First of all thank you to everyone who's taken my little survey so far. I've been reading them through as I get them and it's given me a lot to think about. I'm super excited to see how this space will change with all the feedback! Thank you thank you thank you!
Anyway onto the review:
*This review is not sponsored and I purchased all items myself
Welcome to my first review of the year! Since one of my resolutions is to make my life more zero waste, here's my first zero-waste promoting review: reusable sponges and facial rounds from Marley's Monsters! I first heard of this brand from Andrea and I knew I wanted to try these ethical items made in Oregon. Well I've been using both items for three months now and I love them!
I purchased the organic bamboo facial rounds and chose them over the cotton ones because not only does bamboo have natural antimicrobial properties but bamboo is also a more sustainable resource than cotton. And seriously I wished I had switched over to these much sooner when I think of all the cotton (and plastic wrappings) I've disposed of in the past. These bamboo rounds are better than disposable cotton pads since they don't soak up as much toner/makeup remover as cotton balls and thus more of the moisture transfers to your face. Just make sure you wash them all before using (even though it says pre-washed it's better to wash it again yourself) and use a laundry mesh bag so you don't lose any rounds! Seriously if you're using cotton pads morning and night, please do yourself (and the environemnt) the favor and switch over to these!
As for these washable sponges, I love them for the most part. I love that these are reusable so I'm not constantly throwing away plastic sponges, and the graphics are cute. The scrub side does a pretty good job at scrubbing away dried food bits and probably best of all, these sponges never get that gross moldy/bacterial smell even after weeks of use (due to the mildew resistant center). Oh and I used to switch out my sponge whenever it started getting really gross since I disliked throwing them away frequently. But now I can just throw them in the wash so I switch out my sponges weekly. My only gripe with these sponges is that the middle mildew resistant cloth gets bunched up in the wash and then come out lumpy. So they're never as good as new after washing. Also these sponges don't hold soapy water as well as their disposable counterpart. But overall these are minor details and my three sponges are all going strong after 3 months of use. I'll let you know when they finally go ka-put.
Anyway I'm quite happy with both of my purchases and if zero waste is this easy, why would I live life any other way (lol, but I know it's not always this easy. Sometimes zero waste comes at the cost of convenience. But is ruining our environment worth having the minor conveniences? Nope. ) Anyway a zero waste lifestyle might take an initial investment but the act of reusing will cut costs in the long run, and I can't wait to use these Marley Monster items to peices!
P.S. I just watched Captain Fantastic (free on amazon prime) and talk about some zero waste inspo!
P.P.S I just got a good question from Sandy about whether or not makeup washes clean from the facial rounds. TBH I usually use it for toner but for the occasional times I used it to remove eye makeup it washed back to white. To remove a full face of makeup I usually use these.