Simpleaf is striving to be a more sustainable and eco-friendly:
From the moment the first Simpleaf wipe was created, we made it a priority to use only eco-friendly products that could biodegrade. That means our wipes, made from plant fibers are certified biodegrade after flushing.
We love finding partners who really believe in their mission just like we do, which is why we partnered with EcoEnclose to handle all of our packaging needs! EcoEnclose is a company that makes shipping material using recycled goods to help us to ship sustainably.
Increasing our Wipe Count
Bulk is better. One of the largest contributors to waste is having to constantly cycle through smaller amounts of products. While this is why we have our base count at 25 for flushable wipes, in 2021 we will be revealing our unscented wipes in….50 counts! Buy in bulk, save money, and most importantly live sustainably by buying products you use regularly in larger quantities.
From the Simpleaf team’s research to feedback from customers. we are always on the look out for ways we can improve Simpleaf’s environmental footprint. It was through your feedback this past Thanksgiving (special thanks to our newsletter subscribers who get the inside sneak peeks and provide such thoughtful responses) that opened our minds to how we can continue to improve in this way
Do you have any ideas on what you would like to see from us or thoughts on how Simpleaf could be more eco-friendly in the new year? Let us know in the comments!
The holiday season in 2020 is proving to be much different than the ones you’re probably used to. Many people are modifying their plans because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not the only reason why people are switching things up.
Weather has been known to ruin holiday travel plans. Traveling is also expensive, so it’s not always possible to get together for a family gathering.
Whether you’re engaging in a socially distanced holiday season or you’re still trying to make a gathering happen, it’s important to have a plan in place to celebrate safely. Here are some great tips for making the most of both situations this year!
Tips for Socially Distanced Holiday Plans
For many people, gathering with family and friends is the biggest reason for engaging in holiday traditions like baking or decorating the house. If you’re no longer gathering like you normally would, it’s easy to feel like the magic has been sucked out of this typically joyous season.
But don’t fret! If you’re practicing social distancing this year, there are still some great ways to enjoy the holidays:
- Decorate (Even if it’s a Party of One)
It’s easy to think that there’s no point in decorating if you don’t plan on having any visitors, but that isn’t the case. Whether you live alone or with a partner or family, decorating for the holidays can be a real mood booster.
If you celebrate Christmas, for example, putting up a tree and other decorations can be quite the experience. Perhaps you remember what’s special about each ornament on your tree, or you find the wreath a relative gave you years ago.
Even if you don’t have visitors to enjoy the decorations with you, there’s something festive and nostalgic about the act of decorating for the holidays. Just because others aren’t around doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit.
Plus, decorating the exterior of your house is always worth it. Your neighbors and passersby will appreciate your efforts, and you’ll appreciate seeing others do the same.
- Start a Holiday Group Chat
Just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch. If you don’t already have one, start a group chat with everyone you usually see for the holidays. This is a great way to stay connected despite being separated.
You can talk about your favorite memories, discuss holiday movies, and share the holiday meals you cook up, order, or even reheat. If all goes well, you’ll be creating new holiday memories to savor and cherish for years to come.
- Do a Secret Santa Over Zoom
If you’ve never done a Secret Santa, it’s a fun and anonymous gift exchange. Everyone in your family or friend group are randomly assigned a person to get a present for. The identity of the gift givers should remain a secret, though everyone can play by their own rules.
After everyone buys and sends their gifts to each other, you can have a video call to open the presents together. Zoom has become a popular option this year, but there are other options for group video calls.
This is a great way to continue the gift-giving holiday tradition while also social distancing. It might not be the same as gathering in person, but this is sure to still be a great time.
- Synchronize Your Events
Another way to still feel together during the holidays is to synchronize events. Everyone can eat together, open presents together, watch movies together, and more. Instead of everything happening separately, these are great ways to make the holidays feel just like they normally do.
For these synchronized events, the group chats and video calls can help bring your family and friends together even more.
Tips for A Safe Holiday Gathering
If you’re still getting together with family over the holidays, you’re probably doing what you can to stay safe while traveling and visiting with others. Here are a few tips to make stating safe much easier:
- Fly the Redeye or Make the Drive
These days, traveling is a concern. If you’re heading to visit some family this holiday season, make sure to take the proper precautions while you’re on the move. Wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and keep wet wipes handy.
It’s probably best to avoid crowded areas like airports. If you have to travel by plane, it might be in your best interest to fly the redeye. These flights often leave late at night and arrive at their destination early in the morning, ensuring that you’re less likely to experience crowds. Additionally, the flights themselves are a lot less crowded, so you can practice some level of social distancing on the plane.
Otherwise, try to make the drive as it cuts down on the number of people you could be exposed to.
Regardless of how you travel, make use of wet wipes to wipe down plane seats, door handles, or any other surface you come into contact with while traveling. This is one added precaution that can keep you safe.
- Stock Up Ahead of Time
If you’re hosting a family gathering for the holidays, make sure to do any necessary shopping ahead of time. Stores are often very busy the day or two before a holiday. Not only does this put you at a greater risk of sickness, but it also means you’ll be waiting in line much longer – which is never fun.
Instead, plan ahead and make sure you have everything you’ll need. That way, you or your relatives won’t have to make any last minute trips.
- Have Extra Wipes and Hand Sanitizer Available
Even though you’ll be around your family for the duration of their stay, it’s good practice to stock up on hand sanitizer and extra wet wipes. Hand sanitizer is a convenient and easy way to ensure everyone is keeping their hands clean, even if a last-minute shopping trip is necessary.
Wet wipes are also great for stopping the spread of germs, but they are also more versatile. Keeping some on hand is always a good idea when having family over. Baby wipes are great to have in the event of an unexpected diaper change and they’re also great for dealing with any other messes children might make.
Plus, in a crowded house, it can be frustrating to wait your turn for the shower. A wet wipe can be a quick waterless shower that will keep you feeling clean and fresh.
It’s always good to have wet wipes you can trust. That’s why Simpleaf makes wet wipes and baby wipes that are made with high-quality materials, are designed for the softest and most sensitive skin, and are also 100% plant-based and eco-friendly.
- Take Advantage of Curbside Offerings
You can also stay safe by taking advantage of curbside offerings from your local grocery stores and restaurants. If you have a grocery list but are wary of going to the store, give your local store a call or order online and you can pick up your groceries without having to enter the store.
This holiday season, we at Simpleaf hope that you find ways prioritize health, happiness, and find ways to meaningfully connect. b
On November 19th 2020, Simpleaf Brands was honored to participate and raise awareness in World Toilet Day. This day aims to bring awareness to 2.2 billion people around the world who don’t have access to a toilet and its resulting health crises and how we can help. While in the past we’ve shared information regarding the why/how (check out 2018’s blog for a refresher) around this UN Water day, this year we wanted to get into the who. Listed are three all too real accounts of fundamental parts of life negatively impacted by lack of functioning toilet.
Location: Central African Republic
Even in dire circumstances, our most basic needs are the same, and failure to meet them has health implications that can shorten and result in death.
Location: Western Uganda
Education and the chance for upward mobility is fundamental to improving the quality of lives of individual’s and their home countries, making uninterrupted school time key.
Safety (trigger warning: Sexual Assault)
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Having to travel to use the restroom, especially in open defecation areas, results in an individual being more vulnerable and farther away from loved ones that can hear them and keep them safe.
As you can see
The implications behind not having immediate access to a proper toilet, defined as one above the ground with privacy and a functioning sink, are dire. Fortunately, for years Simpleaf Brands has partnered with ToiletTwinning to make an impact in communities exactly like these. That is why Simpleaf is proud to announce the beginning of a that we are in the works to be able to provide toilets for a community in DROC. We are so excited to begin directly improving hygiene and quality of life for individuals that can offer new life in so many different avenues. From increasing life expectancy to ensuring safety, we are beyond proud to contribute and offer a sincere thank you to all the customers who’ve made this possible, this is only the beginning.
To learn more about ToiletTwinning’s mission and how you can contribute, check out these links below.
A Guide to Safely Trick–or–Treating in 2020
Whether you’re staying at home and passing out candy or taking the kids out for a few hours of trick-or-treating, Halloween in 2020 is sure to be different than previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do pretty much everything, including work, shopping, and going out to eat.
Even though trick-or-treating largely takes place outdoors, there’s still concern among some parents as to whether it should even take place. If trick-or-treating does happen, there will likely be a few changes to the way it is conducted.
Let’s take a look at how you can trick-or-treat responsibly in 2020, as well as some additional tips for keeping your kids clean and safe.
Make sure to plan ahead so you aren’t scrambling last minute to take the proper precautions. Get started by following these tips:
Check with your local, city, and state authorities ahead of time. Make sure you know what is expected of trick-or-treaters to ensure you don’t ruin the fun for everyone. This also ensures you know what is planned for trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.
Make sure your children wear masks (the protective kind) with their costumes.
Avoid any Halloween gatherings or haunted houses that are indoors and full of people.
If you are passing out candy, consider making treat bags or coming up with another way to hand out candy to avoid hand to hand contact.
4 Reasons to Bring Wet Wipes with You
In addition to masks and hand sanitizer, consider bringing wet wipes along for your trick-or-treat journey on Halloween. Lightweight and portable, a pack of wet wipes has a variety of uses:
Use Them as a Disinfectant
Even if you avoid hand to hand contact for the duration of trick-or-treating, candy and other items are still changing hands. You probably already use wet wipes to wipe away visible grime, but they also disinfect. Taking a few extra minutes to ensure your children and all their candy are germ free will give you the extra peace of mind you need as you go from house to house.
Easily Clean Sticky Hands and Faces
Depending on the ages of your kids, stick hands, faces, and who knows what else are a very common sight. This is especially true when they’re opening and eating sugary and chocolatey pieces of candy all night. Don’t wait until you get home to deal with the problem.
Instead, bring a pack of wet wipes with you to cut the problem off as soon as it starts! This is especially important while trick-or-treating during a pandemic. If your children are eating candy and touching their faces, there could be a lot worse than candy on their hands. Not to mention, cold and flu season is in full swing. Don’t take any chances, or your whole house could be feeling under the weather before the week ends.
Clean Makeup, Fake Blood, and Other Cosmetics
If your children opt for costumes that require makeup, fake blood, or some other sort of cosmetics, you’ll definitely want to keep some wet wipes on hand when trick-or-treating comes to an end.
Wet wipes are a great option for a few reasons. For one, you can clean the makeup off wherever your child is instead of having to confine them to the bathroom or a sink to get it off. They’re also incredibly simple to use, so you can even trust your children to use them themselves.
And even better, you can get wet wipes that are specifically designed for sensitive skin to ensure your children don’t irritate their eyes or skin while cleaning their faces.
Perfect for Surprise Diaper Changes
Accidents happen, especially with little ones. If you still have a child in diapers, having some wet wipes on hand for trick-or-treating is a must. It’s smart to be prepared for anything that can be thrown your way, especially during this crazy year of 2020.
Simpleaf understands how precious your children are. Our products are the definition of “high-quality,” and we are committed to designing products for your child’s sensitive skin.
We carefully formulate our wipes and baby wipes to ensure no harmful or harsh ingredients are used. Plus, our wipes are hypoallergenic and contain soothing Aloe Vera and vitamin E.
Make sure you’re prepared for Halloween by grabbing some of our wipes. Shop now!